Food Sake Tokyo

With Alton Brown in Ginza

Three years ago today I had the pleasure of taking Alton Brown on a tour in Tokyo. We did a book exchange at the end, he gave me a copy of this newest cookbook and I gave him Food Sake Tokyo. It was such a pleasure to meet him and help him find knives at Tsukiji Market and chopsticks at a chopstick specialty shop.

It’s crazy the times we are now in. Japan has not been affected too much by the coronavirus, not like in the US. But we are behind on the vaccines. Hoping I can get vaccinated in July. Also looking forward to the day when the border reopens and I can return to bringing clients to the food markets of Tokyo.

Department of Salad

Japanese potato salad

It’s been a long time since I have updated my blog. While coronavirus cases in Japan are relatively low to the US, we are far behind on getting vaccinated. The Olympic Games start in about a month and the Paralympic Games in about two months.

For now the Food Sake Tokyo market tours have come to a stop as the borders are closed. I am also waiting to get vaccinated before doing food tours with locals here in Tokyo.

Back in November, which seems like yesterday, I interviewed with the lovely Emily Rees Nunn for her Department of Salad. I love this salad newsletter which has changed the way I make salads at home. It has also introduced some new recipes for salads that I’ve made for years, but so much better, like a Greek Salad that takes me back to Athens. I’ve also changed the way I make my daily salad by letting the ingredients and dressing sit together for a while before eating. A small change, but big difference in flavor and texture. I spoke with Emily about Japanese potato salad. The interview and recipe is here:

https://eatsomesalad.substack.com/p/department-of-salad-official-bulletin-736

Potato salad is a classic dish found at most izakaya drinking pubs. It’s comfort food and very different from the potato salads I grew up with in Minnesota.

If you love salads I recommend signing up for Emily’s Department of Salad newsletter. There is a free version and paid subscribers receive an extra newsletter each week.

I hope to update the blog more. For the time being just waiting for the border to reopen so I can resume market tours to Tsukiji, depachika, Nihonbashi, and more. See you in Tokyo2022! Thank you for reading and I hope to update with more blog posts in the future. Welcome back!