Sushi It To Me!



How did your weekend go? I suppose there’s still an entire day left, but, you know what I mean! ;)

Friday night’s second attempt at our second anniversary dinner went off without a hitch! It was a gorgeous afternoon, which made sitting on a patio somewhere before dinner practically mandatory. We headed to The Royal Mile for some icy beverages in the sunshine.


The Royal Mile has over 28 beers on tap, 120 bottled beers and a great, cozy atmosphere. I like to sit by the roaring fire they have inside in the winter time!

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Outside, you can sit on a brick-paved patio in between giant murals of the pyramids, a Greek vineyard…and…other stuff? It’s a conversation starter. :)

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It was quite warm so we both decided on a cold beer. Boulevard Wheat for her…


Blue Chimay for him!


We basked, talked and drank. Then we got hungry! 


We hopped over to, hands down, our favorite restaurant in town, where we went for our first anniversary dinner and where we attempted to go last week for our second – Miyabi 9!


You can read all about Miyabi 9 here, but let me just tell you – this is the freshest sushi I have ever had, outside of the Tsukiji fish market in Japan. Yes. In Iowa. In Central Iowa. I promise.

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We got right to work ordering our rolls! Avo-Cuc (avocado, cucumber)


Spicy Scallops (fresh scallops, cucumber, spicy sauce)


Caterpillar (eel, cucumber, avocado wrap). 


We prepped for the arrival of our food while we waited.


You don’t have to wait long at Miyabi 9 though and, before we knew it, our sushi had come!


Ahhh! (angels singing!!!!)


Our avocado cucumber roll was cool and refreshing.


The toasted sesame seeds on the outside gave the simple roll, little pops of flavor.


I have been obsessed with scallops lately and HAD to get the spicy scallop roll.


Raw scallops sliced and drizzled with spicy sauce. What a combo!


Just look at the big hunks!!!! I took about 2 minutes per piece of this roll because I wanted to savor each, chewy, mouth-watering bite. I want to eat spicy scallops every single day of my life.


Unadventurous me didn’t try Ben’s roll containing eel. I just can’t do it. The fear of snake-like creatures runs to deep inside of me!


Whenever we go to Miyabi, we each get an order of nigiri for “dessert”. Tuna for him, salmon for her. We save them to eat very last because they will make your head spin they’re so good. Like buttah…


Devastated when it came down to the last bite!! Locals, if you’ve never eaten at Miyabi 9, you’ve got to get there quick. It’s mind boggling how the fish here is SO fresh, yet the prices are SO reasonable. It just doesn’t make sense!! 8O


But we’ll happily take advantage. Which we did. Demolished.


We almost ordered more rolls because they were so good, but decided to go have a couple drinks. So, we headed underground to…The Underground!


The underground is a bar that’s, well, underground. It’s got a great vibe, amazing bathrooms (ladies, you know that’s a selling feature for a bar) and even has this old stained glass window salvaged from the 1920’s. Cool!


Yesterday was a technology free day. Ben and I went to a friends garage sale, got some Mexican food (Monterrey whoop!) and I stuck by my kleenex box for the rest of the day. The budding trees, while so pretty and making me excited for summer (!) are not agreeing with my allergies!

This morning I’ve already gone grocery shopping – without a list, it was terrifying – and had myself a nice little Fuji Apple and Almond Butter breakfast.




I’ll be hitting up Target, the mall and my parent’s house for lunch today, but first I’ve got to CLEAN this house! Ben had Friday off so he dusted and vacuumed, but I’ve somehow managed to accumulate a ton of “stuff” on my kitchen counters and table. Don’t you hate “stuff”? Bills, magazines, bottles of marsala wine…what?

Have a great day! :D


Do you like sushi? Is there anything you won’t eat?

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  1. Girl, you’ve got me wanting sushi more than normal… now, the dilemma: do I make it or do we just go out??

  2. Awww – Happy Anniversary, Kristin!
    Looks like the second attempt went amazing… such DELICIOUS dishes!
    Have a great Sunday, girl :)
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  3. YUM!!!! That sushi looks amazingly delicious!!! I swear that I could live off of sushi.

  4. Ooohh that all looks/sounds SO GOOD! I don’t even know how you’d begin tp pick what you want off such a big menu!
    I’ve never had sushi, but I swear, it’s one of my life missions to try it one day!!

  5. Holly 04.11.2010

    YUM!! Your meal looks SO good :) I LOVE sushi!!!
    I made your “Cornbread Pancakes” this morning for breakfast & I just want to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! They were SOOOOOO good- I’m going to recommend them to everyone :) Hope you have a great rest of the weekend :)

  6. Oh my gosh the sushi looked soooo good!!! I adore sushi!!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  7. Kaitlin 04.11.2010

    I LOVE sushi! And I’m definitely someone who will try anything once, and so far when it comes to sushi I haven’t met a fish I didn’t like. Your anniversary dinner/night looks awesome, glad y’all had a good time!

