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Dreaming of sushi


Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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In a perfect world, I would be a travel writer. My passport would be scuffed, worn and filled with stamps and illegible signatures. I would have a carry-on suitcase, just the right size for a planeís overhead compartment. It would always be packed and ready for quick and spontaneous getaways to far-flung and mysterious places whenever the assignment desk called me up.

Because travel, for me, has always been about discovery. Itís about seeing things for the first time and coming away a bit changed because of them.

Earlier this month while visiting a town a couple hundred miles north of San Francisco with a population of around a thousand, I was struck by the rich cultural choices that seemed available.

There was a coffee place that roasted its own beans every morning up the hill from my friend, Raulís house, where I was staying. The fumes curled into the early morning air and then settled over the fresh smelling redwood valley and I swear the closer I got to that smoking chimney, the more alert I became. You donít get that kind of mental stimulation from the pungent smell of ethanol.

What really set this small town apart though from a town of comparable size in this vast Heartland of ours was that the one restaurant in town specialized in sushi. Thatís right, raw fish. Now, raw fish has never struck me as something to get all worked up about. But that was before I tried it.

I think what we were served that evening was something called maki-sushi, which is made by wrapping raw tuna, eel, or salmon with a sticky kind of rice into a seaweed-wrapped roll. It was cut into large bite sized pieces and served with soy sauce and wasabi, a spicy green horseradish spread with a powerful taste.

The hippie-looking waitress sat the platter in front of us and the colorful sushi pieces glistened like childrenís trinkets. Raul, who is worldlier in these matters, instructed me on what to do next.

"Pick up the sushi with your chopsticks and smell it," he said.

"Okay," I sniffed, "now what?"

"Take a good long look at it and think about it for a moment or two," Raul said. "Sushi is a contemplative cuisine. "

I thought about the sushi for awhile and eventually Raul nodded and told me to dip it into the soy and wasabi and then stuff the whole thing into my mouth.

I did as I was told and was immediately astonished by the sushiís amazing taste and texture. This was .....
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Flight

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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Monday, July 3, 2000

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright flew a powered aircraft for twelve seconds. Their flight covered a distance of about forty yards at a speed of almost seven miles per hour. Six years later, the Wright boys s ..... 
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Start with the courthouse

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Monday, July 3, 2000

Start with the courthouse. That's my advice to the soon-to-be appointed Facilities Evaluation and Planning Committee that was created by the county board last Tuesday. The evaluation of the shops and other facilities can w ..... 
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Upside Down Dinner Casserole

Sun, Jul 2nd, 2000
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1/2 pound bacon
11/2 pound hamburger
2 medium onions, sliced
1 pound carrots, sliced
2 tablespoons flour
5 to 6 potatoes, sliced
salt & pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup
ē Cover bottom of casserole dish with bacon slices. ..... 
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Monday, July 3, 2000

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To the Editor,
On behalf of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, I wish to thank you for your wonderful hospitality in helping us launch the University of Minnesota sesquicentennial in Lanesboro. The outpouring of support for the ice cre ..... 
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