French Gastronomy: New Year’s Eve Dinner at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Excellent and very friendly.
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Superb washroom (mouthwash and toothpicks provided!)!
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive, very good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables and Shizuoka-bred meat.

Last night, technically not New Year’s Eve yet but so for 95% of the restaurants downtown I twisted the leg of Chef Toru Arima/有馬亨さん at Pissenlit French Restaurant in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City into preparing a New Year’s Eve dinner for two friends, the Missus and I. Actually only two more guests had been accepted as Friday night had been more than hectic and Toru was getting his hands full with the preparation of sechi ryouri/御節料理/End of The Year Traditional Japanese Cuisine served in boxes for no less than 28 customers!

He still managed to serve us a beautiful dinner with whatever was available in the kitchen!

Now, what did we enjoy?

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Lightly marinated mackerel from Yaizu Harbor!

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Note the edible shiso/perilla flowers and the menegi/leek sprouts! Both of them and all other vegetables in other dishes from all over Shizuoka Prefecture and mainly organically grown!

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Served atop a bed of small apple cubes!

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Cauliflower bavarois!

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Served on broccoli coulis with iwana/Japanese char sashimi from Kakushima Farm in Fujinomiya City!

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Topped with caviar and salmon’s roe for a little extravagance!

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White asparagus with scallops!

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Seasoned with local grated karasumi/Boutargue/Botarga/mullet eggs!

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With a simple butter sauce liaising the juices of the asparagus and scallops!

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Kinmeidai/splendid Alfonsino from Suruga Bay!

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The organic Petit Vert is a Brussels Sprout variety first grown in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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With a butter sauce seasoned with juices of the fish, the vegetables and yuzu koshio/lime salt!

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The colors of the Petit Vert and young red beet are those of little jewels!

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Blanquette made with veal raised in Fujinomiya City!

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For another view of the ever so tender meat!

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A traditional French dish which brought back so many memories of my childhood! Mind you, this is an extravagant way of preparing and serving it!

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Filet of Ezo venison!

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This deer would have feasted on those vegetables. Not to mention that the Port wine sauce ended up on my fingertips!

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The perfect Automn/Winter main dish!

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A little plate of French cheeses with figs, walnuts, pistachio and honey!

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Can you guess what they are?
Served with the exquisite little finishing touch with coarsely ground black peppers and cumin seeds!

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The little details that make the difference between enjoying and savoring!

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Darjheeling Tea jelly before moving to the dessert!

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Now this seemingly simple dessert includes an item served only at Pissenlit (so far, as it will certainly be emulated!)!

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Not this delicious home-made pistachio ice-cream though!

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Bavarois made with wasabi from Utogi, Shizuoka City and sauce made caramel and soy sauce from Amano Compnay in Gotemba City!

Happy New Year!

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

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Shizuoka Liqueur Tasting: KE? Blueberry Liqueur by Senju Brewery

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It is always a rare pleasure to discover local fruit liqueurs made by local breweries!
The latest discovery was a liqueur brewed by Senju Brewery in Iwata City with local blueberries!

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A very elegant bottle for the perfect Shizuoka souvenir to offer to a special friend!
Knowing there are three more liqueurs made with other fruit it becomes a rare treat!

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The first such fully local blueberry liqueur to be created in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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A souvenir to take abroad!
The name “け?” or “Ke?” simply means “What?” in local dialect?

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Senju Brewery which also produces shochu made it with their own sake and shochu and the juice freshly pressed blueberries grown locally!

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“Senju/千寿” means “One thousand Congratulations”!

Ingredients: Kome/rice shochu and blueberry juice
Alcohol: 8 degrees
Contents: 300 ml/cc

Clarity: Very clear, although blueberry fruit particles are found at the bottom
Color: Dark red/cassis color
Aroma: Sweetish. Blueberry
Body: Fluid, light.
Taste: Very soft attack.
Light and easy to drink.
Blueberry. Drier than sweet.
Very feminine in approach.
Although I found it dry my lady friends thought it was sweet.
Blueberry flavors tend to take a turn to a stronger, deeper and ever more drier with the next sip.

