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Masuizumi Tasting at Kyotofu

Our Friends Nicole and Michael at Kyotofu were kind enough to invite me to a special tasting at their place. The well regarded sake brand Masuizumi of Toyama prefecture was presenting some of their flagship sakes as well as something new…
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Dassai 23 Done Four Ways

Having visited the home of Dassai in Yamaguchi Prefecture last Oct. I couldn't miss the opportunity to attend the special Dassai 23 tasting put together by Sakagura Restaurant earlier this month. They were serving 4 rare Dassai sakes, 3 of…
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Brewer Interview: Tsushima Kitahara

I recently had the chance to try Shichiken Junmai Ginjo Sake (SMV +4, ALC 14.5%) once again. It's really an amazing brew. The one thing I hear again and again about this sake is that it's versatile and can be easily enjoyed both chilled and…
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Elements of Sake Class Filling Up!

There are currently only 5 seats left for my Feb 18th Sake Class at Astor Center! If you want to get in on this class please Click Here to sign up soon! Also, there is a special coupon below that is good for this February 18th class only! Here…
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Prestige Sake Tasting: Ogre Achievers

I've never met a real, live Ogre before today, but I have to say I was surprised how nice and photogenic he was. I would say downright friendly! ...And any Ogre that is passing out sake is a friend of mine! I met my new "Oni" friend at…
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Kikusui Tasting at Sakaya

Sakaya has started the new year off right with weekly free sake tastings! On a recent evening, Representatives from Kikusui Brewery were on hand to explain about there sakes and sample some special sakes just for the occasion. Kikusui is…
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My Sake Class at Astor Center

One of the more exciting opportunities I've had recently to preach the gospel of sake is teaching the first of several "Elements of Sake" classes at the brand new Astor Center in New York's East Village. What a thrill! First, a word about…
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Sake Lecture at NYC Anime Festival

I got an email out of the blue from a gentleman asking me if I would be interested in holding a lecture on Sake at the December 2007 NYC Anime Convention at the Javits Center. What does sake have to do with Anime? Well the organizers of the…
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2007 Golden Masu Awards

The Blogosphere has been abuzz lately wondering about the winners of the 2007 UrbanSake.com Golden Masu Awards. I know people were concerned that 2007 would draw to a close without the sake blogging world's highest honors being bestowed…
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Sakaya is Now Open!

If New York City had a Town Crier, I know exactly what he'd be shouting right about now: "Hear ye, Hear ye Sake fans! New York's first dedicated sake shop is now open: Sakaya!!!" In Japanese "sakaya" means sake shop, so this seems the perfect…
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New York’s Own Tokyo Bar

Ever wonder what it might be like to jump inside a comic book like that 80's A-ha Video? Well, me neither - but you can experience it nonetheless with a trip to Tribeca's Tokyo Bar (277 Church Street New York, NY 10013). The soaring walls and…
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Sake Diplomacy

Attending a sake tasting at the Japanese Consul General's private residence was a unique experience. Upon arriving, we went through security and found ourselves in the grand foyer of a town house that looked like it belonged to a robber baron…
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Hibino Star Sighting!

My trip to Japan was exhilarating, but exhausting. After days of struggling to find my way around around Kyoto and embarrassing myself trying to use broken Japanese, I was glad to be back in my crowded, loud, but favorite city: New York, baby!…
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Shopping for Sake: Isetan, the Musical

After my adventures in Yamaguchi, it was back to Kyoto for a final few days in Japan. After a week of thrilling 'firsts' (first shinto ceremony, first bullet train, first brewery visit...) it was time for another very important "first"...…
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Fugu Fear Factor

After my fantastic introduction to the production process at Dassai, Mr. Sakurai Sr. and Mr. Sakurai Jr took me out for a fantastic all-blowfish dinner. Known as "Fugu" in Japanese, yes... it is that deadly, poisonous fish. Yeah, that's the…
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Visit to Dassai Brewery

I was honored to receive an invitation to visit Asahi Brewery, makers of the delicious Dassai Brand Sake located in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The beautiful Sakurai Family generously opened their home and their business to this curious American/fledgling…
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“We Love Sake” Takenotsuyu Tasting

After my morning and afternoon of sipping and spitting sake at the Kyoto Sake Samurai sake tasting, I dashed off to Chion-in Temple by Taxi and tried to find my way to the sake tasting dinner. My hosts were gallantly looking for me on the vast…
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Kyoto Sake Samurai Sake Tasting

Day 2 of the Sake Samurai events had me up early to head off to a very large sake tasting connected to the Sake Samurai Association. I felt pretty good after last night but was in for a long day of tasting... and we were starting early - 10AM!…
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Sake Samurai Ceremony

On Oct 19th, 2007, my first full day in Japan, I had the honor of being named a Sake Samurai by the Japan Brewer's Association's Jr Council. Ok, this experience was definitely once in a lifetime. The day started with my arrival by taxi at…
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Sake Samurai!

