Thursday, September 25, 2008

on sushi and books


They go together, right? Sushi and books? Like rama-dama-ding-dong? Okay, brief Grease moment there (I typed brief as breaf for a minute, and couldn't figure out how to spell it, though knew it was wrong!)


I am a baby when it comes to sushi. Really, I am. I try so hard to like it, I really do...but I always revert back to the California roll. Last night Steve and I were out celebrating a bit of goodness (no sparkle....) and I thought sushi would be good. He looked a bit surprised when I suggested it, but didn't question me. We went to this place in Fairfax called Todai, which is a sushi buffet. I like it, because along with dozens of different sushi rolls, it has soba noodles and all sorts of other things.


I nervously approached the buffet and found my California rolls. I looked down along the counter, where they get more colorful and more scary, and decided to be brave. I grabbed a few. I don't know what kind. As long as it's cooked and isn't eel, I thought I'd be okay.


I was wrong. I ate my California rolls and had a tiny bite of a second, and then lost my nerve. The more colorful they got, the less I wanted to eat them. I'm such a wuss.


At least I had my soba noodles!


In other newsworthy events, this weekend is the National Book Festival on the Mall, which is sponsored by the First Lady and the Library of Congress. If you are in the greater DC area, I highly suggest that you go. It's amazing. It's one of my favorite days of the year! Yes, I'm a dork, I realize this. I want to see Jan Brett. What? You don't know who she is? She's a childrens author who does the most beautiful illustrations. She designed this years poster! Love her. I want to buy a copy of her new book and have it signed for my mother for Christmas. Laura and Jenna (Bush- yes, we're on a first name basis!) will be there signing their book, Read All About It, so I may have them sign one for my mum too. My mother is a librarian, she eats this stuff up.
Anyway, if you are in DC on Saturday, please come. Look for me, I'll be the nerd with the checklist, making sure every author on my checklist has been visited. Yes, I am making my plan of attack tonight....

8 comments:

anOCgirl said...

OMG. so i'm reading and i get to the 'bit of goodness' part and my heart skips a beat and then you totally let me down with 'no sparkle'. this is just like our twitter convo yesterday. isn't the anticipation killing you just a tiny bit?

come on, steve!

Sarah said...

I'm totally unadventurous when it comes to sushi as well. I stick with cali rolls, or even just cucumber rolls. I love the crunch! For me it's really just an excuse to eat something soaked in soy sauce.

I'm headed down to the NBF for the first time this weekend if I don't have to work. So excited!

Sara said...

Some raw fish has a much blander taste and texture than others. The next time you are at a sushi restaurant, explain that you are still learning and see what the chef suggests. That’s how I got my husband started and now he eats almost anything. Tempura rolls are always good and they are fully cooked. Now I'm hungry....

Katelin said...

i love california rolls. you should try philadelphia rolls too if you like cream cheese, they're fabulous. i love it.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

That last paragraph sounds so much like me... Before I had kids, I used to go to book signings all the time. I would get totally star struck over the geekiest authors too. This used to be a staple of my holiday gift shopping.

Jamie said...

I just can't like sushi. I feel like I should but I'm just not a fan.

magda said...

I heart Laura. No joke.

I think Todai was a good move; we have one of those in Seattle, and even though I love sushi, I always find myself eating way more than is healthy on the few times I've gone because they just have so much good stuff! Yum-my.

We'll have to work up your sushi appreciation : )

Klauds said...

I do love sushi, but I'm pretty tame. The California rolls are always great, but I can handle stuff with eel or salmon as well. The one thing I haven't yet tried is sashimi - and I'm not sure I could ever get there. I like my raw fish disguised by a whole whole lot of rice etc :-)