Why we love Sushi
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Sophistication, sensuality, succulence. What words come to mind when you think of sushi?
It's more than the fishy aftertaste...
What began as a way to preserve the catch of the day, well, for longer than a day, has become a symbol in our culture. Now, being a sushi chef is one of the highest honors in the culinary industry. Perhaps watching his hands dance gracefully to create this masterpiece keeps you wondering. Curious as to how it could possibly taste. Could it be curiosity that makes it so popular? Or perhaps its hefty price tag, as if attempting to keep you away does a better job of luring you in. Is being "unattainable" or hard to come by what keeps the fascination and desire for this dish alive?
Sushi is the ultimate sexy health food. The combination of sticky rice, raw or cooked fish along with fresh vegetables, pickled ginger and the fiery taste of wasabi are not only appealing to the palate, but pleasing to the eye. It lures us in, can excite your palate and surprise your taste buds. When something can be sweet, salty, soft and crispy yet guilt free at the same time, why wouldn't we adore it? Think of all the textures, colors, patterns, flavors and ingredients we come across when dining at a posh Japanese restaurant. How can we resist when these bite sized morsels are designed to lure us in, charge us tons and bring us back for more?
Anything and everything Jennifer Lopez does influences someone on this planet, in some way. We all remember her rocky relationship with former boyfriend, Diddy. Visits to luxurious restaurants and getaways, even their hot and heavy dinner at Miyagi's sushi restaurant leaves its legacy in a song written by Hip Hop artist Noc-Turn'al. Ever notice when an A list celeb dines at a restaurant; the sudden desire for the dish is heightened? I believe it is safe to say, this happened to be one of those cases.
Maybe we are fascinated by the results of enjoying sushi. After picking up what is usually a hefty tab at any sushi restaurant, your date will be impressed. Perhaps we enjoy the idea of knowing the night will end in our favor?
Whatever our reason may be for this sushi fetish, the trend is here to stay. This versatile dish can be ordered in for a sultry night at home, or delivered to your office to be enjoyed between important phone calls. Its endless varieties of rolls, catered to your diet and taste will remain wildly popular for generations to come. Like the sandwich, it began with the simple thought of bringing together ingredients to make portable dishes, has evolved into its own cuisine. Satisfying palates and expanding our culinary imaginations.
Kymberlee Fajardo, Contributing Writer: Kymberlee Fajardo is a freelance food writer and food culture photographer who grew up in Queens and Long Island, NY. Having always had an intense and rocky relationship/fascination with food, Kym was persistent in pursuing a career that involved her love for the culinary industry. At 19, she attended culinary school in NYC and graduated in the top 5% of her class. As a line cook she had experience in fine dining, South East Asian Street Market food in NYC, farm to table in upstate NY, as well... (more...)