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Dining Experience at The Cowfish Sushi~Burger~Bar

The Cowfish Sushi ~ Burger ~ Bar

Last night Brandon and I decided to go out to dinner to a new restaurant in Charlotte we’ve been wanting to try for awhile now…The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar.  We have heard from friends that they have great sushi, burgers and also offer something called Burgushi–a tasty combination of both the components used to make a burger and the components used to make sushi.  We thought we must try this!

I loved this depiction of ginger and wasabi on the wall.

It was pretty packed and we had to wait a bit for a table, but we knew sitting at the bar was first come, first serve so we anxiously were watching the bar to hope seats opened up there first.  Sure enough, 2 seats opened up and we were able to get our dining experience started.  We were pretty hungry so we started with an appetizer, Blackened Ahi Tuna Nachos.  Our server recommended these nachos and we both love Ahi tuna, so we thought we’d try them!

Blackened Ahi Tuna Nachos

Menu Description-5 crispy wonton chips topped with our famous Crab Rangoon Dip, spring mix, homemade pico de gallo with avocado, and sliced seared rare blackened Ahi tuna.

Mmmm….soo good!  The tuna tasted sooo fresh and yummy and had a great flavor mixed with the pico de gallo and avocado.

Next was our entree.  Here is the description from The Cowfish’s menu of their food style and selections.  “The Cowfish introduces a unique fusion of burgers and sushi! Burgushi items are served in various formats, including sushi rolls created utilizing beef & burger components and non-traditional ingredients, and sandwiches created using sushi components. The Cowfish bento boxes offer a sampling of both burger and sushi! Open your mind and your taste buds as you experience these originals brought to you by The Cowfish.”

Bento Box

While we were waiting for our food to get here, we played some really cool games on what was like a large individualized iPad full of games, screen savers and things to do while you wait for your food.

Matching game

Trapping the mouse…seriously.

 Then I figured I’d give myself a free plug, you never know who might be reading this!

We knew we wanted to pick a traditional sushi roll but we also wanted to try the much talked about, Burgushi.  So we asked our server again what was her favorite and what they were known for.  She suggested the Taste Explosion Roll from the Burgushi Menu and the Firecracker Roll from the traditional Sushi Menu.  So we tried both!!

The Taste Explosion Roll (bottom)

Seasoned natural Angus ground beef, applewood bacon, fresh jalapenos and spicy cream sauce inside of a sushi roll coated with tempura flakes. Each piece is topped with marinated Roma tomato and pepper jack cheese, then baked to perfection. Drizzled with cashew cilantro pesto to finish.

Firecracker Roll (on top)
Shrimp tempura and kani roll coated with tempura flakes, topped with fresh yellowtail and salmon. Finished with spicy cream sauce, tobiko and scallions. Served with ponzu dipping sauce.
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They were both very tasty!! But yet again, there’s not much sushi I don’t like!  The Taste Explosion Roll had a great burger flavor with the added spiciness of the pepperjack cheese and fresh jalapenos.  The Firecracker Roll was also yummy!! The yellowtail and salmon it was topped with were both super fresh and paired well with the spicy cream sauce and scallions.
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Overall there were sooo many options on what to order at Cowfish that we will definitely be back again to try something new!  Next time I’d like to try either a hand roll, bento box or a different type of sushi roll.

EarthFare, Carob Vegan Overnight Oats, Sushi, and Beer Review

EarthFare’s Bulk Section

If you’ve never been to EarthFare’s bulk section of grains, rice, nuts, barley, etc, you must go!!  After being referred to go there from Mariah , I felt so dumb for always walking right past the bulk section when I could’ve been saving $$ buying bulk goods there!  Here is my receipt from bulk shopping at EarthFare.

I picked up black chia seeds, rolled oats, tri-colored quinoa, and red wheatberries all at low prices by buying bulk.

Next I picked up some Zesty Nacho Kale Chips, because after making my own, I’ve been eager to try new flavors of this delcious and healthy treat!

I also picked up this yummy peanut sauce that I would like to add to a tofu or grilled chicken with veggies and brown rice.

And then picking up lunch from their salad bar, sounded like a great idea!  Look at what I got!  Yummy israeli couscous salad, sweet potatoes, broccoli salad, dolmas, and curry chicken salad.

While I was eating lunch, my little begger, Lacey, was jealous of me.  So I gave her one of her Blue Bars from the Blue Buffalo Company, which is an all natural, healthy and holistic dog food company.

Puppy Treat

Vegan Overnight Oats

Then I thought I’d whip up a batch of Carob Vegan Overnight Oats, also known as VOO.  These are all the ingredients you need for the delicious, healthy yummyness!

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk, I use vanilla almond milk
  • 1.5 tbsp carob powder (or sweetened protein powder)–optional

Ingredients for Vegan Overnight Oats=VOO

Directions: Mix together all ingredients in bowl and place in the fridge overnight.  Stir well in the morning & add maple syrup to taste.

I did not have any bananas at the time to create banana soft serve to implement this mixture, so I added a tbsp of almond butter and gave it a swirl around with the carob oats.  It was delicious and Lacey loved it too!!

