Sushi Fest 2010

19 Nov

Ok, so maybe I didn’t attend the real sushi fest. But when you have sushi three times in less than 24 hours your mind can be tricked into thinking that. Yes, three times in less than 24 hours.

It started last night, I had a craving for sushi and stopped by Harris Teeter for a quick fix. I’ve never had any issues with HT sushi except seeing it’s supermarket sushi, it’s not going to be restaurant quality. Regardless, it’s always been enough to satisfy my craving. I got a Tsunami Roll and Shrimp Rolls (shut it, I was hungry) I grabbed some extra chopsticks and soy sauce since I am ghetto and don’t want to buy some with my own money was on my merry way.

I opened the container up and it smelled funky. That couldn’t be good. I tried one piece and BLECH. Oh well, maybe I got one bad piece right? So I tried another…..nope, still not good. And three times the charm so one more, negatron. I was not going to risk eating some bad sush and get violently ill so as much as it pains me, I threw it away. But it was all good because I still had my shrimp roll.

When I opened this one up, the smell hit me again but this time it was worse-wtf? And it wasn’t even fresh shrimp, it looked like the mini shrimp babies you get in a can. I tried two pieces of this and you know where it went?

In the garbage with the Tsunami Roll. I hate hate hate wasting food but this was the only solution with the sushi smelling and tasting the way it did. Harris Teeter, you have failed me big time and I will NOT be buying your sushi again.

Scarred from my bad experience, I put on my comfy clothes and laid on the couch with Linky a little pissed off about my bad meal. My friend texted me and told me that Dolce Vita Wine Bar had Sushi Thursdays and I contemplated for a minute going. I was in my comfy clothes and really didn’t want to get off my butt but what if Dolce Vita totally redeemed my sushi experience for the night? That being said, I got up and got ready to go out. I had today off from work so I could sleep in. Dolce Vita was adorable! It’s a cozy wine bar nestled in NoDa section of Charlotte which is the arty section of town. When we walked in, there was one table available which was fine but I was hoping to score one of the cushioned seats. And then I looked over at the table next to us…..and saw a guy who I went out with last year. He saw me and it was a bit awkward since he was with a chick and neither of us acknowledged each other. I think it’s safe to say after going out with me and then this new girl, he likes a girl with junk in her trunk. More power to him, we need more men like that our there that are in support of Team Booty.

The sushi makers were going to pack up soon and I ordered the Hawaiian Tropic Roll

So pretty topped with avocado, mango and Sriracha sauce. That right there is redemption. Fresh, tasty and spicy. Thanks Dolce for making my evening right again!

After my great experience last night, I was in sushi heaven! I called one of my friends who works from home and asked her if she wanted to do lunch at Pisces Sushi  since they offer an all you can east sushi buffet for $11.95 on the week days. I’ve been wanting to go but never can get over there in time from work and was stoked that I would finally get to check it out today.

They sat us in one of their swanky booths—so modern and funky!

We had to wait quite awhile for a server to come up and greet us but once they did, they apologized for the wait and were prompt from thereon. And yeah, that’s my only gripe about my experience there.


How the sushi buffet works–it’s not a traditional, go up and get it buffet ala Golden Coral yet instead they bring you the menu and you can order up to 10 items at a time from the all you can eat menu. They had a vast selection of rolls, nigiri, rice, noodles and spring rolls. My friend said the garlic noodles were terrific so I started with a side order of that. When they came out, it was a perfect size to start with since I didn’t want to fill up on carbs and after wards, I could’ve kept a vampire away with all the garlic flavoring (I’m Italian so it’s in my blood therefore I don’t mind extra garlic).

The rolls were fresh and fantastic. I think I tried about half of them and even after my friends left to go back to work, I hung around. I am all about getting my moneys worth and then some and I wanted to get as much bang for my $11.95 tab. The eel nigiri was by far my fave–very fresh and meaty and the shrimp tempura roll was equally awesome. I was stuffed to the gills!!

And then, I was a happy girl. I was pleasantly full and walked over to Trader Joe’s to get some random items. And you know who I saw when I was checking out? Dude who I saw at Dolce Vita last night. Turns out he is working at TJ’s now so that means every time I go there now, I have to look super cute. Not that takes a lot of work of anything :) but still, more work on my part. I don’t like how he’s infiltrating my life.

