Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Refining My Palate

I'm 31 years old now. This is irrelevant to this post except as a frame of reference. (Irrelevant but awesome side note: I was looking around Facebook a while back and on this one girl's profile under favorite music she had written "I like everything. Accept country." This is an amazing turn of events. One the one hand, she's clearly trying to say "I like everything except country", but the way it comes out it's like a plea for people to accept country music because that is among the genres she loves. For some reason, this particular typo makes me happier than anything else on most days I think about it. (This isn't a typo. What is the word for what this is?) I thought about this just now because I very nearly wrote "accept" in place of "except" because of this particular story and then I realized that no one would know what I was talking about.)

So anyhow, in all of my years I was never a particularly adventurous eater. There was a time when I would eat McDonald's for dinner every day. There was a time when I would eat steak for dinner every day (In high school many times a week for dinner I would eat a steak, frozen hash brown, string beans, and chocolate milk. At the time the steak with chocolate milk combination was among my favorite things, but as the years have gone by my relationship with milk has somewhat soured. (bazinga)) Even today I'm not a super adventurous eater. I still only eat plain pizza. If left to my own devices I would most likely eat roasted chicken for dinner every single night. In my younger days I would never even have considered eating fish for dinner. To the extent that I would definitely have just skipped dinner rather than eat fish.

For whatever reason I have branched out a little bit from that staple diet, and today at my house we eat fish for dinner somewhat regularly and I have also gone out and tried other new things. One of the things that I would never have even considered eating that today I genuinely love is sushi. In particular, I love salmon and avocado rolls. Salmon is my favorite fish. I still don't particularly love other fish (I have tried others) but I do really enjoy salmon. It's strange because I know a lot of people who say that they do eat fish except they don't eat salmon because it's especially fishy, but I don't really get that from salmon.

Anyhow, I don't really have a point for this post except to say that I genuinely love this particular meal. (I have a real tendency for starting new paragraphs with the word "anyhow".) I've also come to love the wasabi that comes with it and the salmon avocado roll along with the wasabi and soy sauce has become a staple of my diet. This is strange in that probably as little as 4 or 5 years ago I would have never even thought about trying this, and today I truly love it. I guess I'm glad I decided to branch out a little bit.


The Notorious LJT said...

sushi is great. i wouldnt eat it until i was like 24 but now i love it. i dont dig the wasabi, though.

you should try spicy salmon rolls.

it took me years to work up it but i really like sashimi now, too.

Open Bar said...

I have been known to have the occasional pork chops / egg noodles / corn dinner.

Just once in a while.

Not that frequently, really.