New Trends in Tile for an Asian Aesthetic

A few days ago I visited a tile showroom in Bellevue called Ambiente, which specializes in European tile.  Their tile designer Stephanie Lappano guided me to what’s new in the tile market.  It’s always a fun outing to see and learn about new trends, as materials change constantly.  As I tend to gravitate toward a …

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Cold Soba Noodle Salad for Summer

I love noodles!  Hot, cold, with soup, fried, with a sauce, it doesn’t matter, noodles are just so wonderful and versatile!  Noodles are an Asian staple, but if you go to any Asian grocery shop there is such a variety that it can be extremely confusing.  Since the weather is getting warmer….well actually since I …

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How to choose Soy Sauce or Shoyu?

Shoyu, or soy sauce made from fermented soybeans, is a liquid flavor base of many Asian recipes, and I would say the main ingredient in Japanese food. I also believe shoyu is addictive.  It is known that when traveling outside Japan, many older generation Japanese bring their favorite brand of shoyu with them.  However as …

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