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Kanazawa Lost and Found – Cafe at Machiyajuku

Good things happen when you get lost in Kanazawa. Case in point: It was a chilly day late in the fall of last year, and I was visiting Kanazawa’s Higashi Chaya district. Here, many of the old tea houses are open for business, serving drinks and sweets in beautifully preserved traditional interiors. But the wind … Continue reading

Natural Italian in an Open Atmosphere

Something has done a number on my desire to write. It might be the long days at work, but I’m inclined to blame the book I’ve been reading recently – bad literature makes me fearful that I might find myself unintentionally emulating the author. Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who … Continue reading

The Secret Ingredient

In the spirit of honesty, today’s cooking story falls somewhat short of success. I share a couple of hobbies with the women from the international circle in my town. One is food – they give me cooking advice, and sometimes ask me to join them on “lunch dates,” (the kind that start at 11:00 – … Continue reading

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