The California Roll was invented just for those who don't like fish, but didn't want to feel left out when their friends hit the sushi bars. With a little soy sauce and wasabi, the mix of avocado, imitation crab and cucumber tastes as authentic as any maki roll.
Well, over time the tame California Roll has been turned inside out for the sake of newness, and now it has come full circle at Ninja Sushi, which reintroduces fish.
Its Lion Maki ($6.75) starts with your basic California, to which is added a layer of salmon for a dose of Omega-3, followed by a sprinkling of crisp shoestring potatoes, topped off with a sweet chili sauce.
Salmon's a fairly innocuous selection, so the Lion Maki may win over some converts from the no-fish crowd.
» Ninja Sushi: 1150 Bishop St. (541-9797), 550 Paiea St. (839-9797) and 345 Hahani St. (261-9797).
Nancy sez ...
Every year, I try to find a new ornament to decorate my tree. This season, I'm considering the City and County of Honolulu's commemorative ornament, which celebrates its centennial birthday. Look for it at Honolulu Hale, online at honolulucitylights.org, or by mail. If snail mailing, send a check payable to "Friends of Honolulu City Lights" to P.O. Box 8877, Honolulu, HI 96830. The cost is $19 per ornament, which includes postage and handling.
After seeing disappointing crowds at concerts by Public Enemy, DJ Kool Herc and Redman earlier this year, I don't hold out much hope for Hawaii hip-hop fans anymore.
I mean, do you recognize how big it is that De La Soul is coming to town this weekend? Long before conscious rappers like Kanye West, Talib Kweli and Dead Prez put out any wax, there were groups like Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions and De La Soul. Sure, De La wasn't the hardest crew on the scene, but their rhymes were catchy, and they even helped usher in the era of comedic skits on commercially-released albums.
Yet something tells me the turnout will be less than stellar on Saturday at Pipeline Cafe. If you truly consider yourself a fan of hip-hop, do the rest of us a favor - DON'T MISS THIS SHOW.