So to make a long story as short as possible, the husband used to carry around a duplicate copy of my ID so I wouldn’t have to bring my wallet everywhere we go. Well, the license expired, I got a new one for driving, but he still carries around my old one for when we’re out. Well, for the first time in 6 months I was DENIED WINE!!! She refused to take it and was kind of rude to us. While I completely understand the legal reasons why she could not serve me, she made no apologies when we said I was 25 and married (showed her my rings – who gets married at 20!?) She was just not that nice about it!
While there are lots of times (especially mid-week) I don’t order a drink with dinner, of course I really wanted a glass now. But I had to settle for Roobios tea 😥
I had a little of my MIL’s salad to start –
The sushi was beautiful!! Unfortunately it didn’t taste as good as others we’ve had. I think because it was chilled. I like my sushi warm. I learned to eat it at a restaurant that serves the inside cool and the rice hot, so I always miss that. I think grocery store sushi in a case is disgusting! But don’t get me wrong – this was GOOD just not great.
Firecracker Roll with calamari, peppers and avocado
Back in Black with blackened sea bass
And the best roll of the night (can you guess why!?) – the Fried Blue Point Oyster Roll with oyster!
Here’s my Round I – a taste of each with lots of ginger (we had 6 different kinds)
And there was a Round III with 3 rolls but I don’t know where it is!?!! I thought I took a photo but I guess I didn’t 😳
I know some of you have asked me how I estimate calories in sushi. I generally try to order rolls that aren’t fried and don’t have mayo-based sauces (everyone knows those “rules,” right?) but inevitably my company always gets them and I eat them anyways and love them 🙂
So my contribution to the order tonight was the Alaskan Roll with crab, salmon, shrimp and avocado (all pretty low-cal and healthy ingredients) and the Hawaiian Roll with tuna, mango and asparagus – both are probably close to 30-40 kcal per piece. The bigger, juicier ones were probably closer to 60-70 a piece (Oyster Roll nearing 100?) so when I have a mix of different kinds I basically just average about 50 kcal per roll and call it a day. I could be off by hundreds, but my goal here is just to get an idea of how many rolls to eat. (And yes, tonight I ate more than my 8-10 planned because it tasted good!)
Oh, and before I forget – Afternoon Snack of a pile of pumpkin topped with TJ’s Fiber cereal and H2H
Man do i love sushi and that sure looks good. So strange you got denied for the alcohol though. I’ve never gotten carded when I go to a restaurant, even when I was 19!
You sure do love pumpkin…I’m impressed you haven’t turned into one and if anything you’ve transformed in the opposite direction! =)
– The Peanut Butter Boy
Oohh!! ME! I got married at 20, my husbands 22 and were completely supported by our families and church (there’s a lot of young married couples in our church actually). My sister also got married at 20 🙂
Since I look very young for my age, I’m always questioned as well (not for wine or anything like that, since I don’t drink; but just in general – for instance, I got carded when I tried to VOTE for goodness sake! haha).
On the bright side, it still looks like you had a great meal! :0)
Betsy in Pittsburgh says
Sometimes I forget that I’m 21 (okay… 22), and I feel kind of nervous about ordering a drink, or even going into a liquor store – weird, I know. And when I hand over my ID, it’s a tense moment – mostly because I’m livin in PA with a NY license, and if you’ve ever seen a NY license they are flimsy and strange… I usually get the second, sometimes skeptical, glance over. Awkward…
mmm love sushi…i had some for dinner as well from whole foods – brown rice sweet potato tempura roll and a veggie roll YUM…oh and I also tried a bowl of this new soup I found there…it was a white bean and escarole soup. SO freaking good. Def. recommend it. Before I went vegetarian at 18 (um like 7 yrs ago) I was a huge fan of the oyster rolls. Yours looks delicious!
I was gonna say… be careful, Kath, a lot of people get married at 20. Not that I would say it’s a good decision but I wouldn’t scoff at it.
