Tag Archives: sapporo scottsdale

KickinPalomarita

Summer Sips for Sizzling Nights

Most people think that August signals the end of summer – unless you live in Arizona.  With the hot summer temperatures here to stay for at least another month or two, what better way to cool down than to kick back with an ice-cold drink?
From fruit-infused cocktails to flavorful spritzers, Valley restaurants have you covered with light, summer-inspired beverages to not only to quench your thirst but please your palate. Even better, some places like Sapporo Scottsdale have paired their seasonal sips with some sizzling summer deals! From now until Labor Day, Sapporo is offering all day, every day happy hour on their signature cocktails, including:

For the tequila lover

Feeling adventurous? Sapporo’s Kicken’ Palomarita made with El Jimador Blanco Tequila, fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit, lime juice, jalapeno infused agave nectar, and Aperol is the perfect go-to cocktail after a long day.

StrawberryBasilMartiniGet fancy with fruit

If you’re looking for fun summer fruit- infused drinks, look no further than the Strawberry Blossom Martini. A creative mixture of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, St. Germaine, lemonade, strawberry puree, and Kenwood Yulupa Brut makes for a refreshing way to get part of your daily fruit serving.

Herbal Infusion

For the herb lover there is the Lavender Gin Martini made with Hendricks’ Gin, Averna Amaro, lavender infused agave nectar, pomegranate juice.

Beat the heat with Bourbon

Looking for a fruity cocktail without the frill? Try the Ginger Bourbon Lemonade. It’s a summery take on bourbon with a perfect mixture of  Citrus Infused Woodford Reserve, sour mix, simple syrup, Triple Sec/O3 Liquor, Sprite, lemon wheels and a touch of ginger.

cucumber sageCool with cucumber

Cucumbers are having a moment. Perfectly cool and crisp to enjoy during summertime, the Cucumber Sage Martini is a fresh combination of Hendricks’ Gin, cucumber slices, sage leaves, lemon juice and simple syrup.

For the calorie counter

kinnyPineappleMojito_01Sapporo offers a delicious summertime cocktail that won’t ruin your bikini body! Try the Skinny Pineapple Mojito, a combination of Little Black Dress Pineapple Vodka, lime squeeze, mint leaves, simple syrup – 100 percent flavorful for only 100 calories!

It’s not summer without sangria

Try this summery take on sangria: a Basil Mango Sangria – Sycamore Lane Chardonnay, Svedka Vodka, Brandy, DeKuyper Peach Schnapps, fresh pineapple puree, fresh mango puree and basil syrup.
In addition to Sapporo’s Liquid Market Menu, guests can enjoy a variety of food discounts from the all day, every day happy hour menu which includes appetizers, signature rolls and rice bowls. For more information, visit SapporoScottsdale.com.
[metaslider id=11722]

SAPPORO SCOTTSDALE AIMES TO PLEASE PALATES & PALETTES AT LOCAL EVENTS

Whether talking flavor “palate” or color “palette,” there is no denying it – Food is Art.

So, doesn’t it make sense then that food should support the arts whenever possible, be it via culinary creativity, playful plates, daring décor and even a helping hand or two?

Art has a huge influence on us here at Sapporo Scottsdale – from our hand-crafted sushi rolls to our colorful cocktails, and our performing arts-inspired teppan chefs. Our mission, in fact, is to create an artful masterpiece with every meal.

Some of our favorite “artsy” eats and drinks featured this February:

  • Vanilla-Scented Pomegranate Mojito, made with 10 Cane Rum, Pomegranate Juice, Mint and Lime – perfect for the “Girl with a Pearl Earring.”
  • Passion Mango Martini, made with Skyy Citrus Vodka, Bacardi O, Passion Fruit and Mango Puree – perfect for the similarly passionate “Van Gough.” Just don’t let him near a knife!
  • Rainbow Roll, a California Roll topped with Tuna, Shrimp, Salmon, Yellowtail, Snapper and Avocado – perfect for “The Starry Night.”
  • Surf’n’Turf Roll, Tempura Crab, Seared Filet, Avocado, Cucumber, Spicy Mayo and Tabasco – sure to make even “Mona Lisa” smile.

