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.

Usa Georgia Lighthouse Tybee Island Lighthouse

 

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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Hostess station

 

 

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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Jay’s

 
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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Mor

 

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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.

Lighthouse Pizza North: Tybee Island

By Damien Knight

On July 8th, 2017 my family had the privilege of spending the weekend at Tybee Island. Spending the day at a beach with two young children has a way of making men hungry. My spouse and I debated 30 minutes in fact over food. I, of course, the hangry type told him.

“Throw a rock and pick one.”

His response was “Wendy’s.”

Yeah no, I was not about to be in such a unique place and go to Wendy’s. Sorry sassy twitter red head, I wanted something unique. We drove past Lighthouse Pizza, and I knew that’s where I wanted lunch.

If I were to rate them on a five-star scale, I would say it was four stars. The only reason it’s not five is, the pizza is a bit greasy, and the price is a tad high. When we entered, we went to the register, and they seated us at a booth. From there our waitress came and took our order. We ordered a Hawaiian Pizza and four drinks. For my readers who are unfamiliar with the Hawaiian, it is a ham and pineapple pizza.

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Our Pizza, The dolls want a bite.

 

The drinks were self-serve, our waitress handed us four Styrofoam cups, and we got our drinks from a drink fountain. I had a coke, which was well about how you expect a coke to taste. The pizza itself was good. We each ate two slices. It was sweet and salty, and a bit greasy. I used a napkin to dry the grease off mine. Over all, I highly recommend stopping in if hungry after a day on the beach.

 

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Also the plates were metal, and they gave out forks.

 

@Home Maid Cafe

By Aaron Knapp

The first thing I wanted to do in Japan was go to a maid café. Food quality and drinks selections at these can be desired. Your next question is, then why go to the café at all? It’s all about the experience.

I went to the Don Quixote store in Akiba; if you are unfamiliar with this store, it is a huge department store that deals with all things Japan. You can find almost anything and it has seven floors. Plus the top floor has a concert space, mainly for AKB 48. I was in the store to see what all they had. The store itself has a huge blue figure outside the store front, which drew me in.

I was in the market for some snack’s. Well they had snacks, and all kinds of other merchandise. Each floor is set up with a theme. Stationary, bathroom, household, and a small arcade, etc. Each floor had sections, and had all sorts of things in them. overseas snack, Japanese snack’s, luggage, cosplay props, light sticks, anime influenced goods. On the fifth floor was something that is not exactly posted on the ground floor. In fact I originally found a competitor’s flyer right outside when I was on the street. I almost didn’t see it as it’s in a corner of the floor and not well noticeable until you go down stairs. I even walked by the store as I wanted to see what was on the second floor. It just so happened the sixth floor was block off for today. I went back down the stairs and saw it staring right back at me; a maid café.
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This maid café is all over Japan and in Akiba they have their own 5 story building dedicated to the maid café. I was intrigued that this café had no wait to get in as their other store always had a long lines. I went inside and a maid escorted me to my table. “Welcome home my master,” they said in Japanese. As I sat down a maid came over and explained the menu in English. I was shocked and awed at this.

The maid took my order and suggested I take the photo option as it was my first time there. It was a little expensive for the food, table, and drink. My drink came out first, the maid asked what she could draw for me. I picked a cat, pretty simple, I like cats I’m okay with that. The maid drew a cat on my mocha. Then my food came out, at this point I ate my food quickly. It had a ketchup art on the eggs, which I did not get a picture of.

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CAT ❤

Other customers were getting their picture taken with various maids. I for obvious reasons picked the maid that took my order to have my picture taken with. I got my picture taken with my kawaii maid, then she said to hang on a minute. Tonight was the night that they picked to do a live performance. Pink Light sticks with @Home Café were given out.

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KAWAII

 

After the cute little song and dance by the maids, my maid presented me with a ‘master’ card. She told me to use the card next time, and that I would have the gift of getting things at a better price when (I) ‘my master comes back to visit.’ I paid at the front thanked my maid and headed out. All in all it was fun. They prefer you not to take pictures of the maids while you are there, but food pictures are fine. It was a little dark on the inside, but @Home maid café was a fun and the Don Quixote location was easy to get into.