The Mystery Meat I Couldn’t Eat

When it comes to food, I try to be as open-minded as I can. I tell myself that I’ll try any food at least once, and if I don’t like it, won’t try it again. I have eaten crickets (which aren’t half bad by the way), baby bees, and fish eyes, just to name a few things, but I think I met my match at a staff dinner a week ago. All of the staff went to a yakitori restaurant. Yakitori is the Japanese name for chicken or other pieces of meat that have been skewered and grilled. Truth be told, Continue Reading …

What is Yuba?

Have you ever heard of yuba before? Well, if you’re familiar with tofu, you’re not far off. Guess what yuba is made of? Soybeans of course. For some strange reason I think everything in Japan has just a little bit of soybean in it. How can I explain yuba? Well, I’m no expert on the subject or anything, but yuba is kind of like a by-product of the tofu making process. Please check out the post I did on tofu a while back. In that post I put up a video of the tofu-making process that I saw on Continue Reading …

Have You Ever Eaten Baby Bees?

No? Well I have. Hachinoko, 蜂の子, are one of the unspoken delicacies of Japan. I tried hachinoko for the very first time while having dinner with my friend, Gareth, my student & friend Kyoko, and her family. We had already eaten our fill of the wonderful spread that she had prepared, so we had some light servings of fruit as dessert. While we were eating and talking, Kyoko asked if we had ever tried hachinoko. Gareth and I both said no. But we were both willing to give them a try. I Continue Reading …

Ginnan, Japanese Ginkgo Seeds

I tried ginnan (銀杏 or ぎんなん) for the very first time today, and they were pretty tasty. When I got to the school, I saw the school nurse sifting through a tub of white-colored seeds. As I approached, I heard the nurse say “Donarudo.” “Ah, Ohio gozaimasu,” I replied. The nurse then asked “Ginnan kita koto ga arimasu ka?” (Have you ever heard of ginnan?). “Iie, kita koto ga nai. Sore wa nan desu ka?” (No, I’ve never heard of them, what are they?). She explained to me what they were and I was Continue Reading …

The Japanese Breakfast vs. The American Breakfast

Please close your eyes for a second and think about your idea of the perfect, most delectable breakfast you could have. Think about every nuance. Are you eating it at a restaurant that really makes your tummy smile every time you go? Perhaps it’s at your Mom’s house or another family memeber. What breakfast foods are running through your mind? Please feel free to leave your ideas in the comments section. The American Style Breakfast When I think about the perfect breakfast, it’s gotta Continue Reading …