@craigthom I totally agree on the cold rice. On brown rice, while I aesthetically agree, I used to buy it as it gave me a more lasting fullness than white rice. I’d always want a snack a few hours after the white rice, but stayed full all evening on brown.
My grocery store has pretty good sushi. An old neighbour of mine has worked there for years making it. My biggest gripe is the price. I ordered an all salmon sashimi/nigiri plate and it cost $15.
There’s a local all you can eat Japanese buffet that only costs $8.95 if you go before 1:30. The hibachi sucks and the hot buffet is like any cheap Chinese buffet. The sushi is pretty fucking good though. Most of it is fairly basic sushi.
Down in Ft. Lauderdale somewhere is a $20 buffet that is the gourmet version. Everything is yummy. The sushi has more expensive choices like octopus, unagi, and uni. When I was there last, I wasn’t adventurous enough to try it.
I was largely entertained and slightly put off when Walgreens was moving into DC Union Station and they put up all these ads like ‘prescriptions! (okay, yes, you are a pharmacy) snacks! (fine, i trust you can maintain a salsa & chips aisle, okay) gift wrap! (right, i expect that at a drug store, okay) batteries! (sure, okay, you have refrigerators so i guess you can sell those) sushi! (OH GOD NO THAT DOES NOT ADD UP, STOP IT!!!)’
I haven’t tried it yet, but it doesn’t look like the end of the world, at least.
My wife and I both sing in a choir. During choir season, we get grocery store sushi on rehearsal night so we can have a quick, non-processed-food dinner after rehearsal. The local Raley’s and Safeway both contract with the same company. There’s a person behind the counter making it fresh so we’re not getting stuff that was made yesterday. It’s not as good as going to one of our local sushi restaurants, but it’s better than the stuff I had at a restaurant in Missoula. I guess that shouldn’t be too surprising, though.
You make some fine points, but I’ll admit to eating it from time to time. I think I’m just addicted to raw meat and fish. I guess it says something that my favorite part of the sushi from the grocery store is the ginger and Jen, somehow the grounded one in this relationship, won’t touch it.