Explore Saké Like Never Before!

Rumor has it that you want to learn more about saké.  We also heard that you want to learn in a super tasty and non-intimidating setting.  Well, Hajime is going to make it a night to remember with an amazing saké pairing dinner at Mashiko on Wednesday, November 9th from 6:30pm-9:30pm.

Truly a special event, this dinner will be a seven course meal paired with Yaegaki and other premium sakés.  Each course will be introduced by our very own Chef Hajime Sato along with a brief explanation of the individual sakés and how they were chosen to pair with that course.  There will also be an added emphasis will be on the importance (and deliciousness) of sustainable seafood.

At $80 per person (plus tax and gratuity), this saké pairing dinner is a great deal that makes for a memorable night.  Seating is very limited, and advance reservations are required.  Give us a call, and we’ll save a space for you!

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West Seattle Food Bank

Some of you may already know that we are big supporters of the West Seattle Food Bank.  Along with providing groceries, the West Seattle Food Bank also provides a variety of infant and toddler supplies, pet food, personal hygiene items, books, gardening information and supplies, voter registration services, and referrals to other social services.  Whew!  That is a whole lot of good that is being done for our community!

We understand that times are especially tight for many right now.  Being able to donate time or money may not be an option for some.  But we have great news!  There is an alternate way to support the West Seattle Food Bank.  We were delighted to read this blurb in their latest newsletter:

“Your receipts from Metropolitan Market and West Seattle Thriftway can be turned into cash.  Send us your receipts and we will then submit them to these stores for a 1% donation of the pretax total.”

Holy smokes!  Just think of how quickly that would add up if we could get all of the shoppers of these fine supermarkets to just mail in their receipts.  The moment it takes to address an envelope can add up to so much more.  Please participate if you can.  Better yet, encourage your neighbors to do so, too!

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Freedom Fantasia – Only Two Shows Left

Looking for some fabulous after-dinner entertainment for this weekend?  How lucky you are!  You still have time to get your tickets for “Freedom Fantasia“: A liberty encrusted, justice soaked, apple pie scented pageant of patriotism!  With performances tonight and tomorrow night, you have two chances to enjoy some of Seattle’s finest Fourth of July entertainment.   Hajime says you should go see it.  And you do trust Hajime, don’t you?

Ben DeLaCreme's legs are worth showing up for anytime!

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What the World Eats

Don't expect to put this book down easily.

What can we say?  We really cannot recommend this book enough.

What the World Eats lets us tag along with Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel as they visit 25 families in 21 countries, observing what mealtime means to each of them.  Don’t be fooled – this is no boring textbook.  This is food and culture brought to life.  Each chapter begins with one family surrounded with a typical week’s worth of food.  From there, you are hooked.  Ever wonder what typical street vendor food might be in Ecuador?  Curious about what a kitchen looks like in Mali?  Family recipes, regional facts, and field notes are brought together in the most fascinating way.  The personal stories of each family will linger, challenging your ideas about food, family, and beyond.

And hey!  With the kids out of school, this book would be a great summer read for you to share with them.  Spending time together, having fun, and learning?  That would pretty much make you the coolest parent ever.

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Sushi Class for Tsunami Relief

We were just talking with our good pal Susan over at Dish It Up.  Do you know Susan?  She is such a treat.  But anyway, the thing is that Susan was telling us that there are still several seats available for their Sushi Rolls for Tsunami Relief class coming up on Wednesday, May 11th.  Why, that’s just next week.

Here’s the deal on why this class really needs to be completely full:  Sure, it will be loads of fun learning to make some sustainable sushi basics with our very own Chef Hajime Sato.  And of course, we know that the Dish It Up location in Ballard is full of fancy schmancy kitchen stuff that you’ll probably want.  But the real kicker is that this is a tsunami relief effort, with $20 of each student’s fee being donated to the American Red Cross.  Hajime’s instructor fee will also be donated.  Have fun, learn a bit, and contribute towards helping Japan?  Win, win, win.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday.  All mom really wants is more time with you, ya know.  How’s about making reservations for the two of you at Mashiko for dinner.  Then you can surprise her over dessert by telling her that you are both going to Dish It Up for this class!  Holy wow, she would be one happy mom.

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The Beauty of Hawaiian Abalone

As many of you know, our very own Chef Hajime Sato was in Hawaii last month eating lots of local fare and continuing his aquaculture research.  A good portion of one day was spent visiting Big Island Abalone.

Big Island Abalone's Hiroshi Arai showed Hajime ezo awabi in different stages of growth.

Most wild abalone habitats along the West Coast have been severely damaged, so it is very difficult to get any quality abalone in that manner.  Under the right conditions, abalone can thrive when properly farmed.  Big Island Abalone primarily grows a Japanese strain originating from Hokkaido called ezo awabi. Interestingly enough, the main food source enjoyed by these abalone is seaweed strains originating in our Puget Sound!  The clean, non-invasive conditions of this type of aquaculture produces 60 tons of abalone per year.  Think of what a relief this must be to the wild sources, allowing them to reestablish themselves in the oceans.

Oh so much delicious abalone...

Hajime returned with a fresh perspective on abalone.  What better way to share his renewed passion than to serve you some, fresh from the Big Island?  We just received a beautiful shipment of ezo awabi.  We invite you to stop by Mashiko to experience the unique flavor and very gentle texture.  You won’t find fresher abalone in Seattle!  They won’t last long, so get yours soon!

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Mashiko Featured in Seattle Magazine

If you haven’t tried our bento yet, we really think you should.  Now don’t give us that suspicious look.  Even the nice folks over at Seattle Magazine agree.  That’s why they included a little snippet about us in their “Best Seattle Restaurants 2011” article.  Our bento is not only a true taste sensation, it is also a super value.  We like that they paired it with a masu of sake.  Sake is great, isn’t it?  It kind of goes with every meal.  Sake with every meal.  Mmmmm…

But we digress.  Mashiko diners, we appreciate you more than we can accurately express.  We want you to eat what makes you happy.  But as always, we strongly encourage you to try new things.  Why?  Because our very own Chef Hajime Sato says so, that’s why.  So, how’s about a bento tonight?

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