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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Do Sake and Mountain Biking Go Together?

Posted on 09-27-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Sake, Sake & Sports

McLean Hospital, Belmont Massachusetts, Arial View

Cold sake and mountain biking are two of my favorite things to do.  On the surface they seem like total opposite ends of the leisure spectrum.  Sake is best consumed in a relaxed environment with food and friends.  It’s very social and the high alcohol content means you don’t generally want to be moving at […]


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Best Sake for New England Beaches

Posted on 08-23-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Sake

Map of Cape Anne, great mountain biking, beaches, and sake

Rockport Massachusetts is on the tip of Cape Anne, a rocky peninsula 30 miles northeast of Boston.  Cape Anne was settled in 1624 and was the 3rd colony in New England, just after Plymouth and Nantasket.  Just west of Rockport on Cape Anne is the fishing town of Gloucester.  The movie The Perfect Storm was […]


Do Cigars and Sake Go Together?

Posted on 08-08-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Cigars, Sake

A bit rundown but Cigar Heaven inside

As I was driving to my next meeting in Toronto I stopped at my favorite cigar place in the entire world.  For cigar fans Frank Correnti Cigars on King St is the place.  I discovered them while living in Toronto in 2000 (I don’t know where Sam the shoe shine man from the Westin is […]


Sake in Toronto

Posted on 08-06-2009 | Posted by bmountain | Posted in Restaurants, Sake

From Left to Right, Bill Sweetman, Bob Mountain, and Pete Lamson.

The last place I expected to get good sake was on the Danforth in Toronto.  More commonly known as “Greektown”, this stretch of midtown Toronto has the highest density of Greek restaurants in North America.  After an amazing dinner on a warm summer evening with my colleague Pete and two clients, we stopped at an […]