True Love on World Sake Day

World-Sake-Day
My interest in saké  blossomed at Umi Sake House where a date indulged me in my first ever sake flight. Two years and plenty of saké later, I’m excited to experience this iconic beverage on vacation in Tokyo with the same date who is now my fiancé. But before all that, I invite you to join me in raising an ochoko to National Saké Day. If you’ve never tried it, or only tried it once—I promise a true love is just a flight away. Kanpai! Saké 101 Saké is often referred to as Japanese rice wine and is made with only four all-natural ingredients: rice, water, yeast, and koji. The process starts when the rice gets polished to remove the bran so that it can be soaked and steamed. The more rice grain that gets polished away, the smoother the saké. After steaming,...
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Drink like you’re in New Orleans

Drink like you’re in New Orleans
Experiencing an authentic New Orleans Mardi Gras is a spectacle unlike anything else—a true lesson in all-out revelry that spans weeks—not just a single day. Far from the tourist flooded streets of Bourbon, Mardi Gras season means neighborhoods are lined with families, new friends and old, tailgating evening parades while dressed in purple, green, and gold… and undoubtedly boozing hard. Think you can booze like a New Orleanian on February 27th? Show Seattle how it’s done by indulging in the true spirit of Mardi Gras with one (or five) of these historic New Orleans cocktails. Sazerac According to lore, the Haitian born New Orleans transplant, Antoine Amédée Peychaud, set up his own drugstore in the early 19th century slangin’ the cognac Sazerac de Forge et Fils and Peychaud’s bitters to his ailing customers. The concoction was later popularized at the...
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Wish You Were Beer: Seattle’s Unofficial Guide For National Beer Day

Wish You Were Beer: Seattle’s Unofficial Guide For National Beer Day
A monumental day braided into the detailed fabric of Seattle’s cultural history has finally arrived: National Beer Day. On this glorious day, craft brewers will brew smaller batches, Mariners fan’s will drain savings accounts to afford just one more $9 Bud Light, and the masses will storm Mount Rainer to paint a giant red ‘R’ on the Seattle-facing mountain side. The average American drinks 23 gallons of beer a year – but the average Seattleite... 50 at least. Will you celebrate with a pilsner or an IPA? At a bar or in your living room? The possibilities for all of us to show our support and dedication are endless. New Brews Optimism Brewing Last winter, Optimism opened its doors showcasing 16,000 square feet of craft beer-drinking heaven on Capitol Hill. The large community space is intended to be enjoyed with...
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