Passion Mango Martini

Sapporo Sushi

At Sapporo Scottsdale, we understand and incorporate the “food is art” notion, and in the coming months we will be providing food to support the arts through the following events:

Third Thursday Social

We are pleased to announce we have partnered with the Scottsdale League for the Arts (SLA) to host their February “Third Thursday” social event, which will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. For a $5 donation, we will be serving up complementary appetizers and drink specials that show off our own artistic abilities. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase and all proceeds from the evening benefit SLA’s mission to support the arts and art education programs throughout the Valley of the Sun. You can see photos of past Third Thursday events here.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Burger Battle

As part of the week-long Scottsdale Culinary Festival celebration in April (also supporting SLA), our team will Burger Battle against more than a dozen of the best chefs in town as we compete for the coveted title of 2013 Best Burgers in the Valley.

At 6:30 p.m. on April 11 at Scottsdale Stadium, guests will be challenged to try each and every burger, then vote for the best bite of the night. A panel of judges will also choose their favorites. The winning restaurants take away trophies and unlimited bragging rights.

Cost to attend is $55 per ticket and includes all burgers plus ice cold Leinenkugel’s beer, soft drinks, fries, dessert and live music.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival’s Eat, Drink and Be Pretty

For our third year in a row, the powers that be are dusting off my finest chef’s coat so my team and I can “see and be seen,” while feeding the most fabulous foodies in the Valley at Eat, Drink and Be Pretty. This fashion-forward experience comes complete with a runway, models, fashion and, of course, food! The event will take place on April 12 at 7 p.m., at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $75 per person and include food, drink, fashion, live entertainment and more.

Why We Do It – And Why You Should Too

Since 2002, SLA has donated more than $3.5 million to arts programs in Arizona through funds raised at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and Third Thursday events. Not only do the events raise money for their cause, SLA aims to draw attention to the unique dining options Scottsdale has to offer and to network with like-minded people.

winter wine

Winter Wines To Please The Palate

A change in seasons means a change in a lot of things — from the weather to your wardrobe. But it also means it’s time to change what pleases the pallet, and in this case, we’re talking wines. No longer are the airy, sweet notes of summer an appropriate pairing to bring out the best of your meal, but full-flavored, hearty flavors to warm you from the inside.

As the temperature drops, there are several selections of bottles bold enough to withstand the winter months. Wines that are perfect for cold weather cuisine included the 2006 St. Supery Dollarhide Estate Cabernet Sauvignon — an excellent vintage and perfectly balanced Cabernet from Napa. The wine is concentrated with black cherry and currant fruit notes with a little spiciness from white pepper, anise and even some spearmint. Complex and forward without being over bearing, the Dollarhide Estate Cabernet is a wonderful compliment to rich, complex dishes and will not overpower the flavors.

Other notable winter wines include:

  • 2011 Wild Horse Pinot Noir Central Coast

    Aromas of raspberry and cherry blend with the flavors of pomegranate and black cherry in this smooth and supple choice. Structure and depth created by French oak aging, this wine compliments earthy dishes like mushrooms and roasted pork loins.

  • 2010 Qupe Syrah Central Coast

    With an emphasis on a Syrah’s spicy and mineral aspects and a strong, savory component, the big and bold flavors of the 2010 Qupe Syrah Central Coast is less fruity than most Central Coast wines.

  • 2010 Folie a Deux Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

    A blend of zinfandel and petite Syrah, the deep plumb flavors are complemented by black pepper spice tones. A small amount of petite Syrah enhances the wine’s complexity as well as adding depth to the color.

  • 2010 Massimo Malbec Mendoza

    A light whiff of oak, gentle spice notes, this Malbec is a succulent selection that finishes with spicy, cedar and floral tones. Pairs well with hearty beef entrées that are popular in the winter months.

  • 2009 Freemark Abbey Merlot Nappa Valley

    Spicy and sweet, the dominating oak flavor is layered with black cherry, raspberry, dark plum and dark chocolate notes. Spices like cinnamon, cloves and vanilla warm the palate, and the velvety textured paired with the rich flavor makes this a strong wine with a long finish, perfect as a standalone winter night-cap.

