8 Japanese foods you’ve likely never heard of

( CNN) When it comes to Japanese food, we all know the basics: Sushi. Ramen. Curry. Gyoza.

But then there are all those regional differences and specialties unique to each prefecture, many of which have yet to making such a mark on global menus.

Tohoku, the northernmost region of Japan’s Honshu island, is particularly ripe for culinary exploration.

Japan food expert Elizabeth Andoh is the author of the book “KIBO — Brimming with Hope, ” a collection of recipes and tales from Tohoku.

Sweet Potato Toast Is The Health Trend That Keeps Get Better

Sweet potato toaststarted building the rounds last year. And while we were excited about this healthy breakfastalternative, we didnt put stock into this trend sticking around. How could sweet potato toast maybe compete with avocado toast, we wondered?

Boy were we incorrect not only is sweet potato toast still a healthy fad, but its getting better and better.And we have the recipes to prove it.

If you havent given into sweet potato toast yet , nows the time to put down your wheat-flour filled breakfast and embracing something different. And if you follow the paleo dietor youre gluten-free, many of these recipes( depending what you top it with) will fit those guidelines.

Here are some new ideas were sure youll appreciate.

1 Lean And Green Sweet Potato Toast

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2 Peanut Butter Banana Sweet Potato Toast

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3 Paleo Sweet Potato Toasts

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4 Sweet Potato Toast With Herby Beans

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5 Sweet Potato Avocado Toast With Soft Boiled Egg And Greens

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6 Sweet Potato Bites With Avocado And Bacon

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7 Sweet Potato Toast With Avocado Pea Mash, Feta And Eggs


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The Chorus Of Calls For Bipartisanship Has Fallen Silent Now That Trump’s President

In a way, President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama, have something very much in common.

Here is Trump, at the beginning of his presidential term, in the midst of the need to do something with health care reform, pinned by campaign promises and like-minded Congressional majorities looking to move swiftly on the matter. Obama also faced the same pressures to get a bill over the goal line. Health care reform was one of his most notable campaign pledgesand it took a hard-won Senate super-majority which only ultimately came about with the defection from the GOP of Sen. Arlen Specter( D-Penn .) and the eventual arrival of Sen. Al Franken( D-Minn .), coupled with Democratic domination in the House.

It is, perhaps, a very narrow comparison, but it sits there waiting to be made. Right now, Trump faces the same urgency, the same complications, and the same doubts about what can be wrought after the various interests of an often fractious pack of lawmakers are both balanced and consensus reached. But theres one notable absence from todays proceedings. Where, pray tell, is the political peanut gallery calling on Trump to construct his offering at the holy temple of bipartisanship?

Its worth pointing out because during the course of its Obama era, the demand that he remain true to bipartisanship was constant. The entire notion of presidential leadership, during Obamas tenure, was altogether contingent upon his willingness to break with those that had voted him into office and deliver policies that they would almost certainly despise, like deep and immiserating cuts to earned benefit programs like Social security systems and Medicare.

If Obama wasnt trying to reach some sort of across-the-aisle grand bargain, then he was failing, in the eyes of pundits. And whenever Obama managed to deliver on middle-of-the-road policies, well those same pundits moved the goalposts. Journalist and political commentatorGreg Sargent called it the centrist dodge, and it, too, was a constant feature of the Obama era.

During the long and tortuous legislative process that eventually brought us the Affordable Care Act, the bipartisanship police pulled double-shifts on their beat, creating a hue and cry whenever it looked like developings werent going to yield the optimal center-right health care package. The media practically fulminated against the so-called public alternative, rejecting the strong and consistent public support for it out of hand. Whenever it seemed like the Democrat might have to take a parliamentary short-cutlike the brief flirting with deem and pass, the Beltway press erupted in a chorus of disapproval.

The commentariats benchmark for what constituted a properly legislated health care reform bill was probably best articulated by the late Washington Post journalist David Broder, who suggested that anything that managed to accrue less than 70 votes in the Senate could not maybe be deemed legitimate.

Of course, in inducing these specific demands, the medias bipartisanship fanboys had a pretty powerful ally Obama himself, who seemed to feel an otherworldly compulsion to chase the favor of Beltway pundits.

During the run-up to the passageway of Obamacare, the 44 th chairman was solicitous, virtually to a fault, of bipartisan participation, beginning with the fact that his own policy vision was basically cribbed wholesale from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the GOPs 2012 presidential candidate.But Obama didnt necessarily demand to be the sole solutioneer on the health care innovation mission. In fact, the whole reason the legislative process was so long and tortuous was because Obama fostered other ideas and spent a considerable amount of day trying to win the votes of Republicans.

Thats how, alongside Obamas own scheme, the late Sen. Bob Bennett( R-Utah) and Sen. Ron Wyden( D-Ore .) were permitted to develop their own scheme simultaneously. Also receiving bless was Sen. Max Baucus( D-Mont .) and his bipartisan Gang Of Six, which ultimately failed to do much more beyond filling the Montana senators coffers with the money of health care lobbyists.

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The Democratic caucus former President obama needed to win over when he was commander in chief was far from homogenous.

