Gosh, Coolidge Corner is a big area! We walked until my blisters were ready to pop, then ate at a little Japanese place called Takeshita (I think, or was it Takeshima?).
We ordered five appetizers:
Edamame, served cold. We're not used to eating it cold, but we got used to it real quick.
Baby octopus with sesame. Gotta see if they can order a tub of this for me at the Korean store. This would be a good thing to keep on hand for emergency snacking.
Shumai. The wrappers were thinner, and they were firmer and more cylindrically shaped than most. A different brand?
Gyoza. Tasting like fried cabbage. But good.
*Crazy sushi maki* WOW! Inside the roll was spicy tuna and avocado. On top was mustard mayo and a big pile of fried teriyaki batter shreds. The interaction between the different gushy factors was just sublime. It was a special, but the manager said they can make it any time. My daughter will make a point of taking out some of this as often as she can afford it. They said their sushi chef is the only one who can make this, but now I'm wondering what else he can do.
I got to try the eggplant with basil at the Taiwan Café, which is as good as everyone says it is. Also, I ordered the salt-poached peanuts. It was a huge pile of cold (not expecting that) shelled boiled peanuts with a distinctive anise flavor. I'm used to Southern style boiled peanuts, so I think they'll be better reheated. My daughter had a seafood soup with rice cakes that she didn't share with me.
Forgot my leftovers in my daughter's refrigerator, so I guess she'll try to feed them to her boyfriend.