Latest Publications

Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant, Orlando FL

Rating: ★★★★★

8255 International Drive, Suite 136
Orlando, FL 32819

Let me tell you a little story about a place I found called Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant. Owner and Sushi Chef Toshi Kishimoto runs this terrific and authentic Japanese restaurant located right in a main tourist area of Orlando, Florida.

It’s a little hard to find, tucked away in a little shopping center out of sight from a busy street in a big tourist area. But if you can find it, you’ll be rewarded with a menu chocked full of tasty treats.

One cannot help but notice the tranquil ambiance created by the tasteful Japanese themed decor and relaxing Japanese music playing in the background. The entrance is decorated as an entrance to a Japanese gardens. In fact even the outside entrance is marked with a replica of a carved stone marker you might expect to find in Tokyo.

homemade uni

Yes, every uni lover should get their own from live sea urchins from time to time. It’s a pain in the ass! So naturally it’s guaranteed to make you appreciate your local sushi chef serving you straight out of his newly opened box of california gold uni. That heightened appreciation is the goal, unless you’re so infatuated with freshness that the work required seems fairly compensated.

So you start by going to wherever it is that you buy sea urchins. In this case it’s the local restaurant supply. Yes you can purchase sushi roe online today, in case you live in Kansas. They had these lovely green specimens today, so I bought a bagful. They’re cheap compared to the uni you buy at the sushi bar, believe me. I bought a couple pound bag for the price of one gunkan uni sushi at many places.

record bluefin tuna sale is TRAGIC

Head from the record setting bluefin tuna


Taxes, computing power and bluefin tuna prices seem to only increase. Some day, taxes will abate, and the growth in computing power will moderate. But tuna prices should continue to soar until there are no more wild bluefin tuna.

Earlier this month, the record price for bluefin tuna was shattered in the first auction of the year at Tokyo’s famous Tsujiki market. The winning bid was 56.49 million yen, or about $736,000, for the 593 pound fish caught off the Northern coast of Japan. That works out to over $1200 per pound.

This is not because the competition has increased since December auctions, or because the quality of this fish was better than past trophy specimens. This was a symbolic bid, in the highly symbolic first auction of the new year.

Huntsville Sushi Sampling

sushi chef at SakaoOur recent visit to Huntsville was the perfect excuse to once again sample some of the sushi bars in the North Alabama tech hub. And sample Alabama Sushi we did!

But we were determined to try sushi bars that we had not tried before. So we did not get around to some of our previus favorites like Edo.

First up was Sakao Japanese, located just off the main walkway in the fashionable Bridge Street pedestrian mall in Madison.

Oyako Don – simple but serious

Oyako Don is a Japanese dish made from chicken and egg served as a rice bowl. Thus the moniker: oyako means parent-child, and refers to the relationship between the chicken and the egg. Don is used for dishes served as a rice bowl, or don-buri.

oyako don

Delicious is an understatement, this dish is really a treat. Yet it’s not difficult to make. You can see the main ingredients from the photo.

New Sushi Rules for 2012

It’s time to take back our beloved cuisine from those who would bastardize it and degrade it through mindless commercialization.

2012 is our chance to start with a clean slate – let’s clean up the sushi scene, by instituting some tough new rules. Rules that are needed to reign in the undisciplined sushi servers out there. Ready?

10. Sauces that are in no way Japanese are no longer allowed on sushi. We cannot taste the ingredients when the roll is drowning in heavy sauces anyway.

That means no more duck sauce, kimchee sauce, BBQ sauce, melted cheese, red curry sauce, chocolate sauce, orange sauce, russian dressing, and peanut sauce.


Sushi PRO