Sushi Robot Toys: Have Sushi Restaurants in Elk Grove Met Their Match?

You’ve seen robots that transform into cars. You’ve seen toys that transform into robots. But have you seen robots that transform into food?

Sushi Transformers

In 2013, Takara Tomy’s Osushi Sentai Sharidaa, a toy line consisting of robots that can be disguised as sushi, was shown at the International Tokyo Toy Show. Now, almost a year after it was presented, news has come out that the creative toys will finally be released. Kotaku Australia provides more info:

 

Tuna. Shrimp. And salmon. These aren’t pieces of fish but rather transforming robots. Meet Osushi Sentai Sharidaa. They are robots that transform into sushi. Holy mackerel!

Osushi is the polite way to refer to “sushi,” “sentai” means “squad”, while “sharidaa” is a pun. “Shari” is the rice used to make sushi; adding the “daa” is a pun on “it is” (“da”) and makes it sound like kind of like “ranger” (“renjaa”) in Japanese. You know, like Power Rangers.

Takara Tomy, which has been key in creating the Transformers toys, will release the sushi robots this July in Japan, pricing them at 850 yen each. IT Media reports that Takara Tomy hopes to eventually releasing these abroad.

 

Quirky as the toys may be, they aren’t likely to fulfill your appetite when you’re craving actual sushi. For that, you’ll need to visit stylish sushi restaurants in Elk Grove, California like Mikuni Sushi. There you will find a wide variety of sushi, sashimi, nigiri, and many other delicious delights. That’s not all—you’ll also find other popular Japanese dishes such as tempura, udon, katsu, and teriyaki, to bring your Japanese cuisine experience full circle.

Sushi with a Twist

The best sushi bars like Mikuni add a creative twist to traditional sushi by combining the inherent textures and flavors of the freshest fish with innovative techniques and the tastiest sauces. True sushi aficionados can have their fill during ‘happy hour’ and ‘reverse happy hour’ events offered at such restaurants.

Do the sushi toys pique your interest? Feel free to order them from abroad or wait until they reach American stores. If you’re craving the real thing, though, you know where to look; simply head down to one of the best sushi restaurants in Elk Grove, CA.

 

(Source: Transforming Robot Toys Are Sushi In Disguise, Kotaku Australia, Jun. 10, 2014)

Restaurants in Sacramento: A Celebration of Japanese Food and Culture

Japanese food and culture are frequently celebrated in California, and nowhere is this fact more apparent than at the summertime festivals held throughout the state. USA Today, for instance, discusses the highly anticipated events like the Nihonmachi Street Fair in San Francisco (August 2, 2014) and the Nisei Week Japanese Festival in Los Angeles (August 9-10 and 16, 2014). Sacramento residents and visitors also take part in the annual Japanese Food and Cultural Bazaar held every August.

Aside from taking part in these festivities, Japanese food lovers can also grab a bite at Zagat-rated restaurants in Sacramento—like Mikuni Sushi—that offer traditional dishes from the Land of the Rising Sun, as well as Western-inspired variations. This is also a good opportunity to enjoy other mouthwatering Japanese culinary gems like sashimi (raw fish) and onigiri (rice balls wrapped in seaweed).

Teriyaki, in particular, is quite notable because of its special sauce, which has had various incarnations and iterations since it was first introduced in the West. The main ingredients are sugar, ginger, sake, and soy sauce, although various recipes have since given their own twist to this standard formula. Traditionally, teriyaki dishes consist of fish marinated in sauce that is either broiled or grilled to perfection. In the West, the term loosely applies to anything marinated in teriyaki sauce, be it hamburger steaks, squid, or even lamb, though it is most commonly used with grilled chicken.

During Nisei Week, festivalgoers had many opportunities to enjoy these dishes with friends. The first day lasted from 9AM to 7PM, with a parade taking place the day after. Fortunately, those who missed the opportunity to dine out at these festivals can still get their Japanese food fix at top Sacramento restaurants like Mikuni Sushi that host their own summertime events, like the 20thAnnual Mikuni Summer Golf Classic in August 2015.

Regardless of how one plans to celebrate the summer, it is always a good thing to keep up a festive spirit. Japanese food lovers should also keep in mind that sushi not the only type of Japanese cuisine worth checking out!

