We blended sake, smoked paprika, roasted garlic powder, and crushed red pepper flakes. We poured it over the octopus and let it marinate for 18 hours. Then we braised it in the liquid for about 4 hours until it was tender and toothsome. The sweet, meaty flavor of the octopus happily absorbed and enhanced the seasonings bringing everything together into a harmonious bite. Pepperoni strikes again.