Recently, my wife and I celebrated our Anniversary and we had heard a lot of good comments about this restaurant in Fresno. I decided that was the place that we would go to. Sakura Chaya is located in Fresno on Nees Ave and is pretty easy to get to. Parking is good with lots of room. I called a couple of days ahead to make reservations. We drove all the way in to town after work and were starving by 5 pm. We showed up to the restaurant about 20 minutes before our reservations. There was a very large crowd inside. The place had Hibachi style area, a bar and an original sit down booth. We were there for the Hibachi as there was no reason to have it any other way.
Sushi and Hibachi
I have had my variety of Sushi from all the Las Vegas restaurants that I have been to where the guys have ordered Sushi. I have always expected them to order it as I was never used to ordering. I took a look at the Menu on Yelp ahead of time so I was familiar with what to expect. The Yo-Mama Rolls seemed to be the popular choice. We ordered the Edamame Appetizer and the Yo-Mama Roll. The Edamame’s were okay and seemed to be a little under cooked. The Yo-Mama Roll was amazing. It had a creamy filling which really isn’t my style but it was good.
If you have ever been to a Hibachi style restaurant, you know they bring you Miso soup, salad. The Miso soup was also okay. It needed a little more flavor but the salad was amazing. Because the waitress sat us down on a big section with another crowd they had to add a piece of table to the inside. This made it difficult to fit two chefs inside the cooking area. It also made it a little uncomfortable when I had to sit next to another crowd. The chef didn’t really put on a show. He started with the egg trick and since he couldn’t complete the egg trick, he decided not to do anything except for the flaming onion. They didn’t have a large variety of sauces like the other restaurants. Usually, they give you a large variety of sauces. No, they just asked if anyone wanted their version of hot sauce. It was some hot paste mixed with Teriyaki sauce.
Overall, the food was great and the sushi was amazing. I will probably go back again, but not any time soon. I would probably prefer Edo-Ya or Japanese Kitchen. The cleanliness of the griddle was not too great. There was a lot of small pieces of left overs on there prior to the chef showing up. The service was not too bad. The waitress was probably the nicest thing. She was nice the whole time.
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I am no tile expert but my wife and I worked together on Saturday to put in some Brazilian Tile that she found at Restore.
It took us all day on Saturday and then after we got home from church on Sunday we started working on the Glass Tile.
On Monday after work we started putting in the Mocha Grout.
Plumbing As A Hobby
This whole project reminded me to never take up plumbing as a hobby. We were trying to put in the plumbing for underneath the sink but we kept getting the water to come up like it wasn’t going down the drain. We looked at other examples and ours kept coming up. We went to Lowes and bought a bunch of pipes to possibly change the way the flow of the water might help. One guy that saw us looking at all the pipes said that we needed a vent. I thought, we have a vent that goes out to the roof. Maybe we needed another one. So we bought one and put it all together and still kept doing the same thing. We ended up figuring it out yesterday when we put a plumber’s snake in the drain and unplugged it. After that, water was moving like normal. Now, back to figuring out how the plumbing will work without leaking.
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I went home for lunch yesterday and when I got there my Father-In-Law had just finished pouring the cement and was smoothing it out. I was able to use the orbital sander on the edges of the counter to get out any air bubbles.
When I got home after work, it looked like it was mostly done and becoming dry. I started cutting the frame that will go around the sink.
We had to go under the house yesterday and check the support beams to ensure that there was enough structure under there to accommodate the weight of the concrete countertops. I was under the house for a few hours working to make sure everything was good. Talk about an Ab Workout. I feel like I did 1000 situps. Lots of spider webs under there. Old wires and stuff, that I pulled out to clean it up a bit.
I found a support pillar that looks like someone did a quick one on it. I added a new cement pillar and some new 4×4’s right next to it to help with the weight.
My father-in-law came over today to pour cement, but we hadn’t finished with the countertop. So we worked on that all afternoon. Tomorrow, he is going to come over with my mother-in-law to pour the cement and finish it up.
