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March 5th, 2008


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10:59 pm - My Continuing Adventures in Fishiness
Since you guys are really interested in the Way of the Fish, I thought I'd give you an update on what I've been eating the last two months. You already know about maki sushi, tuna, tilapia, and clam, but I've experienced so much more!

Shrimp cocktail: The Breast Cancer Team had a little cooking excursion (in the very kitchen the first season of Hell's Kitchen was filmed in, no less), and one of the dishes prepared was shrimp cocktail. I decided there was no better time to try shrimp, so I scooped up the concoction (we were making Mexican food, so the cocktail was a lot of tomato and avocado and onion, etc) and put it in my mouth. And, boy, shrimp is weird. It had the strangest texture. I think I made an even funnier face than when I first ate sushi. The texture took some getting used to, but I did like the taste.

Fried calamari ring: That very night, I sampled some calamari at Trader Joe's! And it was, as reported, slightly rubbery, but good. I will resist their cephalopodean wiles no longer.

Nigiri sushi: harriettheelf took me to an organic sushi place in the Mission that served gigantic rolls (and I preferred the smaller rolls and taste of Coach Sushi), but, for the first time, I had the hardcore raw fish power of sashimi draped over rice. I forget which fish Rachel ordered (and I liked it well enough), but I ordered salmon, and HOMG SO GOOD. It was so yummy; I had expected it to be all stringy and tough, but it practically melted in my mouth.

Fish and chips: jeeperstseepers brought up Neil Gaiman's short story "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar" and linked to his reading of it, in which he mentions fish and chips, which made me want to try fish and chips...so I went to Crispy Fry and bought some. And it was sort of like eating fried mashed potatoes, but with more protein. There wasn't a lot of taste to the fish inside, but it was fried, so it was good! I also tried some tartar sauce.

Cajun catfish sandwich: I really couldn't pick catfish out of a line-up, but Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe did blacken the hell out of this thing. I guess it tasted like...fish.

Crab thing: At our department off-site in Santa Fe, all the food was free! And fancy! The hors d'ouevres at the reception include some sort of crab stuff atop bread, and it was very good, although I couldn't really tell what it was. Which was good because I still don't feel like cracking a crab open with a hammer.

Smoked salmon: There was a nice spread for breakfast, and although I thought putting cream cheese on the bagel as well was weird, apparently that's how millions of New Yorkers roll, so I went with it. And it was very smoky.

Shrimp salad thing: There was a sort of bean-and-avocado salad next to the regular salad, and my co-worker said there were bits of shrimp in it, but it wasn't labelled. When I ate it, however, I recognized the taste. Which I liked.

Crab cake: Dinner was at La Casa Sena, and I chose a crab cake for an appetizer, as I had heard so much about them. And it was a little round fried thing stuffed with a crab-y mixture (not a crabby mixture, which would have disagreed with me). It was good, although I would be hard-pressed to describe what it tasted like.

Almond-coriander crusted Chilean sea bass: Unfortunately, this sounded better than it tasted. I was very sadly disappointed! The sea bass was thick, but the actual fish basically tasted like the fish in the fish and chips! There wasn't any flavor to it at all. It wasn't bad, but I had expected a lot more.

Swordfish: There was swordfish at lunch, so I hoped that it would redeem the sea bass, and it did! It tasted quite good, very different. I said it tasted like duck, and no one agreed. These are my reference points, people! It had a very "dark meat" taste to it, like it was extra fatty.

Honey mustard chipotle sautéed shrimp: It was another cooking thing, this time with a different group of people. I actually watched these shrimp get sautéed, which was interesting. They went from milky white to light orange. And then covered in a yummy sauce. They still had their tails, though, so they were a little more difficult to eat. You're not supposed to eat the tails, are you? They didn't look edible.

Fried shrimp: I had a bit from arbitrarium's fried shrimp taco at Rubio's, and things that are fried are good, aren't they.

Kung pao scallops: There was some leftover Chinese food in the lunch room, so I tried a couple bites. And they didn't really taste like anything; I guess, now that I think about, they reminded me a little of the calamari but with less flavor.

Spring rolls with shrimp: Before I ate rabbit and kangaroo, I finally had a proper spring roll with the shrimp wrapped up in rice paper. Except I couldn't really taste the shrimp at all, interestingly enough.

Lox cream cheese: I thought it was strawberry cream cheese.

That's the update, folks! It seems that I like salmon, shrimp, and swordfish. Maybe scallops. And squid. I like seafood that starts with S! Except for sea bass. But that was Chilean sea bass. Sea bass! That's right, fish. Don't you mess up my pattern.
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From:sabra_n
Date:March 6th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC)
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There was a nice spread for breakfast, and although I thought putting cream cheese on the bagel as well was weird, apparently that's how millions of New Yorkers roll, so I went with it. And it was very smoky.

o_O This is possibly the Jew in me being a bit narrow-minded, but what do you put on your bagels if not cream cheese?

