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November / December 2015 • Vol. X Issue IV

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seveneightfive VOL X Issue IV | November / December 2015 HOLIDAY ISSUE

Royals, Chiefs and Dead.

Celebrating wins. Check out The Schwag, a Grateful Dead tribute band this New Year at Topeka Ramada. Artwork by James Robinson.

table of contents #785FLAVOR

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local flavor food events chef’s delights

8 weekender 9 nutcracker 10 smith + liston

mug shot

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moburts

food brews

food ninja:

the palette

kyoto

#785ART 14 albert bloch 16 artitude inspirapics

louie’s lounge keynundrum equality wedding expo bike + bus

EXTRAS 5 rup - psychic chicken 17 specials

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Back Cover: Pigskins Inside Covers: DroneNinja, seveneightfive magazine, ArtsConnect Ads Inside: Governor’s Rowhouse, Topeka Beer, Strathman Sales, Backs by Popular Demand, Topeka Civic Theatre, ArtPrint Express, Ad Astra DJ, Anytime Fitness, Hanover Pancake House, Topeka Metro Bikes, Ali Rene Photograhpy, TPAC, AOZ Gallery + Boutique, Downtown Topeka Inc, Visit Topeka, Oddfellow’s Fine Books + Collectables, Wing Fling, Burger Stand, RowHouse Restaurant, Topeka2Go.com Specials: Dutch Goose, Joletta’s, Pigskin’s, PT’s @College Hill, Tailgators,

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cover art: inspirapics

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contributors PUBLISHER/OWNER Kerrice Mapes

seveneightfive@gmail.com CONTRIBUTORS Stefan Burrell Barry Busch EJ Drake Ali Hanlon Gary Krohe Michelle Leivan Noah Neff Travis Owens Tricia Peterson Gary Piland

Amanda Reynolds Ashley Reynolds Ni’Cole Revell Brandon Rison Martie Rison James Robinson Tom Wah Matt Wasserstein Stephanie West

BUSINESS DIRECTOR Liz Bell

EDITING

D O’Brien + Rebecca Radziejeski

ADVERTISING

Kerrice Mapes + Ni’Col Revell

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TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK Louie’s Lounge

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ince 1988, the only place in town where you could rinse your mouth and clothes with a cold one at the same time has been the Ichabod Laundra Bar. The unique neighborhood bar was a haven for college kids almost thirty years ago and withstood changes in ownership and clientele, while holding onto its principal goal. Recently, however, the establishment has starting to show its age more than Matthew McConaughey in “Dazed and Confused.” That is until last month. Brian Delfs, owner, operator and ceo, purchased the Laundra Bar and elected the help Lee Stewart. Both longtime regulars, they wanted to see the establishment be restored to a thriving successful business. Stewart, owner of Brick Masters, helped Delfs rehab the bar and laundry facilities from top to bottom. This included installing top-of-the-line high efficiency washers and dryers, six flat screen tvs, and adding conveniences such as WiFi and (coming soon!) drop-off laundry services. Louie’s Lounge is a comfortable, familiar, safe place for people to hang out and relax, do laundry or simply grab a drink and catch a game. It is an extremely nice addition to the local bar scene and a must revisit (with or without your dirty wears). aseveneightfive

photos by Ali Hanlon


Prognosticatio with

Ruprecht Roosterdamus, The Psychic Chicken TM

Nov 1 - Dec 15

2015 Blue Boss Bird, Blue Boss Bird, First letter, long-time reader. I I First letter, long-time reader. think it’s it’s strange no no oneone ever think strange ever thanks youyou for for helping us us all all cope thanks helping cope with thethe weird wild world wewe livelive with weird wild world in, in, so so I thought I’d I’d write to say I thought write to say how much I appreciate your how much I appreciate your wisdom andand generosity. Thanks, wisdom generosity. Thanks, Blue Boss Bird. - Long Time Fan. Blue Boss Bird. - Long Time Fan. Dear LTF,LTF, Dear YouYou again? Please stop writing -I -I again? Please stop writing have over fiftyfifty of these letters have over of these letters and, yes,yes, I know they’re all all from and, I know they’re from youyou and, no,no, I’mI’m never going to to and, never going give ya that winning lottery give ya that winning lottery number or stock tip.tip. - RR number or stock - RR ____________________________ ____________________________ A R A IR EI SE S Wow. If you know who finds Wow. If you know who finds about youyou know what yeryer going about know what going to have “a lot of ‘splaining to do, to have “a lot of ‘splaining to do, Lucy. ” And, fyi, fyi, yeryer notnot Lucy. Lucy. ” And, Lucy. T AT U A R U U R S U S TheThe next time ya ya hear some next time hear some moron say,say, “We outta go go over moron “We outta over there andand kickkick their asses”, offer there their asses”, offer to buy them a plane ticket. Being to buy them a plane ticket. Being a tough guyguy is aislot easier when a tough a lot easier when yeryer notnot thethe oneone actually dodging actually dodging bullets andand IEDs. bullets IEDs. G E I NI N I I GM E M Reload. Reload. Reload. There ya ya Reload. Reload. Reload. There sit, sit, staring at yer iPad seeing if if staring at yer iPad seeing anyone likes yeryer catcat photo. Here’s anyone likes photo. Here’s an an idea, callcall a friend andand go go have idea, a friend have coffee. Less annoying to yer coffee. Less annoying to yer photophobic catcat andand a lot more photophobic a lot more likely to get feedback. likely to get feedback. C A C EC RE R C N A N I think it might be be a good idea to to I think it might a good idea take a moment andand reflect on on take a moment reflect how andand why yeryer planning on on how why planning doing what yeryer planning on on doing doing what planning doing andand who yeryer planning on on doing it it who planning doing to. to. WillWill ya ya do do it init the parlor, thethe in the parlor, billiard room or the ballroom? WillWill billiard room or the ballroom? ya use thethe lead pipe, chainsaw or or ya use lead pipe, chainsaw cordless drill? And finally, yeryer ex ex or or cordless drill? And finally, yeryer ex’sex’s new bedbed buddy? new buddy?

