IT’S ALIVE! Wait…is it?

Disclaimer: Moving image below may gross you out. 

Ever think to yourself…hey…wouldn’t it be awesome to eat a whole raw squid, but not just a whole raw squid, a whole dancing raw squid? I don’t know about you guys, but……I have never freaking thought of that. What am I? A weirdo?

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But for those who happened to answer yes to that question (weirdos) or are just curious as to what the bejezzus is going on in this crazy gif of mine, here is the explanation:

The “not at all terrifying” dish before you is a Japanese dish called Odori-Don, which in Japanese translates to “dancing squid rice bowl.” As the name suggest, the dish consist of raw squid placed on top of rice, typically served with fish roe and soy sauce. My sushi experiences just won’t be the same after seeing this.

Although watching a video about this on youtube may of made my stomach turn, I actually found the science behind this dish quite fascinating. While the squid is not alive, the result of soy sauce touching the squid’s nerves can make it seems like the squid is moving. Here is a slightly more scientific explanation:

Although the squid is deceased, the squid’s cells still contain unused adenosine triphosphate (or ATP), which is responsible for triggering muscular contraction and expansion and, therefore, movement. In living squid, ATP is triggered by the central nervous system sending electrical impulses to the brain. With no brain involved, the ATP just sits dormant, and over time, dissipates, as the now-dying cell fails to create new ATP.

So why does soy sauce make ATP work? Well, soy sauce contains sodium and potassium. The sodium and potassium ions together send a similar chemical trigger to the nerves, causing the ATP to contract and expand the muscles. The result: a creepy dancing squid headliner for a meal. (Source: http://dlewis.net/nik-archives/dead-squid-dancing/)

So there you have it folks. If you are ever in Japan and happen to try this dish, I’d love to hear your experiences. Leave a comment below and let me know of any odd food experiences you have had.

I hope you enjoyed this random, slightly gross, slightly informative post for the day. Stay tuned for more.

Ciao

Here Comes the BOOM…

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As you all know, Fourth of July is upon us. And like all good Americans, I’m sure the majority of you are going to either be getting drunk out of your minds, eating stomach combusting amounts of BBQ, playing with colorful explosives, or doing all three of these things at the same time.

Helpful Tip of the Day: Do not drink while playing with things that can potentially light you on fire. Nobody wants to see a human firework, or do they? hmmm….

Now, I’m no expert, but I have experienced my fair share of Fourth of July hullabaloo. And last year, I decided to stop by the Aquarium of the Pacific‘s Red, White, and Blue Ocean (corny much) celebration. If you haven’t been there before, definitely check it out. Hanging out with animals always makes for a fun day. A few highlights of the day include…

The Animal Friends I Made:

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I will forever have a place in my heart for that emperor penguin. He was just such a sharp dresser. 😉

The Amazing Food:

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The ceviche was definitely my favorite item there. It was so yummy and refreshing on a hot summer day. There was plenty of food to go around throughout the entirety of the BBQ, which was awesome for someone like me who always goes for tenths…yes I said tenths! One thing I should mention if you happen to go to this event, is that the seating goes quickly, so try to get there right when the BBQ starts.

And last highlight…bum ba da dum…

Bird Attack:

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I told him to just give up the nectar, but nooooooooo. I’m glad to report no birds or humans were injured in the process.

All in all, this was a fun Fourth of July. No matter what you decide to do for your Fourth of July celebration, remember to have fun, make memories, and be safe!

Ciao