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For Steve Trautlein's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan says 'aloha' to Hawaiian food

| May 27, 2014

Japan says 'aloha' to Hawaiian food

I should have realized that my first trip to Cinnamon’s would end in tears. Or, at least, in an uncomfortably long wait. This newly opened transplant from Kailua, Hawaii, is on the bucket list of every OL (office lady) in the Kanto area, and ...

A year of pancakes, donuts, flying fish

| Dec 19, 2013

A year of pancakes, donuts, flying fish

Japan has reached peak donut. In a year of otherwise promising trends in the B-kyū gourmet (B-grade cuisine) scene, Japanese diners saved their heartiest appetite for Western-style breakfast. The onslaught of U.S. franchises specializing in pancakes, French toast and eggs Benedict continued apace, with ...

Japan's love for curry means endless variety

| Nov 21, 2013

Japan's love for curry means endless variety

It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that Japanese curry saved my life. After relocating to Japan in the late 1990s, I found myself underemployed, surrounded by unfamiliar foodstuffs and suffering from a near-total lack of cooking skills. Yet I managed to fill up ...