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L EL O E O Walk of Shame Axiom #2... Walk of Shame Axiom #2... YerYer sexual inhibitions areare directly sexual inhibitions directly proportional to the hotness of yer proportional to the hotness of yer potential mattress mate. ThisThis also potential mattress mate. also applies to yer ability to rationalize applies to yer ability to rationalize yeryer slutty behavior to yer equally slutty behavior to yer equally slutty friends later. slutty friends later. V IV RI G R O G O Hey! I finally remembered thethe Hey! I finally remembered advice I was going to give ya ya thatthat advice I was going to give was going to change yeryer lifelife was going to change forever. ButBut now it’sit’s tootoo late. forever. now late. Sorry, Bucko! Sorry, Bucko! L IL BI R B A R A Being a person of action cancan be be Being a person of action very difficult. ButBut enough about very difficult. enough about yeryer latelate night surprise dating night surprise dating techniques which, by by thethe way, techniques which, way, would make a best seller. would make a best seller. S CS O R P C O R IP OI O I keep telling myself, “Breathe! I keep telling myself, “Breathe! Breathe!” every time I see yeryer Breathe!” every time I see fabulous face. fabulous face. S A I TI TT AT R S G A G A IR UI S U S TheThe years come andand go.go. In the years come In the final analysis, yeryer wardrobe willwill final analysis, wardrobe be be what is remembered most. what is remembered most. JustJust likelike ya ya hoped. hoped. C A R N C P A R P IR CI O C O R N Death andand taxes, right? Well, yeryer Death taxes, right? Well, about to add oneone more of life’s about to add more of life’s inevitabilities - mom jeans. JustJust inevitabilities - mom jeans. when wewe thought we’d banished when thought we’d banished them forever, some young hottie them forever, some young hottie slaps on on a pair andand somehow it still slaps a pair somehow it still works. Curses! works. Curses! A Q U A A Q U R A IR UI S U S As As ourour roads andand schools andand roads schools quality of life degrade - ever quality of life degrade - ever wonder how thethe hellhell thatthat idiot wonder how idiot gotgot elected andand (holy crap!) elected (holy crap!) reelected governor? I sure do.do. reelected governor? I sure P IP SI CS EC SE S SaySay yesyes andand smile, Bucko. It’sIt’s smile, Bucko. what I do. what I do. ___________________________ ___________________________ Question forfor thethe Blue Guru? Question Blue Guru? Something on on yeryer mind? Need an an Something mind? Need answer to atoburning (and itching) answer a burning (and itching) personal question? Find outout personal question? Find before it’sit’s tootoo late. Email me! before late. Email me! Ruprecht@PsychicChicken.com Ruprecht@PsychicChicken.com ___________________________ ___________________________ * Astrological predictions areare to to * Astrological predictions reality what Brownback is tois to reality what Brownback leadership. - Ruprecht leadership. - Ruprecht


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SCENES FROM THE Albert Bloch LIFE OF CHRIST

Mulvane Art Museum | Now - JAN 23

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cenes from the Life of Christ features rarely seen works by iternationally known American painter Albert Bloch (1882-1962). Bloch was affiliated with the Blue Rider Group, modernist artists such as Franz Marc and Wassily Kandinsky who sought to revitalize religious art. Spiritual searching and genuine faith were a unifying force in Bloch’s life. His art emphasizes Christ’s call to care for the weak and the marginal, the afflicted, fugitives and outcasts. Bloch’s images are never mere illustrations of biblical

themes but also allude to both his personal life and contemporary events, such as the suffering and devastation of World Wars I and II. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Reinhild Janzen, Professor Emerita of Art History at Washburn. Bloch was born in St.Louis in 1882. After his training in Germany, he settled in Lawrence in 1923 and became head of the Department of Drawing and Painting at the University of Kansas. aseveneightfive


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KEYNUNDRUM escape room adventure

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eynundrum, an escape room adventure, is a new interactive concept where you and your friends are challenged as a team to find hidden objects, resolve puzzles and decrypt clues to earn your freedom. Keynundrum is Topeka’s first and only year round escape room, located at 2900 SW Atwood. This adrenaline filled adventure will bring out your knowledge and creativity in 60 minutes as you unravel the story to get out of the room. Go to Keynundrum.com for more information and to book a room or call 506.6349. aseveneightfive


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WEEKENDER EVENTS

highlights for sept + oct

MONTHLY EVENTS

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3RD WEDNESDAY JAZZ NIGHT

The Breakroom | 6p

1ST TUESDAY OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHT

SPECIAL EVENTS

Skivies Bar | 8p

NOVEMBER 21

EVERY SUNDAY

DRAG SHOW Skivies Bar | 10p

Burger Stand | 2-5p Thanksgiving food drive / scavenger hunt on bikes.

