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Sushi time!


Sushi used to scare me.  A big factor was the seaweed flavor – I think it’s an acquired taste.  And then I found vegetarian sushi, and it all feel into place.  Sushi is deliciouuuuuus.  Especially with stuffings like beets and carrots and asparagus and tofu (untraditional sushi can be more than raw fish!).


We spent the afternoon running errands and attending a home inspection on our potential place.  Baby likes it a lot; I can tell.  I’m happy but not getting excited until the ink is dry on that contract (real life is NOT like House Hunters!).


Speaking of House Hunters, the last time I mentioned that House Hunters isn’t totally legit, lots of people had questions.  SPOILER ALERT:  If you want to maintain the House Hunters illusion, stop reading right now and skip to the next paragraph.  If you watch the show carefully, you may wonder how people always get the house they ‘pick’ – trust me, that doesn’t happen in real life!  Well, the hunters are already under contract on one of the three houses.  The film crew follows them around as they pretend to ‘see’ the house for the first time, and then they enter two more houses.  This isn’t exactly a secret – it’s explained in this Yahoo! article.  And I actually experienced it first-hand – as fans of the show, we applied to be on the show this summer, and the employee I spoke to told me to reach back out once we were under contract!  Illusion, destroyed.  Personally, that’s why I like shows like Property Virgins more; occasionally, the virgins don’t even get a home at all – it’s more realistic. 


Okay – back to sushi.  We went before the inspection (which went well).  I enjoyed this epic roll.


And some miso soup.


The Husband and I sat side by side, so it was super easy to snag some of his fries.  Yum.

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Our sushi meal was kind of early, so I had dinner #2 later – a mix of brown rice, veggies, and beans with balsamic salad dressing. 


Eaten while watching House Hunters, of course!  It may not be totally legit, but it sure is fun to watch.



  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 21, 2012, 10:30 pm

    I had no idea House Hunters was that staged! Granted, I knew it’s not real life having bought a few houses and knowing it’s nothing like that but totally didn’t know they were under contract already. I’d probably still watch it if we had cable though 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 21, 2012, 10:32 pm

    Agreed, totally fun to watch! Look at baby HTP! You look incredible Caitlin! Enjoy the rest of your night!

    • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 10:24 am

      Thank you sweetie!

  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 21, 2012, 10:32 pm

    Mmmm love veggie sushi!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 21, 2012, 10:33 pm

    I’ve heard that about house hunters, a friend of mine knew someone who was on it! And that picture of you with your camera and your baby bump is so cute!!!

  • Shannon @ A Pinch of Ginger February 21, 2012, 10:34 pm

    I had no idea HH was staged either! Woah! Its funny because the BF and I just signed lease papers for a house, and as we were looking, he asked me if I thought I was on HH because of my comments during a walk through haha! Now I know!

  • Army Amy* February 21, 2012, 10:37 pm

    Womp womp. It’s less fun when you know the show isn’t real. Property Brothers and Love it or List it are my new fave HGTV shows.*

  • Lee February 21, 2012, 10:38 pm

    I had no idea about House Hunters! I never really could figure out the difference between it and Property Virgins actually.

  • Emilie @ Hungry Delights February 21, 2012, 10:39 pm

    That is some damn fine looking sushi! Yum!

  • Rebecca February 21, 2012, 10:41 pm

    Woah I’m still shocked about House Hunters! Thanks for telling us more about it!

  • Jolene ( February 21, 2012, 10:42 pm

    That is stupid that the show is fake, but cool that they contacted you to be on it (once under contract). Have you ever applied for Survivor, Big Brother, or any other “reality” show?

    If I was American, I totally would!

    • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 10:27 am

      I tried to apply for real world in college but then i realized that i would reallllly regret it. LOL

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies February 21, 2012, 10:49 pm

    I love that photo of you – absolutely beautiful as usual!

    Speaking of, I need to tell you (and show you!) how a colleague and I are implementing Operation Beautiful at the high school where we teach. We started on Valentine’s Day, and it’s been amazing so far. I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

  • Allison February 21, 2012, 10:50 pm

    it’s funny you mentioned property virgins –the episode that aired tonight was filmed in my hometown, and the lady did not end up getting a house.

  • Ally February 21, 2012, 10:51 pm

    Are you wearing make up in your picture?? What happened to the Naked Face project? Is it over already?

    • Miranda February 22, 2012, 10:13 am

      What make up does it look she’s wearing? Half her face is hidden by the camera. I don’t think it looks like she’s wearing any make up.

      • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 10:24 am

        Yeah – not wearing makeup. That might just be the lighting of the bathroom on my cheeks. The project lasts until the end of March.

      • Ally February 22, 2012, 12:48 pm

        I thought she was wearing lipstick, but it must be the light etc., as she mentioned below. Either way, you look like you are glowing, Caitlin!

        • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 12:50 pm

          Of course I’m not wearing makeup! You guys need to see my arm pits. Trust me, I am going Naked Face full force. LOL I think the lips are because they are SUPER chapped right now (dehydrated due to flying) and red and cracking. 🙁 It kind of looks like I’m wearing color on my lips, ironically. Too bad it hurts like hell.

  • Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) February 21, 2012, 10:54 pm

    This is so funny, but very often when I make my smoothie in the morning I think about how you’re doing (weird!?) so here I am checking in with you and lo and behold, look at your bump! congratulations!! Wow, there must be something in the interwebs b/c there are a ton of pregnant bloggers out there right now! Hope it’s going well for you!

    • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 10:28 am

      Aw you are so sweet.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery February 21, 2012, 10:57 pm

    Yeah House Hunters seemed too good to be true. Kind of like Cash Cab…but that’s a different story. It’s sad but a lot of tv shows are already scripted to some degree. This is a weird side comment but my family always leaves the TV on for our dogs when we aren’t home (because one of our dogs has bad separation anxiety when my mom is away and the background tv noise helps distract her a little bit) and my mom always leaves it on HGTV. I think my dogs have seen more episodes of House Hunters than I have!

    • Jen February 22, 2012, 2:42 am

      What?! Cash Cab is fake too? Miso sad. 🙁

      • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 10:29 am

        You so awesome for making a miso joke.

    • Jen February 22, 2012, 7:46 am

      Cash Cab too?! Noooooooo!

  • Pam February 21, 2012, 10:59 pm

    You look beautiful in that self pic!

    • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 10:30 am

      Thank you Pam 🙂

  • Anne @strawberryjampackedlife February 21, 2012, 11:10 pm

    A friend of mine was on HH International, which is when I learned the “truth”. Now when we watch it, we play “which house is empty and is therefore the house they chose?”. It makes it more entertaining.

  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras February 21, 2012, 11:13 pm

    Your bump is so freaking cute!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed February 21, 2012, 11:20 pm

    The first time I had sushi I spit it out! Something squished in my mouth and all I could think was RAW FISH… in hindsight, I’m pretty sure the squish was just avocado, which is now one of my favorite foods! I love sushi and I think the more you eat it, the more you love it!

    That picture of you is SO fricken cute.

  • Ruby Leigh February 21, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Just thought I would say that Sushi is actually the name of the rice preparation used in the little rolls – and Sashimi is what you call the actual “raw fish”. Interesting?

    • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 10:31 am

      That is interesting!!!

  • Kelley February 21, 2012, 11:31 pm

    Your bump is so cute! And I love that you and your husband sat side by side. It always feels more romantic that way, doesn’t it. Awe. =)

  • Carin February 21, 2012, 11:37 pm

    LOVE the bump, LOVE veggie sushi, LOVE double dinners…. and the passenger will be loving the extra carbs!

  • Khushboo February 21, 2012, 11:46 pm

    Love sushi although I’m surprised they serve fries??

    • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 10:31 am

      It’s a burger/sushi restaurant so they serve EVERYTHING. They also serve burgushi, which is burger flavored sushi.

  • Vanessa @ Swift as Shadows February 21, 2012, 11:51 pm

    I’m jealous of your brown rice sushi — we have a few really good sushi places here, but try don’t do brown rice.

  • Ingunn February 21, 2012, 11:53 pm

    Good luck with the house!! We’re in escrow and now that we’re closing in a week (yay!) I’m finally letting myself get really, really excited.

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence February 22, 2012, 12:53 am

    Wow never knew that about house hunters! So not realistic/real.

  • Jen February 22, 2012, 2:46 am

    Awww…no miso jokes this time? 🙂

    Best of luck with the house! And, I was totally bummed to learn that House Hunters is fake (sigh…).

  • KaraHadley February 22, 2012, 4:45 am

    Another show that’s sadly staged is Extreme Makeover. My boyfriend’s dad did the cabinets in one of the houses and he said that when the family sees their new house for the first time almost none of the electric or plumbing is done. So they see the house and then can’t live in it for a couple more months. Oh, and they still have to pay taxes on the new house.
    I usually just end up watching the shows about flipping houses. There can’t be too much staged about demolishing a wall, right?

    • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 10:33 am

      That is crazy balls but it makes sense – they are attempting to build a house in a week!

  • Sara, Food Blogger on a Diet / Ms. Adventures in Italy February 22, 2012, 4:55 am

    Ya, HH is staged – two couples I know (in Italy) were featured on the international version and they explained the process. The first time I saw the show (on a visit back to the States) what struck me was that often the couple gets a house “out of their price range” and the owners “agree to reduce the price” – this almost never happens, especially in Italy. When we were signing the lease on my current apartment, they actually decided to increase the price! We walked away & called their bluff, but still…don’t believe everything you watch. 🙂 It’s still fun to see cities around the world.

