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Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:15 AM

Obama ate only half the sushi course:


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U.S. Barack Obama may have enthused publicly about the sushi he was served at an exclusive Michelin-starred restaurant, but he stopped eating half way through the meal, reports said Thursday.

Pictures showed the U.S. president being served sake by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the counter of the tiny Tokyo eatery, as part of a meal billed as a chance for bonding, at which neither wore a tie.

But a report Thursday said instead of making small talk and savoring Japanese delicacies at Sukiyabashi Jiro—dubbed the world’s best sushi restaurant and the subject of the 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”—Obama jumped straight into discussions about trade.

The owner of a yakitori (grilled chicken) restaurant that sits in the same basement as the exclusive diner told Tokyo Broadcasting System that Obama had put his chopsticks down at the halfway point.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/obama-ate-only-half-the-sushi-course-media

and: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001232570

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140424p2a00m0na003000c.html

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Reply Obama ate only half the sushi course: (Original post)
yuiyoshida Apr 2014 OP
Prophet 451 Apr 2014 #1
yuiyoshida Apr 2014 #4
pa28 Apr 2014 #75
yuiyoshida Apr 2014 #76
Nay Apr 2014 #10
MADem Apr 2014 #20
Tarheel_Dem Apr 2014 #55
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eShirl Apr 2014 #6
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eShirl Apr 2014 #3
Ichingcarpenter Apr 2014 #5
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UncleYoder Apr 2014 #9
yuiyoshida Apr 2014 #32
seveneyes Apr 2014 #11
newfie11 Apr 2014 #12
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newfie11 Apr 2014 #16
Dirty Socialist Apr 2014 #46
badtoworse Apr 2014 #48
Dirty Socialist Apr 2014 #49
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Dirty Socialist Apr 2014 #53
LordGlenconner Apr 2014 #47
MADem Apr 2014 #59
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Warren DeMontague Apr 2014 #94
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badtoworse Apr 2014 #25
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Sanity Claws Apr 2014 #27
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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:21 AM

1. And?

Sorry, I think there are legitimate reasons to criticize Obama but not eating all his dinner isn't one of them.

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:23 AM

4. He must be having a blast over there...

I know I would be.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:58 PM

75. This is definitely going to make my daughter cry.

She's 13 and can eat an astonishing amount of sushi in one sitting.

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Response to pa28 (Reply #75)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 05:03 PM

76. My pay day falls on the First of the Month...

You know what I will be eating.... Chirashi (fish over rice)

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:54 AM

10. Really! Why do people even notice that shit? Has anybody ever noticed the

guy is skinny and, unlike most Americans, probably doesn't stuff his face constantly? And he probably stops when he is no longer hungry?

Also, he just may not like sushi....

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Response to Prophet 451 (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:23 AM

20. If you're out on one of those "businessman" benders, they tend to overserve.

Too much sushi, too much Suntory!

He was right to stop if he wasn't hungry.

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Response to MADem (Reply #20)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 01:24 PM

55. Remember, he gave half his Reuben to Valerie Jarrett, and wanted it back, but it was too late, so...

he ate her pickle. Seriously, I think this President & First Lady are keenly aware of their food intake. They don't overstuff themselves, like me, and most Americans. With all the official luncheons & dinners they have to attend, it's a wonder they're not 600 lbs. each.

I wish I could find that clip of him at Michigan State, talking about that huge sandwich.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:22 AM

2. "Shameful! How disrespectful to the Japanese!

Another Obama gaff - not wearing a tie! Reagan always wore a tie in public! Plus he insulted Japanese cooking by eating only half of what was served. Obama just sunk a rung lower on the world approval ladder"
(SEAN HANNITY ON FOX NEWS...April 31, 2014)

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Response to eShirl (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:42 AM

8. Great Moments In American History

 

nt

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Response to eShirl (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:20 AM

19. The Upchucker and Chief!

 

Nothing like a Bush to embarrass the US.

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Response to eShirl (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 05:41 AM

105. Good one! LOL! How could any president possibly insult the Japanese anymore than that?!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:22 AM

3. maybe he was full

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:24 AM

5. Remember when Bush threw up on the prime minister??

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:26 AM

7. that's it!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:51 AM

9. Around here,

 

we call that bait.

