Jason lives in Osaka Japan and has an infatuation with raw fish, ninjas and sake. Originally from Australia he has a Masters in Communications and a Le Cordon Bleu Masters of Gastronomic Tourism. He also owns a very old Nintendo.
A few nights ago I had the pleasure of entertaining a few loose friends from Australia who were in Nippon on route to India. So I decided to take them out for one of the last magnificent feasts in Japan before they hit the land of curry, spice and all things nice. Unbeknown to them (or me) we were about to embark on a journey that would open up a new world – the world of the bluefin tuna head.
It is has been getting a bit of press lately and is a bit more popular recently as many Chefs are serving it as a less expensive cut. But many people are still asking the question: What is a Flat Iron Steak?
I love it when my friends from abroad come to visit me in Japan, well that is until the next day when the hangover falls from the sky like a bowling ball – and seriously I am talking about a near death experience – we make the movie the hangover look like an episode of Thomas the Tank Engine – but that is another story completely.
A variety of different social, economic and cultural conditions were responsible for the interest in gastronomy in nineteenth century France. This interest (in gastronomy) contributed to the emergence of gastronomic writing, which not only fed from, but also fueled and became an integral part of this new 19thcentury trend.
In the 19thnineteenth century in Western Europe particularly France, the way the higher social classes dined changed dramatically. There was movement away from the dining style of Service à la française into a more diner friendly style of service known as Service à la russe. This gradual change is of gastronomic significance in that it altered the way society perceived food and the role of the cook who also at that time became known as the Chef.
If you visit one of the many farmers markets in the western world you are bound to come across at least one of them. They could be driving a Range Rover looking for a wild pheasant for a BBQ, or they could be a tattoo-smothered biker casing ingredients for a biscuit recipe.
They are bound to be taking photos on their phone, coffee or organic chai latte in hand, probably sporting a hangover from visiting a ‘too cool for school’ sake or wine bar the night before. They are out there. Like an edible mold, the food movement is creeping around the world and gaining followers wherever it goes.
Super star chefs saturate the media. Kids as young as 14 are on TV, boning knife in hand showing us how to strip a bull carcass. If it’s naturally line caught, vine ripened, organically grass and walnut fed, free rang and locally grown – then it is a hit.
Sushi has evolved and is still evolving over time, but there is an underlying essence to this food that cannot and does not transcend national borders or cultural boundaries. In this paper I will look at the history of sushi and why it will always taste better in; be a symbol of; and always belong to; Japan.
BEER – that cool amber liquid from the gods that we all love. Often when we think of countries that are beer specific, we think of countries like Belgium, Germany and Holland, but today I am going to take you to a place that is internationally better known for its Sake brewing, than it is for brewing our bubbly little amber friend.
The Sushi at Koyoshi Sushi in Osaka is an experience all in itself. The place only seats eight people and if you are not there at 6pm then you wait in a line out the front. It is not any normal line either – there is no maître de, no waiter or service person – there is no one to tell you how long you will wait – you just get in line behind the person in front of you and wait.