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Learning about grilled foods at Robataya with Aki and Grant

Robataya is such a special place, as is all the TIC Group establishments. I was so happy Grant became a fan as well, so when Aki came to town we couldn’t wait to introduce her. We were nervous about coming … Continue reading

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Satsko with Pauly and Brian

Wanting to test out my sommelier skills of choosing the right sake for everyone’s palate, I asked my friends what they usually like to drink. Brian said something smooth and sweet (a man after my own heart) but Pauly was … Continue reading

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Learning to like taru sake at Satsko

Meet up with some of my oldest friends for some sake and girl talk. We made it time for happy hour so all the ladies got the happy hour special but I had to be a snob and get the … Continue reading

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My first date at Morimoto

After watching the transit of Venus and before our reservation for dinner, we decided to pass the time at the sake bar at Morimoto. Morimoto has their own junmai, ginjo, and daiginjo sakes. We got a flight to taste them … Continue reading

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Omakase at 15 East with Allen and Jeffrey

While waiting for our table, the sommelier could sense my sake snobbery from across the room. After tasting two nama sakes, he presented me with this lovely Denshin Haru Nama Junmai Ginjyo. Then he recognized me and my particular love … Continue reading

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Taking a Language of Wine class at Astor Center with May Matta-Aliah

I have been tasting and studying sake for over ten years now and even though I know a hell of a lot about sake process and types, I am embarrassed for my flavor vocabulary. I am often tasting sake with … Continue reading

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Hakkaisan tasting at Yoppari and Soba Totto with Tim Sullivan

Anyone in the sake world in New York knows urbansake’s Tim Sullivan. He is a kind and handsome man who’s sake adventure started out around the same time as mine, but I hope mine takes me half as far as … Continue reading

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Drinking a bottle of the fancy Pegasus sake with Jesse Salazar

Jesse, my long time sake and wine cohort, had saved a bottle of the very precious Hideyoshi Flying Pegasus to share with me. I am a very lucky girl! When you take this gem out of the multiple layers of … Continue reading

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Celebrating my first trip to Asia at The Peak in Hong Kong

Hong Kong was such a magnificent and impressive city. I grew up in New York City and in some ways envied the tourists who were awed by the landscape and the energy that I found second nature. Hong Kong was … Continue reading

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Graduating from the Sake Professional Course

When I heard that the only sake professional course was now being offered in the United States, I knew exactly what I wanted for my 30th Birthday. John Gauntner, the sultan of sake, teaches this prestigious sake course and I … Continue reading

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