It's now 5:32 p.m., and I'm hungry. But I know I really shouldn't snack right now because tonight is one of those all-you-can-eat deals. One hour, twenty-eight minutes and counting...
So. I'm passing the time by writing in my blog...about food! Of course. Doesn't that make a whole lot of sense?
Anyway, I just want to share about a really special meal that the gals and I had while they were visiting. It was my friend Kenji's idea to take them to a traditional restaurant in Kuji, where they could have an elegant Japanese dinner. It ended up being quite a cultural experience!
The first course (of six!) was already on our table....
First course consisted of rice, miso soup, fish and crab (cooked), raw squid, a cold egg wrap, and sea urchin. The presentation of all courses was very lovely. (and leafy, haha)
The fanstastic-looking (*sarcastic voice*) sea urchin.
This was the "tempura" (fried) round -- a fried crab claw, fried soy beans, fried avacado roll. All were yummy!
Tofu and fried fish in a milky soup. "Oishii!" (delicious!)
Veggies -- peppers, onions, asparagus -- and grilled squid ear (!) all in squid guts. I know that last part makes it sound super gross, but really it was quite good. :) Even Jennifer thought this was okay.
Final course (#6):
A traditional Japanese meal concludes with cold soba noodles and dipping sauce.
First with Kenji..
...and then with the chef and kimono-wearing servers.
Overall, it was a fun meal -- wondering what we would be served next and watching the gals' reactions to everything. What a nice experience!
My stomach is officially eating itself now. *popping third piece of hard candy into my mouth!*