Thursday, July 26, 2012

Out and About Around Philly: Hibachi Grill and Sushi Buffet

Sushi Buffet
Okay, so I know this is about to sound very obese of me and call it what you will, but I think I've fallen in love with a new place which happens to be a new buffet. One day while hanging out at home an oddly placed commercial came on in between one of my reality shows for an opening of a new restaurant in the Delco area called Hibachi Grill and Sushi Buffet. Seeing this sparked my
Water Fall & Fish Pond
interest.  I was Skeptical at first about going and the food looking absolutely nothing like it was pictured on the commercial. I decided to give this place a try anyway. I first went during the early part of the day on July 4th.
I usually dont' like taking people to new places without me first going and checking it out but I decided to round up my grandma and auntie so that we could explore this new place together. Whats the worst that could happen? Well, with my GPS acting like it had gone completely crazy coupled, my aunt's growing temper that comes out to play when she's hungry and lost and then top it all off with my terrible sense of directions... I'd pretty much say thats the worst that could happen. However, after about 45 minutes of driving around Delco (which should have only taken us 15 minutes tops to get there), we finally found the place and surprisingly it was well worth the trip.
The singing "Treat"
Sushi Station
From the outside it looks like your regular, everyday buffet but Hibachi Grill & Sushi Buffet's interior is nicely decorated with updated wood finish, a water fountain and fish pond. The food is very affordable and there are lots of options to chose from like salmon, chicken, pizza, fried rice, roast pork, spinach all types of salads, fruits and freshly made sushi. There is also a chocolate fountain that sits near skewered fruit, so if you're feeling like indulging in a little gluttony, its there to assure you that it can be done in style. Also, if thats not enough to tickle your fancy there is also a grill and chef in the back of the restaurant that will grill up just about any thing that you'd like him to. Upon our most recent visit for a friend of the family's birthday, one of our party goers decided to test the waters and throw a few things at the chef to have grilled which included steak, onions, white rice and a few extra tasty treats. She seemed fairly pleased with the outcome, so maybe next time I'll give it a try
The restaurant was also nice enough to send over a little treat to the birthday lady of our day. It really made her smile and it got a good laugh out of all of us when the treat kept on playing the happy birthday song because we were told there was technically no way to stop it lol. For what its worth, I think this place is pretty nice, especially considering that its a buffet. Most places just usher you in, throw some slop into a trough, I mean a steam tray and expect you just to dig in. This place actually seems to put forth a great deal of effort to make their food look and taste presentable as well as the atmosphere, so I think its pretty safe to say that they've gained a returning customer here :-)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Representin' For the Chocolate Sistas: Shari

Me and Cuz
So, I was just as I was about to catch up on the latest episode of one of my guiltiest of pleasures, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta  (hangs head in shame). Recently, I've become an avid watcher of this show and had been reading the buzz on it via twitter, fb and online so I was pretty surprised when I came across this article that one of my most favorite cousin and most talented freelance writers I know had written for with her thoughts about the show.
Usually, I tense up at the mention of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta in particular. The reason being is because many of times it tends gives off a negative connotation of (mostly) women and men of color because
the situations they times deal with are viewed at as taboo and because right now we have some shows that have started popping up that also don't show minorities in such a great light (ie: Basketball Wives, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love & Hip Hop). They deal with things such as broken families, unstable finances, cheating, fighting, abortions, and the list goes on. To sum it all up, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, like most of these shows are usually is described as a hot mess, "ratched" or some coonery. However, be that as it may, I tend to watch it if I'm home. I am really unsure of how I got sucked into it but, hey what can I say, you can't seem to get away from reality TV these days. Sometimes its good and sometimes it isn't.
When it comes to discussing how people feel about this show I enjoy playing devil's advocate and  hearing what others think and feel about it from a two, or three sided perspective because everyone's thoughts and opinions on it varies, it gives you much to think about and brings a little something new to the table. With that being said my cousin Shari Wright's is representing for the Chocolate Sista's with her most recent article:


