Sake + Shochu Talk

The Chicago Ten: Blackbird (#2)

Matt left it up to me to decide where to go for our one fancy meal in Chicago. Oh dear. So many options and places to try in so little time! Friends had suggested Sepia, a chic...

The Chicago Ten: Hot Doug's (#6)

Hot Doug's (The Sausage Superstore and Encased Meat Emporium) was really the ONLY place Matt wanted to go to during our Chicago visit. Our conversations leading up to the trip often went like this: Kayoko: Should we...

The Chicago Ten: The Violet Hour (#7)

Photos by Matt K. and myself. Heard about The Violet Hour, a little speakeasy-esque bar in the Bucktown/ Wicker Park area of Chicago, courtesy of Paystyle. When Pay suggests a place, I follow, no questions asked. Matt and...

The Chicago Ten: Wow Bao (#9)

We stumbled across this place, Wow Bao, on the ground floor of a huge, blingy, 80's-style mall on Michigan Avenue. My friend Ido had mentioned it to me, so I was ecstatic that we randomly came across it....

Miller Lite Love

Chicago loves Miller beer. Maybe it's a Midwest thing (provenance Wisconsin), but seriously, it was everywhere. I saw people walking down the street with 12-packs, they were stocked in our hotel fridge, signs for them were plastered along...

Postcard from CHI: Gold Star Bar

Gold Star's a little dive bar in Wicker Park, Chicago. The bartender was a gracious, round lady, who bought her regulars rounds of drinks. She's the daughter of the owner, meaning this bar has been around for decades. How...