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Sakagura: A Famed Sake Bar in New York City

April 23, 2014 11:03 am

Sake lovers from around the country make a pilgrimage to New York’s famed Sakagura, often cited as one of the top sake bars. This Japanese restaurant boasts over 200 different bottles, but only two Japanese beers.

For the dedicated diners that manage to find Sakagura’s hidden location in the basement of a non-descript building, the experience is rewarding. In addition to sake, it’s known for offering unique small plates. Try the signature dish, Buta Kakuni, pork belly in a savory broth. Other favorites include the fluke carpaccio with plum paste and salmon roe and the eggplant three ways. Don’t overlook dessert, as Sakagura has several subtly sweet endings. The black sesame creme brulee is a customer favorite.

The Japanese menu may be intimidating, but knowledgeable staff are happy to help and make a recommendation. Traditional Japanese decor of bamboo and rice paper walls makes you forget you are in a basement. It may sound silly, but be sure to check out the restroom during your visit.

211 E 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 953-7253

CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Jouko Karvonen

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Expand Your Vocabulary with Word of the Day Sites

April 16, 2014 11:01 am

There are few traits that make you sound more intelligent than having an expansive vocabulary, but most people stop learning new words once they finish school. If you’re an aspiring logophile with an eagerness to learn new words, these Word of the Day sites will build your vocabulary with each passing day.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day
Merriam-Webster is one of the most reliable sources of vocabulary knowledge, and the popular dictionary’s website offers a fascinating Word of the Day feature as well. Bookmark the page as your web browser’s home page and you’ll be faced with one unique, challenging word and definition when you log on every morning. The site also offers audio pronunciation, the word’s part of speech, a few different definitions and examples of that word used in a sentence.

Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day
Another popular dictionary resource, Dictionary.com also offers a Word of the Day page. The word changes with each day, but it’s always something particularly sophisticated or unusual. Dictionary.com offers the definition, pronunciation and examples as well, but it also includes the origin of the featured word to give you a bit more background information.

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Happy Spring!

April 14, 2014 10:52 am

The sun is shining and the flowers are starting to bloom. Wishing everyone a lovely Spring!

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