April 14 10

Remember way back in March when the kids won feeder fish at a carnival and we had a toiletside funeral for Junior The Fish and Josh was devastated and gave a weepy speech all “Junior was such a good fish. He gave me so much joy.” and you all laughed because it was hilarious? Well, Isabella’s fish Sam bit it while we were away in Milwaukee. Instead of having to explain another death in the family to Isabella, my dad and husband decided the best plan of action was to buy 100,000 feeder fish and throw them into a bowl and LIE TO HER AND TELL HER THAT HER FISH HAD BABIES. And while this was a really wonderful temporary fix, even though it took Josh straight to google because he knew better and goldfish do not give birth to live babies, Daddy. But Isabella was all OH MY GOD NO WAY THIS IS THE BEST DAY EVER

…because it happened to Michelle’s new fish on Full House after she boiled Martin fish by taking a bubble bath with him, and Full House has really become my children’s Bible. Everything can be compared and contrasted to an episode of Full House. But now, having that many feeder fish that – ps – they only sold to my dad because he’d said that they were using them as FOOD for a larger pet, means that we are losing one just about every day. So guess whose job it is to dispose of the morning backfloater before Isabella is the wiser?

JUST GUESS.

No one ever did *that* on Full House. You know what else never happened on Full House? The Tanner family never ate sushi.

See what I did there? It’s a segue! It’s about fish! I realize that in the 80s and 90s sushi hadn’t become very popular. I mean, the only person I knew who was eating it was Claire (it’s a fat girl’s name) and even John Bender didn’t even know what sushi was and had to be all “SUSHI?”

Oh, that Molly. So ahead of her time. But, anyway, my kids and sushi? It’s ridiculous. And by ridiculous, I mean expensive. Sushi was probably our go-to family eating, mostly because Toronto is filled with many, many Asians AND Toronto is very big on the all-you-can-eat sushi places where kids can eat all they can eat for something like $4.95. I mean, sure, sometimes we are asked not to ever come back because they lose their shirts when my kids come in and pack away 87 pieces of salmon sashimi. I am not even lying here. My kids eat salmon sashimi. As in, they will just toss a giant slabs of raw fish into their gobs and not even think twice about it.

Atlanta, however, believes in the go-big-or-go-home chain restaurants. And, at least near my neighborhood, the hole-in-the-wall ethnic places are all Mexican. If we want sushi, we have to pay by the piece…and oh my god, do you know how much salmon sashimi costs?

Maybe I should just tell Isabella that eating salmon is like eating SAM THE FISH. Do you think anyone would do that on Full House?

Maybe Uncle Jesse…he was radical like that.

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  1. “You won’t accept a guy’s tongue in your mouth, but you’ll eat THAT?”

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on April 14, 2010
  2. I love it – my sister and I still play that game – she is 24 and I’m 34, (though my kids haven’t gotten to it yet)…I think the only reason I started watching how I met your mother was to hear Danny’s reassuring voice!

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    Comment by Lis on April 14, 2010
  3. Just tell them every time you bite a fish, they feel it and they cry. If that doesn’t set up their future therapy appointments, let me know. I can work out other ways. It should knock down your sushi bill, though, at any rate.

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    Comment by Karl on April 14, 2010
  4. But it is SO awesome for you & just IS, that you have to let her eat it. Maybe you could budget for it. Heh.
    Psst. Japanese is Oriental.
    Just saying cause well-you-know.
    .-= NaomiJesson´s last blog ..Casualties of Jackson =-.

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    Comment by NaomiJesson on April 14, 2010
  5. I think my mom really lucked out that all we enjoyed as kids were like pizza and hot dogs.

    Oh, Full House.

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    Comment by Kristabella on April 14, 2010
  6. WHERE IS THERE ALL YOU CAN EAT SUSHI IN TORONTO and WHY didn’t I know about it when I lived there? (Incidentally do you know where I might find all you can eat sushi in New York?)
    Also any chance you can just, uh, buy raw fish and throw it to your kids like they’re seals and call it sashimi?
    Mia and I once made sushi many many years ago and bought raw salmon, not particularly special or good quality, from the fish counter at Food City back when Sobeys was Food City. It was good/gross.

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    Comment by Tali on April 14, 2010
  7. Sushi is LOVE…

    my mom used to take us to Paradise Buffet… they probably thought most kids would just eat chow mein, froyo and cookies, my brother and I however could clear out the sushi counter in 5 minutes.

    occasionally we would go to a real sushi restaurant with my dad(im sure they had saved up for it) My favorite thing to order (repeatedly) was Spider rolls and ahi sashimi. Also, I could have been a professional eater.

    And also, mothers day brunch buffet at Palm Springs resort… my brother and I probably ate at least 5 pounds of crab legs each.

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    Comment by Maile on April 14, 2010
  8. BARF. *shudders* fish. ICK.

    But what a weird things for your kids to like. at least it’s good for them!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Faith =-.

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    Comment by Katie on April 14, 2010
  9. Not sure what part of Atlanta you live in but try Nori Nori in Sandy Springs. Decent prices and a huge buffet. Now- if you are brave enough to travel 400 N to get to Cumming by dinner time… you need to visit Rice. Hands down the absolute best sushi in Atlanta.

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    Comment by sara on April 15, 2010
  10. I’m not a huge sushi fan, but Amy and I would make our own sometimes too, which was much cheaper.

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    Comment by Avitable on April 18, 2010
  11. not sure where you live in the ATL area but $9.95 unlimited sushi lunch at Rusans every day. http://rusans.com/

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    Comment by Jennifer on May 4, 2010
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