A year of pancakes, donuts, flying fish

| Dec 19, 2013

A year of pancakes, donuts, flying fish

by Steve Trautlein

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 ...

Cheap or fancy Chinatown feasts

| Jun 28, 2013

Cheap or fancy Chinatown feasts

by Steve Trautlein

Dining doesn’t get more democratic than in Yokohama’s Chinatown, where visitors can spend big bucks on a single meal or fill up on steamed buns for a single coin. Here’s a personal guide to some notable dishes; in the spirit of the neighborhood, there’s ...

Chomp your way through spring

| May 24, 2013

Chomp your way through spring

by Steve Trautlein

It’s no surprise that the Japanese get serious about eating and drinking come late spring, as yatai food carts roll out, a bevy of fresh vegetables appear on restaurant menus and the annual festival season begins to heat up. This year is no different, ...