Good Eats: Saturday Date Night

Saturdays are the best — you can sit around and do nothing or use the time to run errands. I, for one, did both! Late start to my day but I feel super accomplished. There’s been two bags of clothes and shoes sitting in my car for months with the intent to donate them. Finally, I searched the area for places to donate these items and found REACH, a transitional living/shelter for youths in Flint. My boyfriend and I brought a lot of good stuff — spread the love! Then it was lunchtime! For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram, I thought you might want to see my Saturday food indulgences because they were just as good as they look!

The Saganos in Fenton is FINALLY open so it wasn’t hard at all deciding where to go for lunch. We sat at the sushi bar and the sushi chefs were super nice and ultra talented… I was watching him closely for some sushi rollings tips. We started with some miso soup and salad with ginger dressing. Now for the main course which was beautifully presented: Kamikaze, From Russia With Love, and Spicy California Rolls (left; top to bottom). SO GOOD! I would definitely recommend From Russia With Love — the yellowtail melts in your mouth! Following our meal, we received a nicely cut orange which was eaten bite by bite with the toothpick. Great ending to our lunch date!

9927597_origThe day didn’t stop there. We ran some more errands and stopped at the grocery store. I seriously hate grocery trips primarily because it means carrying 10+ bags up three flights of stairs… it is as bad as it sounds! Hey, it’s worth it though. A great meal always comes out of it. While I prepared a romaine and red cabbage salad with cherry tomatoes, he fired up the grill and threw on seasoned New York strip steaks.

To the left, you’ll find my salad with strips of steak and sweet onion dressing. On the right is my first attempt at a Molten Lava Cake. I found some great ceramic mugs at Kroger that worked perfectly… well they were a lot bigger than the recipe called for but I’m excited to finally have some. I tried to find the simplest recipe I could. Of course, I made adjustments to the recipe based on what I had (and didn’t have). I didn’t have chocolate chips but I did have two squares of Ghiradelli intense twilight dark chocolate and Sanders almond bark. I also didn’t have butter so I used Smart Balance olive oil margarine spread.

I was worried it wasn’t going to be done after 10 minutes so I left it in the oven for an additional 2 minutes. Then I was worried it wasn’t going to ooze lava so I topped it with a mega crunchy Reese’s peanut butter cup. I’m sure my alterations changed the consistency and taste, but now I know and it will be better next time! You can find the recipe I went off of here.

So what’s on the agenda for the remainder of the night? One word: Netflix.

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