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Denise Sakaki
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Back to blogging! Some throwback pics from the summer that was.... dreamy sigh
 
An unscheduled blogging break due to work and life in general, but back to the bloggosphere! 
Er...mah....gurd. Yes, I'm alive. And yes, I realize it's been freakin' FOREVER since I posted. Well, almost two months. I took an unscheduled break from blogging because of work and a much-needed vacation. But I'm back! Well, at least for this post. I admit, it's been nice to just enjoy life, ...
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If I could save time in a bottle.... EVERYONE SING!  I admit to having an at-times unhealthy obsession with Pinterest, going through pin-binges, collecting scads of ideas for projects I'll probably NEVER do. You know what I speak of. But when I do get a bee...
If I could save time in a bottle.... EVERYONE SING! I admit to having an at-times unhealthy obsession with Pinterest, going through pin-binges, collecting scads of ideas for projects I'll probably NEVER do. You know what I speak of. But when I do get a bee in my bonnet to make something, ...
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A personal, sincere post about daily struggles, personal loss, and how just knowing you're not alone in this big scary world is enough.
 
This is why we blog. To overshare. Well, and to have serious, honest posts about stuff we go through, just to let others know they're not alone.
There is no finish line with depression, anxiety, or any other sort of mental illness. We're on this path, and the path is constantly changing. Sometimes it's flat and well-marked, and we can see all the way to the horizon. Other times, it's so heavily shrouded in fog and mist, we can't even see ...
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For those who say a salad can't be a meal, try this one!
 
Perfect for #MeatlessMonday - grilled "everything" salad, with fruits, veggies, cheese and homemade croutons!
Yes, this latest post title is inspired by 90's classic, Sir Mix's "Put 'Em on the Glass," but of course this is far less boobtastic and way less sexist. Rant = Over. This sometimes joyous, sometimes way-too-flippin'-hot summer is a constant challenge when it comes to meal prep.
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I apologize for the maudlin post, but I looked at the date, August 19th, and I think it will be a while before it can be just another day in summer.  It was a year ago, to the day, that we said goodbye to our sweet, darling pup, Indy. As sad a day as it was...
I apologize for the maudlin post, but I looked at the date, August 19th, and I think it will be a while before it can be just another day in summer. It was a year ago, to the day, that we said goodbye to our sweet, darling pup, Indy. As sad a day as it was, it was one of the most special days we ...
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Anyone else a huge #RickAndMorty fan, eagerly awaiting S:2? Wish July 26th was already here.... sigh.
 
A return to blogging after a much-needed break, and a continuing love of all things nerdy. :D
I'm back! I'm back! If you know me personally, you'll say, "You never left!" Which I guess is true -- I didn't go anywhere, I just took a break from blogging for a bit to take some time after a family member passed away. I will, at some point, make some kind of post relating to the issue of what ...
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Gettin' #crafty
 
Tis the season to get going on holiday gift-making.
If I could save time in a bottle.... EVERYONE SING! I admit to having an at-times unhealthy obsession with Pinterest, going through pin-binges, collecting scads of ideas for projects I'll probably NEVER do. You know what I speak of. But when I do get a bee in my bonnet to make something, ...
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Of course I do a post about summer backyard camping on a week of gray skies and rain, but whatever -- you can make all this stuff indoors, no problem!
 
That one time we had a camping trip... in our own backyard. :)
There's camping. There's Glamping. And now there's Backyard Camping, or what some may consider Misanthropic Glamping. We offered up our backyard over a month ago to a friend who wanted her little brother's first camping trip to be as worry-free as possible. With easy access to bathrooms and an ...
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"...There is no finish line with depression, anxiety, or any other sort of mental illness. We're on this path, and the path is constantly changing. Sometimes it's flat and well-marked, and we can see all the way to the horizon. Other times, it's so heavily ...
There is no finish line with depression, anxiety, or any other sort of mental illness. We're on this path, and the path is constantly changing. Sometimes it's flat and well-marked, and we can see all the way to the horizon. Other times, it's so heavily shrouded in fog and mist, we can't even see ...
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Miss you forever, Indy pup.
 
A year to the day, and I still miss my girl. Thoughts on loss, and how it can help us to love even stronger.
I apologize for the maudlin post, but I looked at the date, August 19th, and I think it will be a while before it can be just another day in summer. It was a year ago, to the day, that we said goodbye to our sweet, darling pup, Indy. As sad a day as it was, it was one of the most special days we ...
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I know the Interwebs runs on cute cat videos, one giggly gigabyte at a time, but I'm definitely more of a dog person.   I have the very good fortune to be able to write a regular column for a local lifestyle publication, 425 Magazine . I work with the edito...
I know the Interwebs runs on cute cat videos, one giggly gigabyte at a time, but I'm definitely more of a dog person. I have the very good fortune to be able to write a regular column for a local lifestyle publication, 425 Magazine. I work with the editor to come up with themes every issue for ...
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I'm back! I'm back! If you know me personally, you'll say, "You never left!" Which I guess is true -- I didn't go anywhere, I just took a break from blogging for a bit to take some time after a family member passed away. I will, at some point, make some kin...
I'm back! I'm back! If you know me personally, you'll say, "You never left!" Which I guess is true -- I didn't go anywhere, I just took a break from blogging for a bit to take some time after a family member passed away. I will, at some point, make some kind of post relating to the issue of what ...
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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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Other names
Wasabi Prime, Jaunty Magpie, "Hey, You!"
Work
Occupation
freelance designer | writer | photographer
Employment
  • Freelance
    designer/writer/photographer, present
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The Pacific Northwest
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Southern California - Los Angeles - Scottsdale - Tucson - Bellevue
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 - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 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 - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 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 - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 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 - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 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 - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 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 - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 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.
Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago