When Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa holds a Japanese Suntory Whisky Dinner as part of the Savor Borgata Culinary Series at Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub on March 20, it’s going to be the latest chapter in an amazing story.
Just that sentence alone should tip you off to how amazing it all is. After all, Japanese whisky?
Japanese Sake—well, sure. It’s what the country is famous for. Even Japanese beer is pretty well known. But Suntory whisky, a legitimate western style whisky distilled in Japan may come as a bit of surprise.
It did to the Japanese as well, but still came about due to the amazing story of Suntory founder Shinjiro Torii.
Torii’s story starts off with his study of the traditional Sake and sweetened wines as he opened his own shop in 1899—long before Japanese culture began embracing the west. Torii developed a love of western whiskys and soon exhibited a flair for the stuff to the point of being nicknamed “the nose of Osaka” (which is just a great nickname whatever the context).
To make a long story short (you can read more about Torii’s career at www.suntory.com), Torii introduced his first true whisky in 1929, a single malt whisky nicknamed Shirofuda that defied an army of naysayers who felt that true whisky could never be distilled in Japan.
More than 85 years later, Suntory whisky is still around and thriving and now comes to Borgata to meet up with Izakaya and Borgata Celebrity Chef Michael Schulson, who has prepared an amazing (there’s that word again) menu to highlight four of Suntory’s brand name whiskys.
Everyone has their own idea on what’s the most amazing invention in human history. You’ve got your traditionalists who vote for the wheel, your internal combustion engine enthusiasts and a lot of more current people who think it’s the app that allows you to order pizza anywhere in the continental U.S. 24/7.
But have you ever considered the simple Mason jar?
Yes the jar — or roughly a jar that can be tightly sealed with a screw-on top — invented by Philadelphia Tinsmith John Landis Mason in 1858.
From delicious jellies and preserved veggies to some good old down-home moonshine, what don’t we get out of jars? They let us transport food safely, keep food in the pantry for decades and give us a container to hold spare nails after we eat whatever was inside of them to begin with.
And now, we get desserts in a jar. No, not desserts we make out of stuff that comes from jars, but actual individual desserts made up of several ingredients served in jars.
If you haven’t heard of this new trend (well, relatively new as it’s been going on for a couple of years) it’s become all the rage and has been highlighted on a number of your better morning TV network talk shows.
There’s cake in a jar, pies in a jar, cupcakes in a jar, parfaits in a jar, a bunch of desserty stuff in a jar … it can be pretty much whatever you want.
Valentine’s Day is the holiday of romance, as we all know, but when it comes to celebrating it, well, a little elegance can go a long way.
Now don’t get us wrong. If you and your honey like to toast Valentine ’s Day with a can of beer and a bag of Fritos, more power to you.
But every now and then, it’s worth a bit of indulgence to do Valentine’s Day right. Say with a few glasses of some of the world’s most famous champagnes along with light nibbles prepared by Borgata’s world-class chefs.
And as luck would have it, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has a Valentine’s Day event exactly like that. On Saturday, Febraury 14, Borgata presents Bubbles … by Veuve Clicqout as part of the Savor Borgata Series in our Tesoro Lounge at 4pm.
Here’s the description from Savor Borgata:
“Spend the afternoon with Veuve Clicquot and enjoy an escalating flight of bubbles. Taste everything from Clicquot’s simplest house to their renowned La Grande Dame while enjoying light nibbles to complement the flavors and aromas of each champagne.”
But here’s a little more to that rundown than meets the eye. Simply put, Veuve Clicquot is the name in champagne (which is always French by the way, as opposed to sparkling wine.) The French Champagne House was founded in 1772, making it older than the U.S. itself.
New Year’s Eve is here.
Now for those people out there who are good at planning—you know the kind of people who made reservations for a Time’s Square hotel six years ago—that’s no big deal.
But for everybody else, it’s time to panic. Where do we go? Where’s the best party?
One answer—Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Even the plan aheaders (those who plan ahead?) know that. Just check out this New Year’s lineup at Borgata.
Events for New Year’s Eve include:
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
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Borgata’s Burlesque Show has been raising eyebrows, temperatures and the roof since the spring and in the process offered up some of the bawdiest entertainment Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has put on all year.
Yes, we said bawdy. We also said ribald, uninhibited and very sexy when we started The Burlesque Show’s second season at Borgata this spring. (check out our blog post at the time).
Now you would think something fitting that description would never get old. And it never did, becoming a staple at Borgata Music Box all summer.
And now we’ve just made it a lot fresher. In fact, it’s holiday fresh.
The Burlesque Show’s Holiday Edition has added 25 percent new material, specifically, a winter-themed performance built around Burlesque star Cassandra Rosebeetle.
Rosebeetle (which by the way is one of the greatest names we’ve ever heard) is a figure skater/burlesque performer.
We’ll just let that sink in for a moment. She figure skates and she does sexy Burlesque striptease. Kind of makes you re-imagine the Olympics, huh?
Cassandra spent 15 years as a competitive ice skater and then set off on one of the greatest Burlesque resumes you’ve ever seen. She’s a dancer, a go-go dancer, a belly dancer and has even taken the old sideshow art of glass walking and combined it with Burlesque and dance.