Along the style, Obama bent over backwardtrying to win the approval of Republican like Sen. Chuck Grassley( R-Iowa) and then-Sen. Olympia Snowe( R-Maine) to no avail. The only thing these sops to bipartisanship earned Obama was the extra stress of watching Republican Scott Brown win a Massachusetts Senate seat, which briefly threatened the entire endeavor. And even after Brown arrived in D.C ., Obama wouldnt give up hope on winning over some GOP legislators. It wasnt until his February 2010 Health Care Summit at Blair House wrapped up, having failed to break the impasse, that a weary White House accepted that the administration would be going it alone.

Obama was probably taking these actions because he had, perhaps foolishly, promised to establish a new tone in Washington , D.C ., and reach out to Republicans on policy matters. His exhort to satisfy the High Clergymen of Bipartisanship brought the Obama administration to some of its most dangerous points, such as the near-disastrous legitimization of policy bargaining over the debt ceiling, as well as the folly of the Budget Control Act to be incorporated doomed-to-fail super committeeand the budget sequestration that was the consequence of that failure. In fact, it was Obama himself who gave Broder his 70 -votes-or-bust ammunition when he said hed rather have 70 elections in the Senate for a bill that dedicates him 85 percent of what he wants rather than a 100 percentage satisfactory bill that passes 52 to 48.

Trump has never truly promised bipartisanship to anybody. That alone might explain why there hasnt been a similar call from pundits. Well, that and the fact that the former reality reveal personality has given little indication that flattering pundits is one of his concerns. This is probably the best feature of Trumps presidency; his complete disregard for seeking a track that never made any of his policies more effective, all for the sake of pleasing a gaggle of wags who never devoted him credit for the effort.

Still, its interesting that no one is exactly beating those drums, during the Trump era, if only because the worst features of his presidency his ignorance, extremism, and serial norm-breaking practically begs the bipartisanship chides to get off their fainting lounges and wag a finger or two. Its the sort of environment youd expect institutionalists to aloud make their instance, even if those institutions are largely superficial.

But one thing that the individuals who insisted on a push-to-the-center during the course of its Obamacare legislative process can arguably hang their hats on is the fact that this pushing was likely what the process ultimately required.

No, he did not win over any Republicans to vote for the Affordable Care Act but the Democratic caucus Obama needed to win over was far from homogenous. Ultimately, to get enough votes to the Affordable Care Act signed into statute, Obama had to satisfy former Indiana Sen.Evan Bayh and Rep. Bart Stupak( D-Mich ), Democrat-turned-independent Sen. Joe Lieberman and then-Sen. Ben Nelson( D-Neb .).( After which, he still had to take Rep. Dennis Kucinich( D-Ohio) up in Air Force One to convince him to not abandon the bill over all of these concessions .)

And this is something else that Trump abruptly has in common with Obama assuming that regular order in the Senate is going to hold, the only style Congressional Republican can advance their repeal-and-replace aims is to do so partially, employing budget reconciliation. But this move would merely zero out the funding mechanisms for the Affordable Care Act it wouldnt replace the bill for the long term, and over the short term, it could create a market of notable uncertainty for insurers and hospitals.

Trump would need Democratic referendums to advance his replacement scheme any further than that. So theres never been a better day for that choir of Bipartisan Angels to strike up a chorus. And yet, the only voice to take up the sung is Ohio Gov. John Kasich( R ), who is suggesting that Trump take an entirely different approach.If you dont get both parties together , nothing is sustainable, hetold Meet The Press Chuck ToddSunday.

Kasich, of course, has ulterior motives, having brought the Affordable Care Acts Medicaid expansion to Ohio. Nevertheless, in the current alignment, Kasich is right no meaningful replacing for the Affordable Care Act is getting passed without Democratic votes. And if the old Beltway routes still matter to anyone, well, were much further away from that mythical 70 vote threshold.

This is not to say that the drive for bipartisanship in outcomes is always preferable. Its still very possible for 70 senators in this town to cock things up pretty badly. And bipartisan majorities are more apts than not to form a consensus around some really terrible ideas. But theres no other direction for Trump to go in at the moment where health care is concerned. Its either pass a bill with Democrat Senate votes or do nothing and doing nothing comes with risks. Maybe Trump reckons that the changes ran through budget reconciliation will force Democrat hand. But perhaps Democrats will simply opt to leave Trump on the hook for any unintended consequences.

Knowing that, it sure seems weird that the ones who expended the past eight years running blue in the face, insisting that Obama had to lead by constantly reaching for bipartisan compromise, even when he didnt need to, have gone curiously silent now.

Maybe all bipartisanship ever entailed was that Democrat had to do all the compromising, and not the reverse. I suppose its not surprising.

POSTSCRIPT : In a example of either lousy or impeccable timing, the first big call for a bipartisan approach to Trumps dilemma came in while this piece was being edited. Newsmax editor and Trump confidant Christopher Ruddy advises his friend to ditch[ the] freedom caucus and try[ a] bipartisan plan.Referring to the scheme of House Speaker Paul Ryan( R-Wis .) as a political death wish, Ruddy outlines a seven-point scheme that he imagines can achieve bipartisan subsistence, that blends expanded Medicaid, tort reform, and health savings accounts.

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