Sushi Baby

in Pregnancy

When we found out we were pregnant, we went out for a nice lunch to celebrate, so we’ve decided to mark each trimester with a meal out. Last night, we went out to mark the beginning of the second trimester. 


I was jonesin’ sushi.


Sushi is on the list of ‘foods to avoid’ while preggers, but vegetarian sushi is fine.  Actually, a lot of the foods you are told to avoid, you don’t even need to think about if you’re already veg, which is nice.  So we headed to Cowfish, which makes the best vegetarian sushi around.


His and hers, on a wild night out:


I started off with miso soup, which prompted lots of corny “miso hungry” jokes.


And the Husband ordered the tofu lettuce wraps.  The lettuce was so crunchy.


My sushi roll was a lovely combo of:


Brown rice

Seaweed wrap

Cream cheese


Fried asparagus

Fried tofu


Oh yeah.  One of my goals for 2011 was to learn how to make sushi at home (I gave it an honest effort and failed miserably) but some things, I should just leave up to the professionals. 


Sushi baby!


Afterwards, we hung out with Nicole and Isaac and I ate the weight of the baby in mini peanut butter cups while everyone else drank wine. 


Today, I am running a 5K race – but not until 3 PM!  It’s kind of strange for a race to start so late, but I’m thankful because I’m not much of a morning person these days.  If the race was longer, I’d be really stressed about what to get for breakfast and lunch so I don’t give myself a stomachache, but I think it will be fine if I just eat normally.



Delicious oats.


Thought of the Day:

“Don’t let anyone else steal your awesomeness.” – Julia, an Operation Beautiful fan



  • Eliza December 10, 2011, 9:27 am

    YUM! That sushi looks amazingggg, and those lettuce wraps. Was it as delicious as it looks?

    • CaitlinHTP December 10, 2011, 9:29 am

      @Eliza: oh yeah. cowfish is really good!

  • Eliza December 10, 2011, 9:30 am

    Also, I NEVER make sushi at home, I tried but it was messy and here in Aus we have these awesome sushi bars with such delicious flavours- had sweet chilli tofu tonight! and a full meal is $8 and it is so worth buying it.
    However, on a similiar note, I also tried making rice paper rolls and with raw veges and noodles and it was so easy and economical.

  • heather December 10, 2011, 9:31 am

    When we went out to celebrate our pregnancy, we went to a place that has gluten free pizza and cake. The server was so excited to tell me that they also had gf beer and couldn’t understand why I wasn’t as excited as he was. He tried and tried throughout the meal to get me to order one (my husband was drinking so he knew it wasn’t a religious thing) and I just kept saying “oh, next time!!” akward!!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb December 10, 2011, 9:34 am

    i plan to make up for lack of wine with peanut butter and chocolate as well 🙂

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 10, 2011, 9:38 am

    Glad you were able to enjoy the veggie sushi and just be out and having a nice time..That’s awesome.

    Enjoy your weekend…and I agree, leaving sushi making to the pros is sometimes rolls never turn out too well either.

  • Khushboo December 10, 2011, 9:44 am

    I’m thinking a brunch-y lunch like eggs on toast will sit fine during your race…just limit the fiber :D! GOOD LUCK!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 10, 2011, 9:49 am

    It looks like there’s a pot behind you in the sushi baby picture and it’s funny because it makes your stomach look much bigger than it is. It’s perfectly positioned so that it looks like your belly! Does anyone else see that?

    • Jen December 10, 2011, 11:01 am

      I totally thought the same thing! Trick photography without even trying, lol.

  • Katie December 10, 2011, 9:52 am

    I took a sushi making class and we attempt to make our own sushi every Christmas Eve. 3 tips:
    1. Try rolling the rice on the inside. It may not look as fancy but it’s way easier and tastes just as good. Also pack the roll together after each rotation.
    2. Keep the innards of your sushi in the top 3rd of the roll or else they will splooge out everywhere.
    3. Sharp sharp sharp knives!

    Now I’m craving sushi.

  • Lee December 10, 2011, 10:00 am

    I made sushi with some friends about a year ago and it was actually not as hard as I thought it would be. You should try it.

