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Cool Article(s) of the Week 2/23-3/1

HAPPY MARCH!

Today I have four very cool articles that will absolutely knock your socks off, foodies.

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The first one having to do with a snack most of us have eaten in our lifetimes: popcorn.

But I’m not talking movie theater popcorn, I’m talking the microwave popcorn bags you buy at the store and hope you don’t either under cook (with lots of unpopped kernels left in the bag) or overcook (blackened popcorn).

Photo Credit: whirlpool.com
Photo Credit: whirlpool.com

Michigan-based Whirlpool has come out with a new microwave that actually listens to the sounds of cooking to tell when something is done.

The article I found from The Daily Meal describes the microwave’s AccuPop technology for popcorn, that “can help the microwave adjust just by listening to and counting the time, between kernel pops.”

How cool is that?!Read on to find out what else it can do, and how you can buy it yourself!|||||One of my favorite quotes of all time: “If music be the food of love, play on.” Shakespeare truly has it right, and it goes along with the next article I’m sharing with you.
Food Network is holding its first EVER concert, as I discovered in an Eater article.

Photo Credit: foodnetworkinconcert.com
Photo Credit: foodnetworkinconcert.com

And it involves both music and food events!They’re taking on the concert scene at Ravinia, which is a music festival just outside Chicago.Headlining the music portion: JOHN MAYER.And there will be food demonstrations too throughout the day, from Food Network personalities such as Anne Burrell, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jeff Mauro and Marc Murphy. This foodie/music lover is quite excited about this and if you are too, click here to sign up via Food Network to get additional information about tickets, which go on sale in April.

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Have you ever been to a grocery store that is just, magical?Stew Leonards is that place for me. Growing up in Connecticut I always had so much fun wandering down the maze of an aisle that is Stew’s, with the really cool animatronic characters that would sing to you throughout the store (I know the songs – “We’re Dole fresh vegetables we’re good for you!”). It truly is the Disney World of grocery stores as many say.eatalyjpegEataly, a really cool Italian market in New York City serving up fresh Italian goods, is planning to build a theme park in Italy, which is indeed all about food, according to an article from Eater. And it’s being called the “Disneyland of Food.”Can we say awesome?! According to the article, “The nearly 20-acre park will build “restaurants, grocery stores, food labs, and an aquarium” on grounds that are currently occupied by unused warehouses.”Eataly’s planning to call the park Fico Eataly World, and according to the article, is hoping to open in November 2015. |||||And for my Dayton friends, EXCITING news this week from the fabulous guys of Fusian.

Photo Credit : fusian.com
Photo Credit : fusian.com

Fusian, the customizable sushi spot in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus just announced officially this week they’re going to open its newest location in Washington Township, O.H.!Zach, Josh and Stephan write on its website that they’re coming to the brand new Oak Creek Crossing retail development that will also house the brand new Whole Foods Market.

The guys also go to add, “We love Dayton… it’s where we grew up, and it’s where we consider home. Our continued efforts to bring our food and our company to new markets would not be possible without supportive communities, a great team, and amazing customers!”

So more awesome sushi is coming to the Dayton area, get excited! I am.

-Exciting news all over. Eat, drink and be merry 🙂

DAYTON: Fusian

I’ve been dreaming of trying this place for a few weeks now. It’s just been locked in my brain: “Kat, you must go to Fusian, you must go to Fusian.”

Before I get into the restaurant itself and the food, I first want to say that I really was not sure if I was going to find good sushi here in Ohio.

Was I dead WRONG.

I love the sushi I’ve discovered at the Kroger near where I live, but I’ll tell you, after having the rolls from Fusian tonight, after eating the first bite of one of the rolls I literally said “Oh my GOD!” under my breath sitting by myself at the table. Deliciousness in EVERY bite.

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The atmosphere:  Located in the food-centric area near the University of Dayton (friends, Brown St. has a gazillion restaurants all in one area. Definitely check it out!), it’s an airy, open space with tons of natural light coming in from the floor to ceiling windows in front. From the pictures above and below, there’s a lot of great lighting fixtures, and tons of seating, whether you want to sit more towards the ground at a table, or at the counter space in the middle, or there’s another counter space in front of the windows in front. Relaxed, chill music plays as you eat. Napkins, and soy sauces (low sodium and regular, yay!), at every table.

