We hit the breaking point with both our vehicles ~5 years ago, ran 'em till they just weren't the ongoing repairs. Neither of us are really "into" cars, don't care about the bells and whistles, so we got a couple of Hyundais that were only a little more expensive than some used cars we were looking at. Vehicles are just not a big deal beyond moving us and our stuff, and we don't drive as much as most folks. (Combined mileage for both, a 2007 and a 2008, ~55,000.)
I don't freak over sushi. Love sashimi, but figure if I'm gonna splurge, a little white rice is nice. Love the specialty rolls, but some of my absolute faves are a la carte: uni (sea urchin... has to be good quality, but worth it!), ikura (salmon roe, kickass Primal!), and sava (Spanish mackerel, very sweet). Also, hotategai (scallop) is worth trying. Went to Portland, ME and ate at a place on the waterfront (J's Oyster Bar) that had raw scallops: this is OMG territory, big and luscious and sweet as summer corn. One appetizer to look for is hamachi kama. That's grilled yellowtail, from the "collar" area, and it's the fattiest, most delectable thing imaginable. When I do takeout and get the hamachi, you can bet the dog and cat are giving me the laser stare-down. You can always substitute kama for a roll.
Damn, now I want sea urchin. Bring me sea urchin! Bring it now! And kama!
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