Cooked Roll Sushi War!

Last year I had the pleasure of having dinner at AnneX East Japanese, and lunch at SORA Japanese Sky Cuisine. The dinner at East Jap. is what lead me to try food from Sora, I had a hunger for sushi; both times were with my best friend, Gabby. Before dinner at East Jap. I’ve had cooked rolls once in my life, years ago, and I’m actually glad to have aroused that craving. The experiences left a great taste in my mouth, but I wanted to compare them for you.

The cooked roll sushi war!

We went to AnneX East Japanese for a special occasion, it was Gabby’s birthday celebration. We had a group of 10 by the end of the night but Gabby and I arrived early together; so, while we waited for the rest of the group we ordered Miso Soup as an appetizer. I didn’t like the soup, when I got it, it was barely warm and by the time I was halfway through it was cold. I was really upset about that because I was hungry and wanted the hot soup to soothe my tummy. Other than it being cold, it tasted alright but it wasn’t my kind of flavour.

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Shrimp Tempura Roll – AnneX East Japanese

Now, I’m new to sushi… and a picky eater, so, I ordered a Shrimp Tempura Roll. It’s a simple roll, can’t go wrong with fried shrimp; the roll was cut into 8 pieces and stacked in the center of the plate with nicely placed garnish around the perimeter. The roll was delicious! The shrimp in the crispy tempura was cooked perfectly. My fave dipping sauce was the spicy mayo, it gave a slight pop of flavour to the roll; the soy sauce didn’t enhance the flavour of the roll in my opinion. My only issue with my roll was that it seemed to finish too quickly.

Other points to note, I had to taste what Gabby had as well; I sampled the California Roll, which was good. I liked the combination of crab, cream cheese and avocado, though the avocado was barely noticeable. I also had a piece of her Crab Stick, which is crab meat and cream cheese enclosed in a fried tempura shell. This was really good but sometimes I’m not able to handle too much cheese at once and it was a bit overbearing. Which is great news for cheese lovers.

We went to SORA Japanese Sky Cuisine for another special occasion, it was my post-birthday lunch. This restaurant is rightly named, you have to climb too many flights of stairs to get there. I wanted to eat at one of their outdoor tables but they were all reserved, inside had a nice ambiance nonetheless. We were seated, and brought our menus promptly. I ordered the Dragon Roll, and Gabby had the Salmon Tempura Roll, and later ordered a Char Shu Roll. (I didn’t get to take a photo of the Char Shu.)

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Dragon Roll – SORA Japanese Sky Cuisine

The Dragon Roll had 8 pieces with fried shrimp topped with avocado, and served with spicy mayo and eel sauce. As you may or may not have noticed, the small difference with my Dragon Roll and Shrimp Tempura Roll were the lack of tempura in one, and avocado in the other. This roll tasted great, the contrasting texture of the avocado against the fried shrimp was delightful. I’m not sure of the specific taste of the eel sauce because the spicy mayo overpowered it, which I didn’t mind (I love spicy mayo).

Out of the rolls Gabby ordered, I only tasted the Char Shu, which I really enjoyed. The Salmon Tempura had salmon, cream cheese and deep fried crab; while the Char Shu had lettuce, tempura crunch, scallion, and roast pork inside and on top. The pork was cooked so well, and I’m not a big fan of pork but it was really good.

The Winner?

Cue the drum roll… But first, let’s see the pros and the cons. On the pros list: both rolls I had were delicious and the service was quick for both restaurants. The only con I have is for AnneX East Japanese, whose waiter seemed to want to go home, the energy he gave off wasn’t very pleasant… maybe that was an off day. Another downside for them is that they are a bit more expensive than SORA Japanese Sky Cuisine. You know I’m on that university student budget, so on that basis, I’ll pick SORA Japanese Sky Cuisine as my cooked roll champion. I’ll be back there soon.

AnneX East Japanese is located at 71 Lady Musgrave Road, and SORA Japanese Sky Cuisine is located at 9-11 Phoenix Avenue.

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Upcoming Events!

You know what time it is! Time to check the 876Lover event listing. This weekend actually has more events than last week…they just keep popping up. There will be a concert, and tons of pop-up shops, this weekend might be the best one to get your Christmas shopping done. Explore the vast numbers of Jamaican brands! Cop a birthday gift for me *wink* Have fun!

Friday:

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Upcoming Events!

The festive season began last week and every weekend we’ve got something for you to do. From the ever enticing reggae concert to pop-up shops to more music events! Here is this weekend’s event listing from the 876Lover!

Saturday:

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One Coco: Miss Dutchie

Hey! I know it’s been a while since I updated the basket but I went to an event called A Jamaican Made Christmas- this is an annual 2-day pop-up arcade with only Jamaican brands- and got a few things; I believe this is my third year going.  I’ll be doing separate posts for each item, today we’re adding a Miss Dutchie Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly to the basket.