Sorry about the wine, that sucks. But hey, what’s better than looking younger than your age, seriously? You’re lucky! 🙂
oh and I get ID’d everytime I go out…I’m 25 also. I don’t mind it but I was denied liquor once too which sort of sucked. I also get ID’d buying a lighter!! lol I actually got ID’d for that today and the guy told me I look 16…craziness…and wouldn’t really believe me when I told him my age. I guess cause I’m pretty thin?! idk
That sushi looks so pretty! I bet it was delicious!
I got carded a couple of weeks ago too. The guy who carded me asked me if I needed a date to the prom!
That’s kind of ridiculous that she had to be outright rude about not accepting your ID. I hate when people are unnecessarily rude!
Sushi is one of my favourite dishes to go out for. We have a local sushi place that has an all you can eat for one price deal but I try to avoid going for that and order instead off the normal menu because it is SO dangerous! I always end up WAY overeating when I do that. It’s just so darn delicious and easy to pop in your mouth! The rolls you got look so good!
Dude, you’re in NC, where LOTS of people get married at 20. I’m a former NC’er so I can say that :p And I actually got married THE day I turned 21, if you can believe it.
I always ask for my sushi room temp/my rice warm! It makes the world of a difference… What beautiful presentation too! I have a quick question though: I think it’s fabulous that you maintain such a healthy mindset while counting calories… I have never, although I estimate sometimes, I have never counted or weighed out my food for the fear of becoming too obsessive. Have you EVER struggled with this? I’m sorry if this is a little personal, but I was just wondering from someone who’s done it for so long and been so beautifully successful with both mind + body… Have you ever struggled with this or felt it was controlling you?
Oooooooooooo! That sushi looks SO good! My husband (I got married at 20 as well, haha!) isn’t a big fish fan so our sushi-dates are few and far between and nothing I’ve had in the past 2 or 3 years looks as fabulous as that!
Also, congratulations on looking 4+ years younger than you really are! I’d like to hang on to that dang-you-look-too-young look for as long as possible!
bummer that she was rude though.
I have a little question for you: do you ever get so dang stressed out or worked up over school that carrot sticks just don’t cut it? Sometimes when I study I just need a little something to munch on (not necessarily junk food, but carrot and celery sticks sometimes just aren’t what I want). Do you have any suggestions? (I’ve got three papers due next week and several finals looming in the near future)
Thanks for the suggestion for the 5k podcasts, i just finished week one and i feel so CONFIDENT going in to the next week! I was scared when i first started but now i just feel excited to get to week 9! Thanks again!
to everyone else looking to start running, this program is so great!
Kath, I mean this nicely, but you do realize carrying around a fake id is not legal- it had nothing to do with age.
oh and just for the record, i am 21 and marriage could not be further away for me, i know people do get married that young and theres nothing wrong with that, but i can understand kath’s point of view if she is anything like me, any time i hear of someone married and 20 it freaks me out a bit!
That’s funny that you’ve been getting away with the expired ID for so long, really…I wouldn’t think people would take it. Just put your ID in your pocket, that’s what I do. Also, I love the little J Crew “magic” wallets that have four slots and the elastic to hold your money. I’ve gone through like four of them and they’re awesome, especially if you’re always walking around and don’t want to carry a bag.
caitlin (in FL) says
haha my fiance’s little brother uses his expired ID (expired by 5 years!!!!) that says he’s 25 when he’s actually 19. and i’ve only seen him turned down ONCE.
i used to be a bartender, and trust me, most people never look at the expiration date, only your bday!
When I was visiting NYC a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t carded and I’m 18. I don’t think I look older so… I’m not quite sure how that worked, perhaps the dim lighting?
That is one beautiful sushi spread though, I love all the colors.
caitlin (in FL) says
not that im condoning underage drinking or anything 😉
OH MY GOSHHHH I CAN”T WAIT TO HAVE SOME GOOD SUSHI!!!!!!!!!!!!! after seeing those pictures i am craving it hard-core!!
p.s. i suck at being ‘not 21’ i just got my SECOND m.i.p. about a month ago UGHhh i have a late bday for my grade….just a couple more months to go!!! 🙂
oh and once i was offered wine at a restaurant when i was only 16…it was..awkward…
I recently got carded for buying lotto. The guy told me I look like I’m 16. I’m 29. Most people don’t believe I’m my age either. It’s cool sometimes but not others (at work).
