Arigato’s Valentine Roll

Valentine-Heart.jpgWith Valentine’s Day a mere two weeks away, any institute with a desire to squeeze a few extra bucks out of customers is presenting pink-colored, lovey-dovey varieties of their current wares. The result: schmaltz overload, for the most part. Santa Barbara’s Arigato Sushi, however, has yielded one Valentine’s Day item that doesn’t sour in the stomach. The restaurant’s specials menue is currently offering the Valentine Roll. Easy on the eyes and complex for the tongue, the roll presses crab and strawberry into a pink soy paper wrapping. The salty taste of crab might seem an unfit partner for the sweetness of the strawberry, but the two opposing tastes work well to bring out the best of both. It’s a strange combined taste, for sure, but the Valentine Roll makes for a tempting option for the adventurous eater. Maybe all that sweet-saltiness might be a lot for one person to eat — especially considering the amble selection of other fine rolls that Arigato offers — but this sushi-ist thinks that may be the point. The Valentine Roll tastes best when split with someone you love.

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