Get an early start when hunting for Georgian wines

by Melinda Joe

Waltz, a tiny standing bar that specializes in natural wines, is nearly impossible to find the first time you try looking for it. On a recent Saturday evening, the bar’s obscure location — on a dimly lit backstreet between Tokyo’s Ebisu and Shirokane neighborhoods — confounded me and two of ...

Get a taste of Georgian wine at Festivin

Nov 27, 2014

Get a taste of Georgian wine at Festivin

by Melinda Joe

In the four years since it started, Festivin has grown from an intimate gathering of natural wine enthusiasts to one of the most eagerly anticipated wine celebrations in Japan. Like many avant-garde movements in the food and beverage world, the idea for Festivin began ...

Ramen under the tracks

| Nov 25, 2014

Ramen under the tracks

Usually I’m three sheets to the wind when I slurp down ramen, but the ramen at Fusama ni Kakero is worth staying sober for. Like at nearly every ramen establishment there’s a few choices in broth, but I was told to go with the ...

Warm up over a shared hot pot

| Nov 18, 2014

Warm up over a shared hot pot

by Makiko Itoh

What comes to mind when you think of convivial home-cooked family meals? In Japan, the answer is usually nabe, or hot-pot cooking. A large communal pot is placed in the center of the dinner table on a portable burner, bubbling with a flavorful broth, ...