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Las Vegas: Halloweeny sushi date with Antho

いくら軍艦寿司, Ikura gunkanzushi
Antho and I have many things in common, from our blue-tinged hair to an enthusiasm for Doctor Who and backpacking. Happily, sushi is one thing that we both greatly adore so our choice on date nights is usually quite an easy decision. We even share a profound appreciation for the glory of sea urchin! As such it makes an ideal choice for those rare nights we two get to go out and celebrate our coupleness.

A top choice for us to satiate our need for sushi in Vegas is Sushi Twister.
One of the bigger selling points for me is that the restaurant is owned and operated by Japanese staff, so I get to bust out my rusty Japanese skills and impress my guy. Winning!
Their specials board changes often, but we’re always happy when they have super white tuna!
shima aji in the front, super white tuna behind
Shima aji’s appearance made me exceptionally happy as shima aji is traditionally considered a summer season fish in Japan and I don’t think I’ve ever encountered it in a restaurant stateside. The oily fish has a rich, supple flesh without the fishiness of other mackerel. I’m a big fan of aozakana (blue fish), and the seasonal specialties of Japanese cuisine are one of the things I miss most. 

At Sushi Twister typical All You Can Eat rules apply. Lunch garners you a 1 hour time limit, dinner an hour and a half, only order what you can eat as you’ll be charged for left overs, etc. 
We’ve yet to have leftovers. 😉

ゴマわかめ, Goma wakame
Seaweed salad is a must! I love how the seaweed maintains it’s uniquely crunchy texture in the dressing, and it gives a nice boost of healthy fiber to an otherwise white-rice heavy meal.

白まぐろ握り寿司, Shiromaguro nigirizushi
Mm, super white tuna! The sauce looks suspiciously like momoji oroshi, which is A-OK by me. Antho isn’t particularly fond of the sauce as he feels it’s too strong for the subtle fish to really shine.

They’ve decorated for the fall! 
I also find the description of the sake amusing. 

The chefs hard at work on a busy afternoon.

Maneki nyanko! Always a friendly face in any Japanese restaurant.

Conger eel tempura. 
The crispy tempura coating compliments the tender meat inside. 
The sauce is a rich reduction of unagi tare.
Nothing especially unusually or unique about these, just your standard tasty shrimp tempura.

Baked Mussels
Always a favorite of our’s. This is one of the few dishes that my several impaired sense of smell has actually been able to pick up on! Pretty cool.

Baked Scallops
We’d never actually ordered this dish until this visit. It was alright, Antho didn’t care for it. There were sautéed onions and mushrooms mixed in with the itty bitty scallops, which he felt detracted from them.
From front to back: Octopus, squid and surf clam nigiri.
The octopus nigirizushi.
I always try to order these three, as they’re light and clean with a subtle flavor and chewy bite. 
Sometimes the octopus is raw rather than pre-cooked, which is my personal preference. Still lovely!

Ika nigirizushi.
Squid is one of my favorite methods to test the legitimacy of a sushi restaurant. I always prefer places that add notches to the squid as it helps to soften the otherwise potentially too-chewy texture of the cephalopod. There are few things as unpleasant as getting a big thick rectangular slab of rubbery squid that takes forever to masticate. Sushi Twister does it right, though there was an unexpectedly large dab of wasabi on the piece Antho grabbed causing him a bit of a surprise. 

Hoki, or surf-clam, nigirizushi. This is one of Antho’s favorite mollusks and it also happens to be quite a photogenic one with it’s vibrant pink tip.

The Halloween Roll! Once I saw it on the specials board I knew we had to try it.
Pumpkin tempura, Shrimp tempura and cucumber inside topped with shrimp and quadruple sauce!

Amaebi nigirizushi, one of my favorites! The tender nearly-translucent flesh of the shrimp has the slightest bit of briny and a lot of sweet flavor to it’s succulent flesh. They removed the tails, which was a nice gesture. I always feel awkward when served sushi with the tails on, and I generally just eat it. XD Extra calcium!

