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Thirsty Thursday: Halloween Cocktails Edition

Keep your Halloween bash’s libations in good, haunted spirits with the following recipes provided by RA Sushi, Sapporo and  and STILLHOUSE Moonshine.

 Geisha's Spell

Geisha’s Spell

Cast a spell with one of RA Sushi’s Potent Potions, such as:
• Witches Brew (single $9/double $18): a bubbling blend of Southern Comfort, Amaretto Disaronno, cold sake, liqueurs and tropical juices.

• Frozen Black Lagoon ($7) is a spine tingling mix of sparkling white wines, Bacardi Rum, yuzu, and peach and strawberry purées.

• Geisha’s Spell ($7) is a magical concoction of cold lemonade, Skyy Raspberry vodka, Chambord, fresh lemon sour and a splash of soda.

Geisha’s Spell from RA Sushi
What you need:
1.5 oz. Skyy Raspberry
.5 oz. Chambord
2 oz. lemon sour
.5 oz. soda
.25 oz. Blue Curacao
Garnish: sugar rim, lemon slice, gummy worm
Directions: In an ice filled mixing glass, add all ingredients except Blue Curacao. Shake and pour into a glass rimmed with sugar and filled with ice. Top with Blue Curacao. Garnish with a lemon slice and gummy worm.
Visit RA Sushi in Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd.
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Jack-O-Lantern

Jack-O-Lantern

Cocktail: Jack-O-Lantern from Sapporo
What you need:
1 oz cognac
.5 oz grand marnier
1.5 oz orange juice
.5 oz ginger ale
Orange wheel and lime twist for garnish
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange and lime “Pumpkin Top.” Fold a small piece of lime twist/peel in half and insert it into the center of an orange wheel.

Visit Sapporo in Scottsdale: 14344 N. Scottsdale Rd.

 

STILLHOUSE Moonshine Whiskey’s Haunted Cocktails

STILLHOUSE Bloodbath

STILLHOUSE Bloodbath

STILLHOUSE BLOODBATH

What you need: 

2 oz STILLHOUSE® Original Moonshine

3 oz Tomato juice

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Salt & Black Pepper to Taste

3 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

2 Drops Tabasco

Garnish: Celery Stalk

Method: Build over ice

Glass: Pint

Monster Mash

Monster Mash

MONSTER MASH

What you need:

2 oz Stillhouse Original

2 oz Fresh Juiced Squash

3/4 oz Browned Butter Beer

3/4 oz Sage Simple Syrup

Garnish: Whole cinnamon stick

Method: Shake & fine strain. Serve down.

Glass: Rocks

Franken-shine

Franken-shine

FRANKEN-SHINE

What you need:

2 oz Juniper-infused STILLHOUSE Original Moonshine

1 oz Pasteurized Egg White

1 oz Fresh Juiced Granny Smith Apple

¾ oz Fresh Lime Juice

¾ oz Simple Syrup

Garnish: Fresh Rosemary sprig across

Method: Shake hard & Hawthorne strain up

Glass: Coupe glass

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RA Sushi rolls out refreshing summer menu

RA sushi rolled out its summer menu, which offers a little twist on many traditional Japanese staples.

Edamame wontons

Edamame wontons

The summer menu, offered through September, gets started with a great edamame wonton appetizer. This offers a great spin on a RA favorite, the edamame dip. The lightly fried wontons are filled with a creamy edamame cheese mix.  These light, but taste-filled wontons offer a little bit of spice without spoiling your tastebuds for the rest of the meal.

Four new crisp summer salads are among the newest additions to the summer menu. Sushi and salad merge to form Japanese cuisine bliss with the sashimi salad, which includes tuna, yellowtail, salmon and shrimp sashimi with mixed greens, seaweed, cucumber, avocado, lo bok, poke dressing and is topped with sesame seeds, wonton chips and sliced red pepper. The restaurant tosses together other great takes on Japanese cuisine with the Asian chicken salad, the grilled shrimp and pineapple salad, and the dill salmon and cucumber salad.

