Posts Tagged sushi
I remember the first time I ate sushi. I was a NERVOUS wreck. It’s like one of those things that if you haven’t grown up with it, everyone is afraid to try. Believe me. There are NO sushi restaurants in and around the Marlow, Oklahoma area. We eat our fish fried and it is usually caught in the pond on our back 40 or in some muddy lake called Clear Creek (oxymoron much?). Trying sushi was like taking a step out of my food comfort zone. But glory, hallelujah am I glad I took a leap of faith on that one.
I began eating quite a bit of sushi while I lived in Washington, DC. I usually stick to the rolls, simply because the unknown of the other kind (can’t remember the name….I’m a bad foodie) freaks me out. I would be more than happy to try it…but have NO idea how to order! Out in DC, we tried quite a few places and learned what we liked and didn’t like. Getting Joe to enjoy sushi has to be one of my greatest achievements in life. His name is Joe Bob. Usually people named Joe Bob do not eat sushi. But my person named Joe Bob does!
I wasn’t expecting much in the sushi category after moving back to Oklahoma. I couldn’t have been more wrong. My co-worker Jed and I ventured off for a lunch full ‘o sushi. We headed to one of his favorites, Sushi Neko and he basically said he was going to order for me. Seriously…Jed knows everyone in this place. I think he goes multiple times a week. I usually put my trust in other people, because heck, I will try anything once. He ordered the Cajun roll (crawfish in a spicy mayo), spicy tuna (my all-time favorite), and the lifesaver roll (minus the onion+extra tempura bacon). The Cajun and spicy tuna were just exceptional. The spicy tuna was easily the best spicy tuna that I have ever had. The tuna was ACTUALLY spicy. There is nothing that irks me more than getting spicy tuna and it not having any kick at all. The highlight of the meal was easily the lifesaver roll. From my understanding… This is basically a California roll with tempura bacon inside, topped with a small piece of tuna or salmon, lathered in spicy mayo. Whatever was in it was AMAZING. These are a mouth full…so definitely do not eat these on a date as they are not flattering while consuming, but they are glorious.
I know Sushi Neko is an Oklahoma City favorite. I’m slapping myself for living in Norman all of those years and never trying this place. It is easily one of my new favorites. It’s definitely not very comforting for the pocket book…but you easily forget that once you are in their chic dining room and see all the yumminess of sushi all around you.
Obviously, New Orleans is not in Oklahoma, but I travel quite a bit and of course I plan my trips around food! A few things I learned about New Orleans on this trip is A) the REALLY yummy food is quite expensive B) Central Grocery with the good muffaletta’s closes at 5pm and is closed on Sundays C) No place has Dr. Pepper D) A lot of places are cash only. I am also sure that there is some great food outside of the French Quarter, but I was so busy, we had to stay in the area. All that negativity aside, I had a decent foodie experience even with the small budget and a jam-packed weekend (seriously…I had to leave meetings to find time to eat.. NOT COOL). I DO plan on making another non-meeting surrounded trip down to New Orleans in the near future to really indulge myself in the great food/shopping/fun/debauchery the city has to offer.
THURSDAY= I arrived quite late in New Orleans as well as did some of my friends. We decided to of course go out on Bourbon Street. The rest of the night is kind of a blur (wonder why?!), but we definitely stopped by a diner down the road from our hotel and oh do I remember it vividly. It was called Daisy Dukes and I indulged myself in a 3am Cajun omelette. It was delicious…but NOTE TO SELF: DO NOT EAT A CAJUN OMELETTE AT 3AM WHEN YOU HAVE A MEETING AT 8AM… But I of course enjoyed it at the time, not so much when I woke up pregnant with a food baby that morning.
FRIDAY= We were on the hunt for seafood and went to a local recommendation and the wait for a table was over an hour, so because we were all STARVING and frankly in a hurry…we opted for the Sugar Shack across the street. To tell you the truth, I was not expecting much from this place. It just looks like your run of the mill sports bar, but it was quite busy, so we went in anyways. Our appetizer of barbeque shrimp came out and it was delicious. The shrimp was not fried as I was expecting and it was in a Cajun barbeque sauce. The sauce was interesting, but delicious. It had a soupy texture with the normal barbeque sauce flavors with a little Cajun kick to it and LOTS of vinegar. Being a fan of vinegar based barbeque sauces, I was pleased and wanted more! For my entrée, I ordered the soft shell crab plate. I will be honest with you. I am a foodie yes, but this still freaked me out because I kept thinking of the crab being alive and what not. Needless to say, I quickly got over this and it was DELICIOUS!
SATURDAY= We ate at the historic Napoleon House. It was built in 1791 and was going to be used as a house for Napoleon at one point, but is now a bar and restaurant. This was I think my favorite place of the weekend besides my Sunday adventure (read below). The prices were cheap (think $5 an entrée!!!!), the wait was short, the drinks were strong, the ambience was perfect complete with classical music and French antiques, and the food had great flavor. The waiters at the Napoleon House all wear bow ties and there are antiques and old paintings all over the restaurant. It is almost as if you have stepped back in time.
SUNDAY= I had my best experience on Sunday. My dear friend Colin Curtis and I had breakfast at Cafe Du Monde. I got quite a bit of recommendations from foodies out there via Twitter (follow me: @OkieFoodie) and comments on posts, so I had to try the famous beignets and the cafe au lait. I of course wore a black jacket and dark pants when I decided to eat fried goodness covered in powdered sugar. Powdered sugar gets EVERYWHERE, but the beignets were amazing. It is almost like a funnel cake, but WAY better. The cafe au lait is delicious for both coffee whores like me, or for the coffee novice. This is a must stop in New Orleans.
Surprisingly, we did eat sushi on Sunday evening. Yes, not the type of food you would think about eating in New Orleans, but it was great! Check out my UrbanSpoon link below for the info.
New Orleans is a great city, but I’m definitely happy to be back in the Sooner state!