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Quick and Easy Recipe: Chilled Miso Tofu Appetizer, It’s Vegan Too!

Last weekend, we grilled up some beef short ribs, Korean galbi style.  On the side, we also grilled some sugar snap peas, okra, and mushrooms.  A peanut sauce accompanied the snap peas, while I tossed the mushrooms and okra in two chili dressings.
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Exquisite Tofu Tasting Menu at 空ノ庭 豆腐料理 in Tokyo, Japan

Tofu, the delicate and versatile product made from soy beans and water, is not highly regarded in North American cuisine.  I consider it tragically misunderstood. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard people gag at tofu.  But for a person to say “I don’t like tofu” is as sweeping as saying “I don’t like cheese” or “I don’t like bread”. 
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Daiwa Sushi Restaurant at Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan 大和

To conclude our morning at Tsukiji Fish Market’s tuna auction, we dodges past vendors that sped on trolleys loaded with boxes  and bee-lined towards the restaurant section of the market. Packed within a small block lines rows of small, traditional Japanese restaurants.  They sure take advantage of their location. The only way the fish and seafood could get any fresher than being next to Tsukiji is if they were on a boat.
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Japanese Miso Salad Dressing Recipe

Every Thanksgiving dinner table needs a salad but it doesn’t have to be another boring field salad or an overdressed Caesar. 
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Best Japanese Bento Box Lunch in Downtown Vancouver: Kingyo Izakaya

This bento is one of those fantastic finds that I’m reluctant to share in fear that they would sell out before I can get my hands on another one. Kingyo is a bumpin’ izakaya on Denman Street that features fresh fish and an innovative small plate menu in a lively atmosphere.  They know how to keep the sakes and beers flowing freely.  As a bit of perfectionists, they have their salt and rice down to a science – I love that.
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11 Best Restaurant and Bar Experiences in Vancouver in October 2011: Carb Overload

In the Best Restaurant Meals series, I curate my most noteworthy nosh from the past week(s) with mobile photos. So much for fitting in that wedding dress in 35 days. September 8 – October 7
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