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Not Your Nonna’s Spaghetti

IMG_3117But no, I couldn’t bring myself to order it. Because a) civet poop coffee was enough excitement for one week and b) don’t you think there’s a reason that oysters + seaweed + cream linguini is not exactly a staple menu item in Italy…?

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

6 thoughts on “Not Your Nonna’s Spaghetti Leave a comment

  1. I’m not really a fun of cooked oysters but on pasta with seaweeds it looks ok and after your poop coffee come on! at least the oysters were not predigested by an animal ^^. it’s a sauce too, I’d love to try

  2. Something about the Japanese take on western cuisine that I’ve noticed since I’ve been here is that you’ll often found several things thrown together that you’d never see outside this island. For example, oyster and seaweed pasta.

    If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go throw up a little bit.

    • Sometimes it’s not bad (if you make yourself think “J-food” not “spaghetti”) – I totally avoided mentaiko for ages (because COD ROE ewwww) but then I was served it at someone’s house so I couldn’t very well refuse, and it was surprisingly tasty. In a not-spaghetti kind of way. But oysters and seaweed? All kinds of nope.

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