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Why You Should Never Pour Your Own Sake

Why You Should Never Pour Your Own Sake

All drinking culture is rich with tradition. Unspoken codes and customs find us clinking glasses, buying rounds, and tapping the bar before taking a shot, regardless of our surroundings. The primary ritual to keep in mind when drinking sake, the Japanese beverage in the midst of an American renaissance, is to never pour your own […]

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Japan’s Après-Ski Scene Has Rare Whisky, Raucous Pubs, and Epic Bragging Rights

Japan’s Après-Ski Scene Has Rare Whisky, Raucous Pubs, and Epic Bragging Rights

Eskimos have 50 words for snow, but the French encapsulate a lot of what makes winter awesome in one hyphenate: après-ski. The French term for “after-skiing,” it’s what elevates any ski trip beyond a mere day on the slopes. The phrase emerged in the 1950s to describe the festivities that ensue when the chair lifts close. This […]

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Ashtin Berry Loves Dive Bars, Would Bring Champagne to a Desert Island

Ashtin Berry Loves Dive Bars, Would Bring Champagne to a Desert Island

Those who claim that NYC’s music scene is dead haven’t yet scored a seat at Tokyo Record Bar. A riff on a type of Japanese bar, at which owners painstakingly curate evening soundtracks, this Greenwich Village spot invites patrons to request one song each to hear during their meals. The considerable vinyl collection spans The […]

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Americans Love Pairing Sake With Sushi, But It’s a Big Mistake

Americans Love Pairing Sake With Sushi, But It’s a Big Mistake

Sake is having a moment in the U.S. We are currently Japan’s largest export market for its traditional rice beverage, sipping nearly 5,000 kiloliters per year. Small wine shops sell unfiltered nigori sake alongside hipster varietal wines. Restaurants like Oberlin in Providence, R.I., Catbird Seat in Nashville, and Banyan in Boston, pair sake by the glass with […]

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The Secret to Reading Sake Labels

The Secret to Reading Sake Labels

Sake is often misunderstood. To many Americans, the Japanese beverage is only consumed hot or dropped into a beer after pounding the table and yelling, “When you say sake I say bomb! Sake! Bomb!” That’s starting to change. Restaurants in major cities are increasingly featuring sake menus with a range of options.

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Sake Is Emerging From the Shadow of the Sushi Bar

Sake Is Emerging From the Shadow of the Sushi Bar

For years Americans only knew sake in cheaply mass-produced iterations. We dropped shots of it into pints of Kirin, screaming “sake bomb!” to no one in particular; or sipped hot, boozy versions in strip-mall sushi joints. The latter comprised my introduction to the category. As a college undergraduate I went to dinner with a roommate’s […]

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How to Decode a Sake List

How to Decode a Sake List

The first sake I ever had was in a Japanese restaurant in Maine. It was served warm and was unlike anything I’d had before – not really beer, not really wine – but so complementary to the rice and fish it accompanied. Outside major cities, the sake selection at most restaurants is limited to bottles […]

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The Expert Guide To Pairing Sake With Japanese Food

The Expert Guide To Pairing Sake With Japanese Food

Is there anything better than fresh, well-made sushi? I pretty much want to eat it whenever possible. Ramen is also one of the most satisfying foods—a hot bowl of soft noodles in pork broth, yes please! But I’ve only been exposed to these foods here in the U.S.; I’ve never been to Japan. When it […]

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