Asian Fusion: Everything I Imagined It To Be!

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Review: Osha Thai Sushi Galleria (Downtown)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Asian Fusion Restaurant

We have been anxiously waiting to get out and try one of these Asian Fusion Restaurants. I’ve seen a couple around Atlanta, so of course we were excited when my brother suggested we do a fusion place.

First of all, that lil breeze flowing through those Atlanta streets ain’t no joke. It was 30 degrees in ATL today.  I mean we expected a breeze but I guess being from Miami I’m not ever really prepared for the cold. The temperature of course blows colder than what it actually is. Especially in the shade.

The travel time from where we were was about 30mins to the restaurant. Directions for parking were clearly posted so once we arrived we headed to the parking garage to look for a space. Osha is attached to a condominium so the parking garages differ from that of the residents.   

Emerging from the garage was like heaven 😂, the warmth from the sun felt amazing. As soon as you exit the garage Osha is directly on the left-hand side. They do have a patio area, but it was not open during the time that we were there. I could only imagine it was because it was so cold out.

Upon entering the restaurant, we were seated immediately. We did have reservations but there was no wait when we arrived so that was good. The vibe was very tranquil, they had soft R&B tunes playing in the background. The décor was amazing, they have lots of visual art and plants all over. There was a lot of culture throughout the entire space. I loved the pendant lights hanging throughout.

Based off the website you would think the restaurant is fancier than it really is. We were over dressed for the occasion but that ain’t stop nothing. Osha offers a very chill and relaxing vibe – we dressed casual winter.   

Osha has a massive bar with TONS of selections from cocktails to wines, liquors, champagnes, bottle and can, and other alcoholic beverages.  We were seated right across from the bar you could hear the bottles popping the entire time during our visit.

Our server and the staff were very nice. Our server was able to offer some suggestions when we asked about their most popular dishes. I think we ordered most of the selections she mentioned.

DRINKS

Of course, appetizers and drinks were ordered. My brother and I both ordered the same drink and didn’t know it until they brought it to the table. The waiter was like “I have a Tiki Tai” and both of us reached for the glass. He must not have been paying attention to me when I ordered 😂.

We both got the Tiki Thai, OMG it was so good, not to strong not to sweet. It was rum based with a mango liqueur, lime, orange, and pineapple juices, with a pomegranate syrup. YUM!! I felt my buzz kick in after 3 sips of the straw.  

My husband got the bottomless mimosas. He said they were really strong, the amount of Champagne vs Juice was off for his liking but it wasn’t horrible. They only offered the orange and grapefruit juices for the mimosa. He ended up drinking 3.

As we ordered our food we started to look around at the presentation of some of the dishes that were being served around us. Osha can really plate some of their dishes, the color and the creativity of the plates made us want to order more.

APPETIZERS

All of the appetizers on the menu looked amazing. I think we ended up ordering 2 of the 3 recommended dishes, the Calamari and the Crab Cakes.

The Calamari was on point. It came presented on a bed of cabbage topped with jalapeño and this sauce on the side. It was fresh, it was crispy and the sauce that came with it was the bomb. I was hesitant to try the Calamari with the jalapeños because I normally don’t do spicy food; but I tried it and it was pretty good- the sauce took the edge off the peppers, so it wasn’t too bad.

The Crab Cakes came presented on a dish with and aioli drizzle and parsley. They were a little on the small side compared to others we’ve had but they were good.

ENTREES

I try to always go for a VSG friendly meal option, it has to fit a certain criteria because I refuse to go somewhere and get a stomach ache and can’t eat. Most of the food has to be easily digestible, high protein, lite, and lightly spicy if that has to be an option.

Let’s start with mine…

I ordered the Lobster Fried Rice, it came presented with a butterflied lobster tail on a bed of egg fried rice. It had 3 cute lil cucumbers and tomatoes for décor. The lobster was cooked to perfection. If eating lobster shell was a thing… no sauce would be needed. It was so crispy, it felt and looked like it was air fried in a butter mist. It was soft and buttery but it still had bounce to it, the flavor of the lobster was excellent!

The only thing I would change about the rice and this is my own O…PIN…I…ON was the wetness of it. During my big girl years, I loved Chinese takeout food and I am a saucy girl so I usually use about 4 packets of sauce; 1.5 soy and 2 duck if I eat a lunch portion of rice. And when I would re cook the leftovers I would usually do it in butter and still add sauce after. So, call it bad habit but that’s how I like it. I don’t eat Chinese take-out that much since surgery unless I’m craving.

My brother and I ordered a side of the calamari sauce to top our rice. Yes, we tasted it first. 

Once I topped my rice it was perfect.

