One of the Leading Restaurants in Sacramento Offers a Gluten-Free Menu

After a long week at the office, one of the best ways to unwind is by dining out with your colleagues at renowned restaurants in Sacramento. However, some of your co-workers won’t just be scanning the menu for the food; they’ll also be on the lookout for ingredients that contain gluten.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale, which helps food made from these grains maintain their shape. Unfortunately, some people suffer from celiac disease, which causes them to experience adverse reactions to gluten. This article from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’ website offers an overview of this condition:

Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. What does this mean? Essentially the body is attacking itself every time a person with celiac consumes gluten.

Celiac disease is triggered by consumption of the protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the finger-like villi of the small intestine. When the villi become damaged, the body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, which can lead to malnourishment.

Aside from malnutrition, celiac disease can also cause unpleasant symptoms such as bloating, constipation, headaches, and fatigue. Left untreated, it can lead to even more complications, such as the development of osteoporosis, thyroid disease, and other autoimmune diseases.

As such, dining out often causes more dread than pleasure for celiac sufferers as they might inadvertently consume gluten. They might also find themselves going to a restaurant with friends, only to find that there are no gluten-free items they can order.

Fortunately, leading Sacramento restaurants like Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar have created special gluten-free menus just for these diners. They can feast on items like sashimi or a variety of healthy and gluten-free sushi rolls. Other options include items like pickled cucumber salad, and teriyaki dishes made with gluten-free sauce.

According to Harvard University, as many as two million Americans have celiac disease, though only about 300,000 of them have been diagnosed conclusively with it. With so many people suffering from celiac disease, it’s reassuring to know that restaurants have begun modifying their menus to accommodate people with this condition.

 

(Source: CELIAC DISEASE, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness)

Japanese Restaurants in Sacramento, CA Embrace Tradition and Invention

The 68th Japanese Food & Culture Bazaar is exactly as it sounds: a celebration of culinary excellence and love for tradition that makes all things Japanese stand out in cosmopolitan California. A Sacramento Bee feature details preparations that transpired at the event, particularly the significant contributions made by the Sacramento Buddhist Church. In the spirit of the Bazaar, it’s not just the young ones who shouldered most of the work:

Tradition has driven the bazaar since its inception, of course. The dishes are prepared from family recipes handed down through generations, and the arts reflect a millennia-old culture. Many of the church member volunteers have been its lifeblood for decades, including some who were there at the start, such as Mitzie Muramoto, 89, and Molly Kimura, 90.

The experience can be roughly summed up as a mix of old and new, which is another thing that has allowed Japanese cuisine to remain fresh and contemporary while retaining its original identity. While ordinary people can create their own sushi and teriyaki recipes, these pale in comparison to the originals made with the knowledge passed down from multiple generations.

For instance, Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, one of the best restaurants in Sacramento, CA, follows suit by providing both traditional and modern incarnations of renowned Japanese dishes (like hamishi and gluten-free teriyaki). The chefs behind such creations know that Japanese cuisine is more intertwined with the culture that created it than most people think.

Traditionally, the Japanese prepared food according to the season. In spring, for example, most of dishes would incorporate bamboo shoots rather than chestnuts, which are abundant during fall. Fish and soy sauce are staples throughout the seasons, though, since the Japanese typically lack meat and dairy in their diet. As demonstrated in the Japanese Food & Culture Bazaar, recipes typically differ from one family to another.

Teriyaki is perhaps the best example because its taste largely hinges on the ingredients that go into the making of the sauce. Teriyaki sauce is typically made from soy sauce, sake, ginger, and sugar. Other variants make use of garlic, honey, and sesame oil. As such, teriyaki dishes served in the best Japanese midtown Sacramento restaurants are bound to have rather unique and tangy flavors. This only goes to show just how Japanese cuisine changes constantly while keeping certain things the same.

 

(Source: Japanese Bazaar is much more than food and arts, The Sacramento Bee, August 3, 2014)

Sushi at Roseville Japanese Restaurants Bring East and West Together

America’s relationship with sushi and Japanese cuisine in general is relatively young. According to Food52, an online community for chefs and cooks all over the world, it was only during the 1960s that sushi was placed on the U.S. food map by one small restaurant in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo that catered to Japanese and American businessmen. When Japanese cuisine finally made waves in other cities like Chicago and New York, only then did sushi become a nationwide hit.

