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Shizuoka Dessert: Kumquat Cakes at Aquavite & Pissenlit!

Kumquat tart and Tiramisu as served to the Missus at Aquavite!

Kumquat is kinkan/金柑/”Golden Citrus” in Japanese and it is a major crop in Shizuoka Prefecture. Some are even grown organically!
Just walk in Shizuoka City and you will discover them in many gardens where they are in full season right now!
People eat them under many guises from candied fruit to cakes and even fruit cocktails!
Needless to say that many restaurants vie for fame with cakes created with them!
Here are two creations I just had the pleasure to savor in Shizuoka City:

Italian Cuisine: Kumquat Tart and Tiramisu in Aquavite!

Mine was the same as the Missus’ but presented in a “manly” way! LOL
Both were decorated with chocolate, raspberry, vanilla creams and cocoa powder!

Kumquats are a bit of a bother to prepare.
They must first be washed, then cut in two to get rid of their seeds.
Next they need to be lightly boiled and then candied in sugar, alcohol and what else.
Only then can you include them into succulents tarts!

I do not need to introduce tiramisu made by Chef Masaru Aoki/青木勝 as it has become the reference in our city!
They make the perfect marriage, either savoring it separately or topping the tart with some on your fork (or spoon!)!

French Cuisine: Kumquat Pound Cake and Black Tea Sorbet at Pissenlit!

Chef Touru Arima/有馬亨 decorated his creation with raspberry and vanilla creams as well as local strawberry and organic mint leaves!

This pound cake must have required quite some preparation with the inclusion of finely chopped candied kumquats!
The kumquats were grown in Mariko, Shizuoka City, an area also famous for its black tea where it was first planted in Japan back in the 19th Century!

Attention to details! You just don’t know where to start from!
I did savor the candied kumquat first as I didn’t trust my sense of balance!
After that it was an exquisite exercise in demolition!

Black tea sorbet made for another perfect marriage with the pound cake, although I tended to eat it separately.
It was a pleasure later to scoop it carefully with whatever was left on the plate! LOL

AQUAVITE
420-0034 Shizuoka Shi, Tokiwa-cho, 1-2-7, Tomii Bldg. 3F
Tel. & fax: 054-2740777
Opening hours: 11:30~14:00 18:00~22:00
HOMEPAGE (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK
Non-smoking private room available!

Service: Excellent and very friendly
Facilities: Great cleanliness overall. Small but beautiful washroom
Prices: Reasonable to expensive.
Strong points: Great use of local products, especially organic vegetables. Top-class Italian wines. Private room for~8 people
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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!

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
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Jams with Shizuoka Products at Pissenlit!

Humans made jams the moment they tried to preserve the fruits and vegetables they found in abundance but couldn’t eat up.
Making jams was a traditional and seasonal occupation in many homes all over the World until not so long ago.
Then people got busier and had no longer the time or will to prepare them, what with the constant supply available in shops.
On the other hand this ready availability meant a loss in quality, added preservatives and a total lack of traceability.
Finally the time has come when most of us are looking for the real products although most of us still don’t have the time or will to create them.
Before opening his Restaurant Pissenlit in Shizuoka City Chef Touru Arima/有馬亨さん used to make more than 70 kinds of jams in the big hotel he used to work.
Having developed a personal relation with local producers he has been able at long last to concoct real jams for the pleasure and health of his customers!

It is my pleasure to introduce here the first batch! More are to follow!

Mateta Tomato (Iwata City) jam.
The beauty of this jam is that it can also be used as a condiment or sauce!
Actually all jams can be utilized in such manners, too!

Benihoppe Strawberry jam.
Benihoppe Strawberries first appeared in Japan in Shizuoka Prefecture in 2002 and are considered the best in this country for their perfect balance in taste!

Aoshima oranges (Mikkabi) jam.
Mikkabi in the western part of Shizuoka Prefecture is called Orange Town!

Hon-yama Green Tea jam.
Hon-yama tea is grown along the Abe and Warashina Rivers in Shizuoka City!
The whole Prefecture of Shizuoka is the main (45%) tea growing region in Japan!

All jars contain about 150g.
Mateta Tomato Jam: 1,300 yen
Benihoppe Strawberry Jam: 850 yen (mini jar for 350 yen)
Mikkabi Orange Jam: 500 yen
Hon-yama Green Tea Jam: 700 yen (mini jar for 250 yen)

All jams can be purchased at Pissenlit Restaurant or ordered by phone or e-mail!

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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Five Euro Food by Charles
With a Glass,
Clumsyfingers by Xethia
Adventures in Bento Making, American Bento, Beanbento, Bento No1, Bento Wo Tsukurimashou, Cooking Cute, Eula, Hapabento , Happy Bento, Jacki’s Bento Blog, Kitchen Cow, Leggo My Obento, Le Petit Journal Bento & CO (French), Lunch In A Box, My Bento Box, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, The Herbed Kitchen, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat; Bento Lunch Blog (German); Adventures In Bento; Anna The Red’s Bento Factory; Cooking Cute; Timeless Gourmet; Bento Bug; Ideal Meal; Bentosaurus; Mr. Foodie (London/UK); Ohayo Bento

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-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!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Agricultural Products: Fig Jam/”Ichijiku Jyamu”

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In this world replete with additives, preservatives, artificial colouring and jellified matters, it has become a boon to discover or beiing offered real fruit jams as they should be!
My good friend, Patrick Harrington brought me this particular fig jam from Ito Ciy in the Izu Peninsula yesterday.
Izu Peninsula, an almost subtropical area at times is celebrated for its fruit and derived products in particular.
This fig jam contains locally-grown figs, sugar and citric acid, and that is it.
Sweet but not cloying at all mixed with some welcome acidity, it tastes like real fig with the right consistency and even a little cruchiness provide by the minuscule seeds.
Best appreciated on its own, especially on toasts, but would also make great toppings over fruit tarts and give this wild flavour to sauces for wild fowl, duck and venison!

“Ichijiku Jyamu”/Fig Jam
Poduced and sold by Aira Izu Agricultural Cooperative
Ito City, Usami, 1808-1
Tel.: 0557-489300