Friday, October 25, 2013

Teppanyaki For Alex



Song:  Cherry Blossoms in Winter

Artists:  The Yoshida Brothers



I regularly read another Blog from a father who has a son on the spectrum:


His last article described their recent trip to a Teppanyaki restaurant.

It made me crave it so much...that I had to take Alex out to one last night.

Alex, and I, went out to Ijji 2.

It was just 15 minutes away from home.





The traditional flaming of the grill.


The chef piled raw onions with the centers cut out.
He then filled it with a flammable liquid.


As the flame died out...
the moisture in the raw onions created steam...
and it went from a volcano, to a steam locomotive.

The chef did the traditional flipping of the utensils and food...
as he gave an enjoyable show as he cooked.

Alex very much enjoyed the show.

Alex was smiling as the chef performed...
and we were both smiling when we tasted the delicious food.


Alex had chosen the lightly grilled tuna as an appetizer.
I had chosen shrimp.

Alex had given me a big smile as he raved about the lightly grilled tuna.




For the main meal...
Alex had chosen the grilled shrimp and chicken.





I had chosen the Filet Minion and the shrimp for mine
(I had already eaten some of my dish before I had taken this picture).

The food was excellent.

They had spiced the meats so flavorfully...
it was simply...pure pleasure in every bite.

The whole dish was so masterfully flavored...
I had no need for any of the included sauces.

For steak and seafood...
this is going to be one of our favorites.



As Alex has been working extra hard in his studies lately...
I had given him two desserts.

He had a scoop of chocolate ice cream to start out with...


then he had a "Dessert Roll".


I had tried a slice.

I must admit...
I had found the combination of crepe, strawberries, cream cheese...
whipped cream, chocolate sauce...
and RICE...to be strange.

It was made to resemble a long Sushi Roll.

However, Alex liked it...
and that is all that mattered.  :)

This was a new restaurant adventure which panned out for us.

Both of us had a great dining experience...
and we now have a new place to put on our favorites list.  :)


Alex taking some of his food back.
He had to leave enough room for dessert!  :)


Tomorrow, Alex is going to work on more of his science project.
He must complete the "Procedures and Materials" report...
and we must set up his third experiment.


As Alex had already completed his homework...
his advanced work...and his evening's exercise and shower...
when we returned from the restaurant...
he had the rest of the evening to enjoy
(no school tomorrow...holiday).




Frequently, during our local or distant drives...
I emphasize, to Alex, how he is on the correct path in life.

Alex knows that great effort put in now...
will reap great rewards later in life.

Alex studies everyday...
without fail...
and with enthusiasm.

He is so looking forward to attending University one day.

His medium goal is to get his Doctorate degree...
in, as of now, Mathematics.

However, he may choose Physics...
or some other science degree later on.

It is in their goals and objectives...
that humans find the correct paths to their dreams.

Alex is steadily improving in all areas...
and in this alone...
he has found great happiness.

With each increment of improvement...
comes another step of progress on his path...
another step closer to his goals.

I must re-emphasize...
we are not pushing Alex to study...
we are merely providing an efficient path for him to follow in his studies...
through conceptual guidance, and effective advanced work.

It is his love of learning...
and the pure pleasure he gets from pursuing his dreams...
which drive him forward.

When I see Alex loving the simple pleasures in life...
such as in our outings...and in our restaurant adventures...
it makes me so happy.

However, it is in the realization that Alex...
through his ernest study habits, and in his drive to achieve his goals...
that I may fully enjoy life's simple pleasures...
for I may rest easy knowing that Alex will eventually find his ultimate happiness in life...
because of his steady treading on a correct path in life.

We, as parents, have plans to help Alex achieve his dreams...and beyond. 

We have solid short, medium, and long term goals...
and contingency plans...to help Alex achieve his dreams...
and to help him live his life well...
even when we are gone.

More on the importance of this...
and some of our specific plans...
in another article.








2 comments:

  1. Looks like you found a great teppanyaki place! I'm glad it worked out.

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  2. The food was so delicious. I will be taking my mother and elder sister there when they visit next time.

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