New Media @ Bond Wilson
Bw food finders
The new media students were asked to be their own food critics. They have designed a page about the best & worst restaurants in the San Juan area, and rated them.
Elora John, Food Critic
Restaurant: Mikasa Japanese Cuisine
Mikasa Japanese Cuisine is located on Main Street in Farmington, NM, and the prices of the food are not too expensive. It is a Japanese sit-down restaurant, that also includes takeout. They serve many different dishes, such as salad, sushi, rice, lo mien, and so much more.
The atmosphere and service are great and very family friendly. The scenery is very beautiful with a bright green wall, sushi bar, and quite a few Japanese style decorations. The staff members appear to be nice. They create small conversations with customers to put a smile on their faces. The staff members continue to be helpful, by always looking around and attending to customers when needed in a peppy manner. The people who dine here are mostly families, as well as an extended variety of different ages.
The experience of the food was even better. The soup is something that comes for free if you have a sushi or Asian special. They offer different types of soups, but the egg drop soup is a must. The soup is yellow with little hints of orange, green, and beige shapes that turn out to be the cubed carrots, sphere-shaped peas, and egg flakes. These ingredients are soft and smoosh in your mouth. It tastes really good with the smooth, not too thick consistency, and is a nice hot temperature. The smell of this was exactly the way it tasted. The sesame chicken with fried rice and an egg roll, is a go-to Japanese meal (that also includes the free soup). Not only is it simple, but it also tastes really flavorful. The rice is a light brown color, with small specks of fried eggs, and little amounts of white globs of rice, as if the rice stuck together before being fried then fell apart after. The taste was nice and moist on the inside and had a good type of dry texture on the outer side. It had a rather interesting smell of sweet popcorn. The sesame chicken is the best part. It has a slimy brown look with sesame seeds. It had layers of flavor; the outside had a sweet tangy flavor, with a crispy crunchy middle crust, and the chicken was soft and juicy. Bringing everything together, the smell was sweet but also sour and savory. Last but not least the egg roll. It didn’t taste as great as the others; it looked soft and toasty, but ended up being too crunchy and crumbly. The inside was colorful from varieties of vegetables, but had no flavor or smell.
All in all, the food and service were pretty great. I would give the restaurant a 10 out of 10. The one egg roll left a small impression, but I would definitely give it another try, and would go back for the other food 100%.
LaToya Litzin, Food Critic
Restaurant: Tomo Japanese Steakhouse
Tomo Japanese Steakhouse is a restaurant that is located on East Main St in Farmington, NM. It is home to many flavorful Japanese cuisines, like sushi and other dishes that may be served with fried rice and noodles at a fairly expensive price. Tomo’s environment is a safe, family friendly place to eat. The restaurant is divided into two, creating a lounge for just adults and the other side for families.
When you first walk in you notice that the lights are dimmed low. There are a few LED water walls, that are acting as dividers to give customers privacy. Unique and beautiful art pieces are placed inside built in shelves, in the back. The stove tops placed through out the restaurant are clean and sanitized, as well as the dining tables. The waiter seemed to appear tired, after a long day of work. Since it was almost closing time, the waiter seemed irritated about how late my family and I arrived. Although the waiter was showing attitude, my unsatisfying welcome was made up for by the chef. He made us laugh while he was cooking, and before leaving he made sure that we were satisfied with our food before cleaning up.
After shortly waiting for my food to arrive, you could smell the scent of as if you were fishing. Then the chef brought out a rectangular plate with a small flower painted on the side, along with five large pieces of Angel Roll sushi. You first notice that there are two different sauces drizzled on top. One is a deep dark brown color and the other is a soft light-yellow. Beneath the sauces there was shredded crab laying on the sushi. Then of course you see the spicy tuna rolled into a layer of sushi rice. The deep brown sauce had a spicy kick and the light-yellow sauce had a semi sweet taste. The main part of the sushi tasted fishy and light. When taking a bite of the sushi you could feel the different texture combining in your mouth to make the dish flavorful. The textures included a crunchiness, sliminess, solidness, and a softness. It took a moment for my taste buds to get used to the variety of textures occurring in my mouth, but it was tasty.
