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Fruit Cocktails by Wataru Matsumoto 11: grapefruit

Service: very professional and friendly.
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall.
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Fruit cocktails. Cozy and a comfortable, for ladies and gentlemen alike.

This is the eleventh recipe of a (hopefully long) series of cocktails concocted by Wataru Matsumoto, owner/bartender at BOTANICAL (Comfort bar) in Shizuoka City.
No worries about copyrights as Mr. Matsumoto is only too happy to share his secrets!

INGREDIENTS:

-1 Whole grapefruit
-Fresh whole rosemary: 1 sprig
-Vodka: 3 measures (will need only 1 for the cocktail itself!)

RECIPE:

-Let rosemary soak into vodka for a good hour before usage.

-Cut grapefruit in half. Cut out the core (bitter!). Press grapefruit juice out.

-Pass fresh rosemary along the rim of a large glass. Pour some salt on a plate and coat the rim of the glass with the salt. You couls also first grind salt and fresh rosemary in mortar with a pestle first and coat the glass with the mixture!

-Drop a large sphere of ice inside the glass.

-In a stir glass pour the grapefruit juice and 1 measure of rosemary vodka. Stir. pour over ice into the glass.

-Serve.

-Great and refreshing in summer! Perfect as an aperitif, too!

BOTANICAL (Comfort Bar)
420-0082 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 1-6-13, Shade Bldg, 1F
Tel.: 054-221-8686
Opening hours: 17:00~01:00
Closed on Mondays.
Credit Cards OK

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-Drink Lovers of The World:
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Fruit Cocktails by Wataru Matsumoto 10: Organic Tomatoes Bloody Mary

Service: very professional and friendly.
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall.
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Fruit cocktails. Cozy and a comfortable, for ladies and gentlemen alike.

Wataru Matsumoto in action (in the dark!)!

This is the tenth recipe of a (hopefully long) series of cocktails concocted by Wataru Matsumoto, owner/bartender at BOTANICAL (Comfort bar) in Shizuoka City.
No worries about copyrights as Mr. Matsumoto is only too happy to share his secrets!

Bio Farm Matsuki Organic Tomatoes bought at Parco, Shizuoka City!

Now today’s recipe has more than one twist!
1) Real tomatoes are used instead of tomato juice!
2) The tomatoes are organic!
3) The tomatoes are local as they are grown at Bio Farm Matsuki in Shibakawa, Fujinomita City, at the foot of Mount Fuji!

INGREDIENTS:

-Plum tomatoes: medium-small x 6~8, medium-large x 3
-Vodka (Smirnoff in this case): 1 measure
-Rock salt a little

Keep it simple so as to preserve the real taste of the tomatoes!

RECIPE:

-“Grate” the juice out the tomatoes. Wataru uses a ceramic grater. Do not use a mixer or blender. You will lose to many nutriendt and end up with a “soup”!

-Wataru uses two tumblers of different sizes to shake the whole. In the smaller tumbler pour the tomato juice over a minimum of ice. Add salt and vodka. “Cap” the smaller tumbler with the larger one and shake only lightly.

-Pour through strainer into semi-long glass over a couple of glass cubes and serve as it is.
Simple is best!

Makes for a great aperitif in summer!
Ladies will love it!

BOTANICAL (Comfort Bar)
420-0082 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 1-6-13, Shade Bldg, 1F
Tel.: 054-221-8686
Opening hours: 17:00~01:00
Closed on Mondays.
Credit Cards OK

BIO FARM MATSUKI
〒419-0303 Shizuoka Prefecture, Fujinomiya City, Ooshikakubo, 1158-36
TEL 0544-66-0353
FAX 0544-67-0098
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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-Drink Lovers of The World:
5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures; Warren Bobrow; Tokyo Terrace; Chez What?
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Fruit Cocktails by Wataru Matsumoto 9: Peach

Service: very professional and friendly.
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall.
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Fruit cocktails. Cozy and a comfortable, for ladies and gentlemen alike.

This is the ninth recipe of a (hopefully long) series of cocktails concocted by Wataru Matsumoto, owner/bartender at BOTANICAL (Comfort bar) in Shizuoka City.
No worries about copyrights as Mr. Matsumoto is only too happy to share his secrets!

INGREDIENTS:

-1 medium-size peach
-Monin Peche syrup: 1 dash
-Monin Grenadine: 1 dash
-Pernod: a few drops
-Mumm Champagne: 45 cc/ml + 45 cc/ml

RECIPE:

-Peel only half of the peach. The other half will go into the cocktail and provide good nutrients!
Cut in rough quarters, Get rid of the seed!

-In a blender drop all the ingredients without the champagne.
Add some crushed ice and blend well.
Add 45 cc/ml of champagne in the blender. Hand mix inside the blender.

-Choose a medium size globe glass and drop a cube of ice inside.

-Pour the blender contents on top of the ice.

-Slowly pour 45 cc/ml more of Mumm Champagne to allow some foam to form on the top.

-Serve wit a star anise floating on top.