(Source: Summer suppers: Festive street fairs to find, USA Today, July 11, 2014)

Sushi at the Best Restaurants in Sacramento: A Sublime Experience

June 18, 2014 was a day known to many as International Sushi Day. Originally a trending topic on Twitter, the occasion provided sushi fans all over the world with a good excuse to chow down on their favorite treat. International Business Times writer Maria Vultaggio also took the day as an opportunity to educate people about sushi, which isn’t exactly an original Japanese recipe as most people think:

Sushi has apparently been around since the second century A.D. It started as a way to preserve fish in China and eventually made its way to Japan. The fish was placed in rice and allowed to ferment and then the rice was thrown away. Nowadays, the rice is usually one of the most important parts of the role [sic] and the fresher the fish the better. This method of eating raw fish and rice started in the early 17th century. The rice was seasoned with rice wine vinegar, which allowed for the sushi to be eaten right away, instead of consumers having to wait months for it to be prepared.

Vultaggio further adds that sushi was traditionally served as a finger food that did not require the use of chopsticks. These tidbits of information are often lost among aspiring chefs and foodies, which is precisely why an establishment like Mikuni Sushi, one of the best restaurants in Sacramento, CA hosts public and private ‘Sushiology’ classes in various places throughout the state. For people who wish to organize Japanese-themed parties and events, such a service should prove rather useful, as preparing sushi rolls correctly is definitely a learned talent.

For instance, most sushi aficionados might think that the key to a sushi roll’s taste lies in the choice of raw fish, meat, and/or vegetables (collectively known as neta). However, the flavored rice (known as shari) commands greater importance as its sensitivity to moisture and temperature variations can affect the taste of the whole roll. When preparing sushi rice, therefore, all traces of starch must be removed so the rice doesn’t taste dry in the mouth. Sushi rice should also not be refrigerated, because doing so will destroy its naturally fine texture.

While artful presentation enhances the overall dining experience, sushi is still best served with the essentials like mats, rice paddles, and bowls of miso soup, which should be consumed after eating sushi. Japanese restaurants in Midtown Sacramento, such as Mikuni Sushi, can be counted on to know these appropriate methods, which makes them the perfect caterers for anybody who wishes to celebrate sushi long after International Sushi Day has passed.

(Source: International Sushi Day 2014: Fun Facts And How To Eat It, International Business Times, June 18, 2014)

Roseville, CA Restaurants: What Types of Drink Goes Well with Sushi?

Many folks who frequent elite Roseville restaurants know that sushi and beer—especially Japanese beer—are like a match made in heaven. However, did you know that wine and sushi are also delicious together? Be it a palate-cleansing sparkler from France or a coastal white wine from Italy, the right wine choice can make for a truly special sushi meal. Here are some awesome pairings for your sushi, courtesy of Fiona Beckett’s Matching Food & Wine:

Koshu and other crisp whites. If you haven’t come across koshu you will soon. It’s a crisp clean white wine that’s made in Japan from the koshu grape.

Low dosage champagne and other dry sparkling wines such as drier styles of prosecco and Crémant d’Alsace. Delicious.

Dry riesling – very dry – so think Alsace, Austria and southern Germany rather than the Mosel or more fruity rieslings from Australia or New Zealand.

Oaked Portuguese white – can’t explain exactly why but it works especially with the more full-on flavours of modern sushi (especially if it involves sesame).

Young red burgundy – now this may come as a surprise. It was recommended to me by a Japanese sommelier. I still prefer a white or sparkling wine with sushi but if you prefer a red this is the type to go for.

Tips for choosing the perfect match

According to taste connoisseurs, robust-flavored wines pair well with sushi rolls. However, it’s best to avoid wine that’s too sweet, because you don’t want it to overpower the fish’s flavor. Meanwhile, wine that’s too sharp can suppress the flavor of white fish like sea bass and snapper; you’re better off combining the wine with fattier, more flavorful fish like salmon and trout, as they better complement one another.

Sake and sushi

In her post, Ms. Beckett also includes one unusual sushi match: Sake. She admits that the two are not traditionally consumed together, even in Japan, and that’s because sushi and sake share an essential ingredient—rice. If not carefully chosen, combining the two can result in a “rice showdown,” instead of a complementary dining experience. The author does offer one important tip to make the two work together: Drink your sake chilled instead of room temperature.

Not sure what you like best? The input of chefs in the Roseville, CA restaurants you visit, such as Mikuni Sushi, can be very helpful. Generally, they’ll start you off with something easy and then move you up to something more exotic. The trick is to not be afraid of trying everything at least once. Eventually, you’ll find the perfect beverage to match your favorite sushi dish.

