Sake returns to its organic roots

Food & Drink | FOOD Jul 31, 2009

Sake returns to its organic roots

The sake world is looking greener as an increasing number of producers invest more time and resources in developing organic lines. In 2004, Niigata-based giant Kikusui attracted attention for opening the Sake Culture Institute, an immaculate facility dedicated to organic sake research, and small ...

Food & Drink | FOOD May 29, 2009

Simple, refined French in Ebisu

If you don't have the luxury of an expense account, A ta Gueule, a tiny French hideaway in Ebisu, promises a gourmet experience that won't break the bank. Chef George Somura specializes in classic French cuisine and comes with an impressive resume. After stints ...

Forget Michelin, it's a Pellegrino

Food & Drink | FOOD May 29, 2009

Forget Michelin, it's a Pellegrino

This year's string of accolades hasn't affected the modesty of chef Yoshihiro Narisawa. After earning a star in the 2009 Michelin Guide, Les Creations de Narisawa debuted at no. 20 on San Pellegrino's list of best restaurants in the world. Selected by fellow chefs ...

After Tokyo, the Michelin Guide heads to Kansai

Food & Drink | DRINK Apr 24, 2009

After Tokyo, the Michelin Guide heads to Kansai

Speaking last week about Michelin's decision to release its Kyoto/Osaka dining guide this October, Jean-Luc Naret punctuates his sentences with the practiced smile of a man who has worked in the hospitality industry for a long time. If sales of the Tokyo Michelin Guide ...

Sake goes abroad, brings back fans

Food & Drink | DRINK Apr 24, 2009

Sake goes abroad, brings back fans

Times are tough for the sake industry. Gone are the days when Japan's once-beloved national beverage held a place at every table; now, in a market flooded with beer, wine and shochu, sake struggles to compete. Domestic consumption has fallen every year since 1995, ...

Tokyo Taste summit provides food for thought

Lifestyle Feb 19, 2009

Tokyo Taste summit provides food for thought

These days, the mere mention of Tokyo is enough to make gourmands drool. After garnering a staggering 227 Michelin stars this year, the city became the focus of the culinary world. So for several internationally renowned chefs who look to Japan for inspiration, traveling ...