It's been fun for me to watch their reactions to the cuisine that I've come to love, and interesting to learn how they rate the different foods.
We started our "Japanese food adventure" together by eating sushi at a kaiten zushi restuarant, a place where you choose your sushi from a conveyor belt.
It was their first time ever to try sushi, and their first time to use chopsticks in Japan.
Kaiten zushi: 0 out of 5 stars from Jennifer-san, (shocking!) 3 stars from Lauren-san. By the way, I have gotten to the point where I crave sushi sometimes...so it gets 5 stars from me!
"I'm not so big on the taste, and I don't like that it's cold. The appearance doesn't do anything for me, either!" -- Jennifer
At the English conversation class last Sunday, they tried a different kind of sushi -- vegetable and egg sushi rolls.
"I could eat this on a weekly basis!! Oh wait...I already do." -- me (5 stars!)
"Dana's* takoyaki is amazing, and is probably one of my new favorite foods!" -- Lauren
Onigiri: the general consensus is 4 stars.
"Onigiri is better warm, and it's absolutely horrible with umeboshi inside!!"
-- yours truly :)
Last night, we went to Oliver's place and helped make his specialty, gyoza. They are fried dumplings and are technically considered Chinese food.
"It's so fun to eat with chopsticks* and is really good dipped in soy sauce." -- Jennifer
*Jennifer's chopstick skill has improved tremendously, and she says she might even use them back at home!
Besides the food pictured, other foods that the gals have tried are: a noodle dish called yakisoba (5 stars from Jennifer!, 3 from Lauren); chicken-on-a-stick called yakitori (3 stars from everyone); and fermented soybeans called natto. (0 stars from everybody...yuck!)