And no, you're not supposed to eat shrimp tails unless they're on really tiny well-cooked shrimp, because then you can digest them. Otherwise you can just use the tail to hold the shrimp while you dip it in something. Like cocktail sauce. Mmm.

-blue
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 6th, 2008 07:21 am (UTC)
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Oh, I put cream cheese on my bagels. I meant as well as in "in combination with fish."
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From:the_narration
Date:March 6th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
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I'm sort of amazed that you managed to go so long without ever having had fish and chips. They're just so... everywhere.

I've never been big on seafood, ever since an unfortunate childhood incident in which I regurgitated some shrimp, so I've never tried most of the things on this list. Fish and chips are good however, and sushi is... okay, I guess.

(What's got you stressed, if you don't mind my asking?)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 6th, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)
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Computer problems. I think I have a rootkit that will force me to reinstall Windows, except I have yet to prove its existence with any program.
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From:larisa57
Date:March 6th, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
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I think Chilean sea bass is one of the ones that's overfished, anyway. (That could be old info, though. It might be OK now.)

You were considering the bagel with lox and no cream cheese?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 6th, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)
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What's the difference between smoked salmon and lox?

And why would you put fish on cream cheese? That doesn't make any sense!
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From:squaringkarma
Date:March 6th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
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I generally don't like cream cheese except for flavoured cream cheese (like strawberry cream cheese or garden vegetable cream cheese), but bagel platters "all the way" are delicious. Lox, cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, and maybe onion on a bagel.

Anyway when you said lox cream cheese, that's what reminded me of it.

Crab cakes are definitely good eventhough it's hard to describe its taste.

I also like the spring rolls with shrimp.
From:hobviously
Date:March 6th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
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If you're going to be eating fish, the true ethicalmedical thing to do is make sure you make ecologically sound choices. Print out this handy-dandy guide and stick it in your wallet for easy consultation; giving up vegetarianism does have an impact on the environment and I think it would be irresponsible to not take note of how.
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From:electricmonk
Date:March 6th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
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Good call. You can also click around here to see explanations.
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From:rowanceleste
Date:March 6th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
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Great! Thanks for making me hungry now!! =P
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From:electricmonk
Date:March 6th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
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I think you've already had more kinds of fish than I ever have. And more kinds of marsupial.
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From:glasseseater
Date:March 6th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
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You are much more advanced in meat than I am.
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From:catalyst2
Date:March 6th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
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Another nice one try is salt and pepper squid. Tasty!
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From:scripted22
Date:March 6th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)
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I love reading about your seafood experiments. Will you be trying lobster someday?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 6th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
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Lobster is scary! It's big and looks like itself!
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From:gymble
Date:March 6th, 2008 03:56 pm (UTC)
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It was so yummy; I had expected it to be all stringy and tough, but it practically melted in my mouth.
Ha! Told you.
From:harriettheelf
Date:March 6th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
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I always like salmon nigiri, but this was really extraordinarily tasty.
From:harriettheelf
Date:March 6th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Mackerel. I ordered Mackerel. Dee-lish.
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From:jeeperstseepers
Date:March 6th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Smoked salmon: There was a nice spread for breakfast, and although I thought putting cream cheese on the bagel as well was weird, apparently that's how millions of New Yorkers roll, so I went with it. And it was very smoky.

Mmmm, one of my favorite things in the world to eat. A fresh bagel, sliced open, toasted, cream cheese and lox put on both sides, and the two halves eaten separately. *happiness*

I do not enjoy lox cream cheese.
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From:sail_aweigh
Date:March 6th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Swordfish: There was swordfish at lunch, so I hoped that it would redeem the sea bass, and it did! It tasted quite good, very different. I said it tasted like duck, and no one agreed. These are my reference points, people! It had a very "dark meat" taste to it, like it was extra fatty.

Swordfish was the fish that won me over to the fishy side of life. Until then, fish sticks and fried fish were my fish of choice because everything else tasted like, well, fish! Very bland and almost tasteless. Frying at least makes it taste like the oil it was fried in and the spices in the batter.

Swordfish, along with tuna and salmon, is one of the fattier fishes. It even has dark and light meat, like fowl, which is why it tasted that way to you. A good piece of grilled swordfish is better than a steak to me, anyday.
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From:harper47
Date:March 6th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
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I am very impressed by your seafood quest thoroughness. Seriously.

I've always eaten seafood but you've had far more than I have. At the end of the day, I'm a fan or crab and shrimp. I grew up on crab in Maryland and it will always own me. And as for shrimp? Anyway, shape or form.

Congratulations on your newfound culinary expertise!

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