Blue Buddha Sushi Lounge
Say this five times fast: sushi shoot, sushi shoot, sushi shoot, sushi shoot … You could get into some trouble with that one.
What I love most about the million and one food magazines I subscribe to (print AND digital) and the fifty-leven (totally a made-up word/number) food blogs I browse through daily is that they transport me to another place. The lovely lack of traffic and crime in my little town are true pluses, but there are few places to eat here that I have not tried and we’re 2.5 hours to the next nearest restaurant.
So when Blue Buddha sprang up from the backside of the Dam Bar and Grille (a nice little local steakhouse) the local yocals here in Page, AZ weren’t quite sure what to make of it. Sushi – in the desert? How would they? And should they? We may be isolated, but we do have an airport and that’s really all you need for high-grade sushi.
I’ve been enjoying Twist and Jamie’s (the lovely young couple who own and manage BB) sashimi, nigiri and delightfully creative sushi rolls for a couple years now and can’t believe it hadn’t dawned on me previously that I should shoot their food.
I love their creativity, I love that when I step inside their restaurant I feel transported. I’m no longer sequestered in my little tiny town – I’m somewhere exotic.
In the three years or so they’ve been in business, they’ve grown their little sushi bar into THE place to be, offering sushi (of course), Japanese entrées, as well as a new Teppanyaki room (Bennihanna, watch out!).
So I plopped down on a bar stool one Friday night and managed (between bites of the Castle Rock roll and Escolar sashimi) to talk Twist into letting me come by the following week to shoot his food. As fate would have it – they were in the process of overhauling their website and wanted to freshen up their food pics.
I needed to grow my food photography portfolio.
Below are some of my favorite pics from the evening. I shot over 200 items. Folks would order rolls and the waitstaff would zip them into the little studio I had set up in the back before serving them to hungry customers. It worked out perfectly and I even got to sample a few specialty rolls not normally on the menu.
If you’re ever in northern Arizona – give this little hot-spot a try. They’ve got some pretty clever cocktails as well.
I hope to be able to add more pics to my portfolio soon. There’s an awesome hamburger joint in Flagstaff, AZ (Diablo Burger!) that is just calling out my name …