First Experience with Sushi in the Deep South

Hello everyone…this is my first time finally blogging for daily eats. My name is Tanya Spataro, Tery’s cousin. This weekend Tery and I have been visiting with each other in Greenville, SC. It’s been about 4 years since we’ve gotten a chance to visit and each time is a wonderful experience. This time Tery convinced me to try Sushi for the first time. After a long day of visiting Clemson Unversity, we traveled over to Sushi Masa, which is said to be among the best Japanese restaurants in the American South.

I was ready for the new experience, however, after asking “what’s the red stuff?”, I was a little turned off to eating it. “The red stuff” was a tobiko outside…also known as red flying fish eggs. These were on the outside of the Manhattan Roll with crab, avocado, cucumber, and cream cheese covered in tobiko. It was delicious at first, but after thinking about swallowing fish eggs…it wasn’t so appetizing. I also had my first experience using chopsticks…it was quite funny attempting to use my index finger to move the chopsticks to pick up our first dish, seaweed salad. The sushi chef, Shimo, watched my attempt and handed me some training chopsticks. It was much easier to pick up the delicious seaweed salad with seaweed over a house salad. The seaweed had a scrumptuos sweet taste.

After the salad we moved onto the Shu-mai, which are steamed dumplings; the Manhattan Roll; the California Roll, which is crab, cucumber, and avocado; and BBQ eel. After being a little grossed out by the thought of fish eggs, Tery ordered some Udon noodles with vegetables for me. This was a much better dish for me to eat, although I must say my sushi experience was awesome. It may take me a while to get used to eating the traditional sushi meals, but I am willing to try it more often. That was one of the best Friday nights I’ve had in a long time and I am very glad I had a chance to catch up with Tery about the many things we have in common, especially as a part of the same family.

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