Do you guys know our pals John and Frances? They are the fine folks behind Click! Design That Fits. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, Click! is an amazing shop where you can expect to find thoughtfully designed adornments for yourself and your home. Our very own Chef Hajime Sato has an especially hard time leaving there empty-handed. Not that we blame him.
As this Thursday, November 10th, is the second Thursday of the month, it is West Seattle Art Walk time! Art Walk is an excellent time to check out Click! as they will be open until 9:00pm. And hey, how often do you have something really fun to do on a random Thursday night? The Junction is cool like that.
Let us tempt you further: Join us at Mashiko for some delectable sustainable sushi this Thursday. Show us your receipt for a purchase made at Click! during this Art Walk, and we will bring you a complimentary order of edamame. That’s right, you will be rewarded with a yummy appetizer just for purchasing cool stuff. There will be $1 off select beer and saké as well. See you tomorrow!
It was announced last week that West 5‘s Dave Montoure was organizing a disaster relief fundraiser for the people who were affected by the tsunami in Japan. We are proud to say that we will be participating in “West Seattle for Japan” this Sunday, March 27th.
We have chosen to raise funds while also raising awareness of the uniquely satisfying flavors of Northeast Japan. We will be offering a bento with several items traditionally served in that region. Specific items will be rotating throughout the night as there is such a variety of things that we want to share with the dining public! This Northeast Japan bento will be available for only $25, with 50% of the selling price being donated to “West Seattle for Japan”. For a more complete experience, we will be recommending regional sakes for you to try as well. And of course, our very own Chef Hajime Sato will be on hand to answer questions about your bento, and beyond…
Whilst perusing the goods at our favorite Uwajimaya location yesterday, we were happy to spot our good friend Louise. Upon further examination, our delight grew as we realized that she was facilitating a complimentary mini sake tasting of three of Uwajimaya’s offerings. How cool is that? Today and tomorrow, tastings will be held between 2:00-5:00pm. Apparently the selections to taste will be rotating every weekend, so be sure to check back regularly for maximum sake enjoyment. Keep this schedule in mind as the dates and times vary based on which location you’d like to visit. We still think the International District locale is especially worth the visit. Be sure to say “Hi” to Louise for us! Then you might consider heading over to Mashiko for dinner. We’ve been known to do some fabulous sake pairings with our meals.
This may very well be the most fun you’ve had at the supermarket in a long, long time. Come on, you know you were going to pop in and grab a box of Hello Kitty Choco Pies anyway.
Everyone seems to agree – mochi ice cream
is a fabulous dessert option. But have you ever tried mochi any other way? If not, now is the time!
Janet Takahashi creates lovely illustrations and beyond
plays a key role in the traditional Japanese New Year celebrations. It is believed that it is very important to eat mochi around the beginning of the year as doing so will bring you good luck. What’s that you say? You are too cool to fall prey to superstitions? Okay then. Well, mochi is also incredibly delicious when prepared with kinako. You do believe in deliciousness, don’t you?
wants you to have a lucky and yummy 2011. Come by for dinner and tell your server that you’d like to try some mochi kinako. After your meal, you will receive a complimentary serving. But make haste, people. This offer stands only while supplies last.
Sure, we all know that soba (buckwheat noodles) is very tasty. But Hajime really wants everyone to enjoy some soba this week. Why? Well, it is a Japanese custom to do so. Since ancient times, there have been many reasons as to why we cannot finish up the old year without first eating soba:
• Soba is considered to be a bringer of good luck and family fortune. Because soba noodles are so long, they are also thought to bring longevity.
• Since soba is easy to bite, it is believed to sever any carryover of hardship that may have happened over the course of the past year.
• Soba has also been known to collect fortunes. During the Edo period, a craftsman used balls made of kneaded buckwheat to collect splattered gold and silver pieces in the working area. He then burned the balls over a hibachi and caught the residual precious metal pieces.
For many of us, 2010 has been a difficult year. In the spirit of moving forward in a positive way, Hajime would like to encourage as much luck as possible! That’s why everyone is invited to enjoy a complimentary serving of soba at Mashiko from December 26th through the 30th. Even if hardships have kept you from dining with us recently, please stop in for a few minutes to chat and enjoy a quick bite of soba. Nothing would make for a better send-off to 2010 than to connect with friends and wish them the best for 2011!
September is Mashiko‘s Sweet 16 – and we owe it all to you!
Thank you so much for supporting us through 16 years in business, with the last one being our first serving only sustainable seafood.
To express our sincere gratitude, all junmai sake will be 16% off all month long! Hajime really knows how to celebrate!
And since we deserve a little bit of R&R on our birthday, Mashiko will be closed this Sunday and Monday. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!
Last month, Mashiko Restaurant held a fundraiser that required participants to have moustaches. Here are our favorite participants:
Thanks to everyone who took part, we will be presenting the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with a check for $896.50. Way to kick the crap out of cancer, you sexy moustache-having warriors!