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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sake to me.

With the popularity of sushi and Japanese food, the well-educated gourmet needs to know a little more about sake, the Japanese rice wine. The local Japan America Society is offering an opportunity to try a nice variety of rare and premium sakes imported from Japan. Their special qualities are being highlighted with food pairings from some of the best area restaurants—Beluga, Cumin, Daveed’s, Honey, Orchids and Slims. For instance, Orchids is matching a Bishounen/Wakatake onikoroshi with slow cooked tuna loin and pickled vegetables and spicy port dumplings with red pepper glaze. Proceeds benefit the Society’s Greater Cincinnati Cherry Blossom Planting. $75 per person/ $140 per couple (mention you read it in the Enquirer, they’ll give you a $5 discount.) 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, at Jungle Jim’s Oscar Event Center in Fairfield. For more information and to reserve, go to www.jasgc.org/saketasting.html


at 1:35 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Sake... yum. So, now I'm in the mood for sushi. Hmm... I know I have nori and cucumbers at home... Time to dust off the mats! Kappa maki - here I come! :)

at 9:00 AM Blogger Stepf said...

I love making vegetable sushi at home, too, Nicci. I'm keen on a Korean version called kimbap/gimbap. Kimbap shops are as ubiquitous as pizza joints here, and at 3,000 won (about $3) for 15-20 pieces, it's filling and cheap!
My favorite was the modum (everything) kimbap, which had vegetables (spinach, carrots, cucumber, pickled daikon radish and others) plus egg and faux crab, with tuna and kimchi, too. Oh, I love kimbap. It's time consuming, but it's worth it! Maybe I'll dust off the mats tonight and make a kimchi and veggie version.

at 4:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stepf, we get it: you used to live in Korea (we're impressed), and take every opportunity, however unr.elated, to remind us of this. All Polly did was mention sushi one time in this blurb, and you have to give us a lesson on a Korean dish.

It's worth noting that there will be very little sushi at this event this year, if any, as you might be surprised to see that fine sake goes with so many different types of foods.

at 7:39 AM Blogger Kel Klump said...

Even if it was unrelated in the post, the comments still mentioned it. I appreciate hearing about your travels and the food that everyone makes. If it were not for this, I wouldnt read the blog. Thanks! (sushi does sound good with the talk of sake)

at 1:36 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI, the Japanese don't eat sushi and drink sake together, at the same time, because both contain rice. Beer or tea are usually drunk, sake (or nihonshu), consumed before or after the meal.

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