Taste with the Toji- an online, lockdown, sake experience like no other…

My friend Simone, the Sake Mistress, is a clever and creative being. She was on a trajectory when COVID-19 hit and we were on our way to sip much sake and tour breweries together when international travel was pulled from current reality. She is a sake educator, but also has a hospitality background, and hosts … Continue reading Taste with the Toji- an online, lockdown, sake experience like no other…

Sake Qualified

WSET Level 3 Award in Sake lapel pin

Back in May I wrote a blog about Super Sake Boy and I taking the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake course and examination. You can read the blog here. At the time we knew we would have to wait eight to ten weeks to receive our results. It occurred to me when I re-read … Continue reading Sake Qualified

Fujioka Shuzo, The Secret is Out

Do you ever have one of those moments when you are travelling, when you stumble upon something truly special. Something that is not in the guide books. A place that captures the town or city that you are exploring. You get almost giddy with excitement. It's like you've captured a Pulitzer Prize winning photo, or … Continue reading Fujioka Shuzo, The Secret is Out

Super Sake Boy’s Vending Machine Surprise

A quick little sake extra note... While on Miyajima on Monday we came across a pretty traditional little Japanese eatery. Super Sake Boy let out a small squeal of delight and informed me they had sake vending machines. I was a little confused because there are sake vending machines everywhere in Japan. You can buy … Continue reading Super Sake Boy’s Vending Machine Surprise

Super Sake Matsuri

A couple of weekends ago, Super Sake Boy and I spent the day pouring sake for sake enthusiasts at the second Melbourne Sake Matsuri. A festival organised by Revel, in a very funky space in Collingwood, Sake Matsuri offers people the opportunity to try over 90 different sakes in one place, with the added benefit … Continue reading Super Sake Matsuri

Super Sake Boy and Nihonshu Girl get serious about Sake…

Super Sake Boy and I started drinking sake together almost precisely two years ago. We had very limited experience before coming together and our journey from sake novices to sake enthusiasts has been a fun and educational one. Our two trips to Japan since becoming sake literate have definitely been enhanced by our burgeoning love … Continue reading Super Sake Boy and Nihonshu Girl get serious about Sake…

The Continuing Adventures of Super Sake Boy and Nihonshu Girl

For those that have been following my story, you will be aware that, Super Sake Boy and I embarked on a wonderful adventure, delving into the joys and mystery of Japanese sake, around 2 years ago. Neither of us had ever really had more than a few experiences with sake, most of which were not … Continue reading The Continuing Adventures of Super Sake Boy and Nihonshu Girl

Super Sake Boy’s Super Sous-Vide Sake Experiment

Sake tanpo in a sous-vide warming, with a very happy nihonshu fan standing behind it

Last Saturday night was cold and miserable in the hills where I live. Wet and really the first cold night of the year. We had decided to stay in for the night and had refrigerated our mandatory flask of sake for the night. During the day we had managed to acquire a 1.8 litre bottle … Continue reading Super Sake Boy’s Super Sous-Vide Sake Experiment

Looking for the Master

As a follower of Japanese culture, if you have never seen Midnight Diner on Netflix, you need to stop reading this blog for a moment and queue it up. It is one of Nihonshu Girl’s and my favourite television shows - ever. It is set in a diner in the backstreets of Shinjuku which opens … Continue reading Looking for the Master

Sake Matsuri…..Seriously Super Sake Fun

Front cover of booklet from Sake Matsuri in Melbourne

So, Super Sake Boy was put in charge of writing this blog, but he has been dragging his feet and this event was too awesome not to write about. So, I, Nihonshu Girl, aka Blossomkitty, will attempt to do this event justice. My memory is somewhat faded and perhaps slightly hampered by the fifty-ish sakes … Continue reading Sake Matsuri…..Seriously Super Sake Fun