Vacation Recap: Myrtle Beach

Hello everyone! I had a great week in South Carolina with my brother, sister, and brother-in-law…I enjoyed lots of sunshine, shopping, drinks, food, and relaxation time. But reality hit quick and it’s back to work for me…just wanted to share a few pictures from my week away!

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Greeted by palm trees upon arrival 🙂

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First beer of the trip: a hef at Gordon Biersch

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Great brewery tour at New South in Myrtle Beach!

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Beer time!

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Up close and personal with some sharks at the aquarium!

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Broadway at the Beach!

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Feeding the fox squirrel- indigenous to SC!

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And of course…sushi

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Family 🙂

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Let The Sushi Adventures Continue…

I had to work all weekend, so on Saturday I went for a much-needed sushi lunch! This time we went to Sake Hana in Westborough, which was a short 5 minute walk from work. We were the only ones there so we sat right up front at the sushi bar, meaning we were able to watch all of our sushi being made! We started with an appetizer, on the house, which was a spicy tuna avocado ball: spicy tuna wrapped in avocado with a crunch. Delicious!

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We then asked the sushi chef to surprise us with something. He served us tuna with a “special sauce” over sliced cucumber. It tasted like it was grilled (slightly smoky) and we loved it!

We asked the chef to surprise us with some sashimi, since I had never tried it. We were served salmon, yellowtail and striped fish. Basically you are just eating big pieces of raw fish! The salmon was doable for me, but I didn’t like the other two. I think I will stick with my sushi rolls, but I am glad I gave it a try!

Since I wasn’t a fan of the sashimi, we asked the chef to surprise us with sushi rolls. He made us a volcano roll (spicy tuna, crunch, shrimp tempura, avocado, wrapped in pink soy paper) and another roll which I don’t know the name of, but it was deep fried with various sauces on top and was delicious! I liked both of these rolls a lot.

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Next, even though we were stuffed, we got another roll for the “presentation”…it was served to look like a lobster! It had green beans in it, which I didn’t like, but other than that it was good. The presentation was by far the best part; they even put lights under the lobster head so it lit up purple. Very cool!

 

Overall, I thought the sushi was very good. Not the best place I have tried, but I enjoyed letting the sushi chef surprise us, as well as being able to watch first hand as he made our rolls. And I was glad I mustered the courage to try sashimi, even though I wasn’t a fan (gotta be adventurous sometimes). My only complaint was that the waitress sort of hovered around us while we ate; possibly for translation purposes with the sushi chef, but it was a bit much. I think if we were there at a busier time of day that wouldn’t have been an issue. But I would definitely go back again!

Transformation Tuesday: Dirty Girl Mud Run Edition

My fellow dirty girl’s thoughts on our mud run!

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This past weekend was filled with fun, especially since my two best friends and I were running our second Dirty Girl Mud Run, a down-and-dirty 5k obstacle course filled with mud, rocks, grime, and all things mother nature.

It was a great day for the race – sunny, but not too hot and humid. We lucked out there. We entered the 10:30 wave, which seemed to be a popular option since some obstacles had us waiting in line to complete – such as the “Get Over Yourself” wall climb. But my friends and I made the most of our wait, catching up on life while dancing to some of the music blaring from the speakers.

According to my friend Lisa’s Fitbit (by the way, you MUST check out her blog here), we burned over 400 calories while having a great time. I must admit though, it took a…

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2nd Annual Dirty Girl Mud Run!

Saturday I completed my 2nd 5k mud run! We had a blast once again and definitely got nice and muddy (I think I need a pedicure to get all of it out of my toenails). I only did it with 2 friends this year, but the other 2 are definitely doing it next year, so we will carry on the tradition once again!  I also donated my shoes again at the end; Dirty Girl will clean and donate the muddy sneakers to those in need. Therefore, I have an excuse to buy some new sneaks…yay!

This year we ran a later wave, so we had to wait longer at some of the obstacles than last year. But according to my Fitbit (which I wore under a sweatband so it didn’t fall off), I still burned 410 calories…not bad for running/climbing 3.1 miles! We celebrated with our free beers, free Larabar samples, and lunch at the sports park before heading home. Then my boyfriend and I celebrated with dinner. Can’t wait to do it all again next year!

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Before and after!

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Tough mudders!

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Last year’s before and after photos!

Sushi Sunday!