Don’t be alarmed, white wine lovers, as winter wines will not leave you high and dry.

Although the name sounds warm, a 2011 Summerland Bien Nacido Chardonnay is the special kind of white wine that pairs with winter’s traditional heavier meals. This golden Chardonnay is very food friendly with a nice minerality that compliments the lighter flavors of dishes without overpowering more savory dishes. This is a small production wine whose winery we have an exclusive arrangement with. Fresh, muttled peach and honeysuckle blossoms highlight the bouquet and flavors allude to baked and Asian pear.

If you are looking to try some of these wines, visit Sapporo Scottsdale during Wine Down Wednesdays when select bottles of wine are half-off all day on Wednesdays, giving you a chance to experience some new note and tones at a discounted price.

In addition to these cool-weather collections, certain spirits can help those looking for refuge from the cold and mundane. Sapporo Scottsdale’s winter liquid market includes Ginger & Beer using Tio’s Handmade Vodka, Domaine de Canton, Fever Tree, orange bitters and beer foam; Rye Knot made with Rittenhouse Rye, Disarrono, Carpano Antica and orange bitters. And, of course, nothing can warm your core as well as hot sake, which comes in a variety of flavors for your choosing, perfect for that quick warm-me-up while still upholding the integrity of a fine Japanese meal.

For more information on some of the winter wines mentioned here, please visit tavisstockrestaurants.com/wine in which featured wines are highlighted.

For a full list of cocktails and wines available at Sapporo Scottsdale, please visit sapporoscottsdale.com.

barrett-jackson

Revving Up Your Restaurant Menu For Barrett-Jackson

On Monday, January 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sapporo Scottsdale has partnered with Barrett-Jackson — the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction — for the first-ever Barrett-Jackson Dine and Drive In Week, an official kick-off to the 2013 event. During the event, Sapporo will offer its signature happy hour menu, which includes more than a dozen regional and international wines by the glass, as well as a specialty-themed Barrett-Jackson signature menu sure to get guests’ motors running — and mouths watering.

Barrett-Jackson signature menu at Sapporo Scottsdale:

The eats:

  • Supercharged Sushi Roll with lobster, lemon, asparagus and tempura crab, topped with big-eye tuna and spicy mayo — $12
  • The Cruising Cougar Roll with seared yellowtail, crab mix, avocado, jalapeno and a garlic butter sauce … the Cadillac of sushi! — $10
  • Sapporo’s Turbo-Charged Pad Thai Tacos with choice of seared seabass or hoisin BBQ pork and filled with Asian slaw, avocado and remoulade aioli — $10

The drinks:

  • Clementine Coupe Devile: A perfect blend of Hendricks Gin, triple sec, simple syrup, sour, clementines and mint — $9
  • NOS Punch: A fuel injection of orange, cranberry, Woodford Bourbon, sour and spiced syrup — $8
  • Supercharged Sangria: An infusion of Shiraz, brandy, apples and cinnamon — $5

In addition to the revved up menu, classic and collector cars much like those being auctioned at Barrett-Jackson will be on display from car clubs across Arizona, and the team from Barrett-Jackson will be on hand with free tickets to the event, gift cards and more.

And we’re not the only ones. Several venues Valleywide are “gassing up” their menus in clever ways — many recipes you can do at home, too!

A sampling of additional fuel-up January 2013 menus:

January 8
The Living Room and The Sushi Room in Chandler
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The eats:

  • Chavelle SS – Prime rib sliders for a little muscle
  • Hemi – A prime rib sandwich for those who like it big
  • Barracuda – The exotic Tropic Tornado Roll
  • Mach 1 – Any maki on the menu

The drinks:

  • Shelby Fastback – Premium liquor for those who appreciate the finer things
  • GTO – Size “0” vodka or gin, fresh cucumber, lime, soda

January 9
Humble Pie in Peoria
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The eats:

  • GTO BLT: Crisp bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo served on sourdough
  • Challenger Meatball Sandwich: Meatballs, Romano, Parmesan, provolone and red sauce served on a hoagie roll
  • Studebaker Wedge: Shaved red onions, tomatoes, ranch dressing, gorgonzola crumbles
  • Steak and Turkey Chili: Black and white beans, tomato, onion, spices, sour cream

