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Not a fan of tofu? This Thai peanut veggie bowl recipe will make you a fan

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If you aren't a tofu fan, listen up. This just might be the recipe that turns it all around for you, as it did for my husband and daughter. I toss extra firm tofu cubes in a lightly spicy (or not; your call) peanut sauce and then roast it until… Read

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Tokyo’s green tea beer garden gives you all-you-can-drink matcha and 'hojicha' beer this summer

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Along with shrine festivals and fireworks displays, beer gardens are a much-loved part of summer in Japan. While all-you-can-drink beer is always part of the package, each beer garden tries to do something special to stand out, whether that means offering expansive rooftop views or special themed decorations. In the case of Green Tea… Read

TABLE TALK

Pierre Gagnaire: Food as art & the importance of meeting face to face

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Legendary chef Pierre Gagnaire emerges from around the corner of the ANA InterContinental Hotel’s Club Lounge, just having finished breakfast. Elegant in a sky-blue shirt with his signature scruffy-chic beard, the 67-year old rock star of French cuisine looked to be in as good form as ever despite his constant… Read

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Chocolate to Put on Rice – The crazy condiment for when white rice is just too plain

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To those unaccustomed to eating traditional Japanese cuisine, it can be hard to resist the temptation to pour soy sauce on their rice, especially when there’s a bottle of the stuff sitting right there on the restaurant table. But while soy sauce is used to season a great many foods… Read

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Mediterranean tomato wheat berry salad healthy choice for summer

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Wheat berries are great little nuggets - a whole grain, containing the germ, endosperm and bran. They have a nice dose of fiber and protein, as well as the B vitamins and several minerals. Though you can cook them just until they are crunchy, I prefer to let them get… Read

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Kyoto cafe shows us the beauty of minerals through its breathtaking dishes

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Kyoto needs no introduction as a magnet for tourists seeking a taste of the classic Japanese food and scenery. But that reputation also has the negative effect of covering up a lot of hidden gems throughout the city. Actually, “gem” is a perfect word to describe the cutely named Usaginonedoko cafe in Kyoto’s Nakagyo… Read

HOTEL NEWS

Classic afternoon tea with a tropical twist at Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

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Afternoon teas in Tokyo are all the rage these days. From seasonal specials to tailor-made versions, hotels across the capital are coming up with inventive twists on the great British tradition. But paying respect to the custom while bringing something new to the table (pun definitely intended) is a fine… Read

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Sweet potato prepared 2 ways gives you dinner and a dessert

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The kitchen is my happy place, which is a good thing, because I spend a lot of time in it. It seems I’m always either developing recipes, or cooking them for a camera. And then there’s the not-so-small matter of cooking for my husband and four daughters every day. Truly,… Read

HOTEL NEWS

Park Hyatt Tokyo offers special summer promotions

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The Park Hyatt Tokyo has announced the upcoming promotions at New York Grill & Bar and Delicatessen from July to September. ■ New York Grill & Bar: N.Y. C & C: A Miyazaki Caviar and Krug Collaboration New York Grill’s lavish champagne and caviar menu series, N.Y. C&C, returns for… Read

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'Sushi shaved ice' now on menu at popular revolving sushi chain

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While every restaurant that calls itself a sushi specialist will have plenty of raw seafood on the menu, technically the word sushi actually refers to the vinegared rice that the other ingredients are placed on or inside. That’s why even though they contain no seafood, tamago nigirizushi (fried egg on sushi rice)… Read

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