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Joy of Sake Info & How-To Guide

July 18th, 2014
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Tonight, at the Hawaii Convention Center, the world's largest sake celebration outside Japan takes place, offering the opportunity to taste 370 premium labels in peak condition and eat ono kine grindz from 19 top restaurants from Hawaii and California! I think it's still not too late to purchase your Joy of Sake tickets for the event, so go getum!

Joy of Sake
Joy of Sake

The following is a guide for those who will be attending this year.

Joy of Sake how-to guide - (from Frolic Hawaii's Mari Taketa)

  1. Nobody gets through all 370 sake, so stop worrying about that. Thirty to 40 is a very good sampling.
  2. If you've never tried sake, start with a daiginjo A. It'll be floral, nuanced, gentle, a good intro.
  3. Check the card in front of each sake: It'll tell you if judges awarded it a gold or silver star in its category. No star doesn't mean it's bad. The overall level of sake entered in Joy of Sake judging is impressive and hard to match even in Japan, where the JOS tour ends this fall after a stop in New York next month.
  4. If you see a black star, that sake isn't available in the U.S. The card also tells you where it was made, in case you're interested in sake from a particular region.
  5. If you're a novice, don't worry about searching for the harmony of taste, aroma, body and texture the pros look for. Everyone will have a different personal favorite. Just sip to find what you like.

Crab Parfait with dashi gelee, soy milk mousse and crunchy green beans - from Kaiwa
Crab Parfait with dashi gelee, soy milk mousse and crunchy green beans - from Kaiwa

And here's the list of restaurants and their featured dishes for the night!

  • Banzai Sushi Bar - Seared Opah marinated in vinegar, dashi and soy sauce with lemon, garden vegetables and needle-cut chili peppers
  • BLT Steak - Torched Steak Tartare with rice crisp & horseradish
  • Buho Cocina y Cantina - Slow-cooked Pork Belly Tacos with pineapple pico and achiote aioli on homemade tortillas
  • Cakeworks - Plum Wine, Pikake & Green Tea Gelee
  • Chef Chai - Shrimp Salad with lemongrass mango dressing on a crispy wonton chip
  • Doraku - Dashimaki Tamago with minced scallop, shrimp, Kona kampachi and yamaimo mountain yam
  • Gokujo Sushi - Gokujo spicy ahi or California temaki sushi
  • Halekulani - Olive Oil-poached Cubed Salmon with horseradish and watercress salad
  • Hoku's (The Kahala Hotel & Resort) - Roast Pork Summer Roll with umeboshi honey paste & Asian slaw
  • Hopscotch (Oakland) - Tri-tip Yukke with pine nuts and quail egg
  • Kaiwa - Crab Parfait with dashi gelee, soy milk mousse and crunchy green beans
  • Koko Head Cafe - Mazemen Soba with crispy chicken skin, parmesan dashi cream and carmelized onion tsuyu
  • Memphis Minnie's BBQ Joint (San Francisco) - 18-hour slow-smoked Texas Beef Brisket
  • Migrant Maui - Migrant Adobo with mushrooms, bay leaf rice, atchara pickled green papaya and Boy Bawang
  • MW Restaurant - "Spam" Musubi of mochi-crusted smoked pork and arabiki meatloaf
  • The Pig and The Lady - Freshly grilled layers of betel leaf, minced garlic beef and a shiitake cap filled with sake and a drop of artisan Red Boat
  • Pili Group - Molokai Venison with Namihana Hawaiian Shochu and fresh pa`i`ai
  • Three Fat Pigs - Featured Dish: Kauai Shrimp Poisson Cru
  • Vintage Cave Honolulu - Featured Dish: Oyster with yuzu & ginger

Mazemen Soba with crispy chicken skin, parmesan dashi cream and carmelized onion tsuyu - from Koko Head Cafe
Mazemen Soba with crispy chicken skin, parmesan dashi cream and carmelized onion tsuyu - from Koko Head Cafe

Joy of Sake Honolulu
Friday, July 18, 2014 from 6:30pm-9pm (5:30pm for early bird ticket holders)
Hawaii Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

Freshly grilled layers of betel leaf, minced garlic beef and a shiitake cap filled with sake and a drop of artisan Red Boat - from The Pig and The Lady
Freshly grilled layers of betel leaf, minced garlic beef and a shiitake cap filled with sake and a drop of artisan Red Boat - from The Pig and The Lady

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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 16, 2014

July 16th, 2014
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All food today gangy... Tons of possibilities. Guess away! :)

Last time's Winnahs:
* Laie Beach (Nobody)
* Hawaii State Capitol (carokun)
* Cafe Kaila (carokun)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 16, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 16, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 16, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 16, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 16, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 16, 2014


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* Joy of Sake is THIS FRIDAY!
Did you get your tickets to this year's Joy of Sake event yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Purchase your Joy of Sake tickets today and attend the world's largest sake celebration outside Japan, offering the opportunity to taste 370 premium labels in peak condition and eat ono kine grindz from 19 top restaurants from Hawaii and California!