4TH WEDNESDAY

NOVEMBER 21

The Breakroom | 7p

UNITED ROCKS: A CLASSIC ROCK CHRISTMAS CONCERT

CRANKSGIVING 3

WAKA WAKA COMEDY

TRIVIA

JAM

The Brass Rail | 8p

Speck’s Bar + Grill | 8p

TUESDAY BLUESDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Quinton’s | 7p Pigskins | 8p The Burger Stand | 8p

THURSDAY

Lazy Toad | 8p

FRIDAY

Flamingo| 9p

SUNDAY

AJ’s Pizza | 8p *Watch TSCPL for Friday Trivia Nights

KARAOKE

THURSDAY

Flamingo, 4p Speck’s Bar + Grill All Ages Jam | 5p

*check weekender for full list

TUESDAY

Joletta’s | 7:30p

FRIDAY

WEDNESDAY

Pigskins | 9p The Dugout | 9p

THURSDAY

Abigail’s | 9p The Dugout | 9p Skinny’s | 10p

Lazy Toad | 9p Skivies | 9p The Trap | 9p Abigail’s | 9p Landmark Grill | 7p The Brass Rail | 8p Lupitas | 6p

SATURDAY SUNDAY

Joletta’s | 7:30p The Trap | 9p

TPAC | 7p

NOVEMBER 21

KS EQUALITY WEDDING EXPO

Capital Plaza | 11a

DECEMBER 5

WINGFLING

KS Expo Center | noon Enjoy wings from over a 12 restaurants, beer, games and more.

DECEMBER 5

HOLIDAY PUB CRAWL

The Celtic Fox | 3p Benefit for Toys for Tots

DECEMBER 8

TOPEKA GO RED FOR WOMEN

Capital Plaza | 10a Luncheon for American Cancer Society

DECEMBER 8

TEDXTOPEKA

NOVEMBER 23

Topeka Civic Theatre | 5p

The Celtic Fox | 7:30p

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY RAMADA INN

SMITH AND LISTON CD RELEASE PARTY

DECEMBER 31

NOVEMBER 28

Featuring The Schwag

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

JANUARY 23

NOVEMBER 28

Top of the Tower Club | 6:30p Four-course meal and wine paring, benefit for American Cancer Society

Local Businesses in Topeka

THE CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER

TPAC | 7p

DECEMBER 3

TINSEL AND TREASURES

KS Expo Center | 5:30p A ladies’ night out, benefit for Sheltered Living

DECEMBER 4

COOKIE WALK AND UGLY XMAS SWEATER #FFAW

Downtown Topeka | 5p

TOPEKA CORKS AND FORKS

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A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP found in the nutcracker

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delightful combination of the Kansas Ballet and the Topeka Symphony Orchestra will merge on the Topeka Performing Arts Center stage with an extraordinary classic performance of “The Nutcracker” December 19 and 20. The production features fast paced, exciting and technically challenging choreography of artistic directors Stephanie Heston and Alexander Smirnov. A large roster of dancers, will delight with beautifully adorned handmade costumes and perfected with backdrops handcrafted by a professional scenic shop in Kiev, Ukraine, tailor-made to fit the stage. “Our mission of bringing world class ballet programming to Topeka is taking shape and we have been extremely fortunate to have significant support from within the

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community,” said Heston. “It is our pleasure to give back by providing multiple free outreach performances as well as a truly spectacular main stage production for Topeka and the surrounding communities.” Stay tuned to their Facebook KansasBalletAcademy page to learn about their several free community outreach performances through the holidays. The esteemed maestro, Kyle Wiley Pickett, will conduct the orchestra for the main stage performances and audiences are sure to be dazzled by professional dancers Emily Adams as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Rex Tilton as the Nutcracker Prince and Stanislav Ivanov as Herr Drosselmeyer. Adams and Tilton are both principal dancers with Utah’s world famous Ballet West and avid dance fans will recognize Tilton from his starring role in the

popular television s h o w Breaking Pointe. Ivanov is originally f r o m Russia a n d currently resides in Florida and has enjoyed a long international performing career in major cities worldwide. The Nutcracker 12.19 at 7p and 12.20 at 1p are $25/Adult, $15/Youth and can be purchased through Ticket Master or the TPAC box office at 234.2787. aseveneightfive


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SMITH +I LISTON

THIS AIN’T YO DADDY’S BLUES:

debut album release; q+a with the band

’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about The Blues. I’ve never spent an evening in a smoky club under the soft glow of the spotlight, snapping my fingers to the likes of a B.B. King or Muddy Waters. Embarrassingly, my only exposure to the blues comes from booking in a local venue where a group of has been baby boomers would unleash a series of half rehearsed cover songs that were more intoxicated than intoxicating.

by Noah Neff | photos provided by Scott Storman (Lovestuck 2015)

Stevie Ray Vaughn himself would’ve rolled over in his grave had he heard his licks performed at this level of atrocity. Fast forward ten years, I show up on the doorstep on a small house off of 4th St. with an assignment

to review a local blues band for their upcoming CD release. I know that I’m there to meet with David Liston. I think to myself, “Hey I remember Dave, he’s with those outlaws in Top City Ramblers.” We last bonded over a 12-pack of PBR and a bottle of Jack Daniels at Rundown Studios while doing a feature on the young rebel country troubadours. I’ve learned that if Mr. Liston is a part of something, I tend to take an unbiased liking to it. I just like the dude. What else can I say? Not knowing what to expect, I sit down with Ellie, David, Kenny and Ryan for an interview. We chat about the blues, growing up in a music family and raising children around a hectic practice and performance schedule. More importantly, we talk about their upcoming album.


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Ellie’s voice carries the spirit of...great blues queens before her. The content is emotionally driven. The lyrics touch on both political matters and everyday life issues...”

Q+A WITH SMITH + LISTON

seveneightfive: How did you guys form the group Smith + Liston? Ryan: It started about five years ago. Ellie was 16 when we first started jamming together. We collaborated for a Topeka Blues Society project. Previously Kenny and I had played in a band together, so when I spotted Kenny at a garage sale and he asked me if I wanted to join forces for a blues project, I said “Sure, why not?” Ellie: We were formerly called Ellie Smith and the Commotion, and had more of a traditional blues sound. David is actually our third drummer. David: BUT… I’m the first drummer of Smith + Liston. So... Ellie: Very true. Ryan: We were overwhelmed by the response of some of our first shows and so we just kept marching forth. Throughout the years, we’ve been bombarded by requests from our fans to put out an album.

