Fit For a King and Queen…Or Maybe Just a Brother and Sister – Rolls, Rolls, and More Rolls at The Sushi Shop

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Oh sushi, how I’ve missed you.  Well, blogging about you anyway because I actually ate some last week!  These pictures were taken on a very special day during the first week of March.  If you’ve been reading and following my blog, I know you’re probably thinking that sushi is very commonplace in my foodie world and EVERY sushi adventure is awesome for me.  And that’s true, but this meal was different because I enjoyed it with my mum and my brother during my brother’s spring break. 

Let it be known that my younger brother and I, as close as we are, are very different in personality.  He’s four and a half years my junior, he’s one of my best friends in life, and we couldn’t be more different.  I am the chatty, bubbly, independent artsy fartsy one who loves going out.  He is the shy, quiet homebody who loves the comfort of home.  He looooves it when we go out as a family, but unlike me, he would never venture out on his own for the sake of it.  I, on the other hand, will arbitrarily pick a subway station off the map, get off, and walk around without knowing what the heck is around the area.  So when I told him that I wanted to take him out for a day on the town during his spring break, he was mega excited. 

I took him and my mum to my favourite sushi place, The Sushi Shop, and we had ourselves a maki roll par-tay!  I recommended some of my favourites (the salmon with green onion as well as the smoked salmon, avocado, and cream cheese Vancouver rolls that I love so dearly!) and ordered some I hadn’t yet pigged out on (the spicy tuna, tempura, and avocado 911 rolls, and the Ebik maki with shrimp, tempura, avocado, and cucumber rolled in red masago).  I loved it, they loved it, and we “mmmed” our way through a whole platter of amazing sushi rolls.

This was a fun day, just for us.  My dad isn’t into sushi rolls, so it worked out quite nicely.  No guilt for going without him on our part!  It’s something that we don’t get to do as often as we’d like.  Our lives are hectic and we’re constantly pulled into different directions.  My dad is work, my brother and I are both at school and have mountains of work to attend to, I’m not always home for dinner, and my mum runs the household and has a gazillion things on her never-ending to-do list.  I know how hard-working my brother is and I know how he doesn’t get to do a lot of “fun” things during the school year, so it was important to me to make sure he had one super fun day during his week off.  Call it sisterly love.  We love sushi and my mum and brother love going downtown with me, so it was win-win for everyone.

Even though my brother is 21, he is still very much a baby brother to me.  He came home with the biggest smile on his face and with so much excitement and happiness from our day out.  We got some fresh air, we walked around till our feet were going to fall off, and I introduced parts of the city to my mum and brother they were completely unaware of.  I was so happy that they had enjoyed the day.  And my mum pulled me aside at the end of the night and said, “You made your brother so happy.  He said today was one of the best days ever.  I’m so proud of you”.  I smiled and nodded, blinking back a few tears.  Just doing what any good sister would do.  Fill the tummy and fill the heart ❤

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The Sushi Shop is located at the intersection of Yonge and Carlton St. (3 Carlton St.), with 2 other take-out locations serving the downtown core, one being in the GO train station concourse and the other near Maple Leaf Square at 25 York St (closed Saturday and Sunday).  According to Google map, there is also a location on Bloor St. E at 175 Bloor St.E (Saturday and Sunday closed as well).    

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The Love For Cream Cheese Never Ends: Vancouver Rolls at The Sushi Shop

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If you’re a cream cheese fanatic like I am, The Sushi Shop is PERFECT for you!  Not only is most of the menu dedicated to maki rolls and its variants (think square and rectangle sushi!), there are plenty of options for the cream cheese lover 😀  One of my absolute favourite combinations is salmon, avocado, and cream cheese (or just salmon and avocado in general) and The Sushi Shop offers an amazing roll called the Vancouver Roll (in a set of eight) with delicious thinly sliced smoked salmon (not to be confused with regular salmon sashimi – smoked salmon has that great slightly salty, cured flavour to it), avocado, and light cream cheese.  You all know how much I love this place and there are so many reasons why.  Their selection of cream cheese varieties is just one of them!  The Vancouver roll is served in 2 ways on the menu.  You can either order a set of 8 medium sized rolls for $5.95, or you can order the Express Lunch combo G (served from 11am to closing) which includes 12 medium maki rolls, 4 of which are the Vancouver roll.

The Sushi Shop offers these maki rolls with cream cheese and I plan on eating my way through all of them!  I’m actually well on my way there, I’ve tried 4 of the 5 so far *looks sheepish*:

  1. Akanasu Hosomaki (set of 6 small rolls): sun-dried tomato pesto, light cream cheese, sesame
  2. Vancouver Maki (set of 8 medium rolls): smoked salmon, avocado, light cream cheese, sesame
  3. Miami Sumomaki (set of 5 large rolls): soya sheet, smoked salmon, avocado, orange masago, green onion, light cream cheese, tempura, spicy light mayo, sesame
  4. Fusion Sumomaki (set of 5 large rolls): grilled salmon, basil pesto rice, light cream cheese, cherry tomato, cucumber, snow pea sprouts, lettuce, spicy light mayo, sesame
  5. Inferno Sumomaki (set of 5 large rolls): tempura, light cream cheese, sun-dried tomato pesto, red and orange masago, green onion, spicy light mayo, spicy sauce, sesame   

The sumomaki roll varieties can also be ordered as a hand roll, so there’s a few extra options there as well.  YAY!

If you’ve been following the blog, you’ve seen my scrapbook layouts and I’ve made it easier now to peruse through them 😀  I’ve added every single post featuring a scrapbook layout since I’ve started this blog to the category “The Kitchen Table”, so if you’re a scrapbooker like me (or just like to look at pretty paper things), feel free to roam around in there!  I take a lot of pride in my work and I’m really grateful to everyone who’s been reading and following the blog, it means a lot to me.  It’s been so much fun sharing and creating new things for the blog and I love talking about lovely things like craft supplies and brands and paper and all that good stuff, so don’t be shy if you want to hit me up just to yak about scrapbooking.  I just signed up for a Twitter account several days ago, so if you want to follow me, you can find me @AtebyAte; I would love to get to know other foodies and fellow scrapbookers!    

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The Sushi Shop is located at the intersection of Yonge and Carlton St. (3 Carlton St.), with 2 other take-out locations serving the downtown core, one being in the GO train station concourse and the other near Maple Leaf Square at 25 York St (closed Saturday and Sunday).  According to Google map, there is also a location on Bloor St. E at 175 Bloor St.E (Saturday and Sunday closed as well).

Scrapbooking materials used: baby pink, cherry red, and goldenrod yellow cardstock (Recollections); pink and green argyle patterned paper; alphabet stickers (K & Company); medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); scalloped edge decorative scissors (Provo Craft).