Looking for a really special piñata for your next party? Wouldn't you just love to ram your fist up Dick Cheney's throat and stuff him full of candy or cram Dubya's noggin with mini bottles of Jim Beam? Well now you can. Two local artists have begun crafting their own smashable papier-mâché effigies of our lovable leaders. Bush costs about $50 and Little Dick costs $30 or $75 for the pair. Buy two. Give one to the dog! Make sure someone's videotaping and you'll be able to enjoy the event over and over again. The creators, Crash and Jada, make each piñata to order and they can custom-make pretty much any shape you want, from football helmets to Frankenstein heads to sacred hearts. To get your own, call Crash at 401-8794.
An update on Sushi Gen: It's good! I had the opportunity to eat dinner at Sushi Gen, the new Japanese restaurant at 5210 San Mateo, just after announcing its opening a few weeks ago. As you'll recall if you read the first tidbit in this column, Sushi Gen is owned by Wei "Steven" Hsu, formerly of Azuma, another Albuquerque sushi restaurant. We were wary of the place since we dropped in late one Friday night and the parking lot was full of partiers from the Backstreet Bar & Grill, located in the same strip. But we weren't disappointed. The service was exceptionally warm and the food was surprisingly good. Our server recommended the mackerel and we ordered even though I thought I hated mackerel. Nope, as it turns out I hate bad mackerel. Thank you, Sushi Gen for treating me to my first delicious bite of great mackerel. Check this place out, folks, it's going to be one of your new favorite restaurants. Call 830-0131 for more information.
Diners think restaurant portions are too big. According to a recent national survey, more 60 percent of women and 44 percent of men think there's too much food on the plate when they go out to eat. Forty percent (again, more women than men) say they'd be more inclined to eat out if restaurants offered half portions of menu items. This is consistent with my observation that men always seem to be concerned with how much food they're going to get at a particular restaurant while women are more concerned with what it's going to taste like.