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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY Thread - March 2015

Sure I got some hot ones from Trader Joe's. In Japan it's the same thing, you get random hot shishito.

Mar 22, 2015
steamer in Chains

Mussels not de-bearded?

I'd be pissed about that, don't serve mussels if you can't clean them. It's not that much work. Strangely enough recently I bought a bag of PEI mussels from Costco in Minneapolis (St. Louis Park) and somehow they were already clean, no beards, great stuff.

Mar 16, 2015
steamer in General Topics

Rustica Bakery Is Sold to Dogwood Coffee Co-Founder Greg Hoyt

If I was a praying man, I'd pray they don't screw up the bread that we love.

Karen Markets, St. Paul?

Thanks for the link, sounds interesting. No mention of fermented tea salad though. Maybe have to get my Burmese fix on my next trip to Tokyo, they have a number of Burmese places there.

Mar 05, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Karen Markets, St. Paul?

Just a ping, has anybody actually been to Irrawaddy restaurant? I terribly miss Lahpet thoke, the Burmese fermented tea salad. It's almost a 20 mile drive, so before I pull the trigger I'm wondering how it is. I might push on when it warms up someday and combine it with a beta buying spree.

Mar 05, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Arossa in Shibuya?

Yes, he didn't get along with his business partner so they split up he kept Arossa and the partner kept 125.

Feb 25, 2015
steamer in Japan

Arossa in Shibuya?

Robb,
That's the problem with getting old, 8-10 years seems like only yesterday. He used to own Manuel's too.

Feb 25, 2015
steamer in Japan

Arossa in Shibuya?

I have a feeling the original owner (Takeshita?) sold out a few years. Used to hang out at the Shibuya Arossa a lot though. Really appreciated the vast selection of wines by the glass, they would open most any bottle if you would have 2 glasses iirc, and if you drank the whole bottle they would give you the bottle price instead of the glass price.

Feb 24, 2015
steamer in Japan

Place to buy shells for shellfish stock

Pretty big difference, I used to make a lobster shell stock using fish stock as the liquid, instead of water.

Feb 15, 2015
steamer in Philadelphia

In Search of... Shishito peppers

Took your tip and got some at TJs. My kid mistakenly put them in the freezer. I fried them up frozen and they were great, got a blazing hot karma pepper or two as well.

Feb 13, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Great Seafood

I agree completely, I'm probably spoiled from living in Japan, but the times I've been to Coastal, the place was stinky and the selection was lacking. Same goes for Byerly's. Every now and again I find something at Whole Foods, but it's hit and miss. Costco usually has crab,shrimp, mussels and used to have whole Nicaraguan snapper but haven't seen that for a while.

Jan 17, 2015
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Can someone help me understand this recipe

1 sounds right to me
2 plain sounds right
3 it is a very fine dice

Jan 16, 2015
steamer in Home Cooking

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

There would be that kind of apprenticeship in a sushi restaurant or perhaps some kind of wa-shoku or kaiseki place. Most of your corporate higher volume places have a few professional salaried chefs who run the restaurant with a part time crew of young students or drifting 20-somethings and various foreigners. My first Job was a salaried position at a large Kirin affiliated mukokuseki restaurant, which means a sort of Asian mix of Chinese, Japanese and Korean. It was in Shibuya and was called Kirin Beer Market Gaya.

Jan 10, 2015
steamer in General Topics

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

I don't believe there was any special preparation. I've done some pretty reckless eating in many parts of the world, won some lost some, but as I'm a lot older now I wouldn't eat raw chicken in the US. Risk vs benefit is just not there.

Jan 10, 2015
steamer in General Topics

Why can't we eat rare chicken?

No there is no special training or magic knives. I had a bunch of Burmese kids working for me who handled the blanching and chilling of the chicken sasamis/tenders among other prep. We would get a bag of tenders from our chicken supplier and would remove the tendon, blanch in boiling water, and chill in iced water. Like I mentioned before the supplier would send us a note warning us not to use the chicken raw in the summer.

Jan 08, 2015
steamer in General Topics

Can You Get A Tongue Sandwich In the Twin Cities??

Six bucks apiece? And ox tails too? I am so jealous.

Dec 27, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Japanese Sushi Chef

Here's an article on a so-called sushi academy.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2010...

Dec 08, 2014
steamer in Japan

Can You Get A Tongue Sandwich In the Twin Cities??

They did reply to my question about a real corned beef sandwich on sour Jewish rye bread; saying they would do their best to accommodate me. Still no tongue sand. I'd make my own (when it warms up) but these days a whole tongue costs about 25 bucks.

Dec 08, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Can You Get A Tongue Sandwich In the Twin Cities??

I looked at their page and it seems sort of creative Kool Kosher without a deli classic in sight. I wrote to ask if they were doing a real corned beef sand and they just erased my post; so I think it's safe to say no tongue sandwich.

Spoon and Stable - Anyone been?

That's what I was thinking, but as always chacun a son gout, seems some folks like the spoons and horse manure image.

Dec 03, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Spoon and Stable - Anyone been?

Sounds like they are doing well. Is it just me; or do others think this is this an incredibly bad name for a restaurant.

Dec 03, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Stick a fork in Nye's

This is almost criminal. http://www.startribune.com/local/minn...

Dec 02, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Questions re. Cocktail Bars, Sake Pubs, Jazz Lounges, etc.

Yes the Dotonbori or Dotenbori, was still there when I stopped by in June 2014, it had a renewal/remodel a few years ago, but was still basically the same place.

Dec 01, 2014
steamer in Japan

TAMALES, NOT MEXICAN

I don't know that much about regional variations on the tamales; but I do know black beans are what they eat in southern Mexico.

Dec 01, 2014
steamer in Los Angeles Area

Osechi for ex-pats: make it, buy it, or skip it altogether?

Every Year NHK Kyou no Ryouri has an osechi issue. They have done Korean, Chinese, and Western. The Western version had stuff like roast beef and lobster thermador IIRC.

I used to put together the full trad Japanese version until one year we decided we really wanted to eat sashimi, taraba gani,roast beefand namasu and didn't care so much for kamaboko and the rest.

Nov 21, 2014
steamer in Japan
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I can't believe anyone hasn't posted about #grapegate yet

Not only do they not eat non-local grape salads but Minnesotans do NOT talk like Frances McDormand in Fargo; well most of 'em don't anyway.

Nov 20, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Questions re. Cocktail Bars, Sake Pubs, Jazz Lounges, etc.

Tripeler, Thanks for the name. That was driving me crazy.
I'll have to stop in there on my next visit to the homeland. Don't know if I should mention another Dogenzaka hotspot; the Dotenboro Gekijou, which is a, er, "Burlesque" club. No cocktails but there is a beer machine inside.

Nov 19, 2014
steamer in Japan

BLACK FRIDAY!!!!!!

Never heard of this place, looks interesting. Any reviews? What's good here?

Nov 18, 2014
steamer in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Questions re. Cocktail Bars, Sake Pubs, Jazz Lounges, etc.

Lion was always a fave. Love that super gloomy early post-war atmosphere. They haven't been spinning vinyl the last few times I was in there. Please note you are not allowed to speak except to order.

There is (was) a bar next door to Lion, the name of which I forget, but it has an enormous collection of rock vinyl and cd's that you can request. Very much a time trip back to a college dive bar of the seventies.

Nov 18, 2014
steamer in Japan

Name of Chewy Tofu in Japan?

Isn't Kouya tofu kind of spongy rather than chewy? But goma tofu really isn't chewy either. I've attached a photo of the goma tofu

Nov 17, 2014
steamer in Japan