1. 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

  2. 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

  3. How Sushi Went Global

    Today, sushi is a popular subset of Japanese cuisine all over the world. It’s rare that one even has to explain to a friend what sushi is, and many of Americans have grown up eating sushi despite living in landlocked parts of the country away from fresh seafood! At Sushi Joa, we are understandably sushi-crazy. Read on for a brief detailing of the lengthy history of our favorite part of Japanese …Read More

  4. Sushi That’s Pregnancy Safe

    Pregnancy cravings are a big deal, no matter how much they’re teased in popular culture. Pickles and ice cream may sound bizarre, but when baby starts demanding that specific combination, it might not sound quite so weird. Often, a body’s cravings are a way of replacing nutrients or minerals you may not be getting enough of, so it can be very important to listen to what your body is saying. Ho…Read More

  5. The Keys to Good Sushi Rice

    If you’re a sushi lover, you probably have a list of your favorite rolls, know which fish you’re in the mood for, which additional condiments come with each roll (if any), and know exactly how much wasabi you can handle. However, this list leaves out one of the most important components of sushi: the rice. At Sushi Joa, your Kirkland Japanese Restaurant, we understand that perfecting rice is a…Read More

  6. Create Holiday Traditions With Sushi Joa

    As the holiday season approaches, there will be parties and get-togethers nearly every weekend and even during the week! Between work, your other weekly commitments, and ferrying your kids to their usual activities, those parties just compound the crazy. All the bustle can make it hard to enjoy time together. We at Sushi Joa understand how important family is, especially during the holidays. You d…Read More

  7. Be the Best Sushi Date – Part 3

    Now that you know the basics of sushi, and you know basic sushi etiquette, it’s time to prepare for the date itself! What to Order What if your date wanted to try sushi, but isn’t keen on it? There are plenty of other options at Sushi Joa’s Japanese Restaurant! Bento Box A great suggestion is a Bento box! A Bento box can comes your choice of a protein, either tempura fried, marinated in Teri…Read More

  8. Be the Best Sushi Date – Part 2

    So you’ve set a date, researched the restaurant where you’ll partake in the best Japanese Cuisine, and know the basics of a sushi meal, now it’s time to get ready to be the best sushi date! Be Adventurous Being a great date, in general is all about being open to new things and sometimes, within reason, going with the flow. Sushi is all about adventurous eating! As many have said, you have to…Read More

  9. Be the Best Sushi Date – Part 1

    You or your date has decided to go on a sushi date at your local Japanese restaurant. Along with the usual butterflies, whether you’re the planner or invitee, here are some things to take into consideration before you slip on that dress or your best sweater and walk out the door with that special someone. Know the Basics If you’ve never had sushi, you should know what you’re getting yourself…Read More

  10. The History of Sushi

    Have you ever wondered where sushi originated? The art of sushi began long ago in Southeast Asia and spread to Japan around the 8th century. Originally, it was a way to preserve fish. The fish used to be wrapped in fermented rice which could preserve the meat for months. After the fish had been successfully preserved and used, they would throw the rice away! In the Edo period (between 1603 and 186…Read More