Tiptastic Tuesday! Samurai: Hibachi and Sushi of Bowling Green

 

This Tiptastic Tuesday is a restaurant review for the Japanese hibachi restaurant Samurai on Scottsville Road. When we went in, we were shocked to find we were the only customers. I think this is because there are two other Japanese places named Samurai on Scottsville Rd. The one we went to was 1713 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY.

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We were led to the grill and sat down. I ordered a coke, my son a Dr. Pepper, my daughter a sweet tea. We then looked over the menu. They had a large selection of sushi and informed us they were doing a half off on sushi. I ordered a KY Derby Roll which had crab and shrimp and a Dragon Fly Roll which had eel and shrimp. The kids ordered their kids meal, my son steak, daughter shrimp and I choose a steak and shrimp combo. The waitress took our order and then came back with our soups.

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The soup was superb, a clearer soup than at Shogun’s but delicious. The waitress then brings out the sushi and my salad. The wait had not been long, but we were hungry and dived into the sushi. It excellent. The ginger dressing on the salad was just right and not a single sushi remained.

The chef came out and did the standard show. He did a good job and kept us entertained. Once the food was cooked, we dived right in. I would give the place 4 out of 5 stars. It was clean with great staff and good food. The place had an unfinished feel to it though and no other customers. If the décor was improved, perhaps it would be five stars. If you are ever in the area stop in and give them a shot.

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Majestic Steakhouse Princeton Review

By Damien Knight

 

In Princeton Kentucky, there is a small local steakhouse called Majestic Steakhouse. It is a family owned and operated restaurant with a lunch buffet. I was staying in Princeton during the week of the eclipse and stopped by and give the food a try.
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I took my kids to eat for the lunch buffet. The lunch was baked chicken with mashed potatoes and rolls. It was good and cooked thoroughly. The service was slow at first but attentive.


After the lunch, we grabbed dessert. This comprised cake and banana pudding. I grabbed banana pudding. It was very much a homemade style pudding heavy with bananas, wafers and whipped crème.
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After eating we paid at the counter. The meal was average priced. I would recommend if you find yourself in Princeton, Kentucky to try Majestic Steakhouse. Feel free to check out their facebook page. Majestic Steakhouse

Tybee Island Lighthouse

By Damien Knight

This past July I went to Tybee Island, Georgia. Tybee Island is known for having one of the oldest lighthouses in the U.S. The lighthouse was established 1736. The property is beautiful with a lot of history. The lighthouse there now is 3rd building built. It has 178 steps.

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We began our assent up those steps and my children were scared each set of 25. Each 25 steps there is a window showing the view. I felt out of breath after the first 50 stairs. Once I got up 75, I was certain my legs would collapse. I kept going though, and the view was worth it.

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The first lighthouse on the property was a daymark. They had to replace it and the second daymark due to erosion. The current lighthouse was rebuilt from the third lighthouse at the end of the civil war. They also have 3 light keepers houses.

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The lighthouse has a gift shop. We purchased smashed pennies. I was elated and relieved to have made it all the way to the top and back down. I could not walk without pain for 2 days but it was worth it.

For more information on the Tybee Island Lighthouse and Hours Visit : Tybeelighthouse.org

The Great American Donut Shop

by Damien Knight

In Bowling Green, Kentucky just off the bypass is a quaint 24/7 Donut shop, known locally as GADs. On November 21st, 2016 I decided to drop by for donuts and coffee with my children.

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My son got a cinnamon roll, his sister a chocolate donut and I a White Chocolate cappuccino and a coconut donut. The shop was ran by a polite young Asian woman. She greeted my kids and served us quickly. The shop was very clean.

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The donuts were delicious. The cappuccino was warm and outside very cold. I recommend that if ever in Bowling Green make the Great American Donut a stop.

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Riverbanks Zoo Review

Written By Aaron Knapp

 

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I like to go to zoos and where I live there is a zoo nearby. This zoo has a garden, a kids water playground, and a new sea lion exhibit. The sea lion can be seen up close and personal. The Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina is a very nice local zoo, and has a little for everybody. The zoo is separated into two parts. One side is the Garden area the other the zoo area. I like to recommend the new sea lion exhibit as a must during the summer months. The seal enclosure is a nice place to cool down after you tour the zoo on a hot day. All the animals have enough room and look well taken care of.

 

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After a long walk around I went to the garden area using a small jungle shuttle. I took many nice pictures in the waterfall area. This area looks like an ideal location for wedding settings, or a nice family gathering. The garden area also has an indoor area setup just for this.

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After my picture taking I took the shuttle back over to the zoo area walked over to the elephants and took more pictures. I also liked their penguin exhibit. If you don’t mind a few snakes, spiders and bats the reptile exhibit area is cool.

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In all this zoo seems to get over looked with the other zoo’s in the area. The Atlanta Zoo is about a three hour ride in the other direction and another one in Asheboro, North Carolina. Riverbanks Zoo is what I would consider my local zoo. I support my local business and took a trip to the zoo in Columbia.

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The Ikefukurou Café

Written By : Aaron Knapp

There’s a café in Ikebukuro, Tokyo that is fascinating. This café is a niche interest place for certain individuals. You can make reservations online for this café and it is encouraged. Included in the entrance fee, is a refreshment for participants. The inhabitants of the café live there. Ikebukuro, Tokyo is known for its department stores, shops, food, and it’s large train station. One can easily get lost this area. Luckily a few friends are placed around the area to help you out. Statues in the subway help to show people a good meeting point for meetings friends. The bushes outside showed people the importance of reading.

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Owls Reading

The café I was interested in was not about department stores, shops, or food. This part of town held my interest as the location of an owl café named Ikefukurou. Ikefukurou is named such as to combine the name Ikebukuro and the Japanese word for owl: Fukuro.

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I was searching cat café’s and saw an ad that had an owl café. I stopped to look on their Facebook page and found their addres. I enjoyed the look of the place and thought the cafe might be a fun place to visit. I was going to Sunshine City (department store area) that morning, so I made my way to the area and found the place. The café had just opened, so I made my in person reservations, only to not be able to make reservations till after lunch. This worked out okay as I was hungry and had not had breakfast.

I went to Sunshine City and came back to the café that evening. I dropped my bags off I paid my entrance fee, which had to be paid in cash. Not a big deal as I had the correct amount of 1200 yen (around $11 USD). After a quick introduction of the rules the employees gave us all hand sanitizer and we came into the cafe.

I took pictures and got to pet several owls. I could not pick a favorite as I enjoy owls. The owls looked well taken care of and were well adjusted to contact with human strangers. Most seemed eager to get to a higher ground by climbing your shoulder. Most enjoyed getting the little head scratches, and pets. I was sad to leave after my 45 minutes were up. I received my refreshment, gathered my bags, and bid my farewells to my owl friends. I left with a smile on my face and a few pictures on my phone.