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Restaurant Supply Open to the General Public

Thank you, Lost!

Feb 17, 2010
jwyfrancis in Greater Seattle

Please tell me that I don't need a sushi knife

Hoodetiquette and Sam Fujisaka, you are both right. I don't need a yanagi. I guess it's just more a matter of "want", rather than "need". Many people in the Foodieforum and the Knifeforum have talked me into going for a more versatile sujihiki, and I agree with them.

Hoodetiquette, getting the rice perfect is definitely not easy. But I cheat, though. I have a nice Zojirushi rice cooker with the sushi setting, and it does all the work for me. I don't know what I'd do without this rice cooker. Yanagi, I definitely don't need, but this Zojirushi rice cooker, I most definitely can't live without.

Feb 17, 2010
jwyfrancis in Cookware

Where Can I Buy Sea Urchin Roe (Uni)?

Forkit and Equinoise, I went to Mutual Fish last weekend, and it was fantastic. I got three humongous sea urchins and had a feast. Cleaning was definitely not fun, kinda of gross actuall, but the result was well worth the trouble. Thank you.

Feb 15, 2010
jwyfrancis in Greater Seattle

Restaurant Supply Open to the General Public

Thank you MillCreek and babette. I'll check them out!

Feb 15, 2010
jwyfrancis in Greater Seattle

Please tell me that I don't need a sushi knife

Chemicalkinetics, thank you so much for all the great links. I am excited that there are a lot of different options for me. I really appreciate it. :)

Feb 15, 2010
jwyfrancis in Cookware

Please tell me that I don't need a sushi knife

You are so full of knowledge that I feel like I should pay for your replies. Thank you so much.

Feb 14, 2010
jwyfrancis in Cookware

Please tell me that I don't need a sushi knife

Thank you, that was very helpful. I think I'll follow your suggestion and go with the stainless one. I still have the cheap knives that I started cooking with. I'll practice on those. Thanks again.

Feb 14, 2010
jwyfrancis in Cookware

Please tell me that I don't need a sushi knife

Thank you Sam Fujisaka, I'd love to get my paws on your yanagiba, but you are way too far! Thanks though.

Feb 14, 2010
jwyfrancis in Cookware

Please tell me that I don't need a sushi knife

Thank you Chemicalkinetics. I definitely appreciate your suggestion. I won't be buying for a while, though. Before I make the splurge, obviously, I have a lot to learn. Caring for a special yanagiba seems like a fun hobby to get into, though. Yet, I am not sure whether I'd have the skill or the patience for it. Much to think about. Thanks.

Feb 14, 2010
jwyfrancis in Cookware

Please tell me that I don't need a sushi knife

Please pardon my ignorance, but what is kasumi? What is ura-oshi. Thank you.

Feb 14, 2010
jwyfrancis in Cookware

Please tell me that I don't need a sushi knife

Thank you for your input, scubadoo.

Feb 14, 2010
jwyfrancis in Cookware

Please tell me that I don't need a sushi knife

Thank you all for sharing your wonderful wisdom and experience. It is much appreciated. After some research last night, it became obvious to me that I can't afford "a very nice one". So my price limit is $200 or less. I'm certain that I could find a decent beginner's yanagi. I think I'm gonna get it on Ebay. It looks like there are a few reputable sellers on Ebay that Foodieforum members are happy with. I am eager to learn to properly care for my new knife.

I whole-heartedly agree with all of you who replied that I definitely don't "need" one. Thank you for trying to talk some sense into me, but it I don't get one, I'll be lusting for a yanagi every time I slice raw fish, which is quite often. Again thank you all for your suggestions.

Feb 14, 2010
jwyfrancis in Cookware

Please tell me that I don't need a sushi knife

I don't block my own fish, but I'd be thrilled to learn. I make rolls, sushi, and sashimi. All of my family members LOVE sushi and sashimi. Today, I decided that we won't eat out at sushi restaurants for a while and save the money for a decent beginners yanagiba. I'm thinking of either a Tojiro Pro or Tanaka. I've been reading a lot on Fred's Cutlery Forum at the Foodie Forum and my head is practically spinning with way too much information. Ah. . . the sweet joy at the anticipation of a new knife. . . Pure glee! I just hope I don't trash the one I get, I don't know the first about sharpening with a whetstone. I have a lot to learn.

Feb 14, 2010
jwyfrancis in Cookware

Restaurant Supply Open to the General Public

Hi, what is your #1 favorite restaurant supply store that's open to the general public? I'm looking for one in the Bellevue/Seattle area. Thank you all in advance for sharing your knowledge.

Feb 14, 2010
jwyfrancis in Greater Seattle

My review of Canlis-OUTSTANDING!

I have to agree with you on that Canlis is an absolutely wonderful restaurant. Not only is the food amazing, but they really understand that service truly matters. Once I booked a room (I believe it was called the executive room) for a small party, and they brought out such huge wonderful portions of food. Towards the the end of the event, all the guests were moaning with joyful dismay (happy because they get to gorge on such generous five star menu, dismay because they are way too stuffed). They truly go OUT OF THEIR WAY to make sure every single one of the guests are happy.

Feb 14, 2010
jwyfrancis in Greater Seattle

Fry Pan - what is the most practical size?

I'd definitely go for the 12". JMHO, but for me more room means less mess and better browning for some applications that require it. If you are ever considering using an induction cooktop, you'd be better off with the magnetic SS. If not, MC2 works perfectly fine, and I could be wrong, but I think it's slightly thicker than the SS. HTH.

Feb 13, 2010
jwyfrancis in Cookware

Please tell me that I don't need a sushi knife

I make and eat sushi about once a week, and I have a set of Wusthof culinar knives that work okay. I also have a Wusthof santoku knife that I keep sharp. Being the kitchenware whore that I am, I am beginning to really really want a specialty sushi knife. If I decide to get one, I want a very nice one, you know the kind that gives you joy, just to hold it in your hands. Well, I shouldn't splurge on one right now. Please tell me that I don't need a sushi knife.

Feb 13, 2010
jwyfrancis in Cookware

Only there for the day...

If you like Japanese food I'll go for Maneki. But it's a bit too far to walk.

Feb 12, 2010
jwyfrancis in Greater Seattle

Where Can I Buy Sea Urchin Roe (Uni)?

Thanks, I'll give them a call ASAP. I guess my house is going to turn into a sea urchin slaughterhouse!

Feb 09, 2010
jwyfrancis in Greater Seattle

Where Can I Buy Sea Urchin Roe (Uni)?

Thanks, I'll definitely have to drive there soon.

Feb 09, 2010
jwyfrancis in Greater Seattle

Where Can I Buy Sea Urchin Roe (Uni)?

I love uni, I can't get enough of it. Uni is my crack/cocaine, and I am seriously addicted to it. But I live very far from Uwajimaya, and since I have a little one to care for, it's hard to drive there whenever my craving hits. Is there any uni-savvy-Chowhounder in this region who could point me in the right direction? I live in Issaquah. I'd be thrilled if I could somehow get it at wholesale price. I looked online, and it looks like I might be able to get my paws on a frozen 5 lb block. How are the frozen ones compared to the quality served at sushi restaurants?

Maybe I'll just gorge on tons of uni one day, and try to get sick on it. Maybe then, I'll be cured of this costly and inconvenient addiction. Thanks in advance for any help.

Feb 08, 2010
jwyfrancis in Greater Seattle