My travels often take me to the Smoky Mountain region, which offers some incredible opportunities to see beautiful mountains and nature at it’s finest. On the Tennessee side of the mountains, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have become a vacation destination for thousands of people each year. This region offers many entertainment and eating establishments. On my last travel into the area I spotted off at the corner of Forks of the River Parkway and US441-Parkway in a very obscure location on the south side of the road. It was a sign for the Sakura Japanese Steakhouse Super Buffet.
This buffet proved to be a truly super buffer, not due to the quantity, which was nice, but due to the quality of the food and the care provided by the staff. Sakura is located at 624 Parkway on the edge of Sevierville and Pigeon Forge. Parking is somewhat confusing because the light is so close to the entrance, so you may need to maneuver a little to enter if coming from the north. This restaurant offers a Japanese – Chinese cuisine with a fresh sushi bar that will definitely please the appetite. Best of all, it is at an affordable price to allow individuals and families enjoy their fare.
The outside and entrance to this restaurant remind you to “not judge a book by it’s cover”, as it appears like they are needing some upgrading.
Once inside though, you will find a charming family Owned restaurant with a very warm staff to greet you and provide you with what proved to be excellent service.
Behind the blue banner the sushi chef prepares the standard rolls and fresh fish assortments, but look closely and you will see an artistic touch to many of the delicious rolls.
There is a small assortment of fresh and prepared fruits.
With plenty of options and delicious foods, this place will please your palate.
Off to the side is their well stocked salad and soup bar. Everything looked fresh and was warm without being overheated.
The Hibachi chef awaits your special mixture of vegetables and meats to prepare as you like.
The desserts were of the standard that you would anticipate from the restaurant. While they looked appetizing, I was too full to try any.
If you are staying in the area, or traveling through, Sakura offers dine-in and carry-out to meet your needs.
We generally do not eat at buffets, as neither of us eat large quantities of anything, and generally the food is adequate. To my wonderful surprise though, Sakura Japanese Super Buffet proved to be a great place to stop and taste the oriental flavors and spices. We will be coming back as our travels bring us back to the Smoky Mountains.
What are your favorite restaurants in the Smoky Mountain area? Share with us places we need to stop and taste!
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How long has it been since you have been to a Library? Hopefully not since you were in school and had to be led there by your teacher. Take the time out this week to visit the public library near you, and believe us you WILL find adventures!
Some people are not quite sure how to look books up, and find them at the library. Upon talking to a few adults that were intimidated to ask for help, our hearts reached out to them.
1. Walk up to the counter at your library, in the county you live in. Tell the nice librarian you would like a library card. You will need to fill out a form, so have your current ID Card, Driver’s License, or Student ID handy. If you are under 18, you must have an adult with you that has a current card and/or ID.
2. They will issue you a Library Card with a Barcode that will be scanned every time you check out books or videos. There are reference books that are labeled for “In Library Use Only”. They will give you a code or you pick your own so you can check your account online to see when your books are due. PLEASE ask for help if you are not sure how to do this.
3. There are computers at the library to help you search for Authors, Titles of Books, Newly Released Books, Popular Books for the Seasons, Teen and Children Books, and Movies. You can just search for a Topic you are interested in. You can type in part of the title if you can not remember exactly how it reads.
4. After you find the book, look at the availability. If it is already checked out, you can request a hold and they can email you or tell you when the next copy is ready for you to pick up.
5. Remember Fiction is imaginary and NonFiction is based on real facts. So you notice there will be an area for Fiction and an area for NonFiction. There is an area for Children and Teens/Juvenile and a Movie Area. Fiction you will search for the book by the Author’s last name. NonFiction you will search for a book by numbers the library provides for you on the computer. Again, PLEASE ask for help each time if you are unsure.
6. Now the fun begins! What kind of books do you want to look for?
Mystery. Intrigue. Romance. Christian. Seasonal. Biographies. How to’s. Cooking. Gardening. So many more! Enjoy yourself, relax, and give yourself a lot of time to really search out a book or more than one. Usually, check out time is limited to two weeks, so do not be late, as you will receive a late fee each and every day that needs to be paid before you check out another book.
Listed are some authors that you might find fascinating to see if you like their writing style: J. R. R. Tolkien, Stephenie Meyer,Robert Louis Stevenson, Terry Brooks, J. K. Rowling, Nicholas Sparks, James Patterson, Stephen King, Lisa Genova, Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult, Lori Wick, John Grisham, Gillian Flynn, Charlaine Harris, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Carolyn Keene, Kenneth Grahame, Paula Hawkins.
Listed are some great books that you might like to begin reading: The Girl on the Train, The Wind in the Willows, The Secret of the Old Clock, Little House in the Big Woods, Dead But Not Forgotten, Gone Girl, Skipping Christmas, Whispers of Moonlight, My Sister’s Keeper, The Next Always, Still Alice, The Dark Tower, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas, Dear John, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Sword of Shannara, Treasure Island, Twilight, and The Hobbit.
Here is a book that I am going to request online at our local library. It has been suggested through piratepatty.wordpress.com (click here to see her website) The Title is The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. We enjoy her site to see what she has read and what she enjoyed reading.
Some older author’s that wonderfully pull you in to their story are:Jane Eyre, Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway, William Shakespeare, John Steinbeck, C. S. Lewis, Harper Lee, Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Leo Tolstoy, J. D. Salinger, Emily Bronte, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, and the list goes on……
To be in the library, in our pajamas, locked in for the weekend. Oh, the books we could find!
Here is a suggestion:If you can not find your book you are wanting to read in regular print, go to the Large Print Area and see if they have it!
We stopped in our local library recently and found ourselves wandering around. Check out all the adventure possibilities!
Did you say the cover is BLUE? This is a nice gesture that the Librarians do at our library. Each week they choose a theme and pull books from the shelves for suggested reading.
The New Release Section. This area is not large at our library, but we are very thankful.
This is only part of the Children’s Reading Room. Here they can sit and read a book or look at the pictures. There are puzzles they can work on, and a few toys to play with.
They have movie nights and Plays for families with children! They have also had SANTA and his Reindeer Visit. SANTA sat inside and listened to what the children wanted for Christmas. Then the little one’s could go outside and see his Reindeer.
The Teen Corner always has kids doing there homework at the tables or on the computers. We love when we see them engrossed in a book!
So True! When we read we can go to amazing places every day!
There is always a tutor helping some one with math, or english. What a wonderful kindness to give to someone by helping them to understand and learn further.
Libraries are full of relaxing, quiet areas. Little tables and chairs tucked in here, and there.
This is the computer area we mentioned above. And the checkout area right by the entrance or exit.
For our convenience, if our books are not overdue, we can just put them and any movies we borrowed in the return box.
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