Saturday Morning

L1130545  Church garden, Boston, MA.

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As we all breathe a collective sigh of relief for the city of Boston this morning, I count myself amongst the millions of good people on the roller coaster of emotions such an atrocity forces us to ride. While I’m angered and appalled that so much pain, heartbreak and havoc can be wrought by just two individuals  (choosing not to use other words that come to mind) I’m also humbled and enormously grateful for the brave battalions of men and women putting their lives on the line to keep us safe every day. An impossible task to be sure, but incidents like this surely place our vulnerability under a magnifying glass tenfold. My thoughts are with the citizens of Boston, a beautiful city I visited just recently, and my heart aches for all the families of the victims. The horrific images I’ve seen the past few days both permeate  and steel my soul. They serve as a somber reminder that evil can lurk anywhere, even in the most joyful of places, but the indomitable and indefatigable Forces of Goodness will prevail.

Just witness the streets of Boston today.

We’re on the winning team

and we shall never surrender.

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Spread the love this weekend.

xoxo

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Sushi Roll Models

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O ya.

No, really- that’s the name of the restaurant “O ya” in  Boston, MA.

where I enjoyed the most phenomenal sushi last week.

The tasting menu, aprox. 14 courses, only partially shown here and not in any particular order, was a sublime experience.

Yes, a little saki and beer was in order, so a couple of pics might not be as sharp as they could be.

So su-shi me :)

(sorry. Not even drinking when I wrote that)

I don’t have our menu at hand, therefore we’ll have to let the sushi speak for itself.

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Elegantly pared down, yet rich with robust flavour combinations that burst in the mouth like a thousand beads of outrageous caviar, chef Tim Kushman’s menu is serious culinary art.

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Wild forest mushrooms basking in a frothy nectar.

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Can you read the name of this delicious white ale?

How can beer be this good? I can’t describe it, other than it tastes like the colour lavender.

Not the flavour, the colour.

It’s delicious. I’m on the hunt.

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This dish was served under a canopy of smoke. Absolutely outrageous.

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Homemade la ratte fingerling potato chip with black Oregon truffle

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Kumomono oysters with watermelon pearls & cucumber mignonette.

How many can you eat?  You tell first.

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We ended on a delicate yet decadent note with this exquisitely prepared bite of foie gras (Sorry California, they’re still being naughty in MA)

“Foie gras with balsamic chocolate kabayaki, claudio corallo raisin cocoa pulp, sip of aged sake”

Oishee.

If your travels are taking you anywhere even near Boston, DO book way ahead to secure a reservation at this special little gem of a restaurant.

There are only 37 seats (17 are at the bar) and when asking the hotel concierge for directions I was informed, rather haughtily, that unless I’d already made reservations (my friend had) I had no hope of dining there.

I won’t say what hotel, but “O ya” is within walking distance of THE RITZ CARLTON.

The Ritz Carlton by the park. :)

As Strange Fates would have it, upon returning to unsaid hotel, one of the films available on pay per view was the new documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”.  After professing I  couldn’t possibly look at one more piece of poisson I then sat mesmerized for the next 90 minutes just glued to this fascinating glimpse into the world of Japanese sushi culture and one chef’s quest to create The Perfect piece of sushi. At 85 years of age and still going to work every day, Jiro, considered by many to be the world’s best sushi chef, is still not there yet. At least by his standards.

Catch it if you can. Click the link below to watch the trailer ;

 Link to Jiro Dreams of Sushi
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“I feel ecstatic all day”  Jiro.

If that’s not a statement to make one think twice about early retirement…

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Lastly, if your not full, please just take one more minute to watch this sweet little short and tell me if some Japanese cuisine might not be on your agenda in the coming week!

Zuma: Wabi-sabi

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Link to “O ya”   and check out the dinner menu.

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