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Hi! I’m Reiko. It’s pronounced “Ray-Co”. It’s a Japanese name, and yes I was born in Hiroshima and grew up in Nagoya, Japan. I first came to the U.S. at age 19 to attend a summer ESL program in Riverside, CA. I fell in love with American life and culture, from coconut scented shampoo to bagel and cream cheese breakfast. But to tell the truth, for some reason I always knew I wanted to live in the U.S. probably by age 8! I don’t know exactly why, but movies like Dirty Dancing and Footloose didn’t hurt.

The second time I came to the U.S., I attended a small private college in upstate NY. I studied Culinary Arts and subsequently I worked in a hotel kitchen in Boston for about a year. People always ask me if that’s where I learned to cook, but I would have to say my cooking and passion for food were mostly inspired by my mom, who is a fabulous (and adventurous) cook, and my husband, who so generously complimented my early home-cooking and helped me start this blog. In my posts you’ll find lots of recipes inspired by my Japanese roots and our attempt to stay on the 95% plant-based diet, along with glimpses of the urban Midwest life my husband and I share and cherish in Lowertown St. Paul, MN. Thank you for stopping by.

I enjoy meeting other food lovers, and I do my best to write well. But I’m not a native English speaker and please excuse any mistakes.

I hope you enjoy our culinary adventures as much as we do. I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to leave comments. Enjoy!

If you are interested in using my photos, you can take one photo with a link back to the original post. if you are interested in posting additional photos and/or the full recipe, please contact me by e-mail.



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