After my step-son, Gregory Beitchman, told me that the coffee at Stumptown tastes almost exactly as good as Japanese coffee served at kissaten (coffee shop) in Japan, I had to try it even though I am not today a coffee drinker. Stumptown is housed in a hip and cool NY hotel, ACE. When you enter the store from outside you will be mingling with cool and young New Yorker or cool visitors from all over the world. I wanted to taste the real coffee (no latte or fake coffee)...Read More
Monthly Archives March 2012
When I moved to New York City the selection of fish at local fish monger disappointed me. I craved for extremely fresh fish (for cooking purpose), oily fish (sardine, mackerel, herring), locally caught fish and whole fish. In my second year in NYC at the beginning of May I was introduced to Shad. It was a flavorful fish with pleasant oiliness (but not as flavorful as my dear sardine or mackerel), and I quickly fell love with it...Read More
Suddenly in the past couple of days in NYC we are enjoying (with a big ?; we did not have a real cold usual winter) spring like weather. Some people are already switching sweater and coat to tank top and summer dress. Now I am eagerly waiting for lamps at our local Union Square farmers market. Lamps has become my shun favorite at early spring after moving to NYC 13 years ago...Read More
Here you can see the hoshiimo, dried Japanese sweet potato, product. Mr. Onizawa and Mr. Terunuma are chatting with and introducing to the event attendees. Nobody tasted the dried sweet potato before. They loved the texture and fragrant sweetness of the potato.Read More
Sweet potatoes were originally came from Central and South America to Japan. Probably they were introduced by Spanish conquistadores to the Philippines, from whence they reached China. These potatoes were introduced to Japan from China in the seventeenth century. After years of improvements we have produced in Japan sweet potatoes which tastes very different from the American counterparts, which are often mislabeled yams...Read More
Yoshikubo Brewery was founded in 1790. Two hundred and twenty years ago. This is the year when the first State of the Union Address is given by first president, George Washington. The company’s long existence is impressive.
Today in Japan there are about 1500 brewers or could be less. Hundred years ago, the number of the brewers were sixteen times more. Sadly dramatically decreased number today continues to decrease.
Noriyuki Yoshikubo, younger brother of the twelfth generation of Yoshikubo Br...Read More
Mr. Yoshio Suzuki of Saza Coffee Company introduced us at the event his unique coffee. The following note is from his company’s brochure. “The 15th and last Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate of Japan, Yoshinobu Tokugawa, is known to be the first Japanese to taste coffee. In 1867 he entertained the Western delegates at the Osaka castle with French banquet. It is said that the ingredients, including the coffee, used for the banquet all came from Marseille, France...Read More
After exceptional shoyu, I want to introduce you to an exceptional miso which was introduced us on March 6th event. Thank you, Uchiyama san, for donating your delicious miso for the demonstration. Everyone loved the rich flavor of the miso in the miso ramen.
Here is the photo from the event. Mr. Uchiyama is standing on the right side of me; he is twice taller than I am.
Uchiyama Miso company was founded in 1872 (www.mizukinosho.com)...Read More
For my ramen demonstration and tasting offering at March 6th event Kurosawa Shoyu (another visiting food manufacturer from Ibaraki Prefecture and founded in 1905) donated me one of his company’s exclusive shoyu (soy sauce), Niemon Shoyu. Niemon Shoyu is produced using Saishikomi method. Ordinary shoyu is made with toasted wheat, steamed soybeans and salt water...Read More
Kiuchi Brewery (http://www.kodawari.cc/?jp_home/products/nestbeer.html) was one of the featured companies at International Culinary Center’s Japanese Food Producers from Ibaraki Prefecture and Ramen Event yesterday. Kiuchi Brewery? This is the brewery which produces in Japan one of the best selling beers for the US market – Hitachino Nest Beer. The logo is a little, cute owl which stands out among competitors at bars and food stores...Read More