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Kakigori Recommendations in Tokyo?

across cat street? The Yelo I know is in Roppongi. Still has a line often, but maybe not as bad as Harajuku?

Aug 22, 2015
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Kakigori Recommendations in Tokyo?

My favorite place is Yelo

http://yelo.jp/

I like the little shop, I love the flavors (mango lassi is my usual) and the owner and staff our really lovely folks. It's tiny and there is often a big queue, but sometimes I walk by and there's no line at all. That's when I usually pop in.

Aug 12, 2015
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Luxardo Maraschino instead of a cherry in a Manhattan?

No, it wouldn't be a good substitute. Plus, at 2-3 drops you'd still not work your way through that bottle any time soon.

I love a Martinez and the other one I make not infrequently is the Papa Doble. Give those a try. I especially recommend the Martinez!

Jul 12, 2015
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Japanese Whiskey Shops: Tokyo or Kyoto

You can also get stuff here that's not Japanese but not available in the US. I find fun omiyage like: Amer Picon, Havana Club rum, Elixir Vegetal.

If you search on this forum you'll see shochu discussed. I don't know anything about it, but there are lots of good discussions on here about the different types from different places. Did you decide to go to Gen Yamamoto? You can also ask there. He uses all sorts of interesting stuff and can probably send you to a good place to buy some of it.

Jun 01, 2015
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Perfect Cocktail Glass

Zin already linked to the one I posted way back. I have about 18 of these now and have also given them as gifts. They are a nice size, pretty and work for a variety of cocktails. They are my favorites.

Jun 01, 2015
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Roysen

Oh, that's sad. I suspect he didn't get to take his trip or he would have reported or at least asked some more questions. I hope his passing was peaceful.

May 15, 2015
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Japan in June

I really like Gen Yamamoto and it is very local for me so we go often. Reservations are a must. The owner is lovely, soft-spoken, speaks excellent English (though I know that's not an issue for your trip). The drinks are very ingredient-focused as you say, so nothing like any versions of known cocktails. He mixes fruits and vegetables with usually local alcohols. You do a tasting menu of them. They are small and not high in alcohol. The drinks and the place are gorgeous.

I also like Mixology in Akasaka (and they have some food, too) and I'm sure his other places are also nice.

May 12, 2015
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What to bring back from Japan

Though not Japanese, I often bring back things you can't get in the US:

-Elixir Végétal de la Grande-Chartreuse

-Havana Club rum

-Amer Picon

Of course the many Japanese whiskeys and liquors previously suggested make great choices, too. I live here so I've had to broaden my take on omiyage! The things above are so easy to get and inexpensive.

Apr 15, 2015
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Desperately seeking Hibiki 17-year-old in bottle decorated with cranes and wisteria (available May 2013 in Narita duty free)

You could ask on the Tokyo board if someone knows a shop that might specialize in these limited edition bottles and someone might be able to look for you here.

Mar 24, 2015
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Restaurant with private room around Akasaka?

I just remembered I had a business lunch last month in a private room at Hibiki which isn't too far away. I will say that the private room we were in was totally private, but a bit...no a lot... uninspiring, decor-wise.

Feb 24, 2015
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Restaurant with private room around Akasaka?

Maybe this doesn't fit your needs, but Mixology has 2 private areas behind the bar. They are such nice folks and they do have a food menu. I haven't tried it, but I remember there being many grazing-type options. No wine, though. Matching some cocktails could be fun.

Feb 24, 2015
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Tokyo restaurant to celebrate my husband's birthday ( with my 3 year old)?

Some nicer places do, like hotel restaurants. But it is not uncommon to enter even mid-range places and be told a firm no if you have a child with you.

What kind of food are you hoping for? Instead of looking for an upscale restaurant like ones you'd go to just with your husband, maybe think about doing something really tasty but more casual.

For instance, I love my local pizzeria here (not that I'm suggesting it for birthday dinner) and it was recently awarded a Michelin star. So you might think more along the lines of going somewhere where the food is great but not necessarily fine dining.

Feb 13, 2015
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Aperol Spritz

That all makes abundant sense. Thanks!

Nov 13, 2014
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Aperol Spritz

I was poking around the board looking for Thanksgiving cocktail inspiration. In one discussion, I found this link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/reci...

My question is, why add the club soda? It seems you have the fizz with the prosecco, so doesn't the soda just dilute things? It's not like the other two ingredients are so powerful they could use some dilution.

I've seen the "splash of club soda" other places and wondered the same thing, so I thought this time I'd ask!

Nov 13, 2014
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World's best whisky (from Japan)

Y'all just jealous. This is Japan. Even our cesium has a Michelin star.

Nov 07, 2014
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Wild Sint Maarten Guavaberry Island Folk Liqueur - can it be palatable?

