Tokobushi Is Here!

Kuni just ordered a couple of tokobushi, which is abalone. Not to be mistaken as “tAko”bushi, as in “octopus”bushi, as I always mistakenly thought it was called, until he corrected me yesterday. Silly me.

These abalone are farmed, hence they are not illegal. As for fishing them in California, I’m just reading on Wiki that, “Abalone may only be taken from April to November, not including July. Transportation of abalone may only legally occur while the abalone is still attached in the shell.”

These are 100% legal! Safe to eat! Fresh and still alive! In the pics above, the “mouth” of the clam is shaped differently in each one- it moves!!! Here’s a video:

Kuni will take the still-alive abalone from the shell and slice it up and serve sashimi style. It’s delicious- should have a crunchy texture that will snap in your mouth. Give it a whirl, there are only two orders for the week at $12 each!



Hello Blogosphere!

I’m Kayoko- blogger, professional eater, food enthusiast and daughter of Kunio. Yes, that’s right- Kunio, as in Kuni, as in… Sushi KUNI. Get it??? Get it?? He’s the man behind the bar. Make sure to say hello to him- he owns the place and is a treasure trove of knowledge about fish and anything else you will consume during your meal.

I figure if I’m gonna be walking you through all the fun behind the world of Sushi Kuni, you should know a little about me. I was raised in Cupertino, and even worked at Sushi Kuni all through high school, every Saturday night, for four entire years. Oh god, could you imagine??? Forget about going to all the parties with the cool kids.

Hmmm, then I went away to Santa Barbara for college, and lived in Italy for a year. I’ve been working in NYC for the last six years, mostly focused in the arts, but recently moved back to the Bay Area.

I’m the editor of UMAMIMART, a world-wide food blog with over 50 contributors, which I founded in 2007. So while this whole blogging thing is not new to me, I’m looking forward to sharing random thoughts and tidbits with you about my father, and update you frequently about what’s going on at Sushi Kuni.

Here’s a pic of my mama (she works in the Sushi Kuni kitchen), papa and me, at one of my favorite joints in NYC, Yakitori Totto. OMG I just realized we are all wearing gray turtlenecks- how EMBARRASSING!!!