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Response to UncleYoder (Reply #9)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 10:10 AM

32. THere are always posts like this

when ever someone mentions SUSHI. The most embarrassing thing for me ever was once going with a girl friend to a Benihana Restaurant in JAPANTOWN here in San Francisco. Benihana always takes groups of people and put them at the same dining table. Now it just so happened there was a family from South Carolina visiting Japantown and stopped in to try some of that fancy smanchy "Jap-OH-Neese" food. These people were very forward with everyone, and you would have thought We had sat down to their home dining table for dinner. The father checked out the chopped sticks and said..." No~ no~ No!! these won't do" (Meanwhile his 12 year old son had removed the chopsticks from the paper wrapper and were wearing them a-la walrus like up his nose...asking everyone to look at him. The Father refused to have chopsticks and demanded the wait staff bring him a knife, fork and spoon, because "WE"RE IN AMERICA and we eat the American way!!"

Since I was at their table, they kept asking me questions all through the meal about what every little thing was, and what it was. Fortunately my friend can read kanji so she was stuck with the task of explaining what soy sauce was, and how wasabi was similar to
Horse raddish. The mother wanted me to teach her kids how to use the chop sticks which was totally a useless gesture and I hardly got the chance to eat my own food because Mia and I were stuck explaining every exhausting aspect about Japanese culture and how it was different from Chinese culture. (What no Fortune cookies? Where are the dayam fortune cookies??.)

And of course I had to sit and listen to the father Joke about how sushi was called bait where they came from, and they were not "touching the shit" (Yes, this was said in a public restaurant.) It was the most humiliating experience in my life, and I swore I would never go back to Benihana's if they paid me. The food there was good... ITS JUST I got tired of the daughter pulling her eyes back and going "Look mamna, I am JAPO-KNEES"... AND having to explain why the beer wasn't Budweiser.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 08:55 AM

11. He did better than I would have done

 

I would have asked the cook to throw it on the grill for a few minutes.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:01 AM

12. That's more than I could have eaten

Yuck

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Response to newfie11 (Reply #12)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:09 AM

14. SAVE IT FOR ME DAMNIT.....

I live for the day when its payday and I can order a huge platter of sushi.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #14)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:11 AM

16. Lol

Will do

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #14)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 12:43 PM

46. OK

Maybe I would raise an eyebrow if he passed on the Amberjack. That's the best.

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Response to Dirty Socialist (Reply #46)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 12:47 PM

48. Seriously? Better than Bluefin Toro?

 

I always though amberjack was on a par with bluefish

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Response to badtoworse (Reply #48)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 12:50 PM

49. It's Better than Bluefish

It is quite lean, too!

There might be more than one kind of amberjack. Mine was from Hawaii.

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Response to Dirty Socialist (Reply #49)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 01:03 PM

50. Better than bluefish isn't a particularly high standard.

 

I always thought amberjack is bloody and oily, but apparently, I'm wrong about that. Next time I'm fishing in the Keys, I'll given them a try.

BTW, bluefish are OK if they're iced down as soon as caught and then grilled, broiled or smoked the same day. Even then, there are many fish in the northeast that are better eating.

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Response to badtoworse (Reply #50)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 01:10 PM

53. I read about amberjack and

The opinions are all over the place. I bet there is more than one type of it. The Hawaiian amberjack might be better. Also, the younger amberjacks taste better than the adults.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #14)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 12:43 PM

47. I can almost see the mercury eminating from that plate

 

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Response to LordGlenconner (Reply #47)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 01:36 PM

59. Maybe the geiger counter went off...? nt

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Response to LordGlenconner (Reply #47)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:23 PM

61. Fine!

Don't eat it...ALL MINE!!!

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #94)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 03:47 AM

98. I am looking forward to a bowl of

Chrashi come payday.

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Response to LordGlenconner (Reply #47)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 05:18 PM

78. Unfortunately

that's what I was thinking too, among other unpleasant stuff in the sea these days. I grew up eating seafood, never ate it raw though. And I wouldn't touch the stuff now, of course, I don't live anywhere near the ocean now so seafood is out of the question for that reason alone.

Perhaps he stopped at the point where he realized that there might be whale meat on his plate?

