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Shizuoka Musk Melons-Japan’s obsession with perfect fruit by Roland Buerk of the BBC

Farmer Masaomi Suzuki has to keep the temperature constant to achieve the perfect crop

By Roland Buerk
BBC News, Tokyo and Shizuoka

Giving fruit as a gift is a common custom in Japan. But this fruit is not your normal greengrocers’ produce, complete with bumps, bruises and blemishes. The pick of the crop is grown with exquisite care and attention to detail – and commands an eye-watering price when it comes to market.
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Masaomi Suzuki has been working in his steamy greenhouses for 50 years, but even after all that time he says he still learns something new every day.

The process begins with the perfect seeds. The local farmers’ association breeds a new strain every year, seeking continuous improvements. Weak seedlings are weeded out. Then when the flowers appear, poor specimens are ruthlessly plucked and discarded.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE BY ROLAND BUERK HERE

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French Gastronomy: Organic Vegetables & Madai Seabream at Pissenlit-Shizuoka City!

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.

Difficult to believe as it is, but Shizuoka Prefecture, both officially at the Government level and unofficially by all gastronomes here, has the largest number of varieties of food grown, bred or caught both on land and at sea in Japan!
No wonder that the local restaurants find it both so easy and pleasurable to associate local products any time of the year!

So the other day, actually Saturday last week when I had lunch at Pissenlit in Shizuoka City, Chef Touru Arima/有馬亨さん first served me as an amuse-bouche a veloute/smooth soup made from organic Takinogawa burdock root from Kitayama Farm in Fujinomiya City.

The wine served then was not from Shizuoka, but it is worth talking about it as it was made in Osaka from Delaware and Koshu grapes! Its name, “Ganko Oyaji Tetsukuri Wain”, means “Wine hand-made by an old stubborn man”!

Nakamura Winery in Osaka also makes the above white wine called “Yume Asuka” or “Dream Asuka”!

Here is the happy marriage of products from the land and sea of Shizuoka Prefecture!

The Madai/真鯛/”True Seabream” was caught off Sagara/相良 shore, west of Shizuoka City, an area of Suruga Bay replete with semi-deep water fish.
First sauteed on its skin and then finished in the oven, the skin had a beautiful crispy bite in superb contradiction with the flesh perfect tenderness. The sauce kept to a minimum with lemon and butter accentuated all the freshness of the fish.

The organic vegetables came from two distinct farms: Shizuen No Chikara In Shizuoka City and Kitayama in Fujinomiya City!

Beautiful carrots!

Now, what is this organic vegetable from Kitayama Farm?

Romanesco broccoli bud!
So extravagant, elegant, beautiful and full of flavors!

To be continued… (can you wait?)

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)
E-Mail: pissenlit2008@ybb.ne.jp
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

French Gastronomy: Organic Rape Flowers and Egg in Meurette style at Pissenlit-Shizuoka City!

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 Saturday since I needed to talk with Chef Touru Arima/有馬亨さん at pissenlit in Shizuoka City, I took the opportunity to eat a late lunch there.
In fact I was too late for the specials of the day which all gone by then…

Side view!

But I had noticed some beautiful rape flowers resting inside a bowl in the kitchen when I walked past the large glass windows which allow a full sight of the chef’s lair!
I asked if an “appetizer” could be done with them…
Right-O! was the reply…

A “riding” view!

The rape flowers were organic from Shizen no Chikara Farm in Shizuoka City.
Rape flowers, na no Hana/菜の花, also go by the name of Broccolini and Tenderstem Broccoli.
Actually I wonder if i should call them rape flowers at all also they are also of the Brassica Family!
Chef Arima simply gently boiled them, then fried with a minimum of seasoning.
He placed an enormous poached on top with a generous portion of wine sauce according to my homeland, Bourgogne, recipe for oeufs en meurette!
The egg comes from Mr. Hotta farm in Okabe, Fujieda City and are branded under the name of “Yuseiran/有精卵!

This is what happens when you cut across the egg, releasing a delicious golden flow over your dish!

This promises to be the best appetizer of the 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)
E-Mail: pissenlit2008@ybb.ne.jp
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

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Gastronomic Feast: Spring Dinner by Pissenlit and Nori-Behind the Scene!

On Saturday March 10th a very special dinner organised by two of the best chefs in Shizuoka, Fuminori Nishitani/藤谷文紀 of Nori in Fujieda City and Tooru Arima/有馬亨 of Pissenlit in Shizuoka City was held at Pissenlit Restaurant in Shizuoka City with the help of two great farmers, Mr. Yoshinori Iguchi/井口芳則 in Fujieda City and Mr. Masaaki Hirakaki/平垣正明 in Fujinomiya City who provided the vegetables. most of them organic!

