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Hanabi is a man of two faces, in two places.He's originally from Minneapolis MN. But a wayfarer's spirit and his parents had him seeking solace in the sunnier climes of California. Hanabi currently resides in San Francisco and works in this little industry that some people have heard of called the "tech industry." He's eschewed the current economic trends in California of gold mining, panning for gold, and the shipping of goods and sundries for this upstart tech business. He also owns a screen printing business for good measure. He's a trained chef, a wizard in the kitchen, and an avid world traveler. Oh, and he likes to collect vintage synthesizers to round out his renaissance man persona.Hanabi is also a man who hails from Sacramento, CA -- the state capital if you will. We had an actor from Austria as our governor. If you flew into the Sacramento airport a few years ago you would have seen shirts in various gift shops that said things like "The Gover-nator" because that same actor-turned-politician used to star is some robot shoot-em-ups. But not many people are familiar enough with his work, so I digress... Hanabi is an audio-engineer and live sound technician by trade. He can play the drums well -- like, really well. He currently resides in Seattle and is on a mission to seek out every single craft brew made in the Northwest and review them so you don't have to.Some common threads among Hanabi's two personalities are: 1) a love of great food, whether it's from a $300 a person price-fixe menu or a meal using kitchen hacks that cost $10 to make; 2) a love of really odd Japanese music and; 3) finally, of course, they're both hella (Nor-Cal saying, kinda like "hyphy") West Coast for life.Hanabi hosts Eatopia and Japanese Super Terrific Happy Hour on BTR.

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Week of 03/27/16

"Hanabi is not a hater. Well usually Hanabi is, but not when it comes to vegetarian and vegan foods. Hanabi is very judge-y though. It’s not that meat or dairy free foods are bad, it’s just that there needs to be a greater level of creativity and attention to detail when preparing these foods. Let’s face it, even an over-cooked or simply a low-quality cut of meat can be made to taste passable in one way or another. You can add cheese, even horrible processed cardboard cheese and save hopeless dish. But, you can’t really save poorly executed vegan or vegetarian dishes. The ingredients are just that fragile and requires a deft hand to put it all together. With that said, Hanabi usually hates fake meat and fake cheese. That’s a big part of what in Hanabi’s opinion drags down meat and dairy free cuisine. But, Hanabi wanted to try a new vegan burger place on Haight St. called VeganBurg. He actually liked it, and it inspired him to do a vegan-burger battle. He put VeganBurg up again...

--2016 MAR 27
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Week of 03/27/16

Week of 03/20/16

"Hanabi lives in a magical land of apps. The apps allow Hanabi to do absolutely nothing for himself anymore. I’m being a bit cynical, but it’s true that the San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbed for new apps that tend to be available here long before they reach the rest of the country. For example, New Orleans just recently got Uber. One of the food related apps that I’ve recently used is No Wait. No Wait allows you to put your name on the restaurants waiting list without having to be there in person. That’s usually a no-go over the phone. But, the time I used it, it worked. It’s sort of bridge between a waiting list and an actual reservation. Score one for technology. Another app I frequent is Instacart which is available in several cities throughout the country. Much like the now defunct WebVan from 2000, Instacart will go shopping for you at local markets and deliver your groceries to you. It’s fast and ultra convenient. There are several apps for food delivery now as well, in...

--2016 MAR 20
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Week of 03/20/16

Week of 03/20/16

"On this episode, we’re jumping in the Japanese Music way-back machine. We’ve got some old school favs from the likes of Midori Takada, Yukihiro Takahashi, Miharu Koshi. Enjoy! Also, get that BTRtoday app! 00:00 Intro 02:00 Mr Henri Rousseau's Dream- Midori Takada 13:40 Break 16:01 Something In The Air- Yukihiro Takahashi 20:30 108 Desires- Yasuaki Shimizu 24:22 Pao-Jiang-Hu Theme- Yasuaki Shimizu 27:40 Break 31:30 Cosmic Surfin- Haroumi Hosono 36:23 lost in translations- Kidorikko 41:38 Parallelisme- Miharu Koshi 46:47 Nature- Stomu Yamashta 50:04 Outro 54:32 Finish Bands: Midori Takada Yukihiro Takahashi Miharu Koshi 00:00 - Intro 02:00 - Mr Henri Rousseau's Dream - Midori Takada 13:40 - Break 16:01 - Something In The Air - Yukihiro Takahashi 20:30 - 108 Desires - Yasuaki Shimizu 24:22 - Pao - Jiang-Hu Theme- Yasuaki Shimizu 27:40 - Break 31:30 - Cosmic Surfin - Haroumi Hosono 36:23 - lost in translations - Kidorikko 41:38 - Parallelisme - Miharu Koshi 46:47 - Nature - Stomu Yam...