Joy of Sake
Joy of Sake

For those of you who got your tickets, here's a handy Joy of Sake how-to guide (from Frolic Hawaii's Mari Taketa) on how best to approach your JOS experience:

  1. Nobody gets through all 370 sake, so stop worrying about that. Thirty to 40 is a very good sampling.
  2. If you've never tried sake, start with a daiginjo A. It'll be floral, nuanced, gentle, a good intro.
  3. Check the card in front of each sake: It'll tell you if judges awarded it a gold or silver star in its category. No star doesn't mean it's bad. The overall level of sake entered in Joy of Sake judging is impressive and hard to match even in Japan, where the JOS tour ends this fall after a stop in New York next month.
  4. If you see a black star, that sake isn't available in the U.S. The card also tells you where it was made, in case you're interested in sake from a particular region.
  5. If you're a novice, don't worry about searching for the harmony of taste, aroma, body and texture the pros look for. Everyone will have a different personal favorite. Just sip to find what you like.

Joy of Sake
Joy of Sake

And here's the list of restaurants and their featured dishes for the night!

  • Banzai Sushi Bar - Seared Opah marinated in vinegar, dashi and soy sauce with lemon, garden vegetables and needle-cut chili peppers
  • BLT Steak - Torched Steak Tartare with rice crisp & horseradish
  • Buho Cocina y Cantina - Slow-cooked Pork Belly Tacos with pineapple pico and achiote aioli on homemade tortillas
  • Cakeworks - Plum Wine, Pikake & Green Tea Gelee
  • Chef Chai - Shrimp Salad with lemongrass mango dressing on a crispy wonton chip
  • Doraku - Dashimaki Tamago with minced scallop, shrimp, Kona kampachi and yamaimo mountain yam
  • Gokujo Sushi - Gokujo spicy ahi or California temaki sushi
  • Halekulani - Olive Oil-poached Cubed Salmon with horseradish and watercress salad
  • Hoku's (The Kahala Hotel & Resort) - Roast Pork Summer Roll with umeboshi honey paste & Asian slaw
  • Hopscotch (Oakland) - Tri-tip Yukke with pine nuts and quail egg
  • Kaiwa - Crab Parfait with dashi gelee, soy milk mousse and crunchy green beans
  • Koko Head Cafe - Mazemen Soba with crispy chicken skin, parmesan dashi cream and carmelized onion tsuyu
  • Memphis Minnie's BBQ Joint (San Francisco) - 18-hour slow-smoked Texas Beef Brisket
  • Migrant Maui - Migrant Adobo with mushrooms, bay leaf rice, atchara pickled green papaya and Boy Bawang
  • MW Restaurant - "Spam" Musubi of mochi-crusted smoked pork and arabiki meatloaf
  • The Pig and The Lady - Freshly grilled layers of betel leaf, minced garlic beef and a shiitake cap filled with sake and a drop of artisan Red Boat
  • Pili Group - Molokai Venison with Namihana Hawaiian Shochu and fresh pa`i`ai
  • Three Fat Pigs - Featured Dish: Kauai Shrimp Poisson Cru
  • Vintage Cave Honolulu - Featured Dish: Oyster with yuzu & ginger

Joy of Sake Honolulu
Friday, July 18, 2014 from 6:30pm-9pm (5:30pm for early bird ticket holders)
Hawaii Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

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* New VH07V Polos!
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* Marcus Cancervive online Fundraiser!
My friend Marcus Reimel is battling a rare form of melanoma cancer called Mucosal Melanoma and needs your kokua through the online fundraiser called YouCaring. This is to help offset his mounting medical expenses. There are 16 days left in his fundraiser and he is almost there! ($20,940 raised of $25,000 goal) Please consider donating:

Marcus Cancervive Online Fundraiser
Marcus Cancervive Online Fundraiser

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* Thoughts on LeBron's return to Cleveland?
* Thoughts on Jeter's performance at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game?
* Thoughts on local political races?


WEEKLY VH07V UPDATES!

* VH07V at Yajima-Ya "Eat & Shop" Event! - 8/02/14
In August, VH07V will be back again to hold our second "Eat & Shop" event at the Yajima-Ya Lunchwagon lot, but this time, there will be more than just us there! In addition to Yajima-Ya's meeeaaaan plate lunches and drinks from Ilandsoda, I've invited and confirmed the popular Eden In Love Boutique & Skylar Soares and her HiSky Hats!!! Cool right!?!? :) Can't wait! So to summarize...

Visit VH07V at Eat & Shop Event at Yajima-Ya!
Visit VH07V at "Eat & Shop" Event at Yajima-Ya!

* VH07V at Rice Fest! - 9/28/14
It's a bit out, but since we've already locked in the date, I figured I'd mention Rice Fest and VH07V's appearance there as well. :) It'll be from 11am-5pm on Sunday, September 28th at Ward (blocking off part of Auahi Street fronting Ward Warehouse). Hope to see y'all there!

