Hot Off The Grill!

Ryan and I splurged a little tonight and went out for a really nice dinner at Amura–my favorite sushi/Japanese steakhouse here in Orlando. I’ve been a bunch of times to get their sushi but tonight was the first time we explored the other side of the restaurant, the Hibachi grill!


If any of yall have ever been to a Japanese steakhouse, I’m sure you know—-they give you SO much food!!!! You always walk away stuffed but its so worth it because it’s amazing. I started my meal with a fab. watermelon martini (!!) and a seaweed salad. Their seaweed salad is seriously the best I’ve ever had. It never disappoints. Ryan couldn’t resist and ordered a sushi roll to start along with his favorite, a rum and coke.


For dinner, I decided on the Soba Noodles with Vegetables. Yum! They actually cooked the noodles right on the grill in front of us and combined them with hot chili sauce, spices and garlic…and a ton of stir fried veggies! My portion was absolutely huge and I could only eat about half of what you see on the plate. I think it wasn’t the best idea to snack on hummus and crackers while getting ready tonight because I wish I could have eaten more….it was that good!


No dessert. We are wayyy too stuffed tonight. Ryan ordered lobster, scallops, shrimp and steak!! We felt like a splurge :). It was funny because it was a small room we were in and everyone else in their were high school kids on their way to prom. We shared some laughs with them and it made for fun conversation. Good times.

Ahhhh tomorrow is my day of death. You really don’t look forward to holidays when you work in the hospitality industry. It’s quite sad actually. I have to be at work at 9:30 and we have over 300 reservations for brunch. I’ll probably work til 5 or 5:30….no break…no food. I will be bringing snacks I can sneak during a second of down time but that’s it. Oh well, at least I’ll be making tips.

We are off to bed early. Have a great night!

oh! and for those worried—-I tan VERY easy and get quite dark. I never forget to wear sunscreen though, so no worries. I have always been “that girl” reminding everyone else to put on their SPF. I’ve lived in South Florida for most of my life so I’m pretty accustomed to the sun. I’ve said before, everyday rain or shine, I wear an spf of 30 on my face….even if I don’t leave the house. And when I’m in the sun I wear 15 or 30. Always. You can definitely still get a tan through your sunscreen—I’m proof of that! 🙂

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  • Jill
    May 11, 2008 at 3:10 am

    Eep! No food!!! That’s horrible! Don’t faint on us!

    I love hibachi grills! The one near our house likes to aim shrimp at the people’s mouths while you wait, it’s awesome! I hope you brought home the left-overs, yay!

  • Christine
    May 11, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    hi jenna!
    Sounds like you had fun last night, I’m glad you guys enjoyed yourselves! I have a question about how you prepare your oatmeal. Do you make it in the microwave? If so how? I noticed that you put soy/almond/hemp milk in it and the one time i tried to cook it with soymilk in the microwave it never cooked and it just exploded. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance, and good luck today!

  • Mel H
    May 11, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    yumm everything looks so good!! Have a good day Jenna- just think of all the money you will make today for yummy groceries and stuff!! Take care – p.s. I tried couscous (sp?) a couple nights ago and LOVED it!! It was whole wheat and I had it again last night..my new favorite grain.

  • VeggieGirl
    May 11, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Wow, Amura looks like a great restaurant – that seaweed salad looks PHENOMENAL!! yum!!

    Best of luck with your insanely-busy day at work today – hang in there!!

  • Cassie
    May 11, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    I love hibachi! Entertaining and yummy! Good luck with work today

  • BethT
    May 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    I am glad you wear sunscreen, but consider ditching your spf 15 altogether and sticking with the 30 or even 45….ok, done lecturing. You’re so beautiful, we all just want you to save your skin! 🙂

  • Alison
    May 12, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I have the same problem when i cook oatmeal w/soy milk… it doenst really get thick as it does when you make it with water or with cow’s milk…

  • jenna
    May 12, 2008 at 12:45 am


    I used to cook it on the stove, which I prefer, but now all I have time for is the micro. You have to put it in a really BIG bowl though because it expands big time!!! I put mine in a mixing bowl and put that in the micro…it should be bowl large enough to hold 4 cups (1 quart). I never really have a problem with creaminess…I always just zap it for 2 minutes, stir, then for another 2 minutes and its usually good!