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Melinda Joe

Melinda Joe is an American journalist in Tokyo. A certified wine and sake professional, she writes about Japanese drinks in her Kanpai Culture column for The Japan Times and blogs at tokyodrinkingglass.blogspot.com.

For Melinda Joe's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Let's not forget the sake at world food events

| May 13, 2014

Let's not forget the sake at world food events

On the afternoon of April 28, at an intimate gathering in London’s Ametsa restaurant, a cluster of admirers with champagne flutes in hand fluttered around chef Helena Rizzo. The Brazilian Rizzo, who helms the acclaimed restaurant Mani in Sao Paulo, had recently been named ...

Catalan cuisine, sake's international pairing pal

| Mar 11, 2014

Catalan cuisine, sake's international pairing pal

“Please, just one bite,” cajoled Derrick Lim, patting my shoulder like a solicitous Asian grandmother. “You have to try this dish.” A certified sake professional, Lim had been explaining the concept behind his latest venture — a sake-and-tapas bar called Bam, located on Singapore’s ...

Japan's top chefs grapple with sustainable eating

Mar 6, 2014

Japan's top chefs grapple with sustainable eating

After the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony in Singapore last month, chef Yoshihiro Narisawa was in high spirits, despite the late hour and the tropical February heat. His Tokyo restaurant, the eponymous Narisawa in the Aoyama district, had been named Best Restaurant in ...

Feed desire with our seductive Valentine's pairings

Feb 13, 2014

Feed desire with our seductive Valentine's pairings

When I was a student at the University of California at Berkeley, I taught a class called Female Sexuality with some of my fellow schoolmates (yes, everything you’ve heard about Berkeley is true). As my work with food and drinks seldom crosses into the ...