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mori sushi, los angeles

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mrs. jones became a made woman at her place of work earlier this month and we decided to wait till we were both in l.a to celebrate with good sushi. we picked mori, one of l.a's top spots and a place we'd wanted to eat at for a while. it has a forbidding reputation in some quarters, not least for price, which is what had kept us from going. well, i'm glad we went. it was a lovely experience, friendly and warm, and the sushi was the best we've ever had. as for the price, well, it was expensive, but no more so than its peers in the city (not counting urasawa, of course).

 

here is my review with a large number of pictures.

 

 

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Haven't been since the new ownership arrived. It sounds as if they are continuing Mori's respect for the rice. Mori was also the first sushi bar I encountered in LA where you could obtain a good chardonnay with your food as opposed to just beer and sake. Do they still grate the wasabi root in front of you?

I'd be curious to read your comparison with Sushi Kimagure Ike in Pasadena.

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It turns out that, in the general case, we still haven't found a way to move away from defecting on the prisoner's dilemma, even to the extent the scenario is closer to an iterated prisoner's dilemma.

 

IOW unless you have a strong deontological stance against eating bluefin, it's most likely silly to avoid it on utilitarian grounds.

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You need a really strong coordinated movement to put a meaningful dent in the consumption of bluefin, and it's even harder given that it's international in nature.

 

Your personal refusal to eat bluefin doesn't make a meaningful difference, unless you derive sufficient individual moral satisfaction from doing so.

 

tl;dr we're all completely fucked

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tl;dr human nature is irreparably flawed and all attempts to better our condition without taking that fact into account will inevitably be doomed to horrible painful bloody failure

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back to mori sushi (well, this is a meal from our july trip). and some questions at the end about sushi aficionados and bluefin tuna.

Almost all of the fish and shellfish served on edomae sushi menus is in critical state. To single out bluefin, instead of not eating sushi (or most wild fish in any form) at all is silly.

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not as per the seafood watch list, i don't think. spanish mackerel, kanpachi, king mackerel, suzuki, hawaiian bigeye, black cod, sardine, california uni, white shrimp etc. are all at "good alternative" or better status there (to take some of the fish we ate and enjoyed at the meal reviewed above).

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not as per the seafood watch list, i don't think. spanish mackerel, kanpachi, king mackerel, suzuki, hawaiian bigeye, black cod, sardine, california uni, white shrimp etc. are all at "good alternative" or better status there (to take some of the fish we ate and enjoyed at the meal reviewed above).

 

The list has fish that are good alternatives because they're farmed, or that would just not be on the menu at a serious place (black cod, wha?), but the point is when you look at the landing numbers from fishing fleets and at the projected per capita consumption over the next 20 years, it looks like avoiding just the fish with good PR is not particularly effective (and of course there's taion's pov which I adopt out of convenience - if you're not going to eat it, someone else will).

 

p.s. aji is horse mackerel, not spanish mackerel and sawara is japanese spanish mackerel, not king mackerel.

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You think we have plausible ways to solve coordination problems? Didn't figure you for an optimist.

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You think we have plausible ways to solve coordination problems? Didn't figure you for an optimist.

Sure. Centralized authority and enforcement of

rules.

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