Posts Tagged ‘sushi

05
Jan
09

Feng Sushi and Nokia N79

Trying out my new Nokia N79 phone that Ciaran gave me for Christmas at Feng Sushi in Borough Market. Got this phone specifically for its 5 megapixel camera, ideal for food blogging pics and shooting on the go.

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Feng Sushi is another of London’s endless chain of restaurants, it has an open design with no doors on the front, lots of high tables and a fish tank. The menu is a little more expensive than we would usually go in for, but for a light bite it’s affordable enough. We ordered inside-out prawn tempura maki and avocado maki at £9 and £4.50 respectively. The prices are a bit steeper than most mid-range sushi places, but you do definitely get better quality and bigger pieces. The avocado maki has a great hit of sesame seeds which brightens up the blandness of the avocado – some of the best I’ve had.

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Practising my close up shots of sushi on the N79 here. I don’t know about other food bloggers, but I find it so mortifying to be seen taking pictures of what I am about to eat. I think it’s because food photography has gotten so completely ridiculous and poseurish, some restaurants are even banning it now. Earlier we were huddled around a table in freezing cold Borough Market and a guy was snapping his, clearly embarassed, friends eating lunch with a huge SLR. You can’t move around London anymore without someone with a giant camera setting up a shot for about a half hour. I’m more of a wham, bam photographer – taking shots without flash, so they generally either work out or they don’t.

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What are your thoughts on happy snappers.. are they interrupting your meal or totally entitled to document the food they paid for? Do you take furtive shots under guise of sending a text message or set up in full professional mode, adjusting the light, setting, food on the plate?

I’d definitely recommend the N79 for amateur food blogging, it has great features including a close-up mode and takes good shots without the flash. However, it crashes a lot too and every time you switch it off, when you restart it has reset all your setting, themes, clock, date etc.

22
Jun
08

Coming up

Since my blogging is sporadic at best, I thought I’d add a list of upcoming posts for any interested readers.

Fondue at St. Moritz

Wine Tasting in Napa

Lunchtime sushi

21
Jun
08

bad blogger and San Francisco Eats

So.. I am a very bad blogger and haven’t updated in about a year! No excuse really, other than blogging apathy and I haven’t really eaten anywhere that spectacular. We did visit San Francisco for a holiday and food is one of my favourite things to do in the States. But, this trip was a little wake up call for me. By the end of it I just couldn’t ‘stomach’ the excesses of food on offer, the huge portions and the shameful amounts of food we left behind. Driving down the streets past endless Jack in the Boxs, Mc Donald’s and Denny’s really grossed me out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming the companies, it’s supply and demand!

We even went into this ‘all you can eat’ place by accident and I thought, wow, is this really necessary. Greasy food, epic portions and the over abundance of fried, cheesed and hot fries on food just really turned me off American food. I was glad to get back to London and the less complicated, Europeanish style food here. Wraps and salads have never been more appealing. We also had some dodgy sushi that I am still queasy over.

However, while in San Francisco we did indulge in some of the local ‘delicacies’. It can really be said that I have a fondness for novelty foods, I don’t know why but they always seem more interesting and delicious than regular foods. Hence my delight at sushi and fondue. Novelty was thus the reason for these two beauts!

This was the Shrimpers Heaven at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf.  4 kinds of shrimp in these awesome holders! I think I can hear everyone in the food blogging community collectively groan at that. Come on, I had to try it – it would have been criminal not to. But man, it was horrible and filling. You ask how can I complain about American food when I order stuff like this, I agree, it really is my own fault.  C got a stuffed crab, shrimp cheese thing that came with and fries and a side salad. We were so full and we left most of it behind. The server asked did we want a box for it, I was like, dude I may never eat again and I definitely don’t want to eat that again. He was like, okay how about dessert?

This was clam chowder in a sourdough bowl, again in Fisherman’s Wharf, really THE place for novelty foods. It was actually quite good, not the best chowder ever, but tasty enough. The restaurant specialises in their sourdough bread and it was sour. We often get sourdough baguettes over here, but I didn’t realise they were actually meant to taste like that. Because they don’t, at all. So I was a bit taken aback by the sourness of the bread and it wasn’t really to my liking at all.

So the verdict on San Francisco was that the food wasn’t at all amazing and I am definitely not judging it on these places, but on all the meals we had there. Overall, not an amazing selection or excellent quality. We didn’t find that many different places to try, though C did have an interesting yoghurt dip thing in the Mission.  Perhaps I am too biased by European food. Thoughts?

16
Dec
07

All You Can Eat – Never A Good Idea!

 

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Just back from an “all you can eat” dinner at Hi Sushi Salsa in Camden. When it comes to buffets and “all you can eat” places, I am a seriously cheap date. After a plate and a half I am full to the gills – my mum calls it having “eyes bigger than your belly”. At the moment the ratio of eyes to belly is still in my favour, but after a few more of these “all you can eat” dinners and it may not be. Hi Sushi Salsa does “all you can eat” the way it should be done – made to order. Unlike some buffet restaurants where all you get is some greasy stir fry and unidentifiable deep fried scrapings (plus you have to fight other patrons for the best bits), Hi Sushi lets you choose from a menu with various tempura, teriyaki, noodle, sashimi and sushi dishes. You can choose 7 hot dishes, 1 noodle or ramen dish and six sushi dishes. The sushi is repeatable, meaning you can order seconds or even thirds. Regretfully, we ordered a second (more out of a sense of getting your money’s worth than actual hunger). As they were closing soon, we were given a sushi board with twice as much as the previous one had; presumably to dissuade us from ordering a third. I felt so bad, it was so beautifully prepared and delicious and I couldn’t face eating another bite. We were also drowning in green tea, after about a dozen refills. We forced down another five pieces each – to be polite of course. C had ordered the sake, a first for him – so of course he decided to order the large! The look on his face after he tasted it was enough to make me feel sorry enough for him, that I didn’t insist he drink the whole thing. I would have liked to have capped off the meal with a green tea ice cream, served in a martini glass but we were both too ill to attempt it. I staggered out, unable to even button up my coat. Is that a sign of a good meal or sheer gluttony?

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Why so many pictures of the same thing, because it looks so pretty – am a total sushi pornographer!