East Meets Southwest

I raved about the sashimi nigiri from Sam’s the other night.  It preyed on my mind.

This afternoon was springlike in El Paso. 88 degrees, winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 and dust in the air.  I knew I wouldn’t be at the grill with that going on.  Driving by Sam’s on Mesa, it hit me! I hadn’t tried the sushi yet! I picked up a couple of boxes of the California and Nigiri Combo.

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The combo included six California sushi bites – Krab surimi, avocado and cucumber wrapped in nori (seaweed) and rice and a bright red tempura crunch. I chose the combo because I really enjoy the sashimi nigiri – salmon, shrimp and tuna on rice.  The tray included packets of soy sauce, wasabi paste and chopped ginger.  Chopsticks were available.

I’m from El Paso.  I’m very inexperienced with the sushi and sashimi way of life, but I have enjoyed what I have had. I didn’t know what to serve as sides but I really wanted to stay with a seafood theme.  I made a gazpacho with Clamato juice, tomatoes, cucumber, celery, onion, chopped krab surimi, a can of chopped clams and their juice and tiny cocktail shrimp.  Diced avocado and lemon were garnishes.  A couple of drops of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce made it just right as a chaser for the sushi and surimi.  Brace yourselves, there for four or five more things to try from the Sam’s sushi bar.

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