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Peruvian Cuisine and Cheese at Fiesta Garcia Beer Bar & Restaurant in Shizuoka City!

Service: Ever-smiling and very social
Equipment & Facilities Overall very clean. Excellent washroom
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Peruvian traditional Cuisine. Home-made Peruvian Cheese. Craft beers.

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Ima koko Building First Floor Alley in Shichiken Cho, Aoi ku, Shizuoka City is steadily filling up with cozy and small bars and restaurants!

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The newest place to move in is “Fiesta Garcia” Beer Bar & Restaurante owned and managed by a Shizuoka City Peruvian citizen going by the name of Fredy Garcia!

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A very open and welcoming place indeed!

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A small corner of the Andean country!

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A smiling skull is looking after you over a small counter!

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The place is tiny and every available space is used!

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Bottled craft beers from all over the world are in front (and behind) of you!

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My beer for this (too short) first visit!

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Do have a good look at the drink you!

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And have an even longer look at food menu!
There are quite a few unusual things in wait for you!

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Now, this is quite unusual, and would be anywhere in Japan because Fredy and his older brother make their own Peruvian-style queso/cheese in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!
Don’t worry, I will soon interview them at work at their dairy!
The above is fresh queso blanco, a bit similar to semi hard cottage cheese cut into wedges and pan-fried on a little oil and served with mayo sauce, hot mayo sauce and yuzu koshio!

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And this is even better:
Top, left, queso blanco  in queso fredo style/fresh cheese (the same as the fried one).
Top, right, manchego-style cheese processed in a different way and matured for some time.
Bottom left, queso albino where white wine was added to the milk when making the rice and later washed in red wine!
Bottom right, home semi-dried tomatoes!

The menu might be short, but it will give me plenty of reasons to come back and visit my new friend, Fredy Garcia!
Stay tuned!

FIESTA GARCIA Beer bar & Restaurante

Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Shichiken Cho, 11-5, Ima Koko Building, 1F
Tel.: 080-6924-3379
Opening hours: 17:00~25:00
15:00~22:00 (Sundays)
Closed on Tuesdays!
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Cheese: Queso Fresco made by Jean Sabedora Garcia in Shizuoka City, Japan!

Who said they don’t make cheese in Japan?
Actually, a lot is made especially in the North, that is, in Hokkaido Island, and some had been made in the Eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture from cow’s milk for at least ten years, not withstanding the numerous smoked cheese made here and there…

And now, I discovered a cheese maker in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City who makes his cheese from cow’s milk!

Jean Sabedora Garcia (I will have to check the proper spelling in a soon to come interview!) is a Peruvian gentleman who makes his cheese the way they fabricate it in South America.

The cheese is made with pasteurized cow’s milk, food salt, potassium chloride and rennet, all clearly indicated on the package label.

The consumption date is also clearly indicated and it is double-packed for maximum food safety. It should be stored at a temperature of 10 degrees Celsius.

Queso fresco (Spanish), Queijo Fresco (Portuguese) or “Natural Cheese” (Japanese) is of a beautiful white color and very firm, making it easy to cut and serve.
It is quite similar to feta in concept, firmness and color but slightly more salted.
The aroma is very pleasant.
Surprisingly well-balanced and easy to eat.
Although made from cow’s milk, it tastes very much like a very young goat’s milk cheese.
Best appreciated on its own with high quality crackers, or in caprese style salad.
I had a little weakness for it toasted on home-made bread!
Really worth discovering!

Jean Sabodera Garcia
DEKASEGUI PRODUCTS-JF Shokuhin Kougyou
Shizuoka City, Shimizu ku, Minato Minami Cho, 1-11-1F
Tel.: 054-537-0374
Mobile Phone: 090-65953065

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Cheese, Wine and Sake Feast at the 2nd Mt. Fuji Network Forum in Shizuoka City!

After having reported on the lunch boxes served at the 2nd Mt. Fuji Network Forum held in Granship in Shizuoka City I came back in the evening as the same doctors were enjoying a feast of cheese, wines and sake organized by Ms. Keiko Kubota of Gentil restaurant and her friends!

I wonder if the doctors realized they were sampling some of the finest and rarest sake in Japan made in Shizuoka Prefecture!

Ms. Keiko Kubota is the only Grand Chevalier de Taste Fromage in Japan!

Japanese wines brought by Nagashima Saketen Co.!

Mr. Denbei Kawamura, the Godfather of Shizuoka sake in great company!

The staff of the day, including some famous Shizuoka Gastronomes!

Almost ready…

I love blue cheese!

