I’ve been loving Vancouver – the weather is amazing in the summer and it’s just so beautiful seeing the mountains in the distance with the water in the foreground.
Plus the food here is amazing! You’re probably wondering if sushi is paleo….so I’ll answer that question in this post as well!
Is Sushi Paleo?
Rice is a grain and so it’s generally considered not paleo. However, white rice is pretty non-toxic – it’s pretty much just pure starch, so it’s not great if you have blood sugar issues or are looking to lose weight, but otherwise, it’s ok to eat. In fact, Paul Jaminet wrote in The Perfect Health Diet that “Do eat: About one pound per day – roughly, four fist-sized servings – of “safe starches”: white rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, taro …” And this is what he wrote about sushi rice: “Acids, such as vinegar, reduce the glycemic index. The amount of vinegar in sushi rice is sufficient to dramatically reduce its glycemic index.”
Sushi in Vancouver
There are a ton of sushi restaurants in Vancouver, but I really loved Alpha Sushi Bar for 2 reasons: 1) great sushi and sashimi at a very affordable price and 2) gluten free tamari sauce. I often take my own tamari sauce with me to sushi restaurants, but it’s great when the restaurant provides it so I don’t need to!
I love ordering the salmon (or tuna) sashimi or the seared salmon sashimi, but the rolls are delicious too. I often order the vegetable roll on the Alpha Sushi Bar menu because it doesn’t have any mayo on it (most mayos are made from seed oils). The menu for Alpha Sushi Bar is here.
This is the Vegetable Roll with mango, avocado, carrots, cucumber, and lettuce.
This is the Jalapeno Vancouver Roll with avocado, cucumber, mayo crab meat, chopped jalapeno wrapped in smoked wild sockeye salmon with jalapeno wasabi mayo sauce.
This is the Dill Salmon California Roll with mango, avocado, mayo crab meat wrapped in dill cured salmon with plum wine mustard mayo sauce.