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Fran Kuzui

Fran Kuzui

Fran, CBs Tokyo Bureau Chief, became part of the Culinary Backstreets team after joining a walk in Istanbul and writing them a fan letter. Her years as an active movie director, producer and distributor have given her an excuse to travel the world and an opportunity to eat very well. Born in New York, she met her Japanese husband on a movie set in the United States and they began splitting their time between New York City and Tokyo. They now live on the grounds of a Buddhist temple in Nikko, Japan. She has written pieces for Japanese magazines and several screenplays, one of which she directed and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. While Frans culinary tastes run from high-end sushi to any kind of yakitori, shes never met a noodle she didnt like.

Recent stories by Fran Kuzui

August 14, 2018

Yelo: Ice Dreams

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Tokyo -- Yelo, Roppongi’s kakigori (shaved ice) mecca, summoned the faithful with free samples on April 1 like some kind of cool April Fool’s joke for the not-quite-warm weather. The line stretching to the Hard Rock Café a block away was a reminder of things to come. Now the weather has turned much warmer, and the wait is daunting. Read more
July 16, 2018

Naniwa Café: Fortune Fish

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Tokyo -- It’s always tempting to try and take on all three major museums in Tokyo’s Art Triangle in one day. It would be easy to be overwhelmed by the delicious treasures of the National Art Center Tokyo, the Suntory Museum of Art and the Mori Art Museum, so we usually opt for just one and head to Naniwa Café afterwards for a pot of tea and their delicious taiyaki, a popular form of Japanese sweets (wagashi). Read more
July 4, 2018

Ma-Suya: Salt Mine

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Tokyo -- Japanese cuisine is often the art of quiet subtlety, and to that end, salt is one of its greatest supporters. The freshest of fish can be highlighted with a splash of the correct salt; cold sake drunk from fragrant cedar vessels is well enhanced with salt on the rim; and even tempura is frequently not dunked in sauce but instead sprinkled with salt by serious connoisseurs of fried delicacies. Read more