Before last Saturday I had never eaten any type of sushi. I had planned to lose my sushi virginity in March but saving for Japan and other priorities derailed that plan. When I first heard of sushi and read that it was raw fish the seafood hater in me barfed at the thought of eating raw fish even if it was from Japan and as time went on and I ran into references and read more and more about sushi I got lost in the myriad of types of sushi as is evident in this Wikipedia article on the topic. So back to the topic at hand, I spent the weekend of May 6th to 8th 2011 at the Iberstar Suites in Rose Hall, St James on the north coast of Jamaica thanks to an all expense paid “staff retreat” (read meeting-a-thon). It is the most luxurious hotel I have ever been to, I had to frequent lift my lower jaw off the ground as I enjoyed everything from the views to the realization that the bathtub alone was half the size of my bedroom at home, but anyway I am straying again.
Being an all Inclusive hotel, everything you could see, do or eat was free and unexpectedly late Saturday night after a day full of meetings I caught sight of what looked like sushi at the restaurant me and my coworkers were having dinner. Unfortunately It wasn’t the super delicious looking edible work of art seen above, it was (according to Wikipedia) Western-style sushi typically found in North America and Europe, but rarely in Japan. I thought, what the heck it’s here so I might as well try it and I did. It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad and it wasn’t real, or was it? I geektastically expected fireworks to light up the night sky as it made connection with my taste-buds but instead I felt guilty like I was going with a lady of the night and not with the girl (read sushi) I love. All I have to show to remind me of my fling is a blurry pick I took with my phone after a few drinks. Sushi I have forsaken you and I have made a solemn vow that the next time sushi passes these unworthy lips it will be the good stuff, the real stuff, the hopefully not too expensive stuff – IN JAPAN!
This post was entered in the August 2011 J-Festa Blog Carnival