It's the time for new crop rice. We've got about a month before the flavor fades. (That last fact I just got from my mother.)
I'm currently using Happy Buddha brand rice, which I get from Hawaii Supermarket - though it's available city-round. Better than Three Horses brand. (It takes a while to try, since the minimum size bag for most of these is 10 ibs.)
1. My mother's favored brand, which is a step better than Happy Buddha, is Coconut Tree. But I haven't seen it in L.A. Anyone seen it anywhere?
2. Anybody have anything better than Happy Buddha? With the market you buy it at, please. For Japanese rice, I am exceedingly satsified when the generally available Taka-whatever Gold rice, especially in its new crop (does anyone know if the cycle for the California-grown Japanese rices is different from the cycle of Thai/Viet/Chinese rices), which is available everywhere in L.A. But I am not quite satisfied with Happy Buddha.