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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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Myth Busted: Sake Isn’t Wine

Myth Busted: Sake Isn’t Wine

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.

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Ever Wonder How Hot Sake Gets Heated? The Answer May Surprise You.

Ever Wonder How Hot Sake Gets Heated? The Answer May Surprise You.

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 […]

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Where The Hell The Sake Bomb Came From: A Lesson In Irony

Where The Hell The Sake Bomb Came From: A Lesson In Irony

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 […]

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Sake Used To Be Made With The Saliva Of Virgins

Sake Used To Be Made With The Saliva Of Virgins

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 […]

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