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Well, my first foray into the world of sushi was much better than expected. The Librarian and I both learned that raw fish doesn't taste nearly as fishy or slimy as you might think.

Plus, the birthday cake they brought the Mommy of Twins was amazing:


Blogger Emily said...

That sushi looks fantastic, especially the ngiri! It's among my favorite things to eat, so I'm glad you finally tried it - I'll never forget you, Katie and Betsey staring me down when I got sushi at the Farmers Market in L.A. :)

Saturday, January 12, 2008 9:24:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

I was thinking of that, too! Although I don't remember it so much as "staring you down." Sorry we traumatized you! :)

That Farmers' Market is basically gone now, replaced with an outdoor mall called "The Grove." It's really bizarre.

Saturday, January 12, 2008 11:53:00 AM

Blogger Emily said...

Staring me down might be an exaggeration - I wasn't traumatized! I just remember ya'll seeming very fascinated with me eating raw fish...

That's sad about the Farmers Market - that was one of the best parts about that trip out there.

Saturday, January 12, 2008 1:24:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Oh, good. I definitely remember thinking, "WHAT?!?" when you said you were going to get sushi. :)

Which one was the ngiri?

Saturday, January 12, 2008 1:26:00 PM

Blogger Tauratinzwe said...

Just a note to clear up a bit of american confusion. SUSHI is NOT raw fish! Raw fish is sashimi. Sushi is sweet vinegar rice usually with a seaweed wrapper. Somehow the americanized versions confuse things. These Californian varieties aren't what's normal in Hawaii and (though I haven't been there, but family members give first hand reports Japan. The most common form of sushi in Hawaii has sweetened vinegared rice with a core of carrot, cucumber, yanagi (canned eel), dried mushroom, tuna (from the can) and shrimp powder (colored) with a seaweed wrapper.

So, tell your friends that sushi is not raw fish. The raw fish is sashimi. You'll be the resident expert.

Now you've made me want to make some real sushi. Stuff in the stores here in Arkansas is junk.

Sunday, January 13, 2008 8:18:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Thanks for the clairification. I know there's a difference, but I remain perpetually unable to remember what it is. Add in the fact that I spend time in a town called Sake in the Congo and you've got one thoroughly confused person who managed to go to Japan and never consume any of the three.

Perhaps my Arkansas readers have some recommendations on quality sushi establishments in the self-sufficient state to our northeast?

Sunday, January 13, 2008 2:27:00 PM

Blogger Amy said...

I think for talking about sushi in america it's ok to just say, sushi. :) I do.

I love it and actually adore sashimi and prefer it a million times over to cooked fish.

Sunday, January 13, 2008 11:19:00 PM

Blogger Tauratinzwe said...

It's a matter of taste. When I got a chance to fish in Hawaii, my father-in-law and I would watch sumo and eat sashimi while my wife and mother-in-law would retreat to the kitchen to cook their share of the catch.

I can't imagine living in Sake. Makes me think of a sign I once saw in Voi, Kenya -- "Ask for fresh passion and [painted out space] juice."

Monday, January 14, 2008 1:22:00 PM


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