Spectacular Sushi South of the Border – Nick San Japanese Restaurant Cabo San Lucas

Six thousand miles separate Japan and Cabo San Lucas. The two countries and cultures could not be more different. Yet, here in the coastal desert at the tip of Baja you’ll find a little piece of Japan that even the Japanese would envy… Nick San Japanese restaurant.

Eleven years after it’s opening, Nick San still remains the most popular Japanese
restaurant in Los Cabos, and with good reason. Owned by Angel Carbajal and
Masayuki Nikura, the restaurant produces one of the most creative menus you’re
likely to find anywhere. From Sushi to Tempura, this place has it all when it comes
to Japanese cuisine. But it’s the special touches influenced by Angel’s devotion to
traditional Mexican cooking that make it unique. When was the last time you saw a
Jalapeno Chile at a Japanese restaurant?

Located in Cabo San Lucas, Nick San faces Marina Blvd. from Plaza de la Danza next
to Costa Real Cabo Hotel. The d├ęcor is light and bright yet elegant. The walls are
adorned with numerous photos from famed Cabo photographer, Thomas Spangler.
The focal point of most Japanese restaurants is the Sushi Bar and the rule carries
through at Nick San. Long and lively, Nick San’s Sushi bar reinforces part of the
allure of Sushi – the art of its preparation. Razor sharp knives meet butter soft fresh
seafood and when the two come together in Angel’s masterful creations, taste buds
cheer.

Angel has spent the majority of his life either catching fish or finding new ways to
prepare and present it to hungry diners. If you’re looking for Angel during daylight
hours, look to the sea. Angel spends his days aboard his boat – aptly named “Spicy
Tuna” – chasing down fresh catch for use in the restaurant. The hallmark of great
Sushi is freshness and it doesn’t get any fresher than just caught. While an
accomplished chef, Angel didn’t start out as a Sushi master. The journey from Sushi
novice to his present status as Sushimeister started with a chance meeting with his
partner, Masayuki Nikura. Masayuki ventured down to Cabo in 1986 with his wife
Kasue and some friends. Angel was working as chef at Senor Sushi; a then popular
seafood restaurant in Cabo that was often so busy that finding an open table was
difficult. Such was the situation that night in 1986. Masayuki asked Angel if he could
return the following night and use the kitchen to prepare dinner for his wife and
friends. Angel accommodated the unusual request.

The following evening found Masayuki in the kitchen prepping the ingredients for a
variety of Sushi he planned on serving his group. Soon, early diners began to show
up and before you could say “Mas Sake” he was serving his creations to guests at
the bar. After finally serving his wife and friends, Masayuki and Angel had the
opportunity to escape and have a drink together. The conversation turned to
Masayuki’s Sushi and with little formality, Angel was invited to Los Angeles to learn
how to create the Japanese delicacies at Masayuki’s restaurant, Kushiyu.

What began as a casual relationship became a close friendship and new business
partnership. Several trips to visit with and learn from Masayuki led to a much longer
journey… Japan. Twelve years after their first meeting, Angel made his way to the
island nation where his education in all things Japanese continued. The two visited
many fine restaurants where more concepts of Japanese cuisine formed in Angel’s
already creative mind. Trips to Japan’s many fish markets exposed him to the great
possibilities that spawn from the oceans. Perhaps most influential was a dinner held
at the home of Masayuki’s brother, a commercial fisherman whose passion for the
sea also extended to the dinner table.

Angel was overwhelmed by the site of a table set for fourteen loaded with myriad
seafood dishes, most caught by Masayuki’s brother the previous night. Great food,
great Sake and lots of cerveza made for an impressive meal and left a lasting
impression on Angel. Armed with new ideas, Angel returned to Cabo where Nick San
benefited from his experiences.

Nick San, started as a pet project by two new friends, but has become a true family
affair. Angel’s sister Carmen is the manager of the restaurant handling the daily
business. His brothers also joined the show. George is in charge of creating the
wide variety of tantalizing sauces, Edy runs the kitchen and Sam handles the
suppliers. Angel fishes nearly everyday and in the evening, he develops and
prepares the many specials featured at Nick San. There is no mistaking the pride he
takes in creating unique dishes for his guests and we have firsthand experience of
just how special his specials are.

