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The First Time I Tried Sushi –
Back when I was in college, my best friend was in town for a visit. We decided to go out for lunch at this great place by the beach, and this California girl was all about the sushi. We sat at the bar, and she ordered for us. I was only prepared to eat the cooked stuff.
Then she pointed her chopsticks over to a slab of white raw fish over rice, “That’s yellowtail—it’s so good. Try it.”
I just couldn’t get over the fact that this fish wasn’t cooked, baked or broiled. It was raw. The girl whose Lebanese relatives ate raw lamb before her, couldn’t bear the thought of sinking her teeth into this raw flesh presented before me. Wanting to try it, I was so afraid it would make me sick and I’d make a fool out of myself.
Seeing my hesitation, my friend encouraged me, “Just don’t think about it. You can’t think about what it is.”
As I watched her use the soy and wasabi to season her sushi roll, and saw how much she enjoyed it, I decided to go for it. I didn’t think, I just tried. And I loved it.
It took some time to master my use of the chopsticks, but from then on I found myself seeking out Japanese restaurants and trying new items on the menu with each visit. I’ve since enjoyed sushi around the country, in San Diego and San Francisco (the best ever), New York and countless other cities. Sushi quickly became one of my favorite foods – and I may have never discovered it without my friend’s urging. I wonder.
It’s funny how one event can change your perception entirely, isn’t it? You only live once, and that one thing that you’ve been avoiding can turn out to be something you won’t one day be able to imagine living without.
Have you ever tried something new, or encouraged someone else to? Tell me about it!