School and life has kept me from posting as much sa I should (I have a whole list i need to catch up on!) but I had to post about an awesome event BF and I went to yesterday, the Japanese Food Festival that I found out thanks to the board! The tickets were 30 dollars each, BF and I shared the tickets (which actually was more than enough!) and here's what we got! :)
* Hot Soba Noodles - These were WONDERFUL!!! Perfectly done noodles with great broth and BF garnished liberally with Green Onions and Tempura crunchies!
* BBQ Unagi over Rice - Unagi is one of my favorite things EVER. This was definatly fresh Unagi as it has a milk fishy taste and an almost creamy texture!
* Assorted Sushi - LOTS of sushi stands, and when you found a hole, you could even special order your sushi. We got a selection of Nigri, which was pretty good, but they had handrolls and other Sushi specialities.
* Kaisen from 1000 Cranes - the most expensive in terms of tickets, but you got two good size filet of SUPER fresh Salmon and Yellow Tail a miso soup. I'm not a big fan of Salmon, but this was SOO good... not to fishy at all!
* Okonomiyaki - When I saw them making these, I ran and got in line... For those of you not familiar with this great Japanese 'comfort food', it's basically a HUGE pancake filled with Noodles, Cabbage and then fried on a griddle and then topped with Special sauce, Japanese Mayo, dashi and bonito flakes. There was a
recent dinner at Gaja (One of the few places that does this dish in the City) which we missed, but we are planning our own special trip to Gaja soon!! Here's perceptors report on Gaja so you can see the yumminess that is Okonomiyaki!
*Tempura and Yakisoba - The BEST thing about this festival is that almost everything was cooked to order or VERY fresh... The tempura was amazing light and crunchy and warm! The Yakisoba not even a bit greasy with lots of veggies, condiments and mushrooms!
* Ahi Nigri and Seafood Oil Fondu - This was one of the last and one of the BEST plates we had. The Ahi literally MELTED as it hit your tongue, amazing. And the seafood fondu was two skewers of lightly cooked Ahi and Salmon and Shrimp, Scallop and Octopus (My favorite!)
* Less than an hour old Ahi Sashimi - The festival also had lot of music and japanese food demonstrations. One of the most IMPRESSIVE was fileting a 140lb tuna flown in from Hawaii!(This thing was MONSTEROUS!!) afterwards, they served the Sashimi so it literally was less than an hour old from the time it was on the bone to my tummy!! Sadly though, this goes to show that quality of fish can VARY so
much. While super fresh and yummy, it didn't have the same texture as the Ahi we had tried earlier.
* Of course, Dessert! We had the standard Mochi Ice Cream in Green Tea, Chocolate and Strawberry (My favorite is always Green Tea) and crepes, one with Nutella and another with apple filling. The crepe
stand was a perfect example of how much fun this festival and diverse this festival was. The crepes were made by a Japanese grandma and assembled by a french guy! When we got up to the table after waiting
in a long line, the batter ran out! Oh no!! The french guy quickly grabbed a cooler from under the table and presented a whole new container full of batter and eveyrone cheered!!! LOL!! Both he and grandma had a huge smile on their face! :)
* Finally, the BEST deal of the festival was that a major sponsor was the California Uni Association!! So for absolutely free (no tickets!) They were giving our Uni Chowder, Uni Spread and Uni Shooters (With real tongues!!) they had all sorts of Uni demonstrations and towards the end, a certain uni loving hound made
friends with a Uni association guy and got all sorts of tastes of super high grade Uni!!!
We missed the Yakitori skewers and Japanese pastries. I regret not trying the sparkling sake (There was all sorts of Sake and beer tasting too! But sadly, I was driving!) So all in all, This was an awesome festival and I can't wait until next year!!