I don't mean to be disrespectful to anyone who eats that kind of food, just seems like it's too dangerous anymore... as bad as pork, beef or chicken anymore.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #78)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 06:21 PM

82. to say nothing of the flukes......shiver. nt

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Response to grasswire (Reply #82)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 06:25 PM

84. That's what I meant

by "unpleasant"... trying to not be too callous sounding given the sub-thread topic.

It's a touchy thing, some cultures have different values that may be unhealthy given recent history.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:08 AM

13. That's why he is not fat.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:10 AM

15. Maybe he doesn't like sushi but was being a good guest and eating some of it.

 

I know I would have totally passed on the sushi...since sake was being handed out, probably wouldn't last to talk about trade.

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Response to Rex (Reply #15)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:13 AM

17. SAKE doesn't go down well on an empty stomach

Believe me, I know. That rice with the fish, will save him a hangover later.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #17)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:18 AM

18. It seems to like my stomach very well.

 

With or without food. Scotch, sake, soju, baijiu - they all seem to love my gut. Then again I am not POTUS material.

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Response to Rex (Reply #18)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:26 AM

22. A good sake will get you wasted in a hurry...

especially heated. Sake o tabette imasu sora kara Sake o nomimasu!

Sake = the alcoholic beverage (Kampaii!)
SaKe= smoked or fresh salmon (Itakimasu!)

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #22)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:29 AM

24. Good. It is rush hour and I need this to keep me going til 5 o'clock.

 

The boss will be here around 2 and I want to be sloshed before then!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #22)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 01:42 PM

60. Good sake will have you saying, SAKE! back and forth to each other all night

 



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Response to snooper2 (Reply #60)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 05:13 PM

77. my favorite is the milky sake

over the clear... There is such a wonderful flavor there!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #22)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 07:20 PM

89. You might want to change "norimasu"

to "nomimasu"-- otherwise, it'll sound like you are going to ride a salmon

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Response to Art_from_Ark (Reply #89)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 03:35 AM

93. wow! thanks...

Didn't even realize I did that...will change it now.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:25 AM

21. Twenty pieces of sushi is a lot of sushi

No wonder he got full halfway through.

I would love to dine at that restaurant!

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Response to mainer (Reply #21)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:28 AM

23. Absoulutely, that is where

The movie...Jiro dreams of Sushi was made..

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #23)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 10:13 AM

34. So hard to get reservations at Jiro's! Here's my fave sushi place in the US

Boston's a lot closer to me than Tokyo.

http://www.oyarestaurantboston.com/menu.html

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:31 AM

25. I was under the impression that not eating all the sushi is considered insulting to the sushi chef

 

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Response to badtoworse (Reply #25)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:39 AM

26. It should be shared...

One, would never want to waste it, considering how much money sushi is.. of course if you are rich, I suppose you could do it and get away with it. Most people don't realize that the average Japanese family may only have sushi once or twice a month! Its too expensive to eat it all the time, although One time I tried to... after awhile your pay check tends to dwindle. Now I roll my own maki rolls. Its just easier to buy the Nori, make the sushi rice, buy soy sauce, wasabi and sliced ginger, and either use cucumber or Salmon.

But I prefer to do as most normal Japanese families do...live on Soba and Udon... and sometimes Ramen.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #26)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:44 AM

27. I would definitely share mine

with my cats.

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #27)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:49 AM

30. omg...I absoutely can not bring shrimp home...

I never get to eat it any more. My cat has declared : "ALL SHIRMPS ARE MINE!!"

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #30)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 10:51 AM

37. WHAT!

You should not eat shrimp out- bring it home to the little god. And the cat will know.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:46 AM

28. I think it has to do

With the price tag, something like $300?

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Response to Niceguy1 (Reply #28)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:50 AM

31. For that price I would ask

for a carry home bag. They probably don't do that in Japan. I would ask for it though...

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #31)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 10:12 AM

33. I'll bet there was Bluefin Toro involved.

 

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Response to badtoworse (Reply #33)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 10:32 AM

35. I bet he avoided the Fugu

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #35)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 10:38 AM

36. I love sushi, but I'm not sure I'd eat the Fugu either, even if the chef ate it with me.

 

Is it really that good that it's worth the risk or is it more of a proving you have the balls to do it thing?

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 09:49 AM

29. “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” was a wonderful documentary.

I am quite sure the proprietor was duly honored.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 11:57 AM

38. He should have taken along my 24 year old son.

He has a favorite all-you-can-eat sushi place, and his record is 52 pieces. Very authentic and delicious stuff there. He would have been happy to help out President Obama.

