Category Archives: Food

A Day at Ombuto

I thought today I would give you a view of what my days are like at this culinary vacation. 8:30 am: breakfast. My breakfast includes strong Italian coffee with frothed milk, a slice or two of prosciutto, a small wedge … Continue reading

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Pizza Night

Though I thought 9 was pretty late for breakfast, I was the first person there.  Cool gadgets Chef Paola has that I do not: automatic milk frother, electric orange juicer.  Great coffee, whole grain bread still warm from the oven, local … Continue reading

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And Then Syria Murdered Its Citizens in Their Sleep

Six weeks before I was to leave for my long anticipated tour of Israel, Syria used nerve gas on its own people, murdering more than 1000 in the middle of the night.  And the US (as I type this) is … Continue reading

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Dancing in the Graveyard

(Apologies!  I have had trouble uploading this post from several days ago) Three stories for you today.  Chapter 1:  Feast! Friday, August 31, Yoshitaka Ando “Andy” (the man I have been training this month) hosted a farewell banquet for me.  … Continue reading

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

I have shown you magnificent scenes of Japanese beauty, history, and grandeur.  Today, I would like to introduce you to my everyday life in Japan. I live in a studio apartment in the Shirokane neighborhood of Tokyo.  The literal translation … Continue reading

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Hemispheric Spillover

Back a pretty long time ago now, when I was a college undergraduate in behavioral neuroscience, I used to run all sorts of experiments on my fellow students to learn about the workings of the human brain.  No drilling – … Continue reading

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Chicken Dancing at the Tokyo Tower

In Japan, serious drinking with coworkers, supervisors, and clients is often considered part of the job.  According to business etiquette, “salarymen”  never decline an invitation for drink.  To decline is considered an insult.  These tend to be all-evening events and … Continue reading

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