Saké-Tasting Potluck

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“Saké and Sashimi” Austin, 2022

Mariko and I went to our friends’ house for a saké-tasting and potluck party. It was fun and the food was delicious!

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“Potluck” Austin, 2022

Most of the conversation was in Japanese, and I am finding that I can understand more and more lately (yay for Duolingo!). I’d say I understand maybe 40%. I’m getting there slowly!

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“Potluck” Austin, 2022

I hope you had a great day! またね〜

Anime and Saké

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“Love Live Sunshine!” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Next week I am going to see the movie Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow so I need to catch up with the tv series. I don’t know if I will be able to binge watch all of the episodes, but I’ll at least be able to get familiar with the characters so I am not totally lost at the movie!

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“Saké” Cedar Park, 2019

And while I watch, I might as well enjoy a glass of saké, right? Ah, the good life! 😆🍶


Have a Drink

"Osake" Cedar Park, 2018
“Osake” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。It’s Friday! So why not have a drink to celebrate the arrival of the weekend?

At the moment, we have a couple houseguests staying with us for a few days, and they bought over a bottle of some delicious saké. 🍶 My tastebuds are not so fine-tuned as to detect the subtle differences in most saké but I know what I like, and I really like this one. 😆

As far as drinking goes, I usually have a drink every day, most commonly a glass of wine before dinner, or a beer with dinner. But on the weekends, a little more is okay! But I can’t remember the last time I had too much to drink! I guess getting older means the sleepy feeling overwhelms the party feeling more and more. 😀

I hope you had a nice week!


Saké Tasting and Rating

"Rating the Saké" Austin, 2018
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“Rating the Saké” Austin, 2018


Tonight Mariko, Kumiko, Matt, and I attended a “blind” saké tasting at the Texas Saké Company. The folks from Yummysake were visiting from Japan for SXSW, where they had a booth at the tradeshow, and then they held a few tastings in the evening. It was a lot of fun!

Basically, we tasted 10 different saké, and rated each one. Depending on the ratings, the Yummysake app would give you a taste profile. The idea is that you can go to restaurants who use the profile system, and they can serve you the saké that most suits your palette. I’m not sure how useful it will be unless a lot of restaurants participate, but it was interesting to try it and get assigned a profile.

"Saké Profile" Austin, 2018
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“Saké Profile” Austin, 2018

Honestly, I don’t know what each profile means, but Matt and I were both “Shara-shara”, and Mariko and Kumiko were also paired up, although I don’t remember which profile they were.

It was a fun evening, and after the tasting, we enjoyed another glass of saké and chatted with the Yummysaké rep. Good times!

"Relaxing" Austin, 2018
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“Relaxing” Austin, 2018

I hope you had a nice Wednesday!


Tasty Treats

"Carnitas Taco Dinner" Cedar Park, 2017
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“Carnitas Taco Dinner” Cedar Park, 2017

こんばんは。Tonight I present to you two photos of some tasty treats. The first is of our dinner of carnitas tacos. One of my sons requested it, and I provided my recipe to my wife who prepared it. I ate maybe 4 tacos and was stuffed! When we eat out at Mexican restaurants, I often get carnitas and offer some to my kids. But they never really like it until lately. Now they love carnitas! 😀

Later in the evening, we met some friends at Texas Saké Company and enjoyed a saké tasting and tour of the brewery. It was a lot of fun, and educational too! If you are in Austin, stop by for a drink! 🍶

"Sake Flight" Austin, 2017
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“Sake Flight” Austin, 2017