In San Francisco’s Ramen Yamadaya, a second floor shop off Japantown’s Buchanan Street pedestrian path, we find ourselves at the beginning of an unexpected hunt.
About 2 months ago, we were sitting in an unusually quiet ramen shop. The place was empty save for us and one other couple two booths away. Then there was
Pabu is the Japanese pronunciation of pub and Japan’s version of pubs, aka izakayas, tend to be laid back, small quarters where the after work crowd can unwind with a few beers and some fried chicken and offal.
I wanted to find a memorable Japanese meal for Blaine’s birthday and I chose Pabu specifically for
“A gentle silence descended on them, suggestive of the flow of time.”
Sputnik Sweetheart, Haruki Murakami
My first stroll through the Japanese tea garden was on a typically foggy San Francisco day in July when I randomly stumbled upon it while on my first run through Golden Gate Park.
It was gray and drizzly when I
Matsuya and Mitsukoshi Depachika
Depachika are indoor markets abundant in sake, seafood, and chocolate located in the lower levels of most major Japanese department stores. Each time I explore a new depachika, I feel a bit like Charlie when he first steps into the chocolate factory. On one floor, decadent chocolates and Japanese sweets are in
We stumbled upon Common Sage last weekend and were thrilled to find a new Japanese market in our neighborhood! Common Sage’s chef, Koji Nagao, is originally from Osaka, Japan. Koji is a chef and artist. He studied culinary arts in Europe and completed a BFA from the San Francisco Academy of Art University in 2011.