Wednesday, March 18, 2009

that's how i roll: from the food porn vault

after reading vegspinz blog, i want to have a sushi party so bad. i never thought i'd like to eat seaweed so much until i was introduced to it back in 2000 by a former lover of mine. she took me to a very high end place and dumped over $100 on the meal, something i had only witnessed once before. fyi: i grew up fairly poor, so it always amazes me when people spend a ton of money on a nice meal. in my family, eatin' fancy meant going to the olive garden or red lobster. my other expensive adventure was with another ex of mine who took me to an ethiopian restaurant in detroit. i didn't even see the bill, but i know it was big when i saw how wide his father's eyes got when he opened that little black book. it was one of the best meals i ever had. i'll have to try making some ethiopian vegan eats in the future.


sorry i got sidetracked. anyways, i've always been fairly envious of people who could make sushi themselves. last summer my friends mari and tony had me, vin, and the bebeh over for a sushi rolling party and dinner. it was so much fun and so delicious to eat, way better than any restaurant sushi i've ever had. we had rolls with cuke, avocado, daikon radish, and seasoned tofu. i'm sure mari will kill me posting this pic of her with a broken leg, as it is clearly not the best picture of her. for the record, she's super cute--absolutely gnawdorable.

i learned the secret to getting good sushi is (duh) a tight roll. vin mumbled, it's like rolling a big doobie! and i had to chuckle b/c i don't know jack squat about that sport either. when it was my turn i did a good job, but i really had to take my time and focus. i was afraid of messing it up the whole time while rolling it.


here's the finished product. between the four of us, i believe we cleaned the plate. there was another plate left, but we divided that up for lunches the next day.

7 comments:

Virginia said...

we made our own sushi at least every other weekend...love it!!

jrsimon56 said...

I have so wanted to do sushi at home...but it makes me nervous. Seems like such an art. I need to suck it up and just go for it! :)
And Ethiopian is me and my hubby's favorite cuisine.

Chris @ Beyond Ramen said...

It might be a little difficult to find, but if you can locate natto at your local Asian grocery, definitely give it a try in a maki roll with a little hot sauce of your choice! A little odd for the un-Japanese palate, but definitely a delicacy worth trying :)

pixiepine said...

Lol at the first sushi experience at a restaurant...mine is identical!! Yay for exes who got us all cultured!

I have been enjoying raw sushi for a change too. Ground up sunflower seeds and walnuts in place of rice...yum.

P.S. Anne Lamott is my favorite writer ever, followed by Michelle Tea! I think Alice Walker rounds out the trinity. My best friend moved to Portland, OR last year and recently sent me a book she had Michelle Tea sign at a reading...dedicated to me. Swoon!!!! I love seeing my fiancee reading Rent Girl to get a clearer picture of my sordid past! Ha!

Bianca said...

Oooh, sushi parties are such fun! I've had a couple, but not in a long time. In fact, I was just talking to someone last night about how it was sushi party time! I think I'm gonna schedule one really soon.

miss v said...

i love all the sushi posts coming out!

Mari said...

OMG that is possibly the worst photo of me ever. Posture! Short shorts and emaciated legs. Jeez.

Glad you loved the sushi so much though!