From a press release:
“WHAT: Washington, D.C. (March 13, 2014) – Washington prepares to welcome its iconic Cherry Blossom season, an event that commemorates the friendship between Japan and Chef José’s Andrés adoptive country, the United States. In this fraternal spirit, Andrés also wanted to share the lesser-known, but equally enthralling, story about the many years of comradeship between Japan and José’s native Spain, a bond that began four centuries ago. To honor these relationships, Andrés and his team at barmini, led by Cocktail Innovator Juan Coronado and Executive Sous Chef Johnny Spero, have created unique cocktails and savory bites inspired by the traditions and cultures of these countries.
The repertoire will include original drinks like Yoshimi Kicks the Bad Guys, shōchu, fresh squeezed lime and grapefruit juice, simple syrup and shiso leaves; La Japonesa, coconut cream, matcha cream, white rum, simple syrup, and sudachi; Nakamura, cucumber vodka, Junmai Ginjo sake, fresh lime juice, cucumber water and Wasanbon sugar; Shima ilo Ōjo, shōchu, Nigori sake, yuzu, and calpico; Sakura Tori, gin, Sakura honey, amontillado Sherry, sudachi, and orange bitters; Tokyo Soul, pisco infused with jasmine green tea, St. Germain liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice, and club soda. Prices for the cocktails range between $12.00 and $20.00. Snacks include Unagi Steam Bun, steamed bun with eel, red shiso, cucumber pickles, black sesame, and mayonnaise; and the Uni Deviled Egg, sea urchin, egg, and paprika. Prices for these dishes are $10.00 and $7.00 respectively. barmini and minibar both forge ahead as the heart of Andrés’ creativity and innovation, where he and his team push boundaries on flavors and textures.
WHEN: March 20th – April 13th. barmini is open Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM and Friday and Saturday from 6:00 PM to 2:00 AM. To make a reservation please visit our website www.minibarbyjoseandres.com
WHERE: barmini is located at 855 E St, NW, Washington, DC.
WHY: The National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place every year in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the nation’s capital. This year, Chef José Andrés wanted to bring another part of Japan to Washington by telling the story of the long-standing friendship between Japan and Spain. Last June marked the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Hasekura Tsunenaga to Coria del Rio, Spain, a small town near Seville where to this day, hundreds of local Spaniards bear the name “Japon.” Hasekura was a 17th century samurai who led the initial Japanese diplomatic delegation throughout Europe and is considered the first Japanese Ambassador in the continent.”