Sunday, May 28, 2017

Alex's Last Finals / Atlantis Buffet


Song:  Linger

Group:  The Cranberries


Just this last Friday...
Alex finished his last exams for the school year.

He took his AP Micro Economics and his Honor's Physics Exams...
and 4.5 hours later...
he emerged from his high school testing center (proctored)
with a big smile on his face  :)

Hell year is officially complete!  :)

This summer Alex will be working on his university application essays...
studying Japanese...
and studying for his advanced Physics subject test coming in a few months.

He will also be applying for a part time job at a math school.

So...
for the most part...
Alex will be able to relax from the hectic schedule
that he had as part of his normal pacing for hell year 
(3rd year high school...the last year completed before university applications go out).

(Alex had completed all the university math classes that he could...
so, UNR has no math classes that he may take this summer).

For the Fall semester...
Alex will be taking two university classes at UNR
(Differential Geometry / Japanese)...
and he will be taking World Literature at Mountain College...
and at his high school...
he will be taking...
 AP Psychology / AP Government / AP Environmental Science / Speech and Debate /
and Driver's Education.


Alex had performed well in all of his classes.


To celebrate...
Alex wanted to eat at the Atlantis seafood buffet.







The buffet not only has all kinds of seafood to eat...
but it has a wide variety of meats and ethnic foods.

The have a meat station where you are served how ever much of which ever meat you wish.

They had Prime Rib...Rib Eye...Blackened New York Pastrami...
Italian Sausage...along with other types of meat.

They also had creamed horseradish...Au Jus...and other accompaniments. 


There was also a deli station nearby.


There were two rows dedicated to various seafoods.

There were various iced shrimps...
smoked salmon and smoked trout...
boiled and iced crab...Icelandic Herring...calamari...
and many other types of seafood.


They also had a separate iced raw oyster station.


Alex wanted a variety of seafood...
and various types of ribs.


This was my second plate.

On my first plate...
I had various types of seafood.

I then ate tacos...
and when I ran out of taco shells...
I then made the remainder of food into a Mexican salad.


Alex and I then headed to the desert bar.



The had a milk and white chocolate fondue.




There was a wide variety of chocolate dipped fruits...
eclairs and other pastries...tarts and custards...
simply too many of which to even get a moderate sampling of what they offered.



Alex settled on a chocolate mousse cake and some kind of mousse parfait...
and we shared the cotton candy.


I had a slice of apple pie...
and a pecan pie tart.


Alex then tried his mother's mint and chocolate gelatos.







This was on our way out
(We cross the skyway to the parking lot).

This skyway has my favorite restaurants on it...
The Oyster Bar...and Skyway Terrace Sushi.

For the past few days...
and until we leave for Las Vegas in a few days...
Alex has been practicing for the ARML Nationals.

We will be gone about 8 days.

We will spend 3 days in Las Vegas for the competition...
and we will then drive to Southern California to take a tour of two major universities...
eat and relax on the Santa Monica Pier...
and tour a college, before we head back.

We only scheduled one tour per day...
since the traffic can get heavy in Los Angeles.

Alex will be driving much of our journey over the eight days
(Not in Las Vegas or Los Angeles...
as the traffic can become quite heavy in these two areas).

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My elder sister will be staying at my mother's while I am gone.

I had stocked up her deep freeze with many kilos of seafood.

For her kitchen freezer...
I will put in the most used foods.

Just before I leave...
I will fully stock the fridge with all of my mother's favorite foods.

My mother particularly loves rotisserie chicken...
and rotisserie turkey breast 
(she loves to make turkey sandwiches with this...
as even the turkey breast is moist and flavorful.
She also loves sliced Hawaiian sweet bread for her sandwiches).

We will also make some of her favorite pickles before I leave
(Daikon Reno Red Hots...She will slice the Daikon...
I will mix the pickle juice and mix in the Korean red peppers).

I will make sure to stock her up on salads as well.

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I bought extra camera memory cards for this trip.

I fully expect to take many hundreds of photos...
perhaps even thousands  :)

This year...
we will try to see the Bellagio water show in Las Vegas.

Last time...
it was cancelled due to high winds.


I will publish the photos of our trip upon our return.
















Friday, May 19, 2017

Alex's Japanese Final / Poke King


Song:  Cello Ascends

Artists:  The Piano Guys



Alex took his final in Japanese today.

He thinks he did well...
and he is quite sure he got an 'A' in the course.

So...
we decided to celebrate by going to a new restaurant in town.



My wife had read reviews for a small nearby restaurant named 'Poke King'.

We decided to go there...
and was I glad we did.

I loved the food!

It is a very simple restaurant with fresh ingredients.

Poke is a name given in Hawaii for a raw (or cooked) seafood salad or ingredients over rice.


 I had boiled and marinated octopus, shrimp, and tofu...
with some shredded crab and diced green onions over rice...
and with Truffle flavored Ponzu.

It was fantastic...
with but an easily fixable flaw
(more on this later).


Alex just had ice cream...
as he was not hungry.

I am going to take my mother here tonight...
and I will then start marinading some pork loin 
for a special dish I will cook for her in five days.


Anyway...
after eating our meals...
I went up to the counter and asked to speak with the manager.

The co-owner came out and I could tell he was from Hawaii...
or had at least spent time there.

He was young and I could tell this was his dream.

As I really liked the place...
and I want him to really become successful...
I offered him some advice.

I first told him my background.

I said that I had lived in Hawaii for four years...
and I had lived in Japan for four years...
and that my mother was from Japan...
as well as my wife.

So...
I told him that I knew rice.

I said that I loved everything...
except that the rice was a little hard.

I then went on to tell him what they have been doing wrong...
and how they could correct it.

I knew that they were used to cooking at or near sea level...
as where most of the population live in Hawaii.

I said that his shop was almost a mile up...
that he needed to get pressure compensating rice cookers...
or that they would need to soak the rice longer...
and to add more water.

He took my advice well...
and said that they were working on consistency with their workers.

I then told him I love the concept...
and that I loved their food...
and that I would be back.

I fully intend on becoming a regular there.

The food is so healthful...
and delicious.

It was filling...
and the taste was so fresh.

I love this place.


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Alex has but two more finals to take next week...
and then he will be finished with hell year.

Although he will be studying all summer long...
as well as getting a part time job at a mathematics school...
most of the pressure is off.

He will, however...
still have an upcoming advanced Physics specialized test...
and he will be working on all of his university application essays...
so...
some pressure is still on...I guess.

In the fall...
Alex will be taking Differential Geometry at UNR...
and he will also be taking third year Japanese at UNR...
along with his other high school courses he will be completing online.

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Last night...
my wife called her mother in Japan...
and had Alex talk with her in Japanese.

My wife said that her mother started crying when Alex conversed with her 
in Japanese.

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We will be going to Las Vegas in less than two weeks...
for the ARML Nationals.

Afterwards...
we will be driving to Southern California to take three 
University tours.

One at Caltech...
one at UCLA...
and one at Harvey Mudd College.

Later in the summer...
we will be touring Stanford University...
and also UC Berkeley.


Although this means nothing to the universities if you take the tours...
and it in no way helps in the application process...
it will definitely hurt the applicant if he lives nearby...
and does not take a tour.

So...
in preparation for Alex's university applications this Fall...
off we will go!  :)





















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