Our Popular Printed Japanese Sushi Menus

WaSa’s fresh take on our printed sushi menus

It’s 7:30 on a Tuesday night, and 20 people are waiting to get into WaSa Sushi and Japanese Restaurant.

Good sign.

They’re chatting happily outside in the winter chill of a shopping center parking lot in Irvine, Orange County, Calif. No grousing about the wait, just lots of chatter about the dining experience that awaits.

Another good sign.

Businessman Bronnie Lee and chef James Hamamori have a hit with their “new generation” sushi houses in Irvine and Newport Beach. They’re places that stand out in Orange County’s crowded sushi world. (The pair are also behind restaurants with the WaSa name in Rancho Santa Margarita and Laguna Niguel).

For fans, it’s the novelty of what Hamamori’s doing with sushi and other Japanese fare that defines the appeal. And for some detractors who sampled the food with me, it’s the novelty of what he’s doing with sushi and other Japanese fare.

That novelty comes to life with the “WaSa Treasures,” a list of 16 plates that take two-piece sushi servings and fuse them with sharp, saucy flavors. That is melded with a tradition-stocked sushi bar and a host of intriguing cold and hot appetizers and dinner entrees.

That Tuesday night, I grabbed four of the treasures at carry-out and hustled them home. I loved all four — ahi tuna in wasabi sour cream, smoked salmon with ginger sauce, seared yellowtail with jalapeño and seared jumbo scallop with tangy miso. The sauces were light, just touching on the essence of the raw fish, a zesty punch to my palate. I never even opened my little take-out portion f wasabi and soy sauce.

My wife, who is no fan of sauces on any food, turned thumbs down. She just objected to the sauces, on principle.

The same thing happened when I took three colleagues to lunch two weeks later. One is a relative sushi newcomer, one an aficionado, the third a devotee. I’m somewhere in the middle of that spectrum.

We sat at the bamboo sushi bar and settled into the cool room, which is painted in pastels and decorated in a hip, West L.A. style.

“Nice room,” said the aficionado, who is a designer. When our first course arrived, she hummed “nice presentation,” in approval.

“Wow,” the newcomer said, after biting into the seared yellowtail with jalapeño. The other two nodded in agreement, their mouths full. More full-mouthed murmurs of approval for the ahi tuna with wasabi sour cream.

“This is fantastic, a great place for people who are a little unsure of sushi,” the newcomer gushed.

And that set the devotee on a mission to see if the traditional sushi menu could stand up to her exacting standards.

She tried the salmon skin roll (baked salmon skin, cucumber, radish, bonito flakes, $3.75), pronouncing it “not bad” while the others bit in and exclaimed, “Oh, yeah!”

The lobster roll (steamed lobster, smelt egg, avocado, asparagus and mayo wrapped in soy paper) was too bland for her taste.

We took a side trip to the spicy tuna tartar when we spied a waitress carrying an order to another table.

The mound of raw tuna is piled into a tower, topped with avocado and a spicy sauce, all set on a banana leaf.<b< div=””>

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It was gorgeous, and we admired it on the plate for a full beat before we dove in.“I’m not sharing this,” the newcomer blurted out, though he had no choice. The aficionado and the devotee agreed: It was the best.After a few more exotic wanderings, the devotee wrapped up with kaki — an oyster shooter — and said that it, too, was not bad — a compliment.We all agreed that WaSa was a lively, fun place and that the sushi and other offerings ranged from interesting at worst to fantastic at best.That’s what Lee was shooting for when he opened the first WaSa in the Irvine Market Place shopping center in 2001. He’d spent more than a decade as an accountant. But he also put himself through California State University, Long Beach, working in his cousin’s restaurant. Then, he spent two years moonlighting as a minimum-wage sushi apprentice, including time working for Hamamori at O Sushi in Brea.

Hamamori worked his way up and through the Los Angeles sushi scene before Lee lured him to Irvine, then Newport Beach.

“There was just nothing like what we do going on in Orange County,” said Lee, an Irvine resident. “We brought the West L.A. style to O.C. — the sauces, the presentation, the whole visual side.”

After opening a small, traditional-sized sushi bar in Irvine, they added a tonier take in the Newport Bluffs shopping center in 2003. More upscale presentation, and prices.

