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  • DaedalusHowell

    We’ve come a long way from ye olde taco truck. Moveable feasts representing the full gamut of the world’s cuisines have turned motorways into a veritable roadside buffet. At long last, I’ve found a Japanese-themed food truck in San Francisco (why it took me so long when armed with the prodigious search ability of Google, I cannot answer).

    Onigilly, pronounced “Oh-Knee-Ghee-Lee” according to the handy pronunciation key at Onigilly.com, bills itself not only as the “Samurai Snack,” which is “Yummy, Healthy & Handy!” but, in my estimation, is the definitive experience in Japanese cuisine on wheels. The cart is parked at Justin Herman Plaza (5 Steuart Street at Market in SF) and is open from 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday and closes when its…

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  • DaedalusHowell

    We knew there had to be fallout (literally) from the Japanese nuclear power plant crisis. We just didn't figure it would arrive on a lacquer plate. Ever since the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Japanese companies that supply fish to West Coast restaurants have had trouble bringing their product to market. And that was before the threat of a nuclear meltdown loomed.

    "Radioactive material is easily diluted by seawater, so 'fish and seafood are likely to be unaffected,'" the FDA told the Wall Street Journal. Whew.

    That said, the journal reports that the "FDA is taking 'all steps' to evaluate and measure any contamination of fish and other food products. So, if a vast radioactive cloud dissipates over the Pacific Ocean, chances a…


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  • DaedalusHowell

    As the American Red Cross is busy helping the victims of the devasting earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, you can get busy by helping the Red Cross. To help with emergency relief, including food and shelter efforts, consider donating to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org, or mail checks to PO Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA 50340-2018. Donors also can call 800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to instantly make a $10 donation.

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  • DaedalusHowell

    For tech noir fans of a certain generation, the steamy Los Angeles streets prowled by Rick Deckard in Blade Runner served as a first, if dystopian, introduction to Japanese cuisine – of a sort.

    “Sushi. That's what my ex-wife calls me - cold fish,” Harrision Ford grumbled as the iconic detective Deckard. Moreover, he’s apparently fluent in Japanese, as when ordering at a Japanese-themed eatery he tries to obtain four otherwise unseen comestibles but resignedly accepts two on the recommendation of the “Sushi Master.”

    Sushi Master: (in Japanese) "What'll it be?"

    Deckard: (pointing) Give me four.

    Sushi Master: Futatsu de jubun desu yo. [translation: “Two is enough!”]

    Deckard: No. Four. Two, two, four.

    Sushi Master: Futatsu de jubun desu yo. [ditto]

    D…

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  • DaedalusHowell

    If you're hell bent on bento, Lunch In a Box: Building a Better Bento presents the ultimate guide to the boxed lunched tradition popularly associated in Japanese cuisine. The site is penned by “Biggie,” a one-time Japanese expat now living in San Francisco where she is raising her son and as one might expect is as well-packed and fastidiously organized as a bento lunch. But, you ask, what exactly is bento? As Biggie explains:

    "A bento lunch is a compact, balanced, visually appealing meal packed in a box. Historically, it’s a Japanese box lunch, similar in concept to the Indian tiffin, the Korean dosirak, or the Filipino baon lunch. In Japanese, 'bento' or 'obento' refers to the packed meal, and 'bento-bako' refers to the bento box itself."

    L…

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