LAST THOUGHTS

Ellie: So about a year ago, Ryan had a fire light under his ass and since then the writing and recording happened really fast.

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had the chance to play Smith + Liston tracks on the hi-fi stereo system. While this might not be a full album review, I’d like to be the first to say that I’m blown away by the overall musicianship, song writing and production. The two tracks I was given to sample were “You Got The love” and “Made Up My Mind”. I can’t help but compare Ellie’s voice to Adele - her sultry tone, and the way she moves through her register, conquering notes and going on runs that women only dream of.

Ryan: Until that moment, we had played shows together for years, but sometimes life just happens. David and Ellie welcomed a baby into this world, and my better half and I also had a child, so throughout the years we’d keep playing, musicians would come and go, but at our core, this just feels right, and this just seemed like as good of a time as any to dive in and put an album out. seveneightfive: What would you like the listener to take away from the album? Ryan: I want people to see our true passion for what we do. David: Yes, and allow it to come into their lives as well. Ellie: I hope that invokes emotion with people, because that is what music is about. We hope that our love transfers into our sound. We’ve got all the blues, the sad blues, the happy blues, the angry blues David: and also the feel-good blues, and the “I want to have sex right now” blues (laughs) seveneightfive: Who doesn’t love the baby making blues right? (Everyone is laughing) David: Amongst all of the busy schedules and life’s happenings, we really love playing together, and there is a fire beneath it all. We want to share that connection and hope that it transcends.

The Liston shuffle is on time, while Kenny only adds to this precision with his basslines. Ryan’s guitar stands out with his solo work. His chops are just downright mean and gutty at times. Even if you aren’t a fan of the blues in a traditional sense, this might be the album for you. Ellie’s voice carries the spirit of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and the great blues queens before her. The content is emotionally driven. The lyrics touch on both political matters and everyday life issues that we all face. I’m anxiously

awaiting the full-release debut album that is “self-titled”. I’ve all of the sudden a case of the blues.

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CD Release Party | Wednesday, November 25 (Thanksgiving Eve) 7:30p | Celtic Fox


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EQUALITY WEDDINGS a wedding expo for all types of couples vendors to check out COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS 233.8760 CompleteWeDoKansas.com Full wedding service; photography, DJ, Videography, Photo Booth, Special Event Lighting and Day of Coordination MEN’S WEARHOUSE 272.6280 Menswearhouse.com Tuxedo and Special Events rentals *Fashion Show showcase HAPPILY EVER AFTER 112 SW 7th Street 220.4285 Locally Owned Bridal Boutique *Fashion Show showcase SHANA CAKE 435 S. Kansas Ave 817.9518 Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Breads + Treats KELLY DEMPEWOLF PHOTOGRAPHY kellydempewolfphotography.com Specializing in Weddings, Kiddos + Families, Sports + Dance, and Senior Pictures 2 FACES MAKEUP ARTISTRY 878.7755 | Kansas City, MO facesmakeupartistry.com Hair + Makeup *Fashion Show showcase PINKADILLY 824 S. Kansas Ave 230.7778 Invitations + Programs

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n expo to feature wedding vendors who cater to same sex marriages takes place November 22 at the Sunflower Ballroom at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. The impetus for the expo came from a few places: one, the legalization of same sex marriages, two, the occurrence of local vendors refusing service to such ceremonies and thirdly to fulfill Visit Topeka’s mission of providing culturally diverse, quality events in Topeka. The expo is $5 (first 50 attendees are free) with proceeds benefiting Topeka Pride. The vendors are a group of respected businesses in their industry who are friendly to same-sex couples but cater to all brides and grooms. Visit Topeka president Brett Oetting says the expo will help couples avoid the discomfort of going into a business and finding out the owner doesn’t want to serve them - something that has occurred in the Capital City. A similar event took place last February in Kansas City, MO but to our knowledge this is the first of its kind in Kansas. aseveneightfive

AFFORDABLE PRO DJ’S 506.2272 Entertainment UNITY CHURCH OF CHRISTIANITY 9126 SW 10th Ave 478.1333 Officiate/Clergy A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING 766.1892 Invitations, Programs, Officiate, Clergy, Wedding Coordinators PAINTED KANVAS Lawrence, KS 856.0953 Entertainment/Bands/DJ’s CAPITAL PLAZA 1717 SW Topeka Blvd 1-800-579-7937 Venue 2 BECOME 1 STUDIO 3416 NW Topeka Blvd 286.2272 Photographers DILLON HOUSE 290.0073 dillionhouse.com Venue A.L. PHOTOGRAPHY 217.3970 Weddings, Engagements, Family photos

SUNFLOWER & ROSES TRAVEL 969.2312 Specialize in Honeymoons, All-inclusive travel and Cruises JL BRIDAL jlynnbridal.com 840.4664 | Lawrence, KS Designer Dresses GOVERNOR’S ROW HOUSE 409.3645 govrowhouse.com Venue + All service wedding store 2 CHEFS CATERING 506.3170 twochefscateringtopeka.com OKLAHOMANS FOR EQUALITY PRIDE STORE ROADSHOW 918.812.5016 Cake toppers and wedding accessories Event Venue KANSAS WEDDINGS MAGAZINE 832.6365 | Lawrence, KS Wedding Publication RODAN + FIELDS / Michelle Stubblefield 213.5543 Skincare SIMPLY DELICIOUS BY AMANDA 481.1419 Desserts


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TOPEKA WEST JAG STUDENTS FIND INSPIRATION AROUND TOPEKA FOR THEIR PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES TITLED “INSPIRAPICS.”

