I am a huge fan of the Food Network competition shows and recently, to my delight, I found out about a pilot being filmed in Sacramento called Sushi Smackdown. Four local restaurants are competing for bragging rights to the best sushi in town. There were four rounds on four consecutive nights. They serve 18 sushi items over a three hour period served family style. You sit at tables with strangers, share sushi, sake and laughs while voting on your favorite items. IT WAS CRAZY- loud, raucous, delicious and way over the top. One restaurant pulled out after week 3 citing “management meltdown”. This is not for the rookie restaurateur.
The second time we went we actually employed strategy so as not to eat ourselves sick. The second restaurant was A LOT better than the first and we were excited to be on hand when my local sushi place, Miso, located walking distance from my house, won first place!
My dining companions Kelly and Kitty and I had a blast. Our table mates were delightful-two young Asian men one a student and the other a former sushi chef turned HR manager and a really nice couple I would enjoy getting together with again. I would be sharing a photo but I look really bad in it and I am way too vain to share such an ugly picture.
During a brief food interlude I lamented to my tablemates that I really wanted to write about this experience and I was having a hard time working Oregon Fruit into Sushi and then it hit me-Dessert Sushi!!! I shared my idea and we brainstormed. I met my friend Kitty at a cooking class so she is a creative cook and has already shared some good new Oregon Fruit ideas. So for today I give you: BLUEBERRY SUSHI!!! I have to say, it rocks! I think I will run it by Miso to see if they want to use it at their next Sushi Smackdown.