Posts Tagged ‘Yaegaki Sake’

Lovin’ That Sake

August 31, 2013

Yesterday was a great day.

Yesterday was pay day.

Yesterday, Kara and I got our Sushi on at CreAsian in Morgan Hill.

Normally, when we go out to sushi, I just get myself some beer or some hot sake.  You’ve seen me bring my own wine out to sushi here and here.

But…

Yesterday I was feeling luxurious!

At least… a little more luxurious than normal.

Peep this cold sake I ordered up…

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Yaegaki Filtered Sake

Like most sakes that you order up in the U.S., this rice wine was made in America.  Now, while some of us may be bummed to find that our sake isn’t Japanese, you should be happy to know that this particular sake was made by Kushibiki Reiko… The first female sake master in these United States.  This split of sake cost me eight bucks.

Color: Not much color at all.  Pretty clear.

Nose: The nose on this sake is more floral than anything else.  There’s tons of lavender here, but it is quite fruity.  Think dried apricot and a bit of plums.

Taste: This wine is very viscous and oily on the palate.  Again… it’s very fruity.  More of those plums, along with a bit of juicy fruit gum.  At its core, the sake is earthy and hearty, with just a touch of white flowers.

This is some good, crisp, lively, and exciting sake.

Now, let’s get to the food…

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Sashimi Salad

I’ve always been a fan of sashimi.  Just give me some raw slices of fish, and I’m good to go.

But…

Sometimes, I want to eat a little bit more than what is offered up on a traditional sashimi plate.

This is where the sashimi salad comes in!

This thing has just as much, if not more, tuna than the normal sashimi plate, plus a ton of lettuce, seaweed, and rice.  Add the fact that they give you a huge squeeze bottle of sriracha to go with it, and you’ve got a fantastic bowl of Japanese comfort food.

Man!

I was lovin’ that sashimi salad…

Almost as much as I was lovin’ that sake.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

When was the last time you had some sake?  Leave us a comment, and tell us about it.

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Sake it to me! The happiest birthday.

October 26, 2011

Today is my birthday.

Today, I turn 33 years old.

Remember how awesome birthdays were when you were a kid?

Do you really remember the feeling?

Do you remember thinking your birthday was a holiday?

Do you remember thinking that there were no rules that applied to you?

I do.

The older I get (and I know you feel the same way), the less important I know my birthday is in the grand scheme of things.  I don’t really bother to set up birthday parties for myself anymore.  I don’t really care to plant the seed in people’s minds when my birthday comes near.

If you know it’s my birthday, and you wish me a happy one… cool.

If you had no clue, and you treated me the way you always do… cool too.

At the end of this day… my birthday… I’m still the same person I was yesterday (and will be tomorrow).

So…

There is a neat little side effect of the explosion of social media.

Everyone knows when it’s your birthday.  Everyone.

I was very stoked by how many people took time out of their day to send me well wishes on my Facebook wall today.  It took each of them a matter of seconds, but it made my day.  So to all my friends who I have not yet thanked directly, you will be hearing from me soon.  I love you all.

As a birthday treat, Kara took me over to my favorite sushi restaurant (CreAsian).  Here are a few highlights from tonight…

Hot miso soup and cold Yaegaki Sake.

The Yaegaki Sake was served slightly chilled. The color was clear as the dickens. The wine was full-bodied with that caramel flavor that drives me bananas.

Kara and I shared some dope Sashimi Tacos. Sweet. Sour. Umami. Oh mommy!

As far as birthday meals go, this was the happiest.

If only I had something to eat for dessert…

Good thing I'm a teacher... I was hearing "Happy birthday Mr. Solomon!" all day long. Kool-Aid and Reese's make the perfect nighttime snack.

Stay Rad,

Jeff


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