Mar 7, 2009

Show and Tell: FOOD!

Musings of A Beautiful Mess



I WAS going to put "porn" in the title, but I thought better of it. Although, that would have been A LOT of fun, don't ya think?

A few weeks a go, a couple friends of mine found a sushi restaurant not to far from our little town. Since I wasn't able to go that time, we made a date to go this week. I was so excited! I haven't had sushi in a long time.

I had no idea what to order, so I stood at the counter looking like a complete idiot while my friend ordered for me. He ordered 3 dishes for us. Two weren't spicy and the other had "volcano" in the title. So, I knew this one was going to be good! I sat at the table waiting and drinking my green tea and waiting some more. When the waiter came and gave us our little dishes of wasabi and soy sauce, I was thinking I may have over stepped my "spicy food" boundaries.

My friend tells me how to mix the two and then dip in my sushi roll. I look at what he's doing, look at my little bowl and just sat there. He mixed ALL of the wasabi into the soy sauce! I've never had wasabi before, but I had heard A LOT of horror stories about it. When I was done freaking out, I mix mine, but totally chickened out a mixed a tiny bit amount of the wasabi. I tested it and it wasn't hot at all. So, I kept adding more and mixing and then tasting. This went on for about 5 minutes. I ended up mixing all of it together and it wasn't hardley even spicy. I have no idea what they did to the wasabi, but it was BARLEY hot at all. It might be my taste buds. I think they have callouses on them from all the spicy foods I ate growing up and eat every day.

After I get my mix just right our food came. Oh it was so beautiful! I almost didn't want to eat it because it was so beautifully prepared. Here are two of our three dishes. The red one is the volcano and the other one has avacado on top of it. Oh so yummy!

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Aren't they so beautiful?

After I took the picture I grabbed my chop sticks and dug in. Ummm I have no idea what happened to my chop stick skills, but they have left my body! I could not grab the roll, dip it, AND make it into my mouth without the roll falling apart and making a huge mess. After attempting to eat with the chop sticks a few times, I gave up and used my fingers. I assumed, since my friend was buying lunch, he would rather the food make it into my mouth and not all over the table. Good thing the lunch crowd was gone already, because I was not only embaressing myself, but my friend as well. Opps, sorry Kev ;o)

Here's a picture of me going rogue and eating my sushi with my fingers, like a rude person.

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I can NOT wait to go back again. It was so delicious! I've been telling everyone about it all week long. I might even make my husband take me there for lunch this week. He hasn't had sushi in a long time, too. Although, I doubt it'll hold a candle to the sushi he had in Japan, but it IS good!

Go on over to Mel's blog and see what everyone else is showing.

*** I'm not even going to apologize for the horrible picture, it could be SO much worse.

28 friends have commented:

Carrie on March 7, 2009 at 8:26 PM said...

YUM! Sushi sounds awesome-- good thing there aren't any 24 hour sushi joints around here or I'd be out the door! :)

Cassandra on March 7, 2009 at 8:42 PM said...

Don't worry, my husband (who eats sushi all the time) always uses his fingers. A little messy, but in the end a lot more of the sushi goes into your mouth than on the table.

Photogrl on March 7, 2009 at 8:52 PM said...

That sushi looked amazing...

I haven't had any in SO long, think I need to fix that!

The Steadfast Warrior on March 7, 2009 at 8:56 PM said...

I just had sushi last night (minus the raw stuff)! It was so fantastic! California roll with REAL crab- divine!! Oh man, I could go again! lol. But I ahve to say, I am NOT a fan of wasabi. Pickled ginger, sure, but keep away the wasabi.

Heather and Jase on March 7, 2009 at 10:59 PM said...

Oh shit! You're not supposed to use your fingers???? I cannot do chopsticks. I have probably pissed off all the sushi chefs!

I will not eat fish but love sushi.

Coffeegrl on March 7, 2009 at 11:06 PM said...

For what it's worth - here in Japan eating sushi with your fingers is totally permissible and much more common that using your chopsticks for sushi (as long as it's not sashimi). Just tell people you're doing it Japan-style!! ;)

Heather and Jase on March 7, 2009 at 11:24 PM said...

Coffeegrl,

Whew! Thanks for letting us know! I would have felt like crap if I were offending someone, at least someone who didn't deserve it.

My name is Andy. on March 8, 2009 at 5:41 AM said...

