Food

Birthday Sushi!

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Lately I have been craving sushi like crazy and the thing I miss the most these days is definitely raw fish. Although I have been trying to convince my better half that there is no scientific evidence linking pregnant women eating sushi with health risks to babies, raw fish is still a big no-no at home.

On another note, this week we celebrated my love’s 36th birthday and what better way to celebrate this day, than with delicious sushi from the comfort of our patio??
Joking aside, the very same day we had our 20-week ultrasound to sneak a peek at our bean and find out the baby’s gender.
So, I guess this was definitely a very special birthday for him, besides our sushi date.

After hustling and bustling all day long, I felt extremely fatigued and could not seem to get out of first gear. This sushi came in handy, all I needed to do was to stop by the grocery store and pick up some rolls, temaki and sashimi.
I must be honest, this sushi is rather costly but I spared no expense given the special occasion, plus it is definitely worth the money: always fresh, crunchy and absolutely delicious.
I got our favorites: Triple Spicy Roll, Wakame Cali Roll, Crunch Cali Roll and Crunch Salmon Roll, two very filling Temaki, sashimi and edamame.
My stomach is growling again!

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This is the link to the Sushi Kiosks whose products I mentioned in my post: http://sushidaily.com/ as you can see it is available all across Europe!
For those of you who do not know, the artisans prepare the sushi right in front of you and have been extremely customer-oriented with my recent pregnancy concerns.
On top of this, they have recently added 4 mind blowing poke bowls. I have only tried the tofu one, but in October once our baby arrives, I will stockpile all of them.

 

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Rainy days

Rainy days call for comfy naps and a cup of chai latte.

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After several days of sunny and humid weather, we finally got to enjoy some summer thunderstorms and fresh air.
Having rained all week-end, I sat outside on the balcony enjoying a cup of my home-made chai latte. I would love to drink some pumpkin spice latte but I will just leave it for when the leaves start to fall and the weather gets chillier.
Long story short, the result of this recipe was a creamy cup of black tea fragrant with cinnamon and a hint of ginger. Needless to day that while I was preparing my cuppa, the entire kitchen was smelling delicious!

Here are the few steps I followed:

  • Toast the spices
    I placed the cinnamon and cardamom in a saucepan over medium heat until fragrant.
  • Brew the tea
    To the same saucepan, I added some pieces of fresh ginger and some water. As soon as I brough to simmer, I removed from heat and added the loose tea I got from India.
  • Sweeten the tea
    I then sweetened the tea with a pinch of brown sugar and a large spoon of honey.
  • Strain the tea
    I strained the tea into a teapot.
  • Froth the milk
    Having used whole milk, I merely shook it in a jar in order to froth it. An immersion blender will work just fine for non-dairy milk. I heated the milk in a small saucepan straight after.
  • Enjoy!
    I poured 3/4 of tea base into my mug, adding 1/2 cup of warmed milk and stirred to combine. For the glutton, you can top with a spoonful of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
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Sushi bites

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If you happen to find yourself in magical Odaiba (お台場) one definite stop would be at Odaiba Maruetsu (お台場店マルエツ).
A part of the long process of acclimatizing to a new country, whether on vacation or in real life, is definitely knowing how to grocery shop.
Given the high living costs in Japan, a smart move was to purchase my meal at Maruetsu as local supermarkets tend to be rather inexpensive if you stick to Japanese food.
There are usually plenty of restaurants offering a wide range of meals for 500 yen: curry rice, noodles, soba, ramen etc. and they are usually located around and inside large stations and in business areas.
The artificial island of Odaiba, on the other hand, is a whole different story.
As a tourist and leisure zone, with several large hotels and shopping malls, it does not really offer many places to eat on the cheap.
If you visit grocery stores just before closing time in the evening, you can purchase remaining perishable products at big discounts. At this time supermarkets are likely to get rid of all the delicious sushi packs at discounted rates as high as 70 or 80% off the regular marked price.
When I first bumped into this grocery store just a few minutes away from Odaiba Kaihinkoen Station (お台場海浜公園駅) I knew I had hit jackpot.
What could be better than chowing down on mouth-watering sushi while walking on the decks of Odaiba?
I felt instantly revitalized and in awe of the city’s skyline brimming with electric energy. Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder after all!
I have rounded up a list of the nigiri sushi that came in this convenient pack:
Tamago nigiri (卵焼き): A light Japanese omelette made by combining eggs, and sometimes sugar or soy sauce. It is usually taken as the final course, almost like a dessert bite, but let’s just say I did not save the best for last.
Maguro nigiri (まぐろ握り寿司): The leaner flesh of tuna.
Sake nigiri (サーモン握り寿司): A piece of raw salmon layered on top of rice.
Ikura nigiri (いくら握り寿司): Sticky mass of salmon roe.
Amaebi nigiri (甘海老握り寿司) : Spot prawns. Cold water northern shrimp known and named after their sweet taste.
Hotate nigiri (ホタテ 握り寿司): The softest sushi is scallop sushi!
Hamachi nigiri (はまち握り寿司): Japanese amberjack.
いただきます。