Mmm--and healthy too!!

Check out these blogs to see more mouthwatering overnight oats pictures and recipes!

http://ohsheglows.com/2011/04/07/vegan-overnight-oat-parfaits-12-recipes-to-kick-off-the-season/

http://picturespupsandpies.blogspot.com/2011/06/blueberry-breakfast.html

Sushi Buffet

Now, I am a sushi lover and critic!!! So…eventhough it sounds skeptical to go to a sushi buffet, I promise this one at Rusan’s in Charlotte is award-winning!  For $9.99 you get an entire sushi buffet that is loaded with fresh sushi, all sashimi grade.  There are many types of different sushi rolls, maki, and nigiri.  Here are some pictures I want to share of my time at Rusan’s today.

Kirin Light and Low Sodium soy sauce

DELICIOUS!! and BEAUTIFUL!!

I do not use or need that much wasabi, FYI, I just accidently piled it on.

I met up with my good friend and co-worker at school, Genie and her 7 month son, Joseph.

Genie and Joseph

Joseph

Beer Review

Mud Slinger Spring Ale

Mud Slinger Spring Ale is a beer from Red Hook Brewery, located in Woodinville, WA (outside Seattle).  I’ve had the pleasure to visit this brewery and go on their brewery tour, so I’m partial to Red Hook.  This beer was my favorite of theirs on the tour.  Mud Slinger has a slightly sweet nutty taste and being that it’s medium brown in color, it’s a little heavier than a lager.  On the tour, I learned that this beer has just been created and gets it’s name from the slang term, mudslingers, or mountain bikers who ride around the Cascades, in the Seattle area.  Here are some more pics of when I visited this brewery.

Check out those copper kettles of beer behind me!! And Flat Stanley came along with me!

Me, Becky, and Brian at Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville, WA (April 2011)

Flying Biscuit Cafe-Playing Frisbee in the park-Speciality Beer Reviews

Flying Biscuit Cafe

We were late risers this morning due to staying up like vampires last night watching junk TV and surfing the web, so we decided to go out to eat at the Flying Biscuit Cafe for brunch.   I was going to bring my camera to take pictures of what we ordered, but I knew it would be super busy and didn’t want to risk being scooted up close to another couple eating like we were last time.  So I’ll tell you about what we had.  It was delicious!!

Brandon ordered the Egg-Stravaganza…
Two large farm fresh eggs served with our chicken sausage, crisp turkey bacon, creamy dreamy grits, plus whole wheat French toast topped with raspberry sauce and honey crème anglaise.  He ordered his eggs, over-easy.  And then asked me, “why do they ask how I want my eggs?  I just want them to cook them.”  I, working in restaurants part-time for 13 years now, told them there are TONS of ways people want their eggs specifially made to their order.  Scrambled (#1 most popular), over-easy, over-medium, over-hard, sunny side up, poached, egg whites only scrambled, egg whites only scrambled add cheese, etc, etc, etc, etc.  At that point, maybe you should just stay home and cook for yourself if you have to be so specific?

I ordered the Clifton Omelette…
Three large farm fresh eggs stuffed with goat cheese and mushrooms, topped with warm tomato coulis and basil, served with creamy dreamy grits.

I’ve been keeping goat cheese in the fridge recently because we love to add a touch of goat cheese to our omelettes in the morning, but I also loved the idea of the mushrooms and the tomato coulis and basil on top.  The tomato coulis was a blended mixture of tomatoes and spices.

(Now I waitress at Brazwell’s Premium Pub, a restaurant in the MECA of Myers Park on Montford Drive.  At Brazwell’s we have a full dinner menu as well as a brunch menu we offer on Sundays from 11am-3pm.)  There’s your plug Brazwell’s, that’s the least I could do, right?

Playing Frisbee in the park

Next I wanted to take our puppy, Lacey Lou, to a new open grassy field/park that has just been laid with sod literally overnight.   Here are some pictures of Lacey and Brandon playing Frisbee!

Sit- good puppy

I love Lacey's facial expression in this one...she looks like a stuffed animal.

Fetching the frisbee

Good puppy

Sweet girl

Happy Puppy

Sweet father/daughter photo

Happy Puppy Lucky Lady

Speciality Beer Reviews

Acai Berry Wheat and Bad Penny

Earlier this week, Brandon picked up a few speciality beers at Total Wine for us to try because we think we are beer connoisseurs or something.  The Acai Berry Wheat was for me and is brewed in Scotia, California at the Eel River Brewing Company.  It is Certified Organic.  My review, “It has a good wheat flavor with a hint of berry.”  I would purchase this beer again.

Brandon picked out the Bad Penny Brown Ale for him.  Bad Penny, a local beer, is brewed in Raleigh, NC at the Big Boss Brewing Co.  Brandon’s review, “Now this looks like a good beer!” (based on the rich, dark color alone)  Tasting review- “It has a good dark and smooth flavor.”  He would also purchase this beer again.

All that playing makes for a tired puppy.