Blue Ribbon Sushi

by Ada on July 18, 2011

Saturday morning began bright and early with an intense swim workout. I met my friend uptown at the pool and our practice consisted of:

Warm Up:

400 free

300 pull

200 kick

100 IM

Main Set:

3×400 IM

3×200 IM

3×100 IM

100 warm down

8×150 free-stroke-free pull

7×100 kick

100 warm down

Total: 5200 meters

The pool is olympic distance (50 meters), which has been super nice. There is also an adjunct outdoor pool, which is awesome since you can do an intense workout and then head outside for your warmdown.

I then headed to the hospital where I worked and took a few practice GRE exams. I am SO not feeling ready for my Wednesday test date:( Originally I had hoped to take the exam in August, but the format switches to a new design, forcing me to take it early.

I returned home from the ED ravenous and immediately ordered in some takeout from Tenzan. My order came with a complimentary salad

veggie teriyaki

and a spicy yellowtail crunch roll

The remainder of my Saturday night was spent babysitting two adorable boys. I also grabbed this cup of 16 Handles en route to the job.

This morning I completed another great long course swim practice and then headed to the hospital. Unfortunately, all the elevators were locked, preventing me from getting to my office. I checked up on some things in the ED (and received a short story from one of the nurse practitioners that I can’t wait to read!) and then headed back home.

With the visitor from Germany staying over, my house isn’t the ideal place to study, but I still managed to crank out a few practice exams.

In the early evening I took a study break and headed downtown to meet the lovely Gabriela at Blue Ribbon, a sushi place I’ve been eager to try for ages. The restaurant is located in an unmarked building in the West Village, causing me to wander by lost a few times.

For my order I selected the Kyuri Special Roll (eel, crab, and avocado)

along with the mixed vegetable roll.

Both rolls were outstanding and the eel was noticebly fresh. My only qualm is that they were both WAY overpriced. The quality was comparable to Tenzan’s, though at a significantly higher cost.

Gabriela selected the sashimi platter, a gorgeous medley of assorted fish.

The fish looked perfectly fresh, though the portion appeared slightly paltry for the price.

Here is a pic of Gabriela and I together, which I totally pilfered off her blog;) I am probably the least photogenic person in the world, but Gabriela looks great!

Per usual, I had such a great time catching up with her and I wish her the best on her culinary school adventure:)

En route to the subway I grabbed a cone of vanilla soft serve

When I returned home I threw on my running clothes and pounded out seven miles in Central Park. I had been inside studying all day, so it felt nice to get some fresh air.

Alrighty, it’s back to memorizing such vital words as Blunderbuss (an ancient weapon) and Peccadillo (a minor sin). Obvious essentials to everyone’s lexicon;)

I hope you all had a nice weekend!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jess July 18, 2011 at 1:48 am

that sushi does look fantastic, but i hate overpriced food. it makes me angry ;)


sofia July 18, 2011 at 2:50 am

been dying to go to blue ribbon!! you hit up some swank spots, miss ada. but i must know: how does your stomach handle a run after dinner? seriously. wish i could do that! i’m usually destined for the couch post-dinner. ha.


Sarah July 18, 2011 at 4:43 am

Yum!!! Blue Ribbon Sushi is always on my list, but I never make it there…that sashimi looks so fresh and delicious though! I really need to make it a priority!!


Emily July 18, 2011 at 10:13 am

What are you talking about? The photo of you is great! :)


Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) July 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm

16 handlesssss, I want some now! I am not a sushi fan (I know, I know), but if I *were* I’ve heard Blue Ribbon is the place to go ;)


Eleah July 19, 2011 at 4:00 am

Good luck on Wednesday. The vocab portion of that test is so hard to study for (from what I have heard.) I know you’ll do fine!


caronae July 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Ah, GRE was/is tonight, right? GOOD LUCK! I know you studied so much and are going to rock it. I can’t wait to hear about your awesome results. :)

I love long course and/or outdoor swim workouts in the summer. I haven’t had a chance to do too much of that while here, but I have gotten to swim laps for about 30 minutes to an hour once every week or two while here, and it has been very relaxing. I need to find a gym with a nice pool once I’m back in the city. And hopefully I can get in some long course swims in August.

Your soft serve cones always look so good. They make me want soft serve, which they don’t really have here. They have a version of it, it just isn’t as good. But there are so many other good foods here that I shouldn’t complain!

PS – -you are totally photogenic! Don’t be silly.


Joanne July 21, 2011 at 11:26 am

I guess you took the test already but I just know that you rocked it!

And seriously? Those are worse than SAT words!


Noya July 22, 2011 at 5:21 am

holy crapballs – I’m so jealous of how often you get to eat sushi! eel, crab, AND avocado in one roll? yum-mazing


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