Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sushi is yucky enough, now this

Naked sushi coming to Minneapolis

It was only a matter of time. Naked sushi is hitting the Twin Cities. Nyotaimori / Nantaimori - eating sushi off a naked (or nearly) naked woman or man started in Japan and made its way to Berlin, London, Paris, New York, Chicago and L.A. - a fad that was even highlighted in an episode of "CSI: New York."

Now Tom Pham has scheduled a naked sushi night at his downtown Minneapolis restaurant, Temple, on March 8 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

"We have everything in Minneapolis except one thing and that's naked sushi," says Phan, who booked eight models - six women and two men - for the event. These models have everything to do with whether naked sushi (aka body sushi) is viewed as sexy, tacky or just plain gross. "They have to be flawless and absolutely hairless," says Phan. "That's why we need to book more than we'll need - just in case one of them gets a pimple."

Lying on a table with only a few flowers and banana leaves in strategic places while diners pluck tuna and salmon nigiri sushi from your body also requires skill. "They're in training right now," says Pham. "They have to learn to lie still and breathe in a different way."

Maybe I better consult Christopher West about this. It certainly doesn't cause negative purity in me, but rather revulsion. I must have a problem. I need to be more enlightened.

Oh, and here's a great little song for you about sushi: Sushi Yucky

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