Thursday, December 22, 2011
Montage Magazine (p. 44) turned out. Thanks to interviews with Philip Harper of the Kinoshita Brewery when he was in L.A. earlier this year, as well as help from Beau Timken at True Sake, there's a lot of basics covered as well as mentions of the USA's sake-only stores. Kampai!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
|Sake cocktail at Desert Hot Springs' El Morocco|
The recipe: Mix in a pitcher with lots of ice: sake (I imagine a domestic brand will do nicely), orange juice, cranberry juice, some sweet vermouth and lemon seltzer served over ice in a sugar rimmed glass.
Saturday, October 1, 2011
|Celebrate Sake day: try a Nigori or less filtered sake|
Also check it out: a new kura in the U.S.. Today, the Texas Sake Company opened in Austin, Texas. (Thanks to HomeBrewSake.com for the tip). While Texas might seem an unusual location, it is a great rice growing state and the rice used is organic and Texas grown. Looks like they are releasing a nigori (Rising Star) and Whooping Crane, their Tokubetsu junmai sake. Would love to hear how they taste. Good luck Texas Sake Company, Kampai!
And here's a link to my post on the Top 5 thing to know about sake for National Sake Day for LA Weekly's Squid Ink.
Friday, August 19, 2011
|"Lolitas" at L.A.'s 2011 Nisei week parade|
|Japanese fan dancers|
|Parade fans with dinos|
|Some of the sake available at Toranoko in Little Tokyo|
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
|Sake flight in the beer garden|
Summertime there's a Japanese beer garden in downtown Los Angeles. You'll find a grill outside and Kirin on tap at Chaya Downtown's popular patio. Sake flight ($12) lets you taste Rock sake and Gekkeikan- correct temperature and fine presentation but not finessed enough to rock your world. However, the lovely, Japanese lantern-lit setting will.
|Chaya downtown's Japanese beer garden|
Sunday, April 3, 2011
|Tasting sake from Akita at Gonpachi restaurant.|
|A traditional cedar ball often found outside sake breweries.|
The most comprehensive list of kuras affected can be found at John Gauntner's Sake World. He cites a heartfelt plea from Kosuke Kuji that was posted on the Nanbu Bijin brewery blog (translation courtesy of John Gauntner), "For the time being, no one in this area feels like drinking sake. To avoid secondary economic damage, we want to earnestly ask everyone around the country and in other countries to eat and drink products from the Tohoku region. That is the most supportive thing you can do for us."
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
|Aburiya Toranoko Little Tokyo has an extensive sake list|
The sake list is very clear: sakes are divided by their flavor profiles and aspects from aromatic (floral and fruity) to roughly filtered, cloudy nigoris. Sit at the bar and try a few five ounce tastes before delving into the menu.
|Chiyomusubi Kitaro Jungin one cup sake from Lazy Ox.|
243 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
|Monopole Wine, Pasadena, CA sells premium sake and Japanese craft beers.|
Upcoming: on Wednesday February 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. Monopole's sake and sushi event ($30/person) that features sushi from Alhambra's Z Sushi and select Japanese sake.
21 S. El Monino Ave.