Confession: One of the worst dates I ever went on was to a sushi restaurant.
Picture it: Boston. Theater district. 2006. A boy I’d already snogged thoroughly at a party (don’t judge, I was 20!) called me up and asked me out. I mean, that’s a great order of operations, right? Get to know if he’s a good kisser before you spend a few hours on a date, I say.
He says, “Meet me at my dorm and we’ll walk to my favorite restaurant.”
We meet up and we beeline right for a little hole-in-the-wall sushi joint a few blocks from our school. The only problem?
Oh, that’d I’d been a vegetarian for 5 years at that point and at the time, veggie sushi didn’t really exist yet.
Cue me, sipping on an iced tea and nibbling edamame while he had about $50 worth of sushi. Also maybe adding to the terror of the night was that as soon as dinner was over he said he had a club meeting he forgot about and ran off into the night.
Since that initial introduction to sushi, let me tell you: my love for sushi had nowhere to go but up. Also, being 21+ certainly made dating easier; ever after I could enjoy a nice glass of beer in addition to my veggie tempura or avocado rolls!
After working in the wine and spirits industry for so long, the main thing I learned about food and beverage pairing is that most brewers or vintners make their product to pair with specific foods. And Sapporo is no exception.
Sapporo Premium Beer is the #1 selling Asian beer in America and its light flavor profile goes perfectly with sushi! It’s a pale lager style, so even delicate fish flavors won’t be overpowered by a nice, cold sip of it. It also has a bit of a sour note at the end, which helps cut through fatty fish flavors, too.
I love a good food holiday, so I’ve got #InternationalSushiDay in my calendar already!
(And psst: they often hold contests with great prizes! You must be 21+, though, to like.)