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Restaurant Review: Point Sushi

Location: 116 2 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0B9

Point Sushi is located right where the Sakana Grill in downtown/Chinatown was.  Upon walking in to the slightly aging building, the sterile smell of bleach or something like bleach assaults your nose just as before.  After getting past the sterile smell of cleaning products, you venture in to an equality sterile looking environment.  The place is clean, almost too clean, making you question what they’re trying to hide and you feel like you need to look for a spot that they’ve neglected to clean, but you find no such thing.

Despite giving off the feeling of sterility, the place is actually quite nice.  There are three rows of booths seated next to a dual bullet train track, one upper and one lower.  When you first enter the restaurant, you approach the cash register which in many Asian restaurants also doubles as the host/hostess station.  You’re given the bill, a barcode that is linked to your table’s iPad.  Once seated, everything is ordered via the iPad.  All table settings except the chopsticks are placed above the bullet train tracks; the chopsticks are on the table next to the hot water faucet.  As we learned during our first time here, all food and drinks will come by bullet train except for those which either don’t fit (which I haven’t seen any that don’t) or are prone to tipping over (like a Shirley Temple).

Each time before your dish is about to arrive via bullet train, a message will pop up on the iPad screen alerting you to its arrival.  Maybe it’s because I’m easily entertained, but having my food delivered by bullet train is seriously the best thing ever.  It’s also really nice if you want to minimize the amount of time talking to people for whatever reason (anxiety, just too tired to talk to people, so introverted that talking to people literally drains you, etc.).

I always forget that this is not an all you can eat and sometimes get a little carried away (which is then reflected on the bill).  The menu still has stuff from when it was Sakana Grill, but it’s a more streamlined menu.  It’s good in the sense that the chef doesn’t have to know how to make or waste time making hundreds of different dishes, but they took off one of my favourite dishes from Sakana, the Sashimi Wrap.  No matter, they still have a fairly large selection of food and I’ve discovered just how much I love Inari (sweet bean curd).  The other thing I like about this place is that the rice ratio in their nigiri isn’t disproportionate to the fish/topping, which is nice because when I go out for sushi, my goal is not to fill up on rice.

I would definitely come back to the place again and again.  Sure it’s a little out of the way for me, but I think the food and mostly self-service is worth the effort. I would give this place a 4.25/5.

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Shirley Temple

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Peach Soda

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iPad and empty bullet train

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Retrieving Food From the Bullet Train

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Unagi

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Hotate

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Shrimp Tempura

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Background” Salmon Sashimi, Foreground: Inari

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Shrimp and Veggie Dumpling

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Chicken Yakisoba

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Cowboy Roll

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BBQ Pork Bun

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Black Sesame and Vanilla Ice Creams

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Self Loathing Love

They say
To love someone
You must first love yourself
But I think it untrue

For loving you
I forgot
My pain
My loneliness
And self-loathing

Loving you
Showed me
I was capable
Of giving you my whole world
Of risking everything I believed in

By making my heart vulnerable
I was given a strength I knew not

But you shattered it
To a thousand shards

The resiliency of humanity
Will always surprise me

For from the ash and dust
From the infertile sands
A phoenix emerged
Burning ever so bright

Fire was never meant to be contained
Heartbreak showed me my true nature
That I will love
No matter the circumstance
No matter how broken I may become
No matter how many
Bandages
And stitches
I will always burn bright

For nothing can extinguish these external flames
Least of all
A boy
Who doesn’t understand what it means to love

Prompt: “You have to love yourself before you love anyone else” bullshit!  I have never loved myself, but you, I loved you so much I forgot what hating myself felt like.

The Idea of Love

Looking back
On every poem you inspired
Makes me smiled
To remember the good times
And the bad
To remember the pain
But also the pleasure

It’s not that I don’t still love you
Or that I never did
But I realize now
I don’t miss you
I’ve never missed you
I’ve only ever missed the idea of loving you

Of being there
To support you as you go on your way
To nurture you and watch as you grow
To be by your side as you realized your potential

To give my everything
Was all I ever wanted
To find the home I never had
For home is not a place
But a person

People may come and go
But one will always remain
The one lives in my mind
Build by imagination
My first love
And my last

The day I see his face in you
Will be the day I stop falling in love with an idea
And start building the life
I’ve always dreamt

In an Ivory Tower

When she was just a little girl
She was told
The World was her oyster
She just had to work hard enough
Long enough
Wish it and want it enough

It could all be hers

So came the day
She traded her sneakers for heels
Her morals for money
And her scars faded to ink

Until the day she met him
Where his days were her nights
Until that day
Till her very last
She had been taught
Forced to swear an oath
Never to be docile
Never to be meek
Always to assert
That which was hers
Always to fight
Like an animal cornered
For her rights and her beliefs
For no other would
To never show tears
Nor emotions
For they were weakness
Not strength

But the curve of his lips
And the depths of his eyes
Swept away her breath
From the moment he spoke
To her very sigh
Her heart was swept away
With his every line

And she learned from him
That there was strength in their love
An emotion
Something she never thought possible
She was his
And he was hers
And there was never a more beautiful ending

To think they found bliss
Living happily ever after
Would be a lie
For everything that came to her
Perished at her touch
The fantastical stories
She dreamt and wrote
Were lies she could never live

Happily ever after
Was someone else’s dream
Love was meant for someone else
Not her

Everything she touched
Everyone she loved
Turned to ash
Singed by the fire that followed her always
Waiting to destroy anything
That neared her heart
Protecting her
From the unknown and unseen enemy

So he
Like so many before him
Unable to bear the flames
Slain
By dragon fire

So he
Another casualty
Another failure
Another liar

She would learn
The promises of men
Would never be kept
Not to her
And should she want
A happily ever after
She would have to make her own

And so she befriended the dragon
Who had guarded her heart so fiercely
All these long years
And fell in love
With herself

Deep inside
She found a different kind of strength
That could only be realized through
Seeing the truth

She didn’t need anyone else
She never did
All along
She was more powerful
Than she had been led to believe

She just had to believe

And when the one
Finally came along
He made her flames soar higher
Burn hotter
And together
Set the world ablaze

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