Sashimi is sexy
If you are craving a taste of Tokyo, but don't have the time or funds to get on that plane to Narita at the moment; a visit to Berkeley's Ippuku just may do the temporary trick. Specializing in Izakaya cuisine, this authentically-decored space with a Japanese aesthetic and staff serves items not standard on American restaurant menus. Expect to find bites such as Chicken Tartare and Bacon-Wrapped Mochi.
Although you'll notice that a visit to Ippuku can be drenched in all things Nihonjin (Japanese), you'll be reminded of the fact that you are in the Bay Area. Especially, when you see the repeated use of local ingredients. One such example, is the Matcha Affogato ( green tea over Straus Organic soft serve vanilla) dessert. I'm an avid fan of Straus, making special visits to San Francisco's Super Duper and Zero Zero just to order it. The combination with the matcha was a perfect Ippuku ending. The only thing that could've made it better, was maybe a small dollop of azuki beans with a few fresh mochi on top. Reservations highly suggested.
2130 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Following its festive inaugural Mission Beer Garden celebration on the rooftop of Wix Lounge, Nombe has mapped out future dates including one happening this Friday 7/20. For only $15/person ($18 at the door) each guest will receive 3 pints of beer from featured breweries Kirin, Pacific Brewing Labs and Speakeasy. There will also be a variety of Japanese street food on hand including edamame, chicken wings, pork belly, hand-rolled sushi, chicken katsu sandwiches and more. So, if you are trying to figure out how to start off the weekend, now you know. Kick back and kanpai with your friends with a beer in hand and spread the word. And since it only goes on until 8pm, you still have time to grab dinner at Nombe or one of your other favorite Mission eateries before you head to your next destination.
Here are some of my pics from the last event:
Sushi Hand Rolls from Nombe
All Smiles at Sapporo Beer
Raw Oysters sprinkled with Shichimi pepper
Japanese Beer Taste Testing
Edamame Hummus with Taro Chips
No shortage of good eats coming out of the kitchen
Pork Belly – not a low calorie food
NOMBE's MJBG (Mission Japanese Beer Garden) details:
Date: Friday, July 20th, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Wix Lounge – Mission & 22nd (entrance on Mission Street)
TICKETS: Buy in advance HERE for $15. It will be $18 at door.
**Additional food & beer tickets can be purchased the night of the event ($5 per ticket).
For more info on NOMBE, visit HERE
I will be sharing more pics on Food Fashionista's Facebook Page later today.
Since I was a young girl in Japan, I loved my Yoku Moku. A light, buttery cookie – each individually wrapped like a dainty sweet omiyage (gift). This lovely confection comes in the popular cigar shape, in addition to flat with a chocolate filling. After finishing the cookies, I would always keep the tin to store collectibles including jewelry or stationary.
Yoku Moku is a gift that will be loved by all. It won't ever be a re-gift…unless it's an entirely new tin all for yourself.
Available at Saks, Neimans, Bergdorfs, Shirokiya (Hawaii) & of course at Yoku Moku boutiques in Japan.