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Joy of Sake @ Torafuku March 3!

February 26th, 2010 2 comments

Please join us at Torafuku Wednesday March 3, 2010 for another Joy of Sake event. We always love the super sakes available at the Joy of Sake events and this one will be sure to please! We’ll be there and hope to see you too! Please be sure to sign up for the event on our meetup page so we can be sure to keep an eye out for you!

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John Gauntner’s Sake Dictionary iPhone App

January 13th, 2010 No comments

Sake Dictionary I’ve been fortunate enough to work with John Gauntner creating a Sake Dictionary app for the iPhone. This is a quick, easy to use reference tool for those hard-to-remember sake related terms. A combination of lightning fast searching and full dictionary browsing allows you to find the word you are looking for or explore and learn new words.

This is a super tool that will come in handy when you are ordering sake in a restaurant and you can’t recall the difference between a Daiginjo and a Junmai Daiginjo sake.

This has been submitted to Apple for approval and should appear in the app store soon!

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Joy of Sake Aftertaste – in Los Angeles for the first time!

July 18th, 2009 1 comment
Joy of Sake

Joy of Sake

Title: Joy of Sake Aftertaste – in Los Angeles for the first time!
Location: Katana 8439 W. Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069
Description: The Joy of Sake is the largest sake tasting outside of Japan, held annually in New York, Honolulu and San Francisco. With almost 300 sake available for tasting, it is an amazing event, and I have been hoping that one day, it would come to Los Angeles. Well, it hasn\’t quite happened yet…but on August 5th, for the first time the producers of the Joy of Sake will be hosting a smaller event at Katana on Sunset. I hope a good showing of sake enthusiasts at this smaller event will turn into an opportunity for Los Angeles to host a Joy of Sake tasting in the near future!

Here is info from the Joy of Sake website:

http://joyofsake.com/

At last, Joy of Sake\’s famous “Aftertaste” events have arrived in Los Angeles. Each tasting is built around a theme, and features entries from the U.S. National Sake Appraisal. Held for the last two years in New York, Honolulu and San Francisco, each event presents a unique opportunity for sake education and enjoyment.

This month\’s Aftertaste looks at how brewers coax fragrances like apple, banana, litchi and anise from just rice, water and yeast. It took sake-makers nearly a century to unlock the secrets of how to make ginjo sakes with floral and fruity aromas.

We\’ll try 37 different sakes, ranging from highly aromatic labels to those whose subtle fragrance is barely discernible. The tasting takes an hour and is followed by sake appetizers and more reflective sake-sipping until 8:00 p.m (check in for the event is at 5:45pm, and the tasting starts promptly at 6pm).

Reservations may be made online through the following link: Aftertaste Online Ticket Purchase by calling Katana at 323-650-8585. All sales are final and attendance is limited to 60 persons.
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2009-08-05

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Sake Tastings at Kabuki Japanese Restaurants in LA

July 17th, 2009 1 comment

Title: Sake Tastings at Kabuki Japanese Restaurants in LA
Location: Kabuki Hollywood 1545 N. Vine St. Hollywood, CA 90028
Description: These are not official meetups for the group – but I wanted to spread the word about sake tasting events hosted by Sake Sommelier Yuji Matsumoto at Kabuki restaurants in the LA area next week.

Yuji is a true sake expert, and will be doing sake and food pairings, so it could be a good event.

Cost: 1 Person: $25 Couple: $40 3 or more: $20/person
Contact the restaurant directly to make a reservation. There are 2 seatings each night, (1) 6:30 – 7:30pm; and (2) 8:30 – 9:30pm.

Schedule:
Monday, 7/6/09 – Howard Hughes Center (Westchester)
Tuesday, 7/7/09 – Hollywood
Wednesday, 7/8/09 – Pasadena
Date: 2009-07-06

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Extravaganza for the Senses

July 17th, 2009 1 comment

Title: Extravaganza for the Senses
Location: Fox Studios 10201 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064
Description: Join us for an exciting evening of wine, food, music and fun! The Extravaganza for the Senses is a food and wine event to benefit The Saban Free Clinic. Currently in its 12th year, it is one of the largest and most celebrated food and wine events in Los Angeles. It is put on with the help of The Wine House and The New Friends of The Saban Free Clinic.

General Admission Tickets are $100, and include unlimited samples from 7-10pm.
VIP Tickets are $225, and include unlimited samples from 6-10pm, valet parking and access to the VIP Lounge.
$50 of the ticket is tax deductible.

For more information and to purchase a ticket: http://www.thesabanfr…

This year, Scott Silva provides the soundtrack as you mingle beneath the stars. You’ll enjoy sips from MORE THAN 100 WINERIES and samples from 40 of L.A.’s BEST RESTAURANTS. In addition, mystics and henna tattoo artists will be on hand for your entertainment along with other surprises. Be sure to check out the Silent Auction featuring trips, restaurants, spas and other great items and don’t miss complimentary spa treatments provided by El Leon and Raven Spas. You\’ll also be able to watch finalists Debbie Lee, Jamika Pessoa and Jeffrey Saad from Food Network\’s hit show, The Next Food Network Star, as they demonstrate some of their favorite dishes.

Hope to see you there!
Start Time: 07:00 PM
Date: 2009-07-18

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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
Sign up: Click here
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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Check out our LA sake map!

May 26th, 2009 1 comment

We’ve started putting together a google map of all the great places to taste sake in Los Angeles, along with some of our favorite sakes from each location. Check it out: http://losangelessake.com/la-sake-map/

Don’t see a sake place you really like? Drop us a comment and we’ll add it to the map!

Great places to taste sake in the Los Angeles area

Great places to taste sake in the Los Angeles area

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