Category Archives: Culinary Arts

Culinary: Why Wagyu And Nobu Sushi Costs So Much

Would you pay hundreds of dollars for the best cut of steak? What about a cup of coffee or a bottle of wine? From steak to caviar, CNBC Make It breaks down whether luxury foods are worth their high prices.

00:00​ — Intro

01:01​ — Wagyu Steak – This is the best Kobe steak ever imported to the United States. It costs $450 for 13 ounces and if it was sold in a restaurant it would cost $900. That’s about $90 a bite. That’s because It’s an A5 Kobe steak with a BMS of 12. In the Japanese beef rating system BMS stands for Beef Marble Score. The BMS scale ranges from 3 to 12, with 3 being a normal amount marbling, think what in the butcher shop at your high-end grocery store. The highest rating is 12. Steaks that reach that level are almost white with fat. Very, very few cuts of meat reach a BMS of 12. Over the last 10 years, just five BMS 12 beef loin sets have been imported into the U.S.

05:27​ — Nobu Sushi – The omakase menu option at chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s namesake sushi restaurants runs nearly $200 per head. With locations in Beverly Hills, Aspen, and NYC, his restaurants count celebs like Justin Bieber and the Kardashian-Jenner clan. That’s expensive, but it’s by no means the most expensive sushi in the world, let alone New York. We set out to answer whether Nobu is worth the price and how does the quality of Chef Nobu’s menu compare to an average New York City sushi restaurant?

11:59​ — Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – It seems like pricy artisanal ice cream is everywhere these days. Once limited to brands like Ben & Jerry’s and Haagen-Dazs, the premium ice cream freezer at the grocery store is crowded with ice cream that’s handmade and includes top dollar ingredients. While brands like Halo Top, Ample Hills, and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are for sale in a larger number of stores, the price can result in sticker shock. A pint of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream retails for $12 a pint. Here’s why pints have sky-rocked in price.

17:48​ — Coffee – Personal finance experts like Ramit Sethi and Suze Orman are split on whether buying coffee is a waste of money, but what about paying $100 for a cup? Elida Geisha Natural 1029 is currently the most expensive coffee in the world at $1,029 per pound. Is it worth the money?

26:12​ — White Truffles – There is something undeniably intoxicating about the smell of truffles. In fact, that potent smell is a major part of why truffles are so expensive. In 2019, someone paid over $130,000 for just over two pounds of white truffles. Interestingly enough, there’s a scientific explanation behind the intense reactions to the scent.

Texas Food: Dry-Rub, Pit Smoked Barbecue (Video)

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Food Insider: ‘Wasabi – Japanese Horseradish’

See what’s up with wasabi (Japanese horseradish), the root with a pungent punch that plays an important role in Japanese cuisine.

Wasabi or Japanese horseradish is a plant of the family Brassicaceae, which also includes horseradish and mustard in other genera. A paste made from its ground rhizomes is used as a pungent condiment for sushi and other foods. 

Profile: Pitmaster Matt Horn Perfects ‘West Coast-Style BBQ’ (Video)

Horn Barbecue pitmaster Matt Horn fell in love with barbecue from a young age, when he learned to get a feel for how to make juicy, tender, and smoky brisket, ribs, and other meats from his grandfather’s smoker without even using a thermometer. Now, he cultivates his “West Coast-style” barbecue, inspired by a combination of Central Texas barbecue, traditions from the deep south, and Horn’s Bay Area roots, at his restaurant in Oakland.

Culinary Profiles: Top Chocolatier ‘Bernachon’ In Lyon, France (Video)

Nine out of ten French people love chocolate. Chocolatiers like to think that the tenth person must simply be lying. In the city of Lyon, France’s chocolate and gastronomy capital, techniques are a well-kept secret. Philippe Bernachon shows us part of the process of making chocolate from cocoa beans. At the Voisin chocolate factory, we learn about how to make old-fashioned pralines from huge slabs of chocolate. Meanwhile, Willy Ferrier tells us about his unique work as a chocolate sculptor.

Culinary: ‘Traditional German Foods & Dishes’

What do the Germans like to eat, what do traditional German dishes look like and how can you give the classic pork schnitzel a crunchy modern twist? Join Rachel for a delicious German feast, rounded off with the classic “Kaffee und Kuchen.”

Rachel moved from the UK to Germany in 2016. As a relative newcomer she casts a fresh eye over German clichés and shares her experiences of settling into German life. Every two weeks she explores a new topic – from unusual bans to meaty cuisine or haunted castles. This week: what’s on the menu in Germany?

Culinary Travel: Street Food In Lahore, Pakistan

We are in LAHORE PAKISTAN to kick off the PAKISTANI STREET FOOD series! In this video, we will be taking you to eat traditional and famous foods of ancient Lahore. Lahore is home to unique and rich Punjabi cuisine and you can really feel the history as you wind through its ancient Walled City. We will be trying dishes like Halwa Puri, Siri Paye, Lahori Chicken Biryani, and Chicken Tawa. We will also be getting our fill of Pakistani Chai known as Doodh Patti. In between bites, we will be exploring the must-see sights of Lahore, including: Lahore Fort, the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), Badshahi Mosque and the Gawalmandi Food Street.

List of places visited: 1 – Taj Mahal Sweets تاج محل سویٹ 4 Fort Rd, Shahi Mohallah Walled City of Lahore, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan 2 – Asil Phajja Siri Paye 1168 Chowk Nagazah، Shahi Mohallah Walled City of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan 3 – Doodh Patti Chai Near Shah Tawa Piece 4 – Lahore Fort, Sheesh Mahal and Badshahi Mosque Fort Rd, Walled City of Lahore, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan 5 – Waqas Biryani وقاص بریانی Kacha Hall Rd, Garhi Shahu, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan 6 – Arif Chatkhara 1168-A Chowk Nagazah، Shahi Mohallah Walled City of Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan