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Denise Sakaki
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Denise Sakaki is a freelance food writer and photographer who is always searching for the connections between food and personal experience. She is the creator of the food blog Wasabi Prime and contributor to Serious Eats, 425 Magazine and Drink Me Magazine.

Sense Memory: Summer Lovin’ – The History of America’s Favorite Eats and Backyard Grilling

Sense Memory: Summer Lovin’ – The History of America’s Favorite Eats and Backyard Grilling

A change in season means a change in food. A perfect summer day is often spent with the grill, the sizzle of food, and a hot dog enjoyed outside.…

Sense Memory: Embracing Culinary Ingenuity

Sense Memory: Embracing Culinary Ingenuity

Like on Iron Chef, embracing culinary ingenuity can be a fun challenge when you cook and create based on the ingredients on hand.…

Sense Memory: Farm-Fresh Inspiration from Audra Mulkern and the Female Farmer Project

Sense Memory: Farm-Fresh Inspiration from Audra Mulkern and the Female Farmer Project

Meet Audra Mulkern, she is putting good food in the spotlight and on our radars.…

Sense Memory: Won’t You Be My Rebel Valentine?

Sense Memory: Won’t You Be My Rebel Valentine?

Denise celebrates Valentine's Day alongside her Valentine without all the commercial hearts.…

Sense Memory: Resolve to Eat and Live Well in the New Year

Sense Memory: Resolve to Eat and Live Well in the New Year

Historically, the approach of the new year has been celebrated by many cultures as a time of hope, directly represented by what was on the plate.…

Sense Memory: Thankful for Meatballs…and Hope

Sense Memory: Thankful for Meatballs…and Hope

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on everything we're thankful for, like the assistance of family, time with loving pets and the power of a really good meatball.…

Sense Memory: Pumpkin Spice Overload!

Sense Memory: Pumpkin Spice Overload!

Are you down with the PSL?…

Sense Memory: Emotional Eating and Cooking (and why it’s not a bad thing)

Sense Memory: Emotional Eating and Cooking (and why it’s not a bad thing)

Sometimes when you're stressed, a comforting meal -- either eaten or prepared -- is the best way to relax and refocus.…

Sense Memory: Grilling Secrets from Bill the Butcher’s Meat Whisperers

Sense Memory: Grilling Secrets from Bill the Butcher’s Meat Whisperers

Getting advice from one of Bill the Butcher’s experts is like speaking to a true Meat Whisperer, and it will make you the hit of your Labor Day BBQ.…

Sense Memory: Tales of the Bartender

Sense Memory: Tales of the Bartender

Mixologist and author Mark Sexauer talks about creating the perfect cocktail, successfully self-publishing and his life behind the bar. By Denise Sakaki There are not a lot of careers that could be described as romantic – even the life of…

Sense Memory – The Summer Break-Up, aka It’s Just Too Hot to Eat

Sense Memory – The Summer Break-Up, aka It’s Just Too Hot to Eat

Denise Sakaki talks about the heat of summer and how it wreaks havoc on her appetite.…

Sense Memory – No Photo Available: Not Living Life Through a Lens

Sense Memory – No Photo Available: Not Living Life Through a Lens

There’s nary a camera to be seen. And you know what? That’s completely fine.…

Food Shaming – Obsessing Over Food, Wondering How Anything Makes it to the Plate

Food Shaming – Obsessing Over Food, Wondering How Anything Makes it to the Plate

Food Shaming happens when we become too self-involved with what’s on our plates.…

Sense Memory: Let Them Eat (Birthday) Cake – a Sweet History of a Yearly Rite of Passage

Sense Memory: Let Them Eat (Birthday) Cake – a Sweet History of a Yearly Rite of Passage

Traditions may vary, but wishes for health and happiness served up with sweetness is something that transcends both time and cultures.…

Sense Memory – Popular Easter Candies. Seriously, What the Cluck?

Sense Memory – Popular Easter Candies. Seriously, What the Cluck?

