Shochu


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 18, 2016

Eat + Drink Here Now: Nomica

by Patrick
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All photos by Patrick Lu

Nomica is a new restaurant in San Francisco that offers a modern take on Japanese food and drinks.

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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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July 18, 2016

Japanify: Shochu Root Beer Float

by yoko

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I’ve combined all of my loves into one recipe. It’s the Shochu Root Beer Float!

I know that whisky is often used to spike root bear floats so I chose a shochu that has qualities of whisky.

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July 2, 2015

Happy Hour: Kumquat Liqueur

by Kayoko

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My partner Johnny’s mom has an ultra green thumb. Whenever I see her, she showers me with ripe fruits and vegetables from her bountiful garden.

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January 7, 2015

I Know What You Did in Paradise

by yoko

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Four friends find themselves in a secluded VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) on the North Shore of Oahu.

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September 25, 2014

Event Recap: Shochu 101, From Kagoshima to California

by yoko

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Alchemy Bottle Shop opened this year in March on Grand Avenue in Oakland. Owners Tova and Peter’s selection is second-to-none, featuring everything from single malts (including a great selection from Japan) to hard-to-find amaros.

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July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Intro to Shochu

by Chris Cabrera

We just completed our fourth shochu talk and tasting, this time at Alchemy Bottle Shop in Oakland.



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March 26, 2014

Upcoming Event: Umami Mart SF Launch Party

by Kayoko

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The Bay Area has been so good to us. First, we opened our flagship store in Oakland in 2012 — to our surprise, people were into our Japanese kitchen and barware shop!

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February 19, 2014

Postcard from Tokyo

by Kayoko

We made it! After a restless 16 hours of travel — I read this month’s New Yorker (excellent expose on Amazon and its monopoly on the publishing industry) and Vanity Fair (The Hollywood Issue!

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