Friday, September 5, 2014

A wonderful sayonara dinner and sake tasting for friends in Tokyo tonight



Tonight in Tokyo, living a Travelife, I arranged a pretty elaborate evening as a farewell dinner for my friends flying home tomorrow.

Yes, we're all packing up tonight to fly out of Japan, myself included. And tonight was a fantastic evening.

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A WONDERFUL WAY TO SAY GOODBYE

One of the ladies, who is among the most well-traveled women in this part of the world, said: "This was a most fitting sayonara dinner. I enjoyed myself thoroughly. In fact, the whole trip was perfect. Every meal was different and we had so many special experiences."

Music to my ears, of course, as no one knows Japan like Travelife.

SAKE ON A TERRACE
WITH THE BEST VIEW OF TOKYO



And tonight began with sake cocktails on a terrace with what is perhaps the best view in Tokyo.

I hired a famous sake sommelier to talk about sake and then to pair sake with a molecular gastronomy dinner.

He certainly outdid himself, bringing some incredibly rare sake.



Literally stuff we'd all never heard of, in spite of the fact that we all are quite knowledgeable about sake.

And everything was simply delicious.

GREAT TEAMWORK TONIGHT
BETWEEN OUR CHEF,  SOMMELIER & WAITSTAFF

The wonderful team behind the Travelife Magazine dinner
in Tokyo tonight

This sake sommelier worked very closely with our molecular gastronomy chef to ensure that everything matched perfectly for this very exclusive evening.

It was not just a matter of bringing 10 bottles of sake to drink with 10 courses of food.


He brought two kinds of sake, including one of the rarest sake in Japan, to start the evening.

And then he also prepared ten other kinds of sake to pair with our meal.

A PRETTY DRAMATIC DINNER



For the dinner, we all sat around the teppanyaki counter as the chef created the dishes in front of us, using pretty theatrical and fun techniques.

So the food was not only delicious, but also absolutely fun.


And both the wine and the food passed the extremely discerning eyes of my guests

Everyone was in raptures.



As for me, I was just so happy that the one-week holiday I had planned for this group of friends, to show them some of the best of Japan, had made them all smile and think happy thoughts about my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

And now we're talking about planning a trip to see the best of Sri Lanka next, as that's another country I certainly know like the back of my hand.











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