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Day 141: Care for a Sushi Picnic?

Our sushi picnic

Today was truly a wonderful spring day in Bethesda – the perfect temperature, not too humid, sunny but not too hot and a slight breeze – ideal for a picnic!  Brian and I were in the mood for fish though – not your normal picnic fare.  So how can you seriously enjoy fish and a picnic?  Kanpai Sushi at 7307 MacArthur Blvd in Glen Echo is your answer.  Since 1985 Kanpai Sushi has been serving its loyal customers who thoroughly enjoy their fresh and beautiful creations.

We popped in today at the recommendation of a client we met recently who happened upon the place and shared their excitement with us about their visit.  I had never noticed the place because it is a small and obscure little shop.

The nicest men were working and happily took our sushi order while busily making rolls and nigiri for their customers.  Our order included two spicy tuna hand-rolls (one of my favorite sushi delights) as well as salmon nigiri, tuna nigiri and a California roll with fresh crab.  Of course our snack was accompanied by wasabi, ginger and little containers of soy sauce to go.  We added some San Pellegrino and off we went to Cabin John Park to enjoy our sushi picnic!

Japanese grocery items

We were not sure what to expect from this small little sushi shop in Glen Echo but we were truly delighted with the mouth-watering creations made by our sushi masters.  That spicy tuna hand-roll was true to its name and was one of the spiciest ever!  I was very glad for the San Pellegrino!  Brian and I will definitely be back for more sushi take out…soon!

Fresh whole fish

We also learned that Kanpai Sushi offers beautiful and quite affordable party platters as well as fresh whole fish, bags of asian rice (always a trick to find), edamame and other asian delights.  In fact, Kanpai Sushi is called a Japanese grocery store and you can find a nice selection of many Japanese food items in addition to their delectable sushi menu.  So if you’re interested in trying some great sushi take-out, Kanpai Sushi is your place and Cabin John Park is a nice spot to cop-a-squat and enjoy it!    ~Amy

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