Monday My Way or Eastern Promises?

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had an amazing holiday celebration with your friends, colleagues, families and loved ones. And I hope you all keeping warm and cozy in this cold, blustery weather!

Consider staying warm and refreshing your taste buds with shōchū, a Japanese distilled beverage. Women and businessmen are promoting this hot trend. Low calorie, it will amaze you with its great taste and healthful properties.

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I don’t know about you, but my work schedule is demanding. I often work weekends. So, when I have a day off, I like to enjoy it to the fullest. Last Monday was one of those days. I was thrilled to be invited to the Japanese Vodka (Shōchū) Tasting and Wagyu Pairing event in the West Village.

I absolutely love that area of the city with its abundance of unique, small boutiques and stores offering exquisite products. Beautiful Tibet Inc., for example, is a great store. It offers quite a rich selection of artesian jewelry, exotic incense products and many other Tibetan finds.

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Cube-cut garnet necklace with beads and adjustable toggle clasps, dangling chandelier earrings and essence sticks were just a few of the things that caught my eye.

Shopping and attending the event were great ways to recharge in the middle of a brutal winter.

It was so cold that day that I ran from one boutique to another. It was like marathon training! Besides sampling 10 varieties of shōchū, I met interesting people and learned about Japanese customs. It was fascinating to watch an incredible traditional Japanese brush calligraphy (shodō) performance.

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You might be interested to learn that, in Japan, shōchū is consumed 1.5 times more than sake.

It’s understandable since it’s low calorie, sugarless and packed with nutritional properties.

More importantly, this drink does not include impurities. Therefore, it does not cause hangovers.  

Aokage, the shōchū made of barley, is a good place to start. I loved its incredibly smooth, burned flavor of barley and lasting cacao aroma aftertaste.

Fight the winter cold and share experiences together with shōchū! 

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