Raspberry Revolution

August 3, 2010

Matt and I have so much fun going to new restaurants in a new city. But we have to keep an eye on ourselves or our wallet might explode (implode?!)

We’ve declared once a week a date night to try a new place. Tonight was it!

After much debate about the fat raindrops falling from the sky upon our departure, we ended up driving. And since we were driving, we drove downtown and took advantage of the longer distance in an automobile, saving the closer restaurants for a walk / bike night.

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We’ve eyed TEN multiple times and have never gone inside. Tonight we felt like something different, so modern Japanese sounded great.

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Very cool swank!!

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We requested lots of natural light and ended up sitting in the lounge area. It was a bit hard to eat, but the lighting was worth it :)

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Great view! We even spotted ANDREA on her way out of work!!

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Matt ordered a sake. I’ve never been a huge fan – it reminds me of vodka! Blech! HOWEVER, this sake was quite delicious with the FOOD! The spicy, salty sushi and soy sauce we had complimented it so well.

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We went with 4 different items on the menu

Starting with "lightly grilled mackerel." I’d never had mackerel but I know it’s on all the "best fish" lists for omega-3s, so I decided we should try it (we have come to love sardines, herring and of course salmon). It tasted a lot like sardines – but a bit milder. And I loved the seaweed bed!

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The soy sauce here was better than any I’ve ever had!!

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Second we had Green Tea Soba noodles with shrimp and mushrooms. LOVED them. I love soba noodles a lot, but they are so expensive! I need to find an Asian store to get some for less.

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We ordered two rolls – a Tuna + Glazed Honey roll that was sooooo smoky and delicious

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Best. Sushi. Ever.

Some kind of white fish, avocado, raspberry and a raspberry syrup. It was INCREDIBLE!

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After dinner we went for a short walk

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Which led us straight to:

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I had raspberry on the brain!! I never order sorbet, but raspberry was so fresh on my tongue and mind, I had to have more. I got a coconut + raspberry sorbet gelato – out of this world good. Matt got pistachio + butter pecan!

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Look who’s been hiding from me all week!! He peeked out to say hello :)

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About to embark on 2 weeks of complete [and very fun] travel madness. Up, up and away!

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1 Evan Thomas August 3, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I would never have thought raspberry to work with sushi–who knew?!


2 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I’ve never had raspberries on sushi before!! It looks so refreshing!!

Have a safe trip :)


3 Rachael August 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Mmm i love sushi rolls that have fruit in them! Mango and strawberry are my faves :]


4 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin August 3, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Wow looks like an amazing meal!! I’ve never seen raspberry sushi before but mango and pineapple go so well with fish – it makes sense!


5 coco August 3, 2010 at 8:12 pm

raspberries on sushi? wooo!!! that’s novelty! :)


6 Amanda @ Vegacious August 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

I eat about 95% vegan and I must say that raspberry sushi definitely looks amazing! Probably would have tempted me…..maybe. :) Can’t wait to hear all about your travel adventures and meet you at the Healthy Living Summit!


7 Kaitlin With Honey August 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Wow. Never before have I wanted to try sushi… until I saw those two rolls. I want to try those so badly!!!


8 Cara August 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm

That rasp. roll is gorgeous!
I am heading to Japan in 2 days…hopefully I will find the same deliciousness there.


9 Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com August 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Oh yum, that sounds great! Charlottesville sounds so awesome – tons of great restaurants and very atmospheric!


10 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

i love gelato!


11 Erin August 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

That raspberry roll looks incredible! I’ve never seen those — in fact, living in Asia (at least it Korea), it wasn’t common to see raspberries at all.


12 Lisa @bakebikeblog August 3, 2010 at 8:21 pm

oh my – how interesting is that rapsberry sushi? I have never heard of anything like it!


13 Jessica @ Rawtumn August 3, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Such a gorgeous city and that sushi looks to die for! So glad you had a great night out on the town before your big trip!


14 Brittany August 3, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Looks like tonight was full of deliciousness!

TEN sounds amazing and we don’t have any sushi places that offer such unique rolls in RVA. I guess that means I’ll need to come visit. :)


15 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm

That place looks awesome! and shushi’s definitely an all time favorite of mine. I like the idea of trying somewhere new every week. Then you get a taste of everything and explore the town a bit!