Anyhoo…I hope this isn’t an invasive question…have you, Kath, or has anyone, been able to avoid stretch marks by losing weight slowly? I’m looking to lose 20 pounds, slowly, and hoping I won’t get those marks.
Another question, about cellulite–I heard somewhere that intensive weight training can decrease cellulite. Anyone know anything about this?
Laurel – hilarious – my bery young looking husband got carded at age 30 while buying a lottery ticket. Haha!
Sorry to hear you weren’t able to enjoy wine with your sushi 🙁 The sushi does look good, though!
I ALWAYS get carded…probably because my boyfriend and I both look young. Last summer we got carded for an R-rated movie!!! I think the guy felt bad when he saw were over 21…
Someone mentioned people thinking you’re younger because you’re thin, and I think there may be some truth to this. I have a younger sister (younger by 5 years) and people always assume she’s the older one. She’s a little taller than me and a little overweight, so sometimes I wonder if that’s part of the reason. Anyway, just something I’ve noticed!
Yay! I’m so happy you’re doing the C25K program! I truly think it’s the only way to go for people who don’t have running expertise!
I recall you mentioning something about a pumpkin mousse (is that how you spell mousse?) and I fell out of my chair searching your site for a recipe but I couldn’t find one! Help!
I’m pretty sure Kath meant that the husband carries an OLD ID of hers that is expired, not a fake ID. Why would someone of age have a fake ID?
My husband (then boyfriend) and I were once carded buying coco lopez–it doesn’t even contain alcohol!!!!! It’s just used as a mixer. Luckily we were over 21 and had our ID’s.
I was mesmerized by that beautiful tea cup for about five minutes. It is gorgeous. Anyone know where to find something like it? And I am 21 almost 22 and find it really just depends on the person serving as far as carding goes.
Um, a lot of people get married at twenty, Kath.
I get carded all the time too! The worst was when I went to see an R-rated movie…everything was fine buying the tickets at the counter, but when I got to the actual auditorium entrance, the person taking tickets asked to see my ID. She said I looked “a little young” to be seeing the movie.
It’s nice to see I’m not alone! We just have to think how great it will be when we’re in our fifties and look like we’re still in our thirties 🙂
Jill - GlossyVeneer says
I got married at 23 and my hubby was 25. The state we lived in at the time had a lot of people who got married very young, I had several friends who were 18 or 19 when they got married. In fact, we were considered “old” by many people’s standards at the time. It’s kind of funny how perspective differs from person to person.
I like your logic for figuring the calories per roll. That sounds smart and I’m going to use that line of thinking in the future. And if it’s wrong, I don’t want to know because I enjoy sushi too much. (Even cold grocery store kind at times.) 🙂
I am nineteen and will be twenty next month and I’m engaged. While that may seem young to most people, I think its a perfectly reasonable age, especially if you already live with someone and have been best friends for six years. The wedding is planned for fall 2009, and we will both be twenty one. While I think its ridiculous that she turned down your card because of the expiration date, being married does not justify that you are over twenty one. I’m just so glad that I was lucky enough to find my soulmate at such a young age… not everyone gets to say that!
i always avoid going to japanese places because of that. i don’t really like totally raw sushis (i know it is SUPPOSED TO BE RAW), and i LOVE those fried ones.
they also have something called gyoza (they say here that it’s the japanese name). it’s a little steemed pie (or sort of) filled with fish or seafood.
this is healthy, good and i liked it.
but even liking these, i avoid going.
also don’t mean to point out what others have…but you normally do a very good job at not making comments that could be taken badly…but it is not unheard of to get married at 20…I think your comment, though might have been said almost jokingly, was not appropriate
Aww you poor thing! I don’t think you look under 21! That’s ridiculous. Your dinner looks delicious nonetheless!
