Colorado Restaurant Offers Weed and Sushi Pairing Menu

An inanely easy math equation:

(people) + (weed) = people high on weed hungry for food

It’s an age-old quandary, and entire plot to the Kal Penn/John Cho vehicle,  Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle: stoned people enjoy eating food. Am I blowing your mind?

Almost as much as I’m thrilled that Colorado has legalized marijuana, I’m also enjoying the major news networks’ coverage of the precedent event. The mainstream news outlets are simply having a field day by sending their most straight-laced reporters into marijuana facilities so they can ask guys with dreadlocks the difference between Kush and the Bammy.

Since we live in a capitalistic society, one credo rings true: where there’s supply, there’s demand; a greater number of marijuana users in Colorado means an increase in munchies. Keeping that in mind, a Colorado sushi restaurant chain is gearing its menu towards weed-orientated clientele. (Ready for a joke?) Looks like this place deals in high-class dining! (Insert laughter here.)

Hapa Sushi began its pro-weed menu back in 2009, catering to the medical marijuana crowd. The pro-weed Boulder/Denver chain features “menu pairings” to go along with what you’ve been inhaling.  (The also have a gluten-free menu for those who don’t like gluten – but that’s off topic.)

So what’s on the menu?

Here are some of the suggested dinner-and-dope combinations:

  • Pakalolo Shrimp with Pakistani Kush
  • Honey Miso Salmon with Sour OG
  • Katsu Curry with Blue Dream

I highly recommend trying the Pot Stickers – they have nothing to do with weed, they just taste really delicious. Hapa Sushi’s ad points out that the restaurant has been “ergonomically designed to reduce paranoia.” (Yes, but can you tell those unagi rolls to quit staring at me!?)

I’m just waiting for the day where they open the very first cocaine-friendly Chinese restaurant where an hour after eating you’re simply hungry for more cocaine.

Today In L.A.: Carson House Opens, David Nayfield Hosts Dinner At Ink., Bamboo Izakaya’s Sushi Stuns

Carson House in Beverly Hills is so casual, there’s no need to pop the collar. And you won’t find fine china, fussy menus, or celebrity chefs that franchise grocery stores. The new restaurant, opening today (Tuesday), is all about no-frills, peeled-back comfort in a massive shiny space with red leather sofas, hardwood floors, and banks of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s like the home of your dad’s cultured, swanky home – equipped with den, dining room, bar, and living room. At some point, you won’t even remember you’re in Beverly Hills.

The former principles of Vice nightclub (which turned into The Cosmo last week) are less theatrical with the opening of this upscale pub that focuses on an American menu like pretzel burgers, short-rib pizza, and Philly cheesesteak pot stickers. Oh, and of course, a 60+ beer menu, 20 on tap.

Over at ink., winner Michael Voltaggio’s restaurant in West Hollywood—former Eleven Madison Park’s David Nayfield is flying in today to host a one-time, six-course collaborative dinner. Who doesn’t like to fork into an east coast-meets-west coast epicurean affair? Nayfield will be no stranger to the LA dining scene. He’s already partnered up with Cardiff Giant (The Churchill, The Hudson) for an unnamed project downtown slated for late summer/early fall. Tickets for the dinner are $125.

If you haven’t already, trek over to Santa Monica for the recent opening of Bamboo Izakaya. Larry David did. There’s plenty of sushi restaurants on the beach, but Bamboo Izakaya can dish out some fresh and tasty rolls, and the crispy rice is epic. Expect a flow from the private member’s club 41 Ocean (behind the restaurant), which shares one of the same owners—Jeremy Umland—for the restaurant.

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Koi Soho’s New Menu Item: The Alcoholic Sushi Roll

In the tradition of devouring sushi rolls and downing sake bombs, one lauded Japanese restaurant in NYC is saving you the energy of the two-step motion with their new menu item: Koi Soho’s Captain Crunch Roll. No, this is not flecked with the corn and oat cereal of our youth, but rather a heavy dose of  another alcohol: Captain Morgan – that rum you projectile vomited in the bushes by the quad freshman year. But hey, we’re grown up now, which means we can handle the Captain Morgan in a sauce over a bed of California rolls topped with eel and tempura flakes. First stop: sophistication. Second stop: drunk.

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Kate Moss Designed a Sushi Box Because She Can

Silencing critics who say that models don’t eat, Kate Moss has designed a sparkly sushi box for French chain Sushi Shop. WWD reports that the grand unveiling went down this Tuesday at the Parisian cabaret La Nouvelle Eve and was attended by global starlets like Virginie Ledoyen and Audrey Dana. Guests also listened to jazz "while nibbling on California tuna tataki and tarama maki from the Moss box." 

After collaborating with Lenny Kravitz last year, Sushi Shop teamed up with the British supermodel as a nod to their upcoming London opening next month, and because she’s apparently a sushi fan. 

