Sake and Star Wars

So we checked out the Science of Sake event on Thursday. I missed it last year at the Neon Museum. This year it was at the California Science Center. What a great event, and a steal considering you got hor’dourves, all the sake you can drink, along with admission into the Star Wars exhibit for 40 bucks.

We made our way around the tasting tables first. There were many standouts among all the sake. I tried over 15 different kinds. Even Chef Morimoto had his own sake and Soba Ale beer. We even managed to get a couple of Singha beers in there too.

Some of my favorites from the night were the Tokubetsu Junmai from Kamotsuru. A dry and full bodied sake from Hiroshima. Or the Kikusui Funaguchi, Honjozo draft. A unique canned sake that can be served over ice if wanted. The Choya Kouto Umeshu plum wine, infused with dark rum and dark sugar was amazing. Other standouts was Kanchiku’s Junmai Ginjo or Hyosho Usunigori’s unfiltered Junmai Ginjo. Good news is, some, if not all, of these sakes are available at Whole Foods.

I even managed to be the lucky recipient of the gold leaf in Kaotsuru’s Tokusei Gold. Which apparently, if your lucky enough to get in your sake glass, brings you good luck and health in the year to come.

After all that booze, and in between too, we munched on some tasty food too. The braised sable fish and short rib with mac & cheese from Maru Sushi was scrumptious. I may be driving up to Valencia to check out this place. The crab cakes with mango relish from Maison Akira was delicious. I definitively want to check out this Asian/French fusion restaurant. Tokyo Table severed up a very tasty beef tataki on balsamic sushi. I hadn’t heard much about this restaurant on restaurant row in Beverly Hills. But they gave me a ten dollar gift certificate so I am definitely gonna check it out. I’m a sucker for coupons…

By the time we got to the Star Wars exhibit we were definitely a little buzzed, so it was a good chance to walk off the booze and check out the exhibit. Getting up close to the models used in the movies were amazing, as were the life size reproductions of some of the characters. A few of the hands on exhibits were out of order, which sort of sucked. It was a bit of a stretch for my mind to compare real science to Star Wars, especially after all the sake.

I can’t wait for next year! Check out the flickr photo set.

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Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

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