Thursday, February 28, 2013

My First Time....

They say you never forget your "first time" and I'd have to agree because I know I will never forget my first sushi social. Held at Kona Grill, it was an awesome experience, that will stay with me for years to come.

So what exactly is a sushi social? Well it's some pretty cool media people that come together to eat, tweet and learn how to make sushi.  To most this does not sound fun..but to social media fans and foodies it's awesome.  Think about it...there's delicious food and you get the green light to tweet to your hearts content without seeming rude...sounds like a plus plus to me.

Before we go any further I should mention that I am a complete novice when it comes to sushi. Honestly I can count on two fingers how many times I've had it in my life. So just accepting this invitation was a huge step forward for me.

We started the evening with an array of some classic Kona Grill appetizers; there were pot stickers, fried shrimp and chicken satay glazed in a sweet-hoisin sauce. And drinks....let's not forget about the drinks. Kona Grill offers what they call "skinny" drinks; 6 cocktails all under 115 calories. My favorite: the cucumber mojito.

As the evening went on we were brought out platters of sushi rolls and sashimi to sample...each one better than the next.  But the highlight of the night was listening to chef Fred Yamada explain the technique of rolling sushi. This is a chef that obviously loves his job and loves sharing his skills.

Next up we all got a chance to roll our own sushi; which is not an easy task when you are trying to tweet. But this is where the bonding came in...we took turns helping each other with photo ops and twitter posts working together to get the task job too big when it comes to social media.

When all was said and done...not only were we rewarded with our own sushi roll to enjoy we also were treated to a round of shots by the bartender.  A perfect ending to a perfect night. This is why I will never forget my first time; at the Kona Grill Sushi Social.

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