My boyfriend and I are currently counting our pennies. A year and a half ago, my boyfriend was accepted into business school and has since been accruing some serious student loan debt. Within that same year, I was offered and accepted a job in my dream industry… for about half of the pay I was receiving at my previous job. Anything in the spirit of pursuing our passions, right?
Needless to say, we have become very creative where date nights are concerned. Gone are the nights of trendy restaurant dinners AND drinks AND dessert.
With thriftiness in mind, I would like to bring you my Date Idea series. I’m talking date nights in, date nights out, day dates, brunch dates, adventure dates, cheap dates, splurge dates…
When people ask me what initially attracted me to my boyfriend, I like to tell people that while I was certainly attracted to his personality and handsome, perfectly symmetrical face, it was the moment I heard him speak fluent Japanese that really sealed the deal. I was shocked! Until that moment, I truly had NO idea that he was half Japanese. His pretty blue eyes really threw me off!
I have always had big love for Japanese culture, so he quickly turned into a jackpot of a man for me.
Because of this, going out for sushi is easily one of our top 10 favorite date nights. We both love and appreciate the food, and despite his embarrassment I love forcing him to talk to every chef who will listen – in Japanese of course.
The ONLY problem with sushi date nights is the bill. Quality sushi is NOT cheap – and after watching the documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi on Netflix, we were just not interested in the cheap stuff anymore.
Luckily making sushi at home is much less expensive. We live fairly close to a Japanese Market in West LA where we can stock up on the types of fish and pickled vegetables we want, but you can find most of the ingredients in regular grocery stores. T always likes to point out that sushi “rolls” aren’t technically authentic Japanese cuisine, but they are still yummy. To keep it simple, we usually stick to salmon and tuna and then make a combination of cut rolls, hand rolls, and sashimi. Can’t forget the Sapporo or Kirin to complement, obviously.
- Rice Vinegar
- Saran Wrap
- Bamboo Sushi Rolling Mat
- Soy Sauce
- Pickled vegetables
- Green Tea
ESTIMATED TOTAL = $40 / 2 people
COMPARABLE TOTAL (at our favorite nearby sushi restaurant for a similar order) = $85 / 2 people
SAVINGS = $45 / 2 people
Have you ever tried making your own sushi? Tweet me about it @keeping_change!