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Pisces Sushi

Although the name speaks strongly to sushi lovers, this is the place to get your Japanese food fix, whether hibachi, drinks or sushi.

Atmosphere – Sophistication meets trendy. Classy restaurant, hip vibes for every age. Ask for a booth when making your reservation for a romantic, secluded date night.  Both the Charlotte and Mooresville locations offer equally impressive food and service.

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Food – Sushi or Hibachi? The struggle is real. Both are so good, it’s a battle of the stomach every visit on which I should order. The Screaming O roll earned its name for a reason – try it. The Dynamite roll has deliciously fresh shrimp tempura topped with the perfect amount of crab salad. For a light and summery roll, try the simple but tasty First Love roll – not quite as flavorful as it doesn’t have a sauce in it, but the mango and avocado make for a healthy but filling entrée.

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All of the hibachi orders are delicious, but I can’t say enough about the shrimp hibachi. Cooked to perfection it will leave you wanting more. Upgrade for $1 to get garlic noodles and you won’t regret it.   

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If you can save room for dessert, try the Tempura Oreos and Green Tea ice cream.

Drinks – Great (and strong) cocktails, like the Mexican Samurai and the Cranberry Cucumber Martini. Some drinks can be seasonal – if you find a favorite don’t hesitate to ask for it – they will make it off the menu by request!

Service – You will feel like family here. Service is helpful and friendly.

 

Pisces Sushi gets 5 out of 5 stars!

1 Star – Never going back

2 Stars – Would go back if I had to

3 Stars – Would like to give it a second try

4 Stars – Great food, definitely going back

5 Stars – One of the best spots I’ve ever been!

Chillfire Bar and Grill

My boyfriend and I made the drive up to Denver to visit some friends who live in that area. They invited us to Chillfire Bar and Grill which I was impressed to learn is a sister restaurant of Epic Chophouse in Mooresville.

Appetizers – Shanghai Shrimp is amazing – huge shrimp cooked perfectly with a sweet and tangy sauce. The Cheesy Bread is also delicious and similar to what you will find at Epic Chophouse.

Dinner – I had a side salad which was great. All soups and salads come with a croissant drizzled with almond butter glaze. So good! My entrée was Crab Stuffed Flounder in a white wine butter sauce. The fish was a little overcooked, but the crab was delicious and came in a very generous sized portion. I got a side of the Butternut Squash Puree with nutmeg was tasted just like sweet potatoes – delish!

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My boyfriend ordered the Ribeye which was cooked just the way he wanted. He ordered a side of the Cheddar Jack Grits which came out a little on the cold side, but delicious nonetheless.

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After the appetizers we were way to full for dessert. I would definitely recommend this place if you are in the Denver area.

Chillfire Bar and Grill gets 3 out of 5 stars!

1 Star – Never going back

2 Stars – Would go back if I had to

3 Stars – Would like to give it a second try

4 Stars – Great food, definitely going back

5 Stars – One of the best spots I’ve ever been!

Marco’s Pizza

Asheville is a great place to visit – mountain air, beautiful views, the Biltmore house, winery’s – can’t be beat!  Our favorite pizza place in town is Marco’s pizza – make sure you go to the one on Merrimon Ave – they have the best service and food! The pizza is delicious – huge slices!!

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A locals tip (my boyfriend went to school here) – ask for an order of the wing sauce to dip your pizza and/or crust in! It’s a little sweet and spicy and adds the perfect kick to every bite. Enjoy!!

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Quick and Easy Salmon Dinner

Spring is on its way!  Which means, pool time, beach trips and bikini’s!  Or speedos for the daring men out there.  Time to get in shape and start eating healthy.  After a long day at work, I like healthy but quick and easy recipes.

Last night, my roommate and I made a delicious meal of veggies, salmon and bulgar wheat – yes, bulgar wheat – an awesome whole grain, which tastes similar to quinoa. 

Fresh Veggies:

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Cut up any assortment of veggies.  I like pretty and colorful veggies,  so we used red and orange bell peppers, red onion, kale and Brussels sprouts.  Heat olive oil, add veggies and sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.  Lastly, we added red wine (for cooking) which the kale and Brussels sprouts soak up very nicely. 

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This is my favorite cooking method for salmon because it is easy, delicious, fast and healthy.  Place salmon on tin foil, top with minced garlic, lemon pepper seasoning (Adobo, all purpose seasoning works too – http://www.spiceplace.com/goya-adobo-seasoning-no-pepper.php).  Then top with slices of lemon and cover with tin foil.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, being careful not to overcook.

Bulgar wheat (Can buy online http://www.bobsredmill.com/bulgur.html or at Earth Fare, and I’ve even seen at Marshall’s and TJ Maxx).  The recipe calls to cook with two cups of water, however I added a half cube of bouillon to give it more flavor.

What are your favorite quick, easy and healthy meals to get ready for spring?!

Spicy Sausage Pasta

All week the weather channels have been calling for a huge snow storm to hit the South today.  Anxiously awaiting the snow to start, and hoping the weathermen would be right for once, the snow started around noon and hasn’t stopped yet!  A pretty big deal for us Southerners in North Carolina! : )  We’ve gotten a little over four inches of snow already and counting. 

After a long day of work and playing in the snow, I was in the mood for some warm comfort food for dinner.  I searched on Pinterest and came across a recipe for a Spicy Sausage Pasta which turned out to be a delicious and very quick and easy recipe.  We liked this recipe a lot and will definitely make it again!  Next time we are going to doctor it up a little by adding in red bell peppers and either turkey sausage or Andouille sausage for a little more kick.  

What are your favorite comfort foods?! 

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Spicy Sausage Pasta

1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked sausage
1.5 cups diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles, Mild
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 oz penne pasta
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions

1. Add olive oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add sausage and onions and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

2. Add broth, tomatoes, cream, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with scallions. Broil until cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly.

Makes 4 servings

Good Food on Montford

This restaurant earned its name.  Go early and when you are feeling patient as you should expect to wait – they text you when your table is ready so grab a cocktail across the street at Park Lanes Bowling Alley/bar while you wait.  I would not suggest bringing a big group – this is a very small restaurant and they are not able to accommodate larger groups.  Everyone mentions the steamed bun, which is no doubt delicious and flavorful.  Do not expect this to be a quiet and romantic meal.  The restaurant is small and the table next to you is so close it’s almost like they are part of your table.  The servings are tapas style so smaller portions.  The menu changes a lot but the steamed bun is always available and there’s a reason for that.  I’ve ordered the scallops here several times and they are always cooked to perfection.  If you want something a little more hearty, try the Garganelli pasta which is very filling.  If you want something a little ethnic tasting, order the Paparadelle with spiced lamb cheeks which is a little sweet, a little spicy so watch out for the kick. 

Country girl at heart?

In an effort to find and bring out my inner “country girl”, this weekend I went up to the Davidson River near Brevard to go Trout Fishing with my brother.  We headed out around 8am to make the two hour drive to the river (Davidson River – http://www.hunterbanks.com/our_waters/fly_fishing_davidson_river_north_carolina.php). 

Surprisingly, there is a shortage in pink, girly and small fly fishing gear to rent at fly fishing stores, what fishermen and fisherwomen refer to as waders.  Unfortunately for you all, that means the only pictures I have to share show me in what looks like some sort of an adult, oversized diaper.  Despite deciding I need to go into the business of making girl-friendly waders, I had such a great time being outside.  The leaves were changing and falling into the river and the peaceful sound of the river rapids was very calming.  Although we didn’t catch any fish, which I learned is why they call it fishing not catching, I had a blast and will definitely go again!


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