First-timers’ Guide to Dining at Japanese Restaurants in Sacramento

To the uninitiated, Japanese cuisine can be a wellspring of delightful surprises. Even casual dining at Japanese restaurants in Sacramento can easily prove to be an exercise in sophistication. The key is to come prepared and have an idea of what one can or ought to order beforehand.

For instance, people who are averse or allergic to certain types of fish would do well to learn a thing or two about the way certain Japanese dishes are prepared. Those who are eager to try new types of sushi in particular may be interested to know that maguro nigiri is sushi made with raw tuna while sake nigiri is made with raw salmon. Ebi nigiri is a bit different, because it is prepared with cooked shrimp meat—a feature that makes this dish especially appealing to pregnant women for whom any type of raw meat or seafood can be harmful.

At any rate, Japanese cuisine is all about using fresh and high-quality ingredients. Cassie Kifer, writer for food and travel blog Ever in Transit, noted that Japanese chefs use minimal seasoning in order to let the flavor of each ingredient shine. She adds that condiments such as wasabi, soy sauce, miso, pickled vegetables, and light dipping sauces are often served on the side to provide contrast and diversity.

Some sushi restaurants on this side of the Pacific often add a whole new twist to Japanese cuisine to come up with something fresh and exciting. For example, hip Sacramento restaurants like Mikuni Sushi serve gluten-free versions of popular Japanese dishes like teriyaki as well as more than a few mouth-watering options for vegetarians.

Meanwhile, people who don’t know how to use chopsticks can certainly ask for familiar utensils when eating at sushi bars or Japanese restaurants. Chopstick users, however, are expected to practice proper dining etiquette, such as not waving or pointing with chopsticks in hand. It is also considered disrespectful for people to pass their food to someone else using chopsticks, as this gesture holds certain similarities with Japanese funeral rituals. When getting food from a shared plate, it is customary to use the blunt end of one’s chopsticks.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent sushi connoisseur, it is advisable to order wisely and observe proper dining etiquette at Japanese restaurants.

 

(Source: 21 Things You Should Know About Japanese Food, Ever in Transit, March 19, 2014)

“No Presents, Please”? Gift a Dinner at Roseville Restaurants Instead.

Birthdays only come once a year, so when someone is about to celebrate theirs, you naturally want to give the person a memorable gift. Of course, choosing the right token of affection isn’t always an easy task to undertake; even after the gift has been purchased, you may doubt your decision. Will they like what you got them? Will they find the gift too expensive, or worse, too cheap? What if they already own this item? Even worse, what if someone gave the exact same gift you gave?

At the opposite end of the spectrum, however, are your “no-presents-please” friends. Yes, some individuals refuse to receive gifts for their birthday (or any occasion), thus making them a gift-giving enigma. How do you commemorate their special day while still complying with their request not to be given a material gift? The solution is easier than you think—give the gift of experiences.

Sponsor a Dinner

There are many great restaurants in Roseville, CA and you can give a sponsored dinner to your dear friend. After all, this present—technically speaking—doesn’t go in a box or envelope, so it should be good to go.

Certain Roseville restaurants, like Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, also have loyalty programs where perks and rewards can be given to others as a present. As such, your family or friends can have a night out on you and you can proudly say that you didn’t spend a dime for it.

Give a Class

You’re never too old to learn a new craft, skill or hobby, according to the website Apartment Therapy. Classes are a perfect gift for your no-presents loved one:

Give the gift of a class. We recently wrote about giving the gift of life skills, and we still think it’s one of the best gift ideas. Sign your loved one up for a class in a topic they’re interested in. A few ideas: upholstery, photography, sewing/quilting, screen printing, welding, woodworking, glass blowing, cake decorating, cooking or baking, cheese making, flower arranging, beer or kombucha brewing, vermicomposting, dance, or yoga. Check your local botanical garden for classes, as botanical gardens are becoming a great source for visitors’ interests in nature, sustainability, cooking, health, family and the arts.

Help a Charity

Many times, people refuse presents because they feel they are already abundantly blessed while so many others in the country struggle. If so, why not donate a decent sum to a charity, non-profit or cause on your friend’s behalf, as a gift? Choose a non-profit he or she feels strongly about. Alternatively, you can help your friend organize charitable activities like garage sales or soup kitchens to celebrate his or her birthday in a more meaningful way.

 

(Source: Alternative Non-Stuff Gift Ideas For ‘No Gifts Please’ People, ApartmentTherapy.com)

Want to Live Long? Eat Sushi at the Best Restaurants in Sacramento!

The Japanese may consider sushi as a dietary staple, but many Americans see it as a crave-worthy delicacy or a treat for a special occasion. Sushi making is an art form in itself,as the presentation is just as important as the flavor components. However, there’s more to sushi than good looks and flavor. According to a Daily Mail article, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have found that sushi can actually reduce one’s risks of contracting heart disease:

‘Multiple studies have looked at the effect of fish oil on cardiovascular health, with mixed results,’ said lead author Akira Sekikawa, an associate professor of epidemiology.

‘Previous studies investigated substantially lower intake of omega-3 fatty acids than what people in Japan actually get through their diet.

‘Our study seems to indicate that the level of marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids consumed must be higher than previously thought to impart substantial protection.’

Marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, especially oily fish and in squid and krill, may help to reduce inflammation and slow the formation of fatty plaques in arteries, he added.

