Matcha and Gold

Sunday, November 30, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

15723729718_4d44259229_cSomething a little different this Sunday morning.

15289016144_0f053a0b4f_cMatcha

15885463236_11329dcdb9_c…spring water…

15725206109_4e31b07c59_c…whisk, whisk…

15725197359_ecc38cdef7_c…with a splash of gold.

15725522967_3ae34b3f8f_cAny brand of (edible) high quality gold will suffice. I’m partial to the ones we found at Hazuka Premium in Tokyo ^-^

A Tea Class with CookSpace Hawaii

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 2comments No tags Permalink 0

13915069399_5628fab4f3_cHappy Wednesday.

I just returned to NYC after a week in Napa and San Francisco (which feels like a second home, thanks to good friends). Isn’t it crazy how this year has flown by? We’re already scheduling dinners and plans for 2015! I’ll be home in Honolulu for the holidays. If you’re around January 10, 2015, I’m teaching a class on tea at CookSpace. There are many ways to angle a class on tea, and this time we’re focusing on how tea can (and should be) a daily ritual to relax and recharge. Hope to see you there ^-^

P.S. Thank you, Melanie and Megan!

Snapshots from Kyoto

Monday, November 24, 2014 2comments No tags Permalink 0

15375130670_0c22449030_cThree nights in Kyoto ^-^

15537070786_5f71ef54af_cWe took the train from Tokyo on Wednesday afternoon. Only two hours! And then straight to the new Ritz-Carlton Kyoto.

15374218329_c0f84ef9c5_cThere was a Pierre Hermé afternoon tea

14940059524_6049dd9a2f_c…and dinner at Arashiyama Kitcho. The restaurant is located at the base of the mountains, next to Ooi river. It was such a treat to visit on a rainy autumn night. I didn’t appreciate how special that was at the moment.

15558120731_2eb4807654_cThe next morning: a proper Japanese breakfast back at the hotel…

15375130670_0c22449030_c…and a day in Wazuka at Obubu…

15558088991_8d8b69b340_c…where we also had (the first of many) matcha soft-serve cones on this trip.

15561589992_2450a526f6_cThere was a late afternoon stop in Uji…

15550736748_773392a97c_c…before a beautiful kaiseki dinner at Nakamura. Pictured: uni, crab, tofu!

15734247051_bdf1bb07ee_cA good breakfast can really make a day…

15551334750_314d2a19b1_c…as can a stroll through Nishiki Market for yuba…

15737709462_da56380b55_c…and not one (hojicha)…

15734240751_ccc05ac32b_c…or two (milk cream)…

15550289389_8ea7434bc3_c…but three (matcha!) servings of soft-serve. Heehee.

15736161325_9560a50232_cAfter the market, we walked to Ippodo for…

15550283049_477f260bcc_c…the tenka-ichi gyokuro…

15734237861_664f6d9765_c…for two.

15550284439_9fc10f413b_cAs well as koicha…

15550708988_f6a52341d7_c…and then matcha.

15712447876_19f0565d26_cBoth teas came with wagashi made from red…

15116773723_c10c7c9076_c…and white bean paste.

15737691862_888d28caed_cThen it was time to visit Izuju for a lunch…

15116195584_1d72a9f27c_c…of mackerel sushi. Bliss!

15116753993_98da0fedac_cWe had a French-Japanese kaiseki that night at Misoguigawa…

15734205681_e35e113e4f_c…and then matcha pancakes for breakfast. Next stop, Hokkaido ^-^

Kyoto | Arashiyama Kitcho

Monday, November 17, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 1

15561657302_4914065013_cDinner for two in Kyoto. We went straight to Arashiyama Kitcho after tea at Ritz-Carlton ^-^

14940071344_598b15450d_cHot water and pinch of salt to start…

14940651733_206c851a0c_c…followed by crab and ginger…

15374810417_ddb853e092_c…pike and matsutake in clear broth…

15374204069_f66cca0ea9_c…toro and kawahagi…

15375179850_f281f748cd_c…and seasonal vegetables topped with ikura.

14940062124_27e9353c50_cPresented for two and then split tableside…

14940059524_6049dd9a2f_c…abalone, beef, tamago, vegetable caviar, tofu-spinach, and fresh ginkgo nuts.

14940640703_78138ae25e_cButterfish, chestnuts, and fried matsutake mushrooms.

15560813285_1e2c3cb05a_c (1)Steamed vegetables in dashi…

15374194449_446921d749_c…paired with roasted pork and rice..

15560811975_8f73c0c9db_c…and pickled vegetables.

14940051704_d7c9788c56_cSeasonal fruits (that fig was insane)…

15375166380_00a30f33a3_c…plated and served with…

14940630463_cb49483b42_c…liquid cream custard.

15374666588_f74e2e037f_cA single warm chestnut…

15561632812_f941862cd9_c…and candied sweet potato…

15537092286_9ae2aee1ec_c…with genmaicha…

15375161100_df8e2a8b4b_c…and matcha ^-^

Asiate | Mandarin Oriental, New York

Sunday, November 16, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

15605687019_c02e45da83_cI visit Asiate because it’s calm and beautiful….and Chef Angie always incorporates surprising elements of tea into her menu.

15606671950_164f66eb29_cThe “tea dish” this season is turbot with jasmine tea and leek jam. Mushroom consommé is poured tableside (from a teapot). And don’t forget to add white truffles, heehee.

15120630291_814627f28b_cThis was the turbot + teapot dish from summer…all those herbs! Paired with heirloom tomatoes, capers, and baby squid.

14798942308_8306c9d9c8_cAnd remember tea-roasted beets from the lunch menu? Orange and yellow beets roasted on a bed of chai tea and plated with labne and crispy maitakes. Super smokey.

15064489770_9fceaa1b3d_cP.S. Not a tea-related dish, but one I wish would stay permanently on the menu: uni, ahi, and ikura ^-^