The drinks:

  • The Cadillac: Jose Cuervo gold tequila, Cointreau, sweet and sour with a Grand Marnier float
  • Old Fashioned: Bulleit Bourbon, bitters, sugar, fresh orange and cherries
  • Mustang Sally: She’s hot! Jalapeno-infused vodka, Bloody Mary

January 11
Four Seasons Troon North’s NEW Proof Cantina
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The eats:

  • Taps & Apps:  Happy-hour pricing all night

The drinks:

  • Original Octane featured cocktail of the night
  • Crafted cocktails

The bonus:

  • Four Seasons will also be extending a special room rate of $339 for the night of January 11, which is more than $100 off the nightly rate.

For more information about Barrett-Jackson, please visit facebook.com/barrettjackson.

Tips for Preparing, Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

Sapporo's Tips For A Successful Thanksgiving Dinner

Whether you’re heading home for the holidays or you’re hosting your family, Thanksgiving can be a stressful time. A time to be spent with family and friends can quickly turn bad as the pressure is on to make a delicious and memorable meal. Thankfully, there are some tips to help alleviate some of that stress-at least in the kitchen.

At Sapporo, the chefs know a thing or two about the pressures that can exist in the kitchen, especially during the holidays. Create a delightful meal and beautiful experience for your family and friends with minimal time and effort. Wise in the ways of cooking and pleasing guests, here are a few tips and tidbits to help home cooks this holiday season and help get Thanksgiving dinner on the table with ease.

Plan your Thanksgiving menu early

Having your family, friends and neighbors over for the big dinner? You don’t need to be a top chef to make a delicious meal. Thanksgiving should be a time to relax, so don’t spend too much time slaving over the stove. Choose menu items that all guests will love, and prepare ahead of time to help alleviate stress on Turkey Day. Side dishes like soups, mashed potatoes and stuffing can be made and stored in the fridge. You can even get other family members involved, offering a potluck style Thanksgiving dinner and having everyone bring their own dish that day.

Fake it, don’t bake it

Not everyone can bake like Martha Stewart. So, if you don’t like baking or just aren’t good at it, save yourself the time, and don’t do it. Bakeries and grocery stores have all the pies and baked goods you could need for the holidays. Before the big day, stock up on all the traditional favorites and store in the freezer. When it’s time for dessert, serve them on decorative plates to give the illusion you made them. Turn a store-bought dessert into a semi-homemade treat by making your own dessert toppings like whipped cream and caramel sauce.

The quick and easy clean-up

Who wants to spend Thanksgiving evening doing dishes and cleaning the counters? Avoid the Thanksgiving aftermath by taking steps to make for a quick and easy clean-up. Don’t like doing dishes at all? Get out the plastic ware. Once guests are done eating, a simple toss in the trash will have clean up done in no time. Use cooking spray to help prevent food from sticking to the surfaces of your pots and pans. Avoid dishes piling up in the sink by cleaning as you go. In-between courses, load the dishwasher and wipe down counters. You’ll be able to enjoy your evening instead of being left with a mess when it’s over.

Thanksgiving is not only a time to indulge into delicious turkey; it is also a time to serve people around you. With an organized plan and no fuss clean-up, holiday gatherings this year will be fun for everyone — including the cook. By keeping things simple, you will be able to relax and enjoy the holiday with friends and family.

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

Taste, Sip and Give Back: 3 Must-Attend Fall Events

Taste, Sip And Give Back: 3 Must-Attend Fall Events

Whether indulging on a selection of small bites or sampling some of Arizona’s finest wines, giving back has never tasted so good. As the weather cools, delicious giving opportunities designed to benefit some of the Valley’s most impacting nonprofit organizations will be hot, hot, hot!

