Seafood

RA Sushi Gives Back with Nicky's Week Menu Benefiting St. Jude

Today kicked off the 13th Annual Nicky's Week at RA Sushi benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with a special curated menu where 100% of the proceeds are donated from May 22-28. Ever since my visit to Nobu a few weeks ago, I've been craving some good sashimi and seared tuna, so I definitely wanted to try this spot out and share about this thoughtful fundraiser.

About Nicky's Week

Nicky's Week honors the life of Nicholas Mailliard, who lost his battle with pediatric cancer in 2005 at the age of 13. Nicky was the nephew of Rich Howland, one of RA Sushi’s founders. His battle with cancer deeply impacted the RA Sushi family and inspired the annual event benefiting St. Jude.

RA Sushi anticipates to raise over $200,000 this year bringing their overall contributions since its inception in 2005 to $2 million. Cash donations are also accepted. Dallas locations include: Southlake, Addison, and Plano.


My sister and I visited the RA Sushi location in Addison which is an excellent location for busy business professionals in the area who want a solid lunch, happy hour or girls' night out/date night dinner. It's a pretty casual restaurant that still has the swank of an upscale spot. There's even a fire pit on the patio that would be amazing to sip cocktails by in the evening. All of the menu items we had the opportunity to taste were delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed each dish. 

Here's what we got to taste:


Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it back to the restaurant again before the end of Nicky's Week, but I have definitely found a new restaurant with three convenient locations for me: Addison, Southlake, and Plano. I'm excited to return very soon though! I've been dying to find a restaurant nearby with good sashimi and seared tuna, and RA Sushi has both at affordable prices. Visit my foodie page @Gastronomic Grub for more/future photos from RA Sushi!

Browse the full Nicky's Week menu at RA Sushi

Happy Hour at Nobu in Hotel Crescent Court

Outside of Nobu Dallas in Hotel Crescent Court

If you haven't already read about my #BreakForBeauty spa experience at Hotel Crescent Court, you can catch up here. After a full 50-minute relaxing Blueberry Smoothie facial and peel, we all headed downstairs for happy hour at Nobu. This was a little surprise to the afternoon's itinerary and I was super excited because I'd never eaten there...and y'all know I LOVE tasting at new spots to share on the blog and Gastronomic Grub.

Nobu is described as "the world's most recognized Japanese restaurant known for its innovative new cuisine style" by celebrity chef, Nobu Matsuhisa. Located downstairs just near the main lobby of the hotel, Nobu is a convenient happy hour or dinner option for hotel guests and Dallasites alike with excellent dishes and cocktails!

See photos from my tasting experience:

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If you're looking for a restaurant with plenty of flavor that is upscale, Nobu is a great spot to add to your list. I've since tried a few other similar places, but I think there are many elements of the dishes that make theirs unique...so I'm kinda itching to return. Thank you to Hotel Crescent Court for accommodating me at Spa Crescent and Nobu. I had a fabulous time connecting and meeting a few new bloggers in Dallas!

Photography by Tony Valadez

Rex's Seafood at The Market | Dallas Farmers Market

I should really browse Groupon more often for food deals because I've been desperately searching for the perfect lobster rolls in Dallas. I've been to East Hampton Sandwich Co., but I love to try different variations of dishes. When I saw the deal for $20 worth of food at Rex's Seafood at The Market, I quickly browsed their menu and decided they would be whipping up my lunch for the day.

I've been to the Dallas Farmers Market several times, but I usually grab a cup of jambalaya from Tailgaters (cajun food) and a half dozen of macarons from Chelle's Macarons. I quickly found my way to Rex's Seafood and ordered one lobster roll to-go which came with my choice of one side, so I chose red beans and rice. The lobster salad was so fresh and even the roll it was stuffed in was delicious, too! Once I finished my lobster roll, I remembered that I had the beans left to eat, so I practically inhaled those next. I definitely recommend this spot and will for sure be trying other items from their menu in the future!

 Lobster roll and red beans & rice from Rex's Seafood at The Market

Lobster roll and red beans & rice from Rex's Seafood at The Market

Rex's Seafood at The Market is located in the Dallas Farmers Market
at 920 S. Harwood St.