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Lemongrass Tea

Fumi's parents just got back from Cambodia and sent her lemongrass tea leaves as a gift (despite the Japanese type, it is "Made in Cambodia"). The tea is citrusy and refreshing, but also very calming. I read that it is good for digestion, and muscle pain (arthritis), balances oily skin,...

Mysterious Chinese Wine

Chinese wine? The thought is kind of odd, don't you think? I never knew it existed. One day after walking around the new Chinese contemporary art district called 798, I went to a convenience store near my hotel, and found booze section. Refrigerator...

Sakaya: First Sake Shop in NYC

Irwin tipped us onto a new sake shop in the East Village called Sakaya-- the very first sake shop in NYC! Husband-and-wife team Rick and Hiroko opened it in early December, and it is quite a jem of a spot.Sakaya is located in a small intimate space on East...

Itoen Jasmine Tea

It seems that every week, there's a new drink which quietly sneaks up on you by simply showing up, unannounced, in your local vending machine. Japan is a culture of vending...