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Jul 3, 2011 05:26 PM

Soda with sushi? [moved from Boston board]

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As an aside, who drinks soda with sushi? Maybe that's what got them going.

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    1. Oishii Boston will make a fantastic, non-alcoholic version of their shisoito cocktail, which is just muddled shiso leaf, yuzu-infused honey, and soda water. It makes a terrific complement to sushi. Sprite is quite popular in Japan too.

      Oishii Boston
      1166 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

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      1. re: lipoff

        actually, i noticed Basho used Sprite in their blood orange martini, which I thought strange but perhaps it has some vague Japanese connection!

      2. Who drinks soda with sushi - why that would be me (diet cola by the way)! ; ) I don't drink, & a lot of places don't have many non-alcoholic choice besides juice - which is usually orange, which I find too heavy & sweet to drink with sushi. Cranberry is too tart, Sprite is too sweet, so I stick with the diet & a glass of water to "cleanse the palate". You get the "sweet" of the soda, the salt of the soy sauce, & the bite of the wasabi - all you need is something with crunch (tempura?) & you've pretty much played up all your taste "options"!

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          1. re: southie_chick

            That is the single most shocking habit i have ever read on CH.

            1. re: opinionatedchef

              Then I probably should never invite you over for dinner opionatedchef - I like you but after you see some of the things I eat, you'd probably never want to speak to me again! ; )
              Then again, maybe THAT would be a great topic to start - You Would Be Shocked To Find Out That I Enjoy Eating ............

              1. re: southie_chick

                Go for it southie_chick! It would be a great and fun thread.

                1. re: southie_chick

                  ha! great it, chick! easy for me- kfc, and clam dip(RIP).

              2. re: southie_chick

                I drink diet cola with my unagi and avocado rolls too. Usually I also have toro nigiri. It's just a force of habit. I'm also one of those awful people who mixes a dab of wasabi in my soy sauce. I am a vegetarian 90% of the time, but sometimes I just need my sushi and diet cola.

              3. Oh god no, soda with sushi!!??

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                1. re: Joanie

                  Everyone can't drink alcohol

                  1. re: L2k

                    I always put my fork down and chew slowly, and then take a sip of water between bites of sushi. Cleanses the palette.

                    1. re: SteveRB

                      The pickled ginger is supposed to be the palate cleanser. Just a small piece is enough.

                        1. re: EWSflash

                          Not everyone is comfortable with chopsticks or using their fingers.

                          Me, I've tried chopsticks many times, both with Chinese food and sushi. I'm sure I'm doing something "wrong" cuz my hand cramps after awhile. So I end up w/a fork for everything but sushi. No matter how the food gets to my lips, it tastes the same :)

                      1. re: L2k

                        Well, there ARE non-alcoholic drinks besides soda: Water (or seltzer if you really like bubbles) and green tea would seem most sensible to me. But I won't yuck your yum.

                        1. re: plf515

                          I order tonic water with lime as a beverage with sushi and other Asian foods (other than Indian). Medications preclude alcohol consumption and I think green tea tastes like brewed ashtray.

                          1. re: greygarious

                            Mmmmmmmmbrewed ashtray! Nice one, grey.

                            I'm not a tea drinker myself (unless I'm sick as a dog), but I find ginger "tea" is quite palatable and works with the gari already offered.

                            That said, my bev of choice with sushi is generally sparkling water.

                            1. re: greygarious

                              grey, i felt that way for yrs. until i started adding (oh nooooo, mr. bill!) sugar. now i really like it. iced of course (oh noooooo...).

                          2. re: L2k

                            Is that the spectrum then? Alcohol or soda? There's also water, or tea, or even juice. I drink Diet Coke all the livelong day, but, for me, it just doesn't mesh with sushi. Water always does.

                            1. re: ferret

                              If you think juice meshes with sushi, why wouldn't soda?

                              1. re: cowboyardee

                                I don't particularly think it does, I just find it odd that the justification for soda is "everyone can't drink alcohol," as if only 2 choices exist. When my kids were younger they'd order the ramune with their sushi, but I prefer to taste the subtleties of the fish without flavored beverages.

                                1. re: ferret

                                  I think the real "justification" is people should drink whatever they like to drink. Nobody should need to justify their preferences.

                            2. re: L2k

                              I was agreeing with you, wondering why everyone was so up in arms about it. I don't drink much booze myself and probably would just have water w/ sushi, but don't see how soda and sushi is so unbelievable for some.

                              1. re: L2k

                                er, there's always water. I order both green tea and water at sushi places. Unless they also have a god house tea then I get that.

                                  1. re: rasputina

                                    Not everyone likes tea with sushi.

                                1. re: Joanie

                                  Hey, you of all people Joanie should know I drink diet soda with pretty much everything! You've seen me eat ribs at the Rat & clam pizza from Bertucci's back in the day with a diet soda! : )

                                  1. re: southie_chick

                                    Damn, who am I talking to? I didn't even really mean to post this reply since I only peruse the Boston board these days but here we are on general topics so it's okay (smiley face here). Who have I shared a Bertucci's clam pizza with? And like I said before, I personally have no problem w/ diet Coke and sushi, tea also isn't one of my faves (unless you get the fresh made iced tea w/ mint at In House Cafe in Allston, similar to being in Marrakech).

