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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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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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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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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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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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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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And the winner is...

If I had to be trampled at a sake tasting, I wouldn't want it to happen anywhere other than Sakagura. Nihon-shu aficionados can be just like any other rabid fans out there: when the Star makes an appearance, everyone rushes the stage. So when…
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You Want Fries with That?

Landmark Wine and Sake send around an email advertising a sake seminar for Sat April 29nd. Count me in! I wasn't sure what to expect, but it was really great. The seminar was held in the sun drenched upstairs space above the landmark wine…
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Saka Hana Sake Tasting

When Toshi over at wonderful Sake Hana (265 E. 78th St. Bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave.) emailed me an invitation to an "all-you-can-drink" sake tasting event featuring 11 sakes from 4 brewers I knew I just could not pass it up... but it would be a challange.…
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SOY.... Borracho

Our Latest wonderful Sake Meetup group was at SOY tonight, and it was a B.Y.O.S. event. (bring your own Sake). It was amazing opportunity to try a wide rage of sakes and meet a wide range of sake lovers. Everyone brought interesting sake…
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St. Patrick's Saké at Landmark

It's March 17th, that one day a year when everyone is Irish, large crowds search the city for green beer, and even Italian restaurants serve corned beef and cabbage. I'm as genuine 3th generation Irish-American as they come, but I found myself…
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Sake Bar Satsko

Another fun Sake meetup! this time at Sake Bar Satsko for a Sake Bar Brunch. Satsko herself was very warm and friendly and I think everyone felt very welcomed. The food was really good - you could get your entree made with either Japanese…
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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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brewin' sake in the kitchen

Today I went to my first Sake Meetup meeting. Meetup.com is a website that helps people with common interests find each other. Lo and behold there is a sake appreciator's group. It was a fun afternoon and everyone at the meeting was really…
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My first Saké tasting!

Descrip. of Nov 11 Landmark Saké tasting goes here.