Saturday, October 26, 2013

Wasabi Bay - Mill Creek Food Review

**NOTE:  This review is about the consumption of raw fish.  Consuming raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish and eggs may increase the risk of food borne related illness.**

Since I moved back home two years ago, my mom and I have tried only a couple of sushi restaurants in the South Everett/Snohomish/Bothell/Mill Creek area.  When it comes to consuming raw fish, you must be very picky.  You want clean dishes, glasses and silverware waiting at the table (if the restaurant has pre-set tables).  While some types of fish have a more fishy TASTE it should not have a fishy SMELL.  There should NEVER be a fishy smell.  This is an indication that the fish is old and bad.  Do not consume and send back immediately.  Sushi chef's are not just chef's specializing in raw fish and California Rolls, they are artists.  That is why the best sushi joints are going to be a little pricey.  Knowing that I am going to spend a decent amount of money, I want a cozy and comfortable atmosphere.  Friendly staff is also a must.

Of the few places that we have been to, the only place that has had our very repeated business is Wasabi Bay in Mill Creek, WA.  The first time we went, we were blown away.  Their miso soup is always amazing.  I have said it at least a hundred times but I could and would bathe in that soup!  It is truly the greatest miso soup I have ever tasted and I have had it at sushi restaurants all over the country and I stand by my comment!

We started out with the foods that we knew we liked.  Their Spicy Tuna roll is a must...and if we don't get that one then we usually get the Firehouse roll.  It's basically a churched up Spicy Tuna roll with a bunch of extra spicy stuff and OMG it is amazing!  We would try at least one new roll each time we went and keep either one or two of our usual rolls.

Now a couple of months ago, the restaurant came under new management.  You know how these things can go, right?  Well, while they replaced the sushi chefs and all but two of the wait staff (keeping our two favorite waitresses), this place is BETTER THAN EVER!  We got a free appetizer of this delicious octopus salad.  The chef was explaining textures and tastes and the new changes to their menu.  Their tempura batter is made using spinach juice that they make in house and use it in place of water so it is healthier.  Their sushi rice has a slight pink tint to it because they juice red cabbage.  They have completely revamped their menu.  They have taken away some of the rolls that they used to have but they have been replaced with some truly amazing rolls!

The atmosphere is still warm and comforting and the staff is as friendly as ever.  The place is spacious and with the floor to ceiling windows it is bright and open.  The only down side is that the bathroom is a little bit of a hike.  I have not actually made the trek.

I really wanted to post pictures of their food but I discovered that I have three on my phone and do not want to post random pics from Google because I cannot give the appropriate credit.  I will, however, be going back and soon and will take plenty of pictures!

THE BIGGEST NEWS is that they are now open 7 DAYS A WEEK!!!  We can enjoy great sushi any day that we want!  They used to be closed on Mondays but not anymore.  So if you ever find yourself north of Seattle with a craving for sushi, try Wasabi Bay.  Tell Mina that I sent you!

Until next time!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Welcome Fall

The last week or so has absolutely defined my favorite part of the Fall season.  The leaves on the trees are more red, orange and yellow then they are green.  We have also had fog that has stuck around for either the majority of the day or (like yesterday and today) the fog just did not lift except for maybe 100 or 200 feet.  Lately we have also been experiencing the cooler weather...and have deceptively beautiful but cold days.

I have been waiting for our "Indian Summer".  The last two years I have lived here we have gotten about two weeks in mid- to late October.  Last week, a couple of the days, the fog lifted mid afternoon to blue sky and warm weather.  Only a few of the days though.  Could that have been our slight "Indian Summer"?  I hope not but it probably was.

The cooler temps and the fog just make me feel a little sleepy, like all I want to do is curl up with a fire, next to my man and read a good book.  Maybe with some peppermint hot chocolate or caramel apple cider...or an amazing cup of coffee!

While I really truly miss my job on the line, I have to admit that I will take the pain of wearing heels, dress pants and having to wake up and spend an hour straightening my hair and putting on make up over freezing my ass off in the rain or snow.  Now come summer time, I will definitely be singing a different tune.  Maybe this kind of "promotion" that I have been given will keep me from getting as sick as I did last year.  That was horrible!

Until next time!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Things That Scare Me Sh*tless

Clowns are fucking scary.  I mean anything with a painted on smile is just plain creepy!
I mean HELLO!!!
The person decided that a clown would make for a suitable profession should have been strung up high in the streets!

Eight years ago I was rear-ended by a semi truck...twice.  Every since then I have this fear of being anywhere near semi trucks.  Rush hour traffic sucks the worse!  I have actually been stuck next to a semi and had tears form in my eyes.  I may seriously need to be medicated when I drive.

Now if you were to combine the two, I would freak the fuck out!  However, driving to BF's house on Wednesday night, I drove passed an SUV hauling a trailer and had out of state plates.  I automatically wondered if they were military or something.  As I drive pass them I look in my rear view mirror and I see that the driver and passenger are both wearing this mask!

Scared me half out of my mind!  I wanted to get away from them as fast as I possibly could...ya know...without getting like a reckless driving ticket.  I got off the freeway as soon as I saw the perfect opportunity.  You also better believe that I kept that vehicle in my sight the whole time I was trying to get away!

As soon as I got to my destination, I had some time to kill before BF got home so I started googling if it was against the law to wear a mask while driving.  Apparently it is in some states but not Washington.  I actually couldn't find the answer but my mom's cousin is a cop so I sent her a Facebook message.  Someone can be pulled over and cited if a cop feels that the mask is obstructing their view.

There are also other things that scare the crap out of me...

I will sacrifice YOUR body to get away from a snake!
Spiders can suck it too!
Until next time!