  • December 10, 2011, 10:15 am

    Good luck You TWO on your race today : )

  • LJ December 10, 2011, 11:15 am

    aw i can’t wait to go to cowfish during my xmas vacation! this post reminds me of a vegetarian-related question i have been meaning to ask you. one of the big obstacles i have faced in becoming a vegetarian is my love for asian food. i know all my favorite dishes at deejai include fish sauce and i love miso soup, but i know it’s not technically vegetarian (although i’m sure there are some places that have a veggie version) . how do you deal with this? is this part of your veggie grey area? because i think it might have to be part of mine!

    • CaitlinHTP December 10, 2011, 11:51 am

      @LJ: Most places, the red curry is vegetarian. Just ask. I know that miso soup is def veg bc it says so on the menu. But yeah – most asian places put fish sauce in stuff. Honestly, I kind of ignore it. It falls into my gray area. It’s just not a huge deal to me.

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine December 10, 2011, 11:26 am

    What a cute idea to mark the trimesters with dinner out. 🙂 Your sushi sounds lovely—I’ll have to give that combo a try!

  • Krystina December 10, 2011, 11:46 am

    Is that a hair on your sushi!?

    • CaitlinHTP December 10, 2011, 11:50 am

      @Krystina: Hahah yeah – I was wondering if anyone would notice! It’s mine though. My hair caught on it when I leaned over to snap the pic. LOL

      • Amber K December 10, 2011, 1:40 pm

        @CaitlinHTP: lol I never would have noticed that if someone hadn’t pointed it out.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 10, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I tried making homemade sushi once, and it was okay, but definitely not as good as getting it at a restaurant! Also it ended up being almost as expensive, since I bought sushi grade fish for the filling. 😛

    Good luck in the race today!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 10, 2011, 12:49 pm

    I LOVE miso soup! Congrats on it being your second trimester!

  • Dee December 10, 2011, 1:37 pm

    Mmm, this all looks SO good!

  • Amber K December 10, 2011, 1:41 pm

    I have only tried sushi once, but it had crab or something in it and it was disgusting. But vegetarian sushi is intriguing.

  • kristin December 10, 2011, 1:42 pm

    i love the celebrating trimesters with a date night idea! congrats for getting out of the 1st tri, i know it can be nerve wrecking!

    i’ve been wanting non-veg sushi since i got pregnant- specifically spicy tuna roll which is a huge no no for multiple reasons 🙁 first date night out after baby is born will deff be at a nice sushi resturant!

  • Kat December 10, 2011, 3:15 pm

    Caitlin, I have been reading your blog forever and just caught up on the last bunch of posts. I wanted to give you a tip for James.

    I have an adopted rescue Staffie (staffordshire bull terrier). We have been using a “tie-down” method for years so that she learns to stay in her bed/ place. Here is more info:

    Basically, you can put James’s bed next to your nightstand, tuck him in with a blanket or whatever he likes, and attached the tie down to the night stand and his collar. My dog has plenty of ability to move around, but we dont have to worry about her getting up in the middle of the night to pee on the floor (our main concern with her). We have never had any issues health wise and she has gotten so much more comfortable in her bed. She doesnt need it much anymore. Good luck. Feel free to email me if you have any more questions! I know how difficult dog training/ management can be!

    Congrats on your pregnancy!!! You look great.

  • AmandaonMaui December 10, 2011, 5:09 pm

    Good luck in your 5k! Do your best in the moment!

  • Alaina December 10, 2011, 5:25 pm

    I love that quote!! Hope you had fun at the 5k! 🙂

  • Chelsea December 10, 2011, 5:30 pm

    Whoop for being vegetarian and still being capable of eating sushi!!!

  • Kristen@ livinlifeinlouie December 10, 2011, 6:15 pm

    Hope your race went well!

  • Laura (Starloz) December 11, 2011, 6:00 pm

    I love the sushi baby shot.

  • Beth December 14, 2011, 8:11 pm

    Caitlin, I have been reading your blog for years and I recently had to stop checking my blogroll because I moved and things were hectic. I just caught up on my favorite blogs today and when I saw you were pregnant I cried at my desk at work! I am SO happy for you 😉 Wishing you the best always.

    • CaitlinHTP December 14, 2011, 8:13 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 This made my day! I hope your move went ok!

  • John Alton February 16, 2012, 2:19 pm

    I can’t ever hear someone mention the word Sushi I go crazy.

    I am a Sushi lover, I am happy you enjoyed the veggie Sushi and just be out having fun.

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