One hot and humid August night found us sitting with Angel for a few moments
before he advised that menus would not be necessary, he would prepare dinner for
us personally. While group after group entered the restaurant, we had the pleasure
of watching Angel at work. For starters, Negi Maguro – fresh caught Pacific Yellowfin
Tuna seared in a mixture of chives, garlic and miso butter sauce. Stacked high on a
stark white plate, it is as beautiful as it is delicious. Next, Sashimi Serranito – half
moon bay scallops from San Carlos in Baja served with Serrano Chile oil, soy sauce
and drops of lemon. Spicy, sweet and presented with paper thin slices of Chile the
dish is perfectly accompanied by Jyunmai Ginjo Sake served ice-cold as opposed to
hot. Connoisseur grade Sake is always served cold, lower grade Sake’s are served
hot to improve the taste. Although I truly enjoy hot Sake, the flavor and finish of the
Jyunmai was outstanding.

Dish after dish appeared including a version of Spring Rolls created by Angel and a
wonderful Lobster roll. Tempura lobster with sliced avocado, green mango, cilantro,
sprouts, mixed organic greens, Tobico roe and a spicy Japanese mayonnaise sauce
all wrapped in Soy paper and served atop Yuzu curry oil. A masterpiece to look at
and a true gastronomic marvel, the melding of typical Japanese flavors with the
fresh, aromatic qualities of cilantro and the sweetness of the mango was one of our
personal favorites. A soft shell crab dish finished off the dinner as we had no room
left in our very satisfied bellies.

After dinner, a trip to the bar is always in order and who are we to go against
tradition. Nick San’s bartenders are excellent mixoligists who have a flare for
dressing up drinks with cosmopolitan style. Try one of many martinis served in truly
unique stemmed glasses or ask the bartender to surprise you. Between their
outgoing stage-like personalities and the lively libations poured, ending the night at
the bar was just what the doctor ordered.

The success of Nick San has not gone unnoticed by the major players in the Cabo
resort business. A new Nick San is due to open very soon at none other than the
ultra-exclusive One and Only Palmilla. Tentatively scheduled for an October 2005
opening, we have no doubt that more success and rave reviews are on tap for Angel
and Masayuki.

For more information, visit Nick San online at http://www.NickSan.com

For more information about Cabo, visit http://www.CabosBest.com

How to Care For Your Pet Hermit Crab!

For people looking for an exotic and interesting pet, a Hermit Crab is a good choice. When properly cared for, the crabs have the potential to live for up to 80 years. The crabs are relatively easy to take care of, but there are a couple of important care tips that all Hermit Crab owners should know.

They require very little in the way of food and water and can be kept in moderate sized groups of up to 100. The crabs do the best when they have a sandy area to crawl around in—usually a terrarium or a dry aquarium will work. The crabs do best when the temperature is between 73 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit and the relative humidity is between 75 and 85%. It is important to keep the humidity above 70%. Any lower and the crab will slowly die. However, most homes are kept at around 70% or better humidity anyway, and this is easy to monitor and control. Some crabs, such as the Ecuadorian crab are much more active than the other types of species, and if the humidity falls too low, they become lethargic. Some crab owners will find small humidifiers to attach to the inside of the aquarium’s walls; others will simply set a larger humidifier next to the aquarium to regulate the humidity. Depending on the climate you live in, a heat lamp in the winter months might be appropriate to keep the aquarium’s temperature from falling too low.

Despite their name, Hermit Crabs seem to do better when they are in groups. They live in groups of around 100 in the wild, and seem to do much better in groups of at least 6 to 9 while kept as a pet. Hermit crabs have to have access to freshwater and saltwater, deep enough to submerge in, so whatever enclosure they are in must have two water dishes. The crabs also like to climb, so there should be rocks and sticks in the enclosure for them to climb on. Essentially, the best way to keep the crabs happy and healthy is to re-create their natural environment as closely as possible in their aquarium or terrarium.

Hermit crabs eat whatever they come across in the wild, so you are able to feed them almost anything as long as it does not have preservatives in it or is spicy. The crabs will eat fruits, vegetables, meats, bread and even egg shells. Although they can eat almost anything, it is a mistake to feed them random table scraps. A diet of vegetables, some fish and bread works pretty well. Most pet stores that sell the crabs will also sell some specially formulated crab food sticks that provide a balanced diet.

