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Diametrically Opposed

*Note* I wrote this two days ago, but then the cord to my phone was chewed (no comment) and wouldn’t upload my pictures from Friday night and I know you guys NEED to see them, so this post is kind of old news. I like it though, so here you go. Review of Nosh to follow.


I am stuffed, and prepared to spend my afternoon at a Nosh with Hubby and two of my very good friends eating an Apocalypse Now Burger: (Beef, Pork Belly, Foie Gras, Cheese, Mayo, Orange & Cherries) and possibly some Tempura Dipped Bacon. Don’t get me wrong, I am very, very excited to be wrapping my lips around 5,000 cals of bacony goosey beefy goodness. And, I have heard great things about Nosh. And,  two of my goals are go to Portland and try new restaurants.  Fun!

   Well, the thing is, last night we went here: Fuji with 3 other couples. I have been to Fuji many, many times, and figured, “Hey, I’ll just get some nice, light sushi and save room for Nosh tomorrow.” That sounds reasonable, right? What I didn’t realize, is that my lovely cousin had made reservations for us in the Hibachi Grill section of Fuji, which is downstairs. I have never had Japanese Hibachi! So, even though I’ve eaten at Fuji, I’m counting this as a new eating experience. It really was. It’s nothing like the upstairs. Have you guys ever been to Japanese Hibachi? You sit around a big flat grill and the chef prepares your food right there in front of you. He does fun stuff too, like spins around his spatulas and throws rice at you. There are a lot of flames involved.

        I am a firm believer of When in Rome, Do as the Romans. So, what was I to do? I ordered Salmon (sort of healthy) and steamed rice (blah, but very healthy) and felt pretty good about my decision. Then they started bringing out the food. First course, Miso Soup. Yum. Second course, salad with some kind of creamy citrusy dressing – then they start cooking. Fried noodles, fried rice, little shrimp. It was  all soooo good.  The chef was pleasant, and we had a great time watching everything being prepared. Towards the end of the “dinner show?” “cooking experience?” I don’t know what to call it, the chef was finishing off the salmon. I noticed that throughout the evening, he had judiciously applied large dollops of what looked like Miso paste on the  grill.  So, he flips the salmon over, and to the side without skin applies a HUGE dollop to each piece. My cousin, who also got the salmon, said, “Wow. That is A LOT of butter.”

Me: “Um, what the what? That’s BUTTER?”
Cuz: “Yeah, didn’t you hear him say that at the beginning?”
Me: “Clearly not.”
Other Cuz “Wow, that’s like 100000000 calories”
Me: “Greaaaaaaat”
MMMM.Buttery, Noodley….

I ate it, butter and all. Well about half of it. And it was soooooo goood. And I’m stillll fullll. But, duty calls.  I must press on. On to Nosh! 

Oh, the title of this post? Diametrically opposed? My eating at new restaurants goals is fun, but completely detrimental to my weight loss plan.  Oh well. Salad for me…..starting tomorrow 😉 
One final thought, you know you’re a parent, and old, when you’re out to dinner with a bunch of your friends and the conversation continues to come back to how much fun your kids would like to eat there, and at the end of the night you ask the waitress what the earliest time they start serving dinner is.