--2016 MAR 20
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Week of 03/20/16

Week of 03/13/16

"Hanabi is soon to be making his travels to the ancient homelands of Europe, specifically, Paris, London and Rome. The big three I guess you might say. I’ve been to Paris and London several times, and I never get tired of those cities. How could you? I’m looking forward to Rome, as I’ve never been. Needless to say, many adventures await. In this episode Hanabi lays out the plans for the restaurants he wants to try, and after he returns we’ll contrast and compare. In Paris, among several spots it’s all about L’Avant Comptoir. It’s modern Paris at its best, from what we hear. In London, it’s all about a full-English breakfast for Hanabi. Apparently there’s no better place than Breakfast Club right now. We’ll see how it stacks up to The Wolseley. Rome is a wide open book right now.. There’s just so many places to go, but Bonci Pizzarium is the siren call for Hanabi and it must be done. Have you ever wanted to eat a Dork Burger or Dog Sticks Me too. Check out Hanabi’s advent...

--2016 MAR 13
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Week of 03/13/16

Week of 03/06/16

"Sometimes Hanabi leaves the confines of the city for Southern climes. Don’t be shocked, outside the city there exists some of the finest restaurants in the country. One of those gems is in Los Gatos, an affluent hamlet in the South Bay home to Manresa which just earned its third Michelin star. I had one of the most memorable meals at Manresa and chef David Kinch did not disappoint. Two years ago Manresa had a kitchen fire that shut it down for about 6 months. But, it’s firing away on all cylinders. While I’m in the South Bay, Palo Alto to be specific, and because I spent all my money at Manresa I need a place that is delicious but not going to break the bank. That’s where Oren’s Hummus comes in. Fresh Israeli hummus and house made pita? Yes please! You also might find us chillin at the Mee Kong Barb. No big deal, just eating some Bahn Mi Burgers... Also, if you haven’t already, download the BTRtoday app from the iTunes store. It makes listening to Dj Hanabi on the go easy. 00...

--2016 MAR 6
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Week of 03/06/16

Week of 02/28/16

"Hanabi’s parents are shoving off to Prague and Budapest in a few months to keep the image of the American tourist alive. So, with a father-son dinner meet up on the schedule, we figured we’d get them ready for that Eastern European cuisine by visiting Cafe Europa in the Richmond district. Also, it nicely fits with the desire to try a more diverse selection of neighborhood haunts rather than just the big hits. Cafe Europa is a nice mix of Czech, Hungarian, Polish, German and Russian cuisines. Pops and Hanabi are huge fans of these and it literally runs in the blood. One dish in particular stands out for me, and that’s Goulash. The ubiquitous Hungarian dish which is essentially a beef stew served over either egg noodles, rice or potato dumplings. I personally like it with spaetzle. The big difference between Goulash and a basic beef stew is the addition of smoked paprika. I can’t even begin to adequately extol the virtues of smoked paprika. The deep red color it lends to a dish i...

--2016 FEB 28
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Week of 02/28/16

Week of 02/21/16

"We’re always trying to drop the best Japanese beats from Hokkaido to Okinawa. We’ve yet again succeeded. With bands like Stereopony, People in the Box, Tfvsjs what else do you need? Sit back and get ready to be amazed. Also, if you haven’t already, download the BTRtoday app from the iTunes store. It makes listening to Dj Hanabi on the go easy. 00:00 Intro 01:59 Echolocation- LITE 05:42 pop song 1.0- tfvsjs 10:38 between- tfvsjs 16:06 Break 18:07 Ai Wo Ute- Luna Haruna 22:09 Rising Hope- LiSA 26:14 Tsukiakari No Michishirube- Stereopony 30:03 Overdrive- Stereopony 34:23 Break 36:17 Animation- Young Juvenile Youth 40:50 Commit Ballad- toe 44:55 lost in translation1- People in the Box 50:05 lost in translation2- People in the Box 54:34 Outro 56:48 Finish Bands: People in the Box Stereopony Tfvsjs 00:00 - Intro 01:59 - Echolocation - LITE 05:42 - pop song 1.0 - tfvsjs 10:38 - between - tfvsjs 16:06 - Break 18:07 - Ai Wo Ute - Luna Haruna 22:09 - Rising Hope - LiSA 26:14 - Tsukiakari...

