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Kaiseki Birthday at Kai

The Kaiseki dinner is food's answer to the japanese tea ceremony: elegant, rarefied and focused on every detail. Scott took me to just such a dinner for my birthday this year. He chose Kai Restaurant above Ito En Tea store on Madison ave.…
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July ’07 Sake Reviews

Here are four unique Junmais I've reviewed in the month of July. Click through to the Full review page to see more. If you've tried any of these, please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts! Ohyama Tokubetsu Junmai Nama Sake…
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Sake Scene at Soba-ya

Down old East Village way is a little soba place called Soba-ya that is just the bees knees. I've been there twice now, so it's finally time to post on the sake happenings at this terrific soba joint. First thing to know - there will always…
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Oh! Taisho

In December 2005 I tried that Saint Mark's stand-by Yakitori Taisho. That experience left me feeling like i'd been run thru the Maytag spin cycle and was also my unfortunate introduction to rough and overpowering taru sake. Recently, I discovered…
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Tsukasabotan: A Space Odyssey

Sake Captain's Log, Stardate 1215.6 -- I was recently invited to join some friends at awesome Sake Hana (265 E. 78th St btw 2nd and 3rd Ave 212-327-0582) to try Tsukasabotan "Space Sake". Sake from outer space? Well, not exactly... It's actually…
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Secret Password: Tsukushi

I always had a feeling that there were japanese bars and restaurants out there that were hidden speakeasy type places that you had to know a friend of a friend to learn the Japanese password and find their secret location. My recent trip…
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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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Touch and Go at Tomoe…

"Japanese Roulette" is a dangerous game. This is what I call the act of blindly picking unkown sakes off the menu just to "try something new". The highest risks can have the best rewards, but sometimes things don't quite go your way. Scott…
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Movin’ on up, to the East Side…

Just like Weezie and George Jefferson, I made my way on up to the East Side last sunday afternoon. It's not a common haunt of mine, but predictably, it was sake that lured me out of my geographic comfort zone. My Sake Buddy KC organized a…
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April ’06 Sake Meetup

The Sake Meetup group, well, 'met up' last night at Landmark for a private tasting. It was quite fun as usual. This night was a study in old friends and new friends... this goes for both the sake AND the people! I knew two of the sakes…
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It’s so ISE to fall in love…

Have you ever seen that show Survivor Man? It's about this MacGyver-type survival expert guy that gets dropped by helicopter into a remote, harsh and desolate area (mountain top, death valley...) and he has to survive for a week and film the…
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Shochu Superiority Complex

Sometimes, you just have to believe in good omens. On my first trip to Uminoie Japanese restuarant (86 E. 3rd St.) the neighboring table handed me a piece of their birthday cake just after Scott and I were seated. I took it as a sign that…
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Rihaku Tokubetsu Junmaishu

I had the pleasure of getting another chance to try the excellent Yakitori Totto on W. 55th Street. If you have not gone yet, give it a try. trust me. Scott and I were out with friends recently and we quickly powered through a carafe of Wakatake…
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Man’s Mountain. HOOWA!

Ok, I have to admit, the english name of Otokoyama's Tokubetsu junmai reeled me in. MAN's MOUNTAIN! I just had to give it a try. This could be the very same Otokoyama I had at Menchanko-tei. So, having scaled the heights of man's mountain…
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International Habitual Drink

I am coming to love japanese websites translated into english! I am starting a japanese class in march, so I'm sure it won't be so funny when I need to translate Japanese into english myself. Be that as it may, when I was researching this…
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Beware the Velvet Hammer

I realized the other day, I love my new hobby as a sake appreciator, but you know what my hobby really is?.... DRINKING! Obviously, I was never a frat boy and don't really have a past history of drinking games and waking up outside on the lawn…
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Bozu is da’ (sushi) bomb

OK sake fans, run, Run RUN, to Bozu!! This place is da' bomb. the sushi bomb that is... On Jan 22, I graduated from Feng Shui school and wanted to meet up with some friends the night before the ceremony at a sake-friendly bar to celebrate. I…
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Show me the Momoya!

We have all been there...Whether it's being passed over for that promotion, getting splashed by a cab on a rainy day or finding that one-of-a-kind prized collectible you got on Ebay was smashed to bits by the post office, life can suck sometimes.…
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Sake tasted at brewing meetup event

My last post was about the Brewing process we got to see at the sake meetup. Here is an overview of the Sakes we got to taste. yum. it was a really good selection and I left feeling very... happy! Thanks to Jeff, Paul, Sebastian and everyone…
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Mystery Sake at Congee village…

One of my dearest friends Alysia was given a suprise Birthday Party at Congee Village. It was a chinese banquet kinda thing and it was a lot of fun to sit around those big tables with the huge lazy susan. The waitstaff was very nice too,…
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A real Jizake?

I picked up this sake at my trip to Mitsua on Nov 12. What caught by eye about this one was the big "Jizaki" sticker on the front of the label. I've learned this means a regional or local sake. What this really means is sake produced in…
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OK, everyone’s doing it. let’s go Organic.

Tonight i'm trying my first Organic Sake. It's also one of the first domestic sakes i've ever had. I picked this up on my trip to Mitsuwa last weekend. It's Sho Chiku Bai Junmai-Shu / Nama Sake. Produced by Takara Sake of berkely CA.…