Friday, September 24, 2010

Mouthwatering Nostalgia: Japanese "Soul Food" On The Upper East Side

Soul food recalls home and warms the heart.  It instantly conjures memories, experiences and a connection to the special people in our lives. This year's final installment of Japan Town’s food festivals showcases Japanese soul food with a range of favorites from my childhood in Japan.

The festival promises yaki ramen (Japanese stir fry), ikimari dango (like a pierogi on a skewer), okonomiyaki (pancake and omelet all in one), yakitori (skewer grilled chicken lightly marinated in a delicate sauce) and for the sweet tooth, warabimochi (Japanese toffee but using jelly instead of caramelized sugar).

Featured is the distinctive cuisine of the Kyushu region, the southernmost islands of Japan. New York City’s Japanese restaurants and vendors from the Kyushu prefectures of Nagasaki, Oita, Saga, Kumamoto and Fukuoka are on hand to open a new world of food and introduce their savory soul-filling selections.

Join me for lunch, brunch, and/or an early supper, Sunday, September 26, 11 am to 6 pm, on the Upper East Side at Lexington Avenue between 94th and 95th Streets. The day will be an amazing journey beyond everyday Japanese cuisine!


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