Unlike Kravitz’s tough design (his box was emblazoned with "Raw Like New York"), Moss went for a fashion-inspired, disco-happy takeout case that features sequin embellishments and metallic shades. Get your own Moss box for $58 when it hits all Sushi Shop restos on May 13th.


This Week’s Miami Happenings: Bâoli, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Mansion

WEDNESDAY: French Turns Japanese
Bâoli’s executive chef, Gustavo Vertone, has brought on his sushi counterpart directly from across the street.  Formerly of Nobu, Chef Fnu “Danie” Armandani, is turning out some finger-licking good rolls using lux ingredients like Kobe beef, truffles, and caviar. As if Bâoli’s notorious Wednesday night “My Boyfriend is Out of Town” shindigs weren’t reason enough to drop in on this French debauchery central, we now have a BâoliRoll to keep us salivating.
Bâoli (1906 Collins Ave., South Beach) is now serving sushi. For details, check out the listing in BlackBook Guides.

NOW: Sweet Stuff
What’s sugar and spice and everything nice? Dylan’s Candy Bar on Lincoln Road. Get your glucose fix at the newly opened mecca of one mega toothache. Worry not, you Kosher, gluten-free, sugar-free, and nut-free candy enthusiasts. Dylan’s got you covered, too.
Dylan’s Candy Bar (801 Lincoln Rd., South Beach) is now open. For details, read the listing in BlackBook Guides.

FRIDAY: Mad Spinster
Local heavy-hitter DJ Craze and six-time DMC World DJ champion will take over the decks at Mansion with a new monthly residency kicking off this Friday. Putting his own spin on Top 40 jingles, DJ Craze is set to get shiz poppin’ on his home turf  until the end of February.  
DJ Craze is spinning at Mansion (1235 Washington Ave., South Beach) every Friday until the end of February. See the complete listing at BlackBook Guides.

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A Cherry Bomb of Sushi Hits Chelsea

There’s something sexy about Cherry, the latest venture into Asian cuisine from BONDST’s Jonathan Morr, which opens up in the Dream Downtown hotel this Wednesday. First, the décor by Studio Gaia exudes a pop-culture romance with a cherry-red, cherry-shaped entryway. Once inside, the plush velvet seats, polished wood floors, and merlot-colored wall hangings cry out for ruby-lipped ladies to dine clandestinely with men in snappy suits. Second, with former Le Cirque and Momofuku Ma Peche chef Andy Choi leading the kitchen, they are pumping out modern Japanese cuisine with a French twist. This means you can find sharable treats including foie gras with short rib gyoza, uni-poached eggs, black cod shumai, and tuna spring rolls.

However, Cherry’s specialty is their sushi and sashimi menu. With this, you can order à la carte or go for the omakase tasting menu, where Choi dishes out his selection of items including salmon belly sushi, spicy caviar, giant clam, and golden amberjack sashimi. They also have a selection of sakes curated by sake specialist Chris Johnson, which features some rare and special varieties like Harada Nama Muroka and Daishichi Myouk Rangyoku. In true classy fashion, you can also reserve a bottle of liquor for your visits, or, just settle into one of their craft cocktails.

Each dessert comes with a cherry on the top, and, since the kitchen stays open until 2am, you can eat early, in the light of day, or secretly at night, depending on your company.

New York Opening: Mihoko’s 21 Grams

As cinephiles were made aware in the eponymous 2003 Sean Penn vehicle, 21 grams is the purported "weight" of the soul. And if anyone can be trusted to have communed with the more enlightened self, it’s one who has taken to a ballet stage. And so the name of former ballerina-turned-philanthropist Mihoko Kiyokawa’s debut New York restaurant, Mihoko’s 21 Grams, suggests something far from quotidian.

For one, the French-Japanese cuisine (everything from king crab to foie gras torchon) at Mihoko’s 21Grams is startling underrepresented on the NYC dining scene. But designer and Philippe Starck’s associate Bruno Borrione has also created a spectacular space that marries aristocratic glamour and utter surrealism, with enigmatic projections, tromp l’oeil, and neoclassical columns that seem to appear out of nowhere. Like nothing you’ve ever seen.

New York Opening: Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya at the Thompson LES

Perhaps no New York restaurant "empire" has been built as quietly at that of Blue Ribbon. McNally and Batali are forever in the headlines, while the Bromberg Brothers and their Blue Ribbon restaurants have carried on with the business of cultivating the most devout following in NYC. But the new Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya will be their first foray into the world of fashionable hotel dining–replacing, as it is, the Susur Lee’s ambitious Shang at the Thompson LES.

The new Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is a fun, shareable plates version of their revered sushi eateries, with communal tables contributing to the buzzy vibe, and an understatedly sexy interior. Fitting, for its location in this ceaselessly hip hotel, expect a cool, late night bar scene.