Sushi rolls onward
"I'm the only person behind the counter ... you'll see me flying around like a monkey," says Jong-Hyun Jon Yi, 28-year-old owner of the newly re-opened Miyake Sushi and Mongolian BBQ (3609 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 268-2565). Miyake's former owner, John Ra, has gone on to open two Tomo Sushi locations on Academy Boulevard.
Yi, who moved here last April from Seattle, where he also ran a sushi restaurant, says he views sushi as art: "I try to make my rolls resemble their descriptions. My Spicy Love Roll is shaped like a heart, and my dragon roll looks like a dragon."
When Yi has dry ice on hand, he'll place some at the dragon's mouth for a neat effect.
"You eat to be happy," he says. "I want you to leave smiling."
The Promenade Shops at Briargate will soon host Bara Sushi and Grill (1645 Briargate Pkwy., #245, sushibara.com), an outfit expanding beyond its location off Belleview Avenue in suburban Denver. Key word: soon. We couldn't elicit a callback from Bara — should I not have left my message in Klingon? — but folks in the Promenade office say there is a "build-out" in progress next to Ted's Montana Grill.
Good news for those who close downtown bars (on and off the clock) on weekends: There's finally an option beyond Denny's for late-night dining. King's Chef's newer location (131 E. Bijou St., 636-5010) is now open from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays.
I received several e-mail forwards last week urging action against HR 875 and S 425, two bills soon to hit the U.S. House and Senate concerning food safety. Opponents insist they would be the death of farmers markets, home gardens and organic farming while implementing an animal ID system and regulating seed.
I forwarded the info to some local, green-agriculture types for a fact-check.
"Lots of mis-info and hysteria going around on this," says Dan Hobbs of the Organic Seed Alliance. Says Michele Mukatis of the Peak to Plains Alliance: "... it's something to proceed cautiously over. We don't need more legislation on our local growers who are already doing the right thing, but we do need to make sure that large-scale agriculture does not just run roughshod over the whole food supply."
Gauge the threat yourself at govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-875 (and same prefix, s111-425).
The 2009 Denver VegFest & Health Expo, featuring more than 80 sustainability-minded vendors, will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., April 11 in the Denver Marriott City Center (1701 California St., denvervegfest.net).