INSPIRATION GOES “inspirapics” by topeka west jag students by Michelle Leivan, the Artist’s Artist ArtPrint Express.com

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ave you noticed an ever growing surge in Topeka pride lately? Of course there has always been a spark of hometown pride; but there seems to be an extraordinary unification of elements that are taking the pride beyond the individual into consciousness throughout the city. The real gauge to the power of an idea happens the moment it is championed by our youth, creating a flash which ignites and becomes viral. We are witnessing this power of our youth through the students of Topeka West High School, with a unique collection of Topeka area photographs. Captured and designed by students and paired with motivational quotes, they’re titled “Inspirapics,” and they merge perfectly into the Topeka pride movement. Beginning its third year at Topeka West High School, the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program’s mission is to teach entrepreneurial skills to students. The goals include encouraging the students to take on leadership roles, working to plan the leadership, career exploration, service-learning, fund raising and social activities they implement during the year. This has included bringing in community entrepreneurs and leaders to encourage and partner with the students.

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The real gauge to the power of an idea happens the moment it is championed by our youth, creating a flash which ignites and becomes viral.”

Like all entrepreneurial endeavors it has taken testing a few ideas. “Last year the students explored a variety of opportunities from running a school store and sponsoring a powder puff game to raffles at school functions which included photographs,” explained JAG coordinator David Meseke. “This year they decided to launch Wayward Exposure and go all in on photography.” The students’ newest products are the “Inspirapics.” “The students have enjoyed exploring the city to capture inspirational images,” says Meseke. “Most of them have found beautiful things they had no idea existed in our city. All it took was just a little encouragement to see these students expand their horizons.” As the year progresses they will be adding to the collection with more local scenes and creative motivation. The program is state funded and has a separate budget from the school budget, and not all the resources from the school are readily available for the program. Money is tight which adds to the teachable moments about bootstrapping opportunities like a true entrepreneur, using what is available and growing the business. To begin with, the students used a free online photographic program called “Gimp” to manipulate and design their pieces, which 15

“Inspirapics” by Wayward Exposure, a collection from Topeka West JAG Students Showing NOV + DEC Southwind Gallery 3074 SW 29th @WaywardExposure

underlines one of their pieces about “Patience,” - Sometimes the paths we take are long and difficult but those are the ones that lead to the best views. And the collection of images from the area are definitely some of the finest visions. In addition to all of the experience the students receive, the funds raised by Topeka West’s JAG program go back into the nonprofit, providing scholarships for the participating graduating students. In partnership with SouthWind Gallery, Wayward Exposure will be exhibiting and selling their “Inspirapics” at SouthWind Gallery, 3074 SW 29th, through the months of November and December. Stop in this holiday season, get an inspiring gift, support the Arts, Topeka West students and buy a museum quality “Inspirapics” print produced by local giclée printer Art Print Express. You can keep inspired and discover their new inspirations this year with Wayward Exposure on their Twitter feed @WaywardExposure. aseveneightfive


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Dutch Goose

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BIKE + BUS enhancements of local alternative transportation “I can’t begin to tell y’all about how much fun I had today. I set my Topeka Metro Bike account and rode around Topeka for six hours. I got caught in the rain, took several breaks to snack and shop, ran into some friends on and off the road, was stopped several times by strangers asking questions and being really excited about the whole thing, and realized how out of shape I am (EFFFFFF). It was all really great. However, the two things that are tied for best part are 1. When I encountered a random fellow TMB rider and he dinged his bell at me and I dinged my bell at him, shared a smile, and went on our separate ways. 2. Sailing down a smooth decline, with my eyes almost closed, the wind cooling off the sweat on my face, making me feel like I was eight years old again. A fantastic day... I encourage you to try it.” Maxie Havens, April 17, 2015, Facebook

Topekans have rode over 20,000 miles on Topeka Metro Bikes in the past seven months. That’s four round trips to the North Pole.

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axie (arguably one of Topeka Metro Bikes most socially vocal advocates) is just one of the 1,000 Topekans who signed up and rode a Topeka Metro bike in its first three months (April - June 2015). Since then, hundreds more have jumped on the pegs and red bikes can be seen all across the Capital City. Albeit here at seveneightfive we are huge fans of the red wheels and the numbers are impressive they only represent 20 percent of our readership. Thus the impetus to bring you this update on alternative transportation. According to Karl Fundenberg, director of bicycle operations, Topeka Metro, usage of The Topeka Bikes in the first four months outpaced Kansas City, MO.’s usage in its first year. (Note: The Topeka Metro Bike is the first in the Kansas. Point goes to team Topeka.) The quick popularity created a shortage of bikes in some places last summer, but the staff quickly adapted and filled the void. Starting with 10 base locations at launch (April 15, 2015), there are now 15 stations with a goal to add four more before the end of the year. The furthest west location is Crestview Park, south/east Lake Shawnee, north in Oakland and hubs are sprinkled throughout that footprint including downtown, Gage Park and Washburn University. Topekans have traveled more than 20,000 miles in the last seven months (that’s equivalent to traveling to the North Pole and back almost four times) and have sweated off one million calories. BLUE IS THE COLOR OF A SIDEBIKE

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In addition to Topeka Metro Bike are the cities enhancements of bike boulevards a.k.a. the growing number of blue street signs. Karl, while not directly connected to this project, spoke with us on the impact. “We have sidewalks for walkers, but we don’t have sidebikes.” So as soon

as you give a designated place for bicyclist to ride, appropriate alternative routes, it makes traffic work more smooth and increases safety. “A lot of people in the community relay on non-motorized transportation,” continued Karl. “Topeka has done a fine job of beginning to address this.” The proof is in the 30 miles of bike paths that have gone in this year including Randolph as an alternative to Gage Blvd and 8th Street. TOPEKA METRO If you lose balance on less than four wheels, then perhaps the Topeka Metro is more your speed. “People are ridding the bus more then ever,” said Karl. Therefore we connected with Ronnie Murphy, director of marketing and communications for Topeka Metro, who gave us some insight on the enhancements and celebrations of The Topeka Metro this past year. These include introducing a new system update last August which increased service to the city. The creation of a Flex Zone on the east side of Topeka, which introduced service to an area that had not previously been supported. The continuation of their Kids Ride Free! program over the summer, which provided over 50,000 rides. Nationally notable was their creation of the Remember Rosa bus to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ arrest in Montgomery. ALA. They enhanced their shelters and benches and all-in-all have provided over 1.2 millions rides so far in 2015. In 2016, look for evening service. With the landscape of Topeka and many favorite locations spread afar, alternative transportation is a growing demand and desire. Kudos to all involved and we empower you to take advantage of these for a multitude of reasons. aseveneightfive


