If you’re like me, and you like specialty foods, then you know what it’s like to crave sushi. All the time. I love both cooked and raw sushi, whether I’m eating fish or shrimp tempura sushi, salmon, or a mix of different fish cuts on one roll. I love sushi like no other food, but unfortunately, I come from a small town in Appalachia, where sushi restaurants are few and far between, and those that do exist often do not have the best quality of ingredients.
But what can you expect if you live in the majority of locations in America that aren’t metropolitan? The bottom line is, it’s hard to get good sushi – really, good fish in general – if you aren’t in close proximity to the source of the fish or in a location that gets fresh fish brought in daily. This is especially true when it comes to raw sushi or sushi rolls that have cuts of raw fish.
I love to travel, and when I travel, one of my favorite things to do is try new food. One thing I’ve noticed in my travels and food ventures is that, the bigger the city I go to, the better and fresher the taste of the sushi is. I travel to Pittsburgh often, and when I’m there, I love to have sushi. The quality is definitely significantly better than it is in places like the Midwest or inland areas in general. But after having gone to bigger urban areas later, like New York City and California, I noticed an even bigger improvement in the freshness and taste of the sushi.
And what do these locations have in common? They’re coastal, or at least close enough to the coasts to have fresh fish as an accessible ingredient. So, I guess you have to come to accept that if you really want to enjoy great sushi, it’s probably going to be hard to find it unless you live in a city or travel to one. But as I say, what better excuse to get out there and travel?
In my opinion, good food is one of the best excuses you can find to go travel somewhere new. Just taking the time to get in the car and go even 100 miles away from where you live can be new and exciting, and further, it can inspire you to take more ventures in the future when you have the means to afford a bigger trip. Whether you make it to New York City, Seattle, or Los Angeles, the possibilities are boundless when it comes to food, and chances are, these kinds of places are where you are going to enjoy the best sushi you’ve ever had (at least within the U.S.)!