Japanese sake and Hot Springs: Enjoying Fujinishiki at Yoshiharu Hot Springs in Izu Peninsula!

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What could beat a great sake enjoyed in a top-class hot spring resort in Izu Penisula?

I took this picture yesterday before enjoying a bottle of sake brewed by Fujinishiki Brewery (Fujinomiya City) while having a bath inside a private outdoors tub at Yoshiharu Hot Spring Resort in Izu Peninsula!

Reports on both coming soon!

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Skiing Ants in Mishima City!

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I’ve just come from a short trip and overnight stay in Mishima City and Izu Peninsula where I had the occasion to discover a few interesting sites!

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I didn’t know that ants could ski, but now I ave the proof!
This one was pretty big standing/sliding on a high pedestal in a small park!

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I even found a smaller one among the chrysanthemums!

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Note that is is completely made of metal with a body formed by a frame around a stone!

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This ant must be a lady ant!

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The skis!
Stay tuned, more coming!

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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Kumpai Brewery: Oni Goroshi Honjozo

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Interestingly enough, the name “Kumpai/君盃” is not of Japanese origin but came from China where it means “A Drink In Great Friendship”.
The label above represents the crossing of the Abe River by the side of which is located Kumpai Brewery!

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Rice milled down to 65%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Bottled in August 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Light golden hue
Aroma: Dry. Apples, greens, alcohol
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong fruity attack backed up by very pleasant alcohol.
More complex and deeper than expected.
Disappears fairly quickly with plenty of nuts and almonds.
Changes little with food.
Stays very fruity all the time with appearance of very dry oranges and nuts.
Tends to become more and more complex with the next sip.

Overall: A surprising sake by Kumpai Brewery.
I understand now why a seemingly simple honjozo has been their trademark in spite of the beutiful premium sake they produce.
A sake for all seasons, all occasions, all temperatures!
A sure value I would recommend to beginners and veterans alike!

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Fish Hamburger (Marlin Tuna & Tartar Sauce) at BLUE BOOKS cafe in Shizuoka City!

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Service: Very friendly, smiling and attentive
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness. Superb washroom in same building separated from the cafe.
Prices: Reasonable for such big servings!
Strong points: Very generous cafe/bistro multi-genred gastronomy. Great variety. Great products. Entirely non-smoking in very modern atmosphere. Great books!

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I got very hungry after lunch time after I had to report about gastronomic a research and demonstration held by members of the Wasabi Kai (report coming soon!) without properly eating, so I decided to do my own “research” in the hamburger menu at newly opened BLUE BOOKS cafe where I already have enjoyed their Foe Gras Hamburger.
There are 5 basic hamburgers and a possibility of adding more ingredients. I’m actually planning to ask for a combination of mine soon!
Anyway this time I was craving for fish so I couldn’t help ordering the fish and tartar sauce hamburger!
Since it is made with a slice of marlin tuna, all the better!

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The Fish Hamburger!
Now, what do we have?

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A glass of red pinot noir wine!

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The fish burger!

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Plenty of French (they are Belgian, actually!) fries. Tomato sauce and soft mustard are provided!

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Let’s check what’s in between the great buns!

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But before that you will have to pull out the BLUE BOOKS cafe stick!

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Plenty of lettuce for great balance!

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Tomato slice and thinly sliced onion!

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Plenty of tartar sauce full of herbs!

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The marlin tuna slice cooked on a grill!

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Great attention shown: The bottom bun half is soaked with the grilled fish juices!
And the fish is just perfect with a great bite, just as good as meat!

Who said that hamburgers are not healthy? LOL

More soon!

BLUE BOOKS cafe
420-0857 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Miyuki Cho, 4-6, Den Bldg 1F (5~10 minutes walk straight ahead from Shizuoka JR Station North Exit, around the corner at the large crossroads)
Tel.: 054-280-7644
Opening hours: 11:00~14:30 (lunch), 14:30^17:30 (cafe), 17:30~23:00 (dinner)
Entirely non-smoking!

Credit Cards OK
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Twitter: @BlueBooksCafe

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Colored Bus in Shizuoka City!

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Buses are often used in Japan, especially in Shizuoka and touristic regions as big moving advertising boards.

And sometimes they seem to be decorated for the pure fun of it!

I took this picture this afternoon in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

A great way to encourage kids to board a bus!

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Bryan Baird’s Newsletter (2013/10/28): Seasonal Release: Country Girl Kabocha Ale

Baird Beer & Taproom Events Bulletin
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Seasonal Release: Country Girl Kabocha Ale

Dear Taproom Friend & Baird Beer Enthusiast:

We are pleased to release today the 12th anniversary edition of a deliciously down-to-earth autumn seasonal ale — Country Girl Kabocha Ale. The inspiration for Country Girl was my urbane yet wonderfully country-spirited mother, Sally Eshelman Baird. Fall was her favorite season and it is when my memories of her are most poignant.

New Baird Beer Seasonal Release:
*Country Girl Kabocha Ale 2013 (ABV 6.5%):

Kabocha is a Japanese pumpkin-like squash the taste of which is elegantly sweet. This year’s kabocha was grown on our new brewery property in Shuzenji. We first cook it in order to gelatinize it, then we add it to our mash where the enzymes from the malt help to further break it down into simple fermentable sugars. Several characterful varieties of malted barley produce a hearty wort that when married to the kabocha yields a flavor partnership of great depth and balance. After fermentation, re-fermentation and conditioning, the result is an earthy, rustic beer that manages to deliver an extraordinarily sophisticated yet subtle complexity of flavor. It is, to many resident beer enthusiasts, the flavor of fall in Japan!

Country Girl is draught only this year. We will return to bottling it next year when we enjoy a larger kabocha harvest.

Cheers!

Bryan Baird

Baird Brewing Company
Numazu, Japan
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Shizuoka Sake Tasting: Suruga Brewery: Tenkou Tokubetsu Junmai

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After acquiring the defunct Yoshiya Brewery (Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku) license and continuing their brands such as Chumasa, Oni Goroshi and Tokaido, Suruga Brewery in Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City adopted the brand name of “Tenkou/天虹” meaning “heaven rainbow”!

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It is a tokubetsu junmai!

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Rice: Biyama Nishiki (Shiga Prefecture)
Rice milled down to 60%
Alcohol: 15~16 degrees
Dryness: + 2
Acidity: 1.9
Bottled in October 2013

Clarity: Very clear
Color: Very faint golden hue
Aroma: Strong. Pears, apples.
Body: Fluid
Taste: Strong attack backed up by assertive junmai petillant and pleasant alcohol and welcome acidity.
Complex and fruity. Pears, custard.
Disappears quickly on an even drier note with more custard and nuts and faint greens.
Takes a back step with food but reasserts itself quickly once away from it again.

Overall: A typical Shizuoka sake with all the usual facets, although stronger in approach than most.
The comparatively higher acidity makes it utterly enjoyable on its own.
Another sure value to keep in mind at all times of the year!

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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