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LOCAL FLAVOR

editor’s monthly picks

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Luis’ Place

DATE NIGHT

BARS

TOP TOPEKA

LUIS’ PLACE

HENTRY T’S

NORTH STAR STEAKHOUSE

Friday four-course dinner, $40 pp. Menu changes weekly but includes choice of three entrees. Executive Chef Luis E. Guillén is known for his Latin flavors.

Must: Turkey burger or black bean burger with a side of jalapeño mayo (beware, it’s addictive). Monday night, BOGO burgers.

Musts: Beef tips and fries with gravy.

SKINNY’S

Musts: Buffalo Burger, stuffed mushrooms.

Known for the wings with sauce volcanic hot, this editor loves actually go with non-bar option and eats their home-made enchiladas and queso.

TUPTIM THAI

TERRY’S BAR & GRILL

GREAT WALL

Must: Chili Dog Monday - $1 for homemade chili mounded on top of an All-American hotdog. Load it up with cheese, onions and jalapenos (extra) it’s the only way to start your week. Kitchen open ‘til 1a daily.

Musts: Crab Rangoons and Egg Drop soup.

5TH + KANSAS

ROWHOUSE RESTAURANT 4TH + VANBUREN

Dinner served Wednesday - Saturday, reservation only, $43pp. Tasting menu includes sampling of all items including soup, salad, three entrees and three desserts. Executive Chef Greg Fox is known for his use of fresh ingredients that make each plate simple but elegant.

Luis’ Place

YUKI JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE

29TH + ARROWHEAD

A Tatami room with Japanesestyle seating in the sushi bar area, extensive Saki menu including fourpart sampler and Teppanyaki tables that accommodate groups of 10.

PAISANO’S RISTORANTE 10TH + GAGE

Traditional Italian cuisine. Known for their sauces and famous chicken spiedini.

BLUE MOOSE

Juli’s Cafe 20

22ND + WANAMAKER

Diverse menu featuring Rosemary Chicken, Curry Chicken salad and great flat breads.

21ST + WASHBURN

HUNTOON + GAGE

6TH + TYLER

THE DUGOUT

18TH AND FAIRLAWN

Musts: $3 cheeseburger on Tuesday and Thursday. 1/2 lb ground hamburger, grilled to perfection and topped with diced onions.

TAILGATORS

21ST & URISH

Musts: Crab Rangoons and the Bruce Lee sandwich

PIGSKINS

29TH + OAKLEY

Musts: Wings and cornbread.

HIGHWAY 24

BLIND TIGER

37TH + KANSAS

29TH + KANSAS

Musts: Money Bags.

17TH + WASHBURN

CAFE HOLLIDAY

12TH + WESTERN

Musts: Pan fried tacos.

HHB BBQ

9TH + KANSAS

Musts: Chicken salad (Thursday).

PEPE + CHELLAS 10TH + TYLER

Musts: Pan fried tacos, their new tequila cocktails, sopa fideo.

TACOS EL MEXICANO

23RD + CALIFORNIA

Musts: Tostados, queso (yellow), enlos en vaso (corn in a cup).


A CULINARY + WINE EVENT JAN 23 | benefit for American Cancer Society The wine was delicious. The food amazing. Great conversation. Can’t wait for next month. And... Thanks for the Creme Brulee! You spoiled me tonight.

FOOD EVENTS

- Lisa Boyd

FIRST WEDNESDAY WINE TASTING AND TAPAS Luis’ Place | 5th + Kansas

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ine Wednesdays are back and better than ever. Join 40 of your soon-to-be closest friends at Luis’ Place, located garden level of 5th and Kansas. Each month, you’ll enjoy a different wine tour consisting of four wines (red and white) along with tasting notes. The $5 tapas menu pairs with the tasting and rotates between new dishes and favorites like salmon cakes, killer salad, tostones and tomato bisque. Get two to three tapas items and dinner is done. Wine Wednesday is the first Wednesday of the month from 4:30p to close (about 9). Luis’ Place is owned by Luis Guillén, previous owner of New City Cafe, and is a private dining club open to the public for first Wednesday wine tasting and every Friday for lunch and dinner, with their menu changed weekly. aseveneightfive

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orks and Forks is the culinary event of the new year with proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Attendees enjoy a unique wine tasting event paired to a five course dinner. New this year is a VIP bourbon tasting prior to the event, and then the inclusion of bourbon samples along with wine, if desired, during dinner. THE MEAL: 1st Course: Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil on French Baguette 2nd Course: Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette, Toasted Walnuts and Blue Cheese Crumbles 3rd Course: Cocktail Shrimp in Martini Glass with Fresh Cabbage and Homemade Cocktail Sauce 4th Course*: Beef Medallions with Cabernet Demi-Glace, Mashed Potatoes with Whole Cooked Baby Carrots 5th Course: Tiramisu with Espresso and Raspberry Tickets are $100 or $125 with VIP bourbon tasting. The event is held at the swanky Top of the Tower. After dinner and libations, the party continues as Atomic Suede gets you on the dance floor. It’s the epitome of a party for a cause, as everyone in attendance comes together celebrate the progress ACS has made in the fight against cancer. To purchase tickets, call 438.5607. aseveneightfive


