Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by robbie, Jun 5, 2010.
A weekend in Point Reyes.
comin' your way bro!
Everything I buy from the supermarket down the street is fucking awesome. It's such a small little supermarket, like the size of matt's kitchen, but for being a glorified corner store, they have everything, dry and fresh. They have pretty much every vegetable one can reasonably ask for, Asian or Western, their fish is fresh, the beef is A5-ranked wagyu, the chicken is decent, cheap, and free-range grown from French stock (do they fly the chicks to Japan? I wouldn't be surprised) and has a nice deep yellow skin, the pork is Iberico or Kurobuta... and it's all cheap, far cheaper than the nicer Kinokuniya or Meidi-ya nearby. They sell me fresh beef marrow bones for a buck, pretty meaty chicken carcasses for a buck, etc. Nicely edited store, and the owner of the store turns out to be the butcher who spends his time in the back corner making roast beef or cutting down meat all day.
i want to live where you live
a-5 wagyu at a small grocery store? wtf? do they sell white alba truffles and blocks of foie gras too?
They had lobes of flash frozen French goose and duck foie at National Azabu for like $50 a piece, plus the leg of lamb that Fang66 said didn't exist in Tokyo... they probably have foie at my corner shop but you'd have to ask for it I guess. They trim down duck breasts and put them on the shelves. I have another supermarket up a block that specializes in game meats, but haven't been there yet. They have tons of foie gras, for sure. People fucking love foie gras in Japan, I think I've eaten foie like 10 times this month inadvertently.
Truffles are harder to find, I think I need to hit up a specialist grocer or something. They spray truffles everywhere at the restaurants so they're here somewhere, but supermarkets are kind of quaint because they're so small. I got some fresh chanterelles the other day with my tiny $9 black truffle of undetermined origin.
It is great to be in Japan and out of Korea though, for sure. Japanese people love drinking champagne, and so do I, it's everywhere, it's cheap, so that is convenient. My grocery bills have been cut by at least 2/3rd's, as I'd predicted before my move...
It had to have been Chinese or a Burgundy truffle. Real blacks won't be out for another month or so.
I.... trust you dudes... but the package says 'Italy' on it, and Japanese people don't lie dudes, there's that Chinese folk tale about the boy who fell in the well... but then again they do lie about the big stuff, like the genocide of my people....
Burgundy truffles often come from Italy, just as Perigord ones come from Italy and Spain. They just aren't Tuber Melanosporum, which is the famous winter truffle.
Thoughts on Oregons? Both the blacks and whites smell only faintly of their betters, but the price is attractive. Does any flavor come through with those?
I think they smell like death and decay, but other people seem to like them.
my favorite oregon truffle story: several years ago i sent a reporter up to do a story on a truffle hunt that capped a national meeting of mycologists there. they were bound and determined that oregon truffles were going to be the future. they looked all day without finding anything. then in the late afternoon: voila! a truffle. unfortunately, upon closer examination it turned out to be a deer turd.
truffles are one of those things that for me, you either go big or don't play at all. if you're not going to get the full experience, settling for 10% of it just isn't really worth it. you're probably better off with a (discrete) use of truffle oil.
The ones I smelled at the Farmer's Market smelled almost as much of earth as of truffles. Didn't get a whiff of death though.
Brand new to Montreal. Just had a smoked beef sandwich from Shwartz's deli. I may be in love......
Sopping up a plateful of braising juices with some baguette I baked this morning.
your grocery bill went down because you eat so much baller shit. since import taxes in korea are so far i would imagine a tub of echire butter is like twice the cost here or in japan. last time i was in korea shit was cheap to eat as long as you stuck with korean veg and didnt eat much meat.
are import taxes in japan cheaper? i find it hard to believe champagne can be so cheap. how much does it generally cost? here a good 1er cru small grower champagne at the store is 40, 50.
after drinking lots of lambics i really crave some good champagne
also this tete de moine and petit basque is making me really happy. tastes really good with an ipa and a salad
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