In the 4 years I’ve been a Pescetarian, I’ve gotten a lot of inquisitive looks & on the more extreme end, antagonized for choosing not to eat land creatures as if I’ve somehow insulted these individuals’ very being because I don’t eat cows. Since the social norm is to consume meat, those of us that have special diets often get harassed for not eating like the rest of society. Not only is it annoying to deal with, it’s incredibly disrespectful to those of us that choose not to eat the popular way society does. If you’re going to try to mock our way of living, you might as well do it intelligently instead of immaturely, e.g., “but meat is so tasty; lol you’re missing out lol more meat for me lol. lol. lol. lolol.” Choosing to cut meat out of my diet is not due to the tastiness of said land creatures, so don’t assume my tastebuds are dysfunctional. I can appreciate a fine plate of beef tartare as much as any bovine connoisseur, but why I choose not to is environmental, ethical, & political. This doesn’t mean that I think consuming seafood is exemplary because it isn’t – I see it as choosing the lesser of two evils, so to speak.
Without even asking me what it is I eat or how often I eat what I eat, people just plunge into the, “well, aren’t you just going to get mercury poisoning?” question as if their consumption of fast food isn’t going to kill them first. Although this post is going to have tons of pictures of fish, it doesn’t mean that I consume seafood everyday. I believe in eating a mostly vegetarian diet & do my best to consume seafood that has low mercury content such as catfish, clams, crab, tilapia, octopus, oysters, & scallops. If you’re considering becoming a Pescetarian or if you’re obsessed with seafood, please make sure you check the mercury levels of your favorite seafood before you think you can consume it all without consequences. As much as I love Chilean Seabass, it’s a fish that’s endangered, so try not to order it. If you want to consume it in the future, you have to make sure it doesn’t die out now. It’s good to mix up what you normally eat with something new. Try having a meat-free day & challenge your culinary skills. You may just delightfully surprise yourself! Okay, now for a huge food dump.
My girlfriend Vy & I caught up over dinner at Nana San in Newport Beach. We sat at the bar & ordered omakase. This omakase was much different than Kitayama’s because we ended up choosing what to eat instead of the chef. He was a bit shy & didn’t seem confident in his choices, so he asked us if we were okay with specific fishes, which was very considerate. However, the best omakase experience is one in which the chef can profile you & figure out what you might & might not enjoy. When you eat at a new restaurant, you should try things you’ve never had before at any other restaurant, which was what I was hoping for from Nana San. The soft-shell crab was one of the best I’ve ever had with its excellent coating without sacrificing the moisture of the crabmeat. The conch dish was by far, the most unique dish of the night as it was served in a flavorful broth & seaweed; a much different approach to serving conch from the Bahamas! All of the nigiri was melt-in-your-mouth great.
Marukai is another one of my favorite Japanese markets that has some great items from plates to produce, they’ve got an array of items that’ll surely satisfy your ingredients list for that Japanese recipe you were thinking of making tonight. I didn’t particularly enjoy the Chirashi plate I purchased even though it was practically a steal because it wasn’t fresh, the rice was rock hard since it was refrigerated, & the octopus was too chewy. How could I expect any differently though, honestly? The caterpillar roll was just a California roll topped with avocado instead of the fresh water eel & California roll combination. Nevertheless, the roll was still enjoyable & cheap. The best pre-made meal from my trip to Marukai was the Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Noodle Salad) although it was adorned with ham. They gave you two packets even though one would’ve been sufficient as it’s really quite salty, but tasty! The texture of the noodles & the combination of the egg, cucumber, imitation crabmeat, kelp, & masago complemented well.
I didn’t eat all of this in one sitting, in case any of you were judging me. It was spread throughout the week!
Trader Joe’s + San Marzano Plant Progress
Since my birthday dinner landed me a bunch of Pretzel Crisps & potato chips, I figured I had to get back to my “fancier” snacking habits, so here we see a cheese + fruit plate I put together from Trader Joe’s – fancy like Iggy Azaela.
Also, here’s the progress of my San Marzano tomato plant I potted 4 months ago. I’ve picked about 4 of the tomatoes so far. Honestly didn’t think it was going to make it because the pests kept at it like it was heroin, but it survived!
Here we see that Josh & I both had a vegetarian lunch while we were working at Portfolio. This is the “sort of” portion of my post.
Stay tuned for more recipes & food pictures!