Hope you had a wonderful time hosting 2022 on New Years Eve.
I always love the New Year because it means a new beginning.
After two years of mental and gastronomic suffering, it’s time to go back to the days when you weren’t content to just be alive, but to feel alive. May this New Year mark the return not only of dining at restaurants, but also of fine dining.
Best of Manila
If you’re brave enough to go out and reconnect with our chefs, do it. Starting with Josh Boutwood, who in my opinion is still the king of tasting menus. The Test Kitchen in Rockwell will be open from January 4 and Helm at Arya Plaza in Bonifacio Global City will be open from Wednesday January 5, by reservation only. It has a new menu coming out. It’s something to be really excited about!
The only challenge now is that COVID-19 cases are on the rise again. Fortunately, there is a trade-off for the immunocompromised: eat well at home!
I’m sure by now your love for adobo, classic and delicious as it is, has reached its point of diminishing returns, which means it’s time to elevate your menu. So find the time to skip your regular market routine and splurge on great products.
The best of Japan
Kobe steak is in the lead for a great dining experience, even at home.
For genuine Kobe beef, you can order from Prime Cuts by Doubleday (dprimecuts.com), which sources from a producer (Isoudabokujo) nominated by no less than the Kobe Beef Marketing and Promotion Association, the body Japanese director for Kobe exports.
Where you buy your Kobe Beef is important as there are certain requirements that must be met in order for the beef to be considered genuine, and you will only know if these requirements have been met if they are approved by the Kobe Beef Marketing and Distribution Promotion. Association. (Cattle are actually tracked with a 10-digit number at every stage of their life cycle.)
To be considered Kobe, the beef must come from Tajima cattle born and fed on the farm with feed grains in Hyogo Prefecture; then processed in slaughterhouses in Kobe, Nishinomiya, Sanda, Kakogawa or Himeji in Hyōgo prefecture. There is also a specific marbling ratio, meat quality score, yield and carcass weight that must be adhered to.
It’s very expensive (P 8,000 for 400 grams of Kobe strip loin; P 9,345 for about 450 grams of Kobe rib eye at Prime Cuts by Doubleday online prices) not only because there is so much thoughtful and careful in producing Kobe beef and qualifying, but also because only 3,000 head of cattle are actually qualified as Kobe per year.
The best of Spain
Another way to enjoy a luxurious life even in the confines of your own home is to order a really good jamon. If you have to splurge, you might as well splurge on Cinco Jotas.
Indeed, to appreciate the great Iberian, it is not only a question of the pigs, but also of the technique used to salt, dry and ripen the ham. The Cinco Jotas brand distinguishes itself by using “the wisdom of the inhabitants of Jabugo who, for five generations, have brought the talents of their ancestral culture”. In addition to using Iberians fed with 100% acorns, this brand offers an unparalleled level of know-how in the manufacture of hams.
Of the salt manager, who buries the Iberian by hand in the Atlantic sea salt, masterfully calculating the perfect weight of the ham and the right amount of salt needed; to the drying manager, who masterfully calculates the right temperature and humidity levels during the drying of the ham in the caves of Cinco Jotas Jabugo to obtain a balance of flavors; to the maturing cellar masters, who calculate and dictate the degree of curing of the ham, everything is done not only with dedication but with precision.
Taking advantage of this will make you feel like a trip to Spain, even if you are just at home!
New Year’s Resolution
This year, let’s leave the world of chores and shattered dreams behind. I invite you to splurge! Let’s help revive the economy by spending, spending, spending! And if you feel guilty about it, you can always compensate by giving, by giving, by giving! Donate to Caritas at caritasmanila.org.ph or to the Tanging Yaman Foundation at tangingyaman.org.
Let’s live life! After all, it’s a new year. May you have a wonderful, prosperous and very happy year 2022! INQ
Prime Cuts by Doubleday. Order on landline 8-5168671 or mobile 0927-8258201 or online at dprimecuts.com.
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