Surreal Buffet

Hibachi Buffet Cheesecake

Hibachi Buffet Cheesecake


Hibachi Buffet Meatbowl

Hibachi Buffet Meatbowl

Hibachi Sushi & Supreme Buffet is the former Super King Buffet, located at 8807 West Broad Street in the iconic Westland strip mall, just down the strip from the popular Thai Diner. Currently HS&SB is displaying a series of contemporary Asian advertising art posters along the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. Here are several of the highlights. The posters represent an interesting Pop/Mod photographic evolution of the classic Chinese style of watercolor landscape painting.

Hibachi Buffet Noodles

Hibachi Buffet Noodles


Hibachi Buffet Sushi

Hibachi Buffet Sushi

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Rapunzel Root

Alocasia Calidora 1
Alocasia Calidora 2

It was time to try and save the Alocasia Calidora (Persian Palm), using the bare-root method. What a massive and magnificent root system the tubers have developed during six months in the garden. It’s hard to imagine what they would be like growing year-round in Zone 9 or warmer.

Alocasia Calidora is sometimes called “Giant Elephant Ears”, but they could also be called “Elephant’s Foot”, because the appearance of the above-ground portion of the large woody older tubers.

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Goats & Ghouls

Obviously it's not a black goat, but it's kind of intensely scary.

Obviously it’s not a black goat, but it’s kind of intensely scary.


This fits the description of a "wild-eyed look".

This fits the description of a “wild-eyed look”.


Goats have unfairly been assigned an association with the occult, and perhaps that impression grows more intense during the month of October. They do sometimes have very scary eyes, and the horns can cause injury, but goats – along with sheep – were among the earliest domesticated animals. Usually a visit to the State Fair of Virginia is required to observe some impressive goats, but in this case these goats were on display during the last Music in the Park event at Forest Hill Park in south Richmond, VA. Breed information was certainly available for the asking, but the photographer didn’t ask. A reasonable guess based on its large size, coloration and calm disposition is that this breed is Saanen, a dairy goat that originated in Switzerland.

In truth, this boy/girl buck/doe (no attempt was made to determine gender - it really didn't matter) is actually a real sweetheart, patiently and passively submitting to lots of petting from the kids. No pun intended.

In truth, this boy/girl buck/doe (no attempt was made to determine gender – it really didn’t matter) is actually a real sweetheart, patiently and passively submitting to lots of petting from the kids. No pun intended.

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Tops in Telecaster Twang


Marty Stuart & and The Fabulous Superlatives brought their power twang to the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell, VA on September 25. The band showcased their unparalleled combination of instrumental virtuosity, vocal harmonies and rhythmic drive. The band might modestly refer to their style as Honky Tonk or Hillbilly Rock, but that’s too narrow of a category to cover their genre-crossing skill set.
If you’re fortunate to have a cable TV subscription package that includes RFD-TV, don’t miss The Marty Stuart Show – airing Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM ET. It’s only 30 minutes, but it’s a power pack of authentic country music – and it stretches boundaries with special guests such as Johnny Rivers.

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D’Eaisy Rider

Daisy Sofia’s first bike experience, age 10 months.

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Manchester Waterfront

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Manchester Waterfront Too 092814

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A Better Sign

Red Velvet okra.

Red Velvet okra.

A beauty, even without color. Okra – Red Velvet, this variety in particular – is an impressive 5′ tall architectural plant in the edible landscape. See the obvious indication that okra is a member of the Hibiscus family? (Hibiscus esculentus)

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