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Re: “Les Amis Zydeco

Since I'm the band leader, my rating should be suspect, so I made it neutral. But I wanted to share some comments received from dancers at the last Penngrove gig:

"It was a blast last time at the pub".
"Les Amis tore the house down last night."

Boy that feels good.

Posted by zydeholic on 02/16/2013 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Hikuni Sushi Bar & Hibachi

For the short story, go to the end. For the complete story, read on!

We started going to Hikuni several years ago and it was fantastic. We always got the sushi boat and enjoyed it very much. The quality of the food was fantastic as well as the flavors. The service was good and the price was worth it. Then something changed. It just wasn't nearly as good - the quality, the flavors, the interior of the restaurant. We tried one more time with some friends and had the all you can eat sushi dinners. It was ok until the last roll - which was inedible. It was something that the chef torched, and that was about all that you could taste: the torch fuel. How awful! And the interior of the restaurant was in poor condition too.

Now, to the present. We got a coupon for Hikuni, so we decided to give it another try. Perhaps something has changed - owner, management, etc. and the place has gotten better. We arrived and we got ourselves seated in our usual area - behind the bar. Our server was really good working with us while we decided what to order. Finally we ordered the all you can eat sushi. A few minutes go by and we get our soup and salad. The salad was a rather disappointing green salad. The miso soup was pretty thin - and the bowl had a large bit of food stuck on the inside of it. Grose.

About 10 minutes after our wonderful server took away the soup and lackluster salad she brought us our sushi plates and soy sauce plates. I noticed that the sushi plates had lots of spots on it and it was dull, not shiny as the plastic plate should have been. Thus I ran my finger across the plate. Those spots had depth to them so I figured I would try to clean the plate. I added water from my glass and rubbed with my napkin and, low and behold, with some elbow grease, half of the plate is now shiny and clean. We discussed the plate, salad and soup and decided to talk to a manager.

I watched for anyone who could get the manager, but the only one who was looking our way was the maitre d'. I waved at her and signaled that I needed her attention, but she went on doing something with menus. A few seconds later she looked our way again and I pointed at her, then signaled to her that I needed her attention. She did not stop what she was doing. Then this happened one more time with no response. I had to get up and walked over to her and ask for a manager. She went to get him.

He arrived and I proceeded to tell him that the sushi plates were dirty and he told us that the plates were in fact not dirty, but they were just dull due to use. We had to point out to him the the half of the plate that I rubbed with the napkin (and left the napkin with brown spots on it) was indeed clean and shiny like new, not dull and spotty as the other half is. He still insisted that the plates were in fact clean. I had to explain to him that the sterilizer that restaurants use did likely sterilize the plates, but it did not clean the plates. That requires scrubbing. He still insisted the the plates were clean. We should have cancelled our order and left, but we didn't. We asked for clean plates. He took one with him. After about 5 minutes two plates arrived. We looked at them and could see that they were cleaner than the others, but had only been scrubbed half-heatedly as you could see the scratches that the scrubber made in the build-up that was stuck on the plates.

Finally, about 30 minutes after we ordered, the sushi finally arrived. I didn't think the restaurant was busy enough to take that long, but apparently it was. ?.? We ordered our favorite roll, the rock and roll, a beefed-up California roll, a spicy tuna tuna roll, and another one I can't remember. The rock and roll was rather lackluster. The beefed-up California roll was ok and the other two rolls lacked flavor. Granted, we did order the sushi without any of the mayo sauce on them, so they would probably had more flavor otherwise.

Overall, our server was kind of slow (because she was way overworked due to being short handed), but she did a good job. The plates and my bowl were dirty. The soup was thin. The salad was lackluster. The sushi was also lackluster, The interior of the restaurant needs a serious makeover.

In short, Hikuni started out fantastic, went downhill and after several years hasn't changed. We will never go back!

Posted by Reader on 06/06/2015 at 11:41 PM

Re: “2012 Norbay Awards

Um, so who were the winners?

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Posted by alittlebirdsf on 07/15/2012 at 3:10 AM

Re: “Uncle Sam’s River Dance

As Guerneville residents we try to support our community. We set up our packed in chairs and bought 2 chicken sandwiches for $28.00. Then spent $14.00 for a beer and a very tiny glass of wine served from a box. As a dj boomed his music from one side of tbe street the amps on the laser stage competed with music of their own. We waited for something spectacular or even just patriotic to happen. We reluctantly picked up our chairs and joined the multitudes of families fleeing what whas evolving into a block party rave.There was absolutely nothing "4th of July" about the whole thing. Very Disappointed.
Scott Peterson, Guernewood Park.

Posted by Scott Peterson on 07/04/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Judge Brad Seligman Lecture: Big Law, Small Law: Old & New Civil Rights in the 21st Century

Judicial temperament - none!
Brad Seligman turned family court into a forum for reckless witch hunts against parties. He acted like a king, not a judge. Ironically, this purported crusader for civil rights trampled on constitutions protections for individuals left, right and center. Power corrupts. I am glad to see him out of family courts.

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Posted by Family Court Travesty on 10/19/2015 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Retrospect Gallery

This furniture is just junk. It smells and they overcharge for what they offer. The shop keeper is usually eating or drinking when you go in and has no time to help with questions. Will not be going in again, nor will I recommend to my other designer friends.

