It was late, around 9 p.m., when I walked out of Stop & Shop with my dinner: a crunchy shrimp sushi roll and a gingerberry kombucha. I sat right outside the exit, on a bench adorned with a laminated “No Smoking” sign, and cracked open the plastic case that held my slightly plastic-tasting sushi. I unsheathed my chopsticks and was just tearing open the tiny soy sauce packets when a voice startled me.
“Are you gonna eat that?” someone said over my shoulder. I spun my head around and saw a middle-aged man leaning on his bicycle and staring at my sushi.
“Yeah — I was planning on it,” I said.
“Do you know how unhealthy that is?”
“Yeah. Just look how many ingredients it has listed.”
“Oh … yeah,” I said, glancing down at the white nutrition label.
“Everyone thinks sushi is so healthy, but it just isn’t,” he said. “And look, I love raw fish.”
“Well, I guess today it’s my special treat.”
“Yeah, well, sorry I said anything.”
“Oh, no, it’s okay.”
“No, I’m sorry, I don’t mean to be difficult. Enjoy it,” he said, taking one last glance at my sushi before biking away into the night. —Oliver Egger
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