From 2-3pm Saturday we’ll sample Bubbie’s Mochi Ice Cream in their Sakura (Cherry Blossom) flavor. Mochi is a Japanese treat of rice paste wrapped around ice cream and we think the Sakura flavor is a great way to tide yourself over until the cherry blossoms come out in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
The beginning of cherry blossom season at the BBG is April 2 and their annual Cherry Blossom Festival is held the weekend of April 30. For more information click here.
In celebration of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Japanese Cherry Blossom (“Sakura”) Festival this weekend, we’re holding FREE sake tastings in Manhattan on Friday, May 1 from 5-7pm and in Brooklyn on Saturday, May 2 from 5-7pm. No reservations are required and the tastings will take place in the wine stores.
We generally know sake as “rice wine.” Sake is made from rice, but in truth the brewing process is more akin to that of beer than wine. In vinification, the natural sugars of grapes are fermented into alcohol. Malt and rice – the bases for beer and sake – have carbohydrates, not sugar. In order to produce alcohol, a two-step process must occur: first carbohydrates break down into sugar, then sugar converts to alcohol. For beer, these two fermentations occurs in sequence; for sake, they occur simultaneously.
Sake differs based on how much of the rice grain is “polished” off, how long fermentation takes, and what rice is used. Join us for the tasting and the next time you order in sushi, you’ll be prepared. Kanpai!