QUOZ MOVERS by liuqingyan


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                                                                                                                                                                                                  All Drinks Half Price!
                                                                                                                                                                                                  6pm - 9pm Everyday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               September 5th (First Saturday)
                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Weekends 7pm-9pm)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Annual Toga Party
      Lauren Shannon hardly needs an introduction to                period was also the beginning of the import to Japan of      LS: I love to start out with bubbles from all over: Cava,                                 Open Right Thru Silver Week! (21-23rd)                               September 5th (First Saturday)
      anyone who has lived in Tokyo for any length of               French foods, wine and other trends. It is a fascinating     Proseccos, sparkling, and we will have some fantastic                                                                                                                 Annual Toga Party
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Open Right Thru Silver Week! (21-23rd)
      time. Freelance writer, political activist, restaura-         time - and we chose the name and image to reflect that       French champagne too from Laurent-Perrier. Then                                                     OPEN      2nd Fl. Yamamuro Bldg.    Geronimo
      teur, community organizer. Many mostly know her               feeling.                                                                                                                                                                                                                1F Osawa Bldg. OPEN: Mon- Fri 6pm ~ 6am ,
                                                                                                                                 I usually move on to some interesting whites, like                                           Mon-Fri: 6pm~6am   7-14-10, Roppongi,
      from her work at Fujimamas but Lauren is also boss                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6-1-7, Roppongi,    Sat 7pm ~ 6am
                                                                                                                                 Viognier or Riesling. My reds of choice are Pinot noir,                                      Sat, Sun 7pm~6am    Minato-ku Tokyo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Minato-ku, Tokyo      Closed Sun
      of her own company in Japan, Sapphire Restaurant              DB: Will the staff wear kimonos? Even the guys?              and then I love some of the funky red blends coming
      Management Group, which runs an exceptional ca-               What about the patrons - should we wear them too?
                                                                                                                                 out from many wineries. Anything with some juicy,                                             TEL: (03) 3438-7449                                              TEL: (03) 3403-4833
      tering service in the Tokyo metropolitan area called
                                                                                                                                 spicy, complex hints of berries, chocolate and a bit of
      “To the Moon and Back”. Lauren has studied New                LS: You can of course, but actually the kimono wine bar
                                                                                                                                 black pepper gets me going! The idea at Kimono Wine
      World wine, so I was happy though not surprised to            reflects elements of the art of kimonos without actually
      hear that her company had just opened a wine bar.             wearing them or displaying them. We have touches             Bar, though, is to help you find your favorite kind of         www.geronimoshotbar.com
      But I was taken aback to hear that the bar is called          of kimono fabric and design throughout the space,            wine. We’ll try to steer people towards whatever best
      “Kimono Wine Bar and Lounge” and is located on                including coasters, decorations and general ambience         suits them.

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      Nisseki-dori in Nishi-Azabu. Time to decant and               without being too campy - or too gaijin.
      investigate...                                                                                                             DB: OK, we all know that Fujimamas has been a
                                                                    DB: I understand that we can expect a “New World             great success and is in a bit of transition while a
      Doug Breath: Why a wine bar and why Nisseki-dori?             menu”, including tapas. Help me out here... what             new location is being sought. But that’s not all you
                                                                    kind of food are we talking about?                           are up to. Tell us a bit about To the Moon and Back
      Lauren Shannon: It is a bit out of the way, I know... but a                                                                Catering.
      friend of mine offered me a great opportunity of shar-
      ing the space with him. He runs the Notting Hill Bakery
                                                                    LS: Small plates that will change weekly and seasonally.
                                                                    Some light snacks and a few heavier items, all paired        LS: To be honest, To the Moon and Back is my main
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Moving in Tokyo?
      and Café by day, and it was closed at night. In these         with our New World wines, craft beers, and original and
      difficult economic times it is important to think outside     classic cocktails. Some of our featured items right now
                                                                                                                                 focus now! Kimono Wine Bar is a little side business
                                                                                                                                 because I love wine and good food so much, and I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For home relocation or sayonara sale delivery.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        We provide safe delivery of your belongings for
      the box and utilize all your resources. He offered to let     are a wonderful cheese plate, great mixed olives and
                                                                                                                                 wanted a great place to meet new people and enjoy
      us do something at night in his shared space, like a co-      feta, some fantastic fusion canapés, and a crostini plate
                                                                                                                                 terrific wines. But my real passion right now is our
      op. It was too good to pass up. Nisseki-dori is quite nice
      at night, with terrific little French, Italian and Japanese
                                                                    with a trio of dips and spreads. As soon as it gets cooler
                                                                    we are adding some hot savory items and a lovely roast       wonderful catering company. A few of the chefs and                                                                                     reasonable rates. Disposal service for unwanted
      restaurants. It is a bit off the beaten track but that kind   beef plate to go with some killer Cabernet.                  catering team from Fujimamas joined me in setting up
                                                                                                                                 our new company. We can make custom menus from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        furniture and appliances also available.
      of makes it a nice little hidden treasure.
                                                                    DB: So if it’s a wine bar then you must have serious         all types of cuisines and we have done events from
      DB: How big is the space and when will it open?               wine, right? What is the selection like? Anything            20-2,000 people. We specialize in flexible menus, full
                                                                    that pairs well with, say, a kimono? (I tend to spill a      service, and tailoring our menus to meet the needs of
      LS: It is just a sweet, small, cozy space. About 25 seats     lot of drinks and I need something that will match.)         each individual party customer. Our customers are not
      when we are done adding furniture. Our official open-                                                                      very conservative or traditional, and they are looking
      ing date is September 4th/5th.                                LS: We want to offer a wide range of wines by area,          for flexible menus that reflect their personality and are
                                                                    price and style. The list will be updated frequently but     also affordable.
      DB: I get the feeling that the theme for your wine            you can expect to see wines from California, Australia,
      bar is “Retro Kimono” - is that true and if so, what do       Washington-Oregon, Spain, Arengetina, New Zealand,
                                                                                                                                 KImono Wine Bar
      kimonos and wine have in common?                              and some other sprinklings of unusual wine regions
                                                                                                                                 4-18-20 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0031
                                                                    around the world. Our prices will cover a wide range to
                                                                                                                                 (shared location with Notting Hill Cakes)
      LS: Yes, you have it! Retro Kimono is where we are            make casual tasters and serious wine-geeks all happy.
      trying to go. I love the art deco time period of Japan -      We are also choosing a nice craft beer list.
                                                                                                                                 Open 19:00-?
      1925-1935 or so. Many people don’t realize how much
      of an influence Japan had on art around the world at          DB: Maybe you can point me in the right direction            Tel: 03-5464-3788                                                                                                                      Call Steve at at 090-3801-8083 or 03-5932-7777
      that time. Our theme reflects that period with a blend        here. I am currently on a Pinot gris binge - got any         Web: www.kimonowinebar.com                                                                                                             email: moving@quoz.biz website: www.quoz.biz
      of Eastern and Western, images of Japanese women              suggestions?                                                 Twitter: @kimonowinebar
      in kimono but with Western art deco attitudes. That                                                                        Blog: www.fujimamasfoodies.com

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