When life gets in the way of time together, seizing the moment, any moment is crucial. Lucky for my hubby and I, our moment came in the form of a meal out on the town, all by ourselves before he leaves us for an extended business trip. So where do two grown ups eat with out their two little girls in tow?
Sushi Tora in Boulder.
J and I haven't been to Sushi Tora in years. Like a decade kind of years. Actually if my memory serves me correctly, we may have even been vegetarians the last time we entered Sushi Tora. Crazy. Back then, we dined out on whims, never really savoring the moment like we do now. It's funny, now we mull over the menu, discuss a plethora of options. We always try something new, order items we want to share. Today, getting out less frequently, I feel grateful for these special moments. I notice we re-capture a part of us, almost if we were newly in love and dating.
As far as sushi in Boulder goes, I have to admit Sushi Tora is hands down the best little gem, tucked away on a side street behind the hustle and bustle of Pasta Jay's on Pearl. Sushi Zanmai and Hapa draw the crowds, but in the last few years, Zanmai has been very disappointing. It's turned into a mediocre sushi experience, with the quality not quite up to what we have come to expect in years past. And Hapa, it's hip and trendy, it's good, but J is the traditional sushi purist.
Sushi Tora's quality includes hand crafted sauces and fish fresh off the airplane from Tokyo. They use locally sourced greens, herbs, and real wasabi root. We ordered a typical smattering of delights, but hands down my favorite was the Unagi (fresh water eel) that was on the special menu. I love Unagi, but this was the best mouth watering, buttery, melted in my mouth Unagi. The Eel actually arrives to Tora alive! Beyond comparison.
Following dinner, we walked around the corner, through the hustle and bustle of the Saturday night Pearl Street crowd, to Gelato Bacio. Of course I craved gelato on a cold and rainy, 50 degree August evening. 90 degrees for three weeks straight, then 50 degrees, oh how do I love Colorado.
Gelato Bacio is a small spin off from the brains behind Spruce Confections, another Boulder gem. The gelato is made fresh daily. The only problem I encountered was deciding which flavors to indulge in. As a true lover of all things ice tea and lemonade, I chose Earl Grey and Fresh Lemon gelato. It was delicious and I am already anticipating another visit.
Could it really have been ten years ago, I was on my honeymoon, strolling the streets of Italy? Eating gelato from little stands parked on cobblestone streets. In my wildest dreams I wouldn't of imagined my life the way it is today. And, seventeen years later, still feeling a rush when I have a couple of hours out with my one and only.
To my hubby, hurry home, September won't come soon enough.