--2016 FEB 21
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Week of 02/21/16

Week of 02/21/16

"Hanabi finally scored a reservation to The Progress! The Progress is the sister restaurant to the much ballyhooed, and totally exceeds all such ballyhoo, State Bird Provisions. They are in fact neighboring restaurants. While State Bird serves their playful dishes dim sum style, The Progress’ menu changes daily and goes for a family style approach. It’s such a creative way to serve such creative food. For $58 a person, you get four different starters and you can choose four different larger items. It’s about as simple as it gets, but it’s also an exciting change from the standard service of individual plating for a tasting menu. Some of the hits of the evening would have to be the grilled octopus. Octopus is basically my favorite seafood. If it’s on the menu, I’m getting it! We also got down with some spot on mackerel crudo which was a perfect start to the meal. Since it can’t always be meat all the time, we opted for a celery root ravioli which came with a nice little apple ...

--2016 FEB 21
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Week of 02/21/16

Week of 02/14/16

"I never intended to speak of the Super Bowl, post-Super Bowl, but I couldn’t help it considering where I spent my Super Bowl Sunday. Hanabi and some pals went to Hi-Tops a gay sports bar located in the Castro district. Talk about a well run sports bar, this place was on its A-game. They were packed, but neat, clean and efficient. The food was next-level pub grub. The killer nachos stole the show! Pork chops too boring for you lately? I say dress them up with Hanabi’s weekday porchetta hack. Hanabi also went to Mexico for a weekender. How about a little fried opah sandwich from some of the most beautiful waters you’ll ever see? Also, if you haven’t already, download the BTRtoday app from the iTunes store. It makes listening to Dj Hanabi on the go easy. 00:00 Intro 02:48 Gold- Darkstar 06:43 Stoke The Fire- Darkstar 10:42 Break 18:45 Stone In Focus- Aphex Twin 28:24 Break 34:15 Panic of Looking- Brian Eno 38:33 The Real- Brian Eno 45:22 Last Anthropocene- Brian Eno 52:54 Outro 59...

--2016 FEB 14
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Week of 02/14/16

Super Bowl Sunday!

"Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Super Bowl 50 comes to San Francisco and with it the controversial Super Bowl City located right along the already heavily congested Embarcadero near the Ferry Building and Bay Bridge terminus. Although locals are curious about all of the traffic issues, public transportation re-routes and overall cost to the city I will say this, it’s not short of things to eat. Some local eateries have opened up shop inside the gates. Looking for a lobster roll? No problem. Want a burger from Michelin Starred Michael Mina? Got that too. The food’s not cheap, but it’s at least elevated well above the nachos and hot dogs you’d expect. Hanabi also wanted to throw down a nice little comfy chicken Kiev recipe. Since summer is still far away, we figured an ultimate summertime drink made from cactus and pineapple would hit the spot. Secret: add mezcal to it. Also, if you haven’t already, download the BTRtoday app from the iTunes store. It makes listening to Dj Hanabi on the ...

--2016 FEB 7
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Super Bowl Sunday!

Latest Episodes

Week of 03/27/16

"Hanabi is not a hater. Well usually Hanabi is, but not when it comes to vegetarian and vegan foods. Hanabi is very judge-y though. It’s not that meat or dairy free foods are bad, it’s just that there needs to be a greater level of creativity and attention to detail when preparing these foods. Let’s face it, even an over-cooked or simply a low-quality cut of meat can be made to taste passable in one way or another. You can add cheese, even horrible processed cardboard cheese and save hopeless dish. But, you can’t really save poorly executed vegan or vegetarian dishes. The ingredients are just that fragile and requires a deft hand to put it all together. With that said, Hanabi usually hates fake meat and fake cheese. That’s a big part of what in Hanabi’s opinion drags down meat and dairy free cuisine. But, Hanabi wanted to try a new vegan burger place on Haight St. called VeganBurg. He actually liked it, and it inspired him to do a vegan-burger battle. He put VeganBurg up again...

--2016 MAR 27
Comments
Week of 03/27/16

Week of 03/20/16

"Hanabi lives in a magical land of apps. The apps allow Hanabi to do absolutely nothing for himself anymore. I’m being a bit cynical, but it’s true that the San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbed for new apps that tend to be available here long before they reach the rest of the country. For example, New Orleans just recently got Uber. One of the food related apps that I’ve recently used is No Wait. No Wait allows you to put your name on the restaurants waiting list without having to be there in person. That’s usually a no-go over the phone. But, the time I used it, it worked. It’s sort of bridge between a waiting list and an actual reservation. Score one for technology. Another app I frequent is Instacart which is available in several cities throughout the country. Much like the now defunct WebVan from 2000, Instacart will go shopping for you at local markets and deliver your groceries to you. It’s fast and ultra convenient. There are several apps for food delivery now as well, in...

