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Saturday, November 17, 2007
Zen and Sushi

I was having my usual Saturday sushi fix at Round Eye Sushi at the Market and I started joking with the guy preping wasabi that I wanted my wasabi shaped like Buddha. I learned never to joke with the wasabi guy. He made me a wasabi Buddha. I mean no disrespect to any Buddhist who may read the list, but you have to admit he is adorable. The only problem was I couldn't use him on my sushi then, it just felt like I was dishonoring him.

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posted by Angel at 11/17/2007 05:24:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 3 comments links to this post
Sunday, November 04, 2007

Anybody who knows me knows I love sushi. Several years ago, when Princess was still a baby, hubby and I went out and had sushi for the first time for his birthday. He was fascinated with the idea and we decided to give it a try. I really didn't think I would like it. The thought of eating raw fish just didn't sound good to me. But I put on a brave face, packed my Rolaids, and we tried sushi at the only place at the time that sold sushi in the area. The waitstaff was great that night, they came out and explained to us what we were eating and how to eat it. After the first bit of salmon nigiri, I was hooked. The flavors were incredible, the textures we appealing. Eating sushi is a sensual activity. It is almost meditative. To enjoy it, you need to focus only on what you are eating and allow your senses to guide the experience.
A few weeks ago, a sushi bar moved into the York Central Market and they are really good. There is a limited menu at the moment, but everything I have had has been excellent. They inspired me to try my hand at making felt sushi. I made a California roll, a salmon-avocado roll, and an Ikaru (salmon roe). I designed them that not only can they be played with, they can be hung on a tree or a key chain. I'm working on my sushi menu. The ikaru is sitting by the register at Round Eye Sushi at the York Central Market.

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posted by Angel at 11/04/2007 12:13:00 AM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post
Friday, November 02, 2007
Ichigo Finished

It has taken me almost a year to make this pair of socks but I'm proud to announce that last night they came came off the hook. Last fall, I got the brilliant idea that I would knit a pair of socks for Princess who always has the coldest feet. Why do people with cold feet or hands have the urge to put said cold body parts on your comfortably warm body? The socks were to be part of her Christmas stash. So I cast them on in November. They didnt' get finished for Christmas. Last June, I finished one and had her try it one. Darn Twerp's foot had grown since I took the original measurements and cast on. In total, this pair of socks has been knit or crocheted 10 times. Some frogging was due to sizing and other frogging was due to my errors. Needless to say, they are DONE!
Name: Ichigo Socks (the name means Strawberry in Japanese. The colors remind me of strawberries and besides, strawberries are Princesses favorite food.)
Yarn: Palette by Knitpicks in Black and Memories by Knitpicks in Geranium.
Implement of Construction: Size E crochet hook
Pattern: None. Using a pattern would have made this easier except I suck at reading patterns and following direction. I know crochet sock construction and did what I know.
Princess's Response: She loves them. She put them one as soon as they were finished last night and hasn't taken them off since. She wore them to schoool today and even made a point of showing everyone at the busstop that her mommy made her socks.
The little twerp is too smart for her own good. Last night she put on her new socks, looked at me and said, "Since it takes a year to get a pair, I would like to order a pair for next year in pink."

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posted by Angel at 11/02/2007 04:52:00 PM ¤ Permalink ¤ 0 comments links to this post