If you would have told an average American fifty years ago that this country would be obsessed with hot and spicy flavors in the twenty first century, they’d probably think you were crazy. It really is quite curious how, for a culture whose cuisine doesn’t traditionally embrace spiciness, we have really adapted our palates to the addictive burn that only chili peppers can provide. Sriracha is now almost as ubiquitous in the American pantry as ketchup, and it seems as if no casual dining menu is complete without a chipotle-spiked something or other. Besides embracing heat, Americans have also begun to embrace a lot of other flavors and textures, not least among them being sushi. I don’t think anyone would have ever imagined that a dish of rice, seaweed, and raw seafood would ever become as popular in this country as sushi has. Needless to say, the flavor profiles of American cuisine are changing at a rapidly exciting rate, and there are fewer places to celebrate our new culinary preferences this evening than at SAIA, which is putting on a special “Social Hour” to celebrate all things hot and spicy.
The Asian fusion restaurant (read review here), which specializes in sushi, will be focusing its attention on on making your tongue tingle this evening during their signature happy hour dubbed SAIA Social Hour. Enjoy such unique creations as paper thin slices of hamachi, topped with garlic, thin slices of fresh jalapeño, daikon and cilantro leaves and served with ponzu sauce ($8). Lovers of the familiar maki rolls will love The Knock Out Roll ($8), consisting of cucumber, garlic, red bell pepper, jalapeño and cilantro topped with big eye tuna, hamachi and avocado. Pair the spicy creations with an equally spicy SAIA-rita spiked with japaleño pepper for only $7.
SAIA’s celebration of National “Hot & Spicy Day” happens this evening, January 16th, from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Located inside the B Ocean hotel
999 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304