Don’t look now, but 2015 is gaining on us and New Year’s Eve is less than three weeks away.
For a lot of people, that means panic time. Where should we go? Where’s the best party? Where will we get the kind of New Year’s Eve action that we’ll truly remember?
The answers? Borgata, Borgata and … Borgata.
This New Year’s Eve, which just happens to be a nice mid-week Wednesday night, Borgata Nightlife has lined up several days of parties at our signature bars and nightclubs—enough to turn a mid-week break into a full-on week-long party.
It starts Sunday, December 28, with Dutch DJ and record producer Tiesto playing a full-on show in the Borgata Event Center, with an opening set from Moti. Here’s a full rundown on the show. Tickets are $79.50 to $89.50 and available here.
On Monday, December 29, check out the Industry NYE party with Lil Jon at mur.mur, part of mur.mur Mondays as the rapper/record producer brings the crunk to the best industry party in A.C. Tickets are $30.
On the big night, New Year’s Eve, Borgata Nightlife presents DJ Fashen at mur.mur and D-Nice at MIXX.
Wanda Sykes plays Borgata’s Music Box November 7 & 8. So here’s a quick Wanda Sykes quiz.
Which of these three quotes come from Sykes?
“I can hear my mother now: ‘What? Oh, you gonna get a divorce? It’s just that easy, huh? Things get hard, things get rough – you just want to throw in the towel, just like that. Let me tell you something, that’s a bunch of bull. Let me tell you something – your father and I had a shootout, OK? He took one in the arm – Harry, show her where I shot you – now, see that’s love right there. You gotta learn how to work these things out. He was wrong, I shot him – you move on.”
“I don’t understand this whole Elvis thing. There are dead people in my family that we miss and love dearly, but shoot, we don’t dress up like them and do impressions. I’ll show up at the family reunion in a dirty t-shirt and a bald cap – ‘Look, everybody, I’m Uncle Earl.’”
“I love doing stand-up, because it gives me the freedom to say what I really want to say. I think that’s why it’s my favorite thing to do.”
The answer? All three.
Wanda Sykes has carved out an impressive TV career with stints on “The Chris Rock Show,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Curb your Enthusiasm,” her own late night talk show and a bunch of HBO comedy specials. And that’s not even mentioning films like “Bruce Almighty” and “Monster in Law.” She’s a writer, actor and producer.
Let’s say, for argument’s sake, you were really hungry and feeling really adventurous at the same time.
You want something different—not your 1 millionth pizza or cheeseburger, not your 500,000 meal of pot roast and mashed potatoes. And you’re also a little sick and tired of what passes for standard restaurant fare out there with the endless salad bowls and unlimited cheesy bread sticks.
No, you want adventure, excitement, a new taste sensation. Like you were on a gastronomic safari.
Well, would you eat alligator?
How about rattlesnake? Snails? Duck tongue? Wild boar?
Avacado and mint ice cream?
Ha, you say. Not in a pig’s ear. Really, how about if the pig’s ear came Vietnamese style in a summer roll with a roasted cashew sauce?
Let’s face it, you know you would. That’s just the kind of dining adventurer you are and Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has the perfect dining adventure for you
Welcome to Extreme Eats, a special dining event at Aqua at The Water Club Hotel that’s part of Savor Borgata’s Weekend of Savoring and helps cap off Borgata Restaurant Week. The event starts at 7:30pm at Aqua on Friday, November 7.
Sit back a moment and let us at the Borgata Blog tell you a couple of love stories. Not your conventional boy-meets-girl love stories—though there is some of that—but the stories of how great restaurants and great vineyards are born.
We start with Don and Rhonda Carano, two restaurateurs who went looking for some fine California wines to serve in their Reno restaurant. As so many before them, they not only fell in love with the wine, they fell in love with California’s wine country—specifically the Sonoma Valley.
So in 1981, they became not only restaurateurs, but vintners as well, buying an initial 60-acres and founding the Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery in the Alexander Valley. In 1987, when they released their first wines, they started their run as one of Sonoma’s principal winemakers; famed for their wide selection of wines and their picturesque vineyards.
Now here’s an even older story. It’s the story of the Sherry family and their long love affair with the Old Homestead Steakhouse, which dates back to Manhattan’s beef packing district in 1868. The Sherry family acquired the restaurant in the 1940s, when Harry Sherry, who started out there as a dishwasher, bought it and made the place a family business. Now that’s loving your job.
Did you ever check out a wine label? There’s a lot of key information on a wine label that goes far beyond what type of wine it is and the year it was harvested.
Important info to be sure, but perhaps the key point of any wine is where it’s from—not just the country of origin, but the region where it was made.
It’s one thing to say a wine was made in Italy. It’s another to say it was made in the province of Piedmont in the northwest corner of Italy.
Such a wine may be a Piemonte Barolo, one of a range of wines made from the Nebbiolo grape. That alone tells a wine aficionado that this rather light-colored red wine will be wonderfully fragrant, with traditional notes of bitter cherry, earth and even roses.
Or if a wine is made in Tuscany (Toscana), then it comes from an Italian province known for some of the world’s most notable wine regions including Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. In Tuscany, the Sangiovese grape (red) holds sway, yet many towns may have slightly different versions.