Overall, I had a pleasant experience dining at Tomo Japanese Steakhouse. The restaurant was pleasing to the eye. The service received from the waiters started out rocky, but ended in a wonderful time. The food had many different flavors that you could actually taste. So, with that I rate Tomo Japanese Steakhouse 4.5 stars out of 5.
Matthias Ayze, Food Critic
Chili’s is a fairly good size restaurant in Farmington, NM. They serve a variety of foods that range from steaks, burgers, salads, and even pasta. Chili’s is a sit-down restaurant with a bar and lounge in the middle with booths for big families or small ones.
The average price for the food is about $12.00. The restaurant's atmosphere is not very loud, but just a lot of conversations going on in the background. It can get packed around 12pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant smells like burgers and steaks when you walk in. The Chili’s staff were nice and seemed rather friendly to the customers, even when being so busy with other tables. You sometimes have to wait a little longer for your ticket to be payed for.
Chili’s has many dishes and appetizers to try. The Just Bacon Burger is a burger that has bacon under the top of the bun, sitting at the top of the beef patty. The burger has melted cheese beneath the patty. You can add ketchup, pickles, or whatever you like in your burger. The beef patty is just a little bit bigger than the burger buns itself. The taste of the burger was outstanding and incredibly juicy, with lots of flavor from the bacon and cheese. The burger smelled a lot like bacon, and was greasy. Every bite taken from the burger was filled with flavors.
Chili’s is a great place to eat for anyone, with friendly but busy waiters and service. The food is worth what you pay for, but you’ll have to check your food once you get it. My rating for Chili’s is 3 stars out of 5.
Nyla Beach, Food Critic
There is no place like home. From the home to the kitchen, there are many reasons why we all like home cooked meals. Like my experience of home cooked meals, it was nice and amazing. With your family right by your side, you get a feeling of home. The service was nice and friendly with your sibling right by your side. I experienced a home cooked meal with a highly expensive side of food materials and a pretty good home cooked meal of Alfredo pasta.
A home cooked meal is one of many things that my family enjoys doing together, from many football games to the never ending cycle of choosing a movie to watch as a family. We love to cook a home dinner of our liking. Home meals are considered a family group activity. The experience is light and comforting. We feel right at home and smell like a high class restaurant, with the sound of the movie, Ratatouille, with the hint of Fortnite in the background. Then the service was nice and comforting, with a family friendly vibe and not too busy like a restaurant.
The most important part is the dish. It was a Chicken Alfredo pasta. It was amazing, a fresh home cooked meal with a hint of love. The sauce was nice and rich with creamy Alfredo, with a balance of salt and black pepper to make the sauce a sweet and tasty flavor. The main and expensive part of the dish was the noodle. They were fresh and dried with a hint of a firm taste. Which was the hardest ingredient to cook out of the dish. Next is the chicken, which had exceptional tenderness and flavor. With a nicely appealing kind of taste and smelling of a highly standard restaurant of rich ingredients.
In conclusion, there’s, nothing like a home cooked meal. They are the only meal that you will love. My home cooked meal experience was pretty good and tasty Alfredo pasta. The only con is how expensive it is to buy the ingredients. But my rating for this home cook meal is 4 stars out of a 5-star rating.
High school Advice:
Letters to Nizhoni
The new media students have given their own opinion and experiences on school, mainly what they wish they knew at a younger age. They have written their advice in letters to give to third grade students at Nizhoni Elementary. You too can read these helpful letters. They are not necessarily just for the younger generation; they honestly give great advice for any student.
Here are the letters:
Dear third grader,
As a 16-year-old junior in high school, I’ve experienced most of high school as well as a small bit of my life. My hope for you is that you go through school and finish it completely then go to college. Finishing school will help you out a lot in the future and help you complete other life goals. I would like to give you the following advice: Take all the opportunities that are given to you. In life many opportunities will be given to you that you should take. Any good opportunity that is given to you, you should take advantage of them because later in life they will help you out. Recently I’ve been given the opportunity to go and learn more about college and I took advantage of that opportunity and now I know more about college. Please remember that hard work can get you far in life. Working hard in school and in any other activities that are important to you will take you far. Working hard in school especially can be very important because you can go to college and afterwards come back to change everything for the better. Any problems that you see in your community you could come back and fix it for the better. Hard work truly does pay off in the end.
