NYRW 2012

New York Restaurant week is onnnn (and you don’t want to miss it)!

Here’s one of Victor’s dishes from SS7…

Chupe de Camarones with fresh shrimp, tomato, poached egg, and toast

 

 

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bring on the bird

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

<3, the chefs of SUSHISAMBA

(Here are a few shots of our Mojo-Roasted Turkey…. Time to get your gobble on!)

Miami’s presentation…

NYC’s presentation….

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hon-shimeji forest

You are now entering… the hon-shimeji forest.

In fact, hon-shimeji (or white beech mushrooms cultivated with the patented methods of hon-shimeji) grow in little ‘bouquets’ to protect each other. But we liked the idea of a hon-shimeji forest.

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coho salmon

Guillermo ran a beautiful special at SSPark recently: Coho Salmon Tiradito with avocado, orange segments, tomburi, jalapeño and citrus shiro sauce.

Most Coho Salmon (also known as Silver Salmon or Blueback) in the United States come from the North Pacific Coast – where they are most abundant. We got this one in from Alaska!

 

 

 

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grilled skirt steak & purple potato croquettes

“In Brazil, skirt steak is common component of churrasco – served with sweet plantains and chimichurri. For this dish I wanted to incorporate our Peruvian roots so, instead of plantains I created a purple potato croquette and zucchini fritters. And, rather than a heavier chimichurri I created a bibb lettuce based salsa verde…. It’s always exciting to create something new- on the platform of tradition.”  – Guillermo, SSPark

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the family meal

A few weekends ago we attended Ferran Adria’s book signing for his latest: The Family Meal. I’ve been interested in this book since I first learned about it… remembering the perfectly timed, 20 minute meals together in the dining room of El Bulli. It was something the team took seriously in principle – but the food itself was very down to earth. Like the food you’d eat at home, with family. It’s an idea I instill here at Sushisamba, too.

Photography: Jeff Carvalho/Selectism.com

At the signing Ferran shared his thoughts on knowledge, cooking, learning, Spain and the culinary world through Spanish eyes. He commented on the world’s fascination with the idea of sharing – constantly, informally and as much as possible (read: Twitter generation). It’s a global way of being that has influenced cuisine and instigated the dawn of a new culinary style: the gastropub.

For The Family Meal Ferran and his team began re-thinking the idea of staff eating. They didn’t want to serve frozen items – they wanted nourishing food that everyone could enjoy. Ferran noted that while he loved offal and tripe – these weren’t ingredients that everyone would be excited about. Together they began thinking of family meal ‘menus’ in the same way you’d plan a collection of recipes and organized dishes for restaurant guests. In this way, family meals became both thoughtful and more efficient. The cook book is truly the family meal – meals for home – because the recipes are practical, cost-conscious and supportive of more ‘universal’ tastes. As Ferran summed it up, “It’s a social book.”

 

 

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olive oil tasting

Today my friend Carlos Naselli from Patagonic Beef dropped by with some great new olive oils for us to try from northern Argentina and Uruguay. The new Executive Chefs of our Las Vegas and London locations joined in…

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roscas

There’s nothing like a bowl of sweet, warm roscas on a rainy Sunday…

We just started serving them at both SUSHISAMBAs in NYC…. Michelle rolls them in citrus sugar and serves them warm with a side of white goma (sesame) and lucuma (peruvian stone fruit that tastes like maple syrup) sauces.

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bmw guggenheim lab

BMW and the Guggenheim united in a clever partnership (August 3 – October 16) as the “BMW Guggenheim Lab” – a “mobile laboratory traveling around the world to inspire innovative ideas for urban life.”

I learned about the Lab through a razor, a shiny knife – an incredible culinary/performance art group that I read about a few months ago in the NYT for the the multi-course meal they served on the L train. The way they’ve been able to bring food (as education, art and cuisine) into social, political, environmental topics is pretty awesome.

Last night at the ‘Lab’ on East Houston Street, they presented “Edible Water: a study of hydrocolloids and water scarcity and potability around the world.” They shared stats on the world’s access to water, ie: In the U.S., each person has access to (and uses) approximately 600 liters per day… while in some rural areas of countries, like Kenya, people must walk 4-6 hours per day just to gather a few liters of polluted water. They went on to discuss the use of agar, sodium alginate and xanthan gum as thickening agents for water/liquids (to either a gel or sol) in the cooking process. Education on these two separate topics was bridged a razor, a shiny knife’s ‘culinary metaphor’ for the inaccessibility of water in more remote places of the world:

Population with sustained access to an improved water source + ‘culinary expression’ based on hydrocolloids. Density = Inaccessibility due to Sourcing/Pollutants.

US 100%  (no additives in sample)

Peru 83%  (xanthan gum .2%)

Fiji 47% (agar .5%) photo compares Peru and Fiji… so dense you can flip the cups over…:

Ethopia   22% (agar 2%)

Somalia  urban 63%, rural 10% (sodium alginate .8% and calcium chloride .5%) photo:

They shared some great resources for learning more about the global water situation, including: OXFAM, The Water Project, UN WATER, UNICEF-WASH, Global Water Challenge, Water Charity, Water.org, and charity:water.

To contribute to these efforts, SUSHISAMBA participates in UNICEF’s Tap Project annually.

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20 days around the world

And so begins another SUSHISAMBA tour! Almost every other month I have a chance to visit the Chefs at all of our locations and then some…

The journey kicks off in Miami (this blog post is a sushi bar 10:21pm action shot).

Here’s the full schedule…

7.18              NYC>MIAMI

7.19              MIAMI>CHICAGO

7.21              CHICAGO>VEGAS

7.23              VEGAS>NYC

7.25              NYC>RIO DE JANEIRO

7.29              RIO>SALVADOR

8.1                SALVADOR>SAO PAULO

8.4               SAO PAULO>BUENOS AIRES (for a quick visit with my family)

8.8               BA>NYC>BK, yo!

Good thing I’m not afraid of flying…. Er….

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