Visit VH07V at the 5th Annual Rice Fest!
Visit VH07V at the 5th Annual Rice Fest!

* Mailing List
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* Order Online!
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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 19, 2014

March 19th, 2014
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*** POP-UP EVENT AT YAJIMA-YA - THIS SATURDAY 3/22! ***
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We're partnering with our friends at the Yajima-ya Lunch Wagon (located off of Sheridan Street behind Hinone Mizunone between South King & Liona) and holding a fun, Shop & Eat pop-up event on their lot THIS SATURDAY, 3/22 from 10am-3pm! This is your chance to pick up your favorite #VH07V merchandise at show-special pricing, while also pounding some of the most ono kine grindz this island has to offer! You can even pre-order online with a special code (see below) and we'll bring it with us on event day, saving you $$$ on shipping (today is the last day to qualify for this service)! Here are the details:

1) EAT & SAVE! - Purchase a plate lunch from Yajima-Ya on Saturday and receive an immediate 10% OFF your #VH07V purchase!
2) PRE-ORDER & GET FREE SHIPPING! - Order online at http://a7oha.com through today (3/19/14) with the special, free shipping code "YAJIMAYA322" and we will bring your order to the event for pick up!*

* Last day to qualify for free shipping service is today (3/19). Orders using this code will not be mailed & must be picked up. Offers not combinable with any other. Additional rules and restrictions may apply.
** PARKING: Yajima-Ya will be making 2-3 stalls out front and up to 8 stalls in the lot next door (to the left) available specifically for this event! See you there!

VH07V Pop Up Event at Yajima-Ya Lunch Wagon!
VH07V Pop Up Event at Yajima-Ya Lunch Wagon! - March 22nd, 2014 from 10am-3pm

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Sorry, I know many of you are just here for the pics ;) so let's get right into it!

Last week's Winnahs:
* Honolulu Coffee Company (carokun)
* Waikele Premium Outlets (carokun)
* Shige's Saimin Stand (Lia)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 19, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 19, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 19, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 19, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 19, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - March 19, 2014


SCOOPS!

* New Design!
Here's a little sneak peek of our newest design. Wot you tink?

Back to school with VH07V!
Back to school with VH07V!

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* Did you enter for your chance to win Bruno Mars concert tickets (from Oceanic Time Warner Cable) yet?
* Sad passings over the last few days. Prayers and condolences to the families of KCC Farmers' Market accident victim Annie Runland, Seattle helicopter accident victims Bill Strothman and Gary Pfitzner, and Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott. :(


Weekly VH07V Updates!

* Spotted!
This week's "Spotted" shot for VH07V is of adorable "R" going to school with some VH07V in her heart!

Back to school with VH07V!
Back to school with VH07V!

* Mailing List
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Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 22, 2014

January 22nd, 2014
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It's only the first month of the year and I already missed posting on two of those four Wednesdays! Ah, I'll try to get bettah as the year goes on! Hang in dea... :)

Last time's Winnahs:
* Tenkaippin (jknakas1)
* Tokkuri Tei (jknakas1)
* Roy's Hawaii Kai (carokun)

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 22, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 22, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 22, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 22, 2014

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Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 22, 2014
Where in Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - January 22, 2014


SCOOPS!

* VH07V at the NFL Pro Bowl Block Party!

VH07V is honored and privileged to be one of the vendors selected to participate in this year's official NFL Pro Bowl Block Party in Waikiki. Visit our booth THIS SATURDAY January 25th from 6pm (or as soon as we set up)-10:30pm as they shut down Kalakaua Ave to throw the most epic block party ever! We'll be in front of the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort (between Kaiulani Ave and Uluniu Ave), near the Honolulu Police Department's Waikiki Station and the iconic Duke Kahanamoku statue! See you there!

Visit the VH07V booth at the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl Block Party in Waikiki!
Visit the VH07V booth at the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl Block Party in Waikiki!


Weekly VH07V Updates!

* VH07V Spotted!
This week's "SPOTTED!" is an interview I recently had with Waipahu local boy and MLB pitching sensation Jerome Williams. He's wearing our "Hawaii Aloha" Tee! :)



Jerome Williams Interview

* Mailing List
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* Order Online!
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Special Announcement!

October 2nd, 2013
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Sorry gangy, haven't had time for much of anything else these days, so our "Where In Hawaii" game will miss another week.

This is partly to do with the coming of baby WWE #2! LOL! (See Special Announcement #1). Yay!

Wife was a true champ (again) and hatched another beautiful baby girl.

Wow, I thought raising one child was hard enough! If what we're going through now is any indication, our sleep patterns will be all kinds of off. Parents out there, please tell us it gets better! :)

Baby WWE #2
Baby WWE #2

You guys have any tips you can share on raising two children... like at the same time? :P

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