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11.15.15:  We Love Sake Cups!

11.13.15:  Favorites with Yumiko Kayukawa

11.07.15:  We Love Cup Sake!

11.02.15:  Hatsumago Shozui is our new Featured Sake!

11.01.15:  Yumiko Kayukawa's "Fox Hands"

10.24.15:  We Love Nama!

10.14.15:  We Love Nigori!

10.10.15:  Added Miyasaka Yawaraka to our sake reviews page!

10.09.15:  Added Kokuryu Junmai Ginjo to our sake reviews page!

10.07.15:  We Love Kimoto!

10.03.15:  Visit our koi pond and feed the fish!


  We Love Yumiko Kayukawa  


 Featured Sake... 


Hatsumago Shozui Junmai Daiginjo
Tohoku Meijo (Yamagata) Est.1893
Smooth, light/elegant, subtly rich flavor with hints of earthiness and brown sugar, made using the rare kimoto method, which produces rich flavor, medium dry
Rice: Yamadanishiki
Seimai Buai: 50%
Acidity: 1.3
SMV: +3









This evening, I enjoyed a glass of Hatsumago Shozui Junmai Daiginjo. Shozui is our Featured Sake this month, so I picked up a bottle at Mitsuwa yesterday. It's the second time that I had Shozui this year, and it's one of my favorites of the year. One of the things that's interesting about tasting sake is the subtle differences you notice each time. After all it's a natural product! Although I opened the previous bottle in September, it was actually brewed more recently than this bottle. I know that because Hatsumago puts a date of bottling on their bottles. This bottle was bottled in September 2014, so it's been "aging" throughout the year. This time, I noticed a hint of "violets" in the aroma, which I didn't notice last time!  more...



Ume lead the way
Sakura are close behind
Kiku come later

Leaves are falling down
Covering the ground below
Yellow, orange, red





Sushi Seki
1143 First Ave. (bet. 62 & 63 St.), New York, NY 10065, 212-371-0238
Sushi Seki, also located in the UES, is a popular sushi restaurant where you can enjoy top-notch sushi late into the night (they're open until 3:00 AM). Chef Seki was previously a chef at Sushi of Gari, and specializes in a similar style of creative sushi. The decor is somewhat eclectic, and the staff is very friendly (and happy to offer suggestions). Try the spicy scallop roll, which is their most popular sushi roll, and is a great example of traditional-looking sushi that's done in a creative way. They have a large (and interesting) sake selection, which suits the creative sushi and eclectic decor perfectly. Come here when you want great sushi in a fun, casual atmosphere.  more...


Yumiko Kayukawa, Artist
Favorite Green Tea:
I love basic green tea and hojicha. I love the tea brand Lupicia. Their grapefruit green tea is one of my favorites.
Favorite Fish:
Kinki is the king for me. Rock fish is the name in the U.S., it's a kind of red snapper. Sometimes I recognize the fish isn't kinki after I cooked it. Fish markets here sometimes call it kinki, but it's some other type of snapper. It looks very similar, but the taste is just so different. I am so disappointed by that! Kinki is supposed to have white meat with rich fat. The best way to cook kinki is to stew it with a shoyu based soup. I have to mention my second favorite fish. It's overnight dried tsubodai.  more...


Junmai - "Pure rice" sake; sake that is made from rice, water, koji, and yeast (with no added alcohol).

Ginjo - Sake made from rice that is polished down to at least 60% of its original size.

Seimai Buai - Rice polishing rate; percentage of rice remaining after polishing.

SMV - Sake Meter Value; measurement of how dry (+) or sweet (-) a sake is.  more...




 WE LOVE... 

Sake Cups come in many different shapes, sizes, and materials. They are typically ceramic or glass, and in some cases are made of wood or bamboo. The four main types of sake cups are ochoko, guinomi, masu, and sakazuki. The most common (and iconic) type of sake cup is the (tiny) ochoko. Ochoko are the smallest type of sake cup (typically 1-2 ounces). Their small size is meant to encourage the friendly gesture of pouring small amounts of sake for friends or companions (often) throughout a meal. Guinomi look very similar to ochoko, but are typically twice the size (3-4 ounces). Masu are unique among sake cups, because they are square boxes, rather than the typical round cylindrical shape. Masu were once traditionally used to measure rice, and come in standardized sizes.  more...







Toshiaki Kojima, SakeStory
Hahaha…please see attached images. This is my personal ochoko, where the bottom of the sake cup is in the shape of a cone (like a toy top that kids play with)…Yes, this is a sake cup that no one is able to put back down on the table, once the sake has been poured (otherwise, it will topple and spill)!! One just needs to keep it in their hand and drink whatever is in the cup before they can put it back down!!  more...







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