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Monthly Archives: January 2017

2017 Top 20 Culinary Trends

The National Restaurant Association's "what's hot in 2017" predicts menu and culinary trends for the year ahead. For 2017, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,300 professional chefs to find out what the hottest trends will be. 1. New cuts of meat [caption id="attachment_6454" align="aligncenter" width="609"] Beef Tongue [76800] grilled over Binchotan Charcoal[/caption] 2. Street food-inspired dishes [caption…
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The Power of Koji & The Health Benefits of Amazake

[caption id="attachment_6419" align="alignleft" width="770"] Amazake is a deliciously sweet fermented Sake from Japan.[/caption] Historically, Amazake has been around since Kofun period (around 250 to 538 AD), however, due to its health and beauty benefits, what was once enjoyed only during winter time, is now enjoyed all year round. There are numerous benefits of Amazake. It…
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The Characteristics of Koshu Wine

Japan is located between 30 to 50 degrees north latitude, the same latitude as world famous wine regions France, Germany, Italy, Spain and California. That said, Japan’s climate is almost not suitable for growing wine grapes because (1) the weather influenced by nearby Asian continent can be volatile, (2) the intense seasonal change, and (3)…
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