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Signature rolls with RA’s classic Japanese fusion accompany the salads for a new summer delight. The menu offers three hand rolls each wrapped in lo bok and soy papers and served with rice as well as romaine lettuce. The spicy tuna hand roll and the chili ponzu yellowtail hand roll are both filled with the perfect balance of fresh vegetables and fish giving the rolls a light summer blend.  A shrimp tempura roll comprised of kani kama crab mix, tuna mix, creamy wasabi sauce, avocado, cucumber, and of course shrimp tempura, is among the exquisite hand rolls.

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The menu also offers four other rolls, including the seared dill salmon roll, which includes cucumber, avocado, arugula rolled and topped with seared salmon, lemon, and truffle salt.  This roll gives a great twist on the traditional salmon roll and offers a nice vegetable flavor from the dill that works perfectly with the salmon.  Summer at RA also includes a chili shrimp roll, lobster salmon roll and shrimp calamari tempura roll.

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Thirsty Thursday: RA Sushi Bombpop

Oh, say can you see? There’s a patriotic cocktail just waiting to turn your Fourth of July weekend into the dawn’s early light. This week’s red, white and blue-themed Thirsty Thursday comes courtesy of RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant, which will make you one of these bombastic babies for $8.

RA Sushi Bombpop!

RA Sushi Bombpop!

What you need:
Bottle of Smirnoff Ice
.25 oz. Blue Curacao
1.25 oz. Three Olives Cherry Vodka
.25 oz. Grenadine

How to make it:
Step 1: Drizzle grenadine in a sake cup and add vodka.
Step 2: Pour eight ounces of Smirnoff Ice into a 12-ounce bucket glass.
Step 3: Drizzle Blue Curacao along the inside of the glass.
Step 4: Just before serving, drop the sake glass into the bomber glass.
Tip: Serve with the remainder of the Smirnoff Ice.

RA Sushi has five Valley locations in Mesa, Tempe, Ahwatukee, north Scottsdale and Old Town Scottsdale. For information, visit RAsushi.com.

Nicholas "Nicky" Mailliard, the nephew of one of RA's founders, who lost a long battle with brain cancer at the age of 13.

RA Sushi hosts fundraiser for children’s hospital

From Sunday, May 25, through Saturday, May 31, RA Sushi will host its largest annual fundraiser, “Nicky’s Week,” to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases. In its 10th year, the week-long fundraiser benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where thanks to community support, no family ever pays for anything. The cost of treatment, travel, housing and food is covered so that families can focus their attention on their child’s health and well-being.

During Nicky’s Week, RA Sushi will donate 100 percent of sales from a variety of menu items and beverages to St. Jude to help support the hospital’s lifesaving mission. Since its inception, Nicky’s Week has raised more than $1.3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The special Nicky’s Week food menu includes: Edamame, Tootsy Maki, Shrimp Nigiri, Pork Gyoza, Chicken Yakitori, Garlic Citrus Yellowtail, plus a variety of select beverages.

All 25 RA Sushi locations in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada and Texas will participate in the fundraiser. The five Valley RA Sushi locations are:
Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., 85044. Call 480-940-1111.
Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85254. Call 480-951-5888.
Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, Ariz., 85281. Call 480-303-9800.
Dana Park: 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, Ariz., 85204. Call 480-632-9500.
Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85251. Call 480-990-9256.

Nicky’s Week was developed in memory of St. Jude patient Nicholas “Nicky” Mailliard, of Scottsdale, Ariz., who lost a long battle with brain cancer in 2005 at the young age of 13. A nephew of one of RA Sushi’s founders, Nicky held a special place in the hearts of RA Sushi associates throughout the organization. RA Sushi initiated the fundraiser to honor the memory of Nicky and to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude, where no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay for medical treatments.

“Nicky’s Week is an exciting time for our team members. Everyone at RA Sushi rallies behind the cause and is honored to help the brave children benefiting from the lifesaving treatment and research at St. Jude,” said RA Sushi Regional Manager, Jeff Berlinsky.