16 Camille August 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm

What a cool looking restaurant!
The raspberry roll looks so unique! I would love to try that…


17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

The sorbet sounds delicious and the sushi looks amazing! Very beautiful! I am glad you had a good evening.


18 Jordan August 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Wow. Raspberries = favorite fruit. Sushi = favorite food in general.
That must be an amazing dish!!
I wish a sushi place around here offered something like that!


19 Daniel August 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Glad to see you found an enjoyable (and clean) sushi restaurant for dining out!

Matt has quite a good taste for gelato flavors 😉

Just wondering, do you never order sorbet because you prefer other choices or do you just not like sorbet? (With flavors like pistachio or butter pecan, who could blame someone though :P)


20 Kath August 4, 2010 at 8:19 am

I just think it’s too watery/icy! I always want creamy.


21 tanyasDailyProductReviews August 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm

sushi…looks awesome


22 [email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 3, 2010 at 8:40 pm

That is some very unique sushi, love it. Green tea soba noodles sounds really good.


23 amanda @ fake ginger August 3, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Try World Market for soba noodles. I don’t remember exactly how much they are but I know they were cheaper than the whole wheat noodles I usually buy. They’re my favorite too – I stock up whenever we come upon a World Market.


24 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Man, I wish all my walks led me to a gelato place, haha. Looks like you and your husband had a very nice date night!


25 Krystina August 3, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Those dishes are GORGEOUS! Very innovative rolls.


26 Emily August 3, 2010 at 8:50 pm

There used to be an Asian Market next to C’Ville Market in Belmont. Hope you find your soba noodles!


27 lauri Watson August 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm

That raspberry role looks AWESOME and very unique! Ben + I have also designated 1 night a week to trying a new restaurant in the Charleston area!! SO FUN to have so many new places to try!


28 Laura @ youngDCliving August 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Oh my gosh! I’ve never seen sushi like that in my life…I’m applying to UVA for nursing school and you’re new adventures are making it skyrocket to number one on my list–although it was pretty high anyway 😉


29 Lauren August 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Why can’t I live somewhere with good restaurants?!?! My stomach just growled through this entire post!


30 kate August 3, 2010 at 9:00 pm

My favorite sushi roll has mango in it. It is so delicious!


31 Rose August 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm

That is the best ice cream place! I went there last time I was in Cville :)


32 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm

what a fun date night! i know this is so random, but you and matt dress so well :) can’t wait to go on the traveling madness with you via blog :)


33 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Raspberry sushi?! Yum!


34 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) August 3, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I like Matt’s outfit! And your gelato looks yummy! I have never had gelato before. How is it different than ice cream?


35 christina cadden August 3, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Yum ,looks amazing!


36 Alex August 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Yum! Looks like so much fun! My husband and I need to start a date night! Love reading of your adventures!


37 Kelli August 3, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Looks SO good! I love sushi & that sounds wonderful right now!


38 Kerri @ Kerri Turns into a Zombie August 3, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Fun Date night in your new town. I hope all the airline travel goes well.


39 Cassie @ Back to Her Roots August 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I don’t tend to like Asian flavors at all, but those raspberry rolls look KILLER. Did you eat them “straight up” or with soy sauce?


40 Maria August 3, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Safe travels ad much fun, Kath. I look forward to reading of your adventures!
I just opened a gmail account and learned so much for your Nerd Kerf. Many thanks!! :)


41 Dorry August 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm

I love new eating adventures! Your selections look delicious. Good luck with your travels and see you in Chicago! :)


42 Heather August 3, 2010 at 9:28 pm

looks like such a cute area of town!! never seen raspberries on sushi!


43 Kaley August 3, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Matt looks very sweet in the picture of him looking at you sideways.

The food looks good! I love sushi. I think the soy sauce might be better because do you know many places make soy sauce without soy?? It has other stuff in place of it. Weird. I read about it in a book about Chinese food and how it came to be how it is today (i.e., not like real Chinese food).


44 Molly August 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm

There’s a small Asian grocery store on 29 (almost across the street from Bodos)- not far from UVa. Can’t recall the name, but it’s close to a diner – if you hit the Best Buy on 29 (coming from the University) – you’ve gone too far!!


45 Eileen August 3, 2010 at 9:49 pm

That dinner looks amazing! I do love sushi, but I think the mackerel dish with the seaweed looks the best. Yum!