“Sakura”, elected the best cheese made in Japan, Tokachi, Hokkaido!

Charming bamboo cheese sticks!

Epoisses from my home, Bourgogne!

Fourme d’Ambert!

Italian cheese wrapped in Japanese cherry tree leaves!

Tempting, aren’t they?

Ms. Kubota serving some very lucky doctors!

About time I visit Gentil Restaurant!

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Cheese Tray at Gentil (2010/07/09)

Ranking:
Service: Very Professional
Facilities: Perfect allaround. Beautiful washroom
Prices: ~
Strong points: Best cheese tray in Japan! Great wines

It was about grand time that I visited Gentil Restaurant in Shizuoka City again with my cheese-lover friends!.
Gentil is renown all over Japan for the best cheese trays (within reasonability in a restaurant! Naturally one could always offer a mountain of cheese at ridiculous prices!) served at a restaurant.

I made a point this time to take picture of all individual cheeses for everyone’s references!

These were the 8 cheese presently served (there are more in store at the restaurants but all are served when perfectly ripened!).
Let’s have a look at each of them!

Vieille Mimolette, Cow’s Milk, 18-month old, Northern France. Very soft and elegant in spite of its venerable age!

Blue Stilton, Cow’s Milk, England. A rare combination of softness and pungency!

Langres, Cow’s Milk, Bourgogne & Champagne, France. My home’s cheese! Do I need to comment?

Gorgonzola Dolce, Cow’s Milk, Italy. Vey soft and elegant!

Petit Plaisir, Cow’s Milk, Hokkaido, Japan. It has recently been elected as the best cheese in Japan! A discovery! Remiscent of a beautiful Saint-Marcellin!

Chevre Noir, Goat’s Milk, Canada, 2-year old. Another discovery! very soft for an old goat’s cheese!

Malvaux, Goat’s Milk, Deux-Sevres (Western Loire), France. It is covered with spices like a Corsican Maquis! So many tastes exploding on your palate!

Talegio, Cow’s Milk, Italy. Both elegant and strong!

The tray as served for 3 guests! A work of art, indeed!

Restaurant Gentil
420-0031 Shizuoka Shi, Gofuku-Cho, 2-9-1. Genan Kairaku Buiilding 2F
Tel.: 054-2547655 (Reservations advisable)
Fax: 054-2210509
Opening hours: 12:00~14:00, 18:00~last orders for meals at 21:30. Bar time 18:00~23:30. Closed on Mondays.
Credit cards OK
Homepage (Japanese)

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Italian Cuisine: Appetizers at Il Paladino (5)

Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great and very large washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable to expensive.
Specialty:Sicilian Cuisine. Top-class Italian wines and great collection of Grappa.
no-smoking-logo1 Non-smoking at tables.

As I mentioned before, I’ve found over the years that in Japan, and especially Shizuoka, that it is more fun to ask for a few appetizers with a couple of glasses of good wine at Italian Restaurants (mind you, the same would apply to Spanish Restaurants and izakayas!).
When a good restaurant like Il Paladino in Shizuoka City agrees to it, it is simply great fun! This is I hope the continuation of a long series of delicious appetizers!

The first sample of this series is called Falsomagro, or Farsumagru in old Siscilian.
It is made as a roll with pork, although beef and especially veal can be used.

As pre-cooked and kept in the restaurant.
This is actually very traditional food cooked in homes in Sicily. Similar dishes can be found in many other European countries such in Lyon, France where such meat roll concept is popular.

The pork roll is filled with boiled eggs, salami and spinach before being slow-cooked.

It is cut into thick slices and re-heated before being served.

Served with plenty of fresh tomato puree, ground black pepper and EV olive oil, it does make for a substantative appetizer!

Now, this second appetizers a simple and delicious marriage between Italy and Japan!

Can you guess what is inside these fritatta/omelettes?

Broad beans and Japanese baby conger eels (called “noresore” in Japanese)! Very unusual, even in Japan!

“Baby corn” is very popular in Japan (they are not gene-modified!) and make for some delicious, is simple, appetizers! This particular one was grown in Aichi Prefecture.

Not only the corn, but almost everything inside the “leaves” and the whole stem are tender and edible. Grilled over charcoal and served with some EV olive oil, they make for the perfect vegan appetizer!

The last sample of this series is quite simple in concept but made with the highest quality ingredients: A slice of Scarmozza (could be described as a hard and creamy type of smoked mozzarella) coated with fin panini crumbs and fried in EV olive oil with the right amount of seasoning and great vegetables!

