Archive for April 2008

Nikka Yoichi 20 Year Scotch: Best Single Malt in The World

April 30, 2008

No longer does Japan have to sit bitch to the Scottish Highlands when it comes to scotch. Whisky Magazine, the leading authority on the spirit, just revealed that Nikka Yoichi 20 year old single malt has won best of the year. If you are wondering what it tastes like:

Nose: amazingly original at first nosing, starting on old kelp, oysters, fishmonger’s… Also tar, diesel oil, well hung pheasant. All that settles down then and we get more ‘regular’ nuts, cigar box, leather, caramel crème and vanilla – and let’s not forget the spices (curry, lots of cinnamon)… A fantastic and unusual profile.

Mouth: bold, ample, spicy attack, with a great sourness (small apples, grape skin). Gets quite acrid but that’s great in this context. Superb sharpness. Develops on ‘genuine’ liquorice, something varnishy, tea, notes of Fino (flor, old walnuts). Hints of kiwi and green apples. Beautiful and highly original. Long finish mostly on fresh apples and cinnamon… I love it, I think it’s a masterpiece. 91 points. –Whisky Exchange

Time to get ripped.

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Follow MaoChan on Twitter

April 30, 2008

Wonder what is going on in my day to day life? The random thoughts that go through my head or the ramblings of fear as I had to go to the dentist yesterday. Well if you want to join in, you can follow along over at Twitter/MaoChan.

Nagano Torch Relay News

April 25, 2008

JapanProbe is running some good coverage of the Nagano torch relay. The Japanese police are heavily present and have banned the public from the start, midpoint, and end of the relay. Hundreds of Falun Gong members were there to protest but they will be crushed with a rumored 10,000 Pro Chinese show up.

When the Australian torch relay occurred, the protesters were met with thousands of Chinese who blocked them from complaining. I hope the same thing happens, that the Chinese just outnumber and allow the torch to run.

Fire.

Finally #1

April 25, 2008

When I started this blog, I didn’t realize there was this anime out there called Ground Defense Force! Mao-chan. Well granted I didn’t expect many people to directly search for the term MaoChan, it was still disheartening to know that I was below them (actually very far below) on the Google search results….. until now.

I have no claimed the top spot on Google when you search the term MaoChan. It is a great day and a long fought battle has been won. Next stop, getting that domain from them.

More Sushi Abomination

April 24, 2008

The famous Koi in NYC has added another nail in the coffin that is real sushi. Their latest offering is the High Roller (I do give props on the name). Take your average roll and then just start shoving in expensive stuff for no reason. Apparently this is served tableside with the chef shaving white alba truffles and pouring on 100 year old balsamic vinegar. The innards include Hudson Valley foie gras, langoustine brushed with saffron/vanilla bean butter and all encrusted in caviar. The cost is $1000.

As many people say “but there is no real thing as Japanese sushi, it evolves.” Yea…. NO. Japanese cooking adheres to strict guidlines, almost like a religion. Sure there are changes but they are so slow and minimal that it takes decades for something to be incorporated into it. Even then just because you cram something with expensive shit, it doesn’t make it fancy. I will unleash High Roller Jello when I open my restaurant. It is lime jello but contains the keys to a 747 in it. Just add some truffles and I will be famous and sadly, someone will buy it.

“Crap roll please.”

Uncivil Servants

April 24, 2008

Douchebags are everywhere and in a city like New York City, there seem to be more due to the fact that they are all crammed in next to each other. But douchebaggery is not limited to just normal people, even people in civil servant jobs can abuse their status. Shocking, isn’t it? To think that people abuse their power, I am appalled.

Well over at Uncivil Servants, they are fighting back. From calling the cops on repeat offenders and taking photos to post who is being a dick, they hope to clean up some of the mean streets of NYC. Apparently there isn’t much action being taken against the people they report but they are trying to fight the tide of incompetence one bad park job at a time.

Parking, $20.

Fresh Baked Rickrolls

April 24, 2008

I think you know what what goes with Rich Astley, dinner and some butter. Some hot, steamy, buttered Rickrolls.

All you need is some time, a laser engraver, a generous collection of Rick Astley photos (which I know you do), and some friends to rickroll.

Butter that muffin.