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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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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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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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Night of Sake at Decibel with Allen Murabayashi

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My introduction to “mild sake”

A milestone in my sake education was getting past the hot sake. I did that while out to dinner with friends and someone introduced me to mild sake. I seem to remember it was called that with big letters spelling … Continue reading

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My introduction to hot sake at Go Sushi

Like all Americans, my introduction to sake was served hot and rich with a lot of “kuchi atari” to be slammed down in a white ceramic shot glass. I had just turned 21 and was not an experienced drinker, but … Continue reading

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