Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Motsu: Menudo Izakaya Style

Sometimes the fascination with another culture motivates me to try something that I haven't tried before.

Obviously menudo is a favorite of mine, but I've never tried cooking it. Then I checked out Mark Robinson's amazing and beautiful book Izakaya: The Japanese Pub Cookbook. Wow! I wanted to cook and eat everything in this book; I actually tried several of the recipes.

There is a pub in Tokyo that specializes in their Motsu which is a tripe soup or stew. The chef at this particular izakaya has a French culinary background and has added some interesting touches to the traditional recipe. Even the presentation and the garlic bread provides an interesting twist on this "lowly" pub fare.

Above is my attempt at Motsu; I must say it was divine. Just the right texture and the red wine and akamiso broth was amazing. I will be making this again soon. But at this moment, there is a pot of pozole con pata waiting for me at home. On a cold day like today, it's just right!

Ciao!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Alas! I've no place to go.

Here's the situation. I work Monday through Friday downtown; yes, 8 to 5. One of those people. I work-out Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. That leaves Tuesday and Wednesday.

What to do? Where to go?

I usually eat in the office and would rather leave it that way. However, sometimes I want to go out for a "lunch" break. Just get out of the office and read, write, or just relax.

I don't know where to go.

I went out for a walk today looking over my options. There are restaurants, bars, coffee shops, book stores, hotel lobbies, office building lobbies. None of interest or attractive. I finally decided to go get a coffee at the Brown Palace's shop and sit in the lobby...it was closed for "x-mas decorating".

Coffee to go. Back to the office.

Am I dreaming of the past? Maybe a London club for the idle-rich aristocrat with nothing to do but read the paper over a scotch? Do I have to go to Starbucks?

Tell me.