The man who led Fukushima’s meltdown battle has died. Masao Yoshida, who selflessly stayed to direct staff at the Japanese nuclear facility in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, succumbed to cancer at age 58. Fukushima’s operator claimed that radiation was not the cause.
If you’ve ever tried to make sushi at home you can probably appreciate this machine. Obviously this model is not for the home cook but these things have a way of eventually making their way into the kitchen.
Bon Appetit online had a refresher article about the do’s and dont’s of eating Sushi (presumably at a real sushi bar and not likely something you would find in Indy). If you’re a frequent sushi diner it’s not a bad idea to refresh yourself with some proper rules (in case your chef is actually paying attention to what you are doing).
At the end of the article Bon Appetit had a link to a documentary coming out about an 85 year old sushi chef. The preview looks really interesting. Unfortunately it looks like Chicago is the closest it will be coming to Indianapolis…
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a quiet yet enthralling documentary that chronicles the life of Jiro Ono, the most famous sushi chef in Tokyo. For most of his 85 years, Jiro has been perfecting the art of making sushi. He works from sunrise to well beyond sunset to taste every piece of fish; meticulously train his employees; and carefully mold and finesse the impeccable presentation of each sushi creation. Although his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro only seats ten diners, it is a phenomenon in Tokyo that has won the prestigious 3-Star Michelin review, making him the oldest Michelin chef alive. Jiro Dreams of Sushi chronicles Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world, and as a loving yet complicated father of two. Jiro Dreams of Sushi explores the passion required to run and maintain a legendary sushi restaurant, and one son’s journey to eventually take his father’s place at the head of the culinary dynasty. (Fully subtitled) Official Web Site
NOT far from Waseda University in Tokyo, around the corner from a 7-Eleven, down a tidy alley, lies a ramen shop that doesn’t look like a ramen shop. In fact, Ganko, as it’s called, doesn’t look like anything at all. There’s no sign, no windows, only a raggedy black tarp set like a tent against a tiled wall, with a white animal bone dangling from a chain to signal (somehow) what lies within. [MORE]