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Denise Sakaki
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Indulge the Birdy's penchant for photos lately -- the springtime blooms and more hospitable weather is inspiring to my shutterbug tendencies.  I know it sounds silly, but I consider the camellia plants in the backyard my Miracle Plants . I put them in YEARS...
Indulge the Birdy's penchant for photos lately -- the springtime blooms and more hospitable weather is inspiring to my shutterbug tendencies. I know it sounds silly, but I consider the camellia plants in the backyard my Miracle Plants. I put them in YEARS ago, and they have been overdue to bloom ...
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Blame a crazy week, but dammit, this Birdy needs a mini-Spring Break!  I am overly excited to cast off my Workaholic/troll-like existence and get out to have a little fun. Well, between other work stuff. You know... moderation. Looking forward to catching u...
Blame a crazy week, but dammit, this Birdy needs a mini-Spring Break! I am overly excited to cast off my Workaholic/troll-like existence and get out to have a little fun. Well, between other work stuff. You know... moderation. Looking forward to catching up with some friends and literally ...
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I'm constantly amazed at how good cel phone cameras have gotten.  I daresay most smartphones probably have what would have been considered a top-of-the-line point-and-shoot digital camera way back in the day. I spent a long weekend snapping photos of our jo...
I'm constantly amazed at how good cel phone cameras have gotten. I daresay most smartphones probably have what would have been considered a top-of-the-line point-and-shoot digital camera way back in the day. I spent a long weekend snapping photos of our journey to Eastern Washington and back, ...
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As promised/threatened, the Bird is BACK.  I had some time with family to rejuvenate and recharge, and now I'm back with renewed energy. Or at least, that's what I tell myself -- there's always a bit of a vacation-hangover when you're back from a break. Uuu...
As promised/threatened, the Bird is BACK. I had some time with family to rejuvenate and recharge, and now I'm back with renewed energy. Or at least, that's what I tell myself -- there's always a bit of a vacation-hangover when you're back from a break. Uuuuugh. But whining aside, I wanted to ...
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Indulge my Nerd-ness once again, if you will -- I'm totally digging on season 2 of SyFy Channel's Helix .   I've always been vocal about my nerd tendencies and a love of genre TV/movies/books, and I thought I'd share a bit of fan art I recently created, ins...
Indulge my Nerd-ness once again, if you will -- I'm totally digging on season 2 of SyFy Channel's Helix. I've always been vocal about my nerd tendencies and a love of genre TV/movies/books, and I thought I'd share a bit of fan art I recently created, inspired by Helix's episodes so far.
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Can this Birdy just say - WHEW!!  It's funny that this Lunar New Year is the Year of the Ram/Sheep , as I'm reminded of that saying that goes with the month of March: In like a lion, out like a lamb. I would call this year so far: "In like a lamb who acts l...
Can this Birdy just say - WHEW!! It's funny that this Lunar New Year is the Year of the Ram/Sheep, as I'm reminded of that saying that goes with the month of March: In like a lion, out like a lamb. I would call this year so far: "In like a lamb who acts like a lion." ROAR.
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Blame a crazy week, but dammit, this Birdy needs a mini-Spring Break!  I am overly excited to cast off my Workaholic/troll-like existence and get out to have a little fun. Well, between other work stuff. You know... moderation. Looking forward to catching u...
Blame a crazy week, but dammit, this Birdy needs a mini-Spring Break! I am overly excited to cast off my Workaholic/troll-like existence and get out to have a little fun. Well, between other work stuff. You know... moderation. Looking forward to catching up with some friends and literally ...
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It's amazing how different Washington State looks from West to East. And I'm still amazed how good cel phone cameras have gotten!! #EasilyAmused  
 
Been a busy last few weeks - spent a weekend in Eastern Washington and caught some stunning views on the sunny road trip back!
I'm constantly amazed at how good cel phone cameras have gotten. I daresay most smartphones probably have what would have been considered a top-of-the-line point-and-shoot digital camera way back in the day. I spent a long weekend snapping photos of our journey to Eastern Washington and back, ...
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Getting sparkly with too many costume jewelry brooches and metallic fabric paint.
 
