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September 29, 2004

Sushi And The Case For Beef

CTV News reports on the latest Liberal Nanny State Law.

Ontario gourmands are smacking their lips in protest over a new provincial regulation banning the use of fresh fish in raw dishes.

You voted for them.
Affecting such menu items as tartare, ceviche, cold smoked fish and the popular Japanese delicacy sushi,

I interrupt this post with a disclaimer. I believe the only fresh fish appropriate for human consumption is caught on a red and white spoon and cooked in a pan over a campfire or on propane barbeque. That said, I have eaten at a sushi bar.
...the province has enacted a new regulation that forces chefs to use fish that's been previously frozen.

Once. I had salmon. Cooked salmon.
Ontario Ministry of Health officials are concerned that, otherwise, unwitting patrons could be served with a portion of a parasitic roundworm ...

Unwitting? As opposed to the "witting" patrons paying 5 times what it's worth to be served with a portion of raw fish?
Ottawa sushi chef Hiro Iida told CTV News he has been making sushi for fifteen years -- following centuries-old techniques.

Ahem. And where did centuries of raw fishing eating get you?

Let's see... paper houses?

The non-invention of the fork.

Massive drycleaning bills.

Fancy writing. cert.jpg That nobody can read.

Poor rhyming skills.

I hate to point out the obvious, but the introduction of North American beef to the Japanese diet, and the 20th century emergence of Japanese technology, productivity and industry are not mere coincidence.

When asked whether she's worried about eating raw fish, Ottawa restaurant-goer Kristen Smith laughed. "No," she said, jokingly dismissing concerns of food-borne parasites. "Wasabi kills it, it's strong. And we need to build up our tolerance, too."

Yeah, that's what they all say, 'til they find worms in their poopie.

Then, they want a law.

Posted by Kate at September 29, 2004 2:28 PM
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Oooooh, I may have to get irate.

To heck with sushi.

They're talking about unfrozen cold smoked salmon (The stuff you get in thin reddish slices, not the pink smoky slabs), gravlax, and marinated herring here.

Soon they'll be banning unpasteurized milk for cheese and unpasterized apple cider (fresh apple juice.)

Dammit, they've already done that. ( And yes, I CAN tell the difference. I've drunk raw, unpasteurized and unhomogenized milk, I've eaten cheese made from the same, and untold gallons of cider, and I'm still alive. )

Barbarians.

First they came for the milk, then the cider, and now they're after my beloved marinated herring.

I'm going to have to start hitting certain people with a frozen salmon soon, I think.



Posted by: Fred at September 29, 2004 4:15 PM

That's the character for 'school' (at least that's what it means in Chinese). Ironic, since these politicians are complete morons.

Posted by: Kelvin at September 29, 2004 11:59 PM
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