Very handsome picture of Matt!


46 Hannah August 3, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Oh, you had some of my favourite Japanese eats – green tea soba and seaweed! Mackerel is a fantastic fish – I make a lovely dish using mackerel on a bed of thinly sliced fennel and onion (which, obviously, you’d avoid!) with dill and white wine and other aromatics, all baked in teh oven. So good!


47 Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm

whoa raspberries on sushi!? That sounds like my cup of tea for sure. Even though I’m not a huge fan of sushi I think I could rock that.


48 Courtney (Delightful Devours) August 3, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Mmmm raspberry sushi! Sounds fantastic


49 Brittany August 3, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Oh. My. Gosh! Those raspberry rolls look delish!


50 Emily August 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm

looks so good! …although I only had sushi once! I had someone order it for me that time and haven’t been back since because I would have no idea where to begin!

Random question…do you have any ideas for tuna, sans mayo? I want to incorporate more fish into my diet but don’t like mayo. I’ve been crushin’ on tilapia fillets, but I’m a college student, so that’s as fancy as I can get right now :) Hah

Charlottesville looks so cute and the ideal place to live! Moving is such an adjustment, just give it time! Before you even blink you’ll be settled and remembering when…enjoy this time of discovery!

Love your ways girl!


51 Stacy August 4, 2010 at 7:23 am

I hate mayo also. Mix your tuna with plain yogurt for an alternate way to make tuna salad. It tastes great and no mayo taste.


52 Kath August 4, 2010 at 8:19 am

Plain yogurt, creamy mustard, sour cream, cottage cheese


53 Lele August 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Sushi and ice cream is the best combination in the entire world!


54 roncurtisjr August 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Not a huge raspberry fan, however, those raspberry rolls look delicious.


55 Wei-Wei August 3, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I love modern Japanese places because there are always such innovative new sushi pairings! It looks so yummy 😀

Wei Wei


56 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 3, 2010 at 11:11 pm

i rarely get sorbet when i’m out too, for some weird reason. it’s an at-home thing for me and gelato i always have when i’m out!


57 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 3, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Your town looks absolutely adorable. I love all of the cute restaurants. Your food looks AHHmazing!


58 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 3, 2010 at 11:24 pm

That restaurant looks fabulous! Love the sushi, so pretty! I wish we had restaurants to explore closer to where we live. You’re so lucky. Great choice for a new home. :)



59 Jenn August 3, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Oh my gosh. I LOVE LOVE LOVE sushi. Those rolls look fabulous. Sometimes my husband and I make sushi and get crazy with the toppings and fillings. So much fun!


60 erica August 3, 2010 at 11:50 pm

i’ve never seen raspberry with sushi before! that sounds interesting and looks delicious!!!
oooh, and now i’ve got gelato on the brain…must find gelato asap!


61 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 4, 2010 at 12:00 am

That raspberry sushi looks remarkable! What a brilliant fusion. I love pretty much anything on a Japanese restaurant menu, so this post really amped up my cravings for sashimi and sushi. Looks like you had a lovely date night!


62 [email protected] Nation August 4, 2010 at 12:34 am

That coconut gelato sounds delicious!! I also love the idea of raspberries on sushi. Sounds really good.


63 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 4, 2010 at 12:47 am

Wow! Raspberry roll…..looks SO good! I’ve never had sushi topped with raspberry. Have a great trip:)


64 Mama Pea August 4, 2010 at 1:42 am

So if you and I ever go out for sushi, you can have my fish and I can have your sake. Love it.


65 Kath August 4, 2010 at 8:17 am
66 Marina August 4, 2010 at 2:05 am

Wow, raspberries on sushi?
I adore sushi, and I’m sure I would adore this roll too 😀


67 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 4, 2010 at 2:07 am

That’s such an interesting sounding meal – raspbverry and white fish sushi? wow!


68 Elaine @ Om Sweet Om August 4, 2010 at 2:44 am

The town is sooo beautiful and adorable at the same time! The raspberry on the sushi roll is something new to me! All those japanese food is making me hungry 😛


69 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 4, 2010 at 3:32 am

I like the idea of a weekly date night!


70 Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 4, 2010 at 3:33 am

Looks like you had a lovely evening, date nights rock!


