Hironori Ikeno started off making these miniscule bites of sushi as a joke about a decade ago, in his restaurant in Tokyo's Nohachi district. Each piece of fish is delicately sliced and handled the same way any normal-size portion would be, except each micro-bite is crowned atop a single grain of rice. Ikeno presents a plate of octopus, tamago, and a few cuts of otoro, some or which come saddled to the rice with a thin band of nori. One loyal customer says the single-grain sushi may be tiny, but thanks to microscopic amounts of Japanese radish and chili used as seasonings, she claims her meal packed a lot of flavor.
Fatty tuna? I'll take 14,000 orders, please.
"St. Balmain also has a more-than-decent playlist, which I like to bop my head to as I answer emails."Photo: Melissa Hom
Twenty-year-old actress AnnaSophia Robb — the star of The Carrie Diaries and The Way Way Back — has some time off at the moment, which means she can enjoy living in Williamsburg and "catching up on life." But that doesn't mean she's out raging at clubs every night with famous starlets: Robb's life in the city is calm and grounded. She eats grilled-cheese sandwiches at her yoga studio, goes to Chipotle with friends, and stays in to cook with her boyfriend. This week, Robb also found time to attend her first-ever Knicks game and indulge her sweet tooth at One Lucky Duck, Cookshop, and Gramercy Terrace. Read it all in this week's Grub Street Diet.
"Chipotle feels like home."
Art Bouvier, a New Orleans native who owns a Cajun restaurant in Indianapolis, claims to be genuinely shocked that people were offended when he posted a photo of himself in full-on blackface makeup, along with the phrases "Chocolate Soda" and "get down with the brown," on Papa Roux's Facebook page. "I could not be possibly prepared for the tensions I'm feeling today," he tells local NBC affiliate WTHR, explaining that his makeup was actually in tribute to the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club krewe, who've donned similar makeup, along with elaborate costumes, on Mardi Gras for more than 100 years. (By the looks of his gray sweatshirt, Bouvier seems to have left his krewe costume at home.) He further explains that "chocolate soda" was also not racist, but instead is a reference to the "newly introduced, locally-crafted" chocolate soda he's holding in the photo.
"If he was racist would I be working here?"