May 18, 2010

Happy American Craft Beer Week

This week is American Craft Beer Week. To celebrate, Steve & I went out for a drink after work to Victoria Gastro Pub on the corner or Rt. 108 and Snowden River Parkway. Last night featured brews from Flying Dog and Dogfish Head. I had my favorite Dogfish 120min IPA and Steve the World Wide Stout. Two local beer tweeters/bloggers were there (shout out to Baltimore Beer Guy and Beer In Baltimore) it was great to meet and talk with you!

On Sunday, two friends of mine & Steve's came to check out our new house as well as the HoCo area in general. They are thinking about moving to this area after they are married. We showed them around and talked HoCo up as much as we possibly could. We had big plans to do dinner at Sushi Sono, especially after reading about the No. 12 roll HowChow posted about a few days earlier. But, as luck would have it, Sushi Sono is closed on Sunday. And so is Sushi King. Dagger! Rattling our brains, we remembered Cha Ya Cafe on Mcgaw Road.

Steve & I have been there one time before and thought it had good sushi. I like this place for the fact that it offers "something for everyone" (Japanese, Chinese, and Thai food). Steve's only negative comment was regarding to the prices in relation to the size of the roll. I would have to agree. The rolls were a bit smaller than what we are used to seeing at the other local sushi places we've been to.

Our friends ordered the First Sight of Love Roll (lobster tail tempura, asparagus, cream cheese, massago, wrapped in avocado), the Cha Ya Philly Roll (hot baked roll w. salmon, cream cheese, avocado, and eel), and a Tuna Avocado Roll (self explanatory).

First Sight of Love Roll strategically placed in the shape of hearts. Points for creativity!

We ordered an avocado salad, Tom Ka Gai (the best he's had anywhere so far, says Steve), the Cha Ya Philly Roll, Twister Roll, and a Dragon Roll. Both times that I have been to Cha-Ya I've ordered their Cha Ya Philly Roll. It's pretty tasty. The Twister Roll (fresh salmon and mango over a spicy California roll) was good, but I wish the spicy California roll were spicier to contrast with the sweetness of the mango. We also ordered the Dragon Roll (cucumber wrapped eel with avocado and tobiko).


  1. Nice meeting you too! Good looking site, keep up the great work.

  2. Katie! Thanks to you and Steve for taking us to such a good place after the other two fell through! Looking at the pictures is reminding me just of how good it was!