Customizing a massage requires blending various modalities. When certified massage therapist Amaris Amezquita incorporates another modality into the mix, the shift occurs so seamlessly, many clients never notice the change. As her hands deliver long, rolling Swedish strokes, they may chance upon knotted muscles and petrified tendons, which require the firm cross-grained strokes of deep-tissue techniques. Rather than breaking the spell by starting over or pausing for an intermission, Amaris smoothly transitions to the new modality. Amaris makes massages easy not only with smooth delivery and transitions. She also saves clients the trouble of commuting by traveling to their homes.
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.
A charming restaurant featuring Asian-styled cuisine, with a specialty in sushi, Osaka Sushi is a fresh dining option. The decor features many plants, which give the restaurant a serene, natural, feel—there is even a small koi pond. The menu includes lots of sushi options from classic California Rolls, Nigiri, and Sashimi to the McHenry Roll, which has an original combination of avocado, asparagus, cilantro, and bell pepper, or the Fusion Roll—a good place for sushi beginners! This one has roast beef, mushroom, and avocado. In addition to the sushi, there are also traditional entree options—teriyaki, misoyaki, and prawns. Osaka Sushi is open for both lunch and dinner, and they are happy to fix up To-Go orders. Stop by and say “hello!” to the fish! (The ones in the pond…).
Sometimes, you are just in the mood for authentic Japanese cooking. Modesto Sukiyaki fulfills that craving. The restaurant serves dishes such as Tempura, Teriyaki, and Udon, as well as a small selection of traditional rolls. Modesto Sukiyaki is run by Tokyo-born owners who brought their love of Japanese cuisine to California. As soon as you enter and are greeted by the hostess, you know it is going to be something different. At Modesto Sukiyaki, even the smells are authentic. The prepared dishes are beautifully presented on plates and delivered quickly. Modesto Sukiyaki is the casual, yet authentic Japanese experience that you don’t typically find in Modesto.
Some sushi restaurants are too uptight for families, but Umi Sushi is just the opposite: they're not only family-owned, they're family-focused! Bring your kids (or your friends) to Umi to get a delicious taste of Japanese cuisine. Umi has been serving up fresh, delicious sushi since 2012. Try one of their bento box specials for lunch or dinner, or sidle up to their sushi bar. Umi offers a selection of beer and wine, and Sake Bombs are only $0.99. There's also a variety of noodle dishes and hot soups to warm your spirits. You can even buy a party platter--doesn't the whole office deserve a taste of Umi?
With grills set right into the tables, Torii Japanese Restaurant's cooks prepare meals mere feet away from their diners. And knowing they have an audience, they put on a show, slicing steak at warp speed and tossing scallops into the air. A splash of oil and the grilltop is aflame, cooking chicken and lobster tails as the cooks flip knives and spatulas. Over at the sushi bar, chefs create 14 maki rolls and prepare more than 20 types of nigiri, cutting them into bite-sized pieces. And at the bar, entertainment abounds via nightly karaoke fueled by Japanese beers, cocktails, and sake.