This makes sushi one of the healthiest dishes you can order when dining at the best restaurants in Sacramento, especially at an elite sushi restaurant like Mikuni Sushi. Sushi rolls typically consist of raw fish, vinegared rice, and other ingredients wrapped in dried seaweed sheets. Individually, the ingredients in every sushi roll play a role in promoting good health and preventing heart problems.

For example, rice vinegar is known to boost metabolism, similar to the way apple cider vinegar does. Some types of sushi have small amounts of ginger, which is rich in antioxidants that help detoxify the body. Finally, when eaten without soy sauce, sushi is considered a low-sodium food, which makes it suitable for those with high blood pressure. Therefore, it’s not a mystery why sushi is such a popular party dish.

Despite the short list of ingredients, sushi is hardly an everyday meal in this part of the world. Among other precise qualities, this dish requires plenty of careful cuts and proportioning to make the sushi roll pleasing to the eye as well as the palate. Those who lack the food presentation and serving skills should avoid making their own sushi rolls, and are better off dining at sushi bars and reputable Midtown Sacramento restaurants like Mikuni Sushi that offer fresh, sumptuous, and healthy dishes.

 

(Source: Fancy sushi for lunch? Here’s another good excuse – it’ll help you live longer, The Daily Mail, March 5, 2014)

Eat Sushi, Live Longer: Tips for Ordering in Elk Grove Restaurants

Many people surf the Internet and read fitness magazines to try and find a way to extend their lives. The common perception is that a healthy diet and enough exercise are the way to achieve that. In a report from The Daily Mail, Guinness World Record Holder Misao Okawa shares her secret to a long and happy life:

The world’s oldest person, Misao Okawa, says the key to a long life is eating sushi and getting at least eight hours sleep a night.

Mrs Okawa, from Osaka in Japan, will turn 116 on Wednesday – she was born in 1898.

Mrs Okawa eats three large meals a day and makes sure that she sleeps eight hours a night,’ Tomohito Okada, the head of the Kurenai retirement home where she lives, told The Telegraph.

He added: ‘She insists that her favorite meal is sushi, particularly mackerel on vinegar-steamed rice, and she has it at least once every month.’

The Japanese currently have some of the longest life expectancies in the world. According to health experts, the frequent consumption of fish is one of the reasons why they live such long lives. Fish is a staple in Japanese cuisine, with its most celebrated rendition affectionately known as sushi.

There are many types of sushi to choose from. However, nutrition experts claim that the healthiest options are salmon and tuna (which just so happen to be two of the most popular types used in sushi in Japan). Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids that have been proven to significantly reduce inflammation and the risk of heart disease.

Fortunately, sushi is not very difficult to come by in the States. Many well-known Elk Grove restaurants have sushi on their regular menus. However, people looking to take advantage of the health benefits of sushi should stick to basic, clean options. Many popular varieties of sushi are kinds that have been deep-fried and/or drowned in mayonnaise. These kinds are full of oil and fat, both of which nullify any health benefits you would have gained initially from the seafood.

When choosing the best restaurant in Elk Grove, CA, you should look for a place like Mikuni Sushi that serves a wide variety of sushi and other fish-based dishes that are both delicious and healthy.

 

(Source: The secret to a long life? Sushi and sleep, according to the world’s oldest woman; The Daily Mail; March 3, 2014)

Money-saving Tips When Eating Out at Restaurants in Roseville, CA

Most days, you probably come home and make dinner in your own kitchen. On certain occasions, though—say, to celebrate your wedding anniversary or a promotion—you and your loved ones may choose to eat out at restaurants in the Roseville, CA area instead of slaving over a hot stove yourself.

Aside from being the perfect way to celebrate important events, eating out is also a great opportunity to try new cuisines without the hassle of cooking meals in your own home and having to clean up afterwards. The only is that it can become a considerable expense in the long run if one chooses to eat out too often, due to the convenience it offers. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to make dining out more affordable:

Join Loyalty Programs

Many restaurants have rewards programs designed to attract new customers while simultaneously rewarding loyal ones. For instance, Mikuni Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, one of the best restaurants in Roseville City, offers the Koki Club frequent diner program. Each time a customer dines at Mikuni, he or she earns points that can be exchanged for in-store gift cards or other merchandise. Signing up for these programs can net you big savings and fun perks in the long run.

Use a Rewards Credit Card

Banks often have credit cards that offer special perks each time you use them, such as frequent flyer miles or gas rebates. If you’re fond of eating out, try to find a credit card that grants rebates or points for every dollar spent in a restaurant. Just make sure you understand the terms of the card’s rewards program, or you might end up not saving much at all.

Time it Right

Schedule your visit at an opportune time. Restaurants often offer discounts to early birds, so if you don’t mind having your dinner slightly earlier than usual, drop by before the evening is in full swing. Spend an evening out at your favorite restaurant’s Happy Hour for even more savings. You can also consider dining out at lunchtime instead, since the lunch menu is often considerably lower-priced than the dinner fare.

Share It

Most restaurant meals are large enough to be split with your partner or among your group. This article from the financial blog, Frugal Rules, also recommends splitting your meal with yourself:

If you’ve eaten out recently, you probably noticed that the portion size was quite generous. In fact, recent studies show that portion sizes have quadrupled since the 1950’s. Suffice it to say, we don’t need to eat that much when we go out for a meal as it could be harmful for a number of reasons. With this in mind, you can eat just part of the meal while at the restaurant and take the rest home. This provides the dual benefit of not eating such a big meal in one sitting, and giving you a lunch or two the following week.

 

(Source: 7 Frugal Ways To Save Money While Eating Out, FrugalRules.com, September 26, 2012)