With so many great, upcoming fall events, we had to narrow it down. Here’s some of the tastiest bites:

A Bite for Kids

Taste, sip and socialize with Arizona’s best chefs and restaurateurs for the 8th annual Phoenix Cooks celebration at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. This special event, taking place all day on September 1, 2012, will include everything from chef demonstrations and cooking classes to raffles and celebrity cooking challenges, with all proceeds benefiting the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Not hungry? Take a sip from 30 wine sampling booths, or try some beer from the Alaskan Brewing Company. A best bet for fun — my personal cooking workshop at 2 p.m., which will focus on simple sushi recipes you can make at home. You can purchase your tickets here.

Breast of Scottsdale

A Bite for Breasts

It is the pinkest party Scottsdale has ever seen! On Wednesday, September 12, Sapporo is pleased to be partnering with Belvedere Vodka to host the first-ever Breast of Scottsdale, benefiting the Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH). During this special event, the community is invited to dress in their pink best and sip and sample sumptuous pink-themed food and drink menu items while enjoying great music, interactive photography and other surprises. A portion of the proceeds from these items, which will be officially available throughout October at Sapporo Scottsdale, will benefit Arizona Institute for Breast Health and its critical mission to offer Arizona women diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion on their treatment options, completely free of charge. All proceeds from this event will benefit the organization’s Pink Light District. Pink attire is requested, and there will be prizes for the most fabulous, creative and innovative pink fashions of the night. The cost to attend is a $25 donation to the organization, which can be made by visiting AIBH’s website.

A Bite for Pat

On Friday, November 9, we at Sapporo are so proud to sponsor the Weekend Jetaway! This event, focused on raising funds for the Pat Tillman Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, respectively, will feature live music, culinary creations from leading Valley chefs (ahem!), cocktails and casino games in a private jet hangar within the Scottsdale Airpark.

In addition to sampling special treats from our and other leading chef’s fall menus, during the event guests will have the chance to win several fabulous prizes, including the grand prize — a luxurious all-inclusive, first-class trip on a private jet.

“It is through the generosity of our donors that we are able to directly impact the lives of Tillman Military Scholars by providing the financial and educational resources needed to prevent undeserved debt, increase economic stability and establish a foundation for greater career opportunities,” said Marie Tillman.

To purchase tickets, please visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s website.

Other events to chew on in coming months include: Taste of Hope, Corks & Chords, Dine Out with the Chefs, Play All Night, Russo and Steele, and AZ Wine & Dine.

Pink Light District

Arizona Institute For Breast Health Announces Return of Pink Light District Fundraiser

As part of the annual Pink Light District to benefit the Arizona Institute for Breast Health (AIBH), members of the Arizona community and beyond are invited to sponsor a pink light in honor or in memory of a loved one touched by cancer. The Scottsdale-headquartered, nonprofit organization stands behind its mission to provide women diagnosed with breast cancer in Arizona a second opinion on treatment options completely free of charge.

Pink Light DistrictPink Honor Lights may be given to anyone touched by breast cancer in any way. They can shine in honor of a brave survivor, in memory of a loved one or to recognize that special person in your doctor’s office. There is no limit to the number of lights one can buy to recognize and honor those in their lives. Sponsorships of multiple lights and other donation opportunities are also available.

“The lights, available for sponsorship now through October 31, will glow over the Marshall Way Bridge in downtown Scottsdale starting October 4 and throughout the rest of Breast Cancer Awareness month,” says Christine Fenwick, executive director of AIBH and 17-year breast cancer survivor.

In addition to the light, each honoree who is gifted a light will receive a Pink Light Tribute Card, and his or her name will be placed in the 2012 Pink Light Honor Album on the AIBH website. “This year, we are extremely honored to have Dr. William Leighton as our 2012 Pink Light District Premier Sponsor,” Fenwick says.

In addition to Dr. Leighton, other valuable corporate sponsors include Yeager North, Iron Medical Systems, Olive & Ivy, Anasazi Internal Medicine, HMA Public Relations, Sapporo Scottsdale, Leighton & Abdo Attorneys at Law, Fiesta Furnishings and Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists, which is led by AIBH co-founder, Dr. Coral Quiet, who also serves as the organization’s volunteer medical director.

Fenwick adds that other interested potential partners are welcome to visit AIBH’s website  and contact her team to arrange a fundraising event.

