Interesting article about Kobe Beef, and some other things:
Food's Biggest Scam: The Great Kobe Beef Lie - ForbesThink you’ve tasted the famous Japanese Kobe beef?
That’s right. You heard me. I did not misspeak. I am not confused like most of the American food media.
I will state this as clearly as possible:
You cannot buy Japanese Kobe beef in this country. Not in stores, not by mail, and certainly not in restaurants. No matter how much you have spent, how fancy a steakhouse you went to, or which of the many celebrity chefs who regularly feature “Kobe beef” on their menus you believed, you were duped. I’m really sorry to have to be the one telling you this, but no matter how much you would like to believe you have tasted it, if it wasn’t in Asia you almost certainly have never had Japan’s famous Kobe beef.
All this time I've been recommending to everybody the best Carpaccio I've ever had, a Kobe Beef Carpaccio at Morimoto (well still's the best I've had, just not really Kobe)
You would think that Morimoto being not only a top chef, but also Japanese (and all that crap about japanese honor and pride) wouldn't trick you into buying "Kobe" beef at his place, but I guess I was wrong.