1. Want to Get Healthy? Eat Sushi!

    If you are like most in Kirkland, you have probably made a New Year’s Resolution to eat better, exercise more, and generally live a healthier lifestyle. In many cases, healthy eating is equated with only snacking on raw veggies and trying to involve kale in as many appetizing ways as possible. However, healthy eating isn’t just all raw veggies and eating low carb. Sushi actually has many healt…Read More

  2. A Brief History of Sushi

    The origins of sushi are unknown. However, when the topic comes up, especially late at night while friends or family are clustered around the fire with warm saki—or any other perfect storytelling scene—a folktale is often told as the explanation for sushi, our modern delectable cuisine that we enjoy here in Kirkland. The folktale begins with an older woman who lived during Japan’s ancient ti…Read More

  3. How Do You Do Lunch in Kirkland?

    As we talked about in our last blog, lunch is important not only for your brain’s function, but also your wellbeing. There are of course many places to eat lunch in Kirkland, but when you’re craving delicious food and looking for a Japanese restaurant that won’t do your taste buds wrong, you should head over to Sushi Joa. If you visit us for lunch, here is how to do lunch with us well. Small…Read More

  4. 4 Reasons to Take a Lunch Break

    It’s easy to get caught up in work or to feel that taking a lunch break would greatly disrupt your productivity, and sometimes that is the case. However, taking a lunch break most days is a healthy choice and one that can actually greatly benefit your productivity. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of taking a midday break. Brain Function Eating food and eating the right food can greatly …Read More

  5. Grab Lunch at Your Local Japanese Restaurant in Mercer Island

    Some would say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We at Sushi Joa don’t necessarily disagree, but we would say that lunch is just as important because it keeps you going after your breakfast has worn off and is a great break between the doldrums of work. We can’t guarantee the food of any other restaurant that offers lunch, but we can guarantee that if you stop into Sushi Jo…Read More

  6. Why is Japanese Cuisine so Healthy?

    If you’ve been trying to lose weight or generally create a healthier lifestyle for yourself, you’ve probably realized that fad diets just don’t work. Sure, you may see some results upfront, but those results quickly peter out after a couple weeks, when your body adjusts to the change. Instead of switching from diet to diet, a lifestyle change can be vastly more beneficial in the long term. T…Read More

  7. Know The Etiquette: How Sushi is Eaten

    Sushi may feel like a popular food fad in America, but in Japan, this subset of food preparation is centuries old and steeped in tradition. If you’re new to sushi (or just want to learn more), there are a few etiquette rules to follow that differ from your average restaurant. Follow these easy guidelines the next time you go out for sushi.   Seating Choices In many sushi restaurants, there will…Read More

  8. Treat Mom to Sushi for Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to treat your Mom to a special day in recognition for all she does for you and your family. Think back to last Mother’s Day. It was a while ago, we know, but hopefully you can remember what you did to give your mom a special day. Maybe you brought home an abundant bouquet of bright flowers for her to enjoy. Or maybe you chose a mo…Read More

  9. How is Sushi Seaweed made?

    Anyone who has enjoyed sushi, whether in Japan or at their local Japanese restaurant, surely understands just how integral sushi seaweed (nori) is to every roll, wrap, or bite of so many varieties of sushi. Imagine what your favorite sushi rolls would be like without that umami salty sea flavor enhancing the combination of rice and fish! Because nori is a naturally growing product, it involves a b…Read More

  10. What Makes Japanese Cuisine Different?

    America has played host to Japanese restaurants for decades now, but if you feel like you’ve been seeing a marked increase in popularity in recent years, you aren’t wrong! Between the increasing number of sushi restaurants across the country and the number of shows featuring Japanese cuisine on channels like the Food Network, it’s easier than ever to learn more about this distinctive cuisine…Read More