August 29, 2019
Dear third grade student,
As a high school student/friend, my role in the world is to experience things that I love in the world, and be a role model for my little sister, (who’s in 6th grade at the moment). I’ve experienced elementary school, middle school, and high school, but I am now a senior. A third grader should listen to my advice because I’ve basically done it all; I’ve been in your shoes once. My advice could help with worries you have about what role you have in this world, it could also help you enjoy education. I also hope to leave a mark on your life as well as help you succeed in the future. My hope is for you to get though grade school, elementary – college. I want you to accomplish your personal goals, and goals that will help you succeed, such as self-discipline, good grades, and graduating school. I hope each and every single one of you bugs have self-love, respectfulness, courage in your lives, and are brave enough to show the world who you really are. I would like for you to grow up in a world of happiness, being happy with yourself, and being surrounded by people who actually care about your well-being. I would like to give you the following advice, school, friends, being yourself. I would like for you to know that school is important, paying attention now, asking questions, and fully understanding what you’re learning will help you in middle school, high school, and college. I wish someone had told me not to pay attention to people who are mean, that sometimes friends aren’t really your friends, to stay who you are, don’t change your interests, clothing, style, music because of another person. Please remember your education and happiness come first. Don’t be mean, or talk about anyone, you never know what another person is going through at home. Lastly stay away from boyfriends and girlfriends! Ewwww cooties!
Dear Third Grader,
As a high school student/friend I have once been a third grader. It’s pretty scary growing up a becoming a junior in high school. I want to say I made it through all those years. I overcame many obstacles that I use to fear when I was your age. I wet threw most of the things you might be going through like focusing in school and maybe even things like peer pressure or bullying.
My hope for you is that you will overcome your obstacles. I want you to finish school and help create a better world. I want you to accomplish everything you want to. I hope you will be the best person that you can. I also hope you will lead a success life and above everything, I hope you will follow your dreams. All I got to say is never give up on anything you want to do. Try your very best and become an educated individual. Don’t change because people tell you to or make fun of you. Stay true to yourself and always respect and love yourself. Don’t think bad thoughts or stuff about yourself. Please remember that you can become the person you envision. People will try to make you do things that are bad and that could hurt you. Try to avoid being around the people that pull you down or try to prevent you from enjoying and accomplishing your life that you want. I also want you to remember that you should try your best, don’t procrastinate or give up on things. I want you to also remember that your education is a vital part of life and being successful.
August 29, 2019
Dear Third Grader,
As a high school student, I have been in your shoes, you’re in 3rd grade and I’m in 11th. From what I can tell you, school will get harder but it’s up to you to make it easy. My hope for you is that you can build yourself a future. You might not know this but the more knowledge you get, the more opportunities become available. If you want to become an astronaut, you need to be well educated in order to do it. School is like an Xbox controller and the Xbox is what you want to do with your life. Without the controller, you can’t play the Xbox. You must gather more knowledge so you can do what you really want to. Remember that there is nothing that you can’t learn. Focus on school is my advice to you, I didn’t realize how important school was until 6th grade! I wish I had known sooner because I missed out on some great things due to not caring about school. Middle and high school are fun, but the work is tough. It will pay off in the long run. At Shiprock High School they have a sport called E-Sports. It is a sport where you play video games, it’s super cool. Most importantly, your friends and the people you hang around with is one of the best experiences. But be wise about who you choose to hangout with because hanging out with a bad group will only slow you down in your attempt to do what you want to do. Please remember that education is key, sure it’s okay to have fun in school but don’t let it get out of hand. The world is a tough place and it won’t get better, but it is up to you to educate yourself so you are prepared for the world later in your precious life. I can understand that you might not be coming from a good family or times are tough. In order to escape that, school is your key, your controller, the very future of what lies ahead in your life.
Dear third Grade,
Hi, as an 11th grader in high school. My role in this world is to make it a better place for you and me having been around the world almost 17 years. Most of the year spent in school learning. I have acquired many skills to help me out in the world. Some of the skills are listening skills and working together. These will help out me and you in the World. Being a student who also works, I know the things to do and not to do.
My hope for you is to strive for the best you can be. Do your best in classes, be nice to others, and to listen to your parents and teachers. In your life I hope that you will not have to struggle with schoolwork. The world I hope you guys will grow up in would be better than now. I hope it will be wonderful and kind to you guys so you can do your best.
