What’s better than a deep-fried Twinkie?

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…Tempura Alaskan King Crab from Alyeska’s Sakura & Sushi Bar.

It is with much joy that I am writing to the public announcing the winter grand opening of Sakura Restaurant located in the The Hotel Alyeska. (collective sigh of relief)

What other hotel do you know  of that has the northern lights on display all year, full-size polar bear, ski in/ski out access (the real kind, not some marketing-version of slopeside access that requires crampons, snowshoes and/or the cardio capacity of Fergie), and the hottest little sushi spot this side of the Arctic Circle?

Sakura’s menu is filled with secret little  stashes. From the Chugach Roll (yes, the one with freshly sliced jalepenos) to the melt-in-your mouth Snake River Farms Grilled Kobe Beef Sate, wash it all down with a cold draft Sapporo and don’t forget to leave room dessert.

New this year (and perfect for friends and family who aren’t quite sold on the fresh—ahem, I mean raw—fish concept, try out the very friendly Bento (aka Japanese for ‘box’) Specials. These meals-in-a-box feature your choice of beef, chicken or veggie options plus delectable Japanese side dishes all presented in perfection. Great value and great food all in one… bento.

Sakura opens for dinner THIS Friday, December 16. Dinner will be served from 5 pm every Friday to Monday through ski season (April 29, 2012). No reservations, just come on up to the third floor.

Photos by Ken Graham Photography and Simon Evans

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