Sushi, Please

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My mom is the dearest person alive.  Not only did she watch the dogs for 8 days, but she drove them back from Tennessee to Charlotte! 


So we took her out to dinner at my new favorite Charlotte restaurant, Cowfish.


My mom had never really had a Japanese-style dinner, so we opted for the complete experience (well, at least the complete experience Cowfish-style).


Started off with edamame (my mom popped the entire pod in her mouth before I could say something):


And Fuji Apple Sake:


And my mom and I ordered three vegetarian sushi rolls.  The first two were:  carrots, beets, fried tofu, asparagus, and cream cheese wrapped in soy paper with brown rice.  The third roll was zucchini, beets, cream cheese, and basil (also wrapped in soy paper and brown rice).


I had about 8 pieces.  SOO DELICIOUS.  I love vegetarian sushi, especially at Cowfish!



A very perfect dinner!


Oh, and earlier, Diana brought over some vegan coconut cream pie and macaroonsNicole and Kelly stopped by, too, and we served as official taste testers.



I ate about a slice in total before and after dinner.  It was awesome – Diana recreates the yummiest desserts.


Very tired – crashing into bed.  We have to work at the clinic tomorrow,.



  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen January 21, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Mmmm the coconut cream pie looks yum!

  • Ameena January 21, 2011, 10:40 pm

    Cream cheese in sushi sounds like a fantastic addition…not that I’m a sushi expert or anything but I haven’t seen that here in L.A. yet. It must be divine!

    • Caitlin January 22, 2011, 9:07 am

      CC is the best in sushi!

  • Whitney January 21, 2011, 10:42 pm

    Vegetarian sushi is my fave…particularly tempura veggie rolls!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 21, 2011, 10:42 pm

    Dinner sounds delicious! So sweet of your mom to come see you! Sleep well Caitlin. I guess all good things (or vacations) come to an end.

  • Blog is the New Black January 21, 2011, 10:49 pm

    Looks like a fun night with lots of great food!

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty January 21, 2011, 10:50 pm

    All the food looks delicious and you look and your mom both look so pretty! Thanks for writing such a healthy and healing blog by the way. As someone in recovery from an eating disorder, I believe that your blog is a wonderful mixture between healthy living and compassion. Thank you!

    • Caitlin January 22, 2011, 9:07 am

      Thank you so much Alex. I appreciate this comment a lot!

  • Parita January 21, 2011, 11:00 pm

    Moms are the best! I have never taken my mom out for a Japanese meal. It would definitely be an interesting experience. 🙂

    P.S. Those sushi rolls look delicious!

  • Laurie January 21, 2011, 11:02 pm

    That sushi looks AMAZING!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 21, 2011, 11:06 pm

    The next time I go to Charlotte, come with me to Cowfish please! Haha! 😉

    • Caitlin January 22, 2011, 9:07 am


  • Jolene ( January 21, 2011, 11:07 pm

    That was so nice of your mom!!! She sounds like a sweat heart 🙂

    Have a great weekend Caitlin!

  • Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg January 21, 2011, 11:15 pm

    yum! that sushi looks delicious!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 21, 2011, 11:29 pm

    the veggie sushi looks fabulous!

    and i love the ‘total food blogger’ picture…of bloggers taking pictures! love it 🙂

  • Stephanie January 21, 2011, 11:35 pm

    Sushi and coconut cream pie. And moms. These are a few of my favorite things. 🙂

  • Kiran January 21, 2011, 11:47 pm

    I miss my mom so much… Makes me want to cry!

    And the sushi is mouth-watering. Glad you both had a wonderful mother-daughter time 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 22, 2011, 12:09 am

    I need to find some good veggie sushi! I miss it 🙂

  • Ashley January 22, 2011, 12:15 am

    Everything looks so good. The first time I had edamame I kept eating the whole pod and wondered why everyone loved it when they tasted so terrible. I finally looked over at the next table and saw a 2yr old girl eating them properly.

    • Caitlin January 22, 2011, 9:08 am


  • maria @ Chasing the Now January 22, 2011, 12:16 am

    It’s been a few weeks since i’ve had sushi. Now you’ve got me craving it. Going to have to knock that out with a trip to the grocery store (you can buy good sushi right at the market in Japan).

  • Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 22, 2011, 12:20 am

    aww, what an awesome mom! mine is pretty great too. 🙂

    cowfish looks so good. you made me crave sushi hard core!

  • Lizz @ Leading the Good Life January 22, 2011, 12:25 am

    Vegetarian sushi is slowly coming around, here in Omaha, NE. Most places have the basic veggie roll, cucumber roll, etc, but only a few have tofu and other fun things. I still haven’t seen a veggie one with cream cheese…maybe I should just ask!

  • courtney @ the granola chronicles January 22, 2011, 1:10 am

    Ahhhh, that vegetarian sushi looks so good!

  • carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream January 22, 2011, 1:43 am

    I make hummus all the time but I’ve never thought to roast the chick peas first… I’m going to have to give that a try! Thanks for the inspiration and a great recipe to try out!

  • Amanda January 22, 2011, 2:41 am

    That was super nice of your mom!

  • Marina January 22, 2011, 2:46 am

    You’re making me crave sushi so badly 😀

  • Orla January 22, 2011, 3:27 am

    I did that with edamame beansthw first time
    I had them. I was sitting there chewing away thinking- eh I really don’t know what the fuss us with these things! My friend told me to pop the bean out. I get it now!!!

