Food & Cooking

My Thankful Thursday at the U-pick Farm

This is a Thankful Thursday that is for sure. For the first time ever, I visited Favorite Farms, Inc. U-pick Farm in Dover, FL. I had the day off but Bruce didn’t so my mother and I took the trip to the farm for some really cheap but seriously fresh strawberries and one massive onion.

Right off the bat we drove in the back entrance. Whoops. We parked three different times and didn’t even grab the quart containers from the front entrance. Whoops. Luckily a lovely lady was getting ready to leave and gave us the containers she had so we got lucky. That won’t happen again.

I have never been to a farm to pick strawberries so I was intrigued with the whole process. Plus strawberries might be my favorite. There were tons and tons of aisles and it felt endless. I don’t even think we made it down more than four aisles each.

It was fun! A workout but fun! I bet there is a better way than always standing, bending, standing, squatting, bending. Lol! It was great to get the blood flowing, be out in the sun, and pick our own strawberries.

If you haven’t done something like this before and you ever get the chance, take it! It was way worth an hour drive. Nothing beat $.50/Quart. That’s only $5 for 10 Quarts or about 15 pounds.

It took us over an hour to clean cut and prep for freezing. I’m looking forward to making jams, smoothies, waffles, and enjoying the strawberries as they are!

Check out Favorite Farms, Inc. U-pick Farm’s website and located at:

10070 McIntosh Road
Dover, FL 33527
(813) 986-3949

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Food & Cooking, Restaurants

The Best Sushi I Ever Ate

Holy cow, so I thought I’ve had amazing sushi before since I’ve tried quite a few different places from decent to incredible and all of the in between, until I tried a local restaurant that is highly rated on Yelp! as the best sushi here in Hernando County. It was phenomenal and I was impressed! Located here in Spring Hill, FL – Sakura Asian Cuisine & Sushi, located in the Publix Market complex on the corner of Mariner Blvd and County Line Rd.

It’s now the go to spot located just over 5 minutes away. The fish and seafood was so tender and packed with flavor. The rice was a perfect texture and it was a incredibly fresh.

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Maki Combo: California roll, tuna roll, yellowtail scallion roll.

My brother was in town and I never knew he was into sushi so it was a great experience for all of us. They ordered the Maki Combo.

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Spider roll and spicy tuna tempura roll.

Bruce and I tried the spider roll and spicy tuna tempura roll. Both were fantastic. They include a fried portion. The spider roll has soft shell crab tempura with avocado and romaine and the spicy tuna tempura and also includes avocado, so yummy!

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Christmas Roll

We all split the Christmas roll. Fresh tuna, crabmeat, avocado and mix caviar. I couldn’t get over how fresh the tuna was. The texture was nice and smooth, gosh it was ALL so fresh and tasting. That was the first time I ever tried caviar. I had no idea what to expect. It reminded me of popping bobas from Bubbleology, definitely a different experience, but it was so wonderful!!

You need to try it! If you like sushi or want to try sushi, this is the place to go!

Map of Sakura Asian Cuisine & Sushi Restaurant

 

 

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Food & Cooking, In the beginning

Uramaki – the Not So Intimidating Sushi

It took me 22 years to try Sushi for the first time. It actually blows my mind because I like to consider my palate as a young girl, to be curious. I didn’t grow up in a family where everyone liked to cook or enjoy the experience and details that make up the meal except I had this reasoning I grew up with… If there was food I hadn’t ate or tasted before I would try it at least once. I wanted to expose myself to new things and challenge my palate.

So for all that time why hadn’t I tried Sushi!? The most important ingredient being rice is a favorite for many including mine, so that wasn’t it. I love vegetables and seafood, raw or cooked, so that wasn’t it. Wait. What is that called? Seaweed. Agh yes, that’s right – seaweed!

For years I was introduced to Sushi where the seaweed is wrapped on the outside. I couldn’t get myself to try it or taste it. Not even once. Maybe it was the word seaweed that made me think too much of the gross green weeds that stuck to your leg when you swam in the lake, that completely convinced me to steer away. Every time I approached the seaweed my reasoning of food from when I was younger went silent and I couldn’t bring myself to suck it up and try it.

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That is until I was having a girls day back in 2012. We were in Flagler Beach on the east coast of Florida and we started our day off with lunch. The ladies opened the fridge and pulled out sandwiches, raw vegetables and dip… then out came the seaweed salad and the fresh sushi. & there it was. That damn seaweed again all showcased and at the center of attention. Only thing was, the sushi completely different that I was used to seeing. I was a tad puzzled. Sushi has rice on the outside and isn’t covered in the intimidating green sheet of Nori?! Whattt?

I learned 3 things that day. First, Nori is the Japanese name for seaweed and that sounds way more appetizing than the word seaweed. Second, even though I dislike the idea of anything seaweed, the seaweed salad was my favorite and it was very delicious! & third, I’m an ass for not trying different kinds of sushi this whole time!! I devoured it! All I could think was, this isn’t gross at all!!

Ever since then I have been a huge fan of sushi. I love seeking out that hidden gem sushi place in a random city and trying new and different types of sushi. It has been adventurous and exciting! Ooh I have spent too long missing out on this amazing cuisine! I must be thankful and continue to believe all things happen for a reason. The reason I like to believe is that my palate and mind weren’t ready to appreciate the craft and beauty of this food! It may have taken me twenty-two years to try sushi, but I appreciate the talent and I’m grateful for the joy and satisfaction I feel from it.

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I will truly believe something in the younger me was interested in food and cuisine and that has stuck with me even till this day. It’s a passion of mine and something I look forward to experiencing for the rest of my life. I love the culinary world!