“Since our inception in 1998, we’ve sought to provide education, resources and support to newly diagnosed patients with the help of our volunteer team of physicians and medical professionals whose specialties include breast radiology, breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, reconstructive surgery and breast pathology,” says Dr. Quiet, whose team was recently named a 2012 Healthcare Leadership Award honoree and a 2012 Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Hero finalist for the critical service they provide to the community.

For more information about Pink Light District, or to sponsor a pink light for $25, please visit pinklightdistrict.org.

Sapporo Summer Fare

Summer Fare with a Refreshing Sapporo Flare

When we reach those 100-plus-degree days in Arizona, the last thing that tempts the taste buds is a heavy meal. While it may be a “trend” elsewhere, it’s been a mainstay to the eating habits of Valley residents for … ever.

According to the Meatless Monday initiative, which encourages Americans to forgo that form of protein for that particular day each week, going meatless can reduce one’s risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.

For days that aren’t “meatless,” using substitutes of chicken or fish instead of beef — which are mainstays at Pacific Rim restaurants, like Sapporo — can only benefit one’s health that much more. As I mentioned in my last article, sushi can help protect the nervous system, lower cholesterol and help prevent mental illness, among many other benefits.

A light lunch also isn’t light on the good things your body needs; it just doesn’t include excess carbs that will cause that tired feeling and eventual weight gain.

With that in mind, there are a plethora of light, healthy dishes that can be made throughout the summer, which are perfect for those weekend barbecues or work lunches.

Case in point: Sapporo’s Spinach Gorgonzola Salad. We include chicken that may, of course, be left out or substituted with salmon, tofu, etc. It’s a very simple dish that can either be a great starter or the main course itself.


Spinach Gorgonzola Salad

Ingredients:

Chicken Breast1 – 6 oz. piece
Spinach4 oz.
Fuji Apples (julienne)2 oz.
Gorgonzola (crumbled)2 oz.
Candied Pecans1 oz.
Salt/Pepper (for marinade)To season
Olive Oil (for marinade)½ oz.
Balsamic DressingSee recipe below

Procedure:

1.    Season chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper, grill and small dice.
2.    Gently toss all ingredients together with dressing, and serve in chilled, large, white salad bowl.

Balsamic Dressing

Ingredients:

Balsamic vinegar1 cup
Fresh Garlic (minced)¼ cup
Canola Oil3 cups
Brown sugar½ cup
Dijon Mustard2 oz.

Procedure:

Mix all ingredients in a blender, slowly adding oil last, on medium speed (to emulsify).


Not only is this dish light and healthy, but the preparation is minimal.

And for those mid-week workdays, when the chefs at Sapporo make this dish for you, it’s something that won’t make you feel sluggish or want to run to the nearest Circle K for a 5-hour energy drink. The best part being? (Aside from that happy, healthy feeling). Eating light at lunch can allow for a guilt-free happy hour.

For more information, menus, hours and location of Sapporo, visit sapporoscottsdale.com  or call (480) 607-1114.

2012 Food Trends

Food and Beverage Unplugged: 2012 Food Trends

While last year brought the emergence of the cupcake, this year’s new food trends will have you saying, “That is so last year.” From infused drinks to a social dining experience, 2012 brings promising expectations for foodies nationwide.

Guests will not only get a chance to tempt their palate with new tastes, but also engage with chefs, staff and other restaurant-goers, making for a truly memorable dining experience.

2012 Food Trends:

Move Over Meat

It is the year of the vegetable, and fish, and fruit … well, any good-for-you fare. With resolutions of healthier eating on the minds of many restaurant-goers, a trend that will continue to grow but shrink the waistline, will be the emergence of healthier menu options (hint hint: sushi, which has omega 3 fats — aka good fats — that protect the nervous system and provide vitamin D and proteins). Be it by using fresh, locally grown produce or keeping calories at a minimum, chefs are keeping guests’ guts in mind when taking the red marker to their menus.

Get Your Tepp-an

Blurring the lines between dining and entertainment, restaurants will be offering guests a chance to socialize and engage in the cooking experience this year. From table-side cooking to communal tables, guests will be rubbing elbows and getting to know each other well into 2012.

