Meats Are Slow-Grilled Over Charcoal at Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar

September 30, 2014 3:26 pm

Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar is open for lunch and dinner to serve upscale Asian Fusion cuisine in the heart of Carlsbad. Succulent and always fresh, small plates include wagyu beef dumplings served with kimchi and a soy-sesame dipping sauce; salt and pepper calamari with lemon aioli and sweet chili sauce; and Bao Bao Buns, which are dumplings of glazed pork belly and napa cabbage slaw.

For your main course, the Tsunami Roll is a popular choice. This particular roll combines tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber, and crab and is topped with seared tuna, green onion, garlic mustard, and a drop of chili. Or how about the Tango Mango, a roll of white tuna, salmon, and avocado layered with mango, wasabi, and chili? The "robata" portion of the menu offers skewered meats and vegetables cooked over charcoal, similar to American barbecue.

Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar gets crowded during peak hours, so be sure to make reservations.

Blue Ocean Robata and Sushi Bar
2958 Madison Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 434-4959

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Argyle: A Carlsbad Steakhouse

September 25, 2014 3:37 pm

An elegant, but relaxed ambiance, attentive service, and a delectable menu make Argyle the place to head for a special dining experience in Carlsbad. Outdoor seating overlooks the Batiquitos Lagoon and the 18th hole of the Aviara Golf Club, lending a picturesque view to your al fresco meal. Starters include Dungeness Crab & Shrimp Salad, Tenderloin Carpaccio, Warm Organic Broomsdale Spinach Salad, and Clams Casino. Follow it up with an entrée like the 16-ounce Brandt Farms T-Bone Steak, an 8-ounce Wagyu Filet Mignon, or the Ahi Tuna Steak. Sides are ordered separately and include Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Creamed Corn, and Sautéed Mushrooms. A delectable array of meat sauces and crusts are included in your entrée order. An extensive wine list, cocktails, and desserts fill out the menu.

7447 Batiquitos Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92011
(760) 603-6908

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4 Must-Read Tips for Becoming a Better Public Speaker

September 16, 2014 4:15 pm

Public speaking is a dreaded task that many people hate, and if you’re faced with speaking in public at work or at school, it can put a great deal of stress on your shoulders. These four smart tips will help you to shake your fear of public speaking—and maybe even become quite skilled at it in the process.

  1. Start from the ending. Though this may seem counterproductive, it’s very important to keep your end goal in mind before speaking in public. How do you want your audience to feel when your speech is over? What is your main idea? Once you decide on these things, it will be much easier to stay focused during your presentation.
  2. Simplify. Don’t use big words or elaborate phrases in your speech in an attempt to sound smarter; it will only make you sound flustered and, most likely, make you more nervous. Deliver concise, clear thoughts using basic language.
  3. Tone down your visuals. If you use PowerPoint or another visual aid in your presentation, keep it minimal. You don’t want to rely on reading off of your slides, and neither does your audience.
  4. Practice, practice, practice. The only real way to prepare for public speaking is to get a bit of experience under your belt. Don’t just read your speech in front of the mirror, give a mock presentation to friends, family or close coworkers. This will help you to shake the nerves once the real thing comes around.

Want to Be a Better Public Speaker? Do What the Pros Do. [Forbes]
Seven Principles of Effective Public Speaking [AMA]
5 Ways to Become a Better Public Speaker [The VAR Guy]
10 Tips to Be a Better Public Speaker [CBS News]

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