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Mochi is Awesome

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!

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Mochi 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?
Hajime 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.

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Toshikoshi Soba

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!

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Winter Break Wrap-UP

Here we find ourselves at the very tail end of Winter Break.  Hopefully you and yours had a magnificent holiday season!  Alas, tomorrow brings the return of the usual routine.     

Feeling kind of happy but also kind of sad about no longer being stuck with the kids 24/7?  You could make tonight extra special by renting, purchasingborrowing, or downloading one of the best movies ever.
Up is a delightful choice for everyone in the family.  Even those perpetually negative teenagers will probably dig it, although they will most likely deny it.  And hey, if you just don’t have the time to watch it tonight, definitely put Up on your “to see” list.  There are still many rainy, cold nights left to come this winter. 

Dug’s Special Mission rules.

We highly recommend watching Up without any previous knowledge of what the movie is about.  That’s how you keep the surprises surprising!  But if you are into all kinds of spoilers, here you go.   Warmest wishes for a superb 2010!

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