Friday, May 24, 2024

Sushi & Stroll at Morikami Museum

It was a sweltering Friday night as I eagerly watched the parking lot of Morikami Museum fill up to the max. The area was bustling with people ready to experience the magic of Sushi & Stroll. I gripped my ticket tightly as I strolled through the front doors of Morikami Museum, and immediately I was transported to Japan. I must admit that I’ve always admired the beauty and discipline of Japanese culture. Not to mention the incredible sushi! Energetic employees dressed in red Morikami shirts ushered me through the crowded lobby, and that’s when I saw it: the sake station. I thought to myself in my best honorable Samurai voice, “The time has come.” Tasting the unique flavor of sake is something I’ve always desired to try. Word of advice: You should, too.

Before trying the sake, I made sure to mosey over to the Taiko Performance Ticket Station. The Taiko tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis with performances at 6:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Taiko Performances by Fushu Daiko are a huge hit, so if you’re interested in seeing the show, be sure to get your tickets first because the show fills up fast.

With my Taiko ticket in pocket, it was time to try some sake. Morikami doesn’t skimp with its selection as they offer sake of all kinds: in a bottle, in a can, sweet and even sultry. My favorite sake of the night, Hana Hou Hou Shu, was adorned in a pretty pink bottle that made me feel elegant. Upon trying the first sip, I was hit with a burst of pure floral taste followed by a pleasantly mellow rice flavor. If you like sweet and subtle flavors, Hana Hou Hou Shu is the way to go.

Next came the sushi. Morikami offers two ways for folks to fill up on tasty sushi. You can stand in line at one of the sushi tents or grab a bite to eat from the Cornell Café, which overlooks the water. Standing in line at the sushi tent was my first choice. My mouth began to water as I eyed the printed menu of California rolls, spicy tuna rolls, veggie rolls, coconut shrimp and egg rolls. At the Cornell Café, visitors can select from options like bento boxes (an array of Japanese delicacies), teriyaki chicken and dumplings. The lines at the sushi tent were long but well worth the wait. After placing my order of spicy tuna rolls and California rolls, I began my search to find the perfect spot in the Japanese garden to enjoy my food. The flavor of the sushi rolls was bold and tasty. Chopsticks in hand, I devoured both rolls. The saltiness of the complimentary Kikkoman soy sauce created the perfect balance of Asian flavors. Oh, and they offered a Kona Ice Truck (how awesome is that?). On such a hot evening, I have one thing to say: Thank you.

It’s 6:30 p.m., and it’s time to watch Fushu Daiko’s perform. I step into the auditorium and see a stage full of Taiko drums. My hands began to shake, and suddenly a smiling man approaches the stage. The drummers began their onslaught of roaring music that shook me to the core. I loved it. After a particularly long round of applause, another member of Fushu Daiko yelled out, “Can’t you tell we enjoy this!” Taiko drumming, as the lead drummer explained, is all about “spirit first, technique second.” And these drummers had enough spirit to receive a standing ovation.

Dates for the 2016 Sushi & Stroll Summer Walks are May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12 and September 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you’re looking for a thrilling and unique event to attend this summer, be sure to check out Sushi & Stroll at Morikami Museum. You’ll be happy you did!

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About Laura

Laura Tolliver is a senior at Florida Atlantic University studying English, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. She loves spreading positivity and bringing sunshine with her everywhere she goes. She adores anything sweet, lipstick and obsessing over food. You can reach her at laura@bocamag.com.

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