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Gross Out: Moldy Bowl at Masa Sushi in Gilbert

By Amy Silverman I'll be honest: Raw fish does not pass these lips. But I know enough to know that if you're going to eat it, you want it to come from a very, very clean place. The Maricopa County restaurant inspectors apparently understand that, too, because they seem to be particularly tough on sushi joints. Good.

I've certainly seen worse reports, but one bit in the recent inspection of Masa Sushi on Gilbert Road really turned my seaweed.

The sushi chef used his bare hands; the sushi chef did not wash his hands before he did put gloves on; the sushi rice was kept for longer than four hours.

All bad.




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Amy Silverman is a two-time winner of the Arizona Press Club’s Journalist of the Year award. Her work has appeared on the radio show This American Life and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Lenny Letter, and Brain, Child. She’s the co-curator of the live reading series Bar Flies, and a commentator for KJZZ, the NPR affiliate in Phoenix. Silverman is the author of the book My Heart Can’t Even Believe It: A Story of Science, Love, and Down Syndrome (Woodbine House 2016). Follow her on Instagram (@amysilverman), Twitter (@amysilvermanaz), and at