St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, so every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. The hospital treats children from all 50 states, including Arizona, and around the world.
Garlic Citrus Yellowtail

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The backstory: RA Sushi

What started as a childhood friendship during grade school at a Scottsdale elementary school grew into an enduring business partnership. At the age of 28, Rich Howland and Scott Kilpatrick, along with two of their college friends, founded the now national sushi restaurant chain, RA Sushi Bar Restaurant.

Fresh out of college from The University of Arizona, Rich and Scott began their professional careers separate from one another, but it wasn’t long until the two concocted an idea to start a business together in their hometown of Scottsdale. Another college friend, Todd Belfer, was brought in as a business partner. It started when they purchased an Old Town Scottsdale restaurant called Trappers. With great enthusiasm, they decided to open an upscale Mediterranean restaurant in its place featuring complex entrees and an upscale design. The restaurant fell flat in less than eight months.

Back to the drawing board, longtime sushi fans, Rich and Scott realized there was something missing in the sushi restaurant scene in the Valley. Many traditional sushi restaurants were drawing crowds, but they didn’t have an alluring ambiance to combine with quality sushi.  The pair realized there was a demand for sushi restaurants, but they thought they could improve the concept by combining quality Japanese fusion cuisine, with a hip, stylish decor that would appeal to a younger crowd.

The concept was born, but the owners knew little about sushi operations. In June of 1997, they sought out a longtime acquaintance from their days in college, Tai Obata – a sushi expert and someone they trusted. Tai accepted a proposal to become a partner. To obtain funds to transform the failed Mediterranean restaurant into a trendy, contemporary sushi bar and restaurant, they brought in a number of colleagues who served as part owners. By adding investors, the original owners were able to greatly expand their circle of friends and customers. They credit much of their start-up success to this business decision.

The original team of owners quickly became the construction crew, interior designers and marketing professionals. Tai drew on his expertise as a native of Japan and longtime sushi chef to design the sushi bar and create the menu. Rich, Scott, Tai and the crew rolled up their sleeves and began building the restaurant’s interior all the while touting the new restaurant concept to locals.

In less than six months, the four business partners and a host of local investors opened the first RA Sushi in Old Town Scottsdale in October 1997. The concept took off and the place soon became the hotspot. By mid-1999, RA Sushi opened its second location in Tempe. The concept thrived and although there were some growing pains along the way, Rich and Scott remained at the helm. With a new bank loan and an extremely tight budget, RA opened two more locations in the Phoenix area in 2001 and 2002. In 2002, they were surprised to learn that Benihana Inc., operator of the nation’s largest chain of Japanese theme and sushi restaurants, was interested in purchasing the company.

Benihana purchased RA Sushi in late 2002 and immediately began expansion of the concept. What four young friends started has grown into a successful national restaurant concept with 25 locations throughout the United States. Initially, Scott, Rich and Tai stayed on board to oversee the exciting new adventure. To this day, RA’s corporate office remains in Scottsdale, with Scott as the Vice President and Tai as the Executive Chef. Rich has since moved on to other restaurant ventures.

 

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RA Sushi Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

Valley-based RA Sushi Bar Restaurant opened their first restaurant in 1997 in Old Town Scottsdale, founded on the premise of great sushi and good times. Fifteen years later, the company has grown to 25 locations nationwide, including five in Greater Metro Phoenix. To celebrate 15 years of successfully combining fresh sushi, Japanese fusion cuisine, and a “RA”ckin’ vibe, RA Sushi is hosting a customer appreciation day and throwing the mother of all parties on Thursday, November 15!

RA’s anniversary celebration will be all about good food, good times and good deeds! As a way of saying “thank you” to the loyal guests who have supported RA over the years, all day long on November 15, receive a 15 percent discount off your tab at any RA Sushi location. RA also feels it’s important to continually give back to the communities in which it does business. During the customer appreciation day on November 15, RA will donate 15 percent of all profits to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, whose mission is to provide food assistance to those who need it the most in the community.

