I'm endlessly asked to recommend the best sushi restaurant in Seattle. Along with Sushi Kappo Tamura (featured in a previous Sexy Feast about head), I heartily recommend Kisaku in Tangletown. The fish is fabulous, there's a neighborhood feeling, and the quality to price is probably the best in the Seattle area. My favorite item is the delicious hotate kombu jime (kelp-marinated scallop). Place that order, and Chef Nakano will think I sent you!
Even better, order omakase, putting yourself in the hands of the chef. If you're lucky, Nakano-san will serve you shirako. This cod milt is a delicacy; the lobe-like pieces have a creamy, custardy texture like oceanic sweetbreads or brains, but even better. While some like their shirako tempura-ed, I prefer mine with a little ponzu sauce, which adds a slight punch of citrusy tanginess.
So what does Kisaku's shirako teach us about sex?
It's all about understanding and enjoying sperm.
Shirako means "white children" in Japanese. Indeed, milt is the seminal fluid of fish, in this case cod. (Stay with me...it's still a delicacy.) We're talking sperm sac. We're talking semen.
Note: It doesn't "make" you anything if you eat and enjoy shirako. And what's not to like? It melts in your mouth, like buttah.
Now I'm not saying we should be eating the "white children" of humans, though if you believe in the book Natural Harvest, there's great potential in that possibility:
Semen is not only nutritious, but it also has a wonderful texture and amazing cooking properties. Like fine wine and cheeses, the taste of semen is complex and dynamic. Semen is inexpensive to produce and is commonly available in many, if not most, homes and restaurants. Despite all of these positive qualities, semen remains neglected as a food. This book hopes to change that. Once you overcome any initial hesitation, you will be surprised to learn how wonderful semen is in the kitchen.
We shouldn't be freaked out about semen. Since it's such a misunderstood thing, here are some facts:
As for the last point, you might consider eating kiwi or pineapple to sweeten your bodily fluids. Or, thinking back to Kisaku, maybe ponzu is a good idea.