Japan Day 3: In which we eat the Tokyo Skytree

<p>A big part of why we went to Japan this summer was to be there the same time <a href="http://lafujimama.com">Rachael</a> was there. Since she's lived there before, speaks and reads Japanese fluently, and - oh, yeah - we have <a href="http://misofy.com">a podcast about Japanese food</a> that we do together, we decided that we should definitely, absolutely take a trip to Japan together.</p> <p>She goes to Japan every summer because her husband's company sends him

Japan Day 2: Take me out to the ball game…

<p>Our second day in Japan began with onigiri. Delicious, delicious onigiri.</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm8.staticflickr.com/7131/7641562518_99b257de4e_b.jpg" alt="Onigiri display at Mai Mai"/> </span> <p>We found an onigiri specialty shop in Shimbashi station (when facing the entrance to the JR lines, it's in the far left corner) called Mai Mai.</p> <p>(We went there so often, the woman who works there started bringing out the English menu whenever she saw us coming!)</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm8.staticflickr.com/7264/7641566844_c147809cb3_b.jpg" alt="Mai Mai"/> </span> <p>(And what is it with Japanese women

Japan Day 1: We came for the ramen

<span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm8.staticflickr.com/7134/7534705772_dc50f0f894_b.jpg" alt="View from our hotel room"/> </span> <p>Day 1. Our first full day in Japan. We woke up to find we had quite a lovely view of Hamarikyu Gardens from our hotel room.</p> <p>Since we weren't able to get our JR Passes <a href="http://sushiday.com/archives/2012/09/10/japan-day-0-not-so-plain-plane-food/">the previous evening when we arrived in Japan</a>, off we went to Shinagawa station, where there was a JR Exchange Office.</p> <p>And back we went to our hotel room, because someone

Japan Day 0: Not so plain plane food!

<p>As some of you might know, in January of this year I started a podcast - <a href="http://misofy.com/podcast/">Miso Hungry Podcast</a>, all about Japanese food! - with Rachael Hutchings of <a href="http://www.lafujimama.com/">La Fuji Mama</a>. (And if you didn't know, then you should definitely <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/miso-hungry-podcast/id495535054">go listen to one of our 25 (plus 2 mini) episodes</a>! Seriously, go. Now. This post can wait, promise. ^_^)</p> <p>A couple of months into the podcast,

Tataki and Mindshare, bringing sustainable sushi to Los Angeles

<span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm7.staticflkr.com/6227/6866400766_7ecf798e19_b.jpg" alt="seared albacore tuna belly nigiri"/> </span> <p>Sustainability is an important food issue these days. But what people don't always realize, is that it can also be a very <em>delicious</em> issue.</p> <p>Luckily, we have people like <a href="http://sushiday.com/archives/2009/09/02/an-interview-with-hajime-sato/">Hajime Sato</a> of <a href="http://sushiday.com/archives/2009/08/24/sustainable-sushi-at-mashiko-seattle-wa/">Mashiko</a>, the lovely people at <a href="http://sushiday.com/archives/2010/10/29/an-interview-with-the-men-of-i-love-blue-sea/">I Love Blue Sea</a>, and <a href="http://sushiday.com/archives/2009/09/07/an-interview-with-casson-trenor/">Casson Trenor</a> to show us just how delicious sustainability can be.</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm8.staticflkr.com/7057/6866383316_125023237a_b.jpg" alt="The Butterfly Project Loft"/> </span> <p>Last week was a perfect

Uni Nigiri Cubes

<span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm8.staticflkr.com/7160/6828660541_26f24662e6_b.jpg" alt="uni rice cube"/> </span> <p>When I first tried uni, at <a href="http://sushiday.com/archives/2008/09/30/mitchs-fish-market-honolulu-hawaii/">a little sushi restaurant in Honolulu</a> in the summer of 2008, I was not a fan. Something about the texture, the saltiness, and how exotic it seems just put me off. For the next three years, I was convinced that I just plain didn't like uni.</p> <p>In spring of 2011, I was at <a href="http://www.sippitysup.com/">a fellow food blogger's house</a>, filming some

Miso Hungry! (I’ve got an exciting announcement… and a giveaway!)

<p>Food blogging. It's mostly written word, complemented by some (hopefully) beautiful photographs of delicious food, with maybe an occasional video or two thrown in the mix. Blogging's easy. Anyone can do it (lots of people do, and very well at that!)</p> <p>Then there's podcasting. Another beast entirely. Wrought with all sorts of challenges and insecurities blogging doesn't provide. (After all, who doesn't think it's really flipping weird, when made

Vegan Sushi

<span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm7.static.flickr.com/6050/6373523533_4b6270fd01_b.jpg" alt="Vegetarian sushi"/> </span> <p>I love to cook for others. Like, really, <em>really</em> love making sushi for other people.</p> <p>In a perfect world, I'd be allowed to experiment and have as much freedom coming up with new rolls as I do here on Sushi Day. But this isn't a perfect world, and not everyone will eat all the random rolls I put together (and, to be honest, not everything I attempt comes out

Man Sushi

<span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm7.static.flickr.com/6145/5960263730_bcb960b17d_b.jpg" alt="Tempura vegetables"/> </span> <p>Question: What do you do when you're tasked with making sushi for a group of friends, but one of your male friends has never eaten sushi and refuses to try raw fish?</p> <p>Easy: <em>MAN SUSHI</em>. (Just imagine I'm saying that in a deep, "manly" voice.)</p> <span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/540w_18640000_75___farm7.static.flickr.com/6014/5960265082_dd20630680_b.jpg" alt="Putting the roll together"/> </span> <p>But what on earth is "Man Sushi"?</p> <p>Well, what sort of food does your stereotypical man love? That's an easy