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What’s All The Fuss About Copper River Salmon?

by Daniel Schmoock, Mikuni Executive Chef The Copper River is the longest “river run” any salmon in the world must make, at over 300 miles.  It’s not just the length of the journey; it is also one of the steepest elevation climbs that any salmon in the world must undergo. Together with the icy cold… Read more

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Shiso—The Little Leaf with Big Power

It’s right there on your plate at Mikuni: a bright green leaf that looks like nothing more than a pretty garnish. Your instinct might be to push it aside without giving it another thought, focusing instead on the more interesting fare in front of you. But we have a better idea—and a very beneficial one,… Read more

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Taro Arai is the Featured Guest on “Entrepreneurs Unlimited” Radio Show

If you’ve never heard the story of how Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar started, you’ll want to listen to Mark Haney, host of Entrepreneurs Unlimited, interview Mikuni Chief Dreaming Officer, Taro Arai. Taro shares his dream of coming to America and the unusual circumstances of how the first Mikuni restaurant on Hazel Avenue in… Read more

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Mikuni to Host Job Fair

SACRAMENTO, CA – With seven locations in the Sacramento region, and one in Truckee, Mikuni plans to host a job fair on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on Arden Way. “We anticipate needing at least 140-150 new employees when we open our Folsom location,”… Read more

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Mikuni to Host Lord of Rice Competition

SACRAMENTO, CA – To help launch Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork Festival in September, the International Commodity Institute has announced the call for entries for the 2015 Lord of Rice contest. Professional chefs who currently own or work in restaurants throughout the world are invited to take part. Entrants must submit a brief online bio and an original… Read more

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Mikuni Restaurant Group To Open New Location at Folsom Point

SACRAMENTO, CA – With seven locations in the Sacramento region, and one in Truckee, Mikuni plans to bring its renowned Japanese cuisine and fresh sushi to Folsom at east Bidwell Street just off Highway 50. “We have waited for the right location looking at properties in El Dorado Hills and Folsom over the past couple… Read more

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Learn to Eat Sushi Like a Pro

  Sushi is scrumptious, easy to make, and possibly the fastest and most accessible contact point for Japanese culture that anyone could find. Plus, almost every ingredient that goes into making this tasty delicacy is filled with benefits. Clearly, sushi has a lot going for it. To truly savor sushi when you eat it in… Read more

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Eat Sushi, Live Longer: Tips for Ordering

Many people surf the Internet and read fitness magazines to try and find a way to extend their lives. The common perception is that a healthy diet and enough exercise are the way to achieve that. In a report fromThe Daily Mail, Guinness World Record Holder Misao Okawa shares her secret to a long and… Read more

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Enjoying Sake: It’s All About the Temperature

For sushi purists who frequent Elk Grove restaurants that specialize in Japanese cuisine, selecting the perfectly crafted roll is a main priority. However, the meal isn’t really complete unless it’s being served alongside sake or Japanese beer. On top of that, the manner of serving sake differs slightly with each variety – some sake are best served… Read more

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The Art & Etiquette of Using Chopsticks

Chopsticks have been around for thousands of years, and are the staple utensil in our Japanese restaurant. For some people, using chopsticks just seems to come naturally. For others, it’s an acquired skill that often begins with the addition of a rubber band. Whatever the case, once you’ve mastered the two-stick utensils, there are a… Read more

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Gen-JI-Mai – Rice Like You’ve Never Seen or Tasted It Before

Rice is rice is rice, right? Wrong. From texture to taste to nutritional value, different types of rice present a completely diverse experience for both your palate and your health. Some are starchier, some are chewier, some have more vitamins and minerals than others, but one rice stands out among all the others: Gen-Ji-Mai. Gen-Ji-Mai… Read more

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Happy Valentine’s Day

We asked Taro how the Japanese celebrate Valentine’s Day. He said the women give chocolates to men because traditional Japanese women are very reserved and do not openly express affection. So Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to express their feelings. There are two types of gifts of chocolate, Taro went on to explain. One is… Read more

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