It’s nothing else but a variety of Bellini cocktail!
Makes for a beautiful sour and sweet combination.
Tends to disappear quickly, so think about the next one!

BOTANICAL (Comfort Bar)
420-0082 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 1-6-13, Shade Bldg, 1F
Tel.: 054-221-8686
Opening hours: 17:00~01:00
Closed on Mondays.
Credit Cards OK

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
-Drink Lovers of The World:
5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures; Warren Bobrow; Tokyo Terrace; Chez What?
Pran Gravy Kadai Curry; My Kitchen Treasures; Indulge Inspire Imbibe; Simple Math Bakery; Cheap Ethnic Eatz; Taste With The Eyes; Jacob’s Kitchen; The Pink Apron; Kopiatse…To Greek Hospitality; Zomppa; The Baking Barrister; The Witchy Kitchen; What’s Cooking Italian Style Cuisine; Nirmala’s Cooking Corner; Ancient Fire Wines; The Ardent Epicure

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Fruit Cocktails by Wataru Matsumoto 8: Watermelon

Service: very professional and friendly.
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall.
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Fruit cocktails. Cozy and a comfortable, for ladies and gentlemen alike.

This is the eighth recipe of a (hopefully long) series of cocktails concocted by Wataru Matsumoto, owner/bartender at BOTANICAL (Comfort bar) in Shizuoka City.
No worries about copyrights as Mr. Matsumoto is only too happy to share his secrets!

INGREDIENTS:

-Salt
-Lime: 1/2
-Vodka (Smirnoff): 1 measure
-Watermelon: as appropriate
-Large ice cube

RECIPE

-Choose a tulip glass with a wide enough rim. Coat the rim with lime juice with a half cut lime.
Pour good quality salt on a saucer. Turn the glass upside down onto the saucer so as to allow enough salt to coat the glass rim.

-Drop a large enough ice cube in the glass. Pour the vodaka over it.

-Cut enough watermelon and blend lightly so as to preserve the “crunchy bite” of the watermelon.
Pour over the ice and stir gently with a long spoon.

-It is nothing else but a watermelon salty Dog!

Drinks, “eats” very quickly, so have a care! LOL

BOTANICAL (Comfort Bar)
420-0082 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 1-6-13, Shade Bldg, 1F
Tel.: 054-221-8686
Opening hours: 17:00~01:00
Closed on Mondays.
Credit Cards OK

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
-Drink Lovers of The World:
5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures; Warren Bobrow; Tokyo Terrace; Chez What?
Pran Gravy Kadai Curry; My Kitchen Treasures; Indulge Inspire Imbibe; Simple Math Bakery; Cheap Ethnic Eatz; Taste With The Eyes; Jacob’s Kitchen; The Pink Apron; Kopiatse…To Greek Hospitality; Zomppa; The Baking Barrister; The Witchy Kitchen; What’s Cooking Italian Style Cuisine; Nirmala’s Cooking Corner; Ancient Fire Wines; The Ardent Epicure

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Shizuoka Bars/Pubs: Grow Stock

Service: very lively and friendly.
Facilities: great cleanliness overall.
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Beer from all over the world. Outside terrace. Local microbrewery beer available in some quantities.

Grow Stck is the second establishement of the company running Mando tapas Bar and Cherry Beans diner in Shizuoka City.
It was open in March 2009 and has since become one of the most popular bars ofits kind in town

Although the place can be really crowded at times, it is not that easy to find if it is your first visit in town. Located on the 5th floor of Koyama Naka Building in Koyamachi, one of the drinking areas in Shizuoka City, it is worth exploring the vicinity as they have the advantage of offering a real otdoors terrace:

I took the pic in day time and it does really does it justice. It is a great site to lounge around in the summer (not on rainy or cold days, mind you as it is not covered!) in happy company!

Check the board at the entrance for events and good deals.
Although it is written in Japanese, the Manager, Mr. Ryousuku Ono and his staff will be only too happy to oblige and answer your queries!
The clientele is a good mix of Japanese, young to old, local foreigners who know their beer and guests from both genders who want to enjoy themselves!

As its name clearly indicates, it is a place to savour beer.
And they have loads of it:
More than a 100 from all over the world in bottles.
7 draft beers.
Local microbrewery beers! Bryan Baird from Numazu City, and as guests (depends on your lucky day!) draft beer from Bayern Meister in Fujinomiya City, Hansharo Beer from Hirayama in Izu Peninsula and Kaze no Tani/Windy Valley by Oratche in Kannami (Misj\hima City)!

Baird Beer come in bottles!

But there is plenty of other drinks for everyone from Scotch/Bourbon, wine/Jizake (Kikuyoi from Fujieda City!) to cocktails and soft drinks!

Sit at the counter and try to recognize the beers!

That is unless you want to hang onto the draft beer handles!

Peruse through the beer book! They even have Pietra beer from French Corsica!

As for the food, no worries whatsoever!
You can either choose it a la carte such as the fish and chips above or as a course.
Apart of the fish and chips, they serve interesting Belgian mussles steamed in Beer, Beef Carbonade, German Pork and Buffalo Chicken Wings.
Check the pasta, pizza and paella of the day.
Vegetarians can order vegetarian salads!