Overall: An aperitif?
A digestif?
It would certainly be a close fight!
Enjoyed as a slightly chilled aperitif it will deliciously prepare the guests taste buds before a repast.
Savored at room temperature it will make for a very safe night cap to help forget worldly worries!
A great drink at an izakya for people not veresed on strong drinks.
I personally appreciated on its own at room temperature back from a long work day.
I actually intend to use it as a great finishing touch in a sauce to accompany duck!
But all in all makes for the perfect and elegant farewell before meeting bliss in bed (asleep or not!)

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French Gastronomy: Quiche Lorraine at Patina in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very friendly and smiling
Facilities: Very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: A true cafe where to relax and enjoy a good light meal any time of the day. Interesting reasonable wine and cider list.

Frankly speaking most of the quiches seen and sampled in Japan (and in Paris incidentally) have little in common with the true Quiches found in their land of origin, Lorraine in France!
One tends too often to forget this is a home comfort food made in winter with the basic ingredients found in larders in such a season, namely flour, egg, onion, bacon, butter. lard and cream. Nothing else! Thin quiches made with all kind of vegetables and I don’t know what were invented in Paris and other places to titillate blase taste buds…

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Lady Chef Kondoh/近藤さん’s quiches are deliciously thick and so appetizimg!

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the pastry is thin thanks to the right balance between flour, butter and lard. And she uses plenty of bacon and onions with the eggs and fresh cream. The only personal note is the addition of a few sauteed mushrooms for extra taste!

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From another angle to have a view at the deliciously crispy crust!

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Before serving it Chef Kondoh will cut the very thick but soft while firm into large portions and heat them inside the oven for added crisp all over its surface!
Such a joy to plant one’s fork in it!
As for the taste?
Well I don’t mind saying this the best Quiche Lorraine in the whole Prefecture by a mile and more!

PATINA, Café & Brasserie
Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 17-9
Tel.: 054-266-9500
Opening hours: 11:00=22:00 (last orders, 21:30
10:00~21:00 on Sundays (last orders, 20:30)
Closed on Tuesdays

BLOG (Japanese)
Non-smoking until 15:00
Credit Cards OK

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French Dessert: Apricot Tart at Caravin in Shizuoka City!

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Service: very friendly if a bit shy.
Facilities and equipment: overall very clean. Beautiful washroom.
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Authentic French and European bistro gastronomy. Slow food. Excellent and reasonable wine list.

As i mentioned before, when it comes to cakes, I’m a sucker for any fruit tarts at any time of the day, even at breakfast or in the wee hours of the morning back from a drinking binge!
I’m practically scouring all the cake shops (very few to my liking unfortunately) and bistros/restaurants (with far better results!) in their search!

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In winter you do have to do with what is available and when it comes to apricots only the preserved ones are left… Even so, Caravin in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku somehow managed to create this little beauty to comfort me during my last visit!

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Served warm with a dollop of home-made caramel ice-cream, what more can you ask for?
The marzipan is just perfect with the right light but satisfying bite and the taste is so simple and exquisite!

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And I wouldn’t give the crusty border to anyone!

CARAVIN
Shizuoka City, Takajo, 2-25-17
Tel.: 054-246-3539
Opening hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Mondays
Cards OK

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2012/12/27): Kicking off the New Year Right: Hatsujozo 2013 Imperial Pilsner

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Kicking off the New Year Right: Hatsujozo 2013 Imperial Pilsner

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

It has become a Baird Beer tradition to greet the dawn of each new year with a special “First Brewed” (Hatsujozo) seasonal specialty beer. At the stroke of midnight on the evening of December 31, we — along with a host of other Baird Beer retailing establishments in Japan — pour this commemorative Hatsujozo and share it with our fellow beer enthusiasts in a toast to the New Year.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Hatsujozo 2013 Imperial Pilsner (ABV 6.5%):

This year’s “First Brewed” is a muscular and hoppy pilsner-like lager (we’ll call it an imperial pils)! The grist bill combines floor-malted English Maris Otter and German pilsner malt in almost equal portions, and contains an unique dollop of 10% rye malt. 80 IBUs of hops in the kettle (Magnum, Galena, Motueka, Wakatu, Saaz, Spalter, Tettnanger) followed by two rounds of dry-hopping in the conditioning tank (Motueka, Wakatu, Saaz, Spalter, Tettnanger) leaves no doubt about our passionate commitment to hop character in beer.

