Week 44: Glam & Glitter Sushi & Cocktails

Week 44: Glam & Glitter Sushi & Cocktails

I do the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit. There is always a yearning to achieve more. I'll continue to climb, trying to reach the top, but no one knows where the top is. - Jiro Ono (I dream of Sushi)

 

What did I do: 

My friend Kate is a multi-talented, detail oriented superstar. Not only is she a kick ass market research guru, she also dabbles in cooking, baking and mixology. So, my friends and I took the opportunity to have her teach us how to make sushi and Japanese inspired cocktails.  Oh, did I fail to mention we glammed-up (is that a word?) every dish and drink with some glitter?? That's right, a night of Glam & Glitter. 

 

Who was with me:

A pretty special group of girls, my friends Maryam (a.k.a. Glam and Posh), Mariola, Krystal and of course our chef of the night, Kate. Maryam hosted us at her apartment and we let loose to have a girls night in. 

 Our menu for the evening

Our menu for the evening

What did I learn:

1) I confirmed that my friend Kate is pretty freaking awesome! Here is what she taught us how to make:

Starters: 

  • Spicy Tuna Cucumber Roll
  • Salmon Towers
  • Shiitake & Rice Yuba Wraps
 Shiitke Rice Yuba Wraps

Shiitke Rice Yuba Wraps

Entree

  • Futomaki Roll (traditional roll)
  • Uramaki Roll (inside out roll)
 Our tray of inside out rolls. Can you spot the uni roll??

Our tray of inside out rolls. Can you spot the uni roll??

Cocktails

  • Wasabi Ole Shots
  • Champagne Cocktail 
  • Expresso Martini
 Wasabi Ole Shot

Wasabi Ole Shot

2) I also learned that with my girlfriends there is no such thing as "too much" glitter! 

 Glam & Glitter Mermaid Roll 

Glam & Glitter Mermaid Roll 

3) I've known for a while now that pouring sake for others is a way of building camaraderie and a stronger bond. What I didn't know, is that Polish people never pour their own drinks. In fact, Mariola (my Polish girl friend) explained that regardless of type of drink/alcohol, you generally select a person with a steady hand to pour your drinks. Or else, you end up pretty drunk. 

 Mariola dropping some Polish culture knowledge

Mariola dropping some Polish culture knowledge

Would I do this again:

Absolutely, we had a blast! Kate is learning how to make all sorts of dishes and cuisines. I'd love to learn tapas, dim sum, and greek from her. It will give us a reason to all get together and have another party. Cheers!! 

 

 

 

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