Tanoshi Sushi

During one of my regular never-ending Youtube marathons, I came across a Munchies video about a small Sushi restaurant on the Upper East Side called Tanoshi Sushi.  The video focused on the relationship between the head chef and his apprentice.

I was intrigued and decided to do a bit of digging.  The more research I did, the more interested I became. 

  • Omakase? ✔️
  • Prices that aren't mind-numbingly high? ✔️
  • Good Reviews? ✔️

I decided to book a reservation and make my first omakase experience official.  Needless to say, I was excited.

The exterior of the restaurant is very unassuming, tucked in between its partner in crime Tanoshi Bento and an Italian Restaurant. 

Tanoshi only has twelve seats, doesn't accept walk-ins, and has a strict policy regarding cancellations.  They offer two types of Omakase, 'Matsu' and 'Hinoki.'  I opted for the latter. 

Everyone gets a wooden plate topped with a small mound of ginger, a glass of water, glass of tea, and a glass for alcohol (BYOB).  

The sushi itself consists of a combination of local sourced and Japanese fish, based on availability.  There are three chefs, each of which serves four people.  It definitely felt like a well choreographed affair, with each chef serving the same sushi at the same pace.  The atmosphere was very low key.  I expected an omakase restaurant with their reputation to be more intimidating, but that was luckily not the case. 

Our dinner consisted of the following:

  • Fluke
  • Abalone
  • Black Sable
  • Black Throat
  • Bluefin x2
  • Botan Shrimp
  • Botan Uni
  • Crab Brain
  • Golden Eye 
  • Iwashi (Sardine)
  • Japanese Uni
  • Masaba
  • Miso Fluke
  • Salmon Belly
  • Shima Aji (Striped Horse Mackerel)
  • Triple X (Quail Egg, Caviar, and Uni)

While everything was great, the highlight of the night for me was the quail egg, caviar, and uni roll.  It was very rich and had the perfect combination of salty, sweet, savory, and umami flavors.

Not pictured: the expression of sheer bliss on my face

Not pictured: the expression of sheer bliss on my face

If you're looking for a good omakase experience in a relaxed environment, give Tanoshi Sushi a try. 

 

Bermuda!

Bermuda!

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of spending a week in Bermuda at the Fairmont Southampton.  It was my first time visiting Bermuda.  Needless to say, it won't be my last.  The weather was great (especially if, like me, you aren't a fan of very hot weather), the people were friendly, and the beaches were pristine. Below are some highlights from the trip.

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On the Passing of John Glenn

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth has passed away. As sad as it is that many of our space pioneers are leaving us, what's really upsetting is that no astronaut has ventured beyond LEO (low-earth orbit) since 1972. Why? Because no one has decided that space exploration and the advancement of science should be properly funded. At one point, we spent over 4% of our GDP on space exploration. Today that figures hovers at around .4%. Al Wooden, one of only twenty-four human beings to have journeyed to the moon, recently said the following:

What people do not understand about the space program is that the primary product of the space program is not going somewhere; it’s developing the technology to go there.
— https://journalistsforspace.com/2016/12/06/exclusive-interview-with-apollo-15-astronaut-al-worden/

I couldn't agree more.
Ad astra, John Glenn.

 

Comic Con

I'm almost embarrassed to admit this but this year was my first time attending Comic Con.  While it was very chaotic at times (and always VERY crowded), I had a blast.  There was definitely a sense of community and understanding.  Nothing screams "judgment-free zone" like an arena full of nerds.  I was impressed with the costumes, many of which were quite elaborate.  Below are some photos I took.  I can't wait to attend next year's Comic Con.  

 

On Google Photos

The more I use Google Photos, the more I am convinced that it is by far the best product Google (Alphabet?) has released in a while.  Here's why:

  • It is one of the most easy-to-use products i've seen.  Install the app, login to your account, allow it to backup your photos - voilà, you're done.  You never have to worry about backing up your photos again.  Take a photo on your phone/tablet and it's automatically backed up once you're on WiFi. 
  • "Unlimited" storage.  As long as you opt for the "High Quality" option, you can store as many photos as you want.
  • Machine learning - this is the real killer feature.  Google automatically parses information about your photos (location, naming convention, facial recognition) and uses it to intelligently and automatically tag and group photos.  Went on vacation for a few days?  Expect an album containing all photos and videos taken on your vacation, as well as a list of photos of you, of your significant other, etc.
  • Cross Platform support - Unlike some companies (aheh, Apple), Google doesn't care whether you're an Android, iOS, OS X, Linux or Windows user.  Google Photos works with all of the above platforms well. 

In case you haven't noticed, I'm a fan of Google Photos.  Do yourself a favor and check it out if you haven't done so already.