Yuck or Yum: Seafood


I have a love-hate relationship with water. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy and fortunate for it to be part of my daily life but there are many activities I either love or hate because of it.

Reasons I love water:

  • Cooking. I need water to make pasta. I don’t know what I would do without pasta therefore I love water!
  • Drinking. There is nothing better than drinking water before, during, or after a strenuous workout – not even Gatorade – water is the best!
  • Washing hands and face. My hands are always clean; I cannot stand it when they are dirty. Similarly, there’s nothing better than washing my face to wake up in the morning, to cleanse after a hard workout, or to cleanup after a long day at work. I don’t go to bed without brushing my teeth, washing my face, and washing my hands (in that order).

Reasons I strongly dislike water (hate is a strong word, people!):

  • Drinking. You’re supposed to drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day. Do you know how hard that is?! The health benefits are outstanding but I’m reminded why I don’t like drinking so much water every time I go to the bathroom during the night.
  • Showering. It is the daily activity that I dread the most. Try to get me to shower once a day? Fine, I’ll do it. Twice? Not unless I’ve had an unfortunate encounter with a muddy puddle.
  • Swimming. My ears clog every time I swim and I get cold after five minutes. My definition of “going swimming” is laying poolside and enjoying other people enjoy their time in the water. In the same way, I would never turn down the opportunity to go on a boat but will remain in the floatable watercraft at all times (unless there’s a jet ski involved).

Just like I have a love-hate relationship with water, I also have a love-hate relationship with food that comes from the water. YUCKOn one hand, I stay away from underwater foods when it resembles a shrimp, lobster, crab, mussel, oyster, scallop, or any gill-bearing aquatic animal that looks like it would taste fishy. I avoid eating a variety of sea creatures because they are actually the weird insects of the sea – they have tentacles, a hard exterior, and a grayish-jelly-pulpy interior. I don’t understand how people voluntarily eat and enjoy something so weird looking. Also, what’s up with boiling lobsters alive? That’s messed up.

YUMOn the other hand, I love eating white fish. For a while, I only ate cod but my taste buds have recently accepted halibut and most other mild market fish of the day. These firm white fish look normal, smell normal, and taste normal which is exactly what I look for when I adventure to the depths of sea eating.

Pickin’ Your Brain:

  • What is your favorite thing about water?