Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fiction (testing4l) wrote,
Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fiction

On St. Phil's Day Eve, greenbuttercup, zweeb, and J~ (zweeb's brother) drove up. As they were driving up, zetshia_gudani took me to the Exploratorium. There was an exhibit on computers and case mods. Some of them were neat, but the other stuff was far more interesting really.

The evening was spent with pizza ordered in and alcohol flowing freely. I poured brain tumors for all and they were enjoyed.

Woke up the next morning and went hunting for pillows. zetshia_gudani showed great acumen of her testing4l and decided to get us all to go to the pillow fight in San Francisco so that I could beat up on San Franciscans. zweeb had a headache, but we went anyway. Some ibuprofen eventually did the trick. We got there late and couldn't stay long to make the sushi reservation. I had a great deal of fun (and we all had a hacking crud afterwards), but it was worth the trouble.

For those interested, the sushi:

1. Salad with sashimi, slices of fruit, and pepper -- served in giant martini glasses.
This was sweet and spicy. zweeb was surprised that I was eating it. One for each couple.

2. Toro sashimi with roe and lemon slices
The Toro was thick -- almost steak like. The fish itself was very mild with the lemon providing a sharp, fresh taste. four per person.

3. Toro rolls, two per person. On the house.

4. Hirame sashimi with lemon slices, also thinly sliced with hot sauce and chives. The latter was slightly spicy. four per person

5. Hamachi sashimi with honey mustard / hot sauce. four per person

6. "Sea Salmon" sashimi -- almost cajun style -- crusted black pepper. Very spicy -- my lips, gums, and tongue were tingling at this point. zweeb mentioned that he was surprised I ate it and I mentioned to Bill (the itamai) that it was a little too much for me. Two per person

7. Scallop sashimi with avocado.
I highly suspect he added that for my benefit. Smooth and creamy -- it did away with the spice. Two per person.

8. Uni rolls
zweeb had uni somewhere else and said that it nearly made him throw up. It was really salty. We had uni the first time about two weeks ago. Bill mentioned that Uni had to be extremely fresh and that it was touchy after a couple of days, so I asked if he'd make a roll so they could taste how it was from a good sushi restaurant. This was the only request we made that evening. One for each of us.

9. Deep fried oyster rolls.
We had this a couple weeks ago and I was looking forward to it. I'm not sure what the sauce they placed on it is. It's sweet and tangy and suits the oysters really well. After we ate them, I said that I couldn't think of a way to describe how tasty it was. zweeb said "I can! Spoon!". With that he grabbed a spoon and began scooping up the detritus at the bottom of the dish. Four per person.

10. Green tea ice cream with tempura.
They always finish up meals this way.

I don't know how much it was at the end -- it was my birthday and zweeb generously took care of that. zetshia_gudani and I ran through three pitchers of sake. The first one I ordered. The second and third were on the house and the empty containers were spirited away before I had a chance to say anything about it. That was OK, though I probably would have stopped at two. I was happy with three though. 8)

Came home and played a few games -- Lunch Money and The Red Dragon Inn. I was DJing for a little and played ST:TNG with the sound off through libcaca on the TV.

zweeb and greenbuttercup bought me a gift -- a bendable The Tick action figure! KEEN!

They also gave me a card which was adorned with binary. The card read (line breaks were indicated by space on the card -- not CR, CR/LF, or LF. Also a transcription error and unknown digit at the end were fixed):

Short, simple, and to the point. It required a short explanation to zetshia_gudani. They also gave me the front page of the L.A. Times with headlines adjusted for St. Phil's Day. I'll add those when I can be bothered to get up.
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