With the introduction of the Philadelphia and California rolls, though, sushi has since become westernized to the point that most people don’t know the difference between sushi and maki anymore. Fortunately, certain Japanese restaurants in Roseville, CA, like Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, serve both authentic and American-style Japanese dishes, and reward loyal patrons with nifty perks and merchandise that other Japanese restaurants don’t offer.

The easiest way to distinguish traditional sushi from a westernized roll is to analyze the ingredients. Sushi typically features rice laced with vinegar then topped with raw fish, other meat, and/or vegetables. Maguro or “tuna sushi” is probably what most Americans refer to when they think about sushi, since this dish is very simple as far as ingredients and presentation are concerned. Saba or “mackerel sushi,” on the other hand, is quite different because the fish needs to be preserved first to maintain its rich taste during preparation. Meanwhile, kani or “crab sushi” stands out from the rest because it is always served cooked.

Anything that deviates from these standard recipes is likely to be a westernized form of sushi. California rolls are a great example because their name, presentation, and choice of ingredients are anything but traditional. California rolls are actually a type of maki (i.e. rolled sushi) and are usually made from avocado and crab meat, which are then lodged inside rolls of rice California Rolls have seaweed wrap. Exciting Roseville restaurants mix things up by adding other ingredients into the recipe like cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sesame seeds.

While many people prefer authentic sushi over westernized ones, and some vice versa, this doesn’t change the fact that sushi is now a part of the American palate. New recipes are bound to be introduced in the future and enhance America’s enduring love for Japanese cuisine.

(Source: The History of Sushi in the U.S., Food52, November 29, 2013)

One of the Best Restaurants in Roseville Offers Key Sushi-making Tips

When it comes to bite-sized delicacies, few dishes can get anywhere near the popularity of sushi. Between 2000 and 2005, U.S. consumption of these tasty morsels increased by 40%, and sushi restaurants now represent a $2 billion industry.

If you’re one of the many people who can’t get their fill of sushi, why not make your own rolls at home? Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, one of the best restaurants in Roseville, offers a few crucial tips to nascent sushi masters like you:

Rice” to the Occasion

If sushi were a painting, rice would be its canvas. As such, Gourmet.com reminds newbie sushi makers to pay special attention to buying and preparing rice:

The single most important element of sushi-making is the cooking of the rice. It’s so important, in fact, that future sushi chefs in Japan spend the first two of their seven years of formal training learning to master this step. For the best shot at success, be sure to buy the right stuff: Japanese medium-grain sushi rice. A few of my favorite brands are Kokuho Rose and Nishiki, but you can also opt for Koshihikari Premium or Tamanishiki, all of which can be found in large supermarkets, specialty stores, or online. Whichever you choose, remember that the type of rice is more important than the brand: Do not attempt to make sushi with anything but sushi rice. Other types contain lower levels of amylose (the sugar found in rice grains) and will not achieve the required sticky texture.

Avoid Sticky Fingers

Sushi rice needs to be sticky in order to hold its signature shape. Unfortunately, the rice grains will also stick to your hands as you attempt to roll sushi, a challenge all sushi neophytes face. To prevent this problem, keep your hands moist at all times by keeping a bowl of water on hand. Whenever things get too sticky, just dab your hands into the water so you can handle the rice without trouble.

Don’t Overstuff!

Of course, the real stars of sushi rolls are the ingredients tucked inside. As delicious as the filling may be, though, resist the urge to stuff too much of it into your rolls (this applies to the rice as well). If you do, you won’t be able to roll the sushi all the way through; and if you somehow manage to, it will simply burst open, being overstuffed.

If you want to learn more pro-tips on sushi making, you can also take private sushiology classes care of leading restaurants in Roseville, CA like Mikuni Sushi. Through these courses, you can become a sushi master in your own right!

 

(Source: EIGHT GREAT TIPS FOR HOMEMADE SUSHI ROLLS, Gourmet.com, March 21, 2012)

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)