But then I found Sake. Let's be clear, Sake is not a miracle worker - it hasn't bridged the gap between fish & me. What is has done is welcome me into the Wonderful World of Sushi (capitalized as though it's a real place) without forcing me to reconcile my relationship with the little swimmers that skeeve me so.
In short, I have Americanized my sushi experience as much as humanly possible by capitalizing on Sake's many creatively fish-free menu items, including:
- Idaho Maki: Fried sweet potato roll
- Tempura California Maki: A California roll (crab stick, cucumber & avocado) deep-fried in tempura batter
- Crispy Spicy Chicken Maki: Fried chicken, avocado, cucumber and spicy mayonnaise roll
- Volcano Maki: Baked avocado & melted cheese roll topped with spicy mayonnaise crab
- Pizza Maki: Baked avocado, crab stick & spicy mayonnaise roll covered with melted cheese
I'm pretty sure I cannot, with any credibility, say, "I now like sushi!" if I still refuse to eat anything that contains raw fish. But my taste buds are happy. And I'm trying new things! And, and... well, who said small towns don't know good food?