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Posted by design for a living on 05/03/2015 at 3:30 PM

Re: “Casa Rasta

i gave it 1 star cause i want somebody to read this ,so it acually -1 star into sucky zone,This place is a mecca for young 20 sumpthins to not hear any REAL REGGAe or maybe Casa Rasta is just a style to make $$$o off of.its not all the DJs fault{false advertising} who knows maybe you do 1 drop and play whats current in reggae music.I like hip'hop but not under false advertising.This place sux, after you get patted down for weapons''(red flag right there ppl!} you get to pay $30 to get in {on this nye} then get ripped off at the bar,negativaity is flourishing by this point ,then when they drop top mainstream hits,You gotta look out you dont get sucked into a gang fight style situation,!It came down to me stomping this dude for his extreme immature disrespect,and then have 5 or more of his friends {large} fight me and myself go to jail or worse,i chose to leave and take my money elsewhere,even after waiting 40 mins to get in,,i guess i did'nt realize the current hip -hop scene ,in sr no -less was entwined with such immarture stupid ego based problems..its not so much the clubs fault, they just have to deal with their lame ass customers. And with a collar only dress code for guys ,i must say any kinda upscale gentleman shit your trying to pose, just don't go with the handeling inside..my sugesstion:try a security presence up front by the side of the decks,you kno what imsaying .....but I feel i got totally ripped off, disrespected trapped,intimidated,and i left as soon as the ball dropped...thanks alot Christys for providing such a shitty place to SPEND#$$$ NYE..you suk and im never comming back and i hope any conscious ppl who read this wont either~Disgruntled..you owe me

Posted by Dave Hensley on 01/01/2015 at 2:05 AM

Overpriced, poor food quality, slow service, flies. Not much else to say.

Posted by Dan on 10/22/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Judge Brad Seligman Lecture: Big Law, Small Law: Old & New Civil Rights in the 21st Century

Judge Seligman is a myopic civil rights attorney poorly disguised as a judgel. His desire to implement his civil rights politics into the framework of family law is unethical and in complete disregard for written and tested family law. He should be removed from the bench immediately.

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Posted by Seligman Victom on 09/18/2013 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Viva Cuba

If there were a negative star rating, this "performance" merits it. It is a ridiculous ensemble of (mostly) untalented singers and...we'll call them dancers. I think my 8-year-old and slumber party friends would have come up with better dialogue and dance moves. At one point I thought I was watching an aerobics class. They looked to each other for cues, were constantly out of synch and not centered on the stage, and one guy was even chewing gum as he danced! Come on now...these are the basics, no need to go to Juilliard to know this. The lyrics were banal and a constant overkill of the introductory message relayed to the audience on an old-fashioned film screen in the far background. Perhaps the props and stage were going for the minimalist look, but it felt more like we were at the first day of rehearsal than opening night. From the lack or originality in the costumes and set design (there was none), to the disconnected music which sounded like nothing you'd associate with Cuba, and all of the non-latino people declaring proudly that "they are the spirit of the cuban people," it was the most surprising theatrical disappointment I've ever had, even for what one is expecting in community theatre. Another poignant example of the pain: At one point there was a song addressing the shift from capitalism to communism and the analogy was conveyed Sesame Street-style by replacing the M in Me with a W for We...and the melody to match. Wow, really? Two of the main vocalists had pleasant, very powerful and melodic voices with much potential, but require voice training to completely master their god-given talent. At least there was that. The musical would have been much better if they got rid of the singing and dancing and just stuck to the documentary on the screen with the narrator. There were issues there, too, but I'll stop here.

Posted by Basic Human on 04/16/2013 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Slaughterhouse Space

the TIME IS NOT CORRECT... drove all the way from SR to see the show and it does not open until 5PM- 7PM..

the correct time is here.
http://www.bohemian.com/northbay/killing-floor/Content?oid=2313195

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Posted by ART on 10/27/2012 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Green Music Center

The Emperor has no clothes.

I attended the Karina Gauvin concert tonight. My first time in the concert hall. I find it bland, clinical, and far from cozy. The seats leave a lot to be desired for a long concert, and the acoustics, that everyone is wetting themselves over, were mediocre at best. I sat in the middle, the back and the front sections. They each had their merits but nowhere was the sound great. Now Karina speaks pretty quietly I'll admit, but niether my wife or I could understand a word from the 14th row and had to move to the 7th row to hear her speak. You sit in a spiritually cold room, looking out into the lobby in seats that start to wear after a while. It may be great when it's finished, but I wont rush back. For $145M this place should be more comfortable than any decent concert hall. It's possibly the most un-user-friendly concert hall in the world.

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Posted by Steve on 10/13/2012 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Barleycorn's Revenge

Ha...big learning curve.
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Posted by Curtis Hofmann on 09/26/2016 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Barleycorn's Revenge

Great article. Can't wait to sample.

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Re: “SBA loans for California crabbers as feds declare Dungeness season a disaster

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Re: “Fairfax on Foot

The address to meet for this walk is Sustainable Fairfax, 6 School St, Ste 150, Fairfax. The event page is http://sustainablefairfax.org/event/fairfax-on-foot-incline-railway-walk/
See you Saturday!

Posted by Jennifer Hammond on 09/15/2016 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Snowballs in Hell

Friday, not Saturday.

Posted by Geoffrey Smith on 09/15/2016 at 12:25 AM

Re: “Snowballs in Hell

Michael Brune is speaking on Sept 16th, not Sept 17.

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Posted by Laurie-Ann on 09/14/2016 at 5:13 PM

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