Wednesday, April 27, 2022

I Dream of Shiro

I'm one year older but like six or seven years wiser.

Lydia got me some boba tea from the new joint Bobae delivered. So thoughtful. 

This is kind of random but this is out front of Google's Kirkland office. I think it may be where the internet begins.

We did some strolling around Seattle.

The Olympic Sculpture Park is kind of odd because it doesn't really have that many sculptures.

The former Seattle Post-Intelligencer headquarters. The newspaper was founded in 1863 and existed as a rival to the Seattle Times until 2009.

We picked Sushi Kashiba as the setting for my birthday dinner.

The guy on the far end behind the counter is master sushi chef Shiro Kashiba. You can read about his amazing life here, but if you're into the whole brevity thing the Seattle Times referred to him as the "Mick Jagger of Mackerel". He apprenticed under Jiro Ono of Jiro Dreams of Sushi fame.

He even had a little cameo on Northern Exposure, which was filmed in Washington.

We opted for the "chef's counter omakase experience" which involves sitting at the sushi bar and letting them do whatever they want to your plate.

They had a lot of sake to choose from but in fond remembrance of my days as an exchange student I chose an offering from Kyoto: Konteki Pearls of Simplicity Junmai Daiginjo Sake.

I kept asking our chef what things were and he was happy to tell me. I soon realized my embarrassing lack of knowledge about tuna anatomy. 

The shrimp were alive and then they weren't.

At the end of our set course meal our chef was like "ok that's all, but if you're still hungry I can make you something awesome". Then the blowtorch came out.

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