Heart-Shaped Sushi Roll, Koi

Two things that let you know this dish is a Valentine’s Day special? It’s shaped like a heart, and it’s pink. Cuteness aside, this lovey-dovey roll gets a little kick from wasabi lobster salad. Avocado adds a bit of creaminess, while light kelp seaweed paper replaces the dark nori seaweed sushi-lovers are accustomed to seeing wrapped around their rolls.

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How to Feed Your Dragon

How to Feed Your Dragon

By Max Jacobson

Gung Hay Fat Choy! That isn’t a dish, but rather Cantonese for Happy New Year. By now you probably know this is the Year of the Dragon and are planning to eat Chinese before too long. If that’s the case, East Ocean Dim Sum & Seafood Restaurant on Eastern Avenue south of Interstate 215 is a compelling option. East Ocean is that area’s first full-fledged dim sum parlor, complete with rolling carts, women hawking sweet and savory pastry in animated Cantonese, and pots of steaming Chinese tea.