At Sushi Twister they give you the option to order the sweet shrimp’s heads deep-fried. I always say yes! All the little spines become crispy while the interior of the shrimp’s head becomes a delectable burst of shrimpy intensity. Not for the faint of hearted, I suppose, but Antho and I both enjoy them!

Salmon nigirizushi. A little more tame than deep-fried crustacean craniums, eh? 
Salmon is one of my favorite fish, period, but especially served as sushi. Mm!

The roe is always a lovely addition. Don’t they look like little Dragon Balls?

Uni gunkanzushi.
Ahh, sea urchin, a much maligned treat of the sea is where we capped off our meal. We were both growing quite full and had done more than our fair share of damage to the ocean’s ecology, so after this round of urchin gonads we wrapped it up and paid our bill. 
Do you enjoy sushi?
What’s your favorite? ^_^

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2015 August Update

I can’t believe it’s already September! 
My, how time flies when you’re having fun… 
It’s been a busy one for us, with promotions at work, art projects, events, vehicular issues and more…
Since I’ve been neglecting my blog, I thought I’d sum up the month with a photo post!

More detailed posts to come!

So, I got promoted. Go me! My hours changed, which is a contributing factor to my less frequent posts… my car also decided to act up this month, making my commute 3-6x longer depending on the method of travel I utilize. Luckily, I’ve been able to carpool with Antho and his grandmother for a good portion of the time, but my new schedule has me starting work several hours later than them, which meant taking the bus or walking instead. I don’t mind hoofing it, it just resulted in less time at home to draft up posts. u_u

A bunch of sketches~
I let Antho play with my hair…
I also experimented with colored lenses for the first time ever..
x_x they’re so hard to put in! 
Or maybe it’s just not in my nature to stick things onto my eyes? ^^;
I baked an ombre cake!
It was a lot of fun to make, and also super tasty.
Om nom nom!

More sketches!

Some skincare products I ordered awhile back finally arrived, and my skin has been exceptionally happy with them! I’ll do a post about that soon. ^_^
Carpooling often saw me getting dropped off near my work an hour or two before my (pre-premotion) shift typically began, but the area is fairly nice and there’s a Trader Joe’s AND a library within walking distance. I started popping over there before work and picking up simple groceries/goods or some snacks for the day…or I’d find a shady bench and read for awhile. 
I’ve been reading this book, Super Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. I’ve read their previous installation, Freakonomics, and this book has proved to be as entertaining and enlightening as the first. I’m really enjoying it, though I save my reading time for during my commute. 
My blue hair faded, so I switched it up and threw some Manic Panic Electric Lizard over my locks. 
Got bored and trimmed in some bangs!

We grabbed lunch at Greenland Supermarket here in Vegas. They have a cute food court full of delicious offerings, including sushi!
And this delicious Bibim naengmyun!
Antho & I tried a small local ice creamery in our neighborhood and discovered that it’s absolutely amazing…like, why have we not been going here all the time?! Their prices are reasonable, they’re right around the corner from us and the selection of cold creamy goodness on offer would have made this (nearly over) summer so much cooler. Since it was our first visit, they were generous in allowing us samples, which may have made deciding more of a challenge in the end…everything was so good, and there were some specialty flavors that really caught my eye, like a tart and tangy one that reminded us of Lucas candy! Antho went with cotton candy & mint chocolate chip, I got burnt caramel and chocolate gansito cake. Divine!
I drew at Shakespeare’s Grill & Pub here in town during the Season Premiere of Fear the Walking Dead.
The event itself was called Fear the Watching Dead and was hosted by Danny Fatbeard, a local nerd-culture social icon of the area. It was an awesome event and a wonderful time, I’ll have a post all about it coming up soon!
The couple that glows together grows together!
How was your month, guys?
Hope you had a great one!