Monday, May 19, 2008

Konnichiwa!

We celebrated Rachel's (soon-to-be-daughter-in-law of Swami and Swamette) birthday on Saturday night. Her choice of restaurant was SoHo, a Japanese bistro. I had never been to a Japanese place before, so I was worried that I wouldn't like anything (I tend to go for food that would be appealing to a five year old). I had NOTHING to worry about.

This was the type of place where they prepare the food in front of you on a grill in the middle of the table. So much fun....so much fire!

Veggie rolls pickled ginger and wasabi paste
Vegatable rolls, pickled ginger and wasabi paste. I didn't try it...I just took a picture of it because it was pretty. They know how to present food, let me tell ya.
The food was spectacular. I even ate calamari, which I had never tried before. It helped that they disguised the squid in something that resembled a deep-fried onion ring.

My girls have had some experience with chopsticks, but it was more fun to make bridges and play the drums instead of eating with them.
Playing with the chopsticks


Rachel Isabelle Lorelei me Japanese bistro


Lorelei insisted on wearing her Cinderella shades into the restaurant:
My futures so bright...
What can I say? She's a Diva.

Our present to Rachel:
Rachels bracelet
A bracelet made entirely of Swarovski crystals. I had so much fun choosing the crystals for this one....bead stores are my undoing.

Quick video of how they begin the cooking process:
video

5 comments:

Lynne said...

Pickled ginger and wasabi paste- YUM!! Love it! Try it next time Susan. Trust me.

Born Again Bird Watcher said...

I'm with Lynne - Japanese food is some of the finest of all the world myriad cuisines. I would live entirely on sushi if given the opportunity to do so. Don't jump into the deep end at first - start with something simple then move forward according to your preferences. Mmmmm...

egretsnest said...

Congrats on your foray into Japanese cuisine! Yum! Start slow -- California Roll is a crowd pleaser. Then get daring! Calamari is one of my FAVORITE things -- of course, the Monterey Bay is calamari capital! :)

Mary said...

Love that bracelet!

I enjoy Japanese restaurants, especially when they toss shrimp in the air for you to catch in your mouth. A heck of a lot more entertaining for children than Chuckie Cheese!

dguzman said...

DEFINITELY try the vegetable rolls next time! I usually end up eating at least two orders of them--they're small, really!