Japanese Izakaya, bars that serve food, are gaining popularity in the U.S. and Canada...
The City of Austin
|Austin Sushi News #45, August 2006
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New sushi bars are here...... Tomo, at 4101 W. Parmer Lane (phone: 512-821-9472), and Maru, at 4636 Burnet Road (phone: 512-458-6200). Post your reviews in our lounge.
The Austin sushi landscape is leveling out these days with some old sushi bars leaving while others are breaking new ground. Mimosa and Jade are gone while Sushi Sake and Origami are expanding. Origami has opened Origami Express at the Northwest corner of Burnet Road and Anderson Lane, while Sushi Sake is opening a second location down in the 2nd Street Warehouse District (note the fanciful spelling of "wasabi" below).
The August issue of Consumer Reports magazine exposes the treachery of salmon wholesalers who try to pass off farm-raised salmon as wild salmon. The article (linked here) cites both health and cost concerns, as well as mislabeling:
"Of 23 supposedly 'wild' salmon fillets we bought last November, December, and March, during the off-season for wild-caught salmon, our analysis found only 10 that were definitely caught in the wild."
Farm-raised salmon, it turns out, has higher concentrations of pollutants than wild salmon, so wholesalers want to pass off their salmon as wild whenever possible.
Still, America loves salmon, apparently, and it's good for you too:
"The average Americanís salmon consumption has quintupled in the past 16 years, and with good reason: The fish is high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and relatively low in mercury. "
The Natural Epicurean, a local macrobiotic cooking school, has more upcoming Japanese-related food classes:
Nabe, Sukiyaki & Stewed Vegetables
As always, HEB's Central Market Cooking School has a sushi class or two almost every month, usually featuring Tim Thomas, Executive Chef of Origami. His totally fun "Hands On Sushi" class is where you get blasted on Sake and Wine and learn the basics of making some kick-arse sushi at the same time. Yummers!
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