I am not in Hannover right now but am thinking back to last week when Bettina, from our same Hannover apartment building, invited me to a sushi restaurant in Hannover's city center while Donica was in Brussels (while the cat is gone...).
So, meet Bettina, who has visited our blogger neighborhood a handful of times. Welcome, Bettina! She's a year younger than my daughter, Amy, and loves sushi just as much.
Amy's idea of sushi, however, is the raw fish variety you special order. Not the California-roll type that both Bettina and I prefer. But even Amy, in all her sushi days, says she has never heard of this unique delivery system. Picture a long, oval moat where these tiny boats are slowly propelled along, with your table right next to it on the outside. You see something you like, you grab it. It's yours. And the color of the plate tells you (when you look at the sign overhead) what you'll be charged. Inside the moat (see top photo), the cooks are preparing the special orders. How cool is that!
So here's Bettina with 2 of her 5 or so plates. Okay, I had my token one plate (actually, I love CA rolls and probably could have had several plates of them myself) but ended up choosing to also order a plate of chicken and noodles, Vietnamese style, as I recall. For some reason that was what I was hungry for. And yes, I ate the whole thing! How could I NOT!
Bettina, BTW, is German, originally from Nürnberg * (which Donica and I visited for a day several years ago). Her English is flawless, both written and spoken, so she totally puts me to shame. When I told her she needs to start commenting with her blogger site linked, she said "But it's in German!" And of course, I assured her that there are plenty of you who will think that's totally grand. So welcome, again, Bettina, in English and in German!
* Correction (5/5/06): No, she's not! She's from Hameln (city of the Pied Piper) and I knew that! Her boyfriend lives in Nürnberg. Sorry about that, Bettina!