Nominated for Liebster Award

By Damien Knight

Hey, we are “The Shade of Writing” a blog written by an entire family. I am Damien, head writer and editor of the blog. I am enthused we got picked for Liebster Award. The acknowledgement of our progress and hard work is encouraging.

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We were nominated by Lamees Helal: Motherhood and All. I feel honoured as her blog is inspirational and enjoyable. You all really should go read her posts.
The Liebster Award is an award that only exists online. It was first established in 2011 and it is given to bloggers by other bloggers. You can find all the rules here: https://theglobalaussie.com/blog/liebster-award-2017/

We have to answer these questions asked by Lamees Helal: Motherhood and All. Let’s jump right in!

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Follow Friday: Social Media

Damien Knight

It’s Friday again and so once more it is Follow Friday where I thank my followers. I also want to let you all know that Aaron, our travel blogger, has been on trip in Hawaii and when he returns will have new posts for us. The kids also are working on new writing pieces.

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Before I get into our Follow Friday I want to really plug our Patreon. As a college student raising two kids life is expensive. Our Patreon was set up to help fund expenses and reward those who support us. For only a dollar support you get featured at the top of our Follow Friday Blog Post. Thanks in advanced for your support: https://www.patreon.com/KnightD

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Thanks everyone and remember we also have an Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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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.

Hey, do you like our restaurant reviews if so please stop by and Donate to Patreon @Damien’s Patreon. Thanks without you we would not be doing this.

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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 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.

 

The Crab Shack on Tybee

On July 8th, 2017 my spouse and I headed to one of our favourite Tybee beach restaurants. I say favourite but we had only been twice, this being our second time. The Crab Shack is a bayou style restaurant that serves seafood. Its main offering being crab.
We arrived at approximately 6 in the evening. We Approached the hostess station and was seated immediately.

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Crab Shack

 

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It had been a long day on Tybee beach and I was starving. The menu had several crabs, shrimp and fish options but I was determined to order a “Captains Platter.” This platter was a ‘sample’ platter of boiled shrimp, rock crab, king crab, mussels, crawdads, corn, sausage and potatoes. We ended up ordering a platter for 2 people. My spouse does not eat mussels, so we substituted more potatoes for those.

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Captains Platter!

 
We were there with our two kids who ordered off the kid’s menu. My son ordered boiled shrimp and my daughter a hot dog. We all got drinks as well. I ordered coke and my partner, he ordered ginger ale. We were parched after drinking salt water all day. I went through 2 cokes before the food arrived. Our server was nice and brought the kid’s food first. When our food came out, we looked at it in astonishment. It was a lot of food.

 

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Cera’s Food

 

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After eating what we could of our food, it came time to pay. The bill was just over 70 dollars, so not cheap. When we paid we asked for a small bag of gator food. These bags are 3 dollars apiece and have four pieces of gator ‘bait’ to ‘fish’ for gators with. The children were thrilled for the chance to feed gators. Cera went first, then Jayson, and finally Aaron.

 

 

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Hungry Gators

 
Now Aaron’s gator was a tiny one. He targeted it because all the bigger guys kept taking the food and we felt bad for the little guy. The little one bit on and he would not let go. Aaron and I both had to pull the cane pole but this guy death rolled as if we would steal back the food. It was pretty cool. I tried to feed a gator too, but my gator was crafty and knocked the food right off the pole.

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More Hungry Gators

 

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Fed Gator

 

 

 
Out of a five-star system I give The Crab Shack five stars. It is a great place with good seafood and a fun Bayou atmosphere. They have cool lunch specials and great seafood platters. If you stay in Tybee and are hungry, The Crab Shack is a must.