Weird Japan (30): Beware the Kites! The Birds, not the Toys!

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Found this sign in Hasedera Temple in Kamakura City yesterday!

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That sign was one of the may posted around the terrace atop the mountain on which the temple is perched.

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A little mistake here: the talons of kites are dull as they are scavengers, not predators, although their grip might be painful indeed!

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Kite is “tonbi” in Japanese.
Most signs were in English as the Japanese are very much aware of the problem!

Incidentally, real kites, i mean the toys, are also very popular in Japan!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/01/16): Seasonal Release: Imperial Wheat Porter

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Seasonal Release: Imperial Wheat Porter

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Strength, innovation, tradition. These are three words commonly associated with the artisanal beers of modern craft brewers. They perfectly describe the winter seasonal ale we are releasing today: Imperial Wheat Porter.

New Baird Seasonal Beer Releases:
*Imperial Wheat Porter (ABV 7%):

Porter is a traditional dark ale dating back to the 18th century where it was commonly brewed in London. It was the hearty and malty beverage of the laboring classes. It was a barley malt based ale, however. Our innovation is to feature wheat as the primary malt ingredient (using three varieties in addition to un-malted roast wheat — base wheat, caramel wheat, chocolate wheat). And to render it a suitably warming libation for enjoyment on a frigid winter evening, we up the starting gravity (to 17.7 plato), thereby increasing the alcohol content ( to 7%).

Imperial Wheat Porter is a fine example of the many unique ales and lagers available to today’s beer drinkers; ones that sit at the intersection of strength, innovation and tradition. Enjoy!

Imperial Wheat Porter is draught-only. It is available for immediate release.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
HOMEPAGE

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Omuraya Brewery-Tokubetsu Junmai Nama sake-Oni Otome Namida

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This is the fourth and “last” of a new series of limited sake created by Omuraya Brery in Shimada City every season on the theme of “Oni Otome/鬼乙女/Goblin Lady as the brewery felt that the Oni/鬼/Goblin they were killing everyday with their famous brand “Oni Gorosjhi/鬼殺し/Killing a Goblin” well deserved a companion!

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“Namida/涙” stands for “Tears”, obviously Joy tears from the Oni Otome dressed all in white as if for a wedding with her beloved Oni!
But don’t trust her! She is a devious and eminently dangerous lady!
No wonder as it is a “nama”, non-pasteurised sake!

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Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 16 degrees
Dryness: + 1.0
Acidity: 1.3
Amino Acids: 1.1
Bottled in December 2012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Faint golden hue
Aroma: Discreet, dry and fruity. Banana
Body: fluid
Taste: Dry and fruity attack back with junmai petillant.
Oranges.
Disappears fairly quickly.
Complex and elegant and eminently enjoyable.
Varies little with food except for an accentuated dryness.
Actually marries well with food and improves accordingly.
Shows more facets with further sips including coffee beans.

Overall: A beautiful sake which marries well with food in spite of its fairly elevated status.
Perfect with izakaya cuisine and heavy food.
Especially appreciated by ladies. No wonder!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/01/11): Seasonal Release: Dark Sky Imperial Stout

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Seasonal Release: Dark Sky Imperial Stout

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

Happy New Year! We welcomed the dawn of 2013 with a lovely Imperial Pilsner (Hatsujozo 2013); we continue in the same celebratory mood with today’s release of another boldly characterful brew: Dark Sky Imperial Stout 2013.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Releases:
*Dark Sky Imperial Stout 2013 (9%):

This foreboding stout is a beer lover’s winter dream. It is pitch-black in color, unctuous in body, elusively complex in flavor, warming in alcohol and piquantly hoppy. This 2013 version is different from previous primarily in two respects: (1) more crystal malt in the grist and less kokuto sugar (lowering the attenuation somewhat, beefing up the body and contributing flavor notes of toffee and caramel), and (2) a totally revamped hop regime in which stars two of our favorite New Zealand hops — Nelson Sauvin and NZ Cascade. The hop character is brisker and brighter than was the case when we hopped primarily with floral and earthy European varieties. As with all our big beers, we krausen at packaging to produce a secondary fermentation, natural carbonation and continued flavor evolution in bottle or keg. If you want to take the nip out of winter, this is your brew!

