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We Wish This Were An April Fool’s Day Joke

Tonight at 10:00pm, National Geographic Channel is debuting the season premier of its new series, Wicked Tuna.  Their website states: 

“Fishing is a hard life, and harder with bluefin stocks depleted. In Gloucester, Massachusetts, there’s a special breed of fishermen. For generations they’ve used rod and reel to catch the elusive bluefin tuna. They depend on these fish for their livelihood, and the competition is brutal.”

We are surprised that National Geographic would support bluefin fishing in any capacity as these fish have already been fished to near extinction.  There are currently no sustainable sources of bluefin tuna.  Check your Seafood Watch Pocket Guide or app for more reasons to avoid bluefin.  Why address the plight of the bluefin on their website, yet still choose to air this series?  We don’t serve bluefin, and we encourage everyone to not eat bluefin to give it time to repopulate.

What do you think?  Will this show address the sustainability of bluefin tuna?  Or will it just glorify those who choose to exploit bluefin to earn a living?  We’re cautiously curious.

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It’s Not Too Late To Be A Valentine’s Day Superstar

On the lookout for an amazing, super-last-minute Valentine’s Day gift?  How’s about some saké?  Better yet, how’s about making a date night of it?  It will be an evening to remember with an amazing saké class at Diane’s Market Kitchen on Monday, March 5th from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Our very own Chef Hajime Sato will be pairing some of his favorite sakés with a number of different cuisines.  Sake truly is a wonderful and very versatile beverage that works beautifully with many different favor profiles.  Join Hajime and Dianne LaVonne for an evening of exploration and imaginative food pairings.  Of course, your questions about sustainable seafood will be welcome.

This saké event is a great deal that would make a terrific Valentine’s Day gift.  Seating is very limited, and advance reservations are required.  Get registered now, and you can still be surprise your loved one tonight with the details of your upcoming saké date!

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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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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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Sustainable Seafood Goes Big

We’re guessing by now that you all know our good pal Casson Trenor.  Some might call him a hard worker, some might call him stubborn.  Hajime calls him all kinds of things.  We call his latest accomplishment with Greenpeace tenaciously wonderful.

So, after eight long months of constant badgering, Costco has finally agreed to drastically change their seafood policies, with great strides towards carrying only sustainable seafood.  Please do read about it here, or be lazy and just watch the short video.  It’s about time that the big guys are catching up to what West Seattle cares about.  Congratulations to Casson!  Long live the oceans!

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The Story of the Bluefin

We hope that everyone will watch this video and then tell someone else about it.

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UN Agency Favors Ban on Bluefin Tuna Exports

This article made us happy. 

Give bluefins a chance.

 

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