But it’s the sauces and the style that they’re most proud of.

“We’re adding another layer of flavor,” Lee said.

It’s just what WaSa’s fans love.

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Letterpress printing

This month … When she’s not busy with her day job, web designer Dulcie Fulton runs her own letterpress studio. For the past two years I’ve been obsessed with letterpress printing. It’s a form of relief printing that’s been around for more than 500 years. There is a genuine craft to be slowly mastered; a refreshing counterpoint to the breakneck pace of web development, where we are always playing catch-up. What started out as a three-day refresher
course soon resulted in the purchase of a tabletop press. Over the next year and a half, I gradually took over our entire dining room, filling it with three small presses, type cabinets, and piles of inky paraphernalia.

When I bought a free-standing, treadle operated, cast iron platen press with a whacking great flywheel last year, I realised I really did need a proper workshop to put it all in! That’s where you’ll find me during my time off now. Working with letterpress has meant I’ve
become more interested in learning about traditional typography. One of the things I find
so wonderful about letterpress is that it forces creativity because you can only work with the
tools and type you have available. It makes me come up with designs I would simply never
compose on a computer. For my cat and dog emoticon cards, I had to make the design come alive using letters from just three sets of type (all I had then). I doubt I’d have chosen an upside-down Playbill ’T’ for the cat’s nose and mouth otherwise!
I also delight in having full control over output, something that doesn’t always happen on web projects. With letterpress, there’s authenticity and tactility, a smell, a sound, and at the end of the day you get a tangible, physical result.

There’s something deeply satisfying about that. It’s helped me feel more at peace with the fluid nature of digital design nowadays. Setting type by hand is a slow and considered
process. You have to make all your decisions before you start, otherwise you’ll need to begin
again. This is a discipline that will benefit any project, and I think letterpress has helped me take a more methodical approach to all my work. When I’m at my workshop, I’m entirely focused on what I’m doing – not least for fear of catching my fingers in the unforgiving jaws of the press! It’s meditative and calming. After a day at the computer, nothing beats the shift to a more physical world, and the sheer joy of lifting a freshly inked print off the press.

web-designer-dulcieWeb designer Dulcie (bluish.com)
runs letterpress sideline
Mostly Flat (mostlyflat.co.uk)
and organises Eclectic Sofa, a
get-together for local creatives.

How newspaper print can help you learn another language

Using the News Media to Learn Spanish Better

For most people, news is a part of life. They listen to the evening news to get the upcoming weather or to find out what is going on in their area that day. They buy newspapers to get a handle on local politics. You can also use the news media to learn Spanish better.

One way to get news to learn Spanish better is to subscribe to a Spanish language newspaper. You can get the information on how to do that through your local library. They will have the contact information for the newspapers, so that all you have to do is get in touch with them and place your order.

Once you get the paper, you can try reading the articles. You might have problems at first, but continue on. Use a translation dictionary. Whenever possible, find out about the story through other sources as well.

See if what you understand as you try to learn Spanish matches what you find out in your own language. Sometimes, the perspective is different, c

using a discrepancy between the two stories. This only makes the reading more interesting. It helps you learn Spanish on a whole different level.

If you have trouble obtaining a Spanish language newspaper, you can find articles from Spanish newspapers online. Search under “Spanish language newspaper” and you will find several choices of online newspapers from all over the Spanish speaking world.

You can treat these in the same way you treat the newspapers that arrive in the mail. Translate them and work at understanding their meanings. Another way to learn Spanish through the news is to look up an English language newspaper.

Print off a page. Next, if you have the option, request a translation into Spanish. Print this off and you can compare them to learn Spanish better. You will have a clear understanding of the story and of the way the words are used to tell it.

Another form of news media you can use to learn Spanish is television news. In times past, few people in the US had access to Spanish television stations. Now, there is a variety of Spanish language stations to choose from. Besides that, there is news on virtually every one of them.

To learn Spanish by watching the news, you have two choices. First, you can put yourself to the test by watching it in real time. This gives you practice in adjusting to the cadence of the spoken word. You will be surprised at how much you will get out of the broadcast if you listen closely.

