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For our appetizer, we chose the Seabiscuit: Breaded super white tuna topped with curry and Japanese BBQ sauce, crab salad and scallions.
This was okay.I don’t care for fried fish, but the combo of curry and bbq sauce seemed cool. Not so much.
Because I am
kind of a freak when it comes to trying new foods with someone, I made Santo try each roll at the same time with me. Is this weird? I don’t care; I do it anyway. He’s a foodie too, so I’m sure he didn’t mind. Our first roll was the one I chose, appropriately named Heartbreaker. (I have high hopes for myself.) The Heartbreaker is a roll of Spicy Tuna and Cucumber topped with Albacore Tuna, Avocado, and Scallions with a drizzle of sweet ponzu sauce.
Santo’s turn. He chose the Firecracker: Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail, Crab and Red Snapper rolled and fried in bread crumbs. Served with a sweet hot chili sauce.
This was our favorite — the sweet chili sauce was a great alternative to soy sauce.
And since we were so obviously out of control, we chose a third: Dancing Crab: Tempura crab, avocado, asparagus, red leaf lettuce, sprouts, topped with snow crab crumbled, served with grand marnier mango sauce.
The grand marnier mango sauce was fun. I never mind alcohol in my food. We stuck around enough to not be rude to the birthday girl while secretly whispering to each other where we could eat dessert and have some wine. It took a matter of minutes for me to remember that incredible Bread Pudding that Jenna and I tried at Hall’s Chophouse during restaurant week. I proposed the idea to Santo and we high-tailed it over to the next place. On the way, we made a pit stop in the ghetto for some Tylenol. We parked outside of the Li’l Cricket so he could run in…
And this convo happened:
Santo: I’m locking you in the car, okay?
Xtina:Uh, seriously? Is it that bad?
Santo: I’ve seen people die here.
He locked me in the car WITH THE KEYS IN THE IGNITION! Totally safe. Hijacking isn’t a crime or anything. Onto Hall’s.
The managers at Hall’s are kinda silly. They are super nice when you walk in and act like you’re famous and/or we’re all best friends. Don’t get me wrong – it’s nice to be greeted by really friendly people, but how much do they really love us? We sat down at the bar and I ordered a glass of Elk Cove Pinot Gris. No need to look at the dessert menu, we just immediately asked for the bread pudding.
Heaven on a plate!! We dropped a bunch of omg bombs while eating it. There were a couple nuts and dried cherries in the bread and a lot of alcohol in the sauce – we probably could have gotten tipsy from it. We suddenly realized we never even looked at the menu and discovered that it was Whiskey Bread Pudding. Mmm!
In fitness news, last night I tried Spinning for the first time. Best decision of the month! I briefly thought about trying Yoga again, but when a friend mentioned Spin class, Yoga sounded like a chore. Plus, I needed major detox from the above-pictured eats. And detox it was. This particular class was called Ride/Krank/Run: “An ECO Fitness original. In this class you can mix it up using Spinning bikes, Krankcycles, and Woodway Speedboards which are unmotorized treadmills. You can ride the whole class or mix it up and challenge your body and mind in new ways.”
Sweat mania — I entered the gym with straight hair and left with curly. The instructor was energetic and played all my favorite songs — even “Knockout”! I like how you can mix it up however you want in this class and that it’s high-paced. I rode the bike for the majority of the songs, ran on the treadmill for a couple, and just did the krankcycle once.
After class my friend handed me a bag and said “Here’s your reward for that class.” CHOCOLATE FROM GERMANY!
And that, ladies and boys, is why I kick my own butt during the week…I didn’t open any though. I’m saving for the weekend!