Oh, please, get over it. This is a food blog, not the New York Times — nor is Kath running for political office. Accept that it’s NOT standard this day in age to be married at 19 or 20. Move on!
aww Kath, don’t feel too bad. I am 25 (will be 26 in August) and I don’t look a day over 16! Talk about getting carded! Good thing I don’t drink anyway, so it’s never an issue for me. But people have such a hard time believing me when I say my age. It’s a little annoying now, but I think when I’m older I’ll appreciate looking so young!
aww guys…just take a chill pill. Kath was kidding!I’m 22 and getting married in Aug 2009, but couldn’t imagine getting married 2 or 3 yrs ago even though my bf and I have been dating for 5 1/2 yrs..to each her own though!! Take a deep breath and enjoy the rest of hump day!!
Oh, I love love love sushi! Looks like you went to a great place. My BIL taught me that non-colored ginger equals the freshest of ingredients…looks wonderful.
I just wanted to say that I hope my comment didn’t come across as mean or anything, in my head it sounded more like I was teasing then anything else. I’m really not offended and I don’t think there’s a reason for anyone to be either.
I’m with Mel. I live in Utah and it’s like “HOLY, you’re 20 and NOT married?!” and it’s fine if you are! At the same time, there is a lot of independence you give up once you become married, and maybe she just didn’t feel ready to be married when SHE was 20, I know I’m not! I’m still too selfish for that 😉
Hehehe, don’t feel bad, Kath. People have asked if I’m 16 and such, it’s sad.
The sushi looks pretty! Although, it is not the typical spread you would see in Japan. I am Japanese and I have never had fried sushi. I prefer my sushi cold (colder) and fresh (freshest). Nothing like raw fish on a small ball of rice!! I just love it!! I want some sashimi with a little shoyu and lemon…..right now! Rolling sushi is pretty easy too; if you ever want to try it, you would only need some plastic wrap.
How rude!!! I would have asked for the manager or something!!!!! If you are paying good money to eat and you want wine, you should get it!! I hope you guys didn’t leave them a good tip 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed your time, though!
Be careful, I don’t think it is a good idea (legally) for the husband to carry a copy of your ID either. Sorry I am contradicting here….. I am in the HR field and it is a no no.
I was carded going in a liquor store (my husband was looking for somthing) just the other day and I wasn’t even buying anything. I guess you can’t even look at liquor nowadays. It is ridiculous how paranoid (with good reason) some places are… Society!
Oh, and a few years back, I was trying to go in a club/bar place with my husband and showed my DL at the entrance…. then a police officer asked me to come with him to his patrol car. I was so confused!!! He checked my DL# using his computer and let me go….. My DL was brand new and aparently the state had just made the font size a little smaller and the officer thought it was fake. He was rude and I didn’t care for it but didn’t want to go to jail by complaining either. 🙂 It was in South Florida and he had shorts on…. pretty gross too… eww
Kath and others,
I just ran into a recipe that called for hemp nut butter. I looked it up and has pretty good nutritionals–something like 11 g protein and 10 g fat per 2 tablespoons. Has anyone tried it, and if so, is it tasty?
wow so many comments on marriage at 20. I’m 21 and getting married in 4 months! I don’t think Kath meant anything by her comment! People have different opinions on what is appropriate. To each there own.
Anyway, I LOVEEE sushi and had no idea there were so may calories in it. 50 cals per piece? So Kath had 800 cals just in sushi? I had no idea it was so much.
I apologize if I offended any of you with my marriage comment. I don’t personally know anyone who was married under the age of 21 so I meant it more as a “it’s not that common around here” thing and was not at all condoning it in general at all.
I don’t think calorie counting has ever gotten obsessive for me because my love for the pleasures of eating is greater than any number could dictate. While I “know better” now that I’ve lost the weight to let portions and cravings override a healthy approach to food, I still really enjoy food for its flavors, aromas, social interactions, cultural aspects, etc. so I would never view it as just a calorie that I can or can’t have. While I have had to watch what I eat since I was in high school, I have always been one of those “live to eat” types, so I don’t think I could ever get to the point where calories controlled my happy relationship with food. I hope that makes sense?