(Source: EIGHT GREAT DRINK PAIRINGS FOR SUSHI, Matching Food & Wine, Mar. 11, 2014)

Elk Grove, CA Restaurants: Where Did the Term ‘Happy Hour’ come from?

For years, Sacramento locals have gone to Elk Grove, CA restaurants at the end of a day’s work to de-stress and enjoy time with friends while sipping on drinks offered through a special dubbed “happy hour.” Where did the term really come from, though? Chances are good that you know what it means, but do you know what it refers to? If not, perhaps a little insight into how celebrating this particular time of day came to be a commonality will allow you to enjoy it even more. If nothing else, it will give you a nice conversation starter the next time you and your friends go out.

Happy Hour history

According to Wikipedia, the term “happy hour” has existed for centuries. One of its most notable and earliest uses was in William Shakespeare’s King Henry V, wherein the main character says “Therefore, my lords, omit no happy hour that may give furtherance to our expedition . . . .” Regarding its history, the information website deduces that the phrase “happy hour” being used in the context by which we now know it probably originated in the 1920s in the United States Navy, when sailors scheduled a period of entertainment activities to vent off stress accumulated during long periods at sea.

 

 

In a Seattle Magazine article, cocktail experts present another take on how the term possibly came to be:

It was earlier, in the 1920s, thanks to the failed experiment called Prohibition, when brave citizens gathered for pre-dining hours specifically focused on consuming then-illegal cocktails at a speakeasy or home bar. Eventually, the ideas merged, and people began using the phrase frequently to refer to a jolly time had when drinking with friends during the late-afternoon and early-evening hours. But I believe the notion of ebullient tippling with pals and gals before dinner dates back even farther. For example, in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part II, enthusiastic imbiber Falstaff says, “Come, I will go drink with you, but I cannot tarry dinner.”

Reverse happy hour

The typical time period for happy hour is anywhere between 4pm and 7pm. However, in recent years, many food establishments have created a “reverse happy hour” designed to accommodate people whose after-work hours happen late in the night instead of the early evening.

Happy hour’s true meaning

Whatever time of day it may be held, be it reverse or not, the ‘happy hour’ that people know today only means one thing: Enjoying food and drinks at a discount! What’s more, popular Elk Grove restaurants like Mikuni Sushi offer both Happy Hour and Reverse Happy Hour, giving you even more reason to enjoy this special time of day that so many people have come to love and look forward to.

 

(Source: The True Meaning of “Happy Hour”, Seattle Magazine)

Sushi Restaurants in Roseville: Why they’re Safer than Homemade Sushi

In today’s society, making sushi is about as easy for a homemaker as it is for a master chef. Yes, master chefs have trained for years to perfect their craft, but all you need to get things rolling at home are the ingredients, tools, and instructions you can glean from the Internet or cooking shows. With a bit of practice, you can go from a creating mediocre sushi to a truly inspired dish in no time at all.

However…

Be forewarned. Depending on where you purchase your fish, making homemade sushi can be dangerous. Fish-borne parasites and bacteria can be extremely harmful to people when ingested, and the bad news is homemade sushi opens you up to these risks. An article by culinary consultant Marc Matsumoto on the PBS blog, discusses how purchasing your fish from all the wrong places can be hazardous to your health.

Just because it’s fresh doesn’t mean it’s safe to eat raw. Some fish, such as salmon, contain parasites that will make you sick unless they’ve been destroyed. Another potential problem is cross-contamination. This happens when “sushi-grade” fish gets cut on the same cutting board or using the same knife or handled with the same gloves as non-sushi-grade fish. If your fishmonger is storing unwrapped sushi-grade fish in the same refrigerated case as non-sushi-grade fish, this should be a big red flag.

Ultimately, what it comes down to is how much you trust your fishmonger to understand the best practices for handling fish meant to be consumed raw, and how much they trust their suppliers to hold the same standards.

Here lies the downside of preparing sushi on your own. To ensure that you are consuming the safest product possible, your best option is to find restaurants in Roseville, such as Mikuni Sushi, that can guarantee the safety of the sushi dishes they prepare.

How do the best sushi restaurants ensure the safety of their fish?

The FDA has a regulation that states that fish must be frozen first and held at a temperature of -35 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 7 days in order to destroy any potential parasites. The best sushi restaurants in Roseville, CA rigidly adhere to the FDA’s regulations, which is the reason you can be sure that the sushi they serve you is perfectly safe—and scrumptious.

(Source: The Myth of Sushi-Grade, Feb. 11, 2014)