Allegro again for my Birthday – Numazu

17 09 2011

Back in May I was at Allegro with my wife and friend for an exceptional meal. Last time I was here I told my wife that this was where I wanted to go for my birthday dinner and indeed I did.

Last night I returned to Allegro, formally Pizzaria Il Pallio (don’t panic same awesome chef), on Numazu Southside for a birthday treat.

Sometimes the second time around at a restaurant you feel that the meal does not stand up to the same high quality as your first visit. This was not so at Allegro.

For starters my wife and I shared a Panchetta salad that was so good my wife didn’t have time to take a photo.

Our shared main was a creamy tomato crab linguettine (yeah, didn’t know that either so I checked it out from this site.) Meaty legs of crab in the shell straddled the pasta.  The chef prepared this well and kept the sauce mild to allow the subtle flavour of the crab meat to shine through.

Crab pasta Allegro Numazu - photo Lauren Donald

Next was a Bismarck pizza. With dollops of mozzarella, ham and gooey egg in the middle. A Jalapeno oil was presented along side for us to add what we liked. What I like about the pizza here is the sauce. It’s a short-cooked tomato sauce with an almost blended salsa taste.

Pizza Bismark Allegro Numazu - Photo Lauren Donald

For dessert I tried Zuccotto, a classic Italian layered cake that can come in many flavours. Allegro’s version started with a vanilla sponge, then a creamy pistachio middle, before finishing with a chocolate mouse-like centre. I wasn’t over sweet but it was decidedly addictive.

zuccotto

Zucotto - Allegro Numazu - photo Lauren Donald

You can find out more about Allegro at my old post here or at their website below.

Website: http://www.pizzeria-allegro.com





Numazu Pride Festival – Numazu Jiman 2011

17 09 2011

Last week I enjoyed some of Baird Beer’s finest beers at the Numazu Jiman (Pride) Beer Garden.  When I posted about the Jiman Beer Garden on September’s What’s On I really didn’t know where they were going with the whole event. From my translation I gathered that Jiman meant to brag or to show pride. I couldn’t see Numazu, or any town in Japan for that matter, brag about what ever it was they were offering so I assumed it was ‘pride’, but pride about what I was not sure.

Numazu Jiman Beer Garden Festa

The festival ran from the 7th to the 9th of  September in the Numazu Chuo Koen (south side of the station where the walking bridge across the Kano River is). The open air event spread out over the park with stalls in one corner, stage in another and the rest of the park packed with tables and chairs.

Early Autumn in Numazu just feels like summer minus the humidity. This makes it perfect for beer drinking because, while you are a little hot sitting at the table, you cool down just enough with the help of a beer.

The night I went was Friday night and the weather was ideal. I am glad I went early because the park was soon packed and even invoking the power of my foreignness this time did not work to dissuade people from sitting at my table or attempting to take the chairs I was guarding for friends.

The whole crew from Numazu Baird Beer were there including the beer master Brian. They also invited another craft brewer, Iwate Kura Beer, to the event but I didn’t get a chance to taste their beer. The local passion for Baird Beer could be seen by the long trail of customers lining up for a beer. If you did not want beer you could choose from a cocktail vendor and a local sake maker.

Bair Beer Crew at the Numazu Jiman Festa

Baird Beer Brew Master Brian Baird at Jiman Festa

While I was there,  the stage events started with a gravity defying cocktail making performance by a local awarding winning barmen. The show was spectacular. The barman juggled and spun bottles and shakers to some pumping beats before dispensing his cocktails in Martini glasses and offering them to a lucky few of the of the audience.  After this was a local alternative jass group that performed some mellow songs to keep everyone chilled for the evening.

Jazz Group Playing at Jiman Festa

Before I went home I wandered among the stalls. As the name of the event suggests, all the food was from local restaurants and cooks. There was Rosso Pomodoro, a local pizza vendor, who brought his wood-fired pizza oven along and was cranking out hand made pizzas to a large queue of hungry customers. Another stall was cooking up local seafood over the barbecue.  A yakitori vendor was smoking up the place with some delicious skewered delicacies. And if you were too worried that you would lose your chair when you got up to get something to eat, then you could call out to one of the Numazu Pro-wrestlers who were wandering around with a variety of cooked goodies.

