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Fire and Ice - Sake Week Day 5

For the record, I wasn't hungover from the Joy of Sake event last night... Maybe a touch dehydrated, but no worse for wear. Hmm... if i'm dehydrated I had better get some liquids in me right away. Luckily, Landmark Wine and Sake had scheduled…
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Ode To "Joy" - Sake Week Day 4

I've been looking forward to the 2006 Joy of Saké event for a whole year! In a nutshell: I wasn't disappointed. It was an awesome evening of great food, wonderful people and above all - a chance to taste scores of delicious and unique sakes! The…
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Yamagata Extravaganza - Sake Week Day 3

NYC Sake Week '06 continues... for day 3 we're off to Yamagata. Stunning En Japanese Brasserie hosted a beautifully curated tasting of 60 sakes all from the well known production region of Yamagata prefecture. The lounge of EN was set up…
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There Otter be a Festival - Sake Week Day 2

Day 2 of NYC Sake Week was all about Dassai! I was so happy to get an email from Toshi at Sake Hana informing me about a special Dassai event. I really like tastings that are targeted around a specific sake brand or region as it gives a wonderful…
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Sushi Samba "Omasake" - Sake Week Day 1

For the next few days, Sushi Samba is offering their Sake-Centric spin on a traditional Chef's choice "omakase" menu which they call "omaSaKe". This Pairing menu was created in honor of Sake week here in NYC with Mr. Paul Tanguay selecting the…
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Izakaya Izu is a Izakaya?

From the outside, Izakaya Izu (9 E. 13th St, NYC 10003) looks like a sake lover's wet dream. The windows are stacked high with glowing sake bottles lit from below. The extensive sake menu is proudly displayed by the front door. Everything seems…
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Emily Post can't help you! Saké Manners...

The internet is quite a treasure trove. So much information right at your fingertips. Every once in a while, however, you stumble upon something that is, well, just plain special. While doing my usual internet sake "research", I came across…
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Honey, I Shrunk the Masu!

One of the true blessings of living in New York City is that there are so many, many places to drink sake and eat japanese food. One of the curses of living in New York City is that not all the many Sake bars and Japanese restaurants can measure…
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Demon Slayer Strikes Again...

Two very well known sake brands were represented at the September '06 Sake tasting at Astor Wines: Ichinokura and Wakatake. Astor has continued to impress me with their growing selection and impressive offering. Their efforts to bring in Sake…
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Saké Bar Hagi

The phone in my office rang bright and early last week. It was Scott asking me "Did you see the Times?!?!" well, at that point in the morning I'm usually just staring down at my iced coffee, not the newspaper. Scott proceed to inform me that…
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Sake Gets Some Converts!

Can I get an Amen?! Who knew saké was so popular in the nation's heartland? I predict Nihon-shu will be bigger than Nascar. Well, we all know that Saké can be a religious experience... p.s. Check out this site if you want to spread…