--2016 MAR 20
Comments
Week of 03/20/16

Week of 03/20/16

"On this episode, we’re jumping in the Japanese Music way-back machine. We’ve got some old school favs from the likes of Midori Takada, Yukihiro Takahashi, Miharu Koshi. Enjoy! Also, get that BTRtoday app! 00:00 Intro 02:00 Mr Henri Rousseau's Dream- Midori Takada 13:40 Break 16:01 Something In The Air- Yukihiro Takahashi 20:30 108 Desires- Yasuaki Shimizu 24:22 Pao-Jiang-Hu Theme- Yasuaki Shimizu 27:40 Break 31:30 Cosmic Surfin- Haroumi Hosono 36:23 lost in translations- Kidorikko 41:38 Parallelisme- Miharu Koshi 46:47 Nature- Stomu Yamashta 50:04 Outro 54:32 Finish Bands: Midori Takada Yukihiro Takahashi Miharu Koshi 00:00 - Intro 02:00 - Mr Henri Rousseau's Dream - Midori Takada 13:40 - Break 16:01 - Something In The Air - Yukihiro Takahashi 20:30 - 108 Desires - Yasuaki Shimizu 24:22 - Pao - Jiang-Hu Theme- Yasuaki Shimizu 27:40 - Break 31:30 - Cosmic Surfin - Haroumi Hosono 36:23 - lost in translations - Kidorikko 41:38 - Parallelisme - Miharu Koshi 46:47 - Nature - Stomu Yam...

--2016 MAR 20
Comments
Week of 03/20/16

Week of 03/13/16

"Hanabi is soon to be making his travels to the ancient homelands of Europe, specifically, Paris, London and Rome. The big three I guess you might say. I’ve been to Paris and London several times, and I never get tired of those cities. How could you? I’m looking forward to Rome, as I’ve never been. Needless to say, many adventures await. In this episode Hanabi lays out the plans for the restaurants he wants to try, and after he returns we’ll contrast and compare. In Paris, among several spots it’s all about L’Avant Comptoir. It’s modern Paris at its best, from what we hear. In London, it’s all about a full-English breakfast for Hanabi. Apparently there’s no better place than Breakfast Club right now. We’ll see how it stacks up to The Wolseley. Rome is a wide open book right now.. There’s just so many places to go, but Bonci Pizzarium is the siren call for Hanabi and it must be done. Have you ever wanted to eat a Dork Burger or Dog Sticks Me too. Check out Hanabi’s advent...

--2016 MAR 13
Comments
Week of 03/13/16

Week of 03/06/16

"Sometimes Hanabi leaves the confines of the city for Southern climes. Don’t be shocked, outside the city there exists some of the finest restaurants in the country. One of those gems is in Los Gatos, an affluent hamlet in the South Bay home to Manresa which just earned its third Michelin star. I had one of the most memorable meals at Manresa and chef David Kinch did not disappoint. Two years ago Manresa had a kitchen fire that shut it down for about 6 months. But, it’s firing away on all cylinders. While I’m in the South Bay, Palo Alto to be specific, and because I spent all my money at Manresa I need a place that is delicious but not going to break the bank. That’s where Oren’s Hummus comes in. Fresh Israeli hummus and house made pita? Yes please! You also might find us chillin at the Mee Kong Barb. No big deal, just eating some Bahn Mi Burgers... Also, if you haven’t already, download the BTRtoday app from the iTunes store. It makes listening to Dj Hanabi on the go easy. 00...

--2016 MAR 6
Comments
Week of 03/06/16

Week of 02/28/16

"Hanabi’s parents are shoving off to Prague and Budapest in a few months to keep the image of the American tourist alive. So, with a father-son dinner meet up on the schedule, we figured we’d get them ready for that Eastern European cuisine by visiting Cafe Europa in the Richmond district. Also, it nicely fits with the desire to try a more diverse selection of neighborhood haunts rather than just the big hits. Cafe Europa is a nice mix of Czech, Hungarian, Polish, German and Russian cuisines. Pops and Hanabi are huge fans of these and it literally runs in the blood. One dish in particular stands out for me, and that’s Goulash. The ubiquitous Hungarian dish which is essentially a beef stew served over either egg noodles, rice or potato dumplings. I personally like it with spaetzle. The big difference between Goulash and a basic beef stew is the addition of smoked paprika. I can’t even begin to adequately extol the virtues of smoked paprika. The deep red color it lends to a dish i...

