Monday, April 9, 2012

Adventures in {SAKE}.

Four months ago, my sister-in-law, Margaux, and I were in Tokyo, visiting cat cafes and trying our darnedest to look like Harajuku girls - starting with our fingernails. This past week, in New York City, we decided to continue our Japan-themed adventures and enroll in a sake class at the Brooklyn Kitchen, a culinary shop and classroom space located in Williamsburg (once again, Course Horse made this process simple as can be).


It's a beautiful space. And look at all of the great classes they offer the rest of the month - I'm especially tempted by this one


Our instructor, Henry Sidel, formerly of Brooklyn Brewery and now the president of Joto Sake, guided us through the fundamentals of sake brewing, tasting, and pairing. I'd always assumed sake was meant to be served only with Japanese food. Apparently, I was wrong. Kimchi, whitefish, chorizo, cheese - the possibilities are seemingly endless (and endlessly delicious).


Over the course of two hours, we sampled nine different kinds of sake. Yes, nine. (Note the rosy cheeks.) My favorite? The Maboroshi Kurobako. At $200 per bottle, it was also the most expensive of the lot.


In the end, all that strenuous sipping paid off. The following night, at dinner with our family, we took the liberty of ordering a bottle of sake for the table. The verdict? Unanimous approval. Star students, if I do say so myself. 


A big thank you to the Brooklyn KitchenJoto Sake, and Course Horse. More from my adventure series, here

See you tomorrow!

19 comments:

RaquelDoesLife said...

Mmm, sake...I wish there was a Course Horse for Los Angeles! Loving this adventure series so far =]

Lisa said...

Oh, this makes me want to live in NYC! What a beautiful post! I know I've told you this before, but I LOVE your adventure series. And I'm going to have to find some sake this week!

la vie quotidienne said...

Great!! I'm totally fan of Japanese food!
Looks so interesant und delicious!
The space is so cool!!

xoxo from M√ľnchen
La Vie Quotidienne
www.laviequo.com

ROXY MARJ said...

What a neat space! I don't drink, so I would have totally been useless in that class...BUT STILL, how fun to learn! I got my husband the sodastream [it carbonates water for you without a plug!!] for our 1 year anniversary just recently and that has been quite the hit with family & friends! :-[) I think everyone is just fascinated to watch us make soda from water in less than 20 seconds. Literally.

p.s. those snow monkeys are HILARIOUS!!!!!

Amy Turman said...

This looks like so much fun. I have a new acquired taste for sake (I used to have to "chase" it with something else).

xoxo,
mon amy

megan said...

how fun! i don't have any strong feelings about sake, but this makes me want to order some next time i'm out to dinner.

Melissa said...

So fun! I know nothing about sake. It would be so interesting to dispel some of the mystery. I hope you had a great time!

Roxy Te said...

Really love this adventure series! True story: My mr. can house an entire baguette in one sitting and I can take down an entire bottle of sake. It's time we start enrolling so we can pass off our tendency to over indulge as something a bit more intellectual. haha

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

I don't drink, but all the foods that can be served with sake sound great hee hee.. beautiful pictures!

Panda Head said...

ahh! how fun!! and INTERESTING - sake is an entirely unknown entity in my house (but this made it seem a little more accessible?). also, please register my vote for you taking that baguette course...

max said...

what a wonderful and unique adventure. cheers!

Shoko said...

Roxy Marj, I LOVE the Soda Stream. I have a good friend who has one - I've always been jealous!

Megan, Melissa, Panda Head - you should totally try it out sometime. I knew nothing about it, either (even after having traveled to Japan multiple times) - but now I'm a full-fledged fan!

Roxy, haha, perfect! You guys were MADE for the Brooklyn Kitchen :)

Bikbik, yes, the food was delicious - totally rounded out the whole experience!

Jennifer Young said...

I think I need to go out with you ladies! You have the best of times!
j.

rebecca said...

love this little series you got going on... a sake class?! too cool. I know nada about sake.

Lauren Knight said...

If you can believe it, I've never tried sake! But this makes me want to.

Also, you two are just soooo pretty!

Shoko said...

Thank you, Lauren, you are so sweet! Definitely give sake a try. I was a little hesitant at first, but I love it now!

Quindome said...

Ohh! Sake intimidates me, so this is a mega cool class. Do you think you'll drink it more regularly now? And I must say, your SIL Margaux has the BEST bangs. That was random, but true :)

Shoko said...

Quindome, it IS true! She has the best hair in general. And to answer your question, yes, I'll definitely order it more regularly now - I'm excited to keep trying different kinds and to learn as much as I can about it!

Poppy said...

yum.

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