Build your own sushi
Family gatherings are very important to me.
As a child, my family would have occasional gatherings but as we grew older, our time also grew apart. When high school came around, I gained new friends and I learned to be comfortable in my own skin. I was independent, I had a job and a social life. My two older brothers were also in their own world. Dinners together soon became dinner at your convienence. What was once a crowded dining table filled with laughter and food is now empty and vacant. The table evolved into a space of storage. When we would be home together, we all would scatter to our comfortable corner. It just wasn't the same. I've missed our family bonding.
Now that I am older, happily married and I have a child of my own, I make it a point to get together with my siblings and family.
The theme of our dinner is to "build your own" sushi. My husband and I went to a small fish market called Tamashiro's Fish Market and purchased sashimi grade King Salmon and the best Ahi cut - Toro by the pound. We also purchased Hamachi Kama (collar) and soft shell crab to fry and bake on our own.
For a meal like this at the any Japanese restaurant could average about $175 or more. Just two pieces of toro could start at $12.00 USD. Our total cost was $120.00 and we had five of us with good conversation and full hearts.