The event was called:
“春の食の都 仕事人ウイーク”スペシャルディナー
“Spring Gastronomy City (Shizuoka) Chefs Week” Special Dinner

For once I was not sitting at the table enjoying the food and drinks but in the kitchen reporting behind the scene(s)!
This report is thus a photography rendition of the event seen from the other side of the fence:

Tooru Arima/有馬亨 and Fuminori Nishitani/藤谷文紀!

The dining room staff planning in the dark…

table setting.

White Asparagus flans were ready.

What are these dried mini carrots for?

We’Il see those again later!

Seasoning the fish.

Was that enough seasoning?
Yup!

The dining room is ready to welcome the guests!

Rainbow Trout from Kunugi Fish Farm in Fujinomya City!

Getting ready for the aperitifs!

Mr. Yoshinori Iguchi/井口芳則 and Mr. Masaaki Hirakaki/平垣正明, the men who made it possible!

Searing the fish beforehand.

Only seared but already beautiful!

Home-made bread naturally!

Organic vegetables!

The aperitif was umeshu flavored with matcha by Fuji Takasago Brewery in Fujinomiya City!

Brushing pies with egg yolk.

The first (cold) hors d’oeuvre taking shape.

I had a hard time keeping my hands off these!

Adding the Genovese capellini.

The first cold hors d’oeuvres!

Searing the veal caillette in crepinette!

The second (hot) hors d’oeuvres in the starting blocks!

The white asparagus flans on parade.

Almost ready with the leek and spinach pies flavored with truffles!

The second (hot) hors d’oeuvres!

Oura burdock chips.

Oura burdock veloute.

Takinogawa burdock agnelotti being boiled!

The pasta dish taking shape!

Almost ready…

Some Pecorino cheese…

The pasta dish!

Some veal caillette in crepinette still to be prepared.

Fresh bamboo shoots from Fujieda City!

The sasa bamboo leaves to support the fish.

Shiso/perilla flowers for decoration.

The fish course taking shape.

Almost ready…

Rainbow trout on a black plate!

The same on a white plate!

Back to the veal caillettes in crepinete…

The same being seared…

into the oven…

The sauce!

finished with a torch instead of a salamander!

Onto the plates…

A meat dish so simple and so beautiful!

The last touch!

The meat course!

Organic deep red carrot gelato!

Sugar on the dried carrots…

Organic Takinogawa burdock tart!

You won’t find these outside Japan!

Such a healthy and beautiful dessert!

Time to go!

Incidentally, part of the bill was earmarked for charity for the victims of the Fukushima disaster!

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)
E-Mail: pissenlit2008@ybb.ne.jp
Credit Cards OK
Entirely non-smoking!

NORI

426-0204 Shizuoka Ken, Fujieda Shi, Tokigaya, 864-3
Tel./Fax: 054-641-4778
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00; 18:00~22:00
On reservation only for dinner
Closed on Tuesdays and first Monday
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE (Japanese, but do check it for great photographs of the house and garden!)
Entirely non-smoking!

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Shizuoka Sake Bar: Sachiho in Shizuoka City!

Some famous Shizuoka Sake!

Service: Very friendly and informal
Facilities: Very clean overall. Superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Shizuoka Sake of course!

At long last a bar that offers a wide range of Shizuoka sakes as a theme was opened last December in Shizuoka City!
And it is entirely non-smoking!

Mind you, since it opens at 5 pm, it is not always easy to take pictures outside or inside if you do not want to bother people with a flash!

It is conveniently tucked away in Takajo, Aoi Ku, a very busy place at night.
It also has the merit to be patronized both by ladies and gentlemen, mostly real Japanese and Shizuoka sake connoisseurs!

Ms. Sachiho Nagasawa/長沢佐線帆さん has shochu with her own label!

Plenty of sake on display but I know for a fact there are some hidden (better become a regular customer! LOL)!

There are only 7 seats at the counter.
No risk of a noisy crowd, although it might be a good idea to reserve!

The system is pretty simple:
Between 05:00 and 10:00 you must choose between the menus at 1,500 yen or 2,500 yen, all home-style food.
After 10:00 only drinks is ok!

A nice message on your paper napkin!

Now I like that! The sake is served in wine glasses for proper tasting!
Do confer with Sachiho San before choosing your sake!

All typical local homey food!
Shizuoka oden!

Salad.
Sorry for the fuzzy pictures.
It was my first visit and my “camera” did not agree with me!
In any case I will come again soon and I promise better pics!

Simmered sardine.

Stewed chicken and vegetables.

Savory salad.

