Gastronomic Discovery – An Evening of Japanese Food Culture

On Monday, I attended an event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square called Gastronomic Discovery – An Evening of Japanese Food Culture, as a representative of JETAANY.

Below: Elizabeth Andoh, one of THE authorities on Japanese culinary culture. I reviewed her book, Washoku: Recipes from the Japanese Home Kitchen for (Scroll down to read the review after clicking on the link)


Below: Appetizers – Braised Asparagus topped with Spicy Cod Fish Roe Dipping Sauce, BBQ Eel with Pickled Burdock and Shiso Leaf in Puff Pastry, Kumamoto Oysters in Yuzu Jelly with Flying Fish Roe, Tuna and Salmon Tartare on Rice Crackers, Beef Yakitori.

Above and below: Magnificently carved sashimi

Above: Chef David Bouley and assistant

Below: David Bouley’s Yuba-wrapped diver scallop and foie gras.

Above and below: Soba making demonstration.

Below: Kobe beef (Wagyu) Roast Beef – very, very, very well marbled beef. Fatty as all hell, from happy cows that drink beer and get daily massages, and only eat fresh grain. I hope have good enough karma in this life to be reincarnated as a Kobe beef cow. In terms of taste, it’s super rich, melt-in-your mouth. I’m not the biggest beef fan, so I think the subtle delicacy is a bit wasted on my palate.
Above: Guest Geisha. Fabulous. Being a geisha is totally like being a drag queen – hours and hours spent on wardrobe and make-up and getting paid to be the life of the party. Fierce. All the best parties have either drag queens, or geisha. (Or Amanda Lepore) If you have any doubts, just revisit Gong Li’s fiery “I will destroy you” scene in Memoirs of a Geisha.

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