September 14, 2015

Furochan Eats: Taco Rice GIF!

by Furo-chan


Taco rice is the culinary lovechild of Tex-Mex, Okinawan and Japanese flavours — a dish that’s popular all over Japan these days.

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August 27, 2015

Upcoming Event: Single Origin Tasting with Horiguchi Coffee

by Sarah

Back by popular demand, we’ll be hosting our second free tasting with Tokyo-based Horiguchi Coffee!

Join us this Saturday at Umami Mart from 11:30 a.m.

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April 2, 2015

Akio Watanabe of Bar EST! (Tokyo)

by Kayoko


Looking back on our trip to Japan in February, the most memorable cocktail was at Bar EST!.

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March 16, 2015

A Visit to Niigata Beer Co.

by Kayoko


Our Japan trip last month was a jam-packed, 5-city tour with barware factory tours, sake brewery pit-stops and a visit to a craft brewery!

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February 23, 2015

Postcard from Japan: Kissaten Life

by Kayoko


We are really enjoying the kissaten (cafe) lifestyle here in Japan and we have visited several in Tokyo and Fukushima during our travels.

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October 30, 2014

Upcoming Event: Baird Tap Takeover + Takoyaki Party @ The Trappist

by Kayoko

We are beyond excited to announce yet another collaboration event with our neighbor The Trappist. Baird Beer, a brewery from Numazu, Japan will be visiting for one night only, taking over 10 taps at the Trappist!

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September 8, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Menya Musashi (Shinjuku)

by Will VanderWyden


Menya Musashi’s namesake is one Miyamoto Musashi, regarded as one of Japan’s greatest swordsmen and creator of the two-handed swordfighting technique niten-ryu, which translates to “Tarantino Wet Dream.” According to legend he never lost a duel in over 50 years as a wandering warrior — which I am inclined to believe since back then you could embellish a dragon killing into a story at will.

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August 18, 2014

BARTENDER (バーテンダー)

by Kayoko

Meet Ryu Sasakura, a dashingly handsome, deeply empathetic, incredibly talented bartender, back in Tokyo after a short stint in Paris.

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July 21, 2014

A Visit to Heuga Bar in Gifu City

by Kayoko


Yoko and I first met bartender Tomokazu Kai in 2010, when we helped present an event with Suntory Whisky called the Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon.

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July 7, 2014

Ukai: Cormorant Fishing in Gifu

by Kayoko


Yoko and I were lucky enough to be invited to Gifu prefecture in central Japan to visit specific cities that are known for producing knives, ceramics and wood products, and tour their factories.

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