Smoke & Barrel, Steve Martin, and Sushi

26 04 2010

I had a lot of fun this weekend.  Friday, Garth and I went to The Smoke & Barrel to see the OneUps and MC Frontalot.  This is the first time I saw the OneUps do any hiphop type stuff (versus more jazzy renditions of video game songs).  What impressed me most about MC Frontalot was the energy in everyone’s performance.  They were almost constantly jumping around while they were playing and singing.  It was both impressive and engaging.

Saturday Kes, Jason and I went to the Walton Arts Center to see Steve Martin’s concert.  Since it was banjo-oriented we weren’t sure if he would be super serious, but he worked in some bits between songs that were quite funny.  Even though we were in the back row of the balcony, we could still see really well, which impressed me.  Previously, Kes and I have mostly just been to radio plays at the WAC, and so have sat near the front of the floor.

Sunday, I relaxed a little.  I put together the desk I bought, and set it up as my entertainment center.  It works really well, and the shelves look nice.  I like the height, but it is about a foot taller than what I was using previously, so it will take some getting used to.  If nothing else, everything around the television looks a lot more neat and organized.

Today, Kes and I made sushi.  Kes has made sushi once before (and I helped roll) when we had a “sushi party” a couple years ago.  (It was fun; we ate sushi and watched The Twilight Zone.)  This was the first time I really made any of the ingredients (sushi rice, mostly).

I thought it turned out pretty well.  The fillings we used were egg (with a little soy sauce), imitation crab, avocado, and carrot matchsticks.

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7 responses

26 04 2010
Paul Bube

The sushi looks great!

26 04 2010
astranoir

Thanks! It is tasty 🙂

27 04 2010
catfetus

The sushi looks really good! Have you ever tried the Korean Kimpap? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimbap
Antuan and I really like that. It’s basically sushi but with seasoned and flavored cooked meat (chicken or beef) and pickled vegetables 😀
Now that I think about it, I want to make Kimbap. What all do you have to get to make sushi? Is there any particular kind of seaweed or any pack from the store will do (when I tried years ago my seaweed ended up just chewy)? Do you just prepare the rice or do you have to add stuff to it? Also, just regular Jasmine rice or anything special?

27 04 2010
astranoir

I went off the recipe at Tea and Cookies (http://teaandcookies.blogspot.com/2007/07/schools-out-sushi-party.html). I used, nori, short grain rice, and a rice vinegar, sugar and salt solution.

28 04 2010
Irene

Aw man, I’m so terribly jealous that you got to see Frontalot, I seriously considered driving all the way down to Fayetteville just for that. Glad it was fun though.

28 04 2010
astranoir

It would have been cool if you could come down. That’s pretty far, though. Do you know if he’s going to tour anywhere closer to you?

29 04 2010
Irene

it looks like the closest he’s coming is Chicago, so I probably won’t get to see him this tour, ah well. I’m sure he’ll go on tour again sometime.

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