Barbecue seafood at the Jiman Festa Numazu

In short the Numazu Jiman Beer Garden Festival was the perfect event for the right time of year. More importantly, you got to try out some of the amazing food that Numazu that I have been in love with for years. Numazu should be proud.

Stay tuned to Numazu Traveler to find out when next year’s Jiman Festival will be.





Off to the Numazu Jiman Festa

9 09 2011

To day I am off to the Numazu Jiman Festa. I’ll see you there. I’ll be the tall one with the video camera asking question in bad Japanese.





Numazu – What’s On – September 2011

2 09 2011

Numazu – What’s On – September 2011

Hey gang,

Sorry for the delay. I have been preoccupied trying to get my book, An Amorous Rout, out on Amazon. I’m nearly finished so we will be back to normal in the next few days.

Highlighting the best of what’s on in Numazu for September 2011. If you like something click on the link for more details.

Beer Baird Belgain Wit – A new white beer just out for this month and a “a wickedly strong Imperial Red Ale” (Cajun Chris). Try them at the Fishmarket Taproom

Nightlife – Spazz if you want to – Speakez’s AUN are at it again with some solid beats – No door charge – From 9pm Sep 3

Tour – Beer brewers Tour – Visit a brewers in Tade Hara. Limited to 10 people meeting at Machiaruki Station 15:30-17:00, Sep 3

Art – Famous Calligraphy and Paintings – Meiji Historical Museum. Shogun era art. Street Gallery at head office of Numazu Shinkin Bank, a side road of the Nakamise. Sep 6 – 30

Nightlife – Numazu Jiman Festa 2001When I looked up the meaning for Jiman I found pride, boast and vanity, so I will leave the meaning up to you. Basically is will be a beer garden featuring local food, beer (Baird Beer of course), and live entertainment. Yes I will be there but that is no reason not to go. At Numazu Chuo Koen (the north side of the walking bridge over Kanogawa) 17:00-21:00 Sep 7-9

Nightlife – Bluegrass –  kick back and fiddle… erh … with your self at Speak-ez. Free entry 21:00 9 Sep

Art – 7th Goze Arts Festival – Mihamasaki Park 18:00 – 21:30 Sep 10

Nightlife – DJ UK style – Speak-ez pumping drum and bass. Free entry – 21:00~ Sep 10

Entertainment – Numazu Pro Wrestling – Kiramesse – Sep 10

Courses – How to Grow Autumn Vegetables – follow learn what to to plant and watch your harvest grow until December. 3,000yen fee. First class 10:00~  Sep 11

Nightlife –Full Moon Pary Speak-Ez – Chillax at Speak-ez or howl at the moon up to you – Costume waitresses – entrance 1000yen – 20:00 ~ Sep 14

Dance – Salsa Night at Speak Ez – 1000 entrance free after 0:00hrs – 8:00pm start Sep 16

Live –Jam Session Speak Ez – Free – 20:00 Sep 17

Live – Jam Session Speak Ez – Free – 20:00 Sep 18

Activities – Rickshaw Rides by Pro Wrestlers – These guys from Numazu Pro-Wrestling know how to promote themselves. Jump on a rickshaw in Numazu and know you have a mountain of a pro wrestler effortlessly pulling you along. Hey you know you can get away with hurling abuse at pedestrians now. From 10:00 17-19 Sep, 23-25 Sep, 8-10 Oct

Courses – Pottery Classes – Open to all ages this Youth House In Nature Project teaches you how to make tea cups, vases and the like. Admission is 700yen including insurance. 9:00-12:00 Sep 18

Festival – Hie Shrine Festival – 14:00 – 18:00 Sep 23

Nightlife –DJ Event ‘Kanon’ – Mix music – Free – 21:00 Sep 23

Music – Gagaku (the oldest form of classical music) Music in Numazu Goyotei Park – Traditional music and dance at he Imperial Villa Park – 100yen – 18:00~ Sep 24 – 18:30~ Sep 25

Nightlfie – DJ even ‘Slow to speak’ – Speak-ez sweet mix of techo and rock – free – 21:00 Sep 24

Courses – Chinese Cooking Class – a NICE project for first 20 people 10:00~ Sep 25