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.
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.
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.
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.
Sushi Omakase takes its name from the traditional omakase method of ordering sushi. When ordering omakase style, diners ask the chef to get creative, and then sit back while he slices and rolls morsels that highlight both his skills and the freshest fish of the day. For those who prefer to customize their own meals, sushi chefs G. Clooney and T. Cruise also work from a menu that includes fresh oysters, nigiri, a red dragon roll—crab and avocado with spicy tuna—and vegetable tempura. Between nibbles, visitors can relax with a wide array of hot sake or specialty cocktails.