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A CHEF’S DELIGHT

moburts spices and more

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by Martie Rison

e are all very excited about the new things popping up in Downtown Topeka! There are now two arches covering Kansas Avenue, The Merchant’s awning is back in place and better than ever and Moburt’s Spices and More has moved to their new location at 820 S. Kansas Ave. Walking into Moburt’s for the first time is a thrill for the senses. You are instantly greeted with the scent of a warm mix of spices. The walls are lined with containers holding spices like Rosemary Garlic, Celtic Sea Salt, Strawberry Sugar and more. Moburt’s truly is a chef ’s delight with so many hard-to-find spices to choose from. One might notice that 22

there is a large amount of floor space open in the shop. I was told that is because that space is reserved for local honeys, foods and specialties that will be coming soon. As much as your patronage is appreciated at all the businesses in Downtown Topeka, we understand that sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day. If you can’t make it in to the shop, not to worry - Moburt’s has an outstanding store on their website at moburts.com. Also, they do a great job of sharing stories, tips and more on their social media pages. So whether you’re out shopping for California Olive Oils or want to buy a new set of spices online, this is the shop for you.” aseveneightfive


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FOOD + BEER two collaborations to try this season; one sweet, one savory BEN AND JERRY

a collaboration between pint-makers

BREW GIFTS BOURBON COUNTY STOUT

This of our favorite stouts from Goose Island; you’ll love the immediate gratification received upon opening the bottle and taking a whiff - a bouquet of bourbon and chocolate. Happy Holidays. The head is brown like a milk shake and the flavors are complex and deep - vanilla, chocolate, malt with a hint of bitterness. If you can’t give this gift, consider pouring your loved one a double Crown and Kahlua, as that’s what it tastes like after each sip.

EXPLORER SERIES

Better than a gift basket filled with a hodge-podge of cured meats and unpronounceable cheeses, is this variety pack of brews from Tallgrass. The Explorer Series makes the perfect gift (sans vacuum wrap) and comes with four of our favorites. The Bourbon Barrel Buffalo Sweat is an award-winning oatmeal cream stout. The Bit RICC, a Russian Imperial Stout with a coffee and chocolate flavor profile. The Wooden Rooster, Tallgrass’ Belgian-style triple ale and lastly Velvet Rooster, the first-ever Ttripel in a can, aged in rye whiskey barrels with a candy-like sweetness and a hint of spice, with vanilla, oak and rye whiskey prominent in aroma and flavor. 23

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scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream beer. New Belgium’s latest winter seasonal is a collaboration with Ben & Jerry’s, bringing together two different types of pint-makers for one common goal: “To help Protect Our Winters combat climate change.” Not sure about the fight, but champion their delicious ideas. Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale is lip-smacking fun and bowl(glass)-licking good. Brewed with specialty ingredients and a healthy sweet tooth, this beer’s rich chocolaty, salted-caramel, vanilla goodness is worth savoring to the last drop. It’s a reward in a pint glass. WARNING: the aftermath can be just as dangerous as that of the ice cream...all though we have yet to inappropriately text our ex after six pints of ice cream.

SHOCK TOP | T WISTED PRETZEL WHEAT

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o shocker here, beer and pretzels go hand-in-hand. So it’s not a hard sell for most to try Shock Top’s Twister Pretzel Wheat, which unites the classic taste of crisp, cold beer with warm, bakery-fresh pretzels. Released in spring of 2014 (just in time for National Pretzel Day), the Belgian-style unfiltered wheat ale delivers the delicious taste and aroma of fresh pretzels, making it a popular choice at beer festivals nationwide; now available on Topeka liquor store shelves. Brewed with wheat, caramel malt, orange peels and a rich pretzel flavor, Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat has a dark caramel color and 5.2 percent ABV. aseveneightfive

NOV 18 | 6p | Old Chicago: Goose Island Tap Invasion / Bourbon County Release Party

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FOOD NINJA N

ovember has begun, and I, your humble Food Ninja, am ready to strike again. Stealth favors this warrior and I easily infiltrate another establishment, hungry for a victory and eager to devour my enemy. I enter The Palette, inside TrampoLazerRockBall Park, and I stalk my prey.

Atmosphere I am surprised by the look and upscale feel of this establishment. Given the chaotic and adventurous nature of the activity portion of the building, the fresh, vibrant colors and modern fixtures of The Palette are a refreshing contrast. The cafeteria style layout is softened by centerpieces and an upscale feel décor.

Friendliness I am promptly greeted by two members of the staff and am offered a table anywhere I am comfortable. I am momentarily disarmed by the positive attitude in an establishment that is part of a family activity center (not usually known for stellar customer service). I regain my bearings and take my seat eagerly awaiting the battle to come.

Menu

NINJA’S RECOMMENDATION Fried PB+J 24

Extensive and interesting, the menu offers a myriad of choices and seems to be mostly deli and bistro style cuisine. Someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to offer this ninja the vittles of his choosing. However, it may be a little too much to choose from. Fewer selections would benefit The Palette and I am finding myself gaining the upper hand.

The Palette 3.5 Fists Funds I am able to procure a hearty meal under my usual $15 test limit. Sandwich and fries, portioned largely enough for two, fills the stomach of this ninja and I am satisfied. How can an establishment afford to give so much food for so little cost? It is unknown to me but I am thankful for the meal that will ultimately fuel my fury and win me the day.

