Tag: Sake

Tasting 1869 Calvados at Bar Calvador

Wandering Traveler: Drinking in Kyoto

Where Tokyo is expanse, towers, lights and endless depth, Kyoto is the stillness of gardens and temples, bearing a silence unlike anywhere else. It manifests the charm of an ancient village, shockingly intact, yet with the range of a mid-size city (my coverage on Kyoto dining, coffee and food here). While the Kyoto cocktail scene is tiny compared to the… Read more →

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SAKÉ in the WILLAMETTE VALLEY

In the heart of the Willamette Valley, Oregon’s most lauded wine region, I found myself surrounded by vineyards, rolling hills, farmland… reminding me not a little of home in Northern California. I also found myself immersed in… saké? Yes, my Springtime jaunt not only caught rare, blissful, sunny days breaking out amid a sea of rain, but an education on… Read more →

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Views from the new Luna Blu in Tiburon

Sushi, Sake, Burgers & French Food in Sausalito, Italian with a View in Tiburon

Suburbs, nature, charming main streets… family-heavy Marin has always had a few culinary gems. But a spare few of them though sandwiched between one of the great food cities of the world and the gustatory pleasures of Napa and Sonoma. Bakeries like Beth’s Community Kitchen in Mill Valley are reminiscent of San Francisco bakeries (what is now standard Bay Area),… Read more →

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Genki: togarashi-spiced mezcal & tequila

Ringing in 2013 with Cocktail & Food Pairings + Blowfish Fin Sake

A celebratory or comforting drink is just what we crave at this time of year. With an excellent bite? Even better. Here’s a few of the most noteworthy drinks, winter cocktail menus and dishes in SF as 2012 passes into 2013. AME, SoMa (689 Mission St. at 3rd St. in the St. Regis Hotel, 415-284-4040) It’s not a cocktail, and… Read more →

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New Year Sips: Bitters, Sake, Wine, Whisky, Sangria & Indy Spirits Fest

Ringing in the new year is all about celebratory imbibing, but the sometimes dreary days of January likewise call for a cheering pour. It’s a month of planning towards a new year, reaching out for fresh horizons… good reasons to have something quality in the glass, whatever the category. Here are a few worthy bottles, from sake, wine, whisky, even… Read more →

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Spring Sips: Cocktails, Whiskey, Wine & Sake

I sample dozens of spirits, wines, beers and beyond in any given month. If there are tasting events (and there are), then multiply that a few times. I am working on perfecting spitting… and, yes, some tastes rise above others. Here, I share three (or less) sips in varying categories that rose above others: COCKTAILS ALEMBIC, –  Alembic‘s Georgia Mud… Read more →

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Notable Cocktails, Spirits, Wine, Beer & Sake in Winter 2010

Here’s two brand new openings I’d recommend for sipping a glass of vino: • Brave 6th Street and duck into Passion Cafe, a spacious French bistro with rooftop garden and multi-room space so cool, it’s a pleasure to linger over a glass. • I’ve been a big fan of Kitchenette’s fabulous food since they opened… so it’s an easy win… Read more →

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Scott Baird's Gulf Stream Express at mixology competition

Fall Sips: Cider, Sake, Tea & Cocktails

COCKTAILS •  At 7×7’s Mixology Madness final competition for Best Neighborhood Bartender on 9/8 at RN74, Scott Baird of 15 Romolo, created the drink of the night, Gulf Stream Express… and rightly won. Though required to use sponsor, Skyy Vodka (their Infusions Pineapple, in this case), Scott wisely added Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon and a splash of Racer 5 IPA,… Read more →

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