Time flies when you’re having fun, and RA has made sure this anniversary celebration will be the bomb! On November 15 from 7 p.m. to close, take a trip down memory lane to the 90s and enjoy a variety of slammin’ food and drink deals. A selection of $5 drink specials include: The Usual Suspects (Jack and Cola), Teen Spirit, Baywatch Punch, Pineapple or Grapefruit Gin and Juice, Vanilla Ice Martini, Boombastic Bombers (Kirin & Kirin Light), or go for a $3 Spud’s Suds (Bud or Bud Light). Treat yourself to 90s-inspired sushi, such as the Fresh Prince Roll ($7), Kramer Roll ($8), Show Me the Money Roll ($9), and the “RA”dical Roll ($10).

Visit RA Sushi on November 15 at any one of five Valley locations:

* Ahwatukee: 4921 E. Ray Rd., Phoenix, Ariz., 85044. For more information, call 480-940-1111.

* North Scottsdale at Kierland Commons: 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85254. For more information, call 480-951-5888.

* Downtown Tempe: 411 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, Ariz., 85281. For more information, call 480-303-9800.

* Mesa at Dana Park: 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, Ariz., 85204. For more information, call 480-632-9500.

* Old Town Scottsdale: 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz., 85251. For more information, call 480-990-9256.

Date Night: Sushi Bars

Sexy Sushi Night: Date Night At Sushi Bars

Sexy Sushi Nights: When the only thing fishy is your food — not your date’s behavior. Take your next date night to one of many sushi bars throughout Scottsdale.


Eating sushi is a lot like dating.

“Think about the first time you went out for sushi – and a typical first date,” says Stephen Stromberg, executive chef at Sapporo in Scottsdale. “Both take a little courage at first, but the adventure is (usually) well worth it.”

So, it makes sense that sushi is a top dining choice for first dates of all ages. But how does one plan the perfect sushi night?

Dare to discover

Sure, California and Las Vegas rolls are staples for many of us. But, why not show your date you are open to new things by stepping outside of the sushi comfort zone?

“Always look for items that are custom to the venue,” says Stromberg, whose own menu includes the MT Roll, a salmon soy paper roll invented by, and named after, their own sushi chef, Mikel Tan; along with a signature Scottsdale roll bursting with spicy scallops.

Make it hot, hot, hot!

Not all first dates are created equal – some are certainly hotter than others.
Sushi is the same way.

While adding a dollop of spicy mayo or wasabi to your favorite roll can certainly spice up the date, why not indulge your taste buds, together, in a culinary adventure by really turning up the heat?

“Be her renegade Romeo by ordering your Juliet a roll with jalapeño and spicier versions of standard ingredients like tuna and yellowtail,” Stromberg says.

Sapporo carries more than half a dozen hot options, including the Surf’n’Turf roll, which marries crab, filet mignon and tabasco sauce into a mouth-watering menu stand-out. Also popular is the Fuji roll, which is topped with spicy yellowtail, making it as visually hot as it tastes.

Pick pairings with passion

“Innovate while you libate,” adds Mike Hanley, bar manager at Sapporo. “Don’t settle for a martini simply shaken or stirred — order it frozen and share tastes!”

Frozen Passion Mango Martinis, which are blended with vodka, rum and mango and passion purees and poured atop a raspberry liqueur, and Sapporo Slushes, which are made with vodka, fresh-squeezed juices and simple syrup, are among the most popular drinks for first dates.

Also, choose drinks that are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

For example, Sapporo’s Purple Dream is layered by ingredient into a glass and brought table-side so the guest can play mixologist, stirring the ingredients together into a perfect purple blend.

One last tip for a sexy sushi night — ditch the chopsticks!

“In Japan, it’s customary to use one’s hands to eat rather than chopsticks,” Stromberg says. “A perfect excuse to feed each other!”

Readers' Pick logoSapporo Scottsdale
14344 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(480) 607-1114
sapporoscottsdale.com

Other sushi bars to check out:

Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar
(480) 315-9800
bluewasabisushi.com
Sushi Brokers
(480) 515-5000
sushibrokersaz.com
Stingray Sushi
(480) 427-2011
stingraysushi.com
RA Sushi
(480) 990-9256
rasushi.com
PURE Sushi Bar & Dining
(480) 355-0999
puresushibar.com
Geisha A Go Go
(480) 699-0055
geishaagogo.com

Scottsdale Living Magazine Summer 2012