Elevator Pitch

My elevator pitch experience was a bit different than my classmates. To start off, I thought and still do think it is a great assignment, stressful, but very good and it needs to be done. Being able to pull something off inside one minute is extremely difficult and really is a skill. When giving an elevator pitch, you are not only selling your product, but also yourself. You could have a fantastic idea, but if the people that you are selling it to do not believe in you, then there is really no point. My elevator pitch was given just to our professor instead of in class because I have a bit of a stomach bug as I sit here and write this post. So my experience was sort of like a job interview which I do not want to say is harder, but it is a bit different than pitching to the entire class. I think that having the experience of doing it one on one is important as well as giving it in class. I really enjoyed the assignment and am glad I did it because it got me to attempt to perfect a skill that I thought I already possessed and that is talking to people.

 

 

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Hiro 88 Sushi & Sake Grill

Finally down to my final review! This place I am about to mention is a Japanese Sake and sushi grill, much similar to Blue, but instead of Americanized, it is very authentic in regards to what they serve overall on the entire menu. A close colleague of mine told me that a Japanese friend of his recommends this restaurant over all other sushi places in the Old Market area as well as Omaha in general. This restaurant is called Hiro 88. A truly more authentic take to Japanese cuisine, Hiro 88 allows customers to have a multi-cultural experience that you really do not get at any other Japanese sushi restaurant in town. Priced similarly to Blue, but the quality of the raw fish all the way to the sake bombs is fantastic. They have two happy hours, one mid-day that is great then they have another that they call, “reverse happy hour.” Reverse happy hour ranges from 10pm-12am and the menu is honestly massive. They have an extensive menu to being with but in comparison to Blue, the happy hour menus are way bigger and more extensive. The drink menus are great with a long list of drafts and cocktails that are made in house with fresh ingredients. They have a fantastic alcohol selection as well. If I were to recommend any place on this count down my first one would easily be Hiro 88. With a friendly staff and great atmosphere, whether you are meeting a friend, colleague or having a family meal, you can not go wrong with Hiro 88. Check them out here and thank you for reading!

 

 

 

Blue Sushi & Sake Grill

Now, I completely understand that $12 all you can eat sushi is not for everyone. I think that Tokyo is geared more towards the “bang for your buck” college students, but needless to say there are two other places that offer a slightly higher quality, as well as a higher price point. The second sushi restaurant and bar is Blue Sushi & Sake Grill. On there website, Blue claims that they are a restaurant “unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake with happy moments to give you a fresh and fun new way to experience sushi.” I agree with that statement. I’ve been to Blue a handful of times and I really like the vibe and atmosphere that they have created. They have a lower level that is more formal and then upstairs at the top of the restaurant they have more of a lounge area that is very casual. The wall graphics are awesome and give off a very fun and happy vibe. Upstairs in the lounge is where the happy hour takes place. The happy hour at Blue I rate at about a 6/10. The reason being is that it is still pretty pricey for a happy hour. The quality of sushi and the presentation on the plate is very good, but I still feel like they could do a better job on the overall pricing. Blue to me is more really for the show, but it is good quality as well. But trust me, I understand sushi is expensive to begin with, but Tokyo and the other restaurant that I will mention in the 3rd part of this review have GREAT happy hour deals. To learn more about Blue and make a reservation, you can go to the website here.

 

Tokyo Sushi

When coming to Omaha, a lot of people ask, what is there to do? Where is there to eat? Why should I come to Omaha? Now, these 3 very general questions are asked a lot and do I think you should come to Omaha strictly for sushi? No. But, I do believe these are 3 places that I highly recommend trying if you happen to be in the Omaha area. In Omaha, the Old Market area is a cute, European-esc part of the city that attracts tourists for a multitude of reasons ranging from horse & carriage rides to sushi bars. I have hand picked 3 of the most well-known sushi restaurants and bars at 3 different price points for your next trip to Omaha. The first one that I’m going to bring up is the lowest on the price scale. It is called Tokyo Sushi. If you want that bang for your buck type of sushi, with surprisingly good quality. A very laid-back and casual atmosphere so a fantastic place for lunch with a friend, colleague or family member. The one thing about Tokyo that stands out to me is how they deal with the lunch hour. From around 11-2, they have a deal that is $12 all you can eat. Trust me, you can throw down A LOT of sushi. Me and my roommate go on occasion and we are full for the entire day, it is a great way to relax and have a nice meal over the lunch hour. The servers are friendly and the restaurant is very clean. I would rate it a 8/10 and I take into consideration price point, overall quality, and then how friendly the people are. This is the lowest restaurant on my price scale so please read my next blog for the review on the moderately priced option! You can check out Tokyo here.