In the past two weeks, we kept busy! Bamboos are planted, walls are newly painted, carpet got professionally cleaned, windows were steamed washed, I am so excited to present you with the new Aki! The only question is, should the back wall stayed textured gold? Or paint it flat? Comments are so appreciated! See you at new Aki!
Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful mothers in the world! In China we have a saying, 为母则强， meaning as soon as you become a mother, you become strong. To all the mothers out there, put your feet up and have a drink today, because you deserve it!
Happy Tuesday everybody, just a random special on a random Tuesday, crunch rolls and Spicy tuna rolls are 5 dollars only! For dine in or to go, as many as you like :-) In the picture: just some random sashimi :-)
Today is the International Woman's Day, let's celebrate our strength, our intelligence and our beauty together, get a FREE drink at Aki Sushi if you ware red tonight. Steve Isaac is playing tonight, good food, good music and good company, what a perfect way to end a great day!
5 years ago today, Aki opened it’s door for dinner for the very first time. That same day, my daughter Sophie turned 5. In 2011, my ex and I lost everything, our business, our home, our cars, our investments. We moved from Portland Maine to Tampa area, with no money in the bank, no place to live, no jobs, no idea how to start all over again. Beginning of 2012, My three sisters and my mom put all of their savings together and sent it overseas to me so I can chase my dream, and my last hope. At that time, I had nothing but a huge debt to my family, a 5 year old daughter, and hope, hope I will survive and succeed. During these 5 years, I had my share of tears, sweats, and sleepless nights; I