I’m so excited to finally share my new scrapbook layouts with you all! I had a huge backlog of pictures that was taking me forever to get through and even though I still have hundreds to organize, I’m making progress! 😀 I never like to rush through a layout and I take a lot of time and care to draw out layout sketches, figure and write out which pictures I want to scrap and in what sizes, the whole nine yards. And it’s so exciting to get to a new batch of photos even if the photos themselves aren’t the newest; it’s the inspiration and freshness that makes it fun.
So this is what I would refer to as my personal love letter to cream cheese. Oh how I love this stuff. I eat it on bread, with potato chips, mixed in a little pasta sauce, in sushi…I will even eat it by itself on a spoon. Tis how much I love it. It’s any wonder I’m not fat. So imagine my joy several years ago when I discovered sushi concoctions like Philadelphia rolls with smoked salmon, or Philly rolls with avocado and sashimi. Cream cheese IN sushi! It’s like the food angels fluttered down to Earth and bestowed these delightful morsels of heaven just for me. And you can bet that I’m keeping track of all my favourite maki rolls that include cream cheese and where to get them. A girl’s gotta be organized when it comes to this stuff! One of my personal favourites so far? The Moscow rolls from Ginza.
The first time I went to Ginza was a year and a half ago and I loved it from the get-go. I actually fell in love with it even before I stepped foot in the restaurant! I don’t know about you, but I’ve become a bit spoiled having the internet at my fingertips and I look up restaurant menus online like crazy when I know I’m going to a place, providing they have a website. I study the menu with the intensity I probably should have allocated to studying for exams in school, ha.
Even before the eating experience has started, you can gauge how you feel about a place from their menu. For one thing, you know the prices. If it’s unaffordable, you don’t go – it’s that’s simple. Second, if you’re indecisive like me, it’s makes your life a hell of a lot easier! You can go into a place at least with an idea of what you want instead of taking eons to decide after you’re seated and everyone is giving you the death stare to hurry the hell up because they’re starving. And sushi menus are always so much fun to go through! 😀 Since being introduced to cream cheese in sushi, anything of the sort jumps out at me and like a little blinky light, “Moscow Roll” was my little sushi beacon.
The rolls are just amazing. They come in a set of 5 large rolls and are coated in crispy breading for some awesome crunch. The Moscow Roll contains salmon, tuna, hamachi (yellowtail or Japanese amberjack), tangy cream cheese, and plenty of green scallions sprinkled over top. And the sauce! It’s a fusion of sweet chili sauce and sushi mayo drizzled all over and as you can tell from the photos, it’s like an artistic sushi painting! 😀 The taste is wonderfully complex. You have the texture from the crispy breading, the soft buttery texture of the salmon and fish, and the richness of the cream cheese completely mellows and balances the spiciness of the sauce. The cream cheese totally knocks it out and it’s just a yummy, messy dish of sushi happiness!
You can tell that I am one happy foodie 😀 Ginza is lovely and not just for the food but also for the atmosphere. I’ve only been to the Yorkville location on Bay St., but to me, it is the epitome of modern meets fresh meets clean. It’s peaceful and it’s fresh and vibrant. And I am especially in love with the little red tea cups! It gets my heart racing when the utensils and accessories are bright colours and I cannot tell you how much I want to take these cups home with me because they are so pretty oh my goodness. *laughs* I’m a tea accessory geek!
Ginza currently serves 4 locations in Toronto and the GTA, with the newest one located in Maple on Major Mackenzie Dr.W and Dufferin St. That location actually works out okay for me considering I live in Markham, but for those who live in the 416, there’s no need to fret because there are 2 other locations you can gorge on sushi at: Finch Ave. E between Leslie and Bayview in North York, as well as Bay St. and Yorkville which is the one I’ve been to.
Prices vary depending on the type of food you’re ordering but I’d say a meal would normally average around $6-$10 on the lower end and $12-$15 on the higher end if you’re ordering sushi combinations and such. Let it be known that Ginza is not exclusive to sushi alone, but also serves Thai and Japanese dishes. Outside of sushi, you can order tempura, soba noodles (which I’ve tried as well), rice, meat cutlet combos with noodles or rice, and a number of different soups and appetizers. The quality of food is superb and I really enjoy the selection. So the next time I go, I’m totally going to try out some other maki rolls and report back! Oh, and hug and squish my beloved red tea cup ❤
Ginza is located at the following 4 locations:
7330 Yonge St. (at the intersection of Clark Ave. and Yonge St. in Thornhill)
652 Finch Ave. East (located between Leslie St. and Bayview Ave. in North York)
1255 Bay St. (north of Bloor St. W just off of Yorkville Ave.)
9960 Dufferin St. (right at the intersection of Major Mackenzie Dr. W. in Maple)
Ginza also offers a 10% student discount at certain locations, so call ahead and ask if you want to take advantage.
Scrapbooking materials used: white and gray cardstock (Recollections); red alphabet stickers (Recollections); patterned journalling cards (Anna Griffin, Darcy collection); sushi menu sticker (Jolee’s).