Writing about new seed-to-table spot Noz for The Japan Times

This weekend, I wrote about new organic restaurant Noz over at The Japan Times: Futoshi Ota has lofty goals for Noz, a new restaurant that brings the grand vision of his company one step closer to reality. “I want people in Japan to know what real agriculture, what the real organic culture is like. What’s [...]

By | 2017-04-17T02:36:24+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Food, Japan|Comments Off on Writing about new seed-to-table spot Noz for The Japan Times

Talking to Dominique Ansel for Metropolis

I talked to chef Dominique Ansel for Metropolis, as his new shop in Ginza opens this week. Usually, Dominique Ansel gives the staff working at his bakery based in Tokyo’s Omotesando neighborhood a warning before dropping in. In late 2016, the French-born chef and restaurant operator tells Metropolis that he paid a surprise visit to [...]

By | 2017-03-30T04:55:44+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Food, Japan|Comments Off on Talking to Dominique Ansel for Metropolis

Writing about Nagoya’s culinary offerings for CNN Travel

CNN Travel wanted to move a bit away from Tokyo and look at another city in Japan -- Nagoya. I obliged by writing about their unique culinary offerings. Japan's Aichi prefecture has long been known for its automotive industry, anchored by homegrown car manufacturer Toyota. Yet in recent years, the region has become just as [...]

By | 2016-11-08T15:19:37+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Food, Japan|Comments Off on Writing about Nagoya’s culinary offerings for CNN Travel

Writing about collab cafes — and visiting Tokyo’s Ted Cafe & Bar — for Eater

Here's a fun one for Eater -- wrote about the wave of "collab cafes" that have sprung up across Japan, centered around the Ted Cafe & Bar that opened recently. Yeah, the bear. People crowd around a giant stuffed toy, snapping photos and lining up to take a selfie with the super-sized version of Ted, [...]

By | 2016-11-04T00:25:24+00:00 November 4th, 2016|Food, Japan|Comments Off on Writing about collab cafes — and visiting Tokyo’s Ted Cafe & Bar — for Eater

Writing about Tokyo’s first Russian maid cafe for The Japan Times

Recently went to Tokyo's first Russian maid cafe, and wrote about the experience for The Japan Times. Twelve men sit in silence at a new cafe in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district as three women dressed in Russian attire start serving a sour-looking plate of borscht. The men have each paid ¥15,000 to attend this soft opening [...]

By | 2016-11-03T15:24:32+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Food, Japan|Comments Off on Writing about Tokyo’s first Russian maid cafe for The Japan Times

Writing about the new “cool American” food in Tokyo

Over the past couple of years, food in Tokyo (and beyond) has started looking a lot like the offerings in Brooklyn and Portland. I wrote about it for The Japan Times this week. "Walking into PDX Taproom, a bar in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, is like wandering into a condensed, alternate version of Portland, Oregon. Everything [...]

By | 2016-05-13T14:45:46+00:00 May 13th, 2016|Food, Japan|Comments Off on Writing about the new “cool American” food in Tokyo

Writing about the future of conveyor-belt sushi in The Japan Times, YouTube for MTV 81

A little late to this, but I wrote about the future of conveyor-belt sushi for The Japan Times. It lacks conveyor belts: "In October, U.K. sushi chain Yo! Sushi opened a new kaiten (conveyor belt) restaurant in a Florida mall. It is the third branch the chain has established in the United States this year, [...]

By | 2016-10-18T01:15:05+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Food, Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about the future of conveyor-belt sushi in The Japan Times, YouTube for MTV 81