My father, who was a mechanical engineer, worked in an architect’s office in the Silverlake area of LA. He worked with several men of Japanese descent. They would take him to Japanese restaurants for lunch and he enjoyed it so much that he brought home sushi rolls for us to enjoy…..Fortunately, for the ages that we were, it was vegetable sushi…both fresh and pickled vegetables. This was way before Japanese food was on the “foodies” radar (before “foodies” even existed) but it has always been a comfort for me to revisit my early experiences. My father also created a salad, with an asian flavor, which has always been a favorite despite its key ingredient being iceberg lettuce.