Archive | June, 2012

Chiyo Sushi Awesome or Ok?

12 Jun

Chiyo Sushi Awesome or Ok?

On May 31, 2012, I went out to Chiyo Sushi in Mount Washington in
Baltimore. I will be honest I am a sushi slut! I love sushi and I usually
can tell you where the best places are in the city. I can also tell you
where to stay away from. I had the honor in the summer of groupon (I am
trying to use all my groupons before the end of summer) to go to Chiyo
sushi. From first appearance it appears to be in the cut. Seriously, you
may drive by it if you miss your turn or go too fast. It’s up the street
from the Mt. Washington light rail stop, so be green and take the light rail.
When you first enter, the restaurant is very quaint and cozy. At first, you
may feel like there is not enough room, but the hostess will lead you
upstairs where they have more seats. Like most sushi restaurants, they have
two menus. One with all items, and of course a sushi menu. The sushi menu is
extensive, it has two sides with over 100 choices of rolls, either cooked or
vegetarian options. So we started the meal with green tea, my eating buddy
had iced green tea. I had the hot honey green tea, which was good with a
strong honey after taste. So we finally decided with the help of our
waitress to get the New Orleans roll, Florida roll, Kamikaze roll, Honey Nut
Shrimp roll and Ivy roll. Sidebar, I must say our waitress was nice and
bubbly and suggested the Florida Roll and Ivy Roll. Each roll was unique
too in its own right, and just made me smile after eating it. All rolls were
served on the same plate.

Here is the breakdown of taste below:

Tasty!

The Ivy roll was made up of apple, avocado, bean curd and cucumber if I
remember correctly. The apple brought out a sweetness that enhanced the
flavor of the bean curd. This was very tasty and for any vegetarian reader
out there was a delish roll to try.

Okay!

Next up was the Florida roll. Again, I forgot what was inside the roll but
it was similar to other sushi restaurants Florida roll. It was still
refreshing and delicious. The Kamakaze roll was super spicy with black
pepper tuna with avocado and tuna inside and tuna on top of the sushi roll.
The roll off the break was SPICY. If you like spicy then , this is the roll
to get. It will set your mouth on fire, but in a good way.

Amazing!

The last two rolls that were enjoyed were the Honey Nut Shrimp roll and the
New Orleans roll. Both are lightly fried outside. The honey nut shrimp had
this amazing sauce, walnuts, apple and shrimp tempura. The roll was still
delicate, with the right amount of sweetness. The cool part, the
crunchiness came from the whole roll not just the walnut. It wasn’t a
flavor explosion but more like a small symphony of savory and sweetness.
The New Orleans roll was just as good also, with crawfish, and a fried
outer shell. I do not remember all of the details, but it sort of blended
New Orleans flavor with sushi, which just made everything awesome.

In my opinion I would suggest this place for a date or a dinner with
friends. Uncle Wiggly is up the street on Forge Avenue, which serves Taharka
Brothers ice cream. The sushi was good, service was good and atmosphere
was relaxed and nice. It’s right off of the light rail and several bus stops
so one doesn’t have to worry about parking. If you are in Baltimore, and want
to try something new that’s not in the heart of the city, then jump on the light
rail and explore Mt. Washington.

Until Next Time,

— deaverster

Rosemary Almonds

10 Jun
Rosemary Almonds
I Love My 2nd Job! On the weekend I work at a Gourmet Food and Gift Store, every now and then I can make really delicious samples. Last weekend was super awesome, because my Manager, told me to get creative and make sampling fun this weekend.  I was super stoked, however we were sampling snacks. I was thinking, how would I be able to make sampling fun with snack items?  A long time ago (2007-2009) I brought a cookbook called “Party Appetizers: Small Bites, Big Flavors” by Tori Ritchie. One of the recipes in the book is Rosemary Almonds, which is super easy to make; all you need is  butter, garlic, rosemary, and salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.   These almonds have a subtle flavor but are still delicious. The rosemary left the store smelling comfortable, warm and inviting.
Rosemary Almond Recipe:
Ingredients
*1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil to coat pan (optional)
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 clove of garlic, minced or Pressed
1 tablespoon of minced fresh Rosemary
1 ½ cups of whole unsalted almonds
Salt and Pepper
2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  1. Preheat Oven to 350*F
  2. Add Butter to skillet and melt at medium heat * if you use Olive oil add before the butter.
  3. Add in Garlic and Rosemary , Stir for a few seconds (30s-45s)
  4. Add in almonds, salt and pepper. Stir until almonds are well coated for 1 min.
  5. Add Worcestershire sauce & Shake pan vigorously. Then stir until almonds are glossy(~1min).
  6. Transfer Almonds from the skillet  to a baking sheet and back for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Allow the almonds to cool,than remove almonds from  the baking sheet and Serve.
These almonds can be stored up to 2 days in an air-tight container. Since  they taste so  amazing you won’t need to store them. Great for a quick appetizer when guest come over or if you are trying to be healthy. Even though, I think the butter defeats that aspect of a healthy snack.   This recipe can be adjusted for vegans/vegetarians. Just omit the butter and use Earth Balance Baking Sticks or spread. I would suggest the olive oil based ones since this is a savory snack.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my customers did. I had on customer come back for 5ths .
Also I have to put the joke that was made about the almonds:
Customer: So what are you sampling today?
Me: Rosemary almonds
Customer: Where are they?
Me: We made them in our kitchen.
Customer: So you get paid to prepare gourmet nuts?
Me: Yes, and so far everyone seems to be enjoying my nuts in their mouth.
(I thought it was funny)
*Cool Fact about rosemary is considered an aphrodisiac.  The benefits of rosemary are the ability to ignite lost memories
as described in folklore.  Rosemary is known to increase circulation and increase touch sensitivity. In artist renderings of Aphrodite/ Venus the goddess of love is believed to be clutching sprigs of Rosemary in her hand. During medieval times women use to bathe with rosemary to entice their lovers of past memories. In Shakespeare Ophelia states after finding out about Hamlets death “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies. that’s for thoughts.” Rosemary is for love and remembrance.
–Deaverster

