Something Smells – Arrival of Buzz’s Foraging Season

Posted on Oct 19, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog

At this time of the year when you stroll in New York City something smells. It is not a smell of pizza or stir-frying foods from the food vendors. It is not the regular New York garbage smell on days when garbage is put out for collection. It is a seasonal smell. The smell, though, is definitely not nice. This is the very time Buzz rushes out to certain places in our neighborhood with a plastic shopping bag or two in hand. Buzz remembers the location to visit, but mostly...

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Voyage to Japan

Posted on Oct 19, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog

Exploring Japanese cuisine with young, talented and one of the most successful chefs at Café Boulud in New York City in the past weeks and producing the memorable dinner – Voyage to Japan – on October 17th was a dream to come true experience for me. Thanks to all chefs working in the kitchen for your heartfelt welcome and support. Executive Chef Aaron Buldorn made sure that we had terrific ingredients to play with for the dinner from wild Bluefin tuna from...

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Wanted!

Posted on Oct 14, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog

Japanese company which operates a golf course and a sushi restaurant is looking for a talented sushi chef, who can lead the restaurant. The location is Oahu Island, Hawaii. If any one of sushi chefs are interested in learning more about the job, please contact me. I will connect you to the company. Thank you, Hiroko Shimbo  hiroko@hirokoskitchen.com...

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Yakinasu: Eggplant without Oil, Cheese & Tomato Sauce

Posted on Oct 14, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog

You may be surprised that, if you are given a chance to taste simply grilled eggplant prepared by the Japanese Yakinasu method, how delicious eggplant is. The texture is amazingly creamy; the flavor is a combination of smokiness, natural sweetness and hint of pleasant bitterness. Now we are in the midst of autumn. It is the very best time for you to discover the true flavor of eggplant! I have posted three short videos related Yakinasu preparation techniques on Instagram...

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Aaron Bludorn, Union Square Market, NYC, Voyage to Japan & Eggplant

Posted on Oct 9, 2017 in Hiroko's Blog

What excites me about Chef Aaron Bludorn is that he comes to Union Square Market, NYC, four times each week and has been doing this for five years! No matter how late he leaves his restaurant the night before he heads to the market in the early morning. I have been a frequent shopper at the Union Square Market in the past 15 years. Early in the morning Aaron and I may have rubbed shoulders, and eyed the same produce or even stepped on each other’s feet. But we did not know...

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