Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Out and about

We've been busy lately!

Last week, we trotted by WaterFest out on the reservoir. They had free food, lots of little educational booths, kayak races, and some live music. It was nice, and, since the whole thing was free, we walked away feeling pretty content.

We also swung by Little Tokyo for some steamed pork dumplings (YUM), edamame, and crunchy shrimp rolls. I love Little Tokyo. I love that there are two locations. (Even though the one in LeFluer's Gallery is called Sakura Bana now, it's still exactly the same - same menu, same management, just a new name.) Everything I've ever tried there has been good - the bento boxes, the sushi, the steamed dumplings (shrimp and pork are offered), everything. You may be able to order something bad there, but I haven't done so yet.

Today, booger and I went to the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center downtown. If you haven't been yet, it's worth a trip. Housed in a historic African-American school, the museum offers exhibits on black history in Jackson and the African-American experience in America. I thought the best exhibits were in the downstairs area, but there is one room on the second floor that is particularly compelling. It features a small display on how African-Americans moved to the North and established lives there, making liberal use of quotes pulled from letters written by those living the events described. It made everything seem much more present and real.

Oh, we also took a turn through the Reservoir Botanic Garden. It's basically a paved trail through a nicely wooded area, underplanted with things like wisteria, iris, gardenia, and other native plants. It's a short trail, but it's quite nice. I think it took us about 10 minutes (strolling) to do the loop, so you could make the loop three times or so if you were looking for a short workout. I honestly didn't even know it existed until a few weeks ago, when I stumbled across it. Very nice!


A. Boyd C. said...

Where's the second little tokyo?

Nicole Bradshaw said...

It's off Pear Orchard, in the same little shopping center as Beagle Bagel.

The other one (now called Sakura Bana) is in Lefluer's Gallery off I-55.

Supermom said...

where is Reservoir Botanical Gardens?

(it apparently is ask Nicole day)

Nicole Bradshaw said...

It's right next to the Reservoir Library and the fire station. You pull into the same parking lot, and you'll see a sign off to your right and a paved path leading into the woods.