My first sushi class!

Hi. My name is Brandi, and I’m a sushiaholic.

I had never tried sushi until I was 25. I was on my first date with my husband, six years ago, during this very same week of this very same month. I was slightly nervous about the whole chopsticks thing and the raw fish thing. We had a variety of sashimi and sushi that night, and I instantly developed an addiction, one that I haven’t been able to curb. Maybe I’m making up for my first 25 years without sushi?

I could seriously eat sushi for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day and I would be a very happy lady. One of my favorite traditions is that Joe always makes homemade sushi for me on my birthday (see the master at work below and the outcome).

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Part of the fun is standing back and watching him do all of the work. But, then I saw that one of my favorite sushi restaurants, School, was offering a sushi making class. I figured this was my chance to pull my own weight next time we make sushi and to take on a new culinary challenge.

Below are some of the ingredients we had to begin our class.

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The first roll we made was the crunch roll, their most popular roll. It is spicy crab inside the roll, shrimp on top, and finished with spicy sauce and tempura crunch. The special spicy sauce is just mayonnaise, sriracha, and sweetened rice vinegar (although this recipe for spicy sauce uses lemon instead of rice vinegar). Who knew? My first roll turned out pretty well.

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Second, we made my favorite roll! The Philadelphia roll: smoked salmon, avocado, and cream cheese.

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I even learned a tip that might help all of you other Lexingtonian seafood and sushi enthusiasts. There actually is a place in town where you can get sushi grade fish! It is Charlie’s Fresh Seafood Market. I can’t wait to check it out for other seafood needs as well.

Class was a very fun experience. The plan to offer more classes in the future and I highly recommend them!

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