Chocolate sculpted like tall-eared rabbits, foil-wrapped candy eggs - no holiday is free from novelty themed confections, especially Easter.…

Won’t You be My Valentine-Wine – An Interview with Wine Expert Jameson Fink

Won’t You be My Valentine-Wine – An Interview with Wine Expert Jameson Fink

Find out about the perfect Valentine's Day wine and what best suits this romantic holiday.…

Sense Memory: The Mindfull Eater – Vegetarian-Turned-Omnivore Talks Turkey About Being Food-Smart

Sense Memory: The Mindfull Eater – Vegetarian-Turned-Omnivore Talks Turkey About Being Food-Smart

A new year is here, and for many, it’s seen as a fresh start. While many people are resolving to cut back what they eat, consider the opposite – adding more to one’s diet.…

Honest Cooking: Treat Yo Self, with Love from Seattle

Honest Cooking: Treat Yo Self, with Love from Seattle

Take a moment to appreciate the way your city celebrates the season, and fall in love all with what it means to be home for the holidays.…

Sense Memory: Choose Your Side! The Politics of Thanksgiving Dinner

Sense Memory: Choose Your Side! The Politics of Thanksgiving Dinner

Denise Sakaki on what might just be the most important election (or at the very least, the most delicious) of this November. Thanksgiving Dinner choices. …

Sense Memory: Trick or Treat – Halloween is a Twisted Kids’ Holiday

Sense Memory: Trick or Treat – Halloween is a Twisted Kids’ Holiday

It's no surprise that a holiday associated with monsters, lends itself to the belief that deep down, we all seek a bit of a scare sometimes.…

Back to School – Revisiting the Lunchroom Snacks of Youth

Back to School – Revisiting the Lunchroom Snacks of Youth

Sometimes you you wonder if those favorite snacks as a kid are as good as you remembered. Let’s take a sugar-coated walk down Memory Lane.…

Sense Memory: The Great Outdoors and Why Food Tastes Better Outside

Sense Memory: The Great Outdoors and Why Food Tastes Better Outside

What is it about eating food outside that just makes it taste more vibrant and memorable? …

Sense Memory: Beer and Wine, Rivals or Drinking Buddies?

Sense Memory: Beer and Wine, Rivals or Drinking Buddies?

Wine and beer. Some drink both without much preference, but many prefer one over the other, like a never ending Cold War.…

Sense Memory: Pantry Confidential – What’s in Your Spice Rack?

Sense Memory: Pantry Confidential – What’s in Your Spice Rack?

Denise Sakaki asks that ancient, universal question. - What's in your spice rack?…

Sense Memory: Breakfast, the King of Meals

Sense Memory: Breakfast, the King of Meals

Denise Sakaki's latest Sense Memory column sings the praises of that all important first meal of the day.…

Sense Memory: How Does Your Garden Grow? Cultivating a Greener Relationship With Your Food

Sense Memory: How Does Your Garden Grow? Cultivating a Greener Relationship With Your Food

Meet Ian Lai, teacher of urban agricultural programs and food sustainability - get advice on how to approach growing your own food.…

Sense Memory: In the Mood for Valentine’s Day Food

Sense Memory: In the Mood for Valentine’s Day Food

Love it or leave it, Valentine’s Day is on its way, poised with an arrow aimed straight at your gut. …

Sense Memory: Helpful Tips to Healthy Cooking and Eating from a Culinary Pro

Sense Memory: Helpful Tips to Healthy Cooking and Eating from a Culinary Pro

Denise Sakaki talks to Anne Haerle about some of the most common misconceptions about healthy cooking and eating.…

Holiday Cocktail Quandary – How to Enjoy Your Own Party

Holiday Cocktail Quandary – How to Enjoy Your Own Party

Denise Sakaki solves the holiday cocktail quandary: how do you design a cocktail party that you, the host, can actually enjoy?…

Sense Memory: When the Lights Went Out – Remembering the Best Holiday Meal in the Dark

Sense Memory: When the Lights Went Out – Remembering the Best Holiday Meal in the Dark

