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?

A Fancy Dinner…or Two.

First, go check out the Healthy Living Summit Blog. I am honored and ecstatic to be one of the top five contenders for the Wild Harvest® Breakfast Showdown!

Now onto our regularly scheduled post!

If you read Caitlin’s blog you know that she loves to have a good meal out, and so she was asked what her favorite restaurant is. Her response was J.Gilberts in Glastonbury, CT. J.Gilberts is a short ride from my in-laws, and since I was going to be down in CT for my birthday, I decided I wanted to give it a try!

The day started with a nice hot run around the neighborhood.

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My husband gathered some of our closest friends for dinner. The meal started with fresh bread and a peppercorn butter.

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To start my brother-in-law and I shared the Ahi Tuna Tartare. Unfortunately, I did not get a picture, but trust me it was amazing. I also started with champagne tasting trio.

For dinner, per Caitlin’s suggestion, I got the 4 oz filet combo with a jumbo lump crab cake. For sides I got grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes.

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My brother-in-law got the bourbon maple shrimp, so we made a little trade. It was all amazing. The filet was cooked perfectly and the crab cake was a legit crab cake. Not a lot of filler, the right way to make a crab cake.

Since it was my birthday Nick and I shared the Chocolate Velvet Cake for dessert.

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This should be where the story ends, but a little over a week later was Nick & I’s wedding anniversary. We usually just go out to a nice dinner, but it had been a long couple weeks of traveling and spending and we weren’t planning on really doing anything.

Then Ms. Caitlin posted a message about good old J.Gilberts and how she was eating there and had a coupon…she even said I could get the coupon too. From there it wasn’t too hard to convince the husband that we should celebrate our anniversary at J.Gilberts.

Again we started with bread, and we were going to order the Calamari, but because of the heat the breading wouldn’t stick to the calamari and they didn’t want to serve a sub-par dish. Instead we got a Caesar salad.

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That giant cracker thing, it was pure cheese, not really my cup of tea, but the rest of the salad was delicious.

Again, I got the 4 oz filet and crab cake, but I decided to get different sides, garlic broccolini and a loaded baked potato.

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Nick just got a bigger filet with smashed potatoes and lobster mac and cheese.

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I stuck with wine for dinner but both Nick and Caitlin rave about the Manhattan, I am not a fan of bourbon, but they claim it was one of if not the best.

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And that is how we ended up with 2 fancy dinners at the same restaurant in almost one week!

What is your favorite fancy place?

One.

I had a really long post planned for this day, but I cannot form the words as eloquently as I would like. And frankly, maybe its best that way. I think most of my words are best to be said to B when he is older.

At 5:44 am, B turned one. I can’t believe it. It seems like just yesterday we had the hospital stay(s) from hell.

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He has turned into such a little man with an amazingly funny personality.

He loves to laugh, he loves to hear mom and dad laugh too.

He is learning to walk, I don’t think it will be too long before he is walking on his own.

He still doesn’t have any teeth, definitely still thinking that he will just get adult teeth

28.

I have gone from this

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to this

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In just 28 years.

And along the way I have learned some valuable lessons.

❊ Love with your whole heart, give it away, let it get broken, learn what you want in life.

❊ Don’t let any relationship, friend, family or romance, make you feel worthless. You are worth something, the person that is making you feel like nothing is a waste of time.

❊ Have fun. Live life to the fullest, don’t do something because it is what is expected of you or because it’s the norm.

❊ Do something scary.

and finally

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Motivation

I have a lot of motivation when it comes to losing weight. Feeling fit and being healthy for my family is number one. Vanity obviously plays a small role. But the other part, one that I don’t tell many people, in fact I haven’t really told anyone. Is that I want to be a runner. I want to be great at this.

I know being great doesn’t mean being the best and I never except to be the best, but I want to be better than I am right now.

Right now it’s about getting on the treadmill and just running, as a side note I think I am one of the very few people who really don’t mind treadmill running. THere are days when I just am tired, the baby was up every hour and during nap time, the last thing I want to do is run, but I do it. Beacause if I don’t I will regret doing nothing.

Some of the motivation for getting on the treadmill.

Another big motivation tool is prizes. Toni of Running, Loving, Living is hosting a virtual 3.5 mile run for her birthday and blog anniversary and there are prizes to be run. This contest ends on Friday, so get out there or on your treadmill and get your 3.5 miles done.

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Are you a treadmill runner or do you hate it?

Carrot Cake Muffins

As part of my weekly pinterest challenge, I started it off with a baking project.

In honor of my dad’s birthday, I could’t think of a better reason to start.
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{Happy Birthday Dad!}

I found this King Arthur Flour recipe on pinterest. Now I must admit, I don’t really care for carrot cake that much. In fact I hate it, really just because of the raisins.

I had asked my dad what kind of cake he wanted, he responded with carrot and red velvet. Red Velvet is my favorite too, but my sister picked that one because she too hates carrot cake. I stumbled upon this recipe and decided I must try it. I might even like it.

I started by greasing the cup liners. I then made the cream cheese filling and set it aside. Note – I did not use the flavoring they suggested in the recipe.

I then added the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and I didn’t have any ginger on hand, so I used nutmeg.

The recipe says to whisk the oil, water and eggs in a separate bowl then add to the dry mixture, but frankly it was late and I was tired, so I added those ingredients to the dry ones. I added the carrots last and whisked it until everything was mixed evenly.

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I used a tablespoon, and put 2 tablespoons in each cup, then 1 tablespoon of filling…

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Then I covered with one more tablespoon of batter.
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The muffins cooked for 20 minutes
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I let them cool before the husband and I cracked one open to try. We both actually liked them. They didn’t taste like traditional carrot cake, we actually both agreed that they tasted more like an apple spice cake.

The one thing I would probably change is to make more of the cream cheese filling, it didn’t seem like enough.

Unfortunately I don’t have any more pics of them. I was exhausted and forgot to take any at the party. Plus we skipped out early since it was past B’s bedtime and it was getting late.

Today’s Question: Do you like carrot cake? Would you make these muffings?