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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

Fun Facts About Sushi

July 23, 2018

Millions of people all over the world eat sushi every day—you might even be one of them! But how much do you really know about the food you’re about to enjoy? Think about these facts the next time you sit down at a Japanese restaurant in Phoenix, AZ to dine on a sushi roll: Sushi is healthy: You’ve probably heard that sushi is good for you, but you may be surprised by how nutritious it actually is! The fish in your sushi roll is full of omega-3 fatty acids (the ones that are good for your heart). Nori, the seaweed... View Article

What Is Nigiri Sushi?

July 10, 2018

Nigiri (short for nigirizushi) is a popular type of Japanese cuisine that’s commonly found in sushi restaurants worldwide. Unlike other sushi like maki, nigiri is not rolled up in seaweed. Instead, each portion of nigiri consists of a thinly sliced piece of fresh raw fish laid over a formed ball of sushi rice. Fun fact: Sushi is a Japanese term that refers to any food made with vinegared rice. Raw fish can be intimidating, but nigiri is very palatable and offers a unique taste. This is why it’s suggested that first-time sushi diners start with nigiri. Let’s take a closer... View Article

Five of the Most Popular Sushi Rolls You MUST Try!

June 26, 2018

Because sushi in the United States has been westernized, the sushi that’s eaten here tastes different from what you’ll get in Japan. Sushi is a Japanese dish that contains any number of ingredients in a variety of combinations, including seasoned sushi rice—a short-grained sticky rice—seaweed (nori), raw fish, cooked fish, crab, shrimp, cucumber and avocado. Sushi is often confused with sashimi. To remember the difference, keep in mind that sushi has seasoned rice and toppings, while sashimi is just a piece of raw fish. Local favorites vary from place to place, and presentation, ingredients and taste can be different depending... View Article

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