The nationally acclaimed Marination Mobile crew is making big waves with the opening of Marination Ma Kai on the water in West Seattle. The location boasts a bigger space, a beautiful setting, and long hours--breakfast through dinner daily, including weekend brunch. Now-classics like SPAM musubi and kimchi quesadillas are on the menu, but you can also expect some exciting new offerings. I enjoyed the breakfast slider with house-made Portuguese sausage, as well as fish tacos with fresh cod, and I'm eager to try the pork katsu sandwich and shoyu eggs.
Most fun: For dessert, you'll find shave ice at this Hawaiian (slash Korean slash Mexican) haven. You can order it atop azuki beans or Husky Deli vanilla ice cream, and then you choose from up to three house-made syrups from a variety of fruit flavors. I highly recommend you consider pineapple and lilikoi (Hawaiian for passion fruit) as two of your choices.
So what does Marination Ma Kai's shave ice teach us about sex?
It's all about the quest for cool pleasure.
Marination Ma Kai suffered unfortunate delays in opening, but while summer may be over, hardy Seattleites can still enjoy the outdoor deck and the beautiful views back at the city. And when next summer rolls around, I can imagine warm days or nights on the deck with a serving of shave ice. Order up, present your receipt five minutes before you're ready to eat your ice, and you'll be rewarded with a refreshingly cool experience that's playful and pleasurable.
Similarly, you can bring the coolness of ice into your sex play. You can suck on some ice, a la a lollipop, tempting your partner with the promise of later oral pleasure. Or you can use ice as a contrasting complement to the warmth of erotic massage, running it from shoulders to butt, swirling the inner thigh, or pinpointing erogenous zones like the back of the knees or the nipples. And then there's the application of iciness to the genitals. The cold can simultaneously shock and stimulate, especially when countered by something warm, like the mouth.
But let me offer some sexual ice advice. Some, especially women, can find direct application numbing, uncomfortable, or even painful. With the clitoris' concentration of nerve endings, it's quite sensitive, so ice, especially direct from the freezer, can burn and cause tissue damage. It's better to "warm" it in some way. Put the cube in your mouth and then remove it before oral pleasuring, and your partner will get the cold sensation without the burn. Alternate cold and warm (rinse your mouth with hot water after sucking ice and your partner) for variety and stimulation.
Also note that, inspired by Marination Ma Kai, you can use shave ice in your oral play. It's especially effective on men, as you'll need to apply more suction to keep the shave ice from leaking from your mouth, which will likely give him more intense pleasure. Just be careful of sharp shards!
(After my SPAM musubi at Marination Ma Kai, I was tempted to talk about the inescapability of both sex and the canned meat phenomenon. Recalling a haiku website about sex and SPAM, I chickened out after reading all the haiku and realizing that I couldn't bear the challenge of coming up with an original poem of my own.)