Author Archives: Kayoko


November 22, 2016

A Visit to Kitaya Brewery in Kyushu

by Kayoko

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As we celebrate Scorpios this month in Sake Gumi, our sake club selections are centered around yamahai and kimoto-style sakes.

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November 14, 2016

Cooking with Sushi Kuni: Dobinmushi

by Kayoko

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Autumn is my favorite season. I love the foliage, the chill in the air, the shift in sunlight.

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November 8, 2016

Sake Caliente Pop-Up at Azasu NYC

by Kayoko

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The sake scene in New York City is dynamic. When I lived there from 2002-2008, the sake trend was definitely in development, and as a worker-bee in Midtown Manhattan, I was fortunate enough to spend many a late-nights at Sakagura, one of NY’s famed sake bars and other Japanese watering holes in the area.

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October 25, 2016

Where to Get Japanese Breakfast: Cassava

by Kayoko

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I’ve heard a lot about Cassava in the last few years and finally made it over to the Avenues in Outer Richmond for the Japanese breakfast.

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October 19, 2016

Happy Hour: Aunt Judy’s Passion Fruit Cocktail

by Kayoko

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Around this time every year, Yoko’s aunt Judy starts bringing around bags of passion fruit for us.

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October 17, 2016

Yoko: Shochu Lover and Umami Mart’s Playmate of the Century

by Kayoko

Shochu is finally getting some big love Stateside, thanks to a well-written piece in Playboy about the Japanese spirit.

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October 5, 2016

Meet the Man Behind the Best Yakitori in Oakland

by Kayoko

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Recently, I got into a discussion about all the restaurants that have been popping up in the Bay Area.

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September 7, 2016

No Reservations and No-Frills Dining at STAND in Kyoto

by Kayoko

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Kyoto is a bit stuffy for my taste. Literally, it gets SO HOT in the summer, I can’t deal.

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August 30, 2016

Mikkeller Tasting Room Now Open in Oakland!

by Kayoko

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Oakland just got a little bit hipper (if that was at all possible) – we now have our very own Mikkeller bar!

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August 8, 2016

Happy Hour: The Western

by Kayoko

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It is really difficult to create cocktails using sake as a base. Sake tends to be subtle and the nuances are often lost when other spirits are combined into the drink.

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