Why do I crave sushi? It seems like every time I have good sushi, I just want it more and more. My curiosity about these delectable little morsels of raw seafood got the best of me this past weekend, so I went online to see if there was something to these cravings—you know, kind of like how they say they put something addictive in Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to make you crave it.
I thought for sure I’d find some conspiracy theory about why sushi is so addictive but I didn’t. Instead, I found cool Web sites about sushi and learned some really important sushi facts that I just have to share.
Sushi Eating How To by Eugene Ciurana This dude knows his sushi! Check out this Web site if you want to know more about how to eat sushi, what types of sushi to order, along with descriptions and pictures of each type, and (this is really important stuff to know) how to know if the sushi at a restaurant will suck. I’m not kidding; this site is a veritable encyclopedia of sushi.
Because of Eugene, I was shocked to find out that I don’t think I’ve ever had real wasabi. Check out this picture of what real wasabi looks like versus the version of horseradish with food coloring that they serve at most restaurants outside of Japan. I’m going to start asking for the real stuff (and if anyone knows of a sushi restaurant in Ohio that serves the real stuff, please let me know)!
Another critical piece of information I picked up is to eat sushi with beer or sake but never wine! So, next time out I’m all about trying some sake with the sushi.
I guess the only thing I don’t like about sushi is how much it can cost, so I found another really great blog about making sushi at home. The pictures of some of this sushi look so amazing; it even motivated me to try out my culinary skills and try making sushi at home. I’m going to try the recipe for the Too Crazy Roll (tuna and pesto are the main ingredients) or maybe the Pink Panther Roll (salmon, avocado, and tamago wrapped in rice paper)!
If you really can’t get enough sushi and want to adorn your home or car with sushi art, I’ve found just the Web site for you at www.sushiordeath.com.
While conducting my online research, I remembered reading a while ago that it’s more enjoyable to eat lots of small portions of different foods, rather than one large portion of something, and I think that’s the key to why sushi is so addicting. You get to savor lots of delicious small bites full of different flavors, textures, and spices that all come together in one big tasty explosion. Plus, I think it fills an essential need to try new things, and put yourself out there enough to let the itamae (sushi chef) create something amazing just for you. Eating sushi is more than just having a meal, it’s a dining experience. And how fun is it that as an adult, you can order something called a Crazy Roll and love it?!
So, did I get you craving some sushi for dinner tonight? Let me know if you crave it just as much as I do, or if you know the secret conspiracy theory, please share.