One of my absolute favorite things about writing stories for Plymouth Magazine is learning something new in the process. Prior to interviewing Cindy Xu, owner of the new Ceviche Seafood House, I was intrigued by the concept of a Peruvian/Japanese fusion restaurant. Little did I know that the pairing wasn’t without precedent.
Through my interview with Xu, I learned that expat Japanese and Chinese communities have been hugely influential to the cuisine of Peru, resulting in a rich culture of adaptations, fusions and new creations.
Looking over Ceviche Seafood House’s menu prior to the interview brought me back to when I first began visiting sushi restaurants. I was lucky to go with others more familiar with the menus who could explain, say, the differences between sashimi and nigiri, who knew how to steer me toward items I’d like and, at the same time, guide me toward menu items outside my perceived wheelhouse.
Guides are important when experiencing something new. These days, when I’m trying out an unfamiliar cuisine, I find my thumb twitching for my phone and a few quick answers from the internet. Hopefully, our Tastemakers will help guide your foray into Nikkei and Chifa cuisine and keep your phone off the dinner table.
In our education, family and senior living issue, you’ll see that learning doesn’t come with an age cap. From local high school seniors looking to their futures in our annual Senior Spotlight to a nonprofit helping senior citizens bridge the technology gap, I don’t think it’s ever too late to learn and experience something new. As Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “The pursuit of knowledge is more valuable than its possession.”
Here’s to a life spent in pursuit of knowledge.
Until next time,