simon and martina

If you can’t get yourself to Asia to live the fabulous life of, say an English teacher, just check out one of the over 1000 videos Simon and Martina have made in which they share their discoveries of their old home Korea and their new home Tokyo.

Warning! After watching this I wanted to buy a yukata.

After watching this you’ll want to eat Japanese ice cream. Hard to come by in most places, but a lot cheaper than a yukata.

Here’s some good advice on the protocol of Korean spas, which are worth a visit if you’re in Korea.

BBQ Pit Boys

I’m intrigued by regular folks who make a name for themselves on YouTube. These guys started out making how-to barbecue videos. It started with one man, who when he received a surprise (to him) check for his videos, recruited some pals and learned some camera techniques. Now his posse is watched by people all over the world. Some have set up clubs like BBQ Pit Boys Germany or BBQ Pit Boys Taiwan. Here’s a few of their videos. Maybe you can gather some friends and grill an alligator this weekend.

https://youtu.be/uZhnpAhYmb0

They were featured on an episode of Sarah’s Weekday Meals on PBS.

American Snacks Reviewed

I liked this British teen’s reviews of American junk food. He’s new to the U.S. and has a fresh perspective on what I think of as commonplace.

Jiro dreams of sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi delights as it presents the story of a sushi master par excellence. Like Bill Cunningham: NY, this documentary gives us a glimpse of a man whose a master in his field and finds great joy in his art. Jiro is 82 and has a small, unassuming sushi restaurant in a mall that seems to be part of the subway pedway in Tokyo. You would not expect this to be a 3 star Michelin restaurant. It’s maintained that elite status for years.

Jiro and his two sons will make anyone appreciate sushi, even folks like me who don’t particularly like fish. He works so hard at making his food perfect. He’s probably the only chef who insists his apprentices massage octopus for 50 minutes so that it’s perfectly tender. Some may find this sexist, but he gives women smaller portions so that both male and female diners finish eating their sushi at the same time. Evidently, he’s noticed that women would take longer to eat the same size sushi as a man.

I found each moment of Jiro Dreams of Sushi mesmerizing. His description of his childhood and getting kicked out of the house to fend for himself at age 7 or so, his reunion with old classmates, the trips to the fish market – it was such a joy to watch Jiro delight in his work.

Next Food Network Star: Justin

It’s official. Justin was voted the Next Food Network Star and I’m disappointed. I was rooting for Yvan or maybe Martie. But the public has spoken and I can accept the verdict better because viewers voted. Justin’s kinda cool in my book and I’d like to visit his restaurant. I’d watch his show out of curiosity, the problem is I have no interest in eating his food. I’ll watch him make it, but it’s too sci-fi, other worldly for me.

As for the show itself, the review of the season was awfully tedious. It would have been better as a half hour program. Or if they somehow did a little more cooking, that would have been interesting.