Tomorrow, I'm leaving on a jet plane for my first ever trip to Japan. That statement, in and of itself, is exciting. However, when I think about why I'm going to Japan, words can't quite express what I feel. In short, I've been invited…
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Sushi Yasuda

Scott took me out for a special dinner and we went to perhaps the most well known sushi restaurant in New York: Sushi Yasuda. Because it's such a famous temple to the art of sushi, it's been on my "must try" list for a long time. What amazing…
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I Have a Dream… Sake Day 2007

October 1 is International Sake Day a.k.a. "Sake No Hi". Even I will admit Sake Day is not yet as well known as other Hallmark-type holidays such as Valentines Day or Groundhog Day... but I have a dream, people! One day, Sake No Hi will rank…
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Happy Happy Joy Joy!

The Joy of Sake event is the highlight of New York's annual Sake week. It's the largest sake tasting event outside of Japan and a definite "Don't Miss" on the sake circuit. At Last year's Joy of Sake, I was an innocent newbie, untrained…
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Sake Twin Powers… Activate!

My first message from Melinda, the mastermind behind Tokyo through the Drinking Glass Blog, arrived in early July 2006. After a few messages back and forth it became clear that we were kindred sake otaku and so began our (online, 21st-century,…
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Chanto Kickstarts NY Sake Week 2007

Sake week in NYC is upon us. And boy oh boy, did I find an event to kick it off in style! This evening brought me back to a new favorite spot of mine - Chanto. Just like my last visit to Chanto, they offered up an amazing triple play for…
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Stateside Sake School

Sake education is hard to come by in the US. I've been anxious to learn as much as I could about sake, but beyond reading books and going to tastings, there have been few opportunities to learn in a classroom setting - until now! On August…
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What is Your Sake Personality?

Have you every wondered what kind of sake is best suited to your personality? Well now is your chance to find out! Take this SAKE PERSONALITY QUIZ and learn what type of sake is best for you! Go to the QUIZ now>
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Belle Chanto

New York Japanese restaurant Chanto was host recently to a fantastic evening of Daiginjo Sake, Tuna and dancing. The sake was really top notch. It was all Daiginjo or Junmai Daiginjo - some of the best stuff to be had. A huge piece of tuna…
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Summer Fun with the Akita Sake Club

Our Friends over at the Akita Sake Connoisseurs' Club hosted another gathering to celebrate summer and to celebrate some awesome Akita Sake. Thanks to their efforts, Akita sakes are getting even more props in New York. One of the wonderful…
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Donguri – Sippin’ It Old Skool

New York's Upper East Side is a bastion of Old Money, well preserved traditions as well as many well preserved 'Ladies who Lunch'. Kinda goes without saying that this mostly makes for a decidedly un-hip place to hang out. On my last trip to…
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Sake Hana Hosts Dassai

Our friend Toshi at Sake Hana was host to another Late Night tasting devoted this time to the fantastic Dassai brand sakes from Asahi Brewery in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The July 20th tasting was indeed late - starting at 11pm, but in the name…
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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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SobaKoh-dependent

Hello. My name is Timothy and I'm SobaKoh-dependent. It all started out so innocently. A little nibble of tempura here, a sip of sake there and before I knew it I was loudly and forcefully slurping soba broth and gulping sake with wild abandon.…
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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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Sakedelphia

New York is crowded and hot. Yuck! what better reason to head out of the city and do a little "sake research"? Zip across NJ and before you know it, you're in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. I wanted to see how much sake lovin'…
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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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Happy NOBU-rthday!

Just the name "NOBU" conjures up ideas of elegance and exclusivity. Nobu has been on my list of "must try" places forever, but I never quite got around to it. Why was Nobu on my must try list? well, it's so famous it must be good... right? Scott…
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Solid Gold!

