S. and I both looked at each other and said “mmmmmmm….” The “smooth type” Sake at Tomoe was simply, in a word, amazing. You know, to this day, I still don’t know the brand name of the Sake we had that night, but it was utterly, totally and perfectly delicious. A perfect compliment to the perfect sushi. S. made a big impression on me on that 5th date. I hadn’t seen the value of waiting on line for an hour for sushi until I had the best sushi of my life. I saw the allure of the foodie lifestyle… then I realized the downside. Once you taste the very best, everything else becomes second runner up . It’s funny, I had that amazing Mystery Sake that night… It was a standout, but I didn’t think much of it at the time. S. and I were focused on the Sushi. The Sake was the elegant, unobtrusive, velvety support of the main course. Now I see, of course, that this is the very reason it was perfection. after that dinner i was in a kind of stupor/high/coma situation – reeling from the joys of the meal. But over the next couple of months when we recalled that dinner, we always said -“… and that sake was so yummy… who knew it could taste that good?” Little did I know that carafe was my first step down the path to sake infatuation.

Hi! If you’ve found this blog, you must have some interest in Sake. Well, so do I. Well, more than an interest. It’s a growing interest bordering on infatuation. I’m just a beginner and kind of intimidated by the vast universe of Sake knowledge, but I’ve decided to get serious about casual Sake habit. This blog is going to be my tasting journal, testing ground and diary as I learn everything I possibly can about fermented rice wine and profile any Sake I can get my hands on.

Everything i’ve learned about Sake, other than “it’s a rice wine that comes from Japan”, I learned in the last 2 months. let’s get up to speed…

Where did it all start? I think it started on the 5th date. It was the evening I had with current boyfriend S. at the amazing gem of a japanese restaurant Tomoe. S. is a total foodie and I am not, but I went along and stood in line for an hour to have sushi on our 5th date. We decided to splurge and we got a carafe of the most expensive sake of the three available on the menu to go with the amazing sushi. the only description of the Sake was a handmade cardboard sign of the wall that said “smooth type”. we thought that was a better bet over “fruity type”. We raised our glass for a toast and took a sip…