Starting the Journey

I have taken the plunge… AGAIN! I have signed up for Weight Watchers for the 4th time in my life. Now, I don’t say it like this because it didn’t work. It worked the first I joined. I was in the program for 3 years, I lost 36 pounds as kept it off. And this was before apps and social media. I left the country for a while and went off the program. Over the years my weight has fluctuated and I have tried so many different diet fads and ideas, even joining weight watchers again and again. None of it worked. But the fault was not with the different fads or programs I tried, the fault was entirely mine. I was not mentally or emotionally present to work to lose the weight and get healthy. It was almost as if I thought it should just fall off because I wanted it to. 

My daughter is now 2 and she is a little ball of energy. Much like I was as a kid. Since I am overweight I do not have the energy to keep up with her and that breaks my heart! She is only going to be little for a short time and I want to savor ever moment of it. So I am committing here and now. I will commit to my journey. My journey to get heathy, my journey to get healthy for my husband, for my daughter, most of all for myself. Follow me on my journey…

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Tokyo Buffet…Irashai!

I love food. Seriously, I do. People say that but usually they are exaggerating. I am not exaggerating. Food and I have a very special relationship. I mean, I have not been on and off nearly every diet you can think of for no reason. But I think that when you are of Italian descent that goes without saying. Italians LOVE food. This afternoon my husband and I went out for lunch at Tokyo Hibachi and Buffet in Deptford, New Jersey (yes that is right I am a Jersey Girl but I do not act anything like Snookie.) I really enjoy this place. It is not too crowded on a Sunday afternoon and it is not to pricey either. We usually visit this place about every 2 months. I am  huge sushi fan. Well, let me rephrase that, I am huge Japanese and Korean food fan. I love ALL of it. Tokyo Buffet lets me get just what I want a lot of and the few other things to taste.

Just a few sushi options

Just a few sushi options

Round 1 started with my normal starters. Ever since I lived in Japan I always begin and end my sushi meal with the same thing, Ikura (イクラ) or Flying Fish Roe/Tobiko  (とびこ). Tokyo has Flying Fish Roe (the bright red on the left of the photo below. so i began there. Then I added some of my other favorites Spicy Tuna Roll, Spicy Salmon Roll, grilled squid, oyster, clam, tuna sushi (aka nigiri – sliced fish over a ball of rice), clam sushi, some Dragon Roll and even a version of Kalbi (Korean styl BBQ Short Ribs).

My first plate

My first plate

All of the items on my plate above were delicious. Even the version of Kalbi that the served was decent. However, I would just go to a traditional Korean restaurant for true Kalbi (I will post on a recommendation soon.) The following is a shot of husbands plate

Hubby's first plate

Hubby’s first plate

He enjoyed his plate as well but we see a few different on his plate. He chose some garlic shrimp w/snap peas and few other fish sushi options. We both cleaned our plates and were ready for round 2 in no time.

Round 2 for me

Round 2 for me

Of course I came back with more rolls but I decided to try a few other things as well. I chose a pork dumpling and crab dumpling, both of which were fantastic, some seasoned octopus (top right) and of course my favorite veggie, edamame.

Hubby's second round

Hubby’s second round

My husband’s second round was a little smaller than his first. But it was just as tasty. He mostly stuck with rolls this time around.

So Yummy!!!!

So Yummy!!!!

I was brave and I went back for a 3rd round but I went super light on the choices this time. Just wanted to the few things I hadn’t had yet and another taste of my favorites. Now comes the best part…dessert!!!

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MMM...MMM...Good

MMM…MMM…Good

The choices for dessert are awesome. Tokyo offers small little petty-for style desserts like green tea roll cake, orange jello squares, and sesame seed balls. Tokyo also offers some pudding like cold soup desserts as well. I chose the Lyche Bubble Soup and the green tea roll cake. Both were excellent.

Lyche Bubble Soup and Green Tea roll cake with an elephant ear.

Lyche Bubble Soup and Green Tea roll cake with an elephant ear.

Overall, Tokyo has a good atmosphere with a nice waitstaff.  I have always been very happy every time I have been there. One last comment and photo…I like how they offer both regular soy sauce (red cap) and low sodium (green cap.) Many place do not put them right on the table because the low sodium tends to be more expensive.

Regular and Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Regular and Low Sodium Soy Sauce

Tokyo Hibachi and Sushi Buffet gets 4 out of 5 forks!