If youÂre lucky, when you next visit Ambergris Caye you may catch a glimpse of Brandi, the Isla BonitaÂs local mermaid. Â Such was our luck when we attended the latest Saga Society cook off in San Pedro.
Saga Society is our local Humane Society.Â Every month this outstanding non-profit organization holds a cook off to raise funds to care for our local animals in distress.Â At $5 US/person, itÂs a great option for a delicious dinner, enjoyed while socializing with friends.Â Typically there are at least 15 dishes to sample.Â We pick up a drink, mingle with friends and neighbors, and then chow down on the diverse and tasty entrÃ©es.Â We all get the chance to vote for our favorite. Â ItÂs always a challenge to keep the many dishes straightÂ Â Learn more about Saga Society...
In May the cook off featured favorite appetizers. Â And this monthÂs offerings did not disappoint.Â From jalapeno poppers to mini-quesadillasÂ Chinese dumplings to dipsÂ Zucchini frittata to sushiÂ There were more than enough scrumptious tidbits to make a complete meal.
The Saga Society cook offs are always a fun, and filling, social event.Â But this one was unique.Â Â There were several special sushi dishes, prepared by our recognized sushi chef, Sharon Metcalfe, also known as Sushi Sharon. Â Of course, sushi is both a culinary and art form.Â So it should always be served with flair.Â But this is laid back San PedroÂ And the cook off was held at the rather dated Tacklebox barÂ
What the Heck is Nyotaimori?
So we were all surprised and amused to walk into the open bar, over the sea, to find local mermaid, Brandi, reclining on a serving table covered - and surrounded by - scrumptious sushi treats.Â Sushi Sharon had intricately placed her colorful sushi tidbits artistically on and around Â Mermaid BrandiÂs body.Â .
If you havenÂt yet seen the first Sex in the City movie, you probably wonÂt catch the drift of this unusual approach to serving sushi.Â In the Japanese culture itÂs called Nyotaimori.Â ItÂs a form of art that presents delectable finger food strategically placed on a womanÂs body.Â Typically the food is raw sashimi and sushiÂ And the woman Â nakedÂ
Of course, Brandi is a mermaid, so she sports a tail.Â A metallic blue tail at thatÂ Â But it was still a highly unusual and whimsical sight to behold at a funky beach bar in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye.
Sushi Sharon artistically covered Mermaid Brandi with apple blossoms nestled in a colorful red sweet sauce.Â She was then surrounded by Chinese dumplings and Japanese fish cakes on cucumber and dill slices (my personal favorite).Â Not surprisingly, the crowd picked the mermaid Â cleanÂ
This was edible art worth an indulgence.Â Needless to say, one of the mermaid delicacies took the first prize!
Was it the sushi, or the fact that it was served on BrandiÂs mermaid body, that resulted in the prize?Â WhoÂs to say?Â Either way, it was an entertaining evening and a daring way to serve food.
Have you been seeking ways to incorporate a Âwow factorÂ into a special bash on Ambergris Caye?Â Sushi Sharon and Mermaid Brandi are available to attend special events and parties.Â You could really impress your friends with this edible art presentation, served up on a live Ambergris Caye mermaid!
If you would like to have Brandi attend your special event, you can reach her at Brandimermaid@yahoo.com,