One pop culture memory from the '80's that's is hard to shake loose is the Solid Gold! Dancers strutting their stuff on TV. The creators of that show knew that gold has a glittering, glamorous allure that is second to none. Let's face it,…
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Happy Sakagu-Year

Spending New Year's eve at Sakagura is a tradition Scott and I started last year. It's a new tradition that's hard to argue against. What better way to ring in the new year? Drinking some of the best sake to be found in New York! Sakagura…
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Honmura An

In New York City, we have more opportunities sip Japanese sake than maybe just about anywhere outside Japan. On the one hand, this may very well be the reason I have never been able to find the money for a down-payment for a condo. On the…
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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 Santa Sake

Every year, my office partakes in the age old tradition of "secret santa". Everyone gets a name at random of someone in the department and has to buy them a $10 gift which are exchanged at the holiday luncheon. Now, the operable word here…
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Hagi Heaven

I've been on the lookout for a sake bar that could become my "Cheers". You know - "where they they always know your name..." Sake Bar Hagi has been on the short list since our first visit last September and a recent trip there made Hagi's…
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Life is Short: Eat Dessert First

I first heard of Kyotofu back in October when they provided yummy tofu desserts for a Landmark Sake Seminar. They were a few weeks away from opening at that point, but I made a note to visit when I got the chance. That chance arrived when…
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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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Here’s Lookin’ at You: Zenkichi

The first review I read about the new Williamsburg restaurant Zenkichi called it a "funhouse". I was a little bit puzzled bu this until I went my self and Scott and I were shown to our table. It seems the designer thought that it would be…
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Totto Take Me Away!

I live in the Chelsea area of Manhattan and I really love my neighborhood. I love it so much I live and work here. It's honestly one of my true luxuries that I can walk just a few blocks to work. I know those 3 blocks between my apartment…
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Niigata Nocturne

Toshi over at innovative Sake Hana (265 E. 78th St. Bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave.) surprised me again with a notice about a "late night" sake tasting. The timing was definitely off-hours being 11pm to 1am but it was a really fun idea! I've often been…
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Bring Your Own Sake

After my friend Nell heard about all the fun we had at the International cyber-sake tasting, she suggested another event: an at-home B.Y.O.S. (bring your own sake) tasting. Bring Your Own Sake events are such fun - you never know what the…
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Akita Sake Connoisseurs’ Club

From all the pictures I've seen, Akita Prefecture is a place of great natural beauty and they make some pretty darn good sake, too. I was thrilled when I heard about a tasting that would focus specifically on the sakes from this Prefecture.…
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The Wrath of “Kan”

One of the really surprising things about the study of Sake is that once you think you know something, you find out, you really know nothing at all. Yes, Sake can humble you in this way. Whatever you've learned, there is always more to explore.…
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Domo Arigato Mr. Robata

My sake friend Nell works at an amazing robata grill restaurant on the east side called Aburiya Kinnosuke (213 East 45th, 212-867-5454). After many promises to visit, I was overdue to give Nell's workplace a try. Once I found out Aburiya was…
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NO! NO! Today’s Amazing Special

I feel like i'm getting a little more adventurous every so often and trying some new sake bar, or izakaya or sushi place that may be a little bit out of my comfort zone. That was indeed the case for Donburi-ya (137 East 47th, 212-980-7909).…
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Sake Bloggers of the World Unite!

Question: What would you get if all the sake bloggers in the world had a tasting of the same sakes on the same night? Answer: Why, you'd get the World's First Cyber Sake Tasting, that's what! Working with my sake blogging friends Valerie…
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Nanbu Bijin Tasting

One of the most interesting and truly educational sake tastings I've been to this season was the amazing Nanbu Bijin event at the wonderful Sake Hana (265 E. 78th St, 212-327-0582). The Nanbu Bijin was a brewery little know to me thus far…
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I Think I CAN… I Think I CAN…

I recently had an opportunity to return to our only local Izakaya outpost here in Chelsea. Newly re-named "Izakaya Ten" (207 10th Ave, 212-627-7777, formerly "Anzu"), this place has undergone thoughtful updates both inside and out. The first…
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Landmark Sake Seminar – Oct ’06

The Sake retailer closest to my house, Landmark Wine & Sake, was hosting another afternoon sake tasting seminar. The last one I attended in April '06, was great, and I knew this one would be, too. Mr. Kazu Yamazaki of the Japan Prestige…
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Torys

It's no big secret that Yakatori is (happily for me) taking the world by storm. The latest outpost in the Big Apple is Torys (248 E 52nd st. 2nd Floor; 212-813-1800). This place was opened by the folks that run the amazing Yakatori Totto…
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Suspicious Minds

Recently, Scott invited me to travel with him to Minnesota for his college reunion. I know... Minnesota is out there, but I knew deep down there would be some sake adventure somewhere to be had, so off I went - and I'm glad I did. After a little…
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Love, Love Me Do – Sake Week Day 6

Ok, we're now entering the home stretch of NYC Sake Week '06. Day 6 was centered around a wonderful event at the Japan Society called "For the Love of Sake". The evening started with a lecture by the restaurateur and star chef David Bouley.…
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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…
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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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Urban Sake Upgrade!

