Big Changes – And Secrets – At Vegetarian Temple Kajitsu

It sort of feels like the Michael Jordan retirement, at least to those who worship at the altar of the acclaimed vegetarian restaurant Kajitsu located in New York’s East Village. Chef Masato Nishihara announced earlier this month that he was walking away from the two Michelin-starred shojin (Zen Buddhist) cuisine restaurant to….well, nobody really knew. But,  […]  Read more

Why Yum Cha in Australia Is So (Bleeping) Good

Our insatiable reporter Matt Rodbard recently ate his way through Australia and brought back some stories about Asian food encounters he had while down under. This is the first of a series of glimpses of the Australian food scene. Why Australia? Well, let’s just say that David Chang decided to open up his latest restaurant  […]  Read more

Pairing Tacos with Sake

At first, Mexican style tacos and sake may seem an unlikely pairing, but when you engage the two, over a weekend soiree with friends and laughs, it’s definitely, “a good thing”. To put it simply, the way Japanese Sake is brewed, the pairing possibilities are endless. Not only does it compliment delicate fresh flavors, but  […]  Read more

It’s Shochu’s Night Out!

“It has never, ever, happened in this city before,” says Chizuko Niikawa excitedly while sipping nutty green tea at Robataya in the East Village. I had joined her—a certified sake sommelier—and shochu blogger Stephen Lyman to talk about Japanese shochu, which is readying for its New York City close-up next week with two major events  […]  Read more

Gavin Kaysen’s Reverse Engineered Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

After seven stops on the 7 train, Gavin Kaysen, Executive Chef of Café Boulud and members of his kitchen crew, 7 strong, landed in Flushing where they embarked on a reconnaissance eating tour of the area’s pho shops — with a stop off at the Grand Restaurant in the New World Mall for dim sum.  […]  Read more

Sosa Nose Kimchi

Sometimes a spicy dish can just about bring tears to the eyes. And not because of Scovilles. “I got to taste some 100-year-old gochujang and it was absolutely mind-blowing,” said Top Chef runner-up Angelo Sosa, about the fermented red pepper paste, with a near crack of the voice. When chefs get a chance to sample  […]  Read more


Standing in line for the delicious Kambi House Ramen, which was by far the most popular food item of the evening, I overheard a very ecstatic woman say to her just as elated male companion, “This is THE most unique birthday gift anyone has ever given me.” Hearing her happiness offset the boredom of waiting  […]  Read more

Ticket Giveaway

LUCKYRICE will give away tickets to two events where we will celebrate and experience the quality of Japanese artisan-crafted sake, shochu and beer. The Japanese are known for their obsessive attention to detail and quality. It’s embedded in the Japanese culture of family-run breweries. And now, the newest generation of purveyors is shaking things up  […]  Read more


Enter To Win Tickets Here Buy Tickets Here If you’ve lived long enough, you’ll remember that thirty years ago, eating raw fish in a Japanese restaurant sounded bizarre and even a bit disgusting to most Americans. Nowadays, famous actors consume so much sushi that they give themselves mercury poisoning. In the early part of this  […]  Read more

Chef Morimoto’s Maguro Carving Demo

On May 18th, we attended one of the finest walk-around tastings that we’ve been to. Chef Masaharu Morimoto hosted a benefit for The Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund and he called on a few of his chef buddies to help create a special evening at the Harvard Club called Chefs Cook for Japan. The  […]  Read more