--2016 FEB 28
Comments
Week of 02/28/16

Week of 02/21/16

"We’re always trying to drop the best Japanese beats from Hokkaido to Okinawa. We’ve yet again succeeded. With bands like Stereopony, People in the Box, Tfvsjs what else do you need? Sit back and get ready to be amazed. Also, if you haven’t already, download the BTRtoday app from the iTunes store. It makes listening to Dj Hanabi on the go easy. 00:00 Intro 01:59 Echolocation- LITE 05:42 pop song 1.0- tfvsjs 10:38 between- tfvsjs 16:06 Break 18:07 Ai Wo Ute- Luna Haruna 22:09 Rising Hope- LiSA 26:14 Tsukiakari No Michishirube- Stereopony 30:03 Overdrive- Stereopony 34:23 Break 36:17 Animation- Young Juvenile Youth 40:50 Commit Ballad- toe 44:55 lost in translation1- People in the Box 50:05 lost in translation2- People in the Box 54:34 Outro 56:48 Finish Bands: People in the Box Stereopony Tfvsjs 00:00 - Intro 01:59 - Echolocation - LITE 05:42 - pop song 1.0 - tfvsjs 10:38 - between - tfvsjs 16:06 - Break 18:07 - Ai Wo Ute - Luna Haruna 22:09 - Rising Hope - LiSA 26:14 - Tsukiakari...

--2016 FEB 21
Comments
Week of 02/21/16

Week of 02/21/16

"Hanabi finally scored a reservation to The Progress! The Progress is the sister restaurant to the much ballyhooed, and totally exceeds all such ballyhoo, State Bird Provisions. They are in fact neighboring restaurants. While State Bird serves their playful dishes dim sum style, The Progress’ menu changes daily and goes for a family style approach. It’s such a creative way to serve such creative food. For $58 a person, you get four different starters and you can choose four different larger items. It’s about as simple as it gets, but it’s also an exciting change from the standard service of individual plating for a tasting menu. Some of the hits of the evening would have to be the grilled octopus. Octopus is basically my favorite seafood. If it’s on the menu, I’m getting it! We also got down with some spot on mackerel crudo which was a perfect start to the meal. Since it can’t always be meat all the time, we opted for a celery root ravioli which came with a nice little apple ...

--2016 FEB 21
Comments
Week of 02/21/16

Week of 02/14/16

"I never intended to speak of the Super Bowl, post-Super Bowl, but I couldn’t help it considering where I spent my Super Bowl Sunday. Hanabi and some pals went to Hi-Tops a gay sports bar located in the Castro district. Talk about a well run sports bar, this place was on its A-game. They were packed, but neat, clean and efficient. The food was next-level pub grub. The killer nachos stole the show! Pork chops too boring for you lately? I say dress them up with Hanabi’s weekday porchetta hack. Hanabi also went to Mexico for a weekender. How about a little fried opah sandwich from some of the most beautiful waters you’ll ever see? Also, if you haven’t already, download the BTRtoday app from the iTunes store. It makes listening to Dj Hanabi on the go easy. 00:00 Intro 02:48 Gold- Darkstar 06:43 Stoke The Fire- Darkstar 10:42 Break 18:45 Stone In Focus- Aphex Twin 28:24 Break 34:15 Panic of Looking- Brian Eno 38:33 The Real- Brian Eno 45:22 Last Anthropocene- Brian Eno 52:54 Outro 59...

--2016 FEB 14
Comments
Week of 02/14/16

Super Bowl Sunday!

"Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Super Bowl 50 comes to San Francisco and with it the controversial Super Bowl City located right along the already heavily congested Embarcadero near the Ferry Building and Bay Bridge terminus. Although locals are curious about all of the traffic issues, public transportation re-routes and overall cost to the city I will say this, it’s not short of things to eat. Some local eateries have opened up shop inside the gates. Looking for a lobster roll? No problem. Want a burger from Michelin Starred Michael Mina? Got that too. The food’s not cheap, but it’s at least elevated well above the nachos and hot dogs you’d expect. Hanabi also wanted to throw down a nice little comfy chicken Kiev recipe. Since summer is still far away, we figured an ultimate summertime drink made from cactus and pineapple would hit the spot. Secret: add mezcal to it. Also, if you haven’t already, download the BTRtoday app from the iTunes store. It makes listening to Dj Hanabi on the ...

--2016 FEB 7
Comments
Super Bowl Sunday!
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