Hatsujozo 2013 is available this year both in kegs and bottles (360 ml). Please join as at one of our Taproom pubs (Numazu Fishmarket, Nakameguro or Bashamichi) for fun and festive countdown parties on Monday, December 31. We will be pouring complimentary taster glasses of Hatsujozo 2013 to all patrons for our New Year toast.

Kampai to 2013!

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Spanish & French Dining Bar: Hoteiya in Shizuoka City!

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Service: very friendly and easy-going if a bit shy
Facilities: very clean overall. Excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable~a little expensive
Strong points: Spanish & French Fusion bistro gastronomy doubling as a wine bar. Open late. Reasonable wine list. Extensive use of local products.

Spanish gastronomy has always been popular in Japan although it can be disappointing at times. Some restaurants call themselves Tapas Bars, but the Spanish would have some difficulty to find themselves at home there…
On the other hand some establishments take another track by combining the characters of different European gastronomies with a far more pleasurable result for the customers. After all, if you visit a bistro in French Catalogne/Catalunia you will find that most of the specialties are “Spanish”!

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Looking at the menu blackboard by the stairs leading to Hoteiya you will realize that many influences govern Chef Takashi Sugiyama/杉山猛さん’s cuisine!

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Discovering the door on the second floor you realize that Hoteiya is a Kakureya/隠れ屋/”Hidden Place” that many Japanese appreciate for ofttimes much wanted privacy!

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But the place for all its secrecy is not a dark place full of unknowns!

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Chef Takashi Sugiyama/杉山猛さん behind a beautiful Spanish Ham!

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Have a good look at the recommendations menu board first before ordering and have a chat with the Chef as well!

What I did have on that particular night should give you a good idea of what to expect.
Shall we start then?

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Of course, Spanish raw ham cut in front of you!

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French-style chicken liver paste!

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A real beauty concocted with Port wine!
It would be enough if you came just to drink wine with a snack!

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Fresh Horse Mackerel/Aji/鯵 caught off Yaizu harbor in salad with fresh local vegetables including home-made semi-dried mini tomatoes!

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You just can’t beat fresh local products!

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Aubergine/zucchini gratin!
Great comfort food on a cold winter night!

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Hot and delicious!

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I was luckily hungry on that day and I had plenty of space left for a succulent bistro-style dessert!

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Nougat glace!

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Creme brulee!

A little European haven away from the crowds?

To be continued (still too many beauties to sample!)….

HOTEIYA
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 1-2-15, Celize Building 2F
Tel./Fax: 054-251-8027
Opening hours: 18:00~01:30
Closed on Tuesdays
Private Parties welcome!

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Christmas Sushi: Red King Crab/Tabaragani/タラバガニ Chirashi Zushi!

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Red King Crab is one of the most expensive crabs in the world and you won’t see it often served in a home whatever the owner’s status!

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But the Missus received today as an End of The Year present from someone she helped out of a big bother!
The package for this single crab was enormous and it is a bit difficult to realize how big it is on the above photograph!
It came already as it is done most of the time for better conservation and also because people usually do not have a big enough pan to boil it.
The Missus, being her usual crass checked the price: 150 Euros/almost 200 US $!

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It took her a good hour to take all the meat out of this male (the best!) Red King Crab and had enough to fill a medium size tupperware box. a good kg of superlative crab meat!

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She had enough and a lot to spare (for lunch or as an extravagant appetizer for our wine and sake!) to prepare an enormous “Christmas Chirashi zushi/チラシ寿司” for a four-people dinner!

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The Missus prepared sushi rice and mixed it with thin slices of a small rice vinegar pickled cucumber, golden sesame seeds, small pieces of cheese and small cubes of avocado.
She the topped the lot with loads of red king crab, avocado cubes, and salmon roe/ikura/幾ら!

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The salmon roe added another extravagant touch!

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And fresh kaiware daikon/カイワレ大根/daikon sprouts for perfect balance in presentation, taste and nutrients!

When healthy food becomes extravagant!

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