I made it a task to walk around and taste all the free samples I could, don’t judge, who doesn’t love food? At Miss Dutchie’s booth they had Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jerk Seasoning, Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jackfruit Chutney, and the one I sampled, Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly. I didn’t want to eat the jerk seasoning on crackers and I don’t like jackfruit; so, I was left with one option, the jelly. I had a taste on a cracker and it was so yummy I bought one right away. At first you taste the sweetness from the jelly then a burst of heat follows, tickling your taste buds.

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Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jerk Seasoning, Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly, Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jackfruit Chutney (Photo by: National)

Over the past couple of months I have been trying out some new sauces from my local supermarket but I’ve noticed a trend, I tend to stick to any product that has some sweetness in it. I like sweet things in general, I prefer that to tangy or savory flavours; so, you’ll catch me having sweet and sour, or sweet and spicy. I find this jelly is perfect so far, I’ve used it on sandwiches and toast; after tasting the pepper, the heat subsides after a while. If you’re not a pepper person, this product can work for you, just use it sparingly.

I give it a 4.9/5 rating: the consistency is nice, the balance of sweetness and spice is perfect, the price is reasonable, the label is very chic and trendy, but I’d have liked to see a refrigerate note on the label. I would definitely buy again, give it a try if you see it on your supermarket shelves.

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Find Miss Dutchie products on Instagram @MissDutchieJa.

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On The Road

5:00am

I woke with a groan, knowing damn well we should have went to bed long before 12am but I wanted to be the first to wish Autumne a happy birthday. I also knew my best friend very well and hit snooze, there was no way she’d be getting up just yet. I hit stop on the alarm this time, grateful for the 10 more minutes. The house spun with the two of us fighting for the shower, getting ready, listening out for the kettle, and checking the time. We had to be at the makeup artist’s place by 6am.

We got there on time by the what must have been magic, or I guess the thief of a taxi driver that over charged us. We hopped out the taxi and began to call the MUA. None of us had credit, and with amazing luck the light drizzle got heavier. I called her on Whatsapp twice and it rang without an answer. As I was about to try again, the gates to the apartment opened and we rushed in.Team member number one of three greeted us, and an hour long wait ensued because of the tardy client before us. When the rest of the team arrived, they got to work promptly and moved in sync with ease. Completing both our faces, leaving two giddy girls, snapping a lot of selfies. Finally feeling the buzz of anticipation about jumping in the Carnival Road March for the first time. Continue reading “On The Road”

Upcoming Events!

How has February been treating you so far? To put it frankly this has been my worst Reggae Month to date but the month isn’t over, and there’s still more events scheduled. I’ll be sharing a few upcoming events that I know about with you, check them out below. Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”

The Road to Carnival -I

In came the New Year, in the blink of an eye or the pop of a bottle, 2016 was gone. Cheers to life, we had airily planned out 2017, this year would be one of adventures and new experiences. A big one being Jamaica’s Carnival Road March. As a novice, I stalked as many social media pages as I deemed necessary to get the inside Intel on Carnival know-how. I linked the two people I knew wouldn’t laugh me to scorn, and learnt some key tips and tricks. Now came January, and it was band/costume launch galore, for the first time, Jamaica was having four different Carnivals or as a Trinidadian would put it, four different Bands. For many years one Band had control of our Carnival, Bacchanal Jamaica, where that band had different costume sections which marched on di road. For Jamaica’s 2017 Carnival the different bands are Bacchanal Jamaica, Xodus Carnival, Xaymaca International, and Jamaica Carnival.

I didn’t register ’til near the deadline for my band, January 31st, because I was spending an extravagant amount of money, I decided to wait until all the bands had their costume launches, then I would make my final decision. During the tedious wait I emailed a bunch of makeup artists, and found out their prices, as well as searched for boots online. Bacchanal Jamaica had their costume launch on January 7th with a wait till January 12th for the official website to be ready. Xodus Carnival had their launch on December 14th followed by the costumes and prices up on Instagram from January 11th but their website launched on January 12th. Xaymaca International had their costume launch on January 21st and their website was up by the 23rd. Jamaica Carnival had their costume launch on January 27th. Continue reading “The Road to Carnival -I”

Upcoming Events

Hello loves 🙂 Our favourite part of the week is here again, the weekend! Though it’s gonna be a rainy one here in Jamaica, I have a few events for you that will be going on this weekend. It’s quite a lot of shopping! We’re not having Black Friday  but it seems we’re excited for Christmas, take a look. Continue reading “Upcoming Events”

Restaurant Week 2016

Eat in Dine out!

This year is the 12th staging of the annual Restaurant Week, the week is from November 11-19th. It is a celebration of something we all love, food, and that too at discounted rates. The participating restaurants are placed in different categories, based on the price at which the meals will be offered. The price is per person and covers, appetizer, main course and dessert; while drinks, GCT, and gratuity are additional. Continue reading “Restaurant Week 2016”

Upcoming Events!

This week is filled with excitement! From Wednesday to Sunday there are events being kept, so take a look at my list, make some plans, and go enjoy yourself! I know I definitely will 🙂 Continue reading “Upcoming Events!”