Hooker Brewery!

Yesterday was so much fun! After a morning 5 mile run and rehearsal with my theater kids (breakfast, I believe, was a yogurt/apple/English muffin), I grabbed a quick lunch.  I heated a wrap filled with 1/2 a Bartlett pear, Brie, turkey slices, and spinach.  I served it alongside the rest of the pear.

This was absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to recreate it for a school lunch.

After lunch was settled, I changed clothes and met with my friends to head over to Hooker Brewery for a beer tour! I’m not a fan of beer, to be quite honest.  I find it a bit harsh for my liking.  But I thought it was really interesting and informative.  It was cool seeing the different grains and what kinds of colors they are!  The chocolate malt ones looked like coffee beans!

The brewery is named after Thomas Hooker, the founder of Hartford, CT.  And I gotta say, the brewery didn’t let their name go to waste.

It says “Get Caught With a Hooker” 😉

My favorite was one of the tshirts that said “The Bar Is Closing: Grab A Hooker!”

I was the designated driver for the day, so I picked one sample, an Octoberfest.  I liked it! I was sad there was no Pumpkin Ale, but I’ll have to keep hunting.  Maybe Whole Foods carries it!

I also ate this Apple Cinnamon Raw Revolution bar for a bit of fuel.  This sucker was FILLING.  It was just the right amount to keep me full until dinner.

After hanging out at the brewery until they closed up shop at 5, we headed over to Ginza Sushi in Bloomfield.  I’ve actually been over to the strip mall where this restaurant is numerous times for Thai food but I’ve never had the chance to eat Ginza.  When I heard the same restaurant group that owns Ginza owns Feng, my favorite sushi place of all time, I was sold.

Ginza differs from Feng in that while Feng offers a complete Chinese/Japanese menu, Ginza is strictly Japanese and their menu is 75% sushi/sashimi based with a few regular entree options.

I ordered the seaweed salad and shared it with my best friend, to start us off.

There’s really no way you can mess up seaweed salad, and this was no different.  Delicious.

For the main course, I decided to go a bit light since everyone else was ordering all of the tempura options and my stomach can’t really handle anything fried! I decided to order a vegetarian roll and tuna roll, both with brown rice, and I also split the giant Nabeyaki Udon bowl with my friend.

I’ve tried the Udon bowl before, at another sushi dinner with my pals, and was eager to see how Ginza’s compared to the other place.  I personally liked this one better! It was chicken-broth based, so the flavors were much louder, and the noodles were perfectly cooked.  Udon are thick and starchy, and it takes a while to chew them, so I was perfectly happy slurping away.  Hey, I’m a runner; I need carbs! Although at one point I will admit that I slurped a bit too enthusiastically and shot broth all over my face.  Ah well.

My rolls were perfectly arranged on my plate, and went down easy.

I think this is the first time I haven’t eaten the ginger folds! But I guess I was too busy talking and slurping on udon to notice.  I did clean my plate, though.  And I considered licking the Udon bowl.

My friends decided to order tempura ice cream, but I ended up going home and having the last vestiges of my So Delicious Cookies and Cream vegan ice cream instead, because I knew today would be a food fest.

And oh boy, was it!

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