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At long last, I got to revisit one of my main sushi haunts.. and the chef immediately enthused over my return. ^_^;; My bento was indeed still waiting, and it wasn't long before it was performing a noble function once more.

It wasn't much longer before the fish appeared. ^_^

Also finally got to see The Fall, which primaeros may recall; Tarsem Singh's visual epic from 2006. It happened to be running for two days, and I happened to have a few passes, thanks to amelitatwinstar. As cinematographically lush as you could have ever hoped for. The storyline was merely an off-the-cuff piece of storytelling, which really didn't hurt things, though perhaps the pacing towards the end became somewhat fragmented.

And I really need to try arranging some more meetups! ^_^;
Is it better than Sawa?
Ooof.. tricky. Probably not, but it's still somewhere one can reliably find a good assortment of well-prepared rolls, and occasional surprises.

Any idea if Sawa's still around, and good? (And if I can try sake of that complexity again.. !)
Sawa is still around and still making amazing sushi and still has the best Sake collection outside Japan(IMO, not fully quantified that one).

I actually have been to him in a few years because I moved away from the area, but now that I've been back I keep putting off seeing him due to finances.
BTW, did you eventually morph into a bunny at some point? I recall that icon being made, and wondering.. ^_^

Hmm! Well, true, it probably would be a bit of a hit on the finances, but I suppose if I don't buy Logic Studio and Aperture after all.. ^_^ (Apple used to offer staff 50% off on Apple software, but that's apparently fallen to the same 15% as for hardware, so I've shelved that. The Komplete 5 bundle's still very tempting, as is a Cintiq, but whether I'll actually go through with either or both..)

Oh, to enjoy that quality of sake again! Unlike anything I've had before or since.

Whereabouts are you now - up on the peninsula? What days/times would be good or bad to hook up?
Yeah, there are bunnies around!

In fact, my first novel, Yashak, has a young bunny as a central character. In the story world I'm writing in, the species of bunny-people are called 'Ayeen'.

I'm working on a new story that also has ayeen characters in it.

The icon you're referring to was commissioned when I finished the novel, Yashak.
Oh, and I'm staying mid-peninsula, in the hills, weekends are generally good and next week is pretty much open.
That is some lush sushi. I'm glad that San Francisco is greeting you with open arms upon your return.
It resulted in a contentedly stuffed bunny. ^_^ The Crazy Horse remains one of my favorites - yellowtail, white tuna, and salmon do work together rather well. I'll go for tempura rolls of all sorts as well, but I admit I lean towards the raw fish, just for that exquisite preservation of all the fishes' own flavors - when I first had sushi, down in Dana Point, it was a revelatory experience.. up to that point, my only encounters with tuna had been the usual tinned stuff. Perfectly edible, and an erstwhile pasta companion, but so very different to raw!

And I feel we ought to meet up sometime. ^_^ How easy a voyage is the City for you? Or, indeed, anywhere else in the Bay - I'm fully BART Plussed, so I can roam freely almost anywhere, save for AC Transit's territory, as they went sulking a few years back.
It's always nice if the chef recognizes you...

Well, unless it's the "oh my god, hide the food, it's him again!" kind of recognition. :)
*giggle* "'Tis no man. 'Tis a remorseless eating machine."

Actually, come to think of it, there is an all-you-can-eat sushi joint around the corner.. it's easy to imagine it can't be as good as à la carte, but it's equally easy to imagine it'll be cheaper. =:) (That place was $24.99, I believe, which, assuming it's all at least reasonable quality, certainly isn't a bad deal)

Or, actually, there's one place on Valencia I should check is still around.. their quality was up to that of anybody else, but noticeably cheaper - could go away very happy for only $20 lighter.
Come for the freak, stay for the food! :)

But yeah, that sounds quite nice. ^.^ MMmmm, I'd love to have some sushi again some time...
You can't possibly fit a Dog-sized meal into such a small box!
Ah, but one can fit quite an acceptable volume of sake inside - a matter which required multiple examples of proof. In the name of scientific accuracy, you understand.
Was lucky enough to see The Fall twice in theaters, once back home and again when it was at the independent theater here at school. Couldn't let my friends miss it. You're definitely right about the issues near the end, but what endeared the movie to me was how the pretension of some bits was tempered by a general sense of humor and self-awareness. I tend to forgive the faults of any movie (hell, any form of "art" or the like) that doesn't take itself too seriously. (This is, at least, the impression I remember having. It's been a while, and I can't actually remember any specific examples...)

And wow, does that boat look appetizing. Beats the hell out of our Panda Express imitation sushi. If (nay, when!) I ever get out to the west coast, I'm heading straight from the airport to the nearest sushi joint.
Cool. Something else to add to list of places to visit.

It's a good place. ^_^ Maybe not the ultimate, but certainly good.

I may have to pay another visit to Sawa, though.. Now that can be a hazardous place indeed. =:)
This Sawa you speak of.

....sounds delicious.

I must have it!

...bitchin' bento box btw.

Edited at 2009-07-25 12:07 am (UTC)
To me, the fragmented storytelling reflected a sort of contest/struggle between two different storytellers who wanted things to end in different ways. We're clued in to this early on with the girls interruptions and amendments to the story. I tend to think of The Fall in a way that writers sometimes do: it looks awfully great in our heads, even if we're really BS-ing our way through the firs draft. =)
Hey now! I can't believe you went to COACH!

Just for that, I'm gonna request your saki box and decorate it just to spite you!