My husband ordered the Pappardelle Seafood and man was it AMAZING!! It had shrimp, mussels, calamari, zucchini, and some other stuff. He said he felt full but not sluggish after he killed his entire plate. The noodles in the pappardelle were lite and satisfying, we’re guessing they were some kind of egg noodle.

My brother ordered the Crab Fried Rice. His food came presented with crab on top of a bed of fried egg rice. Also garnished with cucumbers. He said that it was pretty good, he added sauce to his rice as well.

The quantity and quality of the food was very well balanced. There was nothing to complain about, the drinks were fire the atmosphere was very relaxing, the location was easy to find, parking was easy and of course they had wonderful photo opps.

Definitely recommending this one. OSHA Asian Fusion Galleria did not disappoint. 5 stars across the board.

My body just won’t let me be great!

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Prior to surgery I use to tell the Mr. that one of my goals was to lose a whole butt cheek. I measured over 54 inches at one point and my hips spread as wide as 51 inches.

Honestly I can’t even tell you if that was the largest I measured either because there were numerous times over the course of 10 years that I dieted, exercised, or lost weight in some form or fashion. I tried to keep up with the measurements of my journeys over the years.

I have always had a big bottom half even when I was smaller. I got the “thunder thighs” label stamped on me in the 6th grade. I’m use to being thicc but things get heavy after while.

Large body parts cause body pains. I don’t care, I don’t care.

It was hard to sleep, aggravating to stand up for too long, difficult to buy clothes that fit right, impossible to run for any long distance, and super annoying to exercise.

2 years post op and I’m still having big ass struggles. I went to try on jeans today because I figured…it’s been long enough that I should go buy some actual jeans and not leggings. Although leggings have always been my favorites because they conform to any shape of body, easy to put on and take off they are super comfortable and very flexible.

As a curvy girl I have always struggled to find jeans…hell any bottom for that matter. I have a tiny waist, large hips, and a huge ass. I get it naturally… I swear its in the bloodline. Me and clothes have always  had a love hate relationship because of my shape.

POST SURGERY  

It didn’t take any time at all to see the changes in the way my clothes fit post-surgery. Within 6 weeks I needed all new scrubs and uniforms for work. I had dropped about 20 pounds and so many inches, I had already transitioned to flexible bottoms only outside of work because nothing fit. 😂

My original post-surgery body goal was to be in a size 10 jeans at the largest, I wanted to drop down to about 155- 160 pounds and get into a size small shirt. I’ve been in a small/medium shirt since about 9 months post op, and a s/m legging since about 8 months post op.

I’m sure I hit my goal in jeans a while ago, but I just never worked the nerve to go try any on until today.

It was entertaining if I must say so myself.

HERE’S MY PROBLEM WITH CLOTHES

My problem with clothes is that they are a waste of time when you’re on a post bariatric surgery journey. Remember you lose weight so fast and drop so many inches so quickly things will not fit for long periods of time.

I held on to a lot of my old bottoms for at least 13 months after surgery. What sense does it make to buy all new jeans, spend all that money to only wear them 1 time before you need to get a new size. Leggings and Jeggings are easy to replace, and they last a long time because they are usually made of some type of stretch material. They grow and glow with you, I love them.

I think I just threw away my last set of leggings I had from my big girl days. That’s only because they had gotten so loose they literally made no sense to wear. They were baggy all over and did nothing for my shape.

Anyway…

The first go round I put everything back. All the pieces that I tried on were fine on my legs but once I got to my booty good lordy. My ass was like HA…YEAH RIGHT!! The struggle was so real, I was in there dancing, jumping, and trying to wiggle my little self into those pants. It was a real work out.

I finally got on a pair- size 9 stretch denim they fit good, but they were tighter than I usually like for my comfort. I still have a good sized fupa hanging in the front of me as well so I have to take that into consideration when I’m buying clothes. I always get my bottoms a size up to accommodate the loose skin.

The last time I purchased “jeans” they were a 2XL pair of jeggings, this time I purchased size 10’s. I haven’t been in that size since I was pregnant with my first kid. I jumped from a size 7 to a tight 9 in 2 months. I had to get size 10’s and 11’s to be comfortable and this was in back in the day, so we’re talking about 18 years ago (he turns 18 in March).

Even after bariatric surgery certain things won’t change, they may just shrink a little or a lot. For me my booty was one of those things. I lost 8 inches off my ass and it is still huge, one of the good things about it is that I’m soft so it’s easy to maneuver and it sits well.

I was super excited about my size 10 jeggings- I felt very accomplished. I didn’t know what to expect honestly, my goal was to get into a size 10 jeans and I have achieved that goal. I guess my ass still gets me in my feelings sometimes because I get so close to fitting certain things and then boom my ass be like…”THINK AGAIN”.

I still prefer comfort over everything so of course I got a few leggings and yoga pants along with the clothing haul.

A girl likes what she likes😊