So, today is Earth Day! And also it’s my birthday! (Monday, the 24th) so Steve and I went out for a special dinner to celebrate. The last few years we’ve gone to this amazing sushi restaurant, Miya’s. Miya’s is unlike any other restaurant I’ve been to, sushi or not, because the chef and owner of the restaurant truly focuses on the future of eating and the importance of sustainability. (Perfect for Earth Day amiright?!) Much of his food is sourced locally, foraged, or are invasive species.
In the year 2150, people will be eating in a way that is healthier not only for their bodies but also for our whole planet. People will be eating fewer animals, since they will have learned that a plant-based diet is the healthiest way to eat; they will hunt and farm animals in a way that is more humane. At Miya’s, you will experience a kinder and more caring future, where sushi has evolved to become a way of eating that honors and celebrates all life on Earth. (From Miya’s Menu)
The menu is incredibly extensive, like over 20 pages, because not only are there so many interesting and different choices, but there is also background information, personal anecdotes, and fanciful chronicles to go along with all of Bun’s careful curated menu. (Bun not only created the world’s first invasive species menu, he is also credited with concocting the very first sweet potato, plant based, sushi roll in 1995- which can now be found on sushi menus all over the country!)
I just love his approach to doing his part to solve some of our ecological problems, through food. Steve and I couldn’t resist trying something from the invasive species menu. We ordered the Dreamcatcher Onigiri ( description above) as well as a Wild Plant Nigiri (which was a medley of invasive weeds.)
It’s hard to put into words exactly how everything tasted- but it was so good. It had a very Earthy, slightly tangy, but sometimes bitter, but also at the same time sweet, flavor. (I don’t know how that description even makes sense at all, but somehow, if you tasted this sushi, you would agree with my assessment..) I couldn’t get enough. (Also, interesting side note, Mugwort- in the background of above picture, is known to induce contractions and labor in pregnant women!)
We also ordered some plant based rolls- because, how can you not?
Kiss the Smiling Piggy (Far right): Sweet Potato, yuzu chutney and pine nuts
Chinese Superhero Roll: (Bottom of picture) Tempura fried broccoli, roasted garlic and black beans
Killer Squid: (Top left) Udon noodles flavored in shiitake mushroom and seaweed stock, black bean and scallions. (Looks and tastes like deep-fried squid! – or so the menu claims, I have never had deep fried squid to compare- but the roll was amazing!)
With full bellies, I can confidently say that Steve and I did our part to celebrate the Earth and help the planet today! If you can support businesses that focus on sustainability, I urge you to, for ourselves, for our future, and for our children. If you would like to read more about Bun, especially about his solution to control invasive species by eating them, read this awesome article!
I’ll leave you with this thought on Earth Day…
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
I hope you keep the Earth in your mind everyday, and not just on April 22nd. Cheers!