    • Mizzy February 22, 2012, 7:18 am

      Actually, this is quite common in the US. Owners put their house on the market with a certain price tag, but rarely expect to actually sell the house for that much. It is a negotiation process between the seller and buyer, and more often than not the price is reduced (even if it’s just by a little bit).

  • Sophie @ threetimesf February 22, 2012, 5:18 am

    I’ve always been really confused about why the people on those shows get their ‘dream house’!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) February 22, 2012, 6:59 am

    I always wondered HOW the people/couples always walked away with a contract. Real life = not that easy! Good to know… although I will still watch for fun! 🙂

  • Kelly February 22, 2012, 7:02 am

    Wow! I had no idea that was how House Hunter’s worked…what’s the point then? Just to be on TV??

    I love that picture of you…the baby bump is just so cute!

    • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 10:36 am

      You get $500 or so!

  • Susie February 22, 2012, 7:23 am

    Totally agree–property virgins is so much better and Sandra is AMAZING. But now she’s gone…. sad face. My fiancé and I wanted to be on PV with Sandra but now we’ll never have the chance.
    And thanks for blowing the HH bomb out of the water–I always wondered how it worked!

  • Jill February 22, 2012, 8:22 am

    I’ve never seen that show. I only have basic cable so maybe that is the problem (?). In Canada we have a good show called “Love It or List It” on the W network, you’d love that!!
    2 years ago I rented out a shared-accomodation with a very couple that got married only that year ( I shared the kitchen and living area with them). She found out only 5 months after the wedding that she was pregnant and they panicked –they knew they didn’t want to raise a kid in that house or that neighborhood and since the house market was HOT at that time, they put a rush on it (I had a month to get out). Needless to say they wanted a NEW place before having the baby and didn’t want to be tied to that house with a newborn…so evryhting was rushed for them.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 22, 2012, 8:33 am

    I never really trust any shows like House Hunters – there’s just no way things work out so well in reality. 😛 I still love watching them though!

  • Tammy Root February 22, 2012, 9:06 am

    You look so great Caitlin!!! Lovin’ your bump. 🙂 And, so happy you are under contract. Perfect timing. I hope all goes well with the rest of the closing.

  • Sarahf February 22, 2012, 9:33 am

    I love how deliecious you make all your meals look, and yet they don’t seem difficult to make. You’ve made me think about trying to get into miso again. Seeing as I live in Japan, it should probably be a given! I’ll keep my trad sushi though, the chefs at my local place frown if I even mention drinking soda water with it! They’d get wrinkles if they thought I was adding veggies!!! Although, it could be our secret…

  • Kristin point February 22, 2012, 9:41 am

    You look adorable! Love the lil bump! My guess is boy haha. I’m 38 wks w a little lady now and I was carrying more side to side rather then straight out like you. Ahhh I love it!

  • mrs. span February 22, 2012, 11:12 am

    You look so cute in your army green jacket with the bump!

    • CaitlinHTP February 22, 2012, 11:17 am

      Thanks 🙂 that’s my fav hoodie!

  • Lisa February 22, 2012, 11:37 am

    I appreciate the spoiler. I was curious how the show worked. And I wondered if it was actually scripted because the people on the show tend to say the same things–which annoy me! I get so mad when they discount a house because of something stupid like “what an ugly paint color.” Um, paint is $20. Get over it. Now I know the show is all a farce…Makes sense.

  • Sonia the Mexigarian February 22, 2012, 12:23 pm

    1. Cute bump!
    2. now I want miso and fries.
    3. HGTV is like my second favorite channel and I am slowly turning Hubby into a fan.

    ooooh it’s wednesday! the boys of wednes are on tonight. property bros! woot woot!

  • Amber K February 22, 2012, 2:50 pm

    I am not surprised when shows are totally fake. I thought everyone knew that EVERY single show is fake. There’s always at least one staged thing. It’s like how reality shows will refilm things if they miss it. So some scenes may have actually happened, but they are really doing them again for the cameras! Do people seriously not know this?

  • KellyLA February 22, 2012, 3:34 pm

    sorry to burst your bubble guys, but my husband is a reality show producer and i can attest, with some rare exceptions, EVERY reality show is heavily produced. sending out a crew is expensive and people want to be guaranteed they’ll capture a storyline. i work in post production and it’d probably shock people to know how many sentences/soundbites we’re able to make people say that never happened in the moment. course, i love a good reality show as much as the next person! =)

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 22, 2012, 11:06 pm

    sushi and fries? A #winning combination? 😉

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