The place can also be parially or completely reserved for parties as it can provide for up to 100 guests! And TV screens will show big events if you are short of reasons to patronize the establishment!

GROW STOCK
420-0852 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Koyamachi Naka Building, 5F
Tel.: 054-293-9331
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00 (Mon.~Thurs.), 17:00~27:00 (Fri & Sat.), 17:00~24:00 (Sun.)
Parties welcome (reserve!)
Credit Cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)

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Fruit Cocktails by Wataru Matsumoto 7: Mango

Service: very professional and friendly.
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall.
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Fruit cocktails. Cozy and a comfortable, for ladies and gentlemen alike.

This is the seventh recipe of a (hopefully long) series of cocktails concocted by Wataru Matsumoto, owner/bartender at BOTANICAL (Comfort bar) in Shizuoka City.
No worries about copyrights as Mr. Matsumoto is only too happy to share his secrets!

Apple Mango from Mexico.

INGREDIENTS:

-Apple Mango (Mexic): 1/4, peeled and cut into small pieces
-Iced tea: 50 cc/ml
-Orange juice (freshly pressed): 30 cc/ml
-White Rum: 1 measure (Bacardi)
-Monin Mangue (Mango) syrop (syrup): 1 dash
-Ice: 1/2 cup, 100 cc/ml

Summer Snow Tea by Mariage Freres (France)

Make tea in large glass. Drop some tea and pour hotwater over it.
When tea is ready, pour over ice in a large stir glass and stir until chilled.

Pour the tea into a medium-sized white wine glass.

In an electric mixer drop the ice, cut mango, white rum and mango syrup.
Process until you obtain a smoothie-type mixture.

Pour the smoothie delicately over the iced tea, taking care not to mix the two. Use a spoon to let the smoothie “slide” onto the tea.
Top with a sprig of fresh mint and serve with one or two thin straws.

Drink it “through”!

The combination of the tea and the mango decreases the cloyness of the mango and the acidity of the tea, making for a great smooth marriage!

BOTANICAL (Comfort Bar)
420-0082 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 1-6-13, Shade Bldg, 1F
Tel.: 054-221-8686
Opening hours: 17:00~01:00
Closed on Mondays.
Credit Cards OK

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
-Drink Lovers of The World:
5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures; Warren Bobrow; Tokyo Terrace; Chez What?
Pran Gravy Kadai Curry; My Kitchen Treasures; Indulge Inspire Imbibe; Simple Math Bakery; Cheap Ethnic Eatz; Taste With The Eyes; Jacob’s Kitchen; The Pink Apron; Kopiatse…To Greek Hospitality; Zomppa; The Baking Barrister; The Witchy Kitchen; What’s Cooking Italian Style Cuisine; Nirmala’s Cooking Corner; Ancient Fire Wines; The Ardent Epicure

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Fruit Cocktails by Wataru Matsumoto 6: Dekopon

Service: very professional and friendly.
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall.
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Fruit cocktails. Cozy and a comfortable, for ladies and gentlemen alike.

This is the sixth recipe of a (hopefully long) series of cocktails concocted by Wataru Matsumoto, owner/bartender at BOTANICAL (Comfort bar) in Shizuoka City.
No worries about copyrights as Mr. Matsumoto is only too happy to share his secrets!

Dekopon (デコポン) is a seedless and highly sweet citrus fruit, a hybrid between Kiyomi and ponkan , developed in Japan in 1972. While dekopon was originally a brand name, it has become a genericized trademark and it is used to refer to all brands of the fruit; the generic name is shiranuhi or shiranui (不知火). Dekopon is quite distinctive due to its sweet taste, large size and the large protruding bump on the top of the fruit.

In Brazil, dekopon is marketed under the brand name of Kinsei which derived from the Japanese word for Venus. Brazilian farmers have succeeded in adapting the variety to tropical to temperate climate in the highlands of São Paulo state. The work is done by Unkichi Taniwaki, a farmer of Japanese origin. Kinsei is easily harvested from May to September. In the high season for kinsei, each fruit costs around 0.50 USD at the Brazilian street market and supermarkets.

In Korea, dekopon is called hallabong (한라봉) named after Hallasan the mountain located in Jeju-do, where it is primarily grown.

The following cocktail could also be named “Dekopon Mimosa”!

INGREDIENTS:

-Dekopon: 1 (freshly pressed)
-Ice
-Mumm Champagne

RECIPE:

-In a large mixing glass pour the freshly pressed dekopon juice over a large ice cube. Stir to chill the juice, then take out ice and discard.

-Pour the juice in a wine glass.

-Add chilled Mumm Champagne. Stir gently and serve.

Makes for a great soft acidity!

BOTANICAL (Comfort Bar)
420-0082 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 1-6-13, Shade Bldg, 1F
Tel.: 054-221-8686
Opening hours: 17:00~01:00
Closed on Mondays.
Credit Cards OK

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES:
-Sake: Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery
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