He grew up eating sushi because my husband and I love it and introduced it to both our boys pretty early on. We met at Yokota AFB outside Tokyo when we were next door neighbors in the BOQ (bachelor officers' quarters for you non-military types) and regularly went out for sushi at a charming tiny restaurant within walking distance from the base. I was never brave enough to try the puffer fish variety.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 12:06 PM

39. Thank goodness I am not the Prez

 

I would have puked on camera if I had to eat sushi.

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Response to bigwillq (Reply #39)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 01:20 PM

54. I'm with you

My daughter, who was one of those kids who only ate mac-n-cheese and chicken nuggets for a few years, is now 27 and loves sushi.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 12:14 PM

40. Ok so since Master Jiro serves 20 pieces per dish, halfway means 10 pieces and Sake to boot.

 

That is a lot of Sushi

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #40)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:27 PM

62. I doubt I could do much more than 10 pieces of sushi

Well, maybe if it's the white tuna I could do 11

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #62)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 07:09 PM

85. :)

 

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Response to Katashi_itto (Reply #40)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:32 PM

63. DEPENDING on the kind...

I would have helped him! Eating 5 pieces is nothing! My favorite is Hamachi but I love to eat Ikura and Tobiko Oiiishiii ne!!!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #63)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 06:04 PM

80. Hamachi and yellowtail...

...mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

The only kind I have tried that was really awful was sea urchin eggs - they were furry.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 12:24 PM

41. I have never eaten sushi and don't think I would like it. I do have a question. Where do the fish

come from. I am careful to watch what I eat from the Gulf since the BP spill. What effect does the nuke problems over there have on the fish markets?

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Response to jwirr (Reply #41)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:37 PM

67. Much of the fish come from around

Taiwan and they also fish around the southern regions near Indonesia or the northern waters near South Korea.. Some of the Deepest waters are off the coast of Japan, around the Mariana Trench,

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #67)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:53 PM

73. Thank you.

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Response to jwirr (Reply #73)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:56 PM

74. dou itashimashite!

You're welcome.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 12:26 PM

42. I'm so jealous...

I'd probably eat my share and all of that too.

I still remember demolishing a 50 piece sushi tray with a friend or two.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 12:32 PM

43. I would not have that problem.

 

True story, I literally had an account at the sushi restaurant at the Westin Bonaventure hotel in downtown LA when I lived there. I paid my bill once a month and they discounted it. I think I ate there 5 meals a week.

I L-O-V-E Sushi! And the amounts I can put away, let's just say it's a lot!

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #43)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:39 PM

68. You and Me both, Steve...

I maybe small and wiry, but I can pack away a lot of fish!!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 12:37 PM

44. Boooo! Give the rest to me!

Seriously, Obama, WTF.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 12:38 PM

45. IMPEACH HIM NOW!!!!!

And I won't vote for Hillary, either! Have you seen her hold a glass of beer? LEFT HANDED!!! She's obviously a Communist!

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Response to Dirty Socialist (Reply #45)

Wed Jul 9, 2014, 01:34 PM

111. And that 'It takes a village to raise a child' thing? Godless Communist, Feminist, Anti-Colonialist!

OMG, Rush will finally have to leave America!

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..

...

Please, please, please!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 01:08 PM

51. It was too much food.

 

I can't eat that much at once either.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 01:09 PM

52. Daryl Issa to investigate in 10...9...8...7...

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Response to FSogol (Reply #52)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 01:31 PM

58. +1




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Response to FSogol (Reply #52)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 07:15 PM

88. It's not only unpresidential, it's half-bassed!1!! nt

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 01:25 PM

56. This is an impeachable offense.

IMPEACH!

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Response to zappaman (Reply #56)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 11:18 AM

109. I think you mean im-perch-able

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 01:30 PM

57. I saw Jiro Does Sushi a couple of years ago. As soon as I heard

Obama would be going to a sushi place, I hoped that would be the place.

So, he put down his chopsticks and got down to business halfway through? So what?

At least he didn't pull a Poppy Bush!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:34 PM

64. are california rolls considered to be sushi ?

i think the only sushi i have liked so far are the ones called california roll with the imitation crab and usually bought at some trader joes or similar level food place.

i haven't been to the highly rated sushi restaurants and there are a lot of them in this area.

