Chilli-Culture

The Issue with – or Really, Advantage of – Strong Flavors…

The Issue with – or Really, Advantage of – Strong Flavors…

In traditionally (since the late 17th century, anyways) bland cuisines, we are seeing an increasing popularity of stronger aromas and flavors, not least from the chilli. The trend is often decried as a symptom of worsening senses of taste, assaulted and miseducated as they are, […]

Osaka Central Wholesale Market(s)

Osaka Central Wholesale Market(s)

The market, especially the fish market, of Tsukiji in Tokyo hardly seems to need mentioning. It’s known. But, there are things to still know, aside from what everyone thinks they know and what is commonly heard. Hardly anything, in contrast, is ever heard about the Osaka […]

Coco Chocolatier “Haggis Spice” Review

Coco Chocolatier “Haggis Spice” Review

I haven’t written anything on the topic of “hot” chocolates in a while, but chocolates with special flavors (preferably from chile peppers) have long been an interest of mine. In fact, it may have been thanks to them that my interest expanded from the chile […]

The Last Green Pepper Emperor

“[A]lso in a compound in Khabarovsk, in 1945, was the Last Manchu, Pu Yi, the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty. He spent five years in Soviet captivity after his Japanese-backed pocket empire of Manchukuo collapsed with Japan’s surrender. The fallen emperor whiled away the […]