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Do pregnant Japanese women eat sushi?

I've been pregnant twice and researched the sushi issue (my favorite food) extensively. Here's what I found:

-Mercury is a legitimate concern, but it's general to all fish, not just sushi. Very large predator species (swordfish, grouper) should be avoided altogether. Tuna should be limited. Salmon and mackerel are not a problem. These rules apply whether it's sushi or not, though!

-Listeria is also a legitimate concern, particularly in the third trimester. It can kill a fetus, and women in late pregnancy are especially vulnerable to the infection. I was not able to find a straight answer on whether raw fish is above-average risky for listeria, but I think the answer is no, because all fish served raw in the U.S. must be flash-frozen which reduces the risk. Listeria infections usually come from a lot of foods that aren't necessarily on the pregnant no-no list. These include lox (I elected not to eat lox while pregnant), deli meats (that uptight mommy-blogger lady who won't take a drop of alcohol or caffeine while pregnant but eats lunch at Subway is being an unwitting fool), unpasteurized dairy (hence the no raw-milk cheese rule, which some overzealous pregnant women turn into "no soft cheeses" for no good reason), and "Mexican cheese" (no doctor or pregnancy info source ever mentioned this to me, but the CDC records online show that this is the top source of listeria infections resulting in fetal deaths in the U.S. in recent years). Looking over the CDC records on recent listeria cases, I saw nothing about infections from sushi.

-Sure you can get parasites or food poisoning from raw fish, and those infections will weaken you, but they won't hurt your fetus.

So I say eat your sushi, enjoy your <2 small cups of coffee a day, and if anyone criticizes you ask them if they ate deli meat while pregnant.

Apr 22, 2015
Marcinko in General Topics
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Goose?

My husband (who, granted, is a veteran roaster) has roasted a goose every Christmas for the past several years. It's not too hard or messy, but I wouldn't do it if I had smoke alarms in my kitchen. We save the goose fat and use it for cooking and toast for months after Christmas.

Puritan Poultry in the original farmers market has geese every year; we pre-order ours from them. But I also spotted frozen geese in my local Jon's (Laurel/Magnolia) yesterday.

Dec 24, 2014
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area

Anyone ever spot a jianbing in SGV?

Oooh...that image looks about perfect. I know what I'm doing after the in-laws go home this weekend. Thanks!!

Nov 20, 2012
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area

Anyone ever spot a jianbing in SGV?

The problem I foresee with the DIY or modified danbing approach is that the "crackers" (one source online indicates they're called "baocui," though other sources call them "youtiao") put inside jianbing in Beijing have very little in common with the "youtiao" that are eaten straight for breakfast. The former are more like fried crackers than crullers and had some sort of seasoning kick to them...though it does seem as if something more akin to cruller-youtiao might go inside jianbing in Shanghai.

Not to mention this is the kind of craving that isn't going to be happy with a cousin of the original. I also remember the bean paste put on top of jianbings as something a bit peculiar that may not find a ready substitute at a Taiwan restaurant.

Oh well. At least I have more hope of getting this craving out of my system than I did with my main craving last pregnancy (Dunkin Donuts Vanilla Kreme donuts, RIP).

Nov 20, 2012
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area

Anyone ever spot a jianbing in SGV?

This I will definitely try. Thanks.

Nov 20, 2012
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area

Anyone ever spot a jianbing in SGV?

Former Beijing resident in the throes of a pregnancy craving...

I'm dying for a jianbing, the Beijing breakfast staple that over there is sold exclusively by street vendors with griddle-equipped carts. A freshly-grilled pancake topped with an egg or two, chili paste, bean sauce, cilantro, and these crispy crackers never seen in any other context, then all rolled up together and tucked in a paper towel. Has anyone ever spotted these in LA (read: SGV)?

Indescribable gratitude will follow an affirmative answer.

Nov 20, 2012
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Lox (cheap price)

I can't claim to truly know from salty belly lox, but it is true that I've seen something that calls itself "salmon bellies" in several Jon's deli cases. It's small, chunkier pieces (not slices) of a very salty, a little hard and (in my opinion) unappetizing salmon. And it sells for something like $5/lb. Could well be a cousin of the non-misnomer "lox," but I suspect it's a very different product than what you find in NYC.

Oct 11, 2012
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Lox (cheap price)

I used to live in West Hollywood and was consistently impressed by what was available in the way of cheap lox at the string of Russian groceries on Santa Monica Blvd. between Fairfax and Fuller. A number of them have non-prepackaged lox (so homemade, perhaps?) in their deli cases, usually $12-14/lb. Arbat Deli just east of Fairfax was my favorite. Some days all they had were dry, oversalted pieces, but I'd say about 75% of the time it was moist, fresh, only faintly cured deliciousness. Better in my opinion than Jon's, which has a good but pricier selection of prepackaged lox in its fridge case but (in my experience) only bellies in the deli case.

If you're in the Valley, Odessa Grocery (across from Jon's at Magnolia and Laurel) also has some quality deli-case lox for under $15/lb.

Oct 11, 2012
Marcinko in Los Angeles Area