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Experience Greek for Under $20

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Experience Greek for Under $20

Review by: Kevin Choi

Dinakis Mediterraneoan Grill is a restaurant that brings that taste of Greek right into Port Coquitlam. Dinakis has plenty of parking space for customers to enjoy. I have never truly loved Greek food until I tried Dinakis. The atmosphere and the delicious food alone makes me want to come back to Dinakis. As I enter, I am greeted by friendly waiters that find a clean marble table for my family. The comfortable chairs added with the soothing orange walls makes me feel at home. The place is brightly lit with subtle lights. The paintings on the walls go along great with the colors of the walls. Dinaki’s is usually packed with a lot of people; however, the servers try to help as much as possible despite the busyness of the restaurant. An unappealing part of the location is that there are train’s that go by behind the restaurant. The train blows its loud whistle one in a while which ruins the mood. Once in a while, the train carts make contact with each other and create an exploding sound. However, the food makes up for the annoying sounds. The menu has a vast selection of different Greek and Mediterranean food although they are best known for their expertise in Greek food. A mixture of different food scents develops an irresistible smell. The food can be classified as expensive o-2although, there is enough food for two people to eat with one meal. Their signature dish, the souvlaki’s are my absolute favorite. There are 4 types of souvlaki’s for example, beef, lamb, chicken and prawn souvlakis. A souvlaki includes a classic Greek salad, two fire-grilled meat skewers of my choice, potato’s with rice, plain pita bread, and two zesty sauces. The Greek salad comes with freshly picked cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, with a shredded creamy feta cheese. The salad compliments the skewers and without each other, the experience would be totally different. I enjoy changing up the type of skewer every time I eat at Dinakis. The meats are tender and full of flavors, it is truly cooked to perfection. Cooking with lamb is known to be difficult to get right. Over cooking the lamb will result in the meat being rubbery and smelly, however, that was not the case at Dinakis. In the rice and potatoes, I could taste the herbs and citrusy lemons which added a nice kick it needed. Finally, a single plain piece of pita bread comes alongside the two dips. I have yet to realize what either of these dips are for. My friend ino-1formed me that one is for the salad and the other is for the bread, however, I use it for every part of the meal. The dips are practically universal, I can dip bread or meat in the sauces and they would still taste like heaven. One of the souvlakis is able to fill two people since the food provided is plentiful. Dinakis has been voted 2015’s favorite restaurant in the Tri-City News and without a doubt, the restaurant brings in a lot of hungry customers. Dinakis Mediterranean Grill has reasonably priced food that is delicious and also filling, anyone who wants Greek food should definitely give Dinakis a try.

 

 

Marshmallow and Spaghetti Tower

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In this activity our group had to create a standing structure with spaghetti, strings and tape. We were allowed to cut the strings and tape in order to support the building. The main goal was to reach the highest with the marshmallow on the tip of the structure. We were to not cut the marshmallow in any shape or form. The main aspect of physics in this activity is gravity, balance and weight shift.  We couldnt just tape up all the spaghetti in a long line and lift it up. The marshmallow would need support in order to maintain at the tip without losing its balance. We tried an unorthodox approach at building this structure, a triangular base was used for the foundation. We taped a tiki shaped structure to the base to gain elevation. We followed this similar structure to create supports for the structure. This activity reminded me off the Eiffle tower because it is supported the same way as some of the supports on the legs, resembling a crisscross pattern. I think that balancing weight on the structures were the hardest because we were not sure which part of tower needed more support. If we had more time, we would have been able to create a well balanced structure that could hold up a marshmallow.

Romeo and Juliet Theme

Sometimes it’s necessary to disobey my parents. Times are always changing and new aspects of life will soon be brought to my parent’s lives. My parents were skeptical of smartphones when they were first introduced to the idea of it.  They took a very long time before they changed to a smartphone. Some learning was needed in order to use the phone; however, they soon loved their smartphone. I don’t think that my parents did not like the idea of it, they were just scared of change. I think that if I truly believe that  I am right in a certain situation I should always fight for it. I should fight for my passion and never look back. There is a difference between disrespecting and disobeying my parents. Yelling at my parents and using profanity to say what’s on my mind is disrespecting my parents. I can’t think that I am better than them because I was made by them and I only get one true set of parents. Arguing with my parents from time to time is disobeying because there will always be small fights here and there because that’s what we need. We need to let out what’s on our minds once in a while or we might explode. It is necessary to disobey my parents but not necessary to disrespect.

TKAM Journal 5

Quote: “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.
“Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

This is an imporant metaphor that is introduced. Mockingbirds do no harm and sing for everyone. However, its the innocent ones that usually get hurt. There are many mockingbirds in the novel. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are prime examples of this.

Boo Radley has be stripped of childhood by his abusive father. He has been locked up for a very long time which resulted in the shyness of Boo.  He was nearing his 40’s and he has not been out enough to see the real world. Deprived of life by his father, Boo was shy and awkward around Scout when they eventually meet. Boo plays an important role as a mockingbird who saves Scout and Jem from being assaulted by Mr. Ewell.