The Family Guy Salad

2 Jun

This Salad reminds me of the opening scene in Family Guy episode “Grumpy Old Men”

The Family Guy Salad

So last week I had the opportunity to go to the Blue Dolphin Seafood Bar and Grill, located in Gambrills, MD on Route 3.  Funny story, so this was not the first choice to go out to eat.  First we were supposed to go to Jaspers in Largo. However, one of my co-workers suggested trying a different place. Turns out the second choice Fins, a Hawaiian fusion and sushi bar located in Crofton MD, was recently closed for business.  So the last effort before McDonald’s or Wendy’s was searched out was the Blue Dolphin Seafood Bar and Grill, across the street. We went in and it did not seem too busy.  Well it was a Tuesday night, so you would expect it to be quiet and laid back. The hostess offered a choice of where to sit either lounge side or dining room, and we chose the lounge side.  Of course, Happy Hour was taking place. Everyone was dressed as they came from the office. We were quickly seated, served bread with butter, and a little while later the waiter came to take our order. First up was the Thai Shrimp Rolls. I found the shrimp rolls to be flavorless, and missing a crucial element. After examining the menu, they had a Tuesday special for Fish and Pasta. However, you can either get 1lb of shrimp for $8.95, pasta or fish and chips. I just found that to be an odd title, but did not question the wording.

My eating buddy ordered the lasagna. I proceeded to order the “House Salad” which is not on the online menu. On the online menu they have a salad called the “Blue Dolphin Family Salad” described on the menu as an unending bowl of crisp greens tossed with fresh vegetables, feta cheese, shaved parmesan cheese and house dressing.  Our food came out, the lasagna looked overly cheesy.  My salad came out next and the best way to describe it is the scene from Family Guy about how pizza places make salads. I was not thrilled, and I LOVE SALADS! I mean love; anyone can tell you how I annihilate a salad when we go out to eat.  The olives tasted bitter, my cucumbers were bitter, and the tomatoes were flavorless.  On top of that I had two of my favorite cheeses, feta and parmesan. Well the parmesan cheese was not shaved, it was the crushed stuff you get from Kraft! I mean if you can’t put fresh parmesan cheese on it, then LEAVE IT OFF!!!!!  Wait for it …. Wait for it…. It had whole yellow jalapeno peppers, similar to the ones you get with your Papa John’s pizza. I was done, only thing I liked about my salad was the dressing. I did not get any breadsticks.  On top of all that, the happy hour crew that was there started talking about escorts while we ate. I was hoping the dessert could have saved my experience, but alas, it didn’t. I ordered the Oreo cheesecake to go , it had a cover of chocolate ganache over top of the cheesecake.  On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the Kraft Oreo dessert and 10 being better than sex, this cheesecake was a 5. Nothing great about it but not really worth the calories I wasted eating it. I will have to hit the gym harder to prevent the fat from building up in my abs. Overall, if you want happy hour go to the Blue dolphin. If you are over the age of 55 you should go here. I will not be going back anytime soon, and if I do I will probably just have water and bread. The rolls and butter were awesome.  There are some better places in the area.  I have heard nothing but good things about “The Nautilus Diner and Restaurant,” if you choose to partake of culinary eating in the Gambrills/Crofton area.

Below is a video for the Family Guy Salad.

Family Guy Salad

Until next time.

— deaverster

P.s. They also had Vegetable sushi that I ate. I was not thrilled the rice was horrible and overcooked.