When I saw that International Picnic Day and International Sushi Day fell on the same day, I was having a hard time deciding which I was going to celebrate. Then I thought, why not both? And so a sushi picnic was born.
While there are a number of good sushi places in town, I didn’t feel like fussing over a to-go order on Father’s Day, so to keep things simple (and cheap) I swung by the Cosentino’s downtown market for a couple of their pre-made sushi rolls. While I am a fan of sushi, I’m certainly no aficionado, so try not to judge too harshly when I say it’s pretty good for grocery store sushi. I chose two of their ‘Boston’ rolls, which consist of shrimp and are topped with a considerably yummy spicy mayo sauce.
We took our picnic just a few blocks from our apartment up on the grassy hill of the Liberty Memorial, where we found a good spot in the shade of one of the large trees on the grounds overlooking Union Station. The cool, yet spicy, sushi was a perfect match for the lazy, warm breeze for a late afternoon meal. And there was only one casualty as a result of my below average chopstick skills. Overall, though, I’d say sushi makes for pretty good picnic fare.
I’m also now a firm believer in picnic-ing much more often, and have the Nelson-Atkins lawn and Loose Park top of mind as next spots.
What are your go-to sushi places in KC? Or your fave picnic hide outs? And hey, maybe next time, try putting the two together.