I've been a hard working sake-geek lately and you'll see in the navigation links above, I published some new pages on my blog that I hope everyone will find interesting and/or useful! 1) Tim's Sake Database. I've started a database to record…
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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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Sakagura Summer Sampler

Summertime - and the living is easy... or so the song goes. With back to back Summer-themed tastings put together by NYC Sake Sommelier extraordinaire Cheez, it has indeed made this summer's living quite easy to enjoy. I attended a tasting…
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The Truth Will Set You Free: True Sake

I go on and on all the time about how lucky I am to live in new york... and how amazing all the NYC sake bars are... and how the Liquor stores in the Big Apple have such a great selection of sake... and did I mention how lucky I am to live in…
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Cha-an Summer Sake Tasting

Hidden up a flight of stairs, Cha-an is a quaint little tea house on east 9th street. Once you enter, you'll feel as if you've been transported to Japan. The interior is understated, zen and totally beautiful. The main attraction here is…
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Sushi Samba’s Super Sake Salon

Boy, I was in a bind! Now that I'm known as the "Sake-Guy" among my friends, It always falls to me to pick the location and the drink when we decide to go out for a little nihon-shu sipping. My College buddy Brad and I were long overdue for…
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Educational Evening at Matsuri

Sake Buddy KC contacted me with a great opportunity to hang out with a brewery representitve and some other friends and have an informal sake-klatch over some great nihon-shu. He suggested we all meet at matsuri and off I went! We were lucky…
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Joto Sake at Sakagura

Joto Sake is a Sake importer run by Henry Sidel. Henry is a great guy who tirelessly promotes the gospel of sake. All his efforts and hard work have brought us here in New York the chance to sample some very unique sake, hand picked from smaller…
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Life Begins at Yon-Ju.

When somebody special to you has a special birthday, you want to do something, well, Special. Scott was turning Yon-Ju years old on June 13, and I wanted to cook up a special treat for him. A special treat for him that somehow involved Sake…
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Naka Naka, Who’s There?

After reading about the homestyle japanese cooking at the new japanese place Naka Naka (458 W 17th St. New York, NY 10011), Scott concluded we had been working hard and deserved a treat.We made a reservation for early on a saturday night and…
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Back to Bozu

When you're a Manhattan-loving, Brooklyn-fearing snob like me, it's not often that you get on the train and head off to Brooklyn for the whole day on purpose. However, I see now that Scott really knows what he's doing. To entice me to go with…
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Sachiko’s on Clinton

Flashback with me to 1980's New York, won't you? Picture Breakdancing in Washington square park, Act Up blocking traffic on 5th Ave and absolutely no one checking their email on a cell phone. Now Picture little timmy arriving at his NYU…
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Sake Tasting at Astor Wines

Spur of the moment is sometimes best. Scott and I were headed out of town for an afternoon drive to mitsuwa. I realized that sake buddy KC alerted me to an Astor Wines sake tasting that very afternoon. Scottie was very sweet and agreed to…
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Saké Stalker causes Happy Bride’s Heartache.

If you keep your eyes and ears open, opportunities to learn about sake can arrive out of the blue. This happened this week as I got an email from Landmark Wine and Sake announcing a sake tasting for the next night. Luckily I 'just happened'…
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Masumi Evening at Sakagura

I am always excited when I find an email from Sakagura in my inbox. This time it was a notice about a special tasting evening with Masumi Brewery. I find these evenings a great way to get to know a particular brewery. I invited my friend…
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Mall+Discount= Sake?? Boston Part I

UrbanSake.com hits the road! This past weekend Scott and I took a weekend trip to Boston to visit with my sister Maddie. This was the perfect opportunity to see what was happening in Beantown in regards to all things sake. So, here's part…
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When Life gives you Lemons… Boston Part Deux

My Boston Sake Geek adventure continues! IF you missed part one of my sake adventure you can read it here.Maddie picked out a new Japanese restaurant called Douzo (131 Dartmouth St Boston, MA 02116 (617) 859-8886) to try for our sake-centric…