A long time ago I had a steak blog (there's a link to it over there in my links section) in which I sought the fabled "Kobe beef." The difference between me and perhaps some other food bloggers is that I actually was able to go to Japan to look for Kobe beef. Well, guess what: I didn't find it. I had a hunch I wouldn’t, and I was right. Because you can only get Kobe beef in Kobe, Japan. THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD that you can get Kobe beef. I knew that then, but there was nowhere at all on the Internet that could prove me right. Now there is.
Read this, and if you ever go out, DO NOT be tempted to order anything called “Kobe beef." Or if you do, ask the chef to come out and prove to you that it is genuine Kobe beef from Kobe, Japan. Otherwise, you’re paying Grade A prices for USDA steak.
It's like truffle oil. NINETY-NINE PERCENT of the time there won't have been a truffle within 10,000 miles of it.
Trust me, FOR I AM CALLED CHEF NICK FOR A REASON.