|Edamame is basically a vegetable appetizer.
|Can you spot the different sized pieces on these plates? Start small!
3. Sushi is 95% about the size of the piece. Marnie and I started with the completely cooked rolls and soon discovered that it was the dang size of the piece that was causing us to chew and chew and chew. And when you couple that with thoughts like, "Ohmygosh, there's raw fish in my mouth! Chew faster, chew faster!" it's bound to be a disaster, right? So start out with completely cooked rolls and get used to the size of each bite before moving on to anything with raw fish. I can't emphasize this enough!
|Shrimp Tempura Roll = fully cooked.
4. Start with fully cooked rolls. Most sushi places offer selections that are fully cooked and some even mark a star by them on the menu. "Shrimp Tempura" and "California Rolls" are awesome. The "Shrimp Tempura" is usually just a piece of tempura (aka fried) shrimp with avocado and cucumber, wrapped in nori (the black seaweed wrapper) and rice. Nothing crazy in there, right? Some places will add cream cheese to that same roll and call it a different name, so that's another roll you can add to your list of options. Again, you're teaching yourself to get used to the size and texture of sushi pieces before you add any of the raw stuff.
|These ladies look like they would love to share with you!