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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
For a drink that’s so very everywhere, sake’s pretty misunderstood. And unless you’ve grown up with the stuff—or become one of a few certified sake sommeliers—it actually makes sense to not quite get it. As consumers, we’ve been sold a two-dimensional sake experience: hot or cold, served with sushi, and, yeah, that’s pretty much it.
Like wine, sake presents a different personality at different temperatures, allowing for distinctions between chilled, room temperature, and warm sake. The warm variety has been enjoyed by nobles since the Heian era, and made its way to the Japanese everyman during the Edo (Genroku) period. Eventually it crossed to the ocean to the US, and on […]
If you attended college in the US, you probably found yourself hanging out at a cheap karaoke bar at some point, eating mock crab California rolls and pounding sake bombs. If you’ve never had a sake bomb, you can either consider yourself as having missed out or, alternatively, greatly privileged. Sake bombs, typically comprised of […]
Over the years, various religions have had booze hangups. While religions like Judaism place an emphasis on the importance of wine and other drugs, other religions are anti-alcohol. The same goes for sex and virginity: the two intertwined topics are long discussed and debated, with many traditional religions concluding the same thing – abstaining before […]