By Lina Martinez
I daydream a lot. Sometimes I just let my imagination flow and my mind takes me to the wildest places and often I ask myself the weirdest questions like, wow, imagine what my life would be if I woke up tomorrow looking like ex-Supermodel Helena Christensen or hey, I just got that phone call because my novel is up for the Nobel Prize in Literature (my ultimate dream). Lately, one of the very arb questions my imagination takes me to is ‘what if I was stuck on an Island for the rest of my life and could only eat one kind of food - what would that be?’ The answer to this one always comes easy - It’s sushi. Well sushi and cherries, but if I only had to choose one for its sheer variety and the fact that it would actually fill me up, it would be sushi.
Sushi is so deliciously addictive. It is really good and healthy for you and Authority Reports will tell you more, delving into the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids, so richly found in salmon. I remember my first time tasting sushi with an old friend. Tasting that wasabi, thinking it was avocado, spitting it out and finally getting back into it a few months later. I just love it. It makes me feel good. There are so many options of what you can do with its ingredients and its just so aesthetically beautiful. I love the story of sushi as well.
Originally the story of sushi began in the paddy fields in Southeast Asia. it was here that fish was fermented with rice and salt. After this process the rice was thrown away. Narezushi is what the dish is known as today. Eventually people began to eat the rice as well. Today sushi is huge in western culture and it is strongly associated with Japanese culture. This may come as a total surprise to you but sushi was already available to eat and being served in the U.S. by the early 1900s, after the influx of Japanese immigration. The first sushi shop actually opened in as far back as 1906 in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles. Wow, I had no idea it appeared that far back in western culture.
One of the biggest draws I have to sushi is that it is great food for sharing. A platter of around 650 pieces can easily satisfy around 20 guests and there will be variety for everyone. According to ‘We Love Japanese Food the top 10 popular choices of sushi today are:
Tiger Sushi Rolls
Main Ingredients: Avocado, Shrimp Tempura and Cucumber
Philadelphia (Philly) Sushi Rolls
Main Ingredients: Salmon, Asparagus, Avocado and Cream Cheese
Crunch Sushi Rolls
Main Ingredients: Spicy Tuna, Crispy Seaweed and Tempura
Dynamite Sushi Rolls
Main Ingredients: Yellowtail, Shrimp Tempura, Bean Sprouts, Carrots, Avocado,
Cucumber, Chili and delicious Spicy Mayo
California Sushi Rolls (a favorite of mine!)
Crab (or salmon), avocado, cucumber, nori and sesame seeds
Rainbow Sushi Rolls (my absolute favorite!!)
Main ingredients: Fish, Avocado placed on top of a California Roll
Dragon Sushi Rolls
Main Ingredients: Eel, Crab, Cucumber/Avocado outside (Gotta say I’m not a big fan of
Eel but I’m sure many are!)
Spicy Tuna Sushi Rolls
Main Ingredients: Tuna, Mayo, Chili Sauce and Nori
Caterpillar Sushi Rolls
Main Ingredients: Eel, Cucumber, Egg and Avocado
Spider Sushi Rolls
Main Ingredients: Soft-shell crab, cucumber, lettuce or avocado and spicy mayo
Personally, my other favorites have to be nigiri with salmon and prawns as well as sashimi. I also look forward to the ginger I eat between the pieces and the wasabi mixed in with soy sauce is just fabulous!
So yes, that’s me. Should I ever be on a boat that falls apart and leads me to a private island where I suddenly get stuck forever (hopefully with a handsome companion), sushi would be the one food I would want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner!!! Let’s hope that never really happens but at least I live with great rapture knowing a sushi place can be found close to home in every direction I look!