I attended a sake tasting and dinner organized by JETAANY on Monday night at Bao Noodles.Â Â Chris Johnson, JET-alum, sommelier, and owner of Bao Noodles, presented a tasting of his restaurant’s Vietnamese specialties paired with Momokawa and Murai Family sake.Â Chris is extremely knowledgeable about sake; he explained the different kinds of sake and how sake was made.
It was the first time I had sake with Vietnamese food, or sake with non-Japanese food for that matter.Â It turned out to be a very educational experience.Â It may sound strange, but it just works.Â Sake is indeed a very versatile beverage.Â My favorite pairing was the dessert: coconut and pandan panna cotta with nigori (unfiltered) sake.Â The combination of the coconut, pandan and sake became an explosion of tropical aromas in my mouth.Â Yum!
Needless to say, I wholeheartedly recommend Bao Noodles, so go check it out.
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More photos on Flickr
Thanks to Monica, JETAANY Social Chair, for the organizing the event and for taking photos!
I was the panel moderator for the 2007 JETAANY Career Forum at the Nippon Club on Saturday, October 27 and an MC for the Welcome Back Reception later that evening.
I recorded the Career Forum presentations and panel discussion.Â Visit JETAANY.org to read more and to download the MP3s.
Above: Me and Takae from the Japan National Tourist Organization in NY
Last Friday, I joined members of JETAANY and the new 2007 JET Programme participants departing from New York City for a reception at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence, a Louis XV-style townhouse (with elements of japonisme, of course) in the tony Upper East Side. I felt like Marie-Antoinette at Versailles as I munched on Beard Papa cream puffs.
Good luck in Japan to all the departing JET participants. Gambatte ne!
Above: Me and Monica, Social chair of JETAANY.
See all of my photos of the event on Flickr. And Carol’s photos here.