While many might not be used to the idea of dining with strangers, teppanyaki service, such as that available at Sapporo, engages guests with entertainment as the main entree.

Imbibing Infusions

This year, expect to see cocktails take a new approach. Just when we thought things couldn’t get any trendier, the infused cocktail came along. Bars will begin to be fully stocked with house-made syrups and infused liquors (think lavender vodka, cucumber rum, smoke-flavored tequila or liquors tasting of elderflower and tea). While more prevalent with lighter spirits, such as vodka, gin and sake, expect to see bartenders experiment with darker spirits as well.

Food Truck Takeover

Once despised “roach coaches” have now turned into modern day food trucks that are taking America by storm. Considered, in some cases, a gourmet kitchen on wheels, local food trucks can offer everything from exotic fare to high-end desserts on the go. When ordering a Bento Box to go isn’t in the cards, a walk to the nearest food truck is always a good option.

Goodbye Gluten

While sushi restaurants, like Sapporo, are a gluten-free guest’s go-to, look for more restaurants to join the gluten-free bandwagon this year. With more and more people having food allergies, restaurants across the nation will be offering tastier options for those needing to avoid wheat protein.

Unlike ever before, restaurants are raising the bar. No longer are they settling for mediocre drinks and already-been-done fare. Experimentation and creativity have unleashed a new style of dining and new way of preparing and serving food to hungry guests. Whether you’re dining as a group at a teppanyaki table or sipping on the newest concoction from your favorite bartender, it’s highly likely that you will be doing a lot of both this year.

For more information on Sapporo, visit sapporoscottsdale.com or call (480) 607-1114.

Sushi Rolls, Sapporo

Eat Sushi Rolls, Lose The Stomach Rolls

The New You in 2012: Eating sushi will help you trim down and reach your weight goal

As every year comes and goes, New Year’s resolutions are put in to place. But do you keep them? Most don’t — be it lack of motivation, hectic lives that get in the way or whatever the case may be. For those who choose to eat healthier in 2012, however, it is not as hard as it may seem. Yes, those trips to the fast-food burger joints should come to a stop, but when eating in smaller portions, having more than the typical three meals a day and sticking to the right foods, losing those extra pounds becomes a breeze.

Sapporo Sushi RollsHow do you know if a food is right for you or not? Low in fat, high in proteins, vitamins, etc. are all good things to look for. But that doesn’t mean foods you’re eating now aren’t healthy for you. Take for example, sushi — low in saturated fat and high in protein.

While some things like eel and fusion style sushi (rolling maki with different types of rice and varying ingredients, such as basmati rice, salsa, lamb, capers, etc.) can be higher in fat, lower in protein or whatever the case may be per mixture of ingredients, sushi is actually a healthy food that can help you reach that 2012 weight goal.

Some sushi, and many of the other items on the Sapporo menu, that may tempt the taste buds, while also trimming the waistline include:

Sushi Rolls:

Veggie RollAlaskan RollSapporo Roll
California RollTekka MakiRainbow Roll
Spicy SalmonSpicy YellowtailTora Tora
Spicy TunaWawa RollMT Roll
Scottsdale RollSpider RollRed Tiger Roll

New Lunch Items:

Noodle/Rice Bowls: Seared tuna, spicy grilled salmon and the Pad Thai optionsNagiri and Sashimi (excluding eel)Signature Rolls: Sauté Roll, Blue Fin Special and Citrus Yellowtail
Crispy soft shell crab sandwichSalads: Wonton chicken, grilled teriyaki salmon and spinach gorgonzolaBento Boxes: an assortment of aforementioned items

These are merely an example of some low-cal dishes one may find not only at Sapporo, but in restaurants across the Valley. The key is knowing your ingredients, researching some of your favorite foods to know which may be healthier than the rest and even utilizing the plethora of smartphone apps that can do everything from telling you the contents of a dish you’re considering or helping you count calories as you go about your day (some highly-rated apps to try include Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker, MyNetDiary Pro, Tap & Track Calorie Counter, etc.).

Cheers to a healthier new you in 2012 and enjoying some sushi along the way!