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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 on 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 eat mostly whole foods, 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 photo, please have a link back to the original post on my blog.


-Summer 2012 After watching the documentary movie, “Forks over Knives”, my husband and I started the 95% plant-based diet.
-Summer 2017 After watching “What the Health”, we switched to the 100% whole-foods plant-based diet.
-Fall 2017 I read “The China Study” written by T Colin Campbell, Ph.D. a dn Thomas M. Campbell II, M.D., and I strongly believe that everybody should read this book (and make their own choices).


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