Austin Sushi News September, 2001 Welcome to Austin Sushi News, a friendly by-product of the sushi website for Austin, Texas, www.austinsushi.com Once every month or so, we bring you the latest scoop on sushi bars and related matters in Austin, Texas. Contents: 1. WWW.AUSTINSUSHI.COM comes online! 2. Yes yes yes, another NEW sushi bar in Austin...... 3. Austin's Bubble tea mania 4. American-Statesman plagiarism 5. Kenichi.com ?! ========================================== 1. WWW.AUSTINSUSHI.COM comes online! WWW.AUSTINSUSHI.COM WWW.AUSTINSUSHI.COM WWW.AUSTINSUSHI.COM We couldn't stand being a mere appendage of marystreet.com any more. We're live now and we've got new features, as well as the same old recycled crap in a much tighter and neater package. Let's hear it for the Internet [snore]. www.austinsushi.com 2. Yes yes yes, another NEW sushi bar in Austin...... Azuma Express, Austin's oldest fast-food sushi establishment, has bit the dust. Arising from its ashes is Odaku, a remodeled sushi bar under new ownership. This is not fast-food sushi any more, though they've retained Azuma Express' phone number and address. Within spitting distance of Austin's new Fry's store (www.frys.com), the ultimate geek shopping destination, Odaku may do well. It's still small and cozy but the remodeling job is sharp. Check'em out. Odaku 2501 W. Parmer Lane, Suite 500 (In the shopping center at the Southeast quadrant of Parmer Lane and Mopac) Phone: (512) 834-9304 3. Austin's Bubble tea mania Bubble tea is huge in Taiwan, Japan, and other parts of southeast Asia, but it has only recently been sold in Texas. Momoko (momoko.citysearch.com) has offered it in Austin for quite some time now, but now other establishments are jumping on the bandwagon. Notably, CoCo's Cafe (1910 Guadalupe, 236-9398) and Jegimajo! (www.jegimajo.com). Bubble tea is typically very sweet caffeinated tea that is shaken to create a pseudo-carbonation effect (thus the "bubbles" in bubble tea). It comes in many unusual flavors, and with various types of gelatinous add-ins called pearls. The History Of Bubble Tea http://www.bubbleteasupply.com/index.php?page=what.html The Austin Chronicle did a story on Bubble Tea recently: http://www.auschron.com/issues/dispatch/2001-08-17/food_feature.html 4. American-Statesman plagiarism We're honored, and just a bit miffed, to be plagiarized in the September 13th Xlent section of the Austin-American Statesman. That section's sushi cover story, written by Statesman food writer Dale Rice, has a sushi "map" of Austin (p. 12) which was clearly lifted directly from our web site. How do we know? Dale didn't even both to edit our detailed location descriptions, such as: "on the south side of U.S. 183, in the shopping center with Brick Oven Pizza.....". 5. Kenichi.com ?! Kenichi has a pretty cool restaurant in Austin, but we're still puzzled why they let their web site domain name lapse. As of August 30th, kenichi.com is officially gone, and the name is now owned by some company in Seoul, Korea. We miss those mouth-watering pix.