The Scintilla Project Day Thirteen — Wasabi?!?!

A picture I took in 2007 at a birthday party at Maki Maki in Mississauga, ON
The Scintilla Project

1. Post a photo of yourself from before age 10. Write about what you remember of the day the photo was taken. It may not be a full story—it may just be flashes of event and emotion—but tap into the child you were as much as you can.

2. The saying goes What you don’t know won’t hurt you, but sometimes the opposite is true. Talk about a time when you were hurt by something you didn’t know.

— The Scintilla Project’s Day 13 prompts

I wasn’t always as adventurous as I am today. I grew up a pretty sheltered child, nose in the books, a close-knit group of friends around me, and never doing much that would upset my parents. My diet regularly consisted of chicken, Kraft dinner, and other such items that you could find in a generic North American diet.

That is — until I started going to school in downtown Toronto.

A whole new world filled with new experiences, new friends — it was an entirely new chapter of my life where my parents were trusting me to navigate through it and come out intact.

One of my earliest memories from those days was the first time I ever tried wasabi.

A couple of hand rolls at Maki Maki in Mississauga, ON
All about trying something new!

I remember being out at a sushi restaurant for the first time, and my Asian friends were explaining how it all worked and what many of the ingredients were.

When the food came out, I pointed to the green blob and asked what it was. One friend told me “it’s a candy they give you to cleanse your palate for the sushi — you should try it out!”

And so, popping the entire wad of wasabi into my mouth, I started to suck and chew on it for all of a moment — until I realized that my friends were a bunch of dirty little liars.

It was like flavour exploding in my mouth — in the worst way possible. My eyes started to water, my nose started to burn, I was gasping for relief and all of my new friends were splitting their sides with laughter. This was not a good start to my studies downtown!

I know what wasabi is now, but I’m still not a heavy user — soy sauce on its own is usually plenty for me!

What you don’t know won’t hurt you and ignorance is bliss. We’d like to think it’s true, but it’s faulty thinking. Knowledge is power, and the more informed you are, the more opportunities you have available to you.

Getting to know wasabi in a shocking way might not have been ideal, but knowing the options available to you at any time is always better than going into a situation cold and wondering what’s on the menu.

Think about it.

–case p.

Author: Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff. When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him. Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

4 thoughts on “The Scintilla Project Day Thirteen — Wasabi?!?!”

  1. Haha I had the same experience with wasabi as you…almost. I had 3 friends convincing me to do it, but one person was like nah yo don’t eat that, you gon have a bad day lol. And ever since then, I was always looking out for the blissfully unaware people who were on the road to trouble.

    1. After working with colleagues who loved to frequent dim sum, sushi and Korean BBQ restaurants for the better part of 2 years, I can say that my chopstick game is on point 🙂

      I’m a soy sauce-only type of guy.

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