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Flagstaff, AZ
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 20, 2007 - 02:12pm PT
(self-appointed, of course)

I present for your dining pleasure

19 pounds of Big Eye Tuna - fresh and FedEx'd in from Honolulu (it was probably caught Monday or Tuesday of this week).


Trad climber
Sep 20, 2007 - 02:30pm PT
Hey Nature, out of curiosity, and since you're the deciderer, what would it take to do a fest further up north?

I know at the bugaloo, there was a fair amount of interest...
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Oakville, Ontario, Canada, eh?
Sep 20, 2007 - 02:33pm PT
Yummy! When and where? We might be in the neighbourhood....

Trad climber
the blighted lands of hatu
Sep 20, 2007 - 03:20pm PT
oh i'm hungry just thinking about that nature...mmmm...
one more day of work...then i'm outta here, heading there, gonna wing the weather...

Sep 20, 2007 - 03:50pm PT
What they are really serving. Missouri Bigeye Tuna


Trad climber
Newark, DE
Sep 20, 2007 - 04:00pm PT
>What they are really serving. Missouri Bigeye Tuna

That looks like Missouri Big-eye Parrotfish to me. As for the piscean entity in the foreground, I have no idea what kind it is.

(Sorry C, could not resist).



Trad climber
Sep 20, 2007 - 04:19pm PT
Looks like great goods there Nature. Think I'll bike down the road to Genki Sushi for lunch.


Thanks for the call to you and Ron, that was without a doubt the worse 24 hrs of my life. Thanks Guys.

Flagstaff, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 20, 2007 - 05:02pm PT
In the interest of being a better person and spreading the good vibe I offer the following.

Wil - No problem. One day I hope we can sit down and have a beer and you can tell the whole story.

Ouch!: It's a good thing Crimpie doesn't do the food buys for these events.

PMB - good luck on your journey.

TKingsbury - we need to talk :-). I did get a fair amount of feedback from folks going to the Bugaloo and it sounds like it could easily be worth my while. I may have to plan a visit up that direction in the spring. We can make it happen. 40-50 people for two nights of sushi at $30/night plus what ever it takes to camp (and maybe a little extra to cover fuel costs) and it can work. I'm sure eKat and Blinny would flip out at the idea!


OK folks, here is where the better man steps to the plate. If you've followed this story I'm sure some of you are just wondering how I was going to react to PTPP's inquiry.

PTPP - in case you do not recall I am good friends with all three members that you joined on The Muir. I have expressed my feelings to you directly in the past. My feelings are similar to the ones that my three friends hold. But with that said, I will attempt to move beyond my not-so-positive opinions of you and invite you to the sushi bar. I am working hard at being a better person and in that spirit, AND in the giving spirit of the entire Facelift, you are welcome to join us. Your friend Fishy and his wife are joining us. It is an honor to have folks travel half way around the world to join in on the Face lift and to step up to my sushi bar (they are setting the record for the latter - beating out Happie from NYC by a loooong shot).

I will not do so, though, without pointing out that it really is too bad you have to ask - the information you ask for has been sprayed all over this forum for the last month and a half. But I won't make you go looking.

Yellow Pines
Next Tuesday the 25th

I will also email you and state most of what I stated above. I am not forgetting about the stories my friends have told me directly. This is not an offer to simply bury the hatchet. There are far too many people around who have connections and opinions of their own for me to be selfish.

Fair enough? OK good. I'm doing my best.

Peace and Namaste to all,


PS - The fresh Hamachi, fresh Uni, Soft Shell crab and Surf clam just arrived! Along with 40 lbs of organic edamame!

Trad climber
In the mountains... somewhere...
Sep 20, 2007 - 05:20pm PT
Yummm, albacore that's the correct color. Doug, is it down to the particular fish or the particular cut of albacore that makes it more pink or less?

I've also lately become quite fond of albacore belly.

Social climber
St. Looney
Sep 20, 2007 - 05:42pm PT
Haha! Coming from "TROUTboy" that is extra funny! Here is the Missouri Mudfish they'll be serving:


Sep 20, 2007 - 05:47pm PT
That carp oughta go far with them legs on him.

Trad climber
the blighted lands of hatu
Sep 20, 2007 - 06:09pm PT
"Peace and Namaste to all..."

Word. And remind me to bring more than one shot glass this time - pouring those gallons of sake might stand just a wee bit of process refinement...

(yes - gallons. plural. go heavy or go home, right ?)

Social climber
St. Looney
Sep 20, 2007 - 06:11pm PT
PaganSilverBack - hey, be sure to bring more than one shot glass this time.

your welcome.

Flagstaff, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 20, 2007 - 06:19pm PT
I have half a dozen sake glasses I can bring.
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Sep 20, 2007 - 06:20pm PT
nature: Perhaps Pete would be interested in helping with the FaceLift. It isn't exactly a prerequisite for attendance at the sushifest, but he's spent a great deal of time in the Valley, and could certainly help.

Edit: Anyway, I thought it was Fattrad we were supposed to gang up on.

Flagstaff, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 20, 2007 - 06:43pm PT
Me? Why me? Cuz we're all buddy buddy now? LOL! I'd have to assume Fishy said something. As you state, he spends a lot of time there - maybe he figured it out?

Jan: The color depends on two (well, sorta three) factors. The type of fish and the cut on the fish. The belly cut chu-toro and o-toro are higher in fat content that the loin or back cut. This is due to the fact that it's the muscles on the back of the fish that are used for swimming. More blood reaches this cut (akami) and thus it gets a redder color in the Bluefin Yellowfin and Big Eye. The albacore is a smaller Tuna (and is in the thunnus genius) while the Yellow tail (bonito, etc.) (AKA hamachi) are only in the Tuna family.

Albacore is typcially called "white tuna".
scuffy b

The deck above the 5
Sep 20, 2007 - 07:40pm PT
While the bonito is in the tuna family, I believe the yellowtail
to be in the Jack family.
By the way, do you ever get Kampachi (amberjack)? Its flavor
blows me away.

Trad climber
In the mountains... somewhere...
Sep 20, 2007 - 07:41pm PT
Yep Doug, I know all that and more about tuna. I just happen to get THE BEST albacore at one particular sushi bar here and it is always pinker than anywhere else. I always wondered if he picks better fish (yes, whole fish) or cuts from a slightly different area of the fish. He is also the one that does albacore belly along with several grades of toro and some of the best yellowtail belly you have ever had. I have gotten quite addicted to some of the smaller fishes like amber jack and island and Hawaiian mackerel too.

Social climber
Across town from Easy Street
Sep 20, 2007 - 08:01pm PT


Flagstaff, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 20, 2007 - 09:52pm PT
Geez Jan, you asked those questions like you didn't know :-). Testing me?

scuffy_b - looks like you are correct. Yellowtail is in the jack family. And bonito is in the Tuna family. And yeah I do get Kampachi sometimes. A while back I got a whole fish Kona Kampachi.

Here's a link to when I hacked up poor Charlie

interesting... I wonder where I went wrong in interpreting my readings. Looks like I failed the test. Oh well, my sashimi knife don't know the difference.

The uni is very good

I have not done these at a SushiFest:
Hokkagai (arctic surf clam)

My freezer is full of fishes and goodies for ya'll's
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