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Spring sake for cherry blossom season

April 10, 2021

Spring sake for cherry blossom season

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

The Japanese cherry blossoms have arrived in D.C.—spring is here! And with spring comes the best type of picnic, the kind that’s meant for hanami, or flower viewing.

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Perfect pairings with plum sake

March 02, 2021

Perfect pairings with plum sake

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

You might believe the flowering trees to be cherry blossoms but it is actually the plum blossom that graces the landscape beginning in mid-February, giving new hope and life after a long winter. Although they might look alike, the plum blossom is very different from the popular sakura in petal count, colors and fragrance. 

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For a Happy Valentine, try chocolate with sake

January 30, 2021

For a Happy Valentine, try chocolate with sake

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Here we are, 2021! Although we’re still figuring out a lot, the new year brings a sense of relief and excitement that we might one day soon be able to reconnect and start anew.

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Celebrate the New Year with <i>taru</i> sake—Hidekazu Tanisawa and Choryo

January 06, 2021

Celebrate the New Year with taru sake—Hidekazu Tanisawa and Choryo

By Mitsue “Mimi” Islas-Hosokawa

You might have seen images of sake in barrels, but have you tried it before? Choryo Brewing Company’s signature Yoshinosugi no Taru Sake is a bottled taru sake (Japanese cedar barrel-aged sake) which can be casually enjoyed at any occasion.

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Cheesing out of 2020—how to build a charcuterie board

December 24, 2020

Cheesing out of 2020—how to build a charcuterie board

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Growing up, I had the impression that cheese and pepperoni slices were just common go-to snacks that parents would toss into their kids’ lunchboxes.

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Beat the heat: cold sake

September 28, 2020

Beat the heat: cold sake

By Bryan West

Although the days of summer are behind us and autumn is officially here, sometimes the thermometer would make you think otherwise.

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Fun & Safe Summer Bucket List

July 15, 2020

Fun & Safe Summer Bucket List

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

What’s on your summer bucket list? Here are ideas for fun things to do while practicing social distancing and keeping safe in the time of COVID-19.

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Finding your zen with sake

April 06, 2020

Finding your zen with sake

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

The weeks leading up to cherry blossom season in Washington, D.C., are packed with much anticipation and excitement.

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5 sake picks for a romantic date

January 31, 2020

5 sake picks for a romantic date

By Alice Hama

February is just around the corner! That means that Valentine's Day is approaching. If you are looking for a perfect gift for your loved ones, how about trying something unique this year? Here are my 5 picks for your special Valentine!

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Bringing Japan Home: IKEBANA

April 13, 2019

Bringing Japan Home: IKEBANA

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Even if you can't see the cherry blossoms, you can bring home a part of Japan through the wonderful art of Ikebana flower arrangements!

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Enchanting Sakura

April 06, 2019

Enchanting Sakura

By Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen

Every year, cherry blossoms (sakura) bring so much beauty and joy to locals and visitors alike. It is a source of inspiration for poetry, art, cuisine, and much more!

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