"What a great date," my date said, adding some extra cream to a latte at Starbucks. I agreed, taking a sip from my white chocolate mocha, anticipating the lovely flavor meld from my first bite of pumpkin bread.
I had dressed to impress - a long, multi-print top in pink, purple, gold, turquoise, black and white, over blue jean capri leggings with ruched cuffs, a black crochet shrug and maize peeptoe slingback heels.
We rode in my date's beautiful white Mercedes to Sushi 101 off Providence Road in south Charlotte/Ballantyne to start off the evening. I don't think I've ever ridden in a Mercedes before, and the smooth ride was quite a luxury compared to the bumps and road noise of my cute and reliable, if not so luxurious, Civic.
The sushi menu always overwhelms me. I want to make the perfect choice, and the "fishier" offerings always daunt me, compared to the standard crab, shrimp and avocado rolls.
I wanted to try something new, and opted for a "Professor Vu Roll." Shrimp tempura (fried shrimp) with cream cheese, topped with tuna, crab and scallions. The tuna is what scared me. I also chose unagi, or eel. Eel? Yes, it came highly recommended from some sushi experts but I had always been afraid to try it before.
I also had a cucumber salad - sliced cucumber with crab salad in a delicious, light soy viniagrette.
My date shared with me a spicy tuna roll, and tried the unagi.
Sushi is like art on a plate to me. I love the colors - the pink of the seafood, green from the avocado and the bright orange or red pop of fish roe the color of candy. The sushi I chose this time didn't come rolled in roe, which I missed. I love the texture of the fish eggs, and the "pop" they make as I chew. It feels exotic.
But I loved each bite tonight, and was so proud of myself for trying the tuna and unagi. One of the chefs offered to let us try a bite of octopus, but I was stuffed to the gills (ha ha) already. Maybe next time.
With our overpriced coffees in hand, we headed back to Lancaster. I said goodbye to my date under the yellow moon.
Yes, Joli, we should do girl's night more often.