                                    1. re: Joanie

                                      Joanie, the mint iced tea sounds awesome! It's always nice to see a "familiar face" on the board. By the way, it's Ruth - I would sometimes meet up with you when I'd be out with Linda D or Kevin J.
                                      I'm up in New Hampshire now (about 10 minutes away from where they're building the Merrimack Outlet) so if you're ever up this way, feel free to drop by! My e-mail is my boardname : )

                                2. I have a low tolerance for alcohol (and am usually driving) and don't like hot tea. I drink diet soda with lunch and dinner most days. If anyone raises an eyebrow (or more) at that, well that's their problem, not mine.

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                                  1. re: alwayshungrygal

                                    not hard to turn hot tea into iced (it's most of what i drink, yr round); even green tea at a sushi counter, and use sugar if you like it that way.

                                    1. re: opinionatedchef

                                      not hard to turn hot tea into iced (it's most of what i drink, yr round); even green tea at a sushi counter, and use sugar if you like it that way.

                                      Sweet tea with sushi? And your complaint about soda was what exactly?

                                      1. re: Samalicious

                                        gee sam, sake itself is a little sweet but it's certainly not coke or koolaid. come on man!

                                      2. re: opinionatedchef

                                        If you're ordering green tea at a sushi restaurant, dumping in ice to turn it cold, and adding sugar to make it sweet, I don't think you can claim culinary superiority to someone who drinks Sprite with their dynamite-rolls.

                                        1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                                          too many assumptions. and who said anything about superiority?

                                          for me, what it comes to is this:
                                          --you have something that you this case, sushi.
                                          --you enjoy sharing that love with other people, i.e. friends and CHs
                                          --you see someone eating something you love but you think they might not be experiencing the full glory of that something because they drown it in ketchup or eat it super well done or drown it in salt or sugar, or eat it cold or eat it with coke,or whatever.
                                          --you want to encourage them to try a different take on it.
                                          Heck, thirty yrs ago i refused to eat japanese food because it just seemed too pure and simple to me. but someone convinced me to try it and i've been addicted ever since.
                                          At one pont in my life, all i drank was diet pepsi; but that's not true any more. So much learning and growing to do in the culinary world; and CH is a great facilitator for that.

                                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                                            And some people have gone through life "evolving" to a point where they enjoy eating sushi and drinking a soda with it. What on earth is wrong with that?

                                            1. re: linguafood

                                              There is nothing wrong with soda and sushi. My daughter likes diet coke with her sushi, and if that's what she likes I'm happy for her.

                                              I know it's hard for some people, but sometimes people should follow the rule of; if you don't have anything good to say, say nothing at all.

                                        2. re: opinionatedchef

                                          I always put sugar in my hot tea, some people take offense at that too. I vividly remember going out to a Chinese restaurant in NYC with a girl (American) living in Singapore. We all put sugar in our tea; she freaked. Went to a sushi place in the Bay Area. Put sugar in my tea, received disapproving looks from other guests and server. Why was that a problem for them?

                                          I don't like green tea. In general, I just don't like hot tea, for my own reasons.

                                          And I just prefer soda. Why do I have to defend my choice of beverage?

                                          1. re: alwayshungrygal

                                            yep, had lots of shocked looks, lots, in 8 wks of asking for sugar next to my green tea in japan, 28 yrs ago. but the shocked looks didn't phase me in the least. i always spoke japanese as much as possible, loved sake and mugicha, and showed how excited and interested i was in all things japanese, and i think that prob won out in the long run. having grown up in the 60's and 70's when soda ruled more than it does now, i think drinking the most bitter thing i had ever had- green tea- was a particularly huge challenge. i never would have thought that now, as a year round iced tea loyalist, i would drink (sweetened) iced green tea and mugi cha (and lots of other teas)all the time. such fun to travel , gain new food loves, and introduce others to strange new ways.

                                            1. re: opinionatedchef

                                              Well, that's 2 things we have in common opionatedchef - I put 1/2 packet of sugar in my hot black tea (used to drive my uncle, who is from Japan, crazy when I'd do that) & I am a year round iced tea drinker - usually diet peach or diet "Arnold Palmer". I prefer iced tea to soda, but the Japanese places usually only have green iced tea & I'm not a green tea fan.

                                              1. re: southie_chick

                                                funny, i also love peach iced tea; first discovered through snapple; now i buy loose tea from Upton and make a concentrate for a few pitcher's/days worth at a whack :-}

                                                i was once told that ice addiction (me, major)was caused by a Vit K defficiency. But K is Potassium and i take potassium every day, so go figure............. I have learned how to say 'a lot of ice' in every language when i travel!

                                                1. re: opinionatedchef

                                                  Vitamin K is not potassium. K is the symbol for potassium on the periodic table, but in vitamins and supplements it is listed as potassium. Vitamin K is an organic compound, like all vitamins. It is responsible for blood coagulation, among other things.

                                                  1. re: mpjmph

                                                    mp, thnx so much for clearing that up for me.