Monday, November 8, 2010

I thought this only happened in porn movies...

I used to play on a co-ed flag football team. One day, post-game, celebrating a win and sipping on cold beverages, one of our male team mates, The Wick (a bit of a scoundrel), told us a story about eating a steak off the back of a naked woman one night when he was in Europe. My response: If you pay some people just enough, they will do anything. He asserted she was not "paid" but merely endorsing one of his fantasies. The only thing worse than knowing your friend ate a steak off the back of a naked woman is knowing your friend fantasized about eating a steak off the back of a naked woman.

But he must not be the only person who finds this appealing. Some sassy restaurateurs in Punta Gorda, Florida think naked bodies and food go hand in hand. I support culture, cultural experiences, and cultural differences. Is it avante-garde? Maybe. Is it art? Maybe. It is appealing to me? Well, not exactly. At Torch Bistro, patrons can enjoy their sushi served on (nearly) naked bodies. Really, Torch Bistro? Funny, I like my sushi rolls with sriracha and wasabi. Not bare torso and a side of boob.


Not quite as big as other metro areas offering  naked sushi, Punta Gorda clearly has clientele eager to explore the idea. The practice formally known as nyotaimori is intended to celebrate female beauty. Female models wear thongs, and are covered in painted flowers before they are covered in leaves or seaweed paper. The food is placed upon the leaves or seaweed. The Florida Health Department has no restrictions against naked sushi but only requires that surfaces in contact with food are easily cleaned. The food never actually touches the skin.(Photo from Torch Bistro.)

WHEW! That is a relief. Because anyone eating sushi off  a stranger's body would clearly have cleanliness at the forefront of their mind. Never mind they are eating sushi OFF A STRANGER'S BODY. But, since sushi isn't in everyone's culinary palette maybe, just maybe, served off a painted torso, a few more people might opt to try it out. Torch strives to follow the rules of respecting the sushi models and only chopsticks are allowed to pluck the sushi from the bodies. Because it would be wise to have a few rules regarding naked sushi. For example, people are not allowed to talk to the sushi models. It might just be me, but something tells me I would have zero interest in talking to a person covered in slices of fish.

Unless you are Samantha Jones, I thought this type of antic only occurred in my friend's imagination. Or in his hotel room in Italy. Or in porn movies.

50 comments:

Maria said...

Raw fish + half naked woman = gag reflex.

You are right. Only Samantha Jones can pull that off, and even then, it was hard to swallow. No pun intended....

Caty said...

I guess this proves I'm female...cause I don't get the appeal. I do like a little sushi, but I'll keep mine on a pretty chinese plate ;)

Eva Gallant said...

I'd be very wary of that fishy smell!

Jenn @ Youknow...that Blog? said...

Sushi is my favourite, bar none, but this made me queasy. Definitely no appeal for me! Blech.

Simply Suthern said...

Thanks to my daughter I have recently aquired a taste for some types of sushi, however, I am pretty sure this aint my cup of sweet iced tea.

Herding Cats said...

I'm sorry, but wouldn't it be incredibly awkward to have a near naked person resting by your meal. I'd feel inclined to at least say hello to them. I bet they hear some amazing conversations though!

Cara Smith said...

This is not the first time I've heard about this, but my experience is limited to TV. I think it was CSI NY that introduced me to this practice. I can say for certian this will not be something I will be trying.

Scrappy Girl said...

y.u.c.k.

Bird Shit and Baby Caca said...

I don't even like my own boyfriend to drink out of the same cup as me...I would never eat something off a strangers naked body!

The Boob Nazi said...

I never thought this would happen in real life! Ew. We saw how well it turned out for Samantha Jones....

Tara said...

I work at a restaurant equipment company and our president was just talking about going to a restaurant opening of a reasonably well known chain that had this exact thing going on. I'd like to see it in person, but I'm not thinking I would partake......

Ashley Stone said...

I've seen this before. I think it's weird too. And what girl would want to lay there for who knows how long modeling sushi!?

vanilla said...

I know, I know. It takes all kinds. But, why?

Dumblond said...

Yeeeah, call me an uncultured rube if you want but I do not understand the appeal of eating food off of people. Or treating people like tableware...

singedwingangel said...

Umm Sushi ever is too much for me. cause I am not a raw fish type of girl unless it is Tuna Salad lol. Off of a naked body another no.. But my question is why only FEMALE Models?? Do they not want to explain why there is sddenly a periscope up on that fishy submarine of aman?? Bwhahaha sorry I had to go there

Kristina P. said...

I really want to make an inappropriate fishy smelly comment, but since I'm a classy lady, I won't.

KittyCat said...

Too funny. But in all seriousness, I am all about germs.
I definately would NOT eat any type of food off someone I didnt know.

I however would NOT have a problem eating food off my lovers body.

Of course after he has showered.

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman said...

I wish I had something more astute to say other than BLERCH. But, all I got.

Brian Miller said...

do you have an address...in case someone ask me...you know...smiles.

Yankee Girl said...

I think this is only approriate in the privacy of your own home, with two people who know each other, love each other, and respect each other.

Not at a public restaurant!

Mom in High Heels said...

