A childhood spent in Japan as well as Japanese cooking lessons from her mother Sumako helped prepare Maisie Bell for her long career as a sushi chef. In 2009, after a quarter century in the kitchen, Bell opened her eponymous sushi house, where she and her staff prepare made-to-order sushi as well as grilled salmon, beef, and chicken dishes. Cool blues and greens define the interior of the sleekly modern eatery, where patrons tuck into specialty rolls such as Red Dragon, with tempura shrimp and spicy tuna, and the Unknown roll, whose ingredients are awaiting new names from the Witness Protection Program. The kitchen also whips up baked mussels in a spicy cream sauce, beef teriyaki, and traditional japanese curries.
San Joaquin Magazine honored Cocoro Japanese Bistro & Sushi with the Best Sushi award in its Best of Joaquin issue this year; the restaurant was also featured in the magazine's "Sushi 101" article. More than 130 Yelpers and 30 Yahoo! Locals give Cocoro an average of four stars.
The stylists at Vanity Hair Salon always sit down with clients for a friendly chat before crafting new hairdos. While they ask probing questions and listen intently to responses, they comb through hair and attune to each strand's unique resonant frequency. With this knowledge, they skillfully snip away dead ends and craft flattering styles as hairs fall to the ground like the leaves of a tree that's been pushed out an airplane. When stylists aren't pruning and embellishing mops, they nourish them with conditioning treatments and extract unwanted hair with warm wax.
The Las Islitas menu blends the flavors of Mexico with the sea’s most delicious inhabitants. Behind the kitchen door—which is decorated like a ship’s porthole—chefs whip up house specialties such as giant shrimp wrapped in bacon and topped with cheese, as well as oysters on the half shell, and seafood medleys that include delicacies such as crab leg, abalone, and octopus.