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Response to JI7 (Reply #64)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:43 PM

70. In California they are however,

I have heard that using avacado in sushi rolls have become popular also to a few in Japan. I prefer sashimi over sushi, because there is obviously more fish than rice, but still, Japanese rice there is heavenly! Big, sticky grains of sweetness!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:35 PM

65. he should try a Ramen Burger during his Asia Trip

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:36 PM

66. Sgt Subway over here

King Burgerking

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:42 PM

69. He was saving the rest for Bo and Sunny

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:47 PM

71. Disgraceful

I bet President Major McDonalds likes maki rolls over proper sashimi too.

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Response to BlindTiresias (Reply #71)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 04:53 PM

72. Maki rolls

can be celery or tuna depending on which you choose. I love both... but hey I grew up around it..and while my mother chopped tuna up for making them.. I would always steal a few especially if they looked like this..

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #72)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 01:27 AM

92. They are good

But they aren't real sushi imo.

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Response to BlindTiresias (Reply #92)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 03:42 AM

96. technically the term sushi

Refers to the vinegar rice. People often make the mistake of thinking sushi has to do with the fish. If you want just the fish, you can get Sashimi. I prefer Chirashi, as its fish over a bed of rice, along with the added ingredients of wasabi and Gari Shoga (Sliced ginger).

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 05:35 PM

79. Sushi is rice right? not fish

I am an Iowan and we really do not get to access to sushi in the western part of the state.. and I maybe mistaken.. but I was under the impression that sushi was rice and the fish if you had it was another dish.. sushemi or sashemi not sure how it is spelled..

EDIT to add.. he might be watching his carbs if it is rice..

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Response to Peacetrain (Reply #79)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 03:50 AM

99. You are basically correct...

Sashimi is the fish. The vinegar rice (with some sugar added) is Sushi. If you want the fish (Sarkana) over a bed of rice, in a bowl, that is called Chirashi.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 06:10 PM

81. maybe he was weary of radiation...

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Response to boston bean (Reply #81)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 04:09 AM

102. I can just imagine to the horror

of the Japanese press, and the prime minister, the President's handlers pulling out a Geiger counter and checking the rad count or what ever it is...TALK about in bad taste...and insulting the owner of the Restaurant. No one would ever do that even as a joke. Do you really think the Japanese government would be so damn stupid as to serve the President of the United States or anyone else for that matter radio active FISH? Really???

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 06:25 PM

83. maybe he does not like sushi?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #83)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 07:13 PM

86. Maybe he should have his schedulers not place him in a sushi restaurant then?

I would think the 'world's most powerful man' could make that happen. Especially when they charge $370 a plate for the crap.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #86)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 01:25 AM

91. OK what if he does like sushi

and that sushi sucked?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #91)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 09:30 AM

106. Since it was touted as the 'World's Finest Sushi Restaurant'

then we know all sushi sucks. Something I already knew.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 07:15 PM

87. Could have just gone to Sushi Ro

100 yen sushi, plus french fries! Many Tokyo locations, no reservations.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Thu Apr 24, 2014, 07:29 PM

90. This is awesome.

If anyone read the article, the TPP talks appear to be at a standstill.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #95)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 03:58 AM

100. Just incase anyone notices, my favorite sushi hang out is called

Kushi Tsuru


One of the best Japanese Restaurants in Japantown in San Francisco. If you come to the city, you have to go visit there!!




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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 04:00 AM

101. I myself don't think he did too bad, but...

he cod do better next time!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 05:26 AM

104. Not a problem. At least he didn't barf on anyone like GHWB

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 11:04 AM

107. Not everyone has to be a member of the clean plate club

Maybe eating only 1/2 an entrée is how he stays slim.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 11:15 AM

108. President Obama said, "his meal at Sukiyabashi Jiro was the most delicious he had ever had."

"After the dinner, the prime minister told the assembled press that Obama said he had eaten a lot of sushi before, but that his meal at Sukiyabashi Jiro was the most delicious he had ever had."

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #108)

Fri Apr 25, 2014, 02:24 PM

110. All I can say is...

so lucky...I can't wait for next Thursday...I will probably go for the Sushi platter myself. What I dun eat in one sitting will be consumed a few hours later...I can't wait!

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