I have come a long way since 2014 in terms of Sushi. For those who aren’t aware, Sushi is a Japanese delicacy rolled with nori & rice and a variety of fillings, such as seafood, vegetables, and condiments.
In 2014, I tried Sushi for the first time in Bali during a vacation post my wedding. It was at a very high-end restaurant by an infinity pool where we were served Italian sparkling water (of course, at our expense).
I remember ordering California roll thinking that I would get something mouth-watering. Unfortunately, the sushi roll tasted so bad that I decided to refrain from trying sushi ever again. Intense resolutions of life!
Now in 2018, I literally crave for Sushi all the time. I just decided to give it one more try in America. And, since there’s a large influx of people from around the globe in America, chances are you would get to taste authentic recipes from varied cuisines barring a few instances.
Although, Americans do add cream cheese and avocado in their sushi which the purists’ can’t stand but every recipe gets tweaked in a different land. Maybe, after visiting Japan, I will become a sushi snob and reject American sushi. Maybe!
Back to my story
A friend of mine suggested me a place while I was in Cincinnati that made half-priced amazing sushi, so I went to try. I didn’t get hooked instantly but I knew this is something I should try more. Then, I went to another sushi place and tried special rolls rather than the basic ones.
The basic ones are usually made with one kind of seafood while the special rolls come with multiple varieties in which condiments, avocado, cream cheese, vegetables, and fruits are added to boost the flavors.
That started my continuous journey into the world of Sushi as I craved to eat it every time I went out. Thankfully, I could easily find many Japanese restaurants once I moved to Chicago.
Of the many advantages that traveling and moving around brings, the opportunity to taste completely new cuisines is something I feel the most blessed about. Over the years, I have discovered many delicacies that I hadn’t even known about the first 25 years of my life, yet felt a deep connection with the moment I took that first bite. Sushi wasn’t love at first bite, but I have come to crave sushi as much as I crave my native food.
And, that’s how I learned a lesson to never completely abstain myself from experiences or food items or destinations because of a preconceived notion or an initial rocky start. Going out of our comfort zone exposes us to a lot of unknown factors but also presents us with some life-changing options.
Maybe, someday I would like Thai food too!