For a side view!

For an even more tantalizing view of the Scarmozza!

See you again next time around!

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
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Cheese Souffle: The Basic Recipe

After being asked about my cheese souffle by a new Foodbuzz friend, I thought it was about time I re-post the recipe for this French classic.
Sorry, as I was caught a bit off my guard I had only and old pic of my cooking available. Let’s hope I will come another one soon!

When you mention the word “Souffle”, the first reaction you get is: “Too difficult!”. It is actually dead easy, and I can tell you that some restaurants make an enormous profit from them!

INGREDIENTS: For 4 people
Eggs: 4
Flour: 50g
Butter: 50g
Milk: 300cc
Shredded cheese: 100g
Salt
White Pepper
Nutmeg
Thyme
Laurel

RECIPE:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Butter well the inside of a (possibly round) deep oven dish (about 18cm x 8cm). This will help the souffle rise and prevent it fom sticking.

Separate egg yolks from egg whites.
In a large bowl add a little salt to whites and beat them until solid.

On a small fire, prepare a Bechamel sauce (white sauce):
Melt butter completely, pour in flour and mix well with spatula until smooth. Pour in milk and mix well (diffferent people have different techniques, but I found that the best technique is to mix half of the milk little by little first, then pour in the rest and use a whisker to make a smooth sauce). Add salt, pepper and spices. Keep stirring gently.

Once the sauce has thickened to the point of almost solid, take off the fire (or switch off the fire).
Mix in the egg yolks with a spatula until colour is even. Then proceed the same way with the cheese little by little until mixture comes smooth off the spatula.

Check that the whites have not gone back to liquid (That happened to me quite a few times, so make sure to check! In such a case, just beat them again. They will go back to a satisfactory state quite fast.). Mix in half first as delicately as possible with a spatula (not a whisker, or you will break the air bubbles in the whites and the souffle will not rise!). Then do the same with the second half. Pour in the mixture in the dish and put in the oven to bake for 45 minutes ( although that depends with every oven). To check whether the souffle is properly cooked, insert a thin wooden stick or knife deep into the souffle. It should come out smooth.

Before serving, make sure that everybody is at the table before serving. ” The guests wait for a Souffle, a Souffle does not wait for the guests!”

NOTES:

-1) This souffle can be cooked in individual dishes. In that case the cooking time shall be about 30~35 minutes.
-2) Instead of cheese you could use tinned tuna (2 x small cans), or fresh spinach (one bunch; boil it a couple of minutes in salted water first, then drain thouroughly, and mince it as thinly as possible), or crab (add a little brandy to it and mix beforehand), or thin short narrow strips of ham, or even ham & cheese. The variations are endless!

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Japanese Dessert: Beni Imo Cheese Cake/Violet Sweet Potato Cheese Cake

Debra at Hapabento mentioned that she calls her Violet Sweet Poatatoes Okinawa Sweet Poataoes. Actually, Okinawa is famous all over Japan for its Violet Sweet Potatoes/Beni Imo/紅芋 and cakes made with the same!

Here is an Okinawa-inspired cheese Cake recipe:
Violet Sweet Potato Cheese Cake/Beni Imo Cheese Cake!

INGREDIENTS:: For a 12cm-diameter mold

-Beni imo/Violet Sweet Potato: 120 g
-Cream Cheese: 90 g
-Cinnamon: 1/2~1 teaspoon
-Honey (liquid): 2 tablespoons
-Biscuits: 9~

Syrup:
-Sugra: 1 teaspoon
-Water: 1 tablespoon
-Liqueur of your choice: 1 teaspoon

-Egg yolk for “nappage”: as appropriate

RECIPE:

-Bring cream cheese to room temperature. Wrap the violet sweet potato into cellophane paper and heat in microwave oven until soft.

-Prepare the syrup: Mix water and sugar and heat in microwave oven for 1 minute to dissolve sugar in the water. Let cool and add liqueur.

-Work the cheese cream with a spatula until it has become smooth. Add violet sweet potato (take off the skin and mash it first), honey, and cinnamon in that order and mix well one at a time.

-Line a mold with baking paper. Line the bottom with crushed biscuit.

-Pour syrup over biscuit lining and wait until the biscuits have absorbed it.

-Pour the violet sweet potato cream cheese mix.

-Leave the mix inside the mold as it is or try and make it more decorative as above.

-Brush plenty of egg yolk all over the surface.

-Bake it 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes.

-You may pour the mixture into an oven dish as above without the biscuits lining.

Simple, ain’t it?
The kids will love it!

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