So do you know what it is? I was under the impression that Tai was Red Snapper. Now, I love my sushi and I think I know my sushi fish pretty well. But I was WRONG. Or at least I think I am. So the picture below is a Red Snapper. So Wikipedia tells me.
Now after some searching I seem to have found that Tai, what I had originally thought to be Red Snapper, is actually Sea Bream.
Now they don't look entirely alike do they? But wait, according to Fishbase this too is a Sea Bream, of the same family Pagrus Auratus
I c0uld see how people mistake it for a Red Snapper, because it looks like a Red Snapper. But I guess you could also say it looks like a Red Sea Bream. And the Red Sea Bream in Japan is called the Madai. Or, as Wikipedia translates it, the "Genuine Tai" and "is prized both for its flavor and for its traditional use as an
auspicious food often served at New Year's and festive occasions such
So what's the moral of my rambling? There isn't one. Except I was wrong, Tai is Sea Bream. I did find this article interesting. It talks about how restaurants in Chicago were passing off Sea Bream and Tilapia as Red Snapper. They even conducted DNA testing to confirm their suspicions. If you read the article you'll notice that almost none of the people running the Japanese restaurants are actually Japanese. Hm...I'm done. Gonna go cook my Sea Bream now, and see if my attempt at Tai-meshi works out.
I do, I really love granola. I used to hate it when I was a kid. So healthy and oaty and blech, you just chew forever. Like grape nuts, but don't get me started on grape nuts. But once you start eating granola bars you're already on the road to the land of granola goodness.
So I stared at Whole Foods. And their granola is good. Actually very good. A nice combination of oats, dried fruits, pumpkin seeds and almonds, though I'm not sure I love the almonds. They're just so much bigger than everything else. Kind of a consistency killer. And it all had that lovely shininess that just said "you'll love my honeylike sweetness." And I did. For a while at least. For the granola newbie it was amazing. It comes in a plain clear plastic container and just says whole foods granola on it. It did have one flaw, but I'll get to that when I talk about the perfect granola.
So after eating this for a few months, I decided to branch out. And first I tried Galaxy Granola. I bought it outside the Ferry Building in San Francisco, though I'm pretty sure you can get it at Whole Foods too. And it was good. I tried the Vanilla Almond Munch. Had a nice vanilla flavor, big crunchy almonds (again, not my thing). It didn't have the lovely sweet eat me shininess that the Whole Foods did but it was still sweet enough. I did shortly decide that I didn't really like my granola tasting like vanilla though. I don't think that they're using any kind of fake vanilla flavoring but I tasted a bit artificial to me. And it did have a little bit of a hard crunch, too hard. Maybe a touch grape nutty. Which is probably why I only tried it once. Time to move on if I was to find anything to unseat Whole Foods own granola.
So I went to the Santa Monica Co Op. And they have A LOT of granola. It's the type of place where you can select from any of 50 different bins and fill the plastic bags yourself. Fun if a bit confusing. I can't remember which I picked, but I have the feeling they all would have had the same problem. Too Healthy. It tasted like it was really good for you. Like you didn't need or want taste you just needed your fuel. And while that may be good for you, it's not for me. So that was the end of that. Whole foods was still the reigning champ, and had yet to vacate my freezer, cupboard, counter, bowl, stomach etc etc. So the search for new and exciting granola continued.
And that search took me to the Rockenwagner Bakery. We were actually on the way to Costco and needed some breakfast and poof! The Rockenwagner Bakery appeared. Needless to say it was a bit of good luck. Her croissant and my cheesy bready thingy were both good but would I be as lucky with the granola? YES! It was lovely, it had a nice honeylike sweetness, fruits, nuts and it had a wonderful crunchiness to it. It was crunchy but tender. Not a drop of Grape Nuttiness to it. I was very pleased. I had found something to replace the longstanding Champ, Whole Foods Granola.
So time passes. As my tastes often to I go through phases and for a month or two not a bite of granola had passed my lips. We happened to be at the Fairy Building in San Francisco again because a very clever woman had told us that Frog Hollow Farms had that tastiest Apple Tartlets that could be found. Having images of my mothers Apple Tartin we rushed over. And they were sold out. So I bought a carnitas pie which ended up being very very tasty. But as we were paying my better half spied some granola. So we couldn't leave without buying the bag. So as I was eating my meat pie, my better half tasted the granola.
Woah, I think she giggled. So I had to have some. And Woah. I think I giggled too. Not a manly thing to admit, but honest, it was that good. I mean like stoooopid good. This was The Perfect Granola. Amazing. Just so tasty and satisfying.
Let me summarize those worth remembering.
Whole Foods was good, but sometimes it almost acted like it was
burnt. A little too brown and at times it had that hard crunchy that
bordered on the dreaded Grape Nuttiness.
Rockenwagener was better. It tasted like it was handmade. In
batches. By some hip young chef with tattoos, who really enjoys her
granola. No hard crunchiness no fake sweetness. Just really tasty
granola that would start any day well. This is how Frog Hollow describes their granola.
Rolled oats, honey, almonds, organically grown raisins (sun dried, no
sulfur added), sunflower seeds & sesame seeds combine in this
wholesome breakfast or snack to satisfy any hunger. Our granola is a
medium toasted granola, not too sweet and very satisfying. Serve over
your favorite yogurt or by the handful. Either way, from your first
bite you will be hooked!
I agree. I'm hooked. I can't stop eating it. Look, the raisins are tasty, the sunflower seeds crunchy and yummy, the sesame seeds a unique little addition and the almonds are sliced! Nice! And the honey makes it all come together so perfectly. And the granola, maybe the "medium toasting" is what makes it because it has the perfect crunch. I mean perfect. The crunch was crunchy with that tender inside and it was never hard and Grape Nutty. Perfect. If you like Granola you have to buy it. You owe it to yourself.