All Blog Posts Tagged 'Japan' (148)

Chinese-style Sashimi!

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Sashimi is not and should not the sole property of Japanese gastronomy.

After all, carpaccio is nothing but a varietyof sahimi!

I remember savouring this Cinese=style sashimi for the first time in Shizuoka City in a great French restaurant!



So next time you get… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on March 25, 2010 at 3:57am — No Comments

White Strawberries Tart!

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Do you remember this posting about Strawberries Facts & Tips?







I… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on March 25, 2010 at 3:17am — No Comments

Gastronomic Destinations: Okinawa/Kume Island Part 3

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Another picture of our favourite beach from the bridge!



On the "third" and last day of our stay we decided to both combine exercise and relaxation.

We walked all the way from the hotel and over the same bridge again as a very slow pace, taking in everything in for the last… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on March 23, 2010 at 1:24am — No Comments

Gastronomic Destinations: Okinawa/Kume Island Part 2

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Tatami Beach



On the second day, after a hearty breakfast (probably the best meal at the hotel,...), we decided to vist a few parts of the island by bicycle. Most visitors to this island book a rental car or motorbike, but as neither of us drive, we opted for the cheap and healthy… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on March 17, 2010 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Japanese Appetizers at Tomii, Shizuoka City!

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A Japanese restaurant worth its salt will always an array of appetizers ready for its customers in a hurry or not having enough time to enjoy a full meal. Moreover, they will be exclusively seasonal. They are certainly the mark of the restaurant for all to remember.



I harbour… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on March 17, 2010 at 10:49pm — No Comments

Gastronomic Destinations: Okinawa/Kume Island Part 1

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Kume Island is a small island located just north west of the bottom tip of Okinawa Island. Not so long ago, only a very few planes landed there and visitors had to stay at minshuku/民宿, the japanese equivalent of Bed & Breakfasts.

Nowadays at least three major hotels welcome tourists… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on March 15, 2010 at 12:49am — No Comments

Jouren/常連/Regular Customers: A Japanese Tradition

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At Yasaitei,....



The Japanese are in perpetual search for harmony.

This constant pursuit of “wa/和” preoccupies them not only at the office with their fellow workers, at home with their family, but also, and probably most, when taking a pleasurable respite at the table or… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on March 3, 2010 at 11:03pm — No Comments

Oden at Yasaitei, Sizuoka City, japan

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Service: Excellent and very friendly

Facilities: very clean

Prices: reasonable

Specialty: Vegan and vegetarian Cuisine, Izakaya gastronomy, local products, oden.



I've already extensively written… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on March 3, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Sushi & Sashimi: The Basics 4/4: Sushi Presentations-Te-Mari Zushi

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Te-Mari Sushi made by the Missus for my bento!



A comment by my friend Jennifer Razon just reminded me I hadn't explained the technique behind a very enjoyable form of sushi, namely Te-Mari Sushi/手まり寿司!



Te-Mari Sushi was apparently made poular in Kyoto first… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on March 2, 2010 at 1:47am — No Comments

Shizuoka Sake Tasting 1/9: Morimoto Brewery/Sayogoromo

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Whereas most brewers in Shizuoka Prefecture concoct soft, almost feminine, sake, Hidetoshi Morimoto, Masterbrewer/owner of Morimoto Brewery in Kikugawa City has often taken the notorious role of a maverick to the delight of lovers of characterful brews bordering on the… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on March 1, 2010 at 6:13am — No Comments

Japanese Seasonal Fish: Kisu/Shirogisu-Sillago

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SILLAGO-SHIROGISU



Shirogisu, or Sillago in English probably has as many Japanese names as English names.

The Sillago found along the Japanese shores is also called sillago japonica, Whiting or Smelt-Whiting in english, Shirogisu, Kisu, Magisu and Kisugo in Japanese.



The best specimen in Japan are caught in Fukuoka (Kyushu) and Ehime (Shikoku) prefectures from Spring to… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on February 27, 2010 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Cheese Plate & Wine Tasting at Gentil, Shizuoka City, Japan

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Cheese Tray of the day (2010/02/26):

-Top row: Brie de Meaux (4 months, France), Gorgonzola Dolce (Italy), Bleu D'Auvergne (France), Raclette (6 months, Hokkaido, Japan).

-Bottom row: Chevre Noir (2 years, Goat Milk, Canada), Mont D'or (France), Petit Agour Basque (Ewe, France),… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on February 26, 2010 at 8:56pm — 2 Comments

Horsemeat Steak at Pissenlit

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Service: excellent and very friendly

Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall

Prices: reasonable, good value.

Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on February 23, 2010 at 10:03pm — No Comments

Vegan Treats at Yasaitei, Shizuoka City, Japan

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Once I explained the notion of "Jooren" or "regular customer" in Japan.

Whereas in many other countries patronizing the same establishment on a regular basis might be considered at best as an ostentatious show, and a disreputable habit at worst, eating and drinking out in Japan is a sine… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on February 23, 2010 at 9:29pm — No Comments

Guinea Fowl White Liver Terrine at Pissenlit

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Service: excellent and very friendly

Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall

Prices: reasonable, good value.

Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on February 23, 2010 at 8:23pm — No Comments

English Sake Master Brewer in Japan: Phillip Harper

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A lot has been written and will be written both here in Japan and abroad on Phillip Harper as he has, with the likes of John Gauntner, Timothy Sullivan and Melinda Joe, established himself as one of the references proving once for all that… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on February 18, 2010 at 4:13am — No Comments

Crab Species 4: Japanese Mitten Crab/Mokuzugani

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Japanese Mitten Crab or Mokuzugani i Japanese is also called Mokuzou, Zugani, Tsugani or Kegani.

It caught alsmost everywhere in Japan in Autumn and Winter.

In Autumn the females come to lay their eggs at river mouths.

Plenty are found along the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture.

They are caught in boxes baited with fish.



As for food, they… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on February 18, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Crab Species 3: Japanese Spider Crab/Takaashigani

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TAKAASHIGANI-1



Takaashigani/高足が二, literally meaning "Tall Legs Crab" is the largest crab in the and is caught almost only around Japan especially in the Suruga Bay In Shizuoka Prefecture and Izu Islands, but numbers of the crab have diminished over recent years, and there are many efforts to protect them. In Shizuoka Prefecture, people even help them grow from the eggs before… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on February 18, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Crab Species 2: Red King Crab/Tarabagani

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Tarabagani or Red King Crab is caught in Autumn and Winter.

It is the most coveted of the commercially sold king crab species, and is the most expensive per unit weight. It was named after the colour it turns when it is cooked rather than the colour of a living animal, which tends to be more burgundy.



Red king crabs can be very large, sometimes… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on February 18, 2010 at 3:58am — No Comments

Crab Species 1: Snow Crab/Suwagani

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Snow Crabs, or Zuwagani in Japanese are very popular not only in Japan, but also in Russia, Canada and many other countries.



In Japan, they are also known under the following names: Matsubagani, Echizengani and Yoshigani.

The females are also called Seikogani, Megani or… Continue

Added by Robert-Gilles Martineau on February 17, 2010 at 10:33pm — 2 Comments

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