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Steve Trautlein
For Steve Trautlein's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / EVERYMAN EATS
Jan 25, 2013
Snacking on squid guts and soybeans
Doritos and Budweiser, canapes and Champagne, jamon and Tempranillo — when it comes to happy hour, everyone has their favorite combination of booze and umami-infused treats.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 16, 2013
White paper chronicles rise of ramen worldwide
Ramen's rise to global prominence has taken many forms: Japanese noodle shops debuting to great acclaim overseas, from Sydney to Honolulu to London; the proliferation of English-language ramen blogs; international chefs incorporating elements of the dish into their cuisine.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Jan 11, 2013
Overseas restaurants set up shop in Japan
Call it the Pancake Revolution.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / EVERYMAN EATS
Dec 21, 2012
Food festivals: all yesterday's parties
The best of 2012 The inaugural Tama Geta Shoku no Saiten in Hachioji offered locavores a chance to sample the creative cuisine of western Tokyo. Thirty vendors showed off dishes such as motsu yaki-udon, a bowl of beef tripe and noodles from the town of Mizuho in Nishitama, and the "Tokyo-X" hot dog,...
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 23, 2012
Meet the ambassadors
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / EVERYMAN EATS
Nov 23, 2012
Japan's white-collar feeding grounds
Forget izakaya, soba restaurants and divey Chinese eateries — if you really want to see salarymen in mass munching mode, catch them in their natural habitat at the office shokudō (cafeteria), where colleagues rub shoulders daily over a tray of freshly made rations. Besides delivering sustenance...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / EVERYMAN EATS
Oct 26, 2012
Women — the essential B-kyū ingredient
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / EVERYMAN EATS
Sep 28, 2012
Diversifying Japan's biggest food festival
From its origins as a regional festival in the backwaters of Aomori Prefecture, the B-1 Grand Prix has attained a status of Fuji Rock-like proportions. The seven-year-old event, which attracts enthusiasts of local cooking from around Japan, almost single-handedly kick-started the country's obsession...
LIFE / Food & Drink
Sep 1, 2012
Welcome to ramen land
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / EVERYMAN EATS
Aug 24, 2012
The chow-down tour of Kanto's local dishes
This month's Everyman Eats column brings you popular culinary affordable oddities from Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures — served with a dash of local culture.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / EVERYMAN EATS
Jul 27, 2012
How cheap cuisine can save your town
Shigeru Tamura looks remarkably trim for someone whose hobby is eating fried noodles. Over a lunch at a yakisoba restaurant on the backstreets of Tokyo's Shibuya Ward, the 49-year-old author and law professor admits he dines out as often as twice a day. Then he pushes aside his plate of noodles and pulls...
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / EVERYMAN EATS
Jun 29, 2012
Digging in: the rise of B-kyū gurume
Everyman Eats is a new column about the phenomenon of B-kyū gurume (B-grade gourmet) — inexpensive, down-home cooking that reflects local culinary traditions. This first installment considers 10 moments that helped shape the recent B-kyū boom.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Feb 10, 2012
Sweet somethings
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
Nov 11, 2011
A taste of home: Life after National Azabu
Ask local expats what they miss most from their homelands, and they might tell you about Fig Newton cookies (Americans), Shreddies breakfast cereal (Brits), fresh coriander (Thais) or morning congee (Chinese). In other words, an authentic taste of home.

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Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan