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Sake Tasting iPhone App — Coming soon to the App Store

June 18th, 2009 2 comments
The location of each sake you rate is saved.

The location of each sake you rate is saved.

Sakes I've rated

Sakes I've rated

One of the great things about sake is discovering new ones you really like and sharing them with friends. One of the not-so-great things about sake is trying to remember which ones you liked out of the 30 or so you tried at a sake tasting. Or for that matter, trying to remember much of anything about the sake tasting. It all becomes a blur for me by sake  number 13 or so. What I’m typically left with are scraps of paper with mostly illegible text attempting to describe which sakes I liked and why, more notes jotted on collections of business cards from the brewers, and vague impressions.

To help alleviate some of these problems I’m creating the “Kanpai! Sake Notebook” iPhone app.  A simple app to allow you to easily rate the sakes you try and share them with friends via twitter or email. It even has achievements–can you become a sake master? I’ll post more info soon. For now, here are a couple of screenshots.

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BYOS (Bring Your Own Sake) Tasting at Sushi Central

June 17th, 2009 No comments

Tasting the delicious (and expensive!) Okunomatsu sake

Tasting the delicious (and expensive!) Okunomatsu sake

Title: BYOS (Bring Your Own Sake) Tasting at Sushi Central
Location: Sushi Central
Description: It’s a little last minute, but we hope you will be able to join us for a BYOS (Bring your own sake) tasting happy hour at Sushi Central. All you have to do is bring a 720ml bottle (wine bottle size) of sake, and be ready to eat some great sushi and share your bottle with fellow sake enthusiasts!

I’m very excited to report that we will be tasting my favorite sake, Sakura Muromachi…which is not available in the U.S.! I tried it at the Joy of Sake tasting a few years ago, and it was by far my favorite of the hundred or so sake I tried that night. A big thank you to DC, who we met at our Robata-ya happy hour event a few weeks ago…he was kind enough to bring a bottle back with him from Japan last week.
About Sushi Central:

Review from Metromix – “At Sushi Central, you get an all-inclusive experience—an expert sushi chef/owner, a cozy environment and a menu that appeals to both fanatical raw-fish eaters and timid California roll munchers. But why just eat sushi when you can learn how to prepare it? In addition to catering posh L.A. parties—with in-home sushi bars—Chef Phillip Y…

Sushi Central
3500 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

RSVP is required for this event, through http://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesSake/ or via email –  karise at losangelessake.com.

Sign up for the event at http://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesSake/calendar/10658982/.
Start Time: 6:30
Date: 2009-06-19

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Sake Tasting Dinner @ Bar-Hayama

June 17th, 2009 No comments

Title: Sake Tasting Dinner at Bar Hayama
Location: Bar-Hayama
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Description: To kick off summer, we have arranged a special sake tasting dinner at Bar Hayama, which includes a flight of three sake and kozara (Japanese tapas) selected by owner and sake sommelier, Toshi Sugiura. In addition, our friends at Sake Social will be providing a selection of premium sake for tasting as well, to celebrate the launch of their site, www.SakeSocial.com. We’ll try at least 6 different sake in all. We’ve negotiated a discounted price of $40 (which includes tax and tip) for our group of “sake enthusiasts” and “asian foodies.” Food alone at Bar Hayama typically runs around $50 per person, so this is a great deal! We will be dining under the stars by the outside fire pit, which is my favorite place to relax and spend a summer evening. Whether you are a novice and want to learn more about sake and try something new, or a seasoned sake drinker that can’t get enough, it will be a great night for sure!

Details:
Payment: Please bring $40 cash.
Time: 8:30pm (for those that want to come early, we’ll be having drinks at the bar).

About Bar Hayama & Toshi Sugiura:
From Los Angeles Magazine: One of the best 75 restaurants in Los Angeles (#41 to be exact) – Toshi Sugiura has created a space both quaint and sophisticated, with two intimate bars, an extensive selection of sakes (with a handy guide to their flavor profiles), and a menu highlighting kozara, or small plates. In good weather the fire pit in the garden, surrounded by communal tables, is mesmerizing.
Toshi is a Certified Sake Sommelier and founder of the California Sushi Academy. http://www.bar-hayama.com

Be sure to sign up for the event at http://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesSake/calendar/10595016/
Start Time: 8:30
Date: 2009-06-26

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BYOS (Bring Your Own Sake) Tasting at Sushi Central

June 16th, 2009 No comments
Group Photo Friday, June 19, 2009 at 6:30PM

It’s a little last minute, but we hope you will be able to join us for a BYOS (Bring your own sake) tasting happy hour at Sushi Central. All you have to do is bring a 720ml bottle (wine bottle size) of sake, and be ready to eat some great sushi and share your bottle with fellow sake enthusiasts!

I’m very excited to report that we will be tasting my favorite sake, Sakura Muromachi…which is not available in the U.S.! I tried it at the Joy of Sake tasting a few years ago, and it was by far my favorite of the hundred or so sake I tried that night. A big thank you to DC, who we met at our Robata-ya happy hour event a few weeks ago…he was kind enough to bring a bottle back with him from Japan last week.
About Sushi Central:

Review from Metromix – “At Sushi Central, you get an all-inclusive experience—an expert sushi chef/owner, a cozy environment and a menu that appeals to both fanatical raw-fish eaters and timid California roll munchers. But why just eat sushi when you can learn how to prepare it? In addition to catering posh L.A. parties—with in-home sushi bars—Chef Phillip Y…

Sushi Central
3500 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

RSVP is required for this event, through http://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesSake/ or via email –  karise at losangelessake.com.

See the full event details at http://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesSake/calendar/10658982/.

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