As I sit here thinking about where to start, dipping ginger cookies in market spice tea, I am realizing that this trip deserves more than one post. So you will get snippets, my friends, until the whole story is told.
I tried sushi for the first time, on the first night in town. I think that spending 12 hours traveling on 3 hours of sleep wore me down enough that I couldn't hold any feelings of fear or disgust, so I just did it. (maybe there is something in this.... I should stay up for days before skydiving) The bad news about waiting to try sushi in Seattle means that I am forever ruined for having sushi anywhere else. I have heard it's top notch. It all tasted pretty good, but I liked the spicy roll the best - I don't remember what it was... Urn? I had salmon, tuna, oysters and eel! We also had some deep fried veggies. I can't remember what anything was called because I was half asleep at that point. Sake... not my thing. Patsy and Brian's friend Shawn (or Sean? I don't know how to spell his name, someone correct me) is somewhat of a refined sushi diner so he ordered for all of us. I was super grateful. Finally got to try miso soup (misosoupfourseaweedsaladthreesoyburgers...) as an appetizer and thought it rocked.
Warning: Many of these posts will give the impression that all we did while I was there was EAT, eat, EAT! And that's mostly because eating was a central theme. We did it often, and often paid for it. You'll see. Want pictures? Wait no more