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Matsuhisa – Aspen, CO

On our recent trip to Aspen for the Food & Wine Festival, I made sure to secure reservations at top restaurants in town to ensure an amazing culinary adventure from morning to night.  On our second night there we ate at Nobu’s Matsuhisa which was PACKED!  And full of culinary celebrities which was a fun treat.  Our meal was incredible from start to finish.  I would definitely order everything we had that night if we went back!  Earlier in the day when we went to see Bobby Flay do a demonstration we happened to sit next to Nobu himself so I leaned over and told him we were eating at Matsuhisa that night and he couldn’t have been nicer.  Talked to us for a while, even showed us photos of his granddaughter.  Needless to say he was so friendly when he saw us there that night and even sat down and chatted us up for a while.

Shishito peppers

Rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce

Mixed mushroom toban-yaki

King crab tempura “Amazu” sweet ponzu

There were so many different mochi flavors to choose from but we settled on root beer (amazing!), mango and green tea. Perfect dessert!

How cute is Nobu?! Love him!

 

 

Morimoto – Napa, CA

My husband and I were lucky enough to have Morimoto do the sushi for our wedding welcome party but we had never been to the restaurant in downtown Napa itself.  I recently went with a friend and I’m already dying to go back.  I didn’t even have any sushi!  I started with the Spicy King Crab with tobanjan aioli and micro-cilantro…wowzers!!!  I can see why my friend had me order my own and didn’t want to share:)  It was rich but not too crazy of a portion if you go with a lighter entrée which we did.  Otherwise it would be a great starter to share with a group.

For our entrée we split the Tempura Calamari Salad which was perfect!  The calamari was cooked perfectly and not too heavy considering it was fried.  Yum!

To end the meal we splurged on the “S’mores” which I think was new to the menu.  Definitely a great choice…I don’t think there was a morsel left on the plate:)

Japonessa – Seattle, WA

Located in the former Union spot on Union and 1st, this new sushi spot doesn’t seem to have a problem filling the large space.  We went on a Wednesday night and the place was packed!  Before I get into the food, I will say that my one serious complaint is that it’s so noisy it’s hard to hold a conversation which is a shame.

The food however was great and the expansive menu made it hard for me narrow down my roll choices.  We decided on the Barcelona Sunset and the special Spanish Lover roll as well as the Salmon Sashimi and the Ahi Tuna Tartare which came a bit late but was so fresh and satisfying.

Worth it for the great food but just beware of the loud atmosphere.  Not a place to take your grandma:)

salmon sashimi

barcelona sunset - spicy yellowtail, avocado, cucumber, topped with yellowtail, tobiko, habanero aioli

spanish lover - creamy scallops, avocado, snow crab legs, topped with chili seared white king salmon, chili oil, cilantro aioli, tobiko

ahí tuna tartare - balsamic soy vinegar, yuzu citrus aioli

Sushi Village – Whistler, BC

I have a few key spots in Whistler that I have to go to every time I’m in town and this is one of them.  I love it just as much as Sashi Sushi but prefer it when with a group of people.  There’s a very lively vibe and they have killer strawberry daiquiris to get you lubed up before dinner:)

If you go with a group try to reserve one of their rooms.  You’ll need 6 or more people but it’s the way to go with friends.

One of the best things I’ve discovered…spicy tofu deep fried with fresh shiitake mushrooms in their legendary spicy sauce…AMAZING!!!Salmon sashimi – I get it at every sushi restaurant and this one in particular is very generous on size and the quality couldn’t be betterThe Super Hero roll (spicy tuna roll wrapped with thinly sliced avocado on a bed of tempura bits) and the Tempura Roll (shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber)Another must when I’m there – the SASSs Roll – shrimp tempura, scallop, salmon and avocado wrapped with a soya bean sheetThe Rainbow Roll – shrimp tempura rolled with a soya been sheet topped with the chef’s choice of seven different kinds of thinly sliced fish

Sachi Sushi – Whistler, BC

There’s one thing that Whistler has a lot of besides snow…amazing sushi spots!  It’s hard to choose which one to go to but Sachi Sushi is at the top of my list.  It’s a laid back spot that’s not on the main drag in the village but worth finding.  There’s typically a little wait but tables turn over pretty quickly and you can get a drink while you wait.

Something worth mentioning that I don’t have a picture of is the Spicy Agedashi Tofu…whoa!  I saw a guy next to me eating this at the bar and had to ask what it was.  Ever since I’ve been hooked.  It’s deep fried tofu and fresh shiitake mushrooms with spicy sachi sauce.  Yum!

Hello sockeye salmon sashimi!!!  I could eat a TON of this.

Hako Sushi – salmon, shrimp, scallop, avocado, thinly sliced lemon, spicy mayo, shaped into a box.  It took me a while to find this roll but I LOVE it!  There’s something about the thin slice of lemon on top…it adds such a brightness to the roll.

Cupcake Roll – avocado, sweet potato tempura roll topped with spicy mayo and edamame

Momiji – Seattle, WA

We heard about this new sushi restaurant from an acquaintance and just had to try it.  It’s owned by the same people that own Umi Sake House in Belltown.  The space is warm and minimalistic.  There’s a very serene vibe about the place which I love.

All of the servers are very friendly and are helpful in suggesting rolls if you don’t know where to start.  Our food came out quickly (in a good way…not rushed) and everything we ate was so delicious.  Each roll tasted so different and was complex in it’s own way.  I have to say, this is by far one of our favorite sushi spots in Seattle, if not our favorite now.  The location is great, parking isn’t horrible and they’re open from 4pm-2am daily!  The fact that we went 3 times in the span of about 10 days should say something:)

*Pardon the photos…as the night went on I lost a lot of light so they’re not that great but I think you’ll get idea

Beautiful little courtyard in the middle of the restaurant

Madai Jalapeño – snapper sashimi, jalapeño, garlic & cilantro with citrus-yuzu ponzu…one of the specials that night…so fresh and flavorful

Crunchy Seattle Roll – salmon, avocado, cream cheese fried and drizzled with teriyaki sauce and sweet chili aioli…best roll I’ve had like this!

007 Roll – spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber & cilantro, wrapped with yellowtail, lime, shishito peppers and jalapeño

White Tiger Roll – spicy yellowtail, cucumber & asparagus topped with wild white king salmon, lime, tobiko & yuzu citrus sauce

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