July 12th, 2012 - By admin

by Shari Wright
This is what everyone has been waiting for. And by everyone, I am only speaking about the critics that have denounced the show since the first 10 minutes of episode one of Love and Hip Hop ATL(LHHATL). Monday night we finally saw the “OMG look at how they are shaming our community” worthy footage. Because before this, the show seemed actually light to me. Yes, the triangles and personalities involved in LHHATL are wild and boisterous and sometimes perplexing and unbelievable, but as for specific embarrassing actions, the most we got was a sprinkle of an apple martini thrown on the back of the dusty jacket Stevie J was wearing. No bottles flying overheads, no slaps or punches, no weaves snatched (at least not literally), in fact there was barely anyone raising their voices. Of course, after Monday’s episode, all that is clearly out of the 15th floor window. So protesters, your proclamations of shame and distress that were announced weeks ago may now have credence. Or not…
First of all, I’m not making any excuses. The show might possibly be the most unhinged reality show starring black women, but I can’t forget the image of beautiful, vibrant women battling for the “love” of Flava Flav…so there’s that. I’ll say it’s a close second. Even with the jaw-dropping storylines and the scenes that induce heavy pauses and double blinking, I believe there’s a stint of purpose in the show.
Think about why we fall for LHHATL and subsequently all other reality shows. For one, it’s entertainment. For another, we can relate. We sometimes see ourselves, friends, or maybe work acquaintances reflected in these situations, and we are happy when we don’t see ourselves in this light; we get invested in characters that have a glimmer of the traits we admire. Sometimes it’s the loud mouth in the bunch, unafraid to stand up for herself regardless of the situation or person she’s facing, or sometimes it’s the quiet, loyal friend with the open heart that is simply longing for their love to be reciprocated properly. It could be reflections of self or associates… either way these people that are followed by cameras are not anomalies.
Take Emily from the original Love and Hip Hop, who was faced with the “I’m dating a rapper and I have his childbut he won’t claim me publicly” life. I read several tweets and posts of girls saying they knew what she went through. They related and they identified with her pain. They needed to see her take that momentary step where she finally put her emotional care in front of her emotional longing and walked away. The cameras followed this woman and caught her not screaming or throwing her ex’s clothes out on a sidewalk, but caught her instead throwing herself into a place where her sanctity mattered most.
Stop for a moment and ask, who on LHHATL was truly being “ratchet”…Momma Dee, but she isn’t ratchet as she is loud and unfiltered(also often filmed sans medication), but her personality appears to come from her struggles as a single mom looking to raise and protect her kids on her own. K Michelle could have been ratchet and started blasting her abuser’s name, but she used class and told her story without identities. I wish I could start a quick count of the many useful dialogues that crossed the social media forums dissecting the Mimi’s of the world and the women who can’t seem to let go of their turbulent relationships no matter how many times the man is caught disrespecting their existence. These women are present in this world. Why can’t we make room for their tales of woe?
Yes it’s a mess. Yes, there’s so much to shake your head about. However, it is entertainment. Every show does not have to offer deeper meanings. Not every medium will be available to fight for the/a cause. And that’s ok.
No one gets on Jack Black or Adam Sandler for making white people look like simple pot heads or ignorant, irresponsible drunks. What about the Housewives of Orange County, or New York, or New Jersey…Beverly Hills? Are there white women cringing and posting after every episode of their silliness and superficial flaunts? I dare not touch Mob Wives. Their commercials should be Rated R. But I digress. Those questions remain rhetorical. Those aren’t the only portrayals of white people. They have little to fret about.
This is why I think the critics have steered off course. LHHATL isn’t the main issue; limited portrayals are the problem. Our energies should be turned to getting more varied perspectives of who we are. We should then turn our remaining attention to actually supporting and viewing this array of depictions we desire. Better yet, why don’t we look into some indie black films/filmmakers/writers and support them? Find the students that participate in ‘Lens on Talent’ and other small film festivals and contests to give them financial backing. Maybe we should cease the protest against the obvious one-sided, too absurd to be commonplace occurrences entertainment that takes place in reality shows and demand for increased options. Or better, create the platforms for those options. But again, I digress

Monday, July 9, 2012

Yay! My Summer Vox Box is Here!

Grandma, Auntie & Me
Oh dear Lord... its been hot as all hell here up and down the east coast! But its been all good just the same. The 4th of July feels like it just came and went with the quickness, but I am happy to say I got to spend time with my two special ladies during the early part of July 4th by going out to lunch with my aunt and grandma. It was a really nice time for just us gals to talk, enjoy a good meal and have a few laughs at a place that could potentially be one of our new favorite restaurants in Delco.
Me & my cousins
In the latter part of the day I was able to beat the heat and to get into some fun by starting in center city for some drinks a bite to eat and making my way into yonder for a little 4th of July excitement with old and new friends along the way to the boardwalk. Hope everyone had safe and fun holiday and kept cool in this massive heat wave. And speaking of heat waves, we lived to speak another day after our 2nd annual family BBQ that took place over the weekend. Supposedly this was reported as the hottest day on record this year. Maybe it was just the heat talking but it didn't feel like 100 degrees out there, however we were able to gather without incident. An occasional stroll over to the pool area for a walk through the sprinklers, a refreshing water ice and a sit under the tent was needed but nontheless we had a good time, good food and we were actually able to enjoy a slight breeze in the park too that day.

Summer Vox Box

Additionally, I was very pleased to see that my Summer Vox Box from Influenster had arrived! (Claps hands and jumps up and down) I was selected once again to participate in reviewing summer products that they've bundled together ever so nicely into my box. I've already began to try a few of the items and I can say for sure I am loving them and will definitely be reviewing them all.
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