  8. Do I love sushi?!? It’s my FAVORITE! I also have a to-die-for sushi restaurant in my hometown and boy do I miss it! Sounds like you’ve had one busy and productive weekend. Your apple/AB brex is too cute. Enjoy your Sunday!

  9. Like you I won’t eat eel. And wasabi burns my mouth. Other than that everything is fair game.

  10. Deirdre 04.11.2010

    I love sushi! I could eat it every day. You gotta try eel. I was totally hesitant before I tried it and now its one of my favorites!

  11. Rachel 04.11.2010

    I LOVE sushi! My favorite is the sashimi – especially any kind of tuna. Yummm… I also love the pickled ginger that comes with sushi :) I think I am game to try anything once, but I don’t like scallops/oysters/mussels – I don’t like the texture.

  12. Lindsay 04.11.2010

    I cant eat sushi, I dont like the texture and taste of it, but I also cant eat fish because I am allergic… so I guess that might be another reason why I dont like sushi!! I hope that you have a great sunday!! :)

  13. Margarita 04.11.2010

    I love sushi, and I’m lucky in Vancouver there is so many sushi restaurants around, it’s all so yummy and fresh. I love dynamite rolls, they are so good, and salmon nigiri is my favourite!

  14. I love sushi, but eel is DISGUSTING. You made the right choice. Believe me!

  15. Marina 04.11.2010

    I adore sushi, but I won’t eat cavier or anything that is evolutionary lover than fish:D

  16. penny. LA 04.11.2010

    Everything look scrumptious! My fiance’s birthday is on 4/26, and he’s looking at some sushi to celebrate the occasion… there is an all-you-can eat sushi place up in Studio City that is supposed to be real decent.

    Great photos!

  17. Dawn 04.11.2010

    Well, I must say, the sushi looks REALLY good! What? No Yellow Tail? Are ya crazy? Please try next time. The only think I will not eat is Uni! GA-ROOSSSS! Ben’s roll looked yummy!

    I am making your tofu again tonight… that is twice in one week! I am hooked! Line and sinker!

  18. Sarah 04.11.2010

    Miyabi 9…YUM!!!! One of my favorites as well! Glad you were finally able to get there, Happy Anniversary!

  19. Anna 04.11.2010

    Sushi looks good. I tried Miyabi for the first time a couple weeks ago. We had to wait forever because we had a group of people, but it was worth the wait. Try the eel some time :)

  20. Tela 04.11.2010

    miyabi is the best, trust me i know i have now been to everyone other sushi in town!

  21. Doug 04.11.2010

    Love the rainbow roll and spicy tuna at Miyabi. Glad you got your anniversary celebrated this time!

  22. Katie Lundstrom 04.11.2010

    I went to Miyabi 9 last night for the first time, and it was delicious! My friend and I split 3 rolls, ordered 2 first- the Yellowtail Special (I think that’s what it was) and the Captain Crunch roll. We were going to split a different third roll as well, but the Captain Crunch roll was sooo good, we got it again! I’ll definitely be going back!

  23. Tina 04.11.2010

    I love love love sushi! I wish my hubs liked it too so we could split different things. There is always so much to choose from.

  24. Kristin 04.11.2010

    Love Royal Mile (maybe my favorite in Des Moines! It’s a close call with High Life and Bait Shop though :) ) and Miyabi! Not sure how I feel about the Underground though. Every time I go there it’s really weird and only has about 2 other people who are creepily dancing by themselves… Ha.

    You should definitely try the eel. It’s really sweet, in my opinion, and you could try it as another “dessert” piece. :) Glad you finally made it to a restaurant!!!

    Kristin C

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  26. Sarah 04.12.2010

    Kristin — you must try the Sunshine Roll at Miyabi 9. It is truly my favorite — tuna, mango and cream cheese. Sometimes I will sub the cream cheese with cucumber and it is just as delicious. Something about the tuna/mango combo is just perfect.

  27. Nicole 04.12.2010

    This is a really random question but what do you use to cut your apples? They are always cut so perfectly! Thanks! Love the blog! Yay Des Moines !

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  29. Daisy 04.14.2010

    practically nothing I won’t eat lady! I can’t beieve you won’t try the unagi. omg eel is one of my favorites. Its so sweet and like you said about the salmon and tuna – buttah! it definitley has a different texture than the nigri but it is so amazingly delish. please try! Love your bar hopping adventures too. happy anniversary!

  30. Katrina 04.15.2010

    Jealous! I’ve been wanting to try sushi but I’m too chicken to go to a restaurant. I’m such a sushi newbie…

    Off the topic of food (insanity!), I love your coat! Mind if I ask where you got it? It looks perfect for Spring.

    Glad your evening was a success!

  31. Laura 08.17.2010

    Being new to your website, I had to check out your review of Miyabi 9 because it is MY favorite restaurant too! My mouth is watering after reading your post about it. My recommendation there: the volcano roll. Seriously, it will change your world. YUM!

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