I’m so excited about this post I can hardly sit still. The most exciting part is at the end, but I want to detail my whole day from start to finish.
Last night I tried the goji berries again, but they still didn’t wow me. When I went to bed I put them in one of my tupperware dishes with just enough water to cover them. I figured they might taste better if they weren’t dry and shriveled. I was wrong. They aren’t really bad, just not a taste I’m keen on. I refused to let good food (aka expensive food) go to waste, so I used some of them in my smoothie with the soak water. So my breakfast smoothie was 1/2 cup goji berry water, 1/2 cup OJ, 5 strawberries, about 1/4 cup soaked goji berries, two bananas, and 1/8th of a cantaloupe. As a smoothie attitive, I LOVE goji berries.
Lunch was my usual: 1 head romaine, 1/2 lb grape tomatoes, 1 avocado, juice of half a lemon.
My snacks were one apple, and two home-made energy bars. All of my food for the day so far was made from previously-purchased ingredients, so no expenses to report until supper.
After class I went to the grocery store to pickup another head of romaine for my last salad tomorrow. It was on special this week for 99 cents, what a deal! My plan was also to pickup a bunch of parsley and some mangoes and make my favorite green smoothie, but I was hit by a wave of inspiration.
What kind of example would I be setting if I just made all my own food? Is that what all raw vegans would want to do when they’re travelling? Would they want to order nothing but salad everywhere they went? I doubt it. So I decided to take a chance and seek out something a little different; sushi.
I had walked by this cute little sushi takeout twice already when getting groceries, and both times that nagging voice came on in my head… “oh sushi would be good”, “sushi isn’t all raw, but it’s not bad for you either”, “you could have a little cooked food”. It was no good just denying the craving altogether, especially since I knew they would have fresh veggies and avocados on-hand. When I entered the restaurant, I found that it was much more than just a small takeout. Inside it was a full fledged fancy Japanese restaurant! A nice waitress immediately sprung up infront of me offering to help me to a table; I just looked at my feet and asked for a takeout menu. Finding a quiet corner and glancing over the menu, I saw that they had a huge selection of tempting Japanese foods: Tempura, soba, udon, teriyaki..mmm. My belly was yelling “Itadakimasu!” (that’s what Japanese people say before they eat, at least in the cartoons anyway).
I screwed up my courage and asked the lady behind the counter if I could order some “special” sushi. She gave me a smile and asked “what special?” I tried to keep my answer simple, something like “no rice, just a vegetarian roll with carrot, cucumber, avocado, and a little miso.” I thought I was going to suddenly hear plates crashing in the kitchen and see every head suddenly turn and gawk at me. I obviously watch too many cartoons; it didn’t happen. She repeated what I asked for to me, with emphasis on the “no rice”. I smiled and said yes, and said that I would pay whatever they thought was fair. She thought for a moment, looked over her shoulder, and said “ok, we make you a california roll with no rice, with miso, same cost as california roll”. Yipee! Oh my gosh I don’t think I had been breathing the whole time I was in the restaurant until then.
It’s easy to ask for something from a menu without cheese, or with a different dressing, but to ask for something completely original like that is very intimidating. You worry that they’re going to say no, that they’ll think you’re a freak or a prima-donna. Really; they’re just people running a business.
With my “special” hand roll being made, I also ordered the seaweed salad. I devoured my miso-veggie sushi as soon as I got to my room, and I’m still nibbling on my salad while I write this. I am happy to say that my cravings for Japanese have been satisfied, and I didn’t have to cheat on this raw-food experiment.
Here is the cost breakdown:
- California roll made “special”: $5.95
- Seaweed salad: $3.95
- Total (with tax): $11.30
Disclaimer: I know that some would argue that the seaweed in the sushi and the salad might have been cooked, but this is about me and how I do raw. I would go crazy if I worried about one ingredient, that made up 2% of an entire meal, and whether or not it was really “raw”. This is about adapting to being away from home, it is not about being a raw fanatic/nazi/cultist everywhere you go.