When the light goes out and your home becomes an ice box, you Holiday meal has to be ruined, right? Wrong.…

Sense Memory: It’s Thanksgiving, You Blockhead! How Mishaps Make Memories

Sense Memory: It’s Thanksgiving, You Blockhead! How Mishaps Make Memories

It’s not about what’s on the Thanksgiving table, but who’s sitting there with you. …

Sense Memory: The Flavor of Home

Sense Memory: The Flavor of Home

Denise Sakaki with another trip down culinary memory lane in her newest Sense Memory column.…

Sense Memory: Falling in Love Again, When Food Nourishes the Soul

Sense Memory: Falling in Love Again, When Food Nourishes the Soul

Can you be an avid gourmand even if you suffer from ulcerative colitis disease?…

Sense Memory: Viva la Aloha, Greetings from the 9th Island

Sense Memory: Viva la Aloha, Greetings from the 9th Island

Denise Sakaki about downtown Las Vegas, the unofficial “Ninth Island” of Hawaii.…

There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch (if it’s Your Birthday)

There is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch (if it’s Your Birthday)

At the risk of proving dear ol’ Dad wrong, there actually is such a thing as a free lunch, if you don’t mind a little prep work during the month of your birthday.…

At the Table With Author-Blogger-Supermom, Keren Brown

At the Table With Author-Blogger-Supermom, Keren Brown

Author Keren Brown took a moment from her busy schedule to talk to Denise Sakaki about how food, life and family all come together at the table, and there’s nothing a little sour cream or peanut butter can’t fix.…

Places We Love: Follow The White Stallion To Italianissimo

Places We Love: Follow The White Stallion To Italianissimo

Italianissimo in Woodinville, Washington definitely falls under the “hidden gem” category - not heavily advertised, visitors don’t know about it, and yet the parking lot is always packed full of cars.…

Sense Memory: Confessions Of A Picky Eater

Sense Memory: Confessions Of A Picky Eater

In this month's column, Denise Sakaki interviews Adam, a self-confesser picky eater.…

Hawaii: Taking A Big Bite Of The Big Island

Hawaii: Taking A Big Bite Of The Big Island

Denise Sakaki with some salivating insider tips to finding truly great food on Hawaii's Big Island.…

Sense Memory: When Sweet Met Savory

Sense Memory: When Sweet Met Savory

Appreciative palates have to start somewhere, even if it was at the dubious drive-thru.…

Top Pot, You Had Me At “Apple Fritter”

Top Pot, You Had Me At “Apple Fritter”

Seattle: Top Pot's revival of old timey-doughnut charm has elevated the humble breakfast pastry to an extra pleasurable experience.…

Sense Memory: The Heart And Soul Of Rice In A Bowl

Sense Memory: The Heart And Soul Of Rice In A Bowl

Denise Sakaki digs into how memories of a bowl of rice can accompany you from childhood and throughout life.…

Bellevue: LOT No. 3’s Pub Grub And Manly Manhattans

Bellevue: LOT No. 3’s Pub Grub And Manly Manhattans

Denise Sakaki checks out LOT No. 3 in downtown Bellevue, WA, and falls in love with both the competent cocktails and the famous bacon appetizer.…

Hidden Flavor Gem: Wonderful Wednesdays At Columbia Winery In Woodinville

Hidden Flavor Gem: Wonderful Wednesdays At Columbia Winery In Woodinville

Denise Sakaki falls head over heals with wednesdays at Columbia Winery in Woodinville, Seattle. Welcome to one of the "Places We Love".…

Hilo: Discovering Umami In Small Town Hawai’i

Hilo: Discovering Umami In Small Town Hawai’i

Denise Sakaki travels to The Islands Of Aloha to discover the fifth taste of the often overlooked city of Hilo.…

Sense Memory: In The Kitchen With Cook & Blogger Eric Rivera

Sense Memory: In The Kitchen With Cook & Blogger Eric Rivera

Denise Sakaki meets food blogger and cook Eric Rivera, and talks about his upcoming internship at the best restaurant in the world. Among other things.…