Sake

Minneapolis Blogging – The Sculpture Garden and Eat Street

Last time in this Minneapolis series, we strolled through Northeast Minneapolis, stopping for a sausage at a great Polish deli, had a fabulous lunch at Masa downtown then made our way through Loring Park, stopping to ogle at the dandelion fountain and the birds.

Right across the Friendship Bridge from Loring Park is the Sculpture Garden, part of the Walker Art Museum complex.

The Friendship Bridge over Interstate 94.

Someone declaring their heartfelt attraction toward the bridge.

View of the Sculpture Garden from the bridge.

If you missed my blog on the Walker Art Museum last year, then you don’t know how hard I fell for it. It’s an amazing museum with intriguing and moving exhibits, and you MUST visit it. When I did last year, it was nighttime, so touring the Sculpture Garden too wasn’t ideal. Thus I made sure to make it a priority this time, especially with all the recommendations for it I got from friends and Twitter tweeps.

They weren’t wrong. The Sculpture Garden is a playground for photographers, and now we’ll walk through some of my favorite shots. We will enter from the southern end and walk mostly in a clockwise direction. Less commentary, more pretty!

Goddess With the Golden Thighs

Two-Way Mirror Punched Steel Hedge Labyrinth

Can you find me in that last picture? Find the photographer is always a fun game!

Vining plants inside Cowles Conservatory.

This one was especially odd.

Standing Glass Fish

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Yamazushi

Yamazushi
4711 Hope Valley Road
Woodcroft, Durham
Website

Yamazushi is a Japanese restaurant that’s been in the Woodcroft Shopping Center since 1986, owned by the same husband and wife pair, George and Mayumi Yamazawa. I’ve been once before, at least four years ago, and it struck me then as your standard sushi and teriyaki restaurant with prices that were somewhat steeper than the others nearby. I discovered on my recent visit that Yamazushi has undergone a transformation—they now offer a unique Japanese dining experience for this area, focused on kaiseki, a multicourse meal of small but thoughtfully planned out courses. In addition to a few starters and midsize entrees that change daily ($6–$16, black cod miso, chef’s sashimi platter, and hot pots are what I remember), Yamazushi offers a three-course kaiseki meal to walk-in customers that is $35. If you are interested in the five-course (somewhere around $50) or eight-course (somewhere around $80) options, you’ll need to make reservations ahead of time. You can also request a vegetarian or vegan option when you call. Also worth noting is that the restaurant can only accommodate parties of one to four people.

I wasn’t planning to check out Yamazushi’s new options when we went, so my pictures are crap (sorry!).  We ordered a bottle of the Treasure Ship Junmai Ginjo sake and were surprised to be presented with a platter of ceramic drinking vessels to choose our preference from for drinking the sake. It turns out that Chef George also makes all the beautiful pottery that drinks and food are served on! The sake was a little fruity and was a great accompaniment to the meal. Japanese teas and beers are also available.

Since we weren’t prepared for a long meal, we ordered off the regular menu. We were surprised with a first course compliments of the kitchen anyhow, and it was a gorgeous, simple salad with great flavors.

Our shrimp shumai were next, and they were tasty.


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Hiko’s Premium Ka No Izumi Junmai Daigingo

Hiko’s Premium Ka No Izumi Junmai Daigingo
Koga Shiga, Japan

 

This is a fantastic sake. I lost my tasting notes on it right after I tried it, so this is a loose, loose remembrance of the flavors. Normally, I wouldn’t bother writing up a post when that happens, but I wanted to make sure you all know about this one.

First of all, it’s wonderfully smooth. Banana is the dominant flavor. In second is the taste of almonds, or amaretto if you prefer, that intermixes with the banana remarkably well. I’m not sure what else I tasted—maybe some vanilla?—but those two stick out in my memory and made for a delicious sipping sake. Give it a pour!

Other Bloggers’ Thoughts:

Apparently, they haven’t thought them yet. Sake reviews are always few and far between, however.

Reviewed 25 Sept 11. 

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