A highly-staged sushi “experience.”

If you want to talk about quick, nearly breakneck online happenings, then this picture explains it all. Before Andy and I had a chance to digest (it took a little while to get this food fully processed), we were already unknown posterchildren for the food.

Last Saturday, we decided to try out 101 Sushi and Korean BBQ. The waiter gave us the full experience–to be fair, he didn’t have much else to do because there were only about 5 other people in the restaurant. After he persuaded us to try the “BBQ-it-yourself” (because, if you’re paying $15, why not do all the work yourself?), he asked if he could take a picture of us. Being good sports, we obliged. Suddenly, the owner, head chef, photographer, waiter, and waiter-in-training were all staring and talking at us…. If only that scene could have been photographed.

Long story short–the food was O.K. There is way better sushi out there. But now we have a crystallized memory thanks to this classic picture. Will it be buried in the heap of internet photos? I personally hope so. Will I ever go back to the restaurant? Probably not. Does ubiquitous and easy-to-use technology make us all susceptible to being misrepresented and distorted on the internet? Well, that’s half the fun!