Japanese pickles.

Don’t worry, I’ll be back there very soon!
I’m actually thinking of conducting some real tasting late at night there!

To be continued…

Sachiho Japanese Sake Bar
420-0389 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 1-49
Tel.: 054-255-6767
Opening hours: 17:00~24:00
Closed on Sundays & Mondays

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Austrian Gastronomy: Austrian Cake Factory in Fujieda City!

Yesterday my good friend Pat, a cake lover if there is one, kindly drove me all the way to Fujieda City in Kariyado away from it all to pay a visit to an Austrian Chef and his wife who have been creating succulent Austrian cakes and other desserts for the past three years.

Peter Golbach who plied his trade in Wien, New York, Lyon before meeting his wife Shouko/昌子 in Wien where she worked for Sony Co., came to Fujieda City three years to establish a bakery with his wife in her large parents’ house.

It takes a little bit of driving to reach their place but it is worth the effort as you run across some beautiful land off the beaten tracks!

“Austrian Cake Factory”!

If you plan to pay them a deserved visit contact them on their mobile phone first!

The bakery may be Austrian but this is rural Japan!
Peter and his lively wife Shoko are a model of great hospitality and passion for their trade. It was a personal pleasure to meet them in person, I can assure you!

All the cakes and desserts are created in a very clean, sensible, practical and no-frill kitchen!

The ultra modern oven to bake Peter’s creations!

Peter and his wife create 7 varieties of Kugelhof and 1 Sachertorte as well as Vanille Kiffel crescent biscuits, order-made chocolate cakes and cheese cakes and other desserts.
All ingredients are natural and among them feature their own gyokuro tea macha and yuzu lime!

Some of their succulent and beautiful Kugelhof!

My favorite, the Fujieda gyokuro tea macha Kugelhof, a true Shizuoka Kugelhof!

One of Peter’s specialties: Yoghurt and Yuzu Cake!

An order-made Birthday Cake!

The four of us shared a long talk around coffee and some of their cakes reminiscing about the “joys of Europe”!
I had a hard time wrenching myself off their so hospitable home and table!

But I didn’t take my leave before savoring a magnificent yoghurt and lemon mousse!

Peter and Shoko will be selling their cakes in Aoba Park Street in Shizuoka City for 3 days in May.
I will have the pleasure to interview them again and I will announce it in good time beforehand!

Cakes can be ordered and reserved over the phone or by e-mail. Ask for directions!

Peter & Shoko Golbach at Austrian Cake Factory
426-0001, Fujieda City, Kariyado, 1092
E-mail: shoko-amano@hotmail.com
Mobile phone: 090-1629-3004
HOMEPAGE

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Italian Gastronomy: Late Night Escapade at Soloio in Shizuoka City!

Service: Pro and very friendly
Equipment & Facilities: Great overall cleanliness and superb washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Both traditional and inventive Italian cuisine. Good wine list at moderate prices. Open late!

The other day, after an “official function” with chefs, producers and journalists the Missus and I still felt somewhat unsatisfied and at 10:00 p.m. were looking for a decent place before returning home.
This was a bit of a no-winner as the Missus’ radar was already fixed on Italian food and she knew too well that at that time of the night the options were pretty reduced. It was only natural (I still suspect my “worst half” to have it planned all the time!) that we ended up in Soloio, one of the very best Italian restaurants in town, and definitely the best at this time of the night!
Alright, what did we have/savor?

A plate of all vegetable antipasto!
Most of the vegetables are locally grown, naturally!

We discovered the above on the day’s specials: Scampi al Form!

Just beautiful and succulent!

Pan-fried seabream/”madai” from Suruga Bay!

Soloio is fast becoming famous for their great care when it comes to choosing and preparing vegetables!
Vegetarians are welcome there!

The skin of the fish was fired to a perfect crisp. I’m not that fond of fish skin, but I would go for that any time!

Then we noticed something interesting at the bottom of the overhead board! Mind you, you need some reading knowledge!

Wagyu Beef rump Tagliata!

Nothing less than an extravagant variety of carpaccio!

By then the escapade was turning into a full meal!
Finally it was down to a fight between having pasta or risotto. The latter won by a whisker!

Risotto made with the last Piemonte truffles in store!
We’ll have to wait until next year for another one!

We needed something sweet to finish!

Strong expresso coffee poured over vanilla ice-cream!

To be continued…

SOLOIO
420-0858 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Tenmacho, 9-7, Kita, 1
Tel./fax: 054-260-4637
Business hours: 16:00~24:00
Closed on Monday
Credit cards OK
Private parties welcome!
Smoking allowed BUT Non-smoking until 20:00 everyday!

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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery