Ginza Restaurant

Nick and I are pretty regular when it comes to where we dine out, we had our favorite expensive restaurant, favorite sushi place, favorite coffee place, etc… Since moving we are now only close to our favorite expensive restaurant, time to find all new places.

However, while we were in CT when we were between houses, we tried a new sushi restaurant, Ginza. Nick and I are really picky when it comes to sushi, we are used to very fresh fish and frankly can be kind of snobby at sub par sushi. The fact that we both loved this place speaks volumes. The pictures were taken with my iPhone in a dimly lit restaurant, next time I will make sure to bring my real camera so that you can have better photos.

Our first visit was with Nick’s sister and her hubby. We were celebrating, I think, I am not really sure, I remember it was definitely a splurge kind of night. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures. We had just moved to our temporary digs and we just wanted to eat. However, we went back a few weeks later with a good friend.

We started with the rock shrimp ($12), which was delicious, it wasn’t greasy, it was perfectly fried and the Yuzu Chili Sauce was not too spicy, but had a little bite to it. I’ll be the first to admit my spice tolerance is not very high, so it might not be spicy enough for you, but I will take the mild deliciousness.

I ordered two rolls for my dinner. The first was the Seasons Roll ($15) which had tuna, yellowtail, salmon & avocado inside, topped with a rainbow of different tobiko caviar.

The plating was fantastic, just looking at it, I want it right now! Sometimes when rolls have many different kinds of fish it becomes huge and it is not easy to eat. That was not the case. The roll was delicious, the fish tasted very fresh and I loved the presentation.

My second roll was the Ginza Chef Roll ($15)this one had salmon, yellowtail, radish sprouts, asparagus & avocado inside, topped with tuna, spicy mayo, tobiko and crunches

This was my favorite of the night! I loved the mixture of fish and veggies, I thought the sprouts might be weird, but they just added another flavor. They also didn’t put a lot of the spicy mayo on top, I love the mayo, but sometimes it can be too heavy.

Our third visit came as another celebration. Nick, my sister-in-law, her husband and I took out my brother-in-law for his 21st birthday! When Nick and I started dating he was in middle school and now he is 21, its crazy to think how much time has flown by.

We started with a round of Scorpion Bowls. I mean it was his 21st! Lets just say it’s been awhile since I had a drink like that. I was tipsy after 1/4 of it and it gave me a major sugar headache that night. Still a fun splurge.


Happy Birthday!


Hmmm, someone was focused on drinking and not picture taking. #unacceptable

Again the table started with the rock shrimp, and we all started with a soup or salad. My choice was the Kani Salad ($7) this salad had crab, cucumber, tobiko & spicy mayo blend.

I am picky (surprise surprise) about any salad with mayo. I find a lot of them to be very heavy and all I can taste is the mayo, and then it just sits in my stomach like a brick. This salad was very light with the mayo. The crab and cucumber was julienned and was very refreshing. This is a salad I could eat all the time (well maybe if I find a healthier sub for the mayo).

For my dinner I chose two rolls again. The Godzilla roll ($12) which was spicy tuna inside, topped with avocado and tobiko and the Spicy Crab roll ($5.50). I wanted to get rolls with less “stuff” since I had a larger starter.

I loves both rolls, the spicy mixture that was mixed with the tuna and crab wasn’t heavy and didn’t hide the flavor of the fish. I would definitely get both of these again. First, I need to make my way through the rest of the menu items that look good to me.

What is your favorite sushi roll?

Last race of 2012: Jingle Bell 5k

Moving and the holidays got away from me so I didn’t get the chance to blog about my last race of 2012.


Pro Compression and Team Sparkle Skirt to help me run fast!

I ran the Jingle Bell 5k, the same course as my first postpartum race.

I had taken a significant amount of time off after the half-marathon in October. As soon as I got back to Massachusetts, I had to pack up the rest of our condo and we moved to Connecticut temporarily. We had originally thought we’d only be there a few weeks, but as it always does, house process didn’t go the way we thought it would and we were in CT for six weeks. Most days it was too cold to take B for a walk (we had packed most of our stuff in storage including some stroller gear), so I ended up getting a temporary gym membership.

Again, life doesn’t go as planned, and after suffering a stint in the ER every workout was stopped when I felt my ulcer flaring up, it was frustrating, as I was getting into the groove with my run or weights workout I would start to feel pain and I would have to stop. I didn’t want to make the situation worse but I didn’t want to lose my momentum either.

As I was overall starting to feel better, we were moving back to MA. The first weekend back was my last 5K of the year. It is a great course and I was doing the race with friends, I was excited, and grateful for the ability to go blow off some steam during the middle of the move. I will admit I was nervous, I hadn’t done a real run outside in weeks, I hadn’t raced since October, and it was cold and windy that day.


_Before I left for the race
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I met up with my friends and we took fun pics and watched all the fun costumes while we waited to start. The first mile was great, lots of crowd support, a bit of an incline, but I was able to keep my pace around 11 minutes, not bad for not racing in 2 months. The second mile was the worst, there was an insane amount of head wind and it was freezing. The saving grace was the local HS Girls Cross Country team manning the water station, they were yelling and screaming, it was hard to not catch their enthusiasm and smile. I definitely hit a mental block and when my hip started feeling off I took a few walk breaks, 90 seconds run 30 seconds walk, only until I got to the last hill. The course is near our old condo and apartment so I know the area. Once I got to the hill a group tethered together as reindeer carrying santa and a sleigh were close behind, I couldn’t let them beat me. So I picked it up and ran up the hill and took a small walking break at the top, and stretched out my hip. Then ran to the finish.


Crossing the finish line!

I PRed on the course by 5 minutes, and I am really excited by that.

So what is in store for 2013. Ideally I would love to complete 13 races in 2013. I ran 7 in 2012 and I only ran 2 between January and June. I can totally step it up. So far I have 2 half-marathons that I would love to run, one in May and one in September. Other than that I am open, what are your favorite races in the New England area?

Playlist Thursday: Refreshed for 2013

I am linking up with Pavement Runner today. I LOVE his music posts, mostly because I am always looking for new running songs to add to my playlist, but because of the format of his posts.

Playlist thursday teal

Today’s theme is: Refreshed for 2013. After an awesome win (thanks for the votes) I have to start 2013 on the right foot note, so here are some songs that are refreshing my running for 2013.

SOMETHING OLD

Artist: John Mayer
Title: No Such Thing
Side Note: This song reminds me of high school and serves as reminder to keep pushing forward. Also, he is a BABY in this video. Woah.
Quotable: Well I never lived the dreams of the prom kings
And the drama queens. I’d like to think the best of me. Is still hiding. Up my sleeve. They love to tell you. Stay inside the lines. But something’s better. On the other side

SOMETHING CURRENT

Artist: The Script featuring Will.i.Am
Title: Hall of Fame
Side Note: This song is all about how you can be whatever you put your mind to, and that’s always something I need, running can be so mental sometimes.
Quotable: You could go the distance. You could run the mile. You could walk straight through hell with a smile. You could be the hero. You could get the gold. Breaking all the records that thought never could be broke

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER

Artist: Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church
Title: The Only Way I Know
Side Note: This song also reminds me of good ol’ Vermont and I listen to it when I get a little frustrated and it helps propel me forward/
Quotable: That’s the only way I know. Don’t stop till everything’s gone. Straight ahead never turn round. Don’t back up, don’t back down. Full throttle wide open. You get tired, you don’t show it. Dig a little deeper when you think you can’t dig no more. That’s the only way I know

2013 & January Joiners

I want to preface this post with something important. I wrote a post last year about “January Joiners” and my feelings haven’t changed, but since I have become more immersed in the Healthy Living community, I am sincerely SHOCKED, by the amount of professionals & fitness minded individuals in the field who are making rude Facebook and Twitter comments about these people. As a community we should be enveloping these people who are trying to change their lives, even if you only help one person become healthier, doesn’t that matter?

The good thing about my blogiversary being January 2 is that I only have to do one recap post, luck for all of us!

I didn’t even do a recap post of 2011, I mean it goes without saying that B was without a doubt the best part of the year. I did however make a what I want to do moving forward posts, but first, if you want a laugh, check out my very first post.

For my goals of 2012 post:

Blogging

Well, I definitely think I became a better blogger, I was constant about posting at least 3 times a week, I however failed at the baking posts…I guess that is going to top this years list, don’t worry, I already have a plan.

Family & Friends

Well, I will always be striving to be a better mom & wife. I made a few solid real life mom friends, and many online mom friends. I have also tried extremely hard to let go of dead relationships, and maybe this year I will finally explain why that is so difficult for me. Patience, definitely still needs work.

Baking

I continued baking, but didn’t document a large majority of it. On this years agenda.

Fitness

I talked about trying Crossfit and with the exception of HLS, I did not, still not in the budget, and I am not sure my heart is 100% in to it. I also never found any fitness classes that fit into our schedule and budget. Gripe: so many gyms do not let you take on a class by class basis, you need to go to a specialized studio like Zumba or Pure Barre, and those are also pricy, dang. I would at least like to try Zumba and Barre this year, there are a few studios nearby.

Life

I failed. We did not travel somewhere new, B did not go in the pool :(, but I did enjoy myself at all the big events. Even if I had some issues with my self-esteem.


So what’s in store for 2013?

The only solid goals I have for the year are to lose 20 pounds and to shave 20 minutes off my half. They both take work and I am willing to work hard for both of them.