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V.21 No.33 | 8/16/2012
Surprising ingredients ...
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Dish Jockey

Vegan Sushi?

By Ari LeVaux

Loving Vegan

Like the increasingly popular vegan versions of Thai food that are popping up around town, sushi is starting to catch the Tofurky Syndrome. This is what I call the attempt to make animal-product-like food out of animal-product-free ingredientsTofurky being, essentially, tofu in the shape, color, and arguably flavor and texture of turkey. In the Thai restaurants that go vegan, this translates into a colorful assortment of protein pretenders that you can’t help but be impressed by, even if you think it’s a bit silly.

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V.20 No.15 | 4/14/2011
Nigiri
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Japanese Kitchen

Hidden treasures await

By Ari LeVaux
Japanese Kitchen is doing something right. The well-established restaurant has barley a glimpse of street viewand from Americas Parkway, at that. Buried in a nondescript business cluster across Louisiana from ABQ Uptown, Japanese Kitchen is spread between two kitty-cornered buildings that are separated by a shaded plaza. Despite their near-invisibility, Japanese Kitchen’s sushi bar and steakhouse get quite busyeven rowdy at times, especially in the teppan corner.
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