Paul Hopper
Paul Hopper [link]
22 November 2005 @ 19:09:00
supermarket sushi
Supermarket sushi is nowhere near as good as the real stuff, made fresh at a restaurant. Is it just me or does knowing that supermarket sushi is crap compared to fresh sushi make you wonder if you're really missing out on something when you drink a glass of milk.
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pixel [link] on November 22nd, 2005 - 13:59:50 ET

According to my mother, who grew up with fresh milk and the froth they skim off the top, we are missing out. Whole milk is the closest I've ever managed to get; anything less is just awful. :'(

But it applies for any food: freshly picked and prepared tends to taste better than processed and storebought. I half-suspect self-ground flour would taste better than storebought, but have never felt crazyambitious enough to try. :)

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Paul Hopper [link] on November 22nd, 2005 - 14:08:00 ET
I knew it!
Okay, where's the nearest cow...?

Hmm... self-ground flour... never thought of that one! Sounds like a good idea! What else should we make fresh?

For the record, I've had fresh pineapple... much better fresh. And coconut isn't even the same fruit when it's fresh! I knew fruit was different fresh, never really thought of all those other things like milk or flour.
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pixel [link] on November 23rd, 2005 - 09:14:25 ET
Re: I knew it!

The only reason I've ever thought about grinding my own flour is because it came about while I was mentally playing out some of the things I want to teach my eventual children. In this case, making things from scratch, starting with planting the seeds. (Along with all sorts of other things I've never done or don't know but would do or learn solely to teach my kids something.)

I'm reminded of the little old lady who lived across the alley at our old house. She had a little garden in her backyard, and would sometimes pick cherries off our tree. She was over 100--maybe even 110--and still alive, last I knew. Apparently the secret to a long, healthy life is to avoid preservatives.

Better-tasting food might also explain the popularity of Farmers' Markets around here. Nothing like coming home with a basket of fresh sweet corn to go with that turkey dinner. ::licks lips:: Bother, now I'm hungry. Off to eat, then!

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Reyn [link] on November 22nd, 2005 - 14:08:44 ET
Lots of grocery stores buy sushi from restaurants daily. But yeah, sushi made by your grocery deli is really bad. But quite a few markets out here buy their sushi from quality local restaurants and it's about the same to me as it is when I buy it directly from the restaurant. I've definitely tried the grocery deli's stuff and ended up throwing it all the way. I've had no problem with stuff grocery stores sell that come from local restaurants though. I keep coming back for it.
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Paul Hopper [link] on November 22nd, 2005 - 14:16:27 ET
Ann Arbor knows quality
Quit it! You're making me miss Ann Arbor! :)

I think sushi is bigger in the Ann Arbor area than it is here. There are a number of good places for sushi... it's just, I don't know, not as densely concentrated as in Ann Arbor. So maybe that has something to do with it.

I've had really bad sushi from grocery stores before, but decided to go ahead and give the sushi at the new Meijer in Southfield a chance. Okay, did that, don't need to do it again! It's too bad, though... I like good sushi.
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Reyn [link] on November 22nd, 2005 - 14:35:58 ET
Re: Ann Arbor knows quality
Have you noticed that even gas stations will buy deli sandwhiches from local delis and re-sell them out here?

Your lj comment email made gmail give me this add:
Dining and shopping experiences in

Bella Vino (wine shop/grocery store) buys from Makkara, I believe. Don't you guys have both of those? Eh, maybe not.

Definitely quite a bit of sushi in A2.
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Paul Hopper [link] on November 22nd, 2005 - 14:53:46 ET
Re: Ann Arbor knows quality
I rarely go into gas stations. I tend to pay at the pump. So, no, never noticed that. I do find that amusing. Ahh... Ann Arbor. *wipes away a tear*

Okay, I'm surprised Google would carry an ad like that, but oh well. I do get why "Ann Arbor" might trigger that sentiment, though. :)

I don't know if we have either of those in this area or not. I can't remember right now the name of the sushi place I go to most often over here, but they have this wonderful "salmon pizza roll"... MmmmMmmmm! If you ever see that, you should get it, but that's got cooked salmon and melted cheese and is served hot, so I don't think you'll find that at the gas station or grocery store. Then again, we're talking about Ann Arbor here! :)
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Brandi [link] on November 29th, 2005 - 04:47:50 ET
Re: Ann Arbor knows quality
1) There was a Bella Vino on 12 mile and Middlebelt, but it closed.

2) Me'ne Sushi. *shakes head*

See, I'm here to help. :)
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davesmith [link] on November 22nd, 2005 - 14:10:05 ET
Perspective is everything. What you call sushi, I call bait...... ;-)
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Paul Hopper [link] on November 22nd, 2005 - 14:18:54 ET
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And what delicious bait it can be, too! Too bad my local Meijer doesn't use better bait or they'd have me hooked! :)
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valere [link] on November 22nd, 2005 - 14:56:49 ET
how people eat uncooked fish is beyond my understanding!
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valere [link] on November 22nd, 2005 - 15:01:54 ET
Also, I suppose everything probably tastes better fresh. I really wouldn't want to drink fresh milk though - and I could really have if I wanted to.

I remember having freshly picked cherries long long ago, and it still stands out how heavenly they were.

However, I'm not really sure if I notice much in relation to frozen vs. fresh vegetables ignoring the hype of the fresh.

I'm going to make my own yoghurt though. I was going some time ago, but the weather didn't help me out. If it's not hot enough, you can't do it without the help of artificial temp control. But once we hit summer, I'll definitely make yoghurt.
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She Saw Red [link] on November 22nd, 2005 - 18:03:42 ET
I got sushi from Meijer yesterday...made me wish I would have made the effort to go across the street to Kroger's for sushi. Theirs is MUCH better.

But you're so right - nothing beats the real thing.
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Cindi [link] on November 23rd, 2005 - 03:31:44 ET

Sushi is for weirdos.... that's what I say.
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Cindi [link] on November 23rd, 2005 - 13:47:52 ET
So I go to Kroger...
...and what do I see as I head to the doors? A big sign; "SUSHI," it says. I think you should take red up on her recommendation, because though it looks pretty nasty to me no matter how neatly it's wrapped (in seaweed no less) or packaged, it looked pretty. It might taste pretty too. Maybe even prettier than Meijer sushi? And not all grocery store milk is created equal either.
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Reyn [link] on November 23rd, 2005 - 16:06:20 ET
I have found both Kroger and Meijer sushi wanting. ;)

But I think I'll see about some Makkarra from Bella Vino tonight!
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