Shochu Diet
Back on September 1st of last year i decided to start The Shochu Diet. As many scientists have done over the centuries, I used myself as my own laboratory. When doing experiments, scientists hold all conditions constant, changing only one at a time to see which has the desired effect. That's nearly impossible in a non-laboratory setting, but I did what I could. Read More...
My first izakaya
This story isn't going to be entirely true. “My first izakaya” was not my first izakaya. The trouble was the first time I went to an izakaya, in 2003, I didn't know I was in an izakaya. Several more years would pass before I realized what exactly this style of dining was – what it meant to me – and why it felt like something completely different. Read More...
Tombo
Tombo is the only honkaku (single distilled) shochu I know of that is not produced in Japan. It's also the only honkaku shochu, to my knowledge, made with North American barley. At $14.99 at my local liquor store no other honkaku shochu comes close to the price point. But don't let the nontraditional location or grain put you off. This is an authentic shochu. Read More...
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jiro Dreams of Sushi by David Gelb, released by Magnolia Pictures, is the kind of movie that comes along only once every few years. A gem so touching and so real that it sticks with you long after you've left the theater. It's the first movie I've seen on opening day since Kill Bill, Vol 1 in 2003. And that's saying something, because I love movies. Read More...
Yakitori Class
Learn to make yakitori from a master. Chef Atsushi Kono of Tori Shin will demonstrate the process of preparing and grilling yakitori (Japanese style grilled chicken skewers). In 2011 Tori Shin became just the 2nd yakitori restaurant in North America to earn a Read More...
Satsuma Shuzo
No, there's nothing wrong with your monitor or my camera's white balance. The bottle on the left, Satsuma Otome, is a lovely pink shade that looks as if heavier pink liquid has settled toward the bottom of the bottle. This light (20% ABV) sweet potato shochu is squarely targeted at the burgeoning female shochu drinkers market. It's a lovely bottle and unlike anything I've seen here in the states with gender-specific marketing of shochu. Read More...

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