Author Archives: Bruce Mangosteen

Taiwan Beer commercial

a throwback to the ’80s maybe… but it’s definitely a contemporary feelgood ad:


Taiwan Beer in Chicago

Taiwan Beer turned some heads in the windy city! Check it out:

Taiwan in Chicago

read the full story here.

Sake Time

Hey Sake friends!

It’s time for Sakagura’s annual “OHANAMI” sake tasting event coming on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011.

We’ll be pouring the Kura Junmai Daiginjo (Nagano prefecture), Mochiko Junmai (Iwate Prefecture), and the Koma Tokubetsu Junmai (Fukushima Prefecture).

What else will be there?
46 Selections of Nihon-shu (that’s sake for those scratching your heads) plus some of Sakagura’s executive chef, Mr. Yasuhiro Honma’s, special seasonal finger foods to hold everything down.

If you haven’t been in previous years, Sakagura will be decked out with lots of fresh real cherry blossoms making for one heck of a sight!

The event is all-standing buffet style (no tables and chairs)

Admission Fee: $80,00 per person (all inclusive)
Guest: 100 Guest Limited

1st Round: 6:15pm – 8:30pm
2nd Round: 9pm – 11:15pm

Prompt RSVP are recommended, call Sakagura at 212-953-SAKE (7253)

NEW YORK, NY 10017


Monsoon Valley Wines featured in Wine Enthusiast

Some lucky feature writer got a tour of Thailand and its wine offerings and published her findings in this month’s Wine Enthusiast for all to share. Here’s what she said about Siam Winery:

The tour begins in their cellar, where German winemaker Kathrin Puff offers an in-depth look at the winemaking process complete with barrel samples and a taste of their top-end wines…Ending where the winemaking process begins, the floating vineyards add a uniquely Thai air, though you won’t find any vines literally floating in the canals built to help irrigate the land during monsoon season. Essential items include your camera and a few words of Thai to converse with the viticulturist. Nearby the famous floating markets await to further fill your memory card.

Sounds dandy. You can go ahead and read the rest here. If you’re in Thailand and want to tour the vineyards for yourself, book a tour on their website and tell them we sent you.

Outside the Siam Winery

At Siam Winery, a tour offers an in-depth look at the winemaking process complete with barrel samples and a taste of their top-end wines.

If you have a fear of flying and want to try the Monsoon Valley Wines from Thailand, go to your better Thai restaurants and ask for it!

Bruce Cost Fresh Ginger Ale makes it to the Today Show…

you gotta check out the host’s face when she takes a sip of the BCGA…
She exclaims with a face looking like it just come out of a backhand slap,”It tastes like ginger.”

Yeah duhh, lady!

BCGA on the Today Show

back slapped by ginger!

a ginger ale round ’em up

check out this post from pointing out the ginger ale-mania happening and reviewing the bunch. See for yourself who gets the accolades.

There’s also an entertaining Godzilla clip in there as a visual aid to the author’s description of what a good ginger ale tastes like, but our favorite description is, “tastes like drinking pins and needles, like drinking down a sneeze”. Yes!

Did you read it? Our favorite Bruce Cost Fresh Ginger, Ginger Ale gets the accolades.

Run out and get your Fresh Gigner, Ginger Ale at Dean & Deluca’s across the city.


there’s a party going on. Meet Monsoon’s winemaker Katherine Puff who will talk you through a 5 meal course at Bed Supperclub on Sukhumvit Soi 11. If you’re not in Bangkok right now, you can always go to a Thai … Continue reading