I...can't...even...ack...blech...eww!Why? Why would you do that? It's just....ewwwwwwwww!

secret agent woman said...

Nothing like degrading women as part of your dining experience. This utterly twists my gut.

secret agent woman said...

(It would also be a friendship deal-breaker for me - I can't deal with people who think it's entertaining to humiliate women. And that's a crock of shit about "celebrating female beauty.")

B.o.B. said...

Yeah, that whole thing grosses me out and I count sushi as number one on my deserted island list.

BTW, my sis started reading your blog and is now hooked. Thanks for the great blogging!

Kristy said...

I saw this once on a dating show and the poor woman (on the date) was so uncomfortable and HATED it! Stupid men.

South Florida Lawyers said...

Hmm, not feeling it.

I have taken a shot or two off of the torso of a willing partner, but that seems more cooperative and empathetic somehow....

Pricilla said...

I am thinking this would lead to warm fish and that would be quite icky

DaisyGal said...

ummmmm, ummmmm....I think that we should keep this stuff in the bedroom...or maybe the dining room of our own homes.

I don't like sushi and I know I would like it even less on a naked woman's body who is skinnier and prettier than me. :(

Allyson & Jere said...

Oh WHERE to even begin here.

The name of the city you mentioned is Punta Gorda. Is this only funny to ME? PUNTA? I guess in my eternally 12 year old mind that just sounds like a pet name for punani, va jay jay, whatever. So anyway, therefore, name of town was oh so appropriate for an establishment such as this.

Now....about these "models". WHO in their ever lovin right mind would WANT to lay on a table, painted and wrapped whilst patrons ate off of and conversed around you. Can we say....AWKWARD! Seriously, that is just so freaking wierd, and wrong, and disgusting, and did I mentio wierd?

So, thanks for sharing yet another bizarre slice of life from good ol' America.

Wait...you played co-ed flag football? I'm fascinated!

And furthermore, you're right...disturbing tht a friend of yours actually fantasized about eating steak off a naked woman. Ewww!

Kat said...

Eeewwww! Yuck, just yuck. Don't get it, don't want to get it and I certainly have no desire to see it. Celebrating female beauty my eye. Kat

shortmama said...

Yeah I dont get it...at all

Ms. Salti said...

I heard about this when the trend started a few years ago (maybe in Cali?) and thought it was a bit strange. But, to each his own, right?

It's not really my thing, but I think it might be interesting to go see it for myself. I don't do sushi, so maybe I could just do some saki with a side of boob?

A Year on the Grill said...

In my youth, I recall doing tequila shots from some girls navel in Tijuana. This sounds more sanitary

Fragrant Liar said...

Well, I did get a kick out of Samantha Jones doing it for Smith. And they were lovers, so it seemed like a fun thing to do to kick things up a notch. But I'm not a sushi girl -- if you knew sushi like I knew sushi . . . Still, I think a personal event like this one (with a couple) might be kind of fun. If you have an (ahem) appetite for that kind of thing.

HalfAsstic.com said...

I bet nobody leaves there thinking, yeah... it "tastes just like chicken"...
Too bad. I love chicken.

ModernMom said...

That is oh so very sex in the city...and I will not be not be telling my man some women allow this!

J.J. in L.A. said...

How desperate for money do you need to be to be a sushi model?

I like laying around, but in my own home...and not covered in fish.

Christopher said...

i never got the whole food in the bedroom thing, aside from a little whip cream i like to keep my dinner and dessert separate, so to speak.

Simone said...

As you quite rightly say, Samantha Jones was one thing.....but real life, ew!!

And who are these girls who don't mind lying on tables while (presumably) men hover around them with chopsticks? No thanks!

the walking man said...

I might buy sushi from Kroger if they boxed it up in similar fashion.

The Random Blogette said...

So is this just a guy thing? The thought of it just makes me want to vomit. I have a hard enough time pretending that I am not eating raw fish but then to worry about the germs that this person has when my sushi is laying on their body. Gross!

Myya said...

I saw this on tv... I think it was CSI: NY. I think??? It was weird when I saw it & I still think it is weird!

Babes Mami said...

I'm worried about your friend who dreams of eating steaks off of ladies backs.

The Lady's Lounge said...

First, I prefer to eat off people I know well enough to be secure about their bathing practice.

Second, even when Samantha did it...

Also, that chick looks traumatized.

Intense Guy said...

Decadence like this is part of what has the Arabs so pissed off at us...

The Constant Complainer said...

I hate sushi - I think I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.

But you're right; Samantha Jones made it cool. But otherwise, blah!

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Like most of all other weird things that make you go WTF?! Blame the Japanese on this one...

Anonymous said...

Well.....

Anonymous said...

I am the owner of Torch and I hate seeing all un and i stress un-bis comments untill you have taken part in it. second it is a 5 course meal where on 30 min of your meal is painted sushi after that course your 2-5 is of normal dinning experence.

http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida/2010-11-08/Punta-Gorda-restaurant-serving-up- is the link where wink news did the interview and we do have male and female models

Siesta in Spain said...

Sounds interesting but not necessarily my cup of tea...or sushi. lol.