  • Kim @ girlevolving January 22, 2011, 7:30 am

    My husband did that once – popped the whole edamame pod in his mouth. I didn’t see it happen but noticed he was chewing and chewing and chewing. He eventually got the pod down – he was determined!

  • Kristina @ life as kristina January 22, 2011, 7:57 am

    Apple saki? Never heard of that one-sounds yum!

  • Lauren January 22, 2011, 8:02 am

    The sushi at Cowfish looks incredible!!!! We have good sushi here, but these veggie rolls blow ours out of the water. So delicious!

  • Tina January 22, 2011, 8:11 am

    I LOVE vegetarian sushi! Most people don’t understand it because they are use to sushi with fish, but I find it delicious. I especially love when restaurants will use brown rice upon request.

  • Kelly ( January 22, 2011, 8:11 am

    I love vegetarian sushi too – YUM!! We’re going for some tonight and I can’t WAIT! I haven’t ever seen sushi with brown rice… do you have to ask for that specifically?

    • Caitlin January 22, 2011, 9:09 am

      They have a “custom” roll thing where you can choose fillings, wrapper, and rice. Pretty cool!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 22, 2011, 8:16 am

    I love sushi. Especially when it involves interesting flavor combinations like the ones that you ladies ordered. Cream cheese and roasted beets sounds fabulous. 😀

    Happy Saturday! 😀

  • eliza January 22, 2011, 8:35 am


  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 22, 2011, 8:45 am

    I’m going for Japanese tonight too! I’m so excited! It’s sometimes difficult for me to eat at those restaurants with soy sauce and MSG, but I usually can make it work.

  • Haleigh January 22, 2011, 8:47 am

    My husband and I were supposed to go to Cowfish last weekend but something came up! It looks fun though!

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl January 22, 2011, 8:57 am

    My dad did the EXACT.SAME.THING. with the edamame the first time we got him to try them! He actually finished chewing before we all burst out laughing 🙂 Too funny! I love parents!

  • Camille January 22, 2011, 9:09 am

    Your Mom is so pretty!
    Glad you had fun!

  • allie January 22, 2011, 9:09 am

    what a fantastic picture of you and your mom! i am totally going to eat sushi today!

  • Emilie January 22, 2011, 10:26 am

    Wow, all the food in this post looks divine. I’m going to be dreaming of coconut cream pie for a loooong time.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life January 22, 2011, 10:37 am

    Definitely craving sushi now! Thanks Caitlin 😉

  • Baking 'n' Books January 22, 2011, 11:16 am

    …wait – are you not “supposed” to eat the whole pod?? Do explain!

    • Caitlin January 22, 2011, 11:30 am

      You pop the peas into your mouth by biting into the pod, but you don’t actually eat the pod.

      • Amber K January 22, 2011, 12:16 pm

        lol, I have never eaten edamame in the pod and I’m soooo glad I know this now! That way I can eat it properly!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 22, 2011, 11:17 am

    Yum, the sushi and desserts look great!

  • Kara January 22, 2011, 11:23 am

    Lol, I wonder how many people tried to eat the whole pod before they found out how to pop out the insides…you should do a poll!

    Brown rice sushi is so good, I wish it was an option at more sushi places!

  • Tori @ January 22, 2011, 12:01 pm

    LOVE the pics! the sushi looks amazing! you’re making me consider that for dinner! 🙂

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 22, 2011, 12:39 pm

    Ohmigahhhh I am dying to try out Cowfish! The bf and I never plan too far ahead though, and each time we’ve tried to go they’re always way booked until like, 930 or 10 at night. My hunger pangs definitely cannot wait that long to eat dinner, so we always do something else. Must break this pattern and make reservations ahead of time!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 22, 2011, 1:29 pm

    Haha I did the same thing with edamame the first time I tried it too! My friends made fun of me all night!

  • Camels & Chocolate January 22, 2011, 3:21 pm

    That next to last picture should be an ad for Canon! I’m a Canon girl myself–I have two Canon DSLRs and four Canon point-and-shoots, not to mention a Canon video camera and several of their lenses, too! 😉

    • Caitlin January 22, 2011, 3:29 pm

      Me too! Canon P&S and a Canon Rebel!

      • Camels & Chocolate January 22, 2011, 3:32 pm

        They’re the best! I used a Nikon through work in the early days of my journalism career, but now I couldn’t fathom going back!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous January 22, 2011, 3:27 pm

    Wow, that’s some SERIOUS sushi! Yummm. My mom did the same thing the first time she had edamame…and then again even after I explained it to her!

  • Sana January 22, 2011, 5:49 pm

    Your mom is amazingggg! Mummm I could go for some sushi!

  • Caroline January 22, 2011, 7:51 pm

    Omg! I was at Cowfish Friday night too! I would have loved to seen you! Loved the food…will definitely be going back!

    • Caitlin January 23, 2011, 10:28 am

      Hahah too cool!!!

  • Jessi @ Quirky Cookery January 23, 2011, 5:01 pm

    I’m so intrigued by these sushi. I love sushi in general and haven’t met very many varieties that don’t make me drool from their deliciousness. Soy paper, though? I’ve never even seen it. Any idea where to get my own (live in a small city/large town in the middle of nowhere, so I know I can’t get it locally)? I’d love to make my own sushi with it.

    • Caitlin January 23, 2011, 5:29 pm

      I’m going to try to make my own soon and will blog about it!!!

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