Eating food, being “Azn” and trying new things are three of my favorites — put ‘em together, and you have a sushi-making class.
Matt and I had a Groupon for a place called Fuji Sushi, located in Stuart. Whew! It takes a hike to get there — one hour. I didn’t realize this until after I bought the deal, but we decided to try it anyway.
Apparently Fuji offers this class all the time, but it’s usually $34 for two people. My deal was for $17. I would guess that almost any Asian restaurant can either charge you to learn the craft, or it already has a class. Either way, it’s a cute, fun date to have on a lazy Saturday afternoon. I encourage you to find one of these classes.
The restaurant is nice; nestled in a Publix parking lot next to a music store, it’s respectably clean and cute. The staff there was friendly and helpful. We were relaxed.
But then it was time to start making the California roll. Our instructor showed us how it was done, and it took, like, three minutes tops. Us white kids — the six people in the class — then tried a hand at it. We took a lot longer than three minutes!
With a bit of good-natured laughter and embarrassment, we all made crooked, loose sushi pieces. For the uninitiated, you start with a seaweed sheet, put it on a bamboo mat, add a layer of sticky rice and sesame seeds, flip, add ingredients (cucumber, avocado, crab), roll tight, then cut — voila! OK it’s not that easy.
Our instructor was nice, but I don’t think she could help poking fun at us newbies.
“Oh you cut it like that and it’s not ruined? That’s amazing!” She said to me. I laughed, but wished I could roll tighter sushi and cut it so it wouldn’t smush in some places and then fall apart.
In the end, it all tasted delicious anyway!