I would like to give you the following advice in high school. It’s not that scary because you have your friends and your parents and teachers to help you. Be prepared to have fun with all the events that you will have during high school. Just get involved with them. A job during school is hard if you want one because I worked at a place where they worked me 4 days late. So, I would not have a good sleep. I was getting tired in class and did not have time to finish work that was due for classes. A job can wait until you're done with school.
Please remember to have fun and to stay focused. School is somewhere to have fun. The other reminder is to stay on your goal and finish high school and go to college.
Dear Third Grader,
As a high school student, everyone has a role that they choose. For me, my role is to be a friend, a daughter, a student, and a role model. When you get older you gain new experiences both good and bad, but mostly good. I experienced many hardships which I conquered. Also gaining new experiences about life. Third grader, listen to me. I’ve experienced almost anything. I’ll be the guide to your future. My hope for you is to have a great life without problems. I hope you accomplish your hopes and dreams. I hope you have a great life and experience the good things in life. I hope your world consist of beauty and peace. I would like to give you the following advice: do good in school and make good life choices. I would like you to know that you’re not alone and everyone cares about you, but also make good life choices. I wish someone was there to tell me it’s okay, you’re not alone and it’s okay to be different. Also, be yourself and don’t change yourself for anybody’s expectation. Please remember it’s okay to be different. I warn you that hard challenges will be coming your way. Instead of avoiding the problem, battle through. My final message is I hope you’ll be happier and inspired by my letter.
Dear Third Grader,
As a sophomore in high school, my role in the world is to finish high school and find a job. Experience I’ve attained throughout my 15 years of living was lots of knowledge about school. Listening to my advice will help you in life and school. My hope for you in life is to accomplish many goals such as finishing school and going to college to get a great job that pays well. I hope for you to have fun in your life and don’t forget the people in your life that support you, like your trustworthy friends and family. The world I imagine you to grow up in is a world where all hopes and dreams are achievable. I would like to give you the following advice about life in the future. School is most important for a great life and a career. Always go to school, never miss days and always turn in your work on time. What I wish someone told me about high school is to always be organized about work and especially time. Please remember that things come and go but always be independent and do things for your self and no one else. Most of all people will always try to put you down, just forget about them and move on. Always avoid people who discourage or distract you from your own goals.
Sincerely, Matthias Ayze
August 29, 2019
Dear third grader,
As a high school student, we are faced with many challenges. Our challenges expand from peer pressure to the overload of academic assignments, but I’ve been able to learn that these obstacles are what strengthens us to battle through all other challenges thrown our way.
My hope for you is to be able to live fully in every second given to you because as I grew up my parents always told me to focus on school. Although my parents may have motivated me to become a strong academic leader, they forgot to inform me that living a successful life is not based on my knowledge, but more towards JOY.
I would like to give you the following advice of being your own individual because being someone else won’t allow you to see the beautiful potential within you. Once you begin to value yourself then nothing or no one can hold you back from your greatness.
Please remember to stay away from bad influences. Surround yourself with people who put a smile on your face. A person’s attitude can be contagious, so if you hang out with someone who always brings you down then a negative energy can come within you. This will cause you to feel bad about yourself and can hurt you.
Sincerely, LaToya Litzin
Dear third grade students,
As a high school student, close to finishing, I have learned a lot about school. Not just from the classes I have taken, but I have learned how to make it easy. Most of the time as you get older, life gets a little more complicated, because you understand the truth in things better. I am going to be honest sometimes it gets stressful, but if you take my advice it can really help guide you to making things simple. My hope for you is not only to take my advice but to do so much more with your life as well. Like finish school, going to college, getting a well-paying job, or archive whatever your own dream/goal is, maybe even go down in history or save the world. This is what school is for, to prepare you for the next step and put you on the right track to success, you just have to want it and stay on it. I would like to give you the following advice: Do not make it hard for yourself, make it easy and fun. Classes get hard but if you turn in your work on time or earlier, it will make it easy. Staying organized is also a huge help, it will help you find your assignment or materials much easier. Last but not last make a routine or use a planner it helps you stay on task and focused, to get what you need done. These all make life in general less stressful. Please remember that it is all worth it in the end, all you have to do is keep trying. It does not matter if your good or bad at something, just keep going and aim high.
Sincerely, Elora John
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