Distilling the mysteries of 'shōchū'

| Jun 10, 2016

Distilling the mysteries of 'shōchū'

From my seat on the second floor of Shochu Zanmai, a bar specializing in Japan’s indigenous distilled liquor, I can see directly into the building across the street. The bar is located down a narrow alley a 10-minute walk from Tokyo’s Ikebukuro Station, and ...

Chef Rodolfo Guzman rediscovers his roots

Feb 18, 2016

Chef Rodolfo Guzman rediscovers his roots

On a cloudless afternoon a little over a year ago, chef Rodolfo Guzman contemplated a plant he had discovered while wandering up to the Salar de Tara salt flats, which lie 4,860 meters above sea level, in the middle of northern Chile’s Atacama Desert. ...

Sushi is evolving but Japan still wears the crown

Dec 11, 2015

Sushi is evolving but Japan still wears the crown

“A sushi chef’s hands are always clean,” Kazutoshi Endo, the head sushi chef of London’s Zuma, once told me during dinner at an izakaya (pub). This comment came after he suddenly used his fingers to place a piece of fishcake on my plate, in ...