So it seems like I have been having sushi on Sundays a lot recently…maybe I should make this a weekly thing? I certainly wouldn’t mind that! I tried another sushi place in Westboro with my friend Gary, who seems to be an expert on delicious sushi places in the area. We went to Sachi Japanese Steakhouse, which is literally right across the street from the bar I work at (dangerously close). The inside was beautiful; we sat at the bar, which had a great ambiance. They had a ton of different specialty rolls to choose from, so we tried 4 different ones, all of which were delicious! Once I try all the sushi places in Westboro I am going to need to do a comparison and decide my favorite rolls; I certainly am doing the rounds. Gary and I need to make this into a walking tour so we can make the Fitbit happy too!

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Lobster Roll: Lobster deep fried in crunchy tempura batter, rolled in soy seaweed stuffed with cucumber & daikon radish, served with chef special sauce

My thoughts: It was rolled in pink soy seaweed, which I thought was unique, but overall sort of bland.

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Westboro Roll: Yellowtail, tempura flakes, avocado topped with shrimp, eel, salmon, tuna, avocado, tobiko, scallion, wasabi mayo & eel sauce

My thoughts: Delicious! Loved the creamy avocado on top and the sauce was very good.

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Boston Bruins Roll: Shrimp tempura with cucumber inside, topped with smoked salmon and avocado, wrap with soy bean paper. Served with spicy mayo, eel sauce

My thoughts: So good, probably my favorite! Loved the mix of crunchy shrimp tempura with smoked salmon as well as the spicy mayo. Yum!

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Little Delicious Roll: Cream cheese, avocado, crab meat & spicy tuna deep fried & served with a sweet & spicy sauce

My thoughts: This was clearly the least healthy (the whole roll is deep fried) but it was served warm, which made the cream cheese gooey and it was amaaaazing. However, it was very filling…I was glad to be splitting it with someone. Definitely my second favorite 🙂

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Well, I am now hungry for more sushi. Unfortunately I don’t have my own personal sushi chef (sigh), so I will be making myself stuffed peppers tonight with my friend Jess’s recipe; can’t wait to see how they turn out! My mud run is this Saturday, so I will also be doing lots of running this week to prep for that. I had a blast last year and can’t wait to do it again!

Weekend Recap: Pineapple Print and Sushi

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. I had a fun-filled few days including a bridal shower, a grad party, a frisbee tournament, and a sushi lunch. Now it’s time to begin the countdown to Friday again! Just wanted to share a few pictures from my weekend.

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Just picked up this pineapple print dress at Savers for $10! It was perfect for the bridal shower, which was an afternoon tea. I paired it with a yellow cardigan, a statement necklace, and gold flat sandals.

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Sunday I met up with Gary for sushi and Mai tai’s. We went to Cheng Du in Westboro this time, where we ordered an assortment of rolls and of course had a few too many Mai tai’s. Everything was delicious! They also had the comfiest chairs at the bar; it was like sitting on a couch…while being served drinks and sushi. A big win in my book!

Is it Friday yet??

Sushi and Mai Tai’s

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! I spent it working (boo) but still found the time to go for a hike with my boyfriend and spend a day at the beach with my family. I also went to lunch on Saturday with my friend Gary, which I needed to blog about since I realized I have not yet posted about sushi (and it’s in the title of my blog…) We went to Sapporo, which is an awesome Korean and sushi restaurant if you’re in Central Massachusetts! We ended up splitting 5 sushi rolls and salmon sashimi, along with edamame and Mai Tai’s. All of the sushi was sooo delicious. I probably could have eaten there all day! Their house Mai Tai is killer, but I also tried a Paleo Mai Tai, which replaced the sugary syrup with agave nectar and didn’t have orange curacao; just rum and pineapple juice! Still packed a punch 🙂

Here are the rolls we tried:

Firecracker: Shrimp tempura and spicy tuna topped with ebi shrimp, eel sauce, and hots. Served in foil, flaming hot, and definitely spicy!

Caterpillar: Spicy tuna topped with avocado, tobiko, and spicy sauce. The avocado on top made it so creamy and delicious!

Philadelphia: Salmon, cucumbers, and cream cheese. Always a favorite of mine!

Sapporo Special: Shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, and spicy sauce. Basically a bunch of deliciousness in one roll!

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All of our sushi!

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One of each roll…yummmm

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The Firecracker roll came out in tin foil over a flame (of 151 rum, naturally)

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The Firecracker!

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Sapporo Mai Tai!

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The Paleo Mai Tai!

What’s your favorite type of sushi? I’m always looking for new rolls to try!