Dark Sky Imperial Stout is available for immediate release both in kegs and bottles (360 ml) and is pouring from the taps of each of our Baird Beer Taproom pubs. And by stopping into a Taproom, you will be in for an additional beer treat — fresh casks of a special small-batch real ale pulled through our handpumps which features exclusive hopping with Cascade (and some Magnum) hops grown organically in the home garden of our draught beer manager, Chris Madere. Chris’ Garden Cascade Hop Ale (ABV 4.9%) is a light and fragrant session ale brewed with just base malt (barley and wheat), Chris’ Japan garden hops, and soft Numazu water. Simple is often best! Come and taste for yourself.

Cheers,

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Cappucino: Tulip Cappucino 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.

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Here is the latest creation by Saori Chan at Patina Bistro in Aoi-Ku, Shizuoka City: Tulip Cappucino!

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Although some friends it reminds them of a loving heart, Saori insisted it was a tulip!

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At least the leaves should convince you it is a flower!

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I just don’t know how Saori san can achieve such detailed design!

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Whatever you drink the tulip would not disappear!

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Insistent love? LOL

More coming soon!

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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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Fuji Takasago Brewery-Limited Edition-Kotobuki

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Every year Fuji Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City has the interesting habit of producing a limited brew called “Kotobuki/寿?, meaning “Congratulations” with “leftovers of different brew concocted during the year.
Actually it is a very happy blend of sake difficult to classify but eminently enjoyable, the more for it that it is limited!
Note the character 寿/kotobuki/congratulations has been designed in the shape of a Snake as 2103 is the Year of the Snake!

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Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 5.0
Bottled in November 21012

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Light golden hue
Aroma: Light and fruity. Melon
Body: Fluid
Taste: Well-rounded fruity attack with beautiful alcohol warming up back of the palate.
Disappears quickly.
Very fruity in spite of its announced dryness.
Complex. Nutty flavor almost exploding on the tongue.
Almonds, dark chocolate, macadamia nuts.
Tends to become even drier with plenty of almonds popping up at the back of the palate after a few sips.

Overall: Very easy to drink and more elegant than expected!
Great with food, although could actually be enjoyed on its own as a chilled aperitif or a night cap!
Would greatly marry with cheese!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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Italian Gastronomy: First 2013 Lunch at Il Paladino in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: Great and very large washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: Reasonable to slightly expensive.
Strong points: Sicilian Cuisine. Top-class Italian wines and great collection of Grappa.
Non-smoking at tables. Private room can be made non-smoking!

Due to many restaurants sprouting here and there in Shizuoka Prefecture I had “forgotten” another favorite Italian restaurant of mine, namely Il Paladino in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City.
Finally I found the opportunity to pay it a deserved visit for lunch today!

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Mrs. Chieko Kokawa/古川千恵子さん in charge of the service, Chef Tetsuya Kokawa/古川哲哉さん and Second Chef Mitsuru Tomita/富田満さん!

It was also an opportunity to see ever-smiling Chieko Kokawa again in charge of the service!

So what did Chef Kokawa prepare me this time?

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Please note that all the bread at Il Paladino is home-made on the very day!

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Can you see the beautiful loaf?

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I just love Il Paladino’s beautifully colored antipasto misti!

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An exquisitely balanced meal in itself with vegetables, chicken, eggs and seafood!

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A really tasty and elegant pasta dish made with Maglie di Zito!

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These Maglie served al dente, Sicilian style, provide for the right bite!

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The sauce, very original, consisted of fine pork, onions, fond de veau veal stock, cream and what else!
Another meal in itself!

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The ingredients for the main dish!

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Oven-baked homard/lobster with herbs!

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Beautiful, perfectly cooked, exquisitely seasoned and extravagant!

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I’ve never been really convinced by desserts in Italian gastronomy but Il Paladino’s offerings are worth the trip!

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Fine dark cherry cake half way between a financier and a clafoutis, soft pistachio bicuit and apple compote!

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Panacotta, mint and jellied orange peels!

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And a delicious expresso served the right way!
Yes, I had some wine! LOL

To be continued…

Tratorria . Il Paladino
420-9839 Shizuoka City, Aoi-Ku, Takajo, 2-8-19
Tel.: 054-253-6537
Opening hours: 11:30~13:30, 17:00~22:00
Closed on Mondays
Credit cards OK (Dinner only)

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City