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Thursday, May 03, 2007

An early Mother's Day of sorts

When I was a kid, my mom had a "no, thank you" rule. Every time she cooked a new food, I had to have a "no, thank you" helping, which amounted to a bite or two. After that, I was allowed to decide whether I ever wanted to eat that food again. (Apparently it worked, because sprouts are the only vegetables I dislike, despite countless "no, thank you" helpings.)
My mom is here for a couple of days because I'm not going to be able to make it home for Mother's Day this year. Last night I took her to One World Wednesday and introduced her to my fabulous friends. After, we went to Aqua for some late-night, half-price sushi.
While sushi is one of my favorite foods, my mom is still a sushi neophyte. She's had California rolls, avocado rolls, maybe a shrimp tempura roll. Those are good, but I usually prefer nigiri or sashimi. But last night, we were a large group and opted for a huge variety of rolls.

My mom practiced what she preached and dug in to the sushi. She -- along with two of my other friends -- were squeamish about eating anything raw. So the three of them simultaneously took a piece of a rainbow roll. Verdict: 2 of 3 of the women had more of the "real sushi," as they called it.
She said she'd actually order some of the things on her own, the next time she finds herself at a sushi restaurant.
As my profile says, I'm trying to get through most of, if not all, of our area's sushi restaurants. I'm still new here (one year at the end of the month), so I certainly haven't gotten very far.
So tell me, where do you go for sushi? What's your favorite?
A friend's birthday is in two weeks, and we're planning another group sushi outing. Any suggestions?


at 11:03 AM Blogger ShannanB said...

You def. need to go to Jo An in Erlanger. They have the best sushi in the area.

at 11:18 AM Blogger Stepf said...

Thanks, ShannanB! I've never been there. I'll look into it. What do you get when you go there? I always like to try new things.

at 8:34 AM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

I ate sushi last night with my mother at The Green Papaya in Oakley. She prefers California Rolls, and Shimp Tempera rolls, but we ordered the Green Papaya roll which had a little raw tuna in it and she loved it! We told her afterward it was raw. For appetizer we had Vegetable Tempura, Edamame, and the Green Papaya salad. They also have tons on their menu for those who don't eat sushi. My husband ordered the crispy pad thai. It was all fabulous!

at 1:49 PM Blogger Stepf said...

Thanks! I love Green Papaya. My own birthday is coming up at the end of the month, and I was thinking of getting a small group together to go there.

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