California Roll

Hapa Sushi

Today on the Bite Tonight: Hapa Sushi

Last, but not least, Hapa Sushi marks the end of our Colorado feast. Hapa comes from the Hawaiian term that describes a harmonious blend of Asian and American cultures. After an afternoon of shopping the 16th St Mall in Denver’s LoDo (Lower Downtown) during the Zombie Crawl which consisted of a bunch of people dressed up in blood and guts, we stopped in to recharge. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Edamame: Steamed soy beans lightly salted. You have to start off with edamame! It’s light, healthy, and a great source of protein.

Edamame at sushi CO

Fuji Apple Blue Salad: Sliced Fuji apples and field greens tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette topped with blue cheese and candied pecans. The crisp bite of the apple meshed well with the tangy and salty blue cheese and sweet and caramelized pecans. The light vinaigrette was the perfect dressing because it allowed the stars of the plate to stand out without taking away from the bold flavors. Delicious!

Apple blue cheese salad at sushi

Sushi (From left to right)

Caterpillar Roll: Broiled freshwater eel and cucumber wrapped in avocado topped with sweet soy. Love the sweetness of the eel and soy. The cucumber and avocado is the perfect duo to really balance your taste buds. If you haven’t tried an eel roll, get on it! It’s cooked so that might help convince you. Really tasty!

Hapa Roll (Spicy Tuna): Spicy Tuna and cucumber. I am not a fan of spicy tuna, but the girls said this roll was tasty. The crispy cucumber adds a crunch to the spicy and creamy tuna.

California Roll: Crab, avocado, and cucumber. One my my favorite go to’s because it’s pretty safe and tasty. A “beginner” roll, if you will. Creamy crab and avocado complimented the fresh and crispy cucumber perfectly.

Asparagus Roll: Light veggie roll. Sometimes this is needed to off set all the fish. Very fresh. I really like the vibrant color of the asparagus and the tender yet crunchy texture.

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Service was OK (there were a couple times that my water needed refilling), but in the servers defense, I am very thirsty. I really liked that the menu broke down the sushi into different categories: Beginner, Intermediate, Vegetarian, and Hapa Original Rolls. I thought this was a very organized approach to sushi and if it was one of your first times eating sushi or even to this restaurant, it made your lunch decision that much easier. Hapa also offers lunch and dinner specials, online reservations and ordering, and gluten free options. If the savory isn’t enough to bring you in, Hapa is dishing up some delicious desserts like Mocha Ice Cream and Banana Tempura Split. Stop in and indulge!

Ladies, the trip was packed full of so much fun and excitement that it’s hard to believe we did it all in just three days. I can’t wait to do it again. Here’s to us and our travel pledge.

Meet me in Denver. ❤

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Sushi Bar

Today on the Bite Tonight: Sushi Bar

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I am taking a little break from Texas eats to feature Sushi Bar, located on Maple, in Downtown Wyandotte, MI. Josh and I visited this restaurant a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. Offering Japanese cuisine using only the finest ingredients, a full bar, and lunch specials, Sushi Bar is Downrivers go to sushi spot. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 2 out of 5 bites

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Here’s the sushi bar:

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California Roll (Left): Crab Stick, Cucumber, Avocado And Caviar On The Top, Rolled With Rice And Seaweed. Classic and delicious!

Henry Ford Roll (Middle): Crab Stick, Cucumber, Rice and Seaweed. Lightly Fried. Just as delicious as the California roll, but deep fried and really good.

Multiple Orgasm Roll (Right): Rolled with Rice and Seaweed Filled with Salmon, Spicy Crab, Tuna, Avocado then Lightly Fried. Topped with Spicy Mayo. My favorite! The creaminess of the avocado complimented the spicy mayo and crab. I really liked the slight crunch of the roll. The spice wasn’t too overpowering either.

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I was really impressed with the quality of the rolls. They were tightly rolled and didn’t fall apart. You could really taste the fresh ingredients with each bite. Service was good and the prices were reasonable. Sushi Bar has a nicely decorated dining room with flat screen TV’s. I also really liked that the names of the menu items were local: Detroit Roll and Biddle Roll. Kudos for “shouting out” to the community. Stop in and check em out!

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Osaka Sushi & Steakhouse

Today on the Bite Tonight: Osaka Sushi & Steakhouse

Located on 28th St in Grand Rapids is Osaka Sushi & Japanese Steakhouse. Josh and I stopped in for an early dinner to check out the menu. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price/Quality: 3 out of 5 bites

Service: 2 out of 5 bites

Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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Here’s a happy Josh super excited about sushi:

happy sushi josh

Mango Avocado Roll: Surprisingly satisfying. The sweet, fruity mango is dynamite with the avocado. Very tropical.

mango avocado

California Roll: Cool and classic!

california roll

Eel, Avocado, Cucumber: Always a treat! Sweet BBQ eel sauce is the perfect compliment to creamy avocado and crunchy, fresh cucumber.

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Sweet Potato Roll: Oh My! Delicious! This magnificent creation tasted like tempura battered sweet potato lightly fried to perfection. Light, sweet, and crispy. A must to order!

sweet potato roll

I was really impressed with the sushi options, but service was lousy. So lousy that it was actually humorous. Our server was actually standing near the flat screen TV getting his daily dose. If you’re looking for a unique sushi menu with delicious sushi, try Osaka Sushi and Steakhouse.

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Sushi Potluck

Today on the Bite Tonight: Sushi Potluck

At work, we tend to celebrate birthday’s, holidays, and events with delicious food. For my co-worker, Michelle’s going away potluck, she requested sushi. It was a nice change from random favorites and it was delicious!

California Roll (Fishbone’s Rhythm Kitchen Cafe in Greektown). The rolls were decent, tasted fresh and beat store bought sushi. It was definitely better than last night’s leftovers!

Edamame (soybean) was a nice touch and received lot’s of compliments. Not too shabby for an Aldi brand. Just pop it in the microwave, steam it, and it’s yummy.

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Since sushi isn’t that filling, we also ordered pizza.

Cheese Pizza (Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders, Downtown Detroit). My only beef with this cheese pie is that it was greasy. Being a cheese pizza, I’m not sure how you really avoid that. Bellacino’s is pretty basic, dishing out good food with affordable prices. The food isn’t amazing, and it isn’t terrible either.

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What going away potluck isn’t complete without cake?

Cake (Holiday Market Bakery): Vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. I liked that the frosting wasn’t super sweet. This was one of the few cakes that I actually ate. We’ve gotten lots of cakes from this bakery and they always come out moist, super creative, and cute.

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The potluck was great and everyone wished Michelle best wishes on her trip back to NYC. Bon Voyage, Michelle.

Stay tuned for lots of great eats. Next on the Bite Tonight: Grand Rapids!

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Palette Dining Studio @ MGM Casino

Otherwise known as the buffet @ MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Palette is a great place if you like variety. Palette offers a “create your own” salad & stir fry station, American, Mexican, and Italian cuisine, and an island of delicious desserts. Josh and I’s favorite is the stir fry and sushi.

The ingredient options are minimal and range from fresh spinach and squash to rice noodles and fried garlic. You also have your choice of chicken, shrimp, or beef. Even though there aren’t too many options, the stir fry station is still creative and allows you to customize your meal.

A little messy, but it was delicious!

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California, Veggie, and Spicy Tuna Rolls: The sushi options also are basic, but tastes pretty good. The sushi rolls are made fresh daily.

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Although Tap is our top choice, Palette is nice when you can’t decide what you are in the mood for. You don’t have to stress over a menu, you can sample everything! And MGM Restaurants take casino comps as well as the usual form of payment.

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