It’s 5 o’clock, and you’re leaving the office in search of some post-work libations and snacks before dinner. You could go the traditional happy hour route — where you’re limited to a few drinks and small bites within a short window of time — or you could up the ante and visit a Japanese izakaya.
A scientist in Birmingham, Ala., is trying to help overharvested sea urchins, considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, find their way back to a restaurant near you. He’s developed an urchin farm to help grow them more sustainably and a special feed that gives them a sweet umami taste.
Do you know umami? It’s considered the 5th taste, the others being sweet, bitter, sour and salty. Umami is best described as savory. It’s that kind of meaty flavor you find in even non-meat foods like parmesan cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms and soy sauce. A hundred years ago Japanese scientist Dr. Kikunae Ikeda first discovered that […]