I love sushi! i've never had anything with volcano in the name. It looks great. And there is no shame in using your fingers... or maybe you could get a pair of learning chopsticks. The are joined together at the top and are really easy to use.

Kristin on March 8, 2009 at 5:46 AM said...

It has been SO long since I've had sushi. I am jealous.

Glad you had a nice lunch out.

kate on March 8, 2009 at 7:08 AM said...

Yum. Sushi!!!

It has been a long, long time since I had good sushi. There just aren't any good places in my podunk town. There's, like, TWENTY hibachi-grill, benihana-wannabe japanese places (like, a shockingly large number for this size town- apparently the format is quite popular, which I so don't get...), but none of them have decent sushi. I have to admit getting my fix from Whole Foods. Not great, but passable.

And, as far as I understand, it's perfectly acceptable to eat sushi with your fingers, even in Japan (especially in Japan). Sashimi (fish without rice) requires the 'sticks, but not sushi. At least so said the tiny old Japanese lady that taught Japanese to us in high school...

infertilityrocks on March 8, 2009 at 12:06 PM said...

Yay for a good night out! I never HAD any chopsticks skills, so you've at least got me beat there.

Eve

battynurse on March 8, 2009 at 12:13 PM said...

I'm not a fan of sushi but glad you enjoyed it. Always nice to find a place with stuff you really like.

Mrs. Olson on March 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM said...

You mean everyone doesn't eat sushi with their fingers ?? :) That looks so yummy, you made me want to go eat sushi!

Kymberli on March 8, 2009 at 2:34 PM said...

Fish - eew. Raw fish - eeew eeeew. glad you enjoyed it, though!

Io on March 8, 2009 at 2:48 PM said...

MMMMMMMM. Sushi. I could seriously eat it every day.
Yes the important part is getting it into your mouth. Screw what other people think.

Heather and Jase on March 8, 2009 at 2:52 PM said...

Ok sorry, I crack the hell up every time I see battynurses AV!

Brenna on March 8, 2009 at 2:58 PM said...

So pretty! Sushi always looks like something I should really enjoy, but I'm so uncool. I just can't quite get the hang of it. Glad you enjoyed it, though!

Raggedy Ann on March 8, 2009 at 4:36 PM said...

I'm hopeless with chopsticks! I'd go for fingers as well.

Deathstar on March 8, 2009 at 11:24 PM said...

I adore sushi! We eat it AT LEAST once a week. Where we live, it's dirt cheap and you can't swing a dead cat (no pun intended) around here without hitting a sushi joint.

WiseGuy on March 8, 2009 at 11:56 PM said...

Great Post! Yeah Porn would have been a wink wink title but alas would not have gone with the post content.

I have never had sushi, but not for the lack of desire. I am glad that you found such a nice place to fulfill your foodchumping!

Wishing 4 One on March 9, 2009 at 2:26 AM said...

My chopstick skills are self "taught', I can use them but not properly I am so sure. Looks yummy though and I dont do sushi.

sunflowerchilde on March 9, 2009 at 8:36 AM said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Yum, you're making me seriously want sushi now. My husband and I love to get sushi, although he's a big fan of the spicy stuff and the wasabi, and I'm not.

Tiffanie on March 9, 2009 at 9:38 AM said...

ii fuckin loves sushi. wish we had some 24hr places in this place.

sara on March 9, 2009 at 10:02 AM said...

Thanks for such the sweet comment and I loved your show and tell. I'm glad that the food was so good...you have left me hungry! Wasabi and myself have a love hate relationship. Sometimes we mesh well...and other times it kicks my spicy butt!

honeywine on March 10, 2009 at 9:20 AM said...

Show and tell porn DOES sound like fun! Bad pornos are always good for a chuckle! :) You so should have ran with that!

natalie on March 10, 2009 at 10:27 AM said...

Mmm, yum!! I haven't had sushi in a long time! And I definitely can't use the chopsticks haha :)

SS on March 11, 2009 at 8:30 AM said...

I actually think the Japanese eat it with their fingers, someone told me that. I am now craving sushi. One good thing about not being pregnant...

JamieD on March 11, 2009 at 9:22 AM said...

I love sushi! I had never tried it until I visited a friend in CA a few years ago. And to be completely honest, I may not like the food itself as much as I like mixing my wasabi & soy sauce and eating with chopsticks. It's just a fun experience all the way around!

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