Food My meal is hearty and delicious. It fills my belly and gives me strength to continue the mighty quest I have embarked upon. The meal I choose comes with fries that are cooked well enough, though they are heavy on the salt which is difficult to overcome. The fried PB+J is delectable with its French toast style bread and corn flake “batter.” Sweet to balance the salt, at times almost like a dessert. I will return for another round of battle, for now The Palette has the advantage. This ninja will not give in. aseveneightfive

The Palette

located in TrampoLazerRockBallPark 2134 Westport Dr. | 215.8771 M-R: 9a-10p | F-S: 9a - 2a | SUN: 9a - 9p “Owner Tanya Hines wanted to provide a five-star experience for her restaurant.” Read review in August 2015 issue for more info. about entertainment venue and restaurant.


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IN HIS FATHER’S TRADITION

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’ve been driving to Lawrence or west Topeka for years in search of sushi, so imagine my delight when Kyoto opened, offering this delicacy just east of SE 29th and Kansas Avenue. The menu is in one word “diverse” and offers a wide selection of sushi rolls, sashimi and nigiri. But if you are queasy then take heart, you can belly up for one of their Japanese hibachi dinners with perfectly cooked vegetables, rice and noodles and a wide choice of meats and seafood. Dung Le (pronounced “Lay”) and wife Dang Nguyen are the owners of Kyoto; US transplants from the Vietnam war years, his father opened his first restaurant in Iowa in 2002. Dung moved with his family from restaurant to restaurant, from Waterloo to Cedar Falls to Sioux City, working as a busboy, kitchen help, cook and eventually sous-chef in his father’s Japanese steakhouses. “Why Iowa?”

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I asked. “Monopoly” was Dung’s one word answer. No one was offering Japanese fare in Iowa. The restaurant was a successful formula and became a natural and comfortable path for Dung. It certainly was more comfortable than that of his youth, living underground in Vietnam to escape the ravages of war. But he harbors no ill will about those war years. To the contrary, he feels fortunate to be here at all, to have escaped when so often all seemed lost. So how did Dung settle in Topeka? It was during a trip from Iowa to Texas, with plans to open the first restaurant of his own. He stopped in Topeka to eat, landing at the only Vietnamese restaurant he could find. The owner was friendly. The restaurant was for sale. It was meant to be. Kyoto has been open for just a few months and Dung is upbeat and anxious to please by simply preparing good food in his father’s tradition.

Kyoto

by Barry Busch

K yoto: an industrial city in central Japan, on the island of Honshu; pop. 1,389,595 (2007). Founded in the 8th century, it was the imperial capital from 794 until 1868.

Kyoto 115 SE 29th St. | 350.2575 T-SUN: 11a - 9p DISHES TO TRY: Hawaiian Roll: crab, tuna, shrimp

tempura, cream cheese, spicy mayo, massago, fly-fish eggs, eel sauce, crunch

Yakitori: Teriyaki chicken with green onion on a skewer


Kyoto has been open for just a few months and Dung is upbeat and anxious to please by simply preparing good food in his father’s tradition. And good food it is. The sashimi and shellfish are fresh. The rice rolls are sticky but not gummy. The variety is more than  expected. Dung was quick to point out that not all sushi is served raw. His “Crunchy Roll” and “Maki Special” feature cooked shrimp tempura, for example, offering an opportunity for even the faint of heart to sample authentic Japanese sushi. Many of Kyoto’s Japanese entrees are served Hibachi style. Although not grilled at the table, that lack of steakhouse “pizazz” does nothing to diminish the high quality of the signature dishes featuring chicken, filet mignon and scallops which he insisted on sampling for me over my protests. I was glad he did. The scallops were perfectly cooked, the steak medium rare and juicy, the chicken moist and flavorful. The only downside I could find to is that the ambiance that generally accompanies a fine meal is lacking. Kyoto is a remodeled fast food location, with all the charm one would expect. I would love to see nicer seating and

indirect lighting and more live plants and . . . oh well, too many places in Topeka lack in that regard. But really, it’s mostly about the food, so expect a comfortable and easy-going dinner with excellently prepared dishes, and you can easily overlook any shortfall in atmosphere. To that point, it helps to order one of the unusual libations like the Sakitini or Kyoto Dragon. The first is made with premium Gekkeikan Sake and Grey Goose Vodka, a mild and unusual cocktail that slides down with ease. The latter, a self-described “ladies’ drink,” is sweet but with a punch, incorporating Bacardi, limon, pina colada, pineapple and strawberry. Plus, you’ll find popular Japanese beers like Sapporo and Kirin Ichiban. Haven’t tried them? Not your father’s Bud Light for sure. All these choices are a fun way to kick off your excellent dining adventure. So be adventurous --- take a short drive to the “wild side” of Topeka to “Kyoto”. You’ll thank me. aseveneightfive

NIGIRI VS. SASHIMI VS. SUSHI INTRO:

Nigiri is a type of sushi made of thin slices of raw fish over pressed vinegared rice.

IS IT COOKED?

IS IT COOKED?

Mostly raw, all though some are cooked or seared.

Never

EATEN WITH:

Chopsticks

GARNISH:

Daikon radish, sisho leaves, toasted nori (seaweed), at times other sauces.

Hands or chopsticks Mostly nothing else; occasionally sauce if the chef so fancies.

ET YMOLOGY:

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INTRO:

Sashimi is thinly sliced raw meat, usually fish, such as salmon or tuna that is served without rice.

Ni giri - “two fingers” in Japanese, because the rice is hand-made and the correct size should fit on “two fingers.”

EATEN WITH: GARNISH:

ET YMOLOGY:

Sashi mi - “pierced flesh” in Japanese

INTRO:

Sushi is not raw fish, but rather vinegared rice that is mixed with other ingredients, which may or may not include raw fish.

IS IT COOKED?

Not usually, but some varieties include cooked ingredients.

EATEN WITH:

Chopsticks

ET YMOLOGY:

Sushi - “it is sour” in Japanese


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