Friday, November 2, 2007

Chompsky Goes West

I’ve been whisked away for a bit of vacation on the West Coast – San Francisco, to be exact. I’m looking forward to getting back to my brothers, but have been enjoying my time here in the gastrognomic capital of the U.S.

The Golden Gate Bridge (which is actually as red as my hat!) is beautiful, the weather is foggy (I’ve had to invest in a number of gnome scarves – they’re hard to come by), but I’ve had some of my favorite experiences as I’ve eaten my way across the city.

One of my favorites is Jimi-san’s Sushi Bistro, in the Inner Sunset neighborhood. Now, I have to tell you that I was a little skeptical, never having had sushi, that Japanese concoction of rice and raw fish. However, my worries were soon put to rest.

There are many sushi restaurants in this city (which has one of the largest Asian populations in the country), and all cater to different palates and budget. Jimi-san’s is cosy, casual and affordable. What can be better than that?

Feeling adventurous, I tried a number of rolls and found them all tasty. The eternity roll featured tuna topped with fresh, delicate onions and bean sprouts. The blizzard roll was finished with raspberry sauce (of all things), and was delicious! I also snacked on edamame once I figured out I shouldn’t eat the pods.

I finished it all off with a swig of Asahi, a popular Japanese beer (the bottle was bigger than I was!). I’ll definitely have a lot to tell my brothers when I get back home. Kampai!