Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I'm a born, bred, and proud southern girl. Maybe I should say southwestern girl. Anyway I'm not southern in that stereotypical racist, jack-o-lantern grinnin, hillbilly, cousin courtin kind of way. I'm southern in a tom boy, huntin, fishin, sweet tea drinkin, twang talkin, heart blessin, and pick up drivin all while wearing pink and bling kind of way. I do like my bling. Fortunately I grew up close to my family and my great grandmother was a very strict English teacher, she'd kick me for using "in" instead of "ing". I also had traveled the US quite a bit by the time I was in high school so I had been exposed to other cultures by the giant melting pot standards. In an nut shell I am not the quintessential stay in the hometown for life kind of girl. I have a diverse group of friends that have introduced me to cuisine I'd never imagined eating and I love it!! I love most Asian food I've been exposed to from Filipino to Korean. My mothers latin roots cause my love for spice and I've ate southern/hunting enthusiast delicacies most can't appreciate (squirrel is delicious once you get past the hair). However, being southern there was still this stigma attached to sushi, here we call it fish bait. It isn't even the fact that it was raw. I mean how can I judge when I devour really really rare steak? It just seemed wrong somehow. Yeah seriously I've always considered it something to put on my line, but my open mind and love of food led me to the sushi table. I found that I LOVE it.
Seriously I crave the stuff.
In this area of the country it's hard to find good, fresh sushi too. I have to be patient and then pounce on it when I get the opportunity. So I am no longer one of the many southern masses that look at sushi as fish bait and instead enjoy it for the delectable cuisine that it is. However, I do cut up fresh shad (smaller bait fish) for catfish so maybe they'd like sushi too. So weigh in you opinion is it sushi of fish bait?