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Beyond Rolled Rice

dining_moboMobo has served legendary sushi for more than two decades. Rolls such as the broiled Pineapple Express ($13.95) with spicy tuna and macadamia nuts inside, smoked salmon, macadamias and pineapple on top offer sensational flavor and textural experiences.

There is another side to Mobo that may be overlooked; the more traditional Asian fare beyond miso soup and gyoza pot stickers.

The warm Udon Noodle Appetizer ($3.50) featured soft, fat wheat noodles in an earthy toasted sesame tahini sauce, similar to one I tasted with meat fondue in Tokyo.

Black sesame seeds, sliced cucumber and matchstick carrots added color to the savory dish.

I like the texture of Seaweed Salad ($4) which just barely resists the teeth, its vibrant translucent green color, and its sweet dressing perfumed with sesame oil.

For protein I picked four Green Lip Mussels ($5.50) on the half shell, each of which had been sliced into bite-sized pieces and covered in spicy aioli-like sauce before broiling. The sweetness of the accompanying teriyaki-style dipping sauce, flecked with red chili flakes and green onions contrasted nicely with the heat.

Pickled vegetables (tsukemono) are the traditional finale to a Japanese meal. Mobo offers two sizes of pickle plates, and I went for the added variety of Quite a Pickle ($8.50). I would suggest this assortment could serve eight people.

The diameter of a pinkie finger, orange gobo roots were crisp and a bit tough with an earthy bitterness. Daikon-three-ways included thin yellow circles of pickled takuan, fine white shreds of the fresh root, and peppery kaiware sprouts. Fresh vinegared and sweetened cucumber sunomono was joined by a sour pickled version. Umeboshi, small Japanese plums pickled with Japanese mint shiso leaves were puckeringly salty and sour, while the pickled shiitake mushrooms were tender and meaty.  | KP


Mobo Sushi, 105 South River St., Santa Cruz, 425-1700. Full bar. Serving lunch weekdays only 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Visit mobosushirestaurant.com.

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Sugar: The New Tobacco?

Proposed bill would require warning labels on sugary drinks Will soda and other saccharine libations soon come with a health warning? They will if it’s up to our state senator, Bill Monning (D-Carmel). On Feb. 27, Monning proposed first-of-its-kind legislation that would require a consumer warning label be placed on sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California. SB 1000, also known as the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, was proposed to provide vital information to consumers about the harmful effects of consuming sugary drinks, such as sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.

 

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