Japanese Archive

  • LET’S TALK SUSHI / 4,000 restaurants, so little time

    LET’S TALK SUSHI / 4,000 restaurants, so little time

    By Larry Levine – Ask someone in California to recommend a sushi restaurant and the reaction is likely to be akin to asking for a barbecue recommendation in Texas. Virtually everyone has a favorite. For some people it’s serial favorites. I remember a time many years ago, when a friend recommended that I try a […]

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  • A 50-YEAR LOVE AFFAIR WITH SACRAMENTO / it’s the restaurants and so much more

    A 50-YEAR LOVE AFFAIR WITH SACRAMENTO / it’s the restaurants and so much more

    By Larry Levine – An electric ballet of lightning bolts leaped across the Northern California sky as I motored north through Stockton on Highway 99. The heat of an August afternoon had given way to a warm evening before I put the top down on my 1964 Pontiac Lemans and left L.A. bound for Sacramento […]

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  • IT STARTED WITH A MUSHROOM / Teriyaki chicken recipe

    IT STARTED WITH A MUSHROOM / Teriyaki chicken recipe

    By Larry Levine – It started with a shitake mushroom grown in a “farm” given to me as a gift. Next thing I knew, I burned a sauce pan while making a homemade Teriyaki sauce, which spilled over on the stove top and caramelized. Then I had to run out to the market to get […]

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  • A BONA FIDE SUSHI PLETHORA DILEMMA

    A BONA FIDE SUSHI PLETHORA DILEMMA

    By Larry Levine – I can hear the sarcastic groans of sympathy even before I write these words. But I’m suffering with a sushi plethora dilemma. There are too many excellent sushi restaurants in my life. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know; there can’t be such a thing. So, how many is too many? Certainly it […]

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  • TRAVELS WITH JENNIFER AND LARRY / Chapter 5 – BBQ, America’s food

    TRAVELS WITH JENNIFER AND LARRY / Chapter 5 – BBQ, America’s food

    By Larry Levine – America’s food …? No, it isn’t the hot dog or the hamburger. It’s barbecue – also known as barbeque, BBQ, or just plain Q. There is virtually no corner of the U.S. that doesn’t have its own style of BBQ, and within each regional style there are sub-regions and as many […]

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  • A SUSHI LOVERS’ GUIDE TO SURVIVAL IN TOUGH TIMES

    A SUSHI LOVERS’ GUIDE TO SURVIVAL IN TOUGH TIMES

    By Larry Levine -It’s been a tough 13 months or so for sushi lovers. First, the Fukushima nuclear power plant poured radioactive iodine and cesium into the ocean off the coast of Japan. Anything that lived or swam in those waters – things like Japanese uni, saba (Japanese mackerel), and Pacific albacore tuna – became […]

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  • MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE / 12 memorable meals from the year gone by

    MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE / 12 memorable meals from the year gone by

    By Larry Levine – “You’re lucky, eating so many great meals in great restaurants.” I hear statements like that frequently from people who assume I created a restaurant web site (atLarrys.com) and this online food magazine as an excuse to eat great meals in great restaurants. They have it backwards; the great meals in great […]

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