We put an idea we had for the sink to sit in after the cement gets somewhat dry. Then we can pull out the PVC pipes and allow space for the hoses for the sink to fit in.
We will hopefully have a sink tomorrow and then we have to wait 30 days for the cement to cure. Once it cures then we can seal it. Hopefully, by this weekend, we will have the backsplash done too.
You have all watched the Star Wars movies. If you haven’t then you are really missing out. In the series each of the actors learn to master a form of power called “The Force”. Some of the actors are good guys and others are bad guys. They learn to master “The Force” for good and bad. I would guess it would be some kind of energy that allows your thoughts and desires to come to reality.
When I first encountered “The Force” I was in Okinawa, Japan. I was in my barracks watching tv and I made myself one of those Top Ramen Noodles. I had just pulled it out of the microwave and as I was walking back to my table, I was thinking to myself, I am going to spill it all over. Not a second later, I poured the entire bowl of soup all over me. It was so hot that the steam was still on my skin.
When I finally realized that I had some form of power to use “The Force”, I was asleep in bed and couldnt sleep too good. I was tossing and turning and we have one of those carbon monoxide detector in the hallway. It had been having issues where the sensor had been dying. I had reset it and it had been working for days already without any problems. I was lying in bed and was thinking to myself, that alarm is going to go off any second now. Not two seconds later, the alarm went off and I had to get up to dismantle it so I can try to go back to sleep.
If “The Force” is real, then I believe we all have some form of controlling it and using it for good or bad. I just pray that I can use it for good. If anyone else has had an encounter with “The Force” then please share your story.
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If you have ever seen the movie Get Shorty, then you are familiar with the role that Gene Hackman plays as Harry Zimm. He is a small town movie producer trying to write a script that will make him big time. He ends up borrowing money from the wrong people and ends up involved with some loan shark.
The Restaurant was an old style Drive In that you could walk up to. Almost like Firebaugh’s Two Knights Drive In. They had all the great food. The place was busy and Harry Zimm was the chef behind the big flat griddle. He was asking what I wanted and I asked him, what did he recommend. He said, “I will fix you up something real nice.” He pulled out a big piece of salami style pepperoni and then put it on the griddle. He started to chop it up like ground beef. He chopped it up so much you wouldn’t think it was pepperoni. Then he grabbed a big handful of mozzarella cheese and piled it on top of the chunks of pepperoni and started to mix it all up on the griddle. Then Harry started to put up that attitude towards some of the waitresses that he was giving to Ray “Bones” on the phone. I started to laugh and then I noticed he grabbed a piece of french bread and split it in half and then smothered it with butter. He put it on the griddle and then grabbed a plate and placed the bread halves on it. Then he placed the pepperoni and mozzarella on the bread and handed it to me. I noticed some mobster looking guys were walking towards the restaurant so I wanted to hurry up and grab a bite. I opened my mouth and held the sandwich up to my mouth and ……
I heard a “OW” and then a claw dove into my leg. I was dreaming and my wife must have had the kitten claw her or something, but the kitten jumped on my leg and clawed me. I had missed my chance to taste this amazing creation.
I tried looking around the internet to find an image of the sandwich I was about to eat and came up with a better idea. The picture above is about as close as I could find, but I wanted to create the one from the dream. I wanted to create a Chicken Parmesan covered with the Pepperoni and Mozzarella cheese sandwich. I will try one of these days as soon as I am done working on my kitchen. See the post here to see our progress.
I never noticed this side of El Capitan before. Every time someone drives to Yosemite they see the beauty of El Capitan from the south side but when I seen it from this angle, it was amazing, and then from this close. I was traveling with my daughter’s yearbook class and we stopped for lunch at this picnic area. There had been so much water due to the heavy rain. The river was high and moving super fast. I set my camera for the 3 brackets and then edited the photo using Photomatix.
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