Japanese cowboy beef roll – Barracuda Sushi

Japanese cowboy beef roll - Barracuda Sushi
Crab meat, mango, avocado, gobo (burdock) covered with lightly torched, thinly sliced kobe beef, seasoned with sesame oil and green onions. $12.95
Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA

Japanese cowboy beef roll - Barracuda Sushi
This rolls sounds amazing and it was actually very tasty, but I think that there was WAY too many things packed inside. I really couldn’t taste many of the ingredients individually and forgot that some of them were even in there. The beef was the dominant flavor and it was a little on the salty side. The roll was good but I probably wouldn’t order it again.

Serpentine monardella
Serpentine monardella (Monardella purpurea, Lamiaceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

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Red dragon & Reward rolls – Barracuda Sushi

Red dragon & Reward rolls - Barracuda Sushi
Reward Roll: deep fried shrimp, soft shell crab, cucumber, crab roll topped with salmon and avocado with tobiko and unagi sauce. $12.95
Red Dragon: Unagi tempura and cucumber roll topped with spicy tuna, tomato, jalapeno, spicy miso sauce and tobiko-garlic chips. $14.95
Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA

Red dragon & Reward rolls - Barracuda Sushi
The rolls at Barracuda are always pretty tasty and large, but you’d expect that at this above-average price point. I do like that they offer plenty of fried (tempura) roll options for my fat-craving self, lol! Their flavor combinations are also inventive and varied.

Spicy tuna roll – Rikki Rikki

Spicy tuna roll - Rikki Rikki
With green onion, cucumber, avocado. Happy hour $5.95
Rikki Rikki, Kirkland WA

I think that spicy tuna rolls are always a safe option for me because the addition of sriracha to the chopped tuna seems to cover up some the imperfections the roll may have, lol! It’s not the classiest roll, but I think it’s delicious. :)

Metal and glass fence
Decorative metal and glass fence, Ballard.

Tarantula roll – Rikki Rikki

Tarantula roll - Rikki Rikki
Panko breaded soft shell crab, jalapeno, avocado, masago, chili sauce, and spicy mayonnaise. Happy hour $5.95
Rikki Rikki, Kirkland WA

I really loved this roll (and for less than six bucks)! It was a nice change to have the soft shell crab covered in panko. Usually they’re tempura battered and fried. The panko gave it a different texture and flavor to the sushi roll. Noms!

Elephant Car Wash

Elephant Car Wash.

Marin miyagi oysters – Basa Seafood Express

Marin miyagi oysters - Basa Seafood Express
Complimentary sushi. 2 oysters $3
Basa Seafood Express, SF Street Food Festival 2013, San Francisco CA

These were SO gross! Granted I’m not a fan of large oysters, and these miyagis weren’t even that large, but they were luke warm (and it was a warm day out), poorly shucked (there were shell bits everywhere!), and they didn’t look or taste fresh! I drowned the smaller of the two oysters in lime juice hoping to kill any lingering bacteria and reluctantly ate it. It tasted disgusting so I threw away the second oyster. Ugh, SO disgusting! Even the sushi sample tasted old!

Mission mural
“There’s so much love in this city” mural, The Mission. I wish I had more love for Basa Seafood!

Spicy soft shell crawfish maki – Sushi Ran

Spicy soft shell crawfish maki - Sushi Ran
Cucumber, seven types of Japanese spice, umami tobiko, spicy crab and shiso. $13.50
Sushi Ran, Sausalito CA

Spicy soft shell crawfish maki - Sushi Ran
I thought this sushi roll was really fun and delicious! I’d never had crawfish sushi before. The crawfish was cute and crunchy and I loved the umami tobiko and shiso. This roll had so many great flavors, noms!

Chopsticks - Sushi Ran
I’m so glad that they don’t use cheap wouldn’t chopsticks. :)

Moriawase sushi – Sushi Ran

Moriawase sushi - Sushi Ran
AAA grade big eye tuna, yellow tail, king salmon, tai(?), blue prawn, kani. $19.50
Sushi Ran, Sausalito CA

Moriawase sushi - Sushi Ran
Mmm, the raw fish at Sushi Ran is SO fresh and delicious! I’m glad that we ordered this chef’s choice of nigiri, NOMS!

Marin County Civic Center
Marin County Civic Center, the last commission by Frank Lloyd Wright, San Rafael.

Spicy ahi tempura roll – Matchbox Palm Springs

Spicy ahi tempura roll - Matchbox Palm Springs
Ahi tuna, ginger, garlic, nori, sticky rice, black sesame, wasabi sauce. Happy hour $11
Matchbox Palm Springs, Palm Springs CA

Hmm, this wasn’t very good. It was too salty and the tempura coating was rock hard! I was actually surprised by this because most tempura rolls have a tendency to get soggy. That was not the case here – that coating was tough to chew through. The roll had no finesse and just ended up being a salty gut bomb.