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What I ate: I ordered two rolls that I customized. You can build your own rolls at Fusian (which is SO cool). I ordered a spicy salmon roll and a steak roll. For the spicy salmon roll, I got soy paper as my wrapper, then avocado, summer squash, scallions, carrots, then put spicy mayo and crunchies on top. For the steak roll, I was going to get a full steak roll but I came across the crab mix and decided to get half steak, half crab. I got soy paper for that one too, and inside is avocado, carrots, asparagus, then wasabi mayo and crunchies on top.

Spicy salmon roll.
Spicy salmon roll.

 

Steak and crab mix roll.
Steak and crab mix roll.

 

Price: $18.94 (for the two rolls and a fountain beverage). Awesome deal! $20 bill very well spent.

My thoughts: Holy moly. This was honestly some of the BEST sushi I’ve had in life thus far. No joke. As I said before, I literally talked to myself at the table, saying “Oh my GOD” under my breath, as to how awesome it was. I was very impressed with how fresh the ingredients were and how you control what goes into your rolls, versus most of the time when you have to pick out rolls already thought up of at the sushi bars. The two rolls I put together had great flavor combinations. The meal was light, I was full without being stuffed, and I felt like I had put clean, healthy food in my mouth versus getting fast food. I will say I loved the spicy mayo more than the wasabi mayo if I had to choose sauces tonight. But I’ll tell you, I was either eating these rolls up quick, or slowing myself down because I really wanted to savor each little piece of the roll. Also, look at how much FOOD you get for $18 including a drink. I have 20 pieces of rolls right here. And with fresh ginger and wasabi in the middle too (which made me tear up, that’s definitely a sign of good wasabi).

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What else is on the menu:  Besides being able to customize and build your own roll, you can choose from one of the suggested rolls, such as the California roll (inside-out seaweed wrap, crab mix, avocado, cucumber, sweet soy, and sesame seed), spicy salmon (seaweed wrap, salmon, cream cheese, green onion,carrot, spicy mayo, and sesame seed), or surf and turf (seaweed wrap, braised steak, crab mix, cucumber, asparagus, wasabi mayo, sweet soy, and sesame chili). As far as sides go, you can get carrot-ginger salad, cucumber salad, seaweed salad, spicy edamame and miso soup. They’ve also introduced kale chips to the menu. For drinks, you can get sodas, water (with fruit in it, which to me was major kudos to them!), hot tea, beer and sake.

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Why you should go: Plain and simple: you’re not going to find this specific concept in most places. If you check out the website, the story behind the restaurant is one reason to head there in itself. Three friends from childhood (whom I must say, are very good looking men!), took it upon themselves to have a fast, fresh, casual sushi restaurant. There’s one in the Cincinnati area, one in Dayton on Brown St., and there’s also one in Columbus. The concept looks similar to Chipotle, where there’s the counter with the assembly line, but that’s the incredibly fun part about it. How many times can you say you are able to go to a counter like this one, order your meat or fish, pick out the sushi wrapper you want, all the fillers, the sauces, and watch it be rolled and sliced right in front of your eyes (and if you’re wondering, these guys have machines to not only put the wrappers and rice together, but to slice the rolls too, the kids will love watching this!). Three more reasons I love Fusian’s concept: they stand by having all plant-based eco-friendly packaging materials such as the cups and straws, and its wastebaskets are separated into three columns: compost (where you put your trash and chopsticks and cups etc.), baskets (what the sushi comes in, plastic baskets), and recyclables (bottles and glass).  There’s also use of local produce, such as the summer squash coming from a farm out of Brookville, Ohio.

Compostable soy sauce cups!
Compostable soy sauce cups!

These guys BELIEVE in the power of healthy eating in our schools. The following video was another reason I wanted to make the trip to Fusian:

They’ve made a community initiative to serve sushi in schools in Dayton. How freaking cool is that?

Hats off to you three, keep doing what you’re doing. 🙂 Love, love LOVE this place. It’s a must go in my book!

Location/Hours:

1200 Brown St.
Dayton OH, 45409

p. 937.223.5173
f. 937.223.5149

hours:
monday-friday 11a – 10p
saturday-sunday 11a – 10p

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