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Vegetarian Sushi Is a Great Alternative

October 5, 2018

Most people make the mistake of assuming that all sushi needs to include some amount of fish to truly be sushi. This idea, however, couldn’t be farther from the truth! Sushi is a blanket term in Japanese cuisine that refers to a number of dishes that include nori, which is a vegan seaweed wrap, and vinegar-soaked rice. Whether you’re a lifelong vegetarian or vegan or simply don’t like the taste of fish, there are a number of sushi rolls that you can still enjoy the next time that you go out to your favorite sushi place in Phoenix, AZ. In... View Article

Why Is Ginger Served with Sushi?

September 21, 2018

Have you ever ordered a fresh plate of delicious sushi and wondered what that slightly pink heap of ginger is doing there? Or, have you ever draped a piece of said ginger over your California roll before swallowing it down in a single bite? Gari, commonly called sushi ginger, is a special type of pickled ginger that’s served as a palate cleanser with most types of sushi. Learning about what gari is, what it’s used for and how it’s made can help you get the most out of your sushi plate next time you go to your favorite sushi restaurant... View Article

The Popularity of Japanese Food in the United States

September 3, 2018

You may be surprised to learn that Japanese food has not always been so commonplace in the United States. The reason this may be surprising to you is because it can often seem that every street corner has a sushi restaurant, ramen shop or teriyaki joint, and Japanese food is always at your fingertips. In the 19th century history of the United States, Japanese food began its migration to the U.S. through its many Japanese-American immigrants. Still, the Japanese culture and food traditions remained relatively insular to those particular communities. It wasn’t until after World War II that Japanese food... View Article

The Fascinating History of Sake

August 20, 2018

Considered to be the “drink of the Gods,” sake has for generations been the drink of choice in Japan, spreading its span to other parts of the world for years. Initially, sake was fermented on a small scale for families or townships, but eventually the practice grew so ubiquitous it spurred a countrywide agriculture of rice growing. Now, sake brewing has reached other countries, with breweries popping up from Australia to the United States. Some variation in technique and local flavor mean that each brewery has its own unique flavor and touch. As a symbol of family and culture, sake... View Article

Everything You Need to Know About Bento Boxes

August 6, 2018

Japanese food and Japanese restaurants are becoming increasingly popular across the globe. For good reasons, too—Japanese food in Phoenix, AZ is healthy, nutritious and can be eaten on the go. The traditional way of eating Japanese food on the go is in a bento box. This post will teach you everything you need to know about making your own bento box, or ordering one from your local Japanese restaurant. What are bento boxes? Bento boxes are traditional takeout or single-portion meals that contain everything one needs to feel satiated throughout the day. These boxes originated thousands of years ago in... View Article

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