My husband was given a bottle of this as well. We haven't been brave enough to open and taste it. I'll take your word for it. Now, what to do with it....

Nov 07, 2014
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Whiskies for Fall

Good to note. I cannot say I've had the Black either. I have it on hand for cocktails, so I'll check it out before trying the Platinum.

Oct 29, 2014
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White Smoke Texas smokehouse - anyone been?

Okay, I should have read the whole facebook page before my first reply. They sell the meats at Costco and National but they seem to still be planning to re-open a restaurant.

The facebook page tells the whole story of the fire and the closing. I wish them success!

Oct 20, 2014
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White Smoke Texas smokehouse - anyone been?

I guess so. I think he might still be selling meat to/at Costco, or at least was according to the facebook page.

It's a shame. I miss the sides and cocktails. I grew very fond of the slaw, one of the green salads and the potato salad. And they had a small but really excellent cocktail list and the drinks were consistently well-executed. And Craig was very nice.

ETA: it says the meats went on sale at National Azabu as of yesterday.

Oct 20, 2014
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A Tiny Cocktail Trend In America?

These are currently back on Amazon for 39.96 (though not Prime eligible). I highly recommend them. The are simple and elegant and a really nice size and shape.

Oct 19, 2014
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Whiskies for Fall

Is it any good? Should I open it or pass it on?

Oct 09, 2014
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The craft cocktail craze has jumped the shark

Could I ask you what Genepi des Alpes is? I see it at my local liqueur shop, but I've never seen it mentioned anywhere else before. What is the taste?

Oct 09, 2014
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The craft cocktail craze has jumped the shark

I have to agree with other posters that this article doesn't say what the title of your post says at all. Like at all. It isn't talking about the "craft cocktail craze"; it's talking about restaurants with cocktail programs that are trying to follow the craft cocktail movement and are failing.

If it says anything about craft cocktails it says that at craft cocktail bars it is going very well, indeed, and, furthermore, that several restaurants also do well at offering such drinks (he mentions at least three). But many don't. He offers reasonable critique and suggests ways that the cocktail lists could be improved at the restaurants that aren't getting it.

None of that comments at all on the "craft cocktail craze" and it's shark-jumping status.

Oct 09, 2014
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Whiskies for Fall

Someone came to a party and brought me a bottle Johnnie Walker Platinum. Platinum? Never heard of it before. Perhaps I'll follow your lead and open it up and give it a go.

I know very little about whiskies, unfortunately, so I'm not much help with your original post. I will say that most of my experience is with Japanese whiskies and the few I've tasted have been quite good. The Hakushu Sherry Cask single malt was my favorite so far.

Oct 08, 2014
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The Vesper Cocktail

Since it's still pretty warm here in Tokyo, I'm drinking this right now!

Oct 08, 2014
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What's with all the lining up for hours for miserable, crappy food?

I'm so intrigued. I tried it once from the Chicago airport, but I must have missed what makes it so amazing. Maybe I just don't remember. What is the Chicago mix and why is it so great? Maybe I have to jump in the line some morning!

Oct 07, 2014
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What's with all the lining up for hours for miserable, crappy food?

I walk through Omotesando every weekday morning. When it first opened the Magnolia line was epic. They even had the young ladies with their Magnolia signs on sticks to show the Magnolia waiters which line to join. As a transplant New Yorker I wanted to yell, "Good people of Tokyo, don't wait in line. The cupcakes suck!" Sure enough, after the first 2 weeks the line was gone. That was fast! But they are so bad, I'm glad to see people weren't fooled for long.

The Garrett's line and the other popcorn shop (KuKuRuZa or something like that) and Max Brenner still remain. And, of course, Flying Tiger. But from my observations, Garrett's is the winner. Always there regardless of weather and always pretty long.

Oct 02, 2014
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A Tiny Cocktail Trend In America?

I do have some $60+ a glass wine glasses. But those are crystal and blown and were wedding gifts. The ones I posted above are such a nice shape and size. They don't look as mass-produced as most regular stemware. I heart them. I'm sad if they are no longer available (or only available "1 used" for that price!).

Oct 02, 2014
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A Tiny Cocktail Trend In America?

And I'm quite happy with $6-7 a glass for a nice glass!

Sep 30, 2014
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A Tiny Cocktail Trend In America?

Just for you, I went back through my orders. I paid 39.96 for each set of six. Last order was this May. I'm not sure what that price is now, esp. as it says "1 used" but I've given these as gifts a couple times as well and they were always about $40/6. I see in the order my seller was Tabletop Style and I don't see it listed any longer.

"Set of 6 Nick & Nora Classic Cocktail Glasses
1 of: Set of 6 Nick & Nora Classic Cocktail Glasses
Sold by: TabletopStyle (seller profile)

Condition: New
$39.96"

The point was, those are the glasses in which my small drinks fit nicely.

Sep 30, 2014
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