Deconstructed Sushi roll

Can you even believe how pretty this is?? From Wild greens and sardines

I cant wait to try this, I might add some edible flowers.


Deconstructed Sushi Roll from

The possibilities are limitless, here are a few suggestions:

Quinoa (or rice, brown or white), cooked

Avocado, sliced or diced

Watermelon radish, thinly sliced

Microgreens (any variety); or, grow your own, refer to this post for step by step instructions

Sheets of Nori, briefly toasted over an open flame, on a gas stove (10 seconds or so), cut into strips

Crispy fried shallots (shallots, thinly sliced, and fried in oil until golden brown and crispy)

Fried quail eggs, so cute (or substitute chicken or duck eggs)

Bonito Flakes -- dried, aged, and smoked tuna (tastes better than it sounds)

Scallions, green parts, thinly sliced on a bias

Toasted sesame seeds

Fish/Seafood of your choice (seared, raw, or cooked)

A sprinkling of Shichimi Togarashi

Yuzu Vinaigrette (recipe below)

To crisp the shallots: Thinly slice (3 large) shallots.  Pour 1/4 inch of [olive or grapeseed] oil in a high-sided, medium skillet.  Heat over moderately high heat until hot, but not smoking.  Fry the shallots, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are golden brown and crispy.  With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain.  Sprinkle with salt.  

To assemble the sushi bowl: Distribute cooked quinoa or rice amongst bowls.  Top with assorted toppings and drizzle with vinaigrette. 

Yuzu Vinaigrette

makes about 1 cup

6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

5 tablespoons *yuzu juice 

2 tablespoons, finely diced shallot

3 tablespoons soy sauce/tamari

1 teaspoon yuzu kosho (or pinch of cayenne)

Whisk all the ingredients until well combined.

*Note: If you can't find yuzu, substitute equal parts [Meyer] lemon and grapefruit juice or a combination of grapefruit and orange and lemon if you can't find Meyer lemon, and a pinch of cayenne for the yuzu kosho.

Note:  For those of you in the D.C. area, I find both yuzu and yuzu kosho (along with many other interesting items) at Hana Japanese Market at U and 17th. 

Fall recipes: Beet pasta from delicious shots blog

Beet pasta with kale and spicy Italian sausages

Checkout her blog for more beautiful recipes!!


Recipe from her blog:

"As I mention above, I had about 3 cups of braised kale, I will share the recipe but it might be too much for this recipe, use what you need and keep the rest. 


1 bunch of kale, steam discarded 

and leaves coarsely chopped

4 tomatoes, diced 

1 small red onion, finely sliced 

2 garlic cloves

2 cups vegetable or chicken broth

4 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add the onions and cook for 4 minutes then add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the tomatoes, stir well and cook for 5 minutes. Add the kale, stir well and cook for 5 minutes more. Finally add the vegetable stock, salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 30 minutes. Check once in a while to see if it has enough liquid. 

For the final dish:

½ pound spicy Italian sausage (or sweet), casing removed.

3 cups of braised kale

Parmigiano, Grana Padano orPecorino Romano for serving

Place the sausage in a pan and cook until browned (break the sausage down to small pieces with a spoon). Once ready, add the kale and let it cook for 2 minutes then toss in the pasta, serve immediately."

Wine Time!! It's back...

Marissa released a new wine time!! WOohhhoohoho!! This one is featuring Mindy Kaling, look out for one with ME coming soon...


For WAY more wine reviews and good laughs check out


Here is my favorite wine time, haha, I laugh so hard.


Flashback! Me and Marissa blabbing for an hour

I have this video on my 'This is me' nav page that Marissa and I recorded live for 'Hello Giggles'but I hadnt thought about it in forever and watched it again yesterday. It's quite humourous at some points and then quite boring at some points for those who dont know us, but for those of you who wonder about this inspiration blog author (yours truly), it's a pretty acurate representation of me and how I am with my friends, haha.


It's also a little pre post before I post more episodes of Marissa's show, 'Tangents and the Times', on Monday!! YES!!! Oh man, I wish her show was on HBO and I could watch it over and over for hours.