I grew up in Sacramento and currently live in the Bay Area. I've lived in LA, the midwest, the east coast, and Japan as well. My tastes are pretty broad, and I'm doing my best to pass that on to my four children. So far so good. They eat a variety of meat, fish, vegetable, rice and pasta dishes. Still, I don't get to cook with as much spice as I used to unless I make a separate dish for my husband and me.
I grew up in a large extended Japanese family. My father is also a big time hunter and fisherman. So I grew up with a lot of rice, fish, teriyaki, steak, duck, and a variety of traditional japanese dishes. I still love to cook these, and because most japanese dishes are slightly sweet and not spice, our kids love them. I'll be putting up the family recipes for tonkatsu, donburri, sukiyaki, and many more when I have time!