Japanese Cuisine

The Food – 懐石料理

Dessert – Ice Cream with Caramel

The Restaurant – Nihonryori Ryugin (日本料理 龍吟), 28th place in The S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurans 2012

The Growing Portion Sizes of Fast Food in U.S.

Portion sizes have been growing. So have we. The average restaurant meal today is more than four times larger than in the 1950s. And adults are, on average, 26 pounds heavier. If we want to eat healthy, there are a few things we can do for ourselves and our community: Order the smaller meals on the menu, split a meal with a friend, or, eat half and take the rest home. We can also ask the managers at our favorite restaurants to offer smaller meals.


Tongue Analysis Software Uses Ancient Chinese Medical Practice to Warn of Disease

For 5,000 years, the Chinese have used a system of medicine based on the flow and balance of positive and negative energies in the body. In this system, the appearance of the tongue is one of the measures used to classify the overall physical status of the body, or zheng. Now, University of Missouri researchers have developed computer software that combines the ancient practices and modern medicine by providing an automated system for analyzing images of the tongue.

“Knowing your zheng classification can serve as a pre-screening tool and help with preventive medicine,” said Dong Xu, chair of University of Missouri computer science department and study co-author. “Our software helps bridge Eastern and Western medicine, since an imbalance in zheng could serve as a warning to go see a doctor. Within a year, our ultimate goal is to create an application for smartphones that will allow anyone to take a photo of their tongue and learn the status of their zheng.”

The software analyzes images based on the tongue’s color and coating to distinguish between tongues showing signs of “hot” or “cold” zheng. Shades of red and yellow are associated with hot zheng, whereas a white coating on the tongue is a sign of cold zheng.

“Hot and cold zheng doesn’t refer directly to body temperature,” said Xu, who is also on the faculty of the Bond Life Sciences Center. “Rather, it refers to a suite of symptoms associated with the state of the body as a whole.”

For example, a person with cold zheng may feel chills and coolness in the limbs and show a pale flushing of face. Their voice may have a high pitch. Other symptoms of cold sheng are clear urine and loose stool. They also may prefer hot foods and drinks and desire warm environments.

In Chinese traditional medicine both hot and cold zheng can be symptoms of gastritis, an inflammation of the stomach lining frequently caused by bacterial infection.


Chicken Curry


2 chicken legs (about 18 oz)
10 oz pumpkin
1 onion
1 tbsp curry powder


1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 cup water


  1. Cut chicken legs into chunks.
  2. Cut pumpkin into bite-size pieces and onion into wedges.
  3. Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pot. Sauté onion briefly. Add curry powder and chicken. Toss to combine.
  5. Add pumpkin and sauce. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat to simmer for 15 to 18 minutes. Remove and serve hot with rice or naan.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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