These are general care tips that will work for most crabs, but you should be aware that some of the more exotic species of crabs have different care requirements. Make sure you are aware of what species you are getting and what their care needs are.

Keeping Ducks As Pets – Advantages That You Should Know Before You Start to Raise Ducks

Ducks are some of the cutest creatures that ever walked the planet. Perhaps this is the reason why many people are now into keeping ducks as pets. It has become quite popular these days to keep these small birds for the house, not the market.

Advantages of Keeping Pet Ducks

Ducks are, by nature, domestic and sociable. These traits make it considerably easy for people to succeed in keeping ducks as pets. But why would you want ducklings to be in your house in the first place? First of all, ducks are harmless. Unlike dogs, rats, and snakes – some of the most common pets around, ducks don’t carry poison in their body, such as rabies and venom, to harm its owners. Second of all, ducks are friendly. Because they are sociable creatures, ducks can be conveniently familiarized with human habits so that boundaries can be quickly set and roles can be introduced. Last but not in any way the least, ducks are cheap. Unlike cats and dogs, ducks won’t have you spending on huge amounts of expensive food, toys, clothing and accessories, and shelter.

How to Keep Them Alive

But that doesn’t mean you can be complacent when it comes to keeping ducks as pets. If anything, you have to be extra careful of these creatures because of their size. They require constant care for the first five weeks of life. During the first three to four weeks, they need to be placed in a warm area, like a cage or a box with a light bulb. After this period, you can introduce them to the natural weather by taking them out of the cage or box and carrying them to various parts of the house – and even outside. However, do make sure that they are away from water. Premature swimming could lead to diseases or drowning.

When you’re keeping ducks as pets, stock up on green plants for food. Pull out the weeds in your yard or buy some packed greens from your local pet store. Ducklings also accept kitchen leftovers, but not those that have molds or are spicy. For the first two weeks, however, ducklings should only be given duck starter; for the next three to seven weeks, they should be given duck grower. Don’t forget to give them clean water for drinking.

Must Do Steps in Caring For A Pregnant Pet Cat

If you have a female cat, for sure someday it will get pregnant, thus your responsibility increases because you will not only care for the pregnant cat but you also need to ensure the health of the kittens inside her womb.

Unlike your kittens and grown up cats, pregnant cats need lots of care and attention with regards to food, resting place, vitamins, medication and other needs. As pet owner, it is your responsibility to ensure her welfare and health during this stage. Be sure to make her feel comfortable to reduce the stress level in her body. Keep in mind that cats are pregnant at about 63 or 65 days, thus in that short period of time, lots of changes occur inside her womb. In this span of time, you should be vigilant and overly observant to ensure her safety all the time.

Moreover, make sure to bring her to the veterinarian to have her health check and assessed. Most often, vets give additional vitamin supplements for added nutrients needed to sustain the unborn kittens inside her body. At this stage, she will have to eat not only one meal, but you should give her larger portions of food at about three or more times a day. Do not forget to ask the veterinarian as to how long you are required to give her additional vitamins and minerals in her meals. Like human beings, you should give her added calcium needed in the development of unborn kitten’s bones.

Avoid giving her too salty, spicy and fatty foods because they are not good for your cat’s health. Do not change the brand of cat food while she is pregnant. Make sure to give her healthy kitten canned food 3 to 4 weeks before her expected date of delivery (EDD) because this food contains kitten milk replacement and they are good for the expectant mother and the kittens inside her womb.

You should also prepare a cardboard filled with alternate layers of newspapers and cotton fabric as her birthing place because pregnant cats prefer to use bedroom drawer, cupboard or other comfortable place to give birth. Do not be angry if she will not use the place you prepare because she prefers a private place which is free from predators and aggressive male cats. Do not be alarmed if she will not give birth on the exact EDD because there are times that it occurs either before or after the EDD.

Be sure to keep the pregnant cat away from stressful situations and danger in the later stage of pregnancy to avoid premature birth and bleeding. Moreover, it is in this stage of pregnancy that you need to give extra love and attention to calm her and to prepare her for motherhood.

During the delivery, be vigilant and watch for any signs of discomfort, pain or bleeding, otherwise, bring her to the veterinarian immediately. At this stage, she needs to undergo a cesarian birth not only to save your cat and kittens inside her womb a well.