Besides that, the eats have been yummy but nothing mind-blowing

Dunkin Donuts has a pumpkin donut?? When did this happen? It was absolutely terrific after a 45 minute walk this morning. A walk that involved some beautiful fall foliage

And with that, I think I’m going to nap right along with this little guy. Hope you all are having a happy Friday!!

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22 Responses to “Sushi Fest 2010”

  1. Diana@mymarblerye November 19, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

    Omfg how dare you not take me’ there!!!! I’m craving sushi super bad now!! I’ve never been to a legit sushi buffet! And I can’t believe u saw that dude 2x!! Ugh!!! Mmmmm donuttttt

    • simplyshaka November 21, 2010 at 10:36 am #

      You only gave me one night to hang out!

  2. zenlizzie November 19, 2010 at 9:50 pm #

    Bad sushi seems frightening. I’ve usually had good luck with HT sushi, but living in Columbia I’ve been going to Publix where they make it fresh (I think… there are always people back there wanting to talk about the sushi, so I’ve assumed they made it).
    Um I need to try this all-you-can-eat sushi place when I’m in Charlotte sometime. I never know what to order when I go to restaurants so it would be fun to try a lot of different rolls.

    • simplyshaka November 21, 2010 at 10:37 am #

      I miss Publix so much from living in South Florida but didn’t know they made sushi there-must try! Pisces is right outside of Uptown so it would be a perfect place to visit next time you’re here.

  3. Nicole @ Making Good Choices November 20, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Ugh I have gotten pretty sick from supermarket sushi, and once you do you never buy it again. I love sushi too, I could eat it everyday!

  4. Neyal Ammary-Risch November 20, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    This made me really hungry for sushi. Then it made me remember the sushi bar we went to in Phoenix where we sat at the bar and we were calling the guy Johnny Sushi. It was the first time I ever had saki. I also remember when we were leaving that guy came up to us with all those really scary drawings on notebook paper that he tried to sell us and I gave him a dollar and told him to keep his art to sell to someone else. Yes, I remember random things like that. :)

    • simplyshaka November 21, 2010 at 10:40 am #

      HAHAHAH love it. Those rolls that Johnny Sushi made were fabulous, did he make us special rolls that weren’t on the menu? You should’ve taken his funky art, what was it of anyways? I just remember it was scary.

  5. Amy @ Second City Randomness November 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    When you get mercury poisoning, I’m going to say “I told you so!” he he he

    Happy Weekend, lady!

    • simplyshaka November 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

      Ha I just had it again @ lunch but it was burgushi…burger and sushi combined!

  6. Margie November 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm #

    You have to be careful with supermarket sushi. That’s why I only buy from Whole Foods or Publix.

    The pumpkin donut from Dunkin is fantastic! I was craving it last month, but they told me it would arrive at the end of this month. Now I have to go get it!

    • simplyshaka November 21, 2010 at 10:39 am #

      I never knew they even had a pumpkin donut so this is big news for me! But I have a feeling I will be craving it and then they are no longer going to have it in stock.

      I am waiting for the day we get a WF here!!

  7. OliePants November 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    I do try to stay away from supermarket sushi – unless I know that it was just made! Sorry for your experience – bad sushi is the worst!

    I do like the pumpkin donut though! With a Dunkin coffee! Perfection!

  8. Lily's Health Pad November 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm #

    After years of good sushi experiences, I was finally turned off by a similar experience with BiLo sushi. Plus, I’m pretty certain they don’t use the best ingredients in that grocery store sushi. Which sucks…because it was definitely a better price than restaurant sushi.

    • simplyshaka November 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm #

      Eek, I used to shop at Bi-Lo but ours didnt have sushi. I dont know if I would try theirs :/

  9. twobooswhoeat November 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    Lame about the sushi from the market. I can’t handle if sushi smells funk.

    Pumpkin donuts? holy shit. Why is there no Dunkin Donuts near me??!?!?!

  10. Katie H. November 23, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    That is a bummer about the supermarket sushi. I am glad you were able to find redemption! The hawaiian roll looks like the sushi I had in Hawaii- the best sushi EVER with mango and avocado and awesomeness :)

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