Do you really need something to munch on while studying or are you just bored? Sometimes when I study and have that “gotta be chewing” feeling I make tea to keep my mouth busy or chew gum or even just go brush my teeth. It’s more of a mouth thing than a stomach thing, so I try not to eat mindlessly to satisfy my mouth. Seltzer water’s fizz works very well too!
The ID is not fake, it’s just expired. I would never use it for anything other than ordering in restaurants – never for driving or anything important. But I guess I learned my lesson – I just need to get a duplicate of my new license.
I have stretch marks on my back/waist and I lost my weight very slowly….I think it’s one of those unavoidable genetic things.
From what I’ve heard Hemp Nut Butter is lots like PB/almond/cashew butter in that it’s calorie-dense but very healthy. I’d love to try it but I bet it’s super expensive. One day!
Yup, about 700 kcal of sushi – I had hoped to stick to 8-10 pieces but it was yummy. I think the 50kcal per roll average applies mostly to the fancier restaurant rolls and not so much to the smaller maki rolls that you can buy at a grocery store. California rolls are 35 a piece (I think) and Spicy Tuna is also lower – so I’m more referring to the bigger rolls that they stuff more stuff into like we ordered. If you’re eating the smaller kind and especially if they are veggie-based then I think you can assume 35 kcal each.
Jim Purdy says
Sushi really had me fooled for a while. I used to eat a lot of vegetarian sushi, thinking it was a very healthful choice. And then I looked at the nutrition facts information. Wow! I’ve cut way back on my sushi. Great photos, by the way! Thanks for sharing!
I’ll be 21 soon and can’t even THINK about marriage! Congrats to everyone who is engaged or recently got married though : )
i wouldn’t have been served either, it’s happened to me before. I’m 25 too but look really really young…i got carded for a R rated movie 2 years ago. i guess i’ll be thankful for looking so young when i’m older!
Oh my gosh you are KILLING ME here! That sushi looks AMAAAAZING! Totally craving some good sushi now. But it’s a big weakness of mine. I totally overeat b/c I love it so much.
Kath – just to clarify – in your comment, I think you meant you’re not CONDEMNING underage marriage, not that you’re not CONDONING it, right?
(I’m a writer…)
YES, sorry, thanks – condemning! I am NOT a writer – just a blogger 🙂
i agree with you and your sentiments towards a youthful engagement. getting married at 20 or in your early twenties, does seem naive and risky at times. when we are constantly told that divorce rates in America are sky high and the sanctity of marriage is cheapened on every form of media. yes, with most exceptions and specific examples, i’m sure there are a lot more successful marriages that come from young love and high school sweetheart engagements then expected. BUT – i don’t blame you for saying/scoffing/being REALISTIC about extremely youthful and whimsical ideals of marriage.
girl, keep being REAL- luv your blog.
Yes getting a duplicate license is a good idea. It is worth the extra 20 bucks to have one. I got a duplicate and keep one in the glove box of my car. I still havent decided if this is safe because I’m in Boston ALOT.. (potential break-in…etc..) but, it works for me. I tend to stick my license in my back pocket and forget its there.. then four days later realize i have been driving around without my ID!
i didnt get carded until i turned 21. which made for a very interesting few years before that…
now i rarely get carded (im 25) and am seriously investigating wrinkle cream. (i dont need it- but what gives??!!!) i want to get carded again!!!!
about the waitress? of course she is not allowed to serve you without a valid ID. it may be a real one, but if its expired they cant legally take it. she could be fired and the place fined. or for all she knew the ID could be stolen! of course it doesnt explain her rudeness… but i can see why she might think her job would be more important than a glass of wine for a guest! : ) better luck next time- get a duplicate!
Thanks for commenting back Kath! And yes, it most certainly does make sense. Fabulous sense, I might add! Happy Thursday 🙂