The second option is to record it and watch it a little at a time. You can learn Spanish in more depth this way by translating every word. It will take more time, but you will learn Spanish vocabulary that is up-to-date. You will also know about current events in Spanish speaking countries.

Using the news media to learn Spanish better is a good choice for a busy person. It doesn’t require a lot of time, even if you translate. Furthermore, you stay in the loop while you learn Spanish better than ever before.

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Wedding Invitations And Print

The Benefits of Purchasing Blank Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations are one of the most important decisions that the bride and groom need to make. Without wedding invitations, then there can be no guests. The bride and groom will have literally thousands of potential invitations to choose from. There are retailers everywhere and each offers different options. One of the most unique options however, is to purchase blank invitations. This offers the bride and groom many benefits that the preprinted invitations do not.

Blank wedding invitations are perfect for the bride and groom that have a tight budget. These invitations will be much less expensive than those that are preprinted. The bride and groom can then shop around and find the least expensive place to have the invitations printed or they may choose to print the wedding invitations on their own printer. These blank invitations can be printed in either an inkjet or laser printer, which offers the bride and goom endless possibilities while maintaining their budget.

Another benefit to purchasing blank wedding invitations is time. This is an excellent option for the bride and groom who are planning far ahead and want to have everything purchased and planned early. This will allow them to purchase the wedding invitations without having to have chosen the wording for the invitations yet. This is also an excellent option for the bride and groom who are on a tight timeline. Shipping for blank wedding invitations will be much quicker and the bride and groom can have them printed out quickly and send them out to guests sooner than preprinted invitations.

Blank wedding invitations also give the bride and groom the opportunity to decide on their wedding invitation wording and make sure it is exactly how they want it. Once they have finalised the wording, they can have the invitations printed. In addition, the bride and groom may choose to personalise their wedding invitations to suit different guests. Every invitation does not need to be the same. This allows the bride and groom to be truly creative with their wedding invitations.

The designs of blank invitations are just as diverse as those that are preprinted. This is perfect for the bride and groom who are using their invitations to set the tone of their wedding. An elegant invitation conveys to guests that the event will be formal. Since many couples are choosing special themes for their weddings, this is a great way to incorporate that theme into the wedding.

Wedding invitations are not only an important purchase, but it is fun for the bride and groom as well. The couple can hold the wedding invitations in their hands and it makes the entire event seem more real and that is exciting. It does not need to be a stressful decision. Blank wedding invitations offer the bride and groom endless possibilities and benefits. Time and money are both precious commodities and the bride and groom can

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Online Print Products

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Business Card Printing Options

Every printing job is like a snowflake – each is different and unique. When a person or business owner needs printing they want to make sure that they get quality prints all the time. However, what printing service and print shop to use will depend largely on your printing needs.

As every business needs a good business card, it is a must for all business owners to make them interesting as it can help keep contact with customers. In the past, printing business cards were mostly handled by local graphic designers and print shops. But today, anyone can easily contact print shops in any part of the country, choose a design, enter printing details, pay with their credit cards and have the cards right in their desk in a few weeks.

If you decide to print the business cards yourself you have

o carefully choose the printer that you will use. Color inkjet printers are the most apt for printing business cards but they can be too expensive. You can always use monochrome laser printers but they have limited color selection and this can be a disadvantage if you want to print your card in vibrant colors. Consider the cartridge resource and amount of cards to be printed when choosing a printer. Make sure when buying an expensive printer that you have a good reason to buy it. If you need lots and lots of business cards, then consider buying a more expensive printer.

If, however, you decide to get your business cards printed in a print shop know the printers requirements first before submitting your design for printing. Know which format to use and what design will suit your business to meet the printer’s conditions. It is also important to carefully choose the text, graphics, colors, bleeds, backgrounds and borders that you will use. And before uploading or carrying the design to the print shop, find out what file format they prefer. Most printers accept files in PDF and TIFF formats. Online shops also have file upload form in their sites. You just have to follow the instructions there.

Keep in mind that there are thousands of print shops available today, each brags of certain services and specialties. Each will guarantee you quality prints and good service. For this reason, it is essential to carefully research each print shop and it is equally important not to settle for the first print shop that you come across with. There are a lot of choices out there. You just have to sort out all the options to come up with the best in the horde.

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