YOU LOOK CHEAP (in a good way) - easy, DIY and budget-friendly pick-me-ups to refresh your wardrobe.
As promised/threatened, the Bird is BACK. I had some time with family to rejuvenate and recharge, and now I'm back with renewed energy. Or at least, that's what I tell myself -- there's always a bit of a vacation-hangover when you're back from a break. Uuuuugh. But whining aside, I wanted to ...
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Tis the season for the Magpie to fly the coop and visit the family.  I realize it's been almost a year and a half since I've seen my dad (Mom visited last year) , since I wasn't able to get back to Da Islands last year. Thanks to some hoarded frequent flyer...
Tis the season for the Magpie to fly the coop and visit the family. I realize it's been almost a year and a half since I've seen my dad (Mom visited last year), since I wasn't able to get back to Da Islands last year. Thanks to some hoarded frequent flyer miles and a need to use-it-or-lose-it, ...
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Well, if you're going to throw flowers at my feet, they may as well be decorating some fabulous heels.    At least that's what the voice said in my Magpie-Mind as I was looking through all the wonderful springtime-fresh fashions starting to emerge. While I'...
Well, if you're going to throw flowers at my feet, they may as well be decorating some fabulous heels. At least that's what the voice said in my Magpie-Mind as I was looking through all the wonderful springtime-fresh fashions starting to emerge. While I'm less able to wear such beautiful but ...
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Oh, Library, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...  It's certainly no News Flash that the library is awesome . It truly is. Aside from being a handy research aid for many school years, it's been a great event space for meeting authors, my source for ...
Oh, Library, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... It's certainly no News Flash that the library is awesome. It truly is. Aside from being a handy research aid for many school years, it's been a great event space for meeting authors, my source for browsing magazines for free (and not ...
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freelance designer | writer | photographer
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  • Freelance
    designer/writer/photographer, present
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The Pacific Northwest
Previously
Southern California - Los Angeles - Scottsdale - Tucson - Bellevue
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graphic designer | photographer | writer | food/style blogger
Introduction
When I'm not working as a freelance graphic designer, I'm spending way too much time fussing over food and stylish thoughts, which contribute towards both of my blogs: Wasabi Prime, a food blog, and the Jaunty Magpie, an art/style blog.
 
My writing and photography has been seen on
  • New York Magazine's Grub Street
  • Los Angeles Times Daily Dish
  • Seattle P-I
  • Bellevue Downtown Magazine
  • The Kitchn
  • Tastespotting
  • FoodGawker
  • Food News Journal
I am a regular contributor to
  • 425 Magazine
  • Drink Me Magazine
  • Serious Eats/A Hamburger Today
  • Downtown Bellevue Network
  • Honest Cooking
My recipe and blog has been published in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook.
 
I developed the branding and design layout for the charity food blogger cookbook, Nudie Foodies: Food Bloggers Peel for Japan
Education
  • University of Arizona
    Visual Communications, 1994 - 1998
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Wasabi Prime, Jaunty Magpie, "Hey, You!"
Very tasty food, and the menu only continues to evolve, so it's good to try things now and see how the dishes change. Burger = wow! Their new lunch menu is really tasty, make sure to ask about their specials, they're always trying to serve the freshest finds.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Been getting bento from here since I was little. New owners now but they stay true to the family recipes. Fried chicken is so good!
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Really delicious food - they serve a lot of locally sourced ingredients. Vegetable dishes are so fresh. They make a great poke appetizer. Cocktails are yummy - spicy jalapeño martini uses Ocean Vodka, made in Maui. Literally get a taste of the islands.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Adore this shop. Screen printed tees have great whimsical designs. You'll get plenty of compliments from people when you wear something from this shop.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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I come here every time I visit family. Hilo style won ton min is my favorite dish -- gotta have saimin! Combo with teriburger is good if you're super hungry. Pick up a mini loaf of the chocolate mochi before you leave!
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Totally worth the splurge on calories -- Burger of the Gods is incredible or the duck/pork Dork Burger. Tater tots and sweet potato fries are fabulous, but if you want to go for the gusto, the macaroni and cheese is so creamy and delicious.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
What a beautiful restaurant and memory-making dining experience. It's perfect for special occasion long weekends or date night if you're lucky enough to live on Orcas. Menu is seasonal, serving local ingredients. Many things sourced from the island itself, so very fresh. Seafood is excellent; just go with what the special is.
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reviewed 3 years ago