Story Weekend: Sushi (and a giveaway) admit it: I don’t love sushi. (I also don’t love goat cheese or pork belly. Clearly, my culinary tastes haven’t yet caught up to the twenty-first century). But I bet most of you have sushi stories to share and we’d love to hear them. I have an extra copy of the French edition of The Good Father, titled Une Vie Plus Belle, to give away. Even if you don’t read French, I think this adorable cover is worth a spot on your bookshelf! At 10pm EST Monday night (September 8th), I’ll use a random number generator to pick one of your sushi stories to win a copy of Bella’s story.

If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme une vie plus belleand you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve contributed. As always, there are a few “rules”:

▪ The story must be true

▪ Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge. Happy writing!


  1. Katie Charette on September 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    The first time I tried sushi I wasn’t very adventurous, sticking to cooked things only. However I did take a hearty mouthful of salmon sashimi (raw fish), and had to spit it out. It was the texture of thick, hardened jello and too fishy. Now, though, I love just about every kind of sushi. My favorite thing is seaweed salad- if you get a chance Diane, try that. Its a treat to go out for lunch or dinner about once every month or two! I’d love to win a French copy of the book to practice the language . I used to speak it somewhat and am out of practice. What better way to re learn than with an amazing book I already know in English! 🙂

    • Diane Chamberlain on September 6, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      I simply don’t know if I could acquire the taste for it, Katie. Good for you for giving it a second chance.

  2. kate kaprosy on September 7, 2014 at 12:46 am

    i was in japan in 1983. we had been touring the sites of kyoto all morning and our tour guide decided to take us all out for lunch. everybody wanted to try traditional sushi. ahem, i have always had an aversion to fish and/or fishy. naturally, my sushi came with several kinds of pickled, salted and regular fish roe. egads, but the fish roe made eating sushi feel like crunching on fishy glass fragments wrapped in rice and black paper. i discretely filled my napkin and drank about a half gallon of water.

  3. Carolsue on September 7, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Nope, no raw fish for me either! My husband loves it and we go to a buffet style place that has a whole long counter of the stuff. It’s kind of pretty, but no raw fish touches my lips! What I do, however, is take the ones with the little rice patty topped off with a COOKED shrimp and eat those. Here’s a nice cooked shrimp, already peeled! It is frowned upon, though, to do that so I have to hide the evidence (the leftover rice patties). Its wasteful, so I don’t indulge often, but I will NEVER be able to eat the real thing. Even cooked fish isn’t my favorite thing to eat!

  4. Pat Werths on September 7, 2014 at 7:11 am

    My husband is adventerous, so when we went to a Chinese buffet, I thought I would surprise him by trying sushi. I picked the least offensive looking piece, headed back to the table and proudly, if hesitantly, took a bite. I loved it! No fishy taste! Amazing! I went back for more and they were gone. I described what I had to the waitress, and she said “Oh, the ones with ham!” #sushifail.

  5. Diane Chamberlain on September 7, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Ha! I love this.

  6. Karla Rogers on September 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I never had the desire to try sushi until I was pregnant with my daughter 12 years ago and it was on my forbidden food list. I would go into the grocery store every day and stare at it wishing I could try it. First thing I did after I had her was go buy it and eat it. It was just as good as I built it up to be.

    • DIane Chamberlain on September 7, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Too funny! Maybe someone should forbid me to have it.

  7. Cynthia Williams on September 7, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    My now husband thought I had to try sushi back in 2000. I had no interest but we went. I’m nervous about this whole raw fish thing but he assures me I can start with vegetable rolls and crab meat. So then he sits us right at the sushi bar so the man that makes my food will see my look of disgust as I try it. To make it even more fun my now husband tells me I have to use chop sticks! Needless to say by the time the sushi came I wanted to cry!! Well 14 years later sushi (including raw fish now) is my absolute favorite food!!! I could and would eat it every day! We even took a class to learn how to make it, and our children (both under 8) have already tried and enjoyed California rolls and veggie rolls! So even though I didn’t want to even try it, I now love it more than the man who introduced me to sushi does!

    • DIane Chamberlain on September 7, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Wow. I am just not getting the allure, but I’m happy for you!

  8. Bernie Brown on September 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I don’t have a sushi story for you, Diane. I’m just very happy to hear there are more people on the earth besides me who don’t like sushi. It was always sort of my shameful secret. Now I know I am not alone! 🙂

    • Diane Chamberlain on September 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Maybe we could try that ham sushi Pam talks about above, Bernie.

  9. Diane Chamberlain on September 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Congratulations, Pat Werths! The random number generator selected you to win the French edition of The Good Father!

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