Best Saké in Los Angeles

Posted on 10-26-2014 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants


Next time you’re in LA looking for some good saké you could do far worse than Hinoki and the Bird.  Located in the Beverly Hills section of the city, Hinoki combines an eclectic range of small plates with an excellent choice of sakés to provide a memorable experience.  Our generous hosts at Hinoki were our clients […]


Best Saké in Watertown (Massachusetts)

Posted on 01-09-2012 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake

New Ginza

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced high-quality sushi experience in the inner Boston suburbs, look no further than New Ginza on Galen St in Watertown.  I’ve been there numerous times and whether looking for a quick lunch, or an extended evening with friends, I have never been disappointed.  New Ginza is probably the best […]


Best Sake in Beijing

Posted on 12-23-2011 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake

China Central Television HQ outside my hotel

Note to SakeWorld readers, if you’re ever in Beijing and looking for a good, reasonably priced Japanese restaurant, don’t ask your concierge.  I’m firmly convinced all the hotels are in cahoots and concerned solely with sending each other business, regardless of what you’re actually looking for. I was back in Beijing for a conference in […]


Where to go for Saké in Paris

Posted on 08-31-2011 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake

rue Sainte-Anne

On a recent business trip to Paris I made arrangements to meet up with old friend Doug McCarthy for sushi.  I have always found Paris to be a tough place for ethnic food.  I love French food but most of the cuisines there tend to morph into something between their origin and local fare, and […]


Best Sake in Brussels

Posted on 07-10-2010 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake

Le Samourai Restaurant, Improve Your French Japanese Vocabluary

I hadn’t been to Europe since 2008 so I was delighted to learn recently that the summer ICANN meeting this year would be in Brussels.  I’ve been pretty behind on posting to Sake World with work being exceptionally crazy so I wanted to make sure to find and write about a memorable sake experience this […]


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NYC Restaurant Review – Robataya

Posted on 01-17-2010 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake


On a recent business trip to New York my colleague Dave Hauser and I dropped by Robataya in the East Village for a late dinner.  Dave is originally a west coast guy where they know a bit about Japanese food so I was looking to show him some of New York’s best.  Robatya was definitely […]


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Best Sake in La Jolla

Posted on 01-09-2010 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake

Roppongi Restaurant, La Jolla

It’s had to believe that it’s 2010 and that I haven’t made a post in Sake World since before Thanksgiving!  The combination of the holidays, some crazy travel, and an insane year-end at work has unfortunately kept me away from the blog, but the good news is I’ve had several great sake experiences and thus […]


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The Best Sake in Manhattan

Posted on 11-21-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake

Sakagura Restuarant and Sake Bar

Sakagura restaurant is the reason I love saké.  This past week while attending the Ad Tech conference in New York I had a chance to take a couple of clients there.  Sakagura is located in midtown East in Manhattan and has over 500 sakés on the menu.  I’ve been going there for over five years […]


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More Sake in Toronto

Posted on 10-24-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake

Best Sushi in Canada - believe it or not....

Best Sushi in Canada – believe it or not…. When I scheduled a dinner meeting with friend and client Bill Sweetman in Toronto two weeks ago, I knew the restaurant would be a good one.  To call Bill a “foodie would be a complete understatement.  Bill prides himself in being up on the best restaurants […]


Farewell to Ump

Posted on 10-04-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake

Mark S. Umphrey, 1958 - 2009

Mark Umphrey was my fraternity brother at Phi Gamma Psi at the University of Lowell. While I hadn’t seem Mark in quite some time, I was terribly saddened to attend his wake this past Friday. Later that evening we toasted Mark with good friends and sake and shared memories of the Ump.


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