Subscribe to my newsletter

  • Add your e-mail address:

Become a Fan

Join Me on Pinterest

« A home for retired priests, for plum bonsais, and a garden of peace | Main | Ramen - so common it seems, and often mysteriously delicious »

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


That blow-up fish is a hoot. Lee Anne sounds like fun - did you go to karaoke!?!?! The Korean okonomiyaki looks SO good! You are showing us so many sides of Japan, and all of them make me want to visit.


oh my goodness.. how do you not get indigestion?

Maryland electric signs

This is great, and I don't think you can compare Dotonbori to Times Square... Times Square is an extremely polished and commercialized space, everything there has to be ultra-modern and to the minute, and Osaka's neon signs seem more like nostalgic hold-overs. It reminds me a bit of Treasure Town from the animated film, Tekkon Kinkreet, have you ever seen it?

Suvir Saran

I guess Times Square is more contemporary in design.
Not all of Times Square has that look though.

Never seen the film Tekkon Kinkreet. Will have to find it. What is it about?


Tekkon Kinkreet... oh, how do I even describe it... It's an anime about two street orphans with ninja powers who live in a fictional city that's an amalgam of Chinese, Indian, Thai and Japanese cultures. The art is fairly stylized but incredibly well-rendered.

It's one of the most visually beautiful films I've ever seen, with every frame full of little details and vignettes. It's like taking a trip to the most colorful, ramshackle and quirky 3rd-world town on Earth.

The story can get pretty violent and weird, but if you can take it, you're in for one of the most original movies of recent years.

P.S. Food is awesome.

Suvir Saran

Sounds wonderful. I will have to get it and watch it. Thanks for bringing it to my notice.
Thanks also for visiting the blog.
Did you see some of the other blog posts around our visit to Japan?
What a great culture and country. Amazing food to say the least.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)

My Photo

My Cookbooks

My Products

American Masala Farm

  • Farmhouse_Crispy_Creamy_Potatoes
    Charlie and my farm is in the bucolic hills and valleys nestled between the Adirondack and Green Mountain ranges.

Fall Cider Party

  • DSC_0154
    An annual tradition in our farm community is the Cider Press Party at the home of our neighbors Ron and Judy DeWitt.


  • DSC_0037
    My home in India rich with sensory experiences and an electrifying energy that is at once captivating and dizzying.

Beirut Farmers Market

  • Herbs olives and more
    The smells of fresh bread, the tastes of pastes and pickles, the feel of the sea winds.

Hiroko Shimbo

  • Dessert 2
    My friend Hiroko is wthout a doubt one of the most talented Japanese chefs I know. Here a few images from a lunch she hosted for Charlie, I, and a few dear friends.

Mary Ann

  • Grape leaves
    A glimpse into the ever chic and warm home of my first friend in the United States, a cook who inspires in all of my cookbooks.