Tom Robinson is falsey accused of raping Mayella. Im  reality Tom Robinson has been helping out Mayella for some time now and Tom has been nice to her all the time. Mayella started to have feelings for the black man; therefore, she attempted to kiss Tom. She was caught red-handed by Mr. Ewell and Mayella covered her love for the black man with a rape story. She accused Tom of assaulting and raping her.

TKAM Journal 4

Quote: I looked behind me. To the left of the brown door was a long shuttered window. I walked to it, stood in front of it, and turned around. In daylight, I thought, you could see to the post office corner. […]

Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough. (148)

Atticus taught Scout this lesson early on in the book. After dropping Boo Radley off, Scout literally stands on Boo Radley’s porch and sees what Boo has been looking at after all this time. This quote shows acceptance, Scout did not understand what Atticus meant when he told Scout this. I think the quote suits perfectly for the ending of the novel, we come back in a full circle to learn an important lesson. Do not judge a book by its cover is also a similar saying that relates to Atticus’s lesson anout acceptance. We should never judge a person by their appearances or beliefs until we have been in the same circumstances as the other.

Boo Radley was unknown to the town of Maycomb. There were many rumors of Boo; however, the people were unsure of what Boo looked like or acted. He saves Scout and Jem by stabbing Mr. Ewell with a knife. We get to find out who Boo really is. He is a kind and curious person who just got off on the wrong foot. He does not mean to do any harm to anyone. He has been locked up and never set a foot outside of his house. His imagination of Dill, Scout and Jem thrives and dominates.

Tkam Journal 2

Quote: Scout,” said Atticus, “nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything—like snot-nose. It’s hard to explain—ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody’s favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It’s slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody.”

“You aren’t really a nigger-lover, then, are you?”

“I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody… I’m hard put, sometimes—baby, it’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you.” (Page 59).

The term “Nigger lover” is thrown around a lot of times in the novel. Scout has heard the term being used to describe her dad. Atticus teaches Scout that being a “nigger lover” isn’t necessarily a terrible term. Atticus shows that Maycomb is full of ignorant people who label each other. Atticus does not care that someone is a Negro. However, he does care about doing his job right and that is to protect Tom Robinson. The people in Maycomb does not want Atticus to save Tom Robinson because then, the black people will not be classified as second-class citizens. The people do not want the world to change, they like the way things are now.

This quote shows the theme of racism and prejudice. They use the term nigger-lover to describe the people who are on the black people side. In reality all humans are equal and we should not describe one another by their beliefs or race.

TKAM Journal 3

Quote: “‘It’s not an easy question Miss Mayella, so I’ll try again. Do you remember him beating you about the face?’ Atticus’s voice had lost it’s comfortableness; he was speaking in his arid, detached professional voice. ‘Do you remember him beating you about the face?’

‘I don’t recollect if he hit me. I mean yes I do, he hit me.'” Page 185

An important part of the novel is the court case between Tom Robinson and Mr. Ewell’s daughter. Based on the evidence given it is clear that Tom Robinson did not rape Mayella. Mayella should not be questioning herself if she was beat up or not. She would be sure that Tom Robinson beat her up. However, with this weak evidence Tom Robinson still ends up losing in court. This just shows that the race of a person is very important back in the day. Even with clear evidence, Tom Robinson loses in court.

Atticus Finch does not care about the race of one another; however, Atticus cares about whether its right or wrong . He wants to make the world a better place. The  court case is very important throughout the book because Atticus has been defending Tom Robinson in the book and finally he is proven guilty or innocent.

To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch Character Sketch

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Atticus plays an important role as a father of Scout and Jem. Atticus teaches Scout and Jem about acceptance and courage. He is mature and has the patience to be a lawyer. Atticus is visualized as a person who has seen all the events in life. Atticus says, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.” This shows acceptance and courage from Atticus. There are many other examples throughout the chapters such as, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Atticus is criticized by a lot of people in the community for being a “Nigger-lover.” However, Atticus does not care about the race of people instead, he believes in doing the right thing.  Atticus is very understanding of everyone and abides the rule of innocent until proven guilty. Overall Atticus is a professional lawyer and a loving father.  He is a role model to a lot of people and continues to be very modest.

TKAM Journal 1

Kevin Choi

5/9/2016

English 10

TKAM Journal Response 1

Quote: ‘First of all,’ he said, ‘If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-‘

‘Sir?’

‘-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.'”

This quote explores racism, acceptance and growing up in this quote. Atticus teaches Scout more than anyone else because Scout’s mother has passed away. Atticus is teaching Scout that she will not know what it is to be black until Scout literally turns black and lives life. Racism is a key part of the book because Atticus is defending a black man named Tom Robinson in court. The Finch family is always brought up as the “nigger lovers”. The town discriminates towards the black people just because of their color and racism is an important part of the book.

One of the main theme is growing up and Scout is always learning new things from Atticus and her peers. Atticus teaches Scout to fit in with all kinds of people in the town. Scout learns to accept all people for who they are unless she is put in the same circumstances. This is very important because a lot of people these days grow up not accepting anybody else. This habitat grows with you and later in life you will still discriminate people because you were taught differently. As the book goes on we will see that Scout takes this quote to heart.