Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival Where: Japantown's Peace Plaza When: Sat., June 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Free The rundown: Tofu takes over S.F.'s Japantown at the first annual Soy and Tofu Festival happening tomorrow. A staple in Asian cuisine, not many food products have the ve ... More >>
Luis ChongOkinawa soba, annual feature of Japantown's Cherry Blossom Festival.Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival Where: Japantown, Post and Buchanan Streets When: Sat.-Sun., Apr. 9-10, and 16-17; grand parade and anime costume awards on Sun., Apr. 17 Cost: Free; donations accepted ... More >>
Luis ChongUntil now, fresh Okinawa soba were a once-a-year treat in the Bay Area.Fresh Okinawa soba noodles are almost impossible to find in San Francisco, unless you know someone who can make them for you. The closest noodle factory is located in Hawaii. Imported noodles are delivered frozen ... More >>
Luis ChongA stall at last year's Hokkaido Fair at Mitsuwa.The Japanese Gourmet Foods Fair, aka Umaimono Gourmet Fair (umaimono means "yummy stuff") kicks off today at Mitsuwa Marketplace in San Jose. It ends June 6. The annual event is part of a series of four-day weekend festivals promoting ... More >>
TsukuBlog calls the Japanese documentary Eatrip "a journey throughout Japan looking at how life can be led optimally through the daily ritual of eating," from Tokyo's epic Tsukiji, to an Okinawa farm whose owner eats way off the grid. The film's U.S. premiere is Saturday at Viz Cinema in Japa ... More >>
Larry HalprinIt's always a jarring thing to pick up the paper and see an obit for someone you know, and that was the case yesterday when I read about the death of architect Lawrence Halprin at age 93. It's not as if I was a friend or close associate of the family. But Halprin was just about the m ... More >>
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