71 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 4, 2010 at 6:10 am

What a fun way to meet the new city…dining out! Glad you guys had a fun date night. I absolutely love sushi, and those look so perfect. Love the raspberry roll…how unique! 😀


72 Karen August 4, 2010 at 6:15 am

What a handsome photo of Matt!


73 Ursula August 4, 2010 at 6:19 am

If you liked the mackerel you should definitely try smoked mackerel – it’s so tasty and high in omega 3s. It’s delicious in salads. Yum!


74 Stella August 4, 2010 at 6:49 am

Raspberry sushi sounds amazing! I’m really wanting to get into adding fruit to more things for a bit of variety. I just can’t imagine how fish and raspberries would be!


75 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear August 4, 2010 at 6:55 am

Raspberry in sushi! I need to hop on a plane and fly over ASAP!


76 Simply Life August 4, 2010 at 7:01 am

We do date night once a week and often just let ourselves buy more expensive products at the store to make a fun dinner – still saving money and having a great time!


77 Christina August 4, 2010 at 7:19 am

Next time try the seaweed salad at 10…its delicious!


78 Stormy August 4, 2010 at 7:25 am

The Asian market that the first Emily mentioned is still there. You should definitely try it out and don’t miss CVille Market right next door. Both are on Carlton Road in Belmont. The World Market is out on 29 right by the 250 bypass if all else fails.


79 Kath August 4, 2010 at 8:17 am

Cool, thanks!


80 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 4, 2010 at 7:40 am

I love that you’ll be trying a new restaurant every week.I love date nights!

That raspberry roll is so beautiful! And I loved the little avocado peeking out in the roll.

I know you’ll have a great 2 weeks traveling. Enjoy it!


81 Brynne August 4, 2010 at 7:47 am

Raspberry sushi. OMG.


82 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 4, 2010 at 7:50 am

I love it when restaurants offer creative sushi rolls! Both the tuna and raspberry roll look delicious!


83 Sami August 4, 2010 at 8:13 am

that sushi looks amazing! mango tastes great on sushi, so why not raspberries! next thing you know they’ll be making some with blueberries, strawberries, and watermelon! :)


84 klm August 4, 2010 at 8:41 am

coconut + raspberry gelato!!!!! I think that should be renamed — pure bliss.


85 Rose-Anne August 4, 2010 at 8:41 am

Mmm, that last picture with the sun peaking out is just gorgeous–a little romance for your date night, I think!


86 Lauren August 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

That’s exactly how I feel about saki. I can’t help but think of it as a shot so I have a really hard time sipping “hard liquor”.


87 Missy August 4, 2010 at 9:03 am

Yum! That restaurant looks amazing. I love the looks of the raspberry sushi and the soba noodles :)

I made my own take on your millet, roasted veggies, bean dinner last night. It was so delish. Your site has really inspired me to cook and eat healthier foods. Thanks!!


88 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 4, 2010 at 9:08 am

So many cool restos in Cville! Thinking about visiting!!!



89 Lauren @ 40Apples August 4, 2010 at 9:18 am

Ohhh that sushi looks amazing! I love the raspberries! What a fun and special date night :)


90 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf August 4, 2010 at 9:25 am

I love sushi so much, but I love gelato more! I’m so jealous of you right now!


91 Jimmy @ Run, Jimmy, Run August 4, 2010 at 10:12 am

I’m jealous Kath – looks like you and Matt had a fantastic time at a beautiful restaurant. I wish I could afford to do that every week!


92 Christina @ ilovefetacheese August 4, 2010 at 10:12 am

That raspberry sushi looks sooo gooodd want it right now!


93 Amber K August 4, 2010 at 11:34 am

Hmm I might actually like sake if it is like vodka! Vodka has always been my drink of choice!

I can’t stand sushi, although the raspberries look good!


94 Carrie August 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I can’t believe my luck – I recently found out I’ll be in Charlottesville for work later this year, and now discovering your blog, I’ll already know of some great places to check out – keep ’em coming!


95 kraileen August 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm

There is a newer Asian Market that’s pretty large and extensive up near Giant on 29. The one near Bodo’s is the one I frequent, but it’s not as nice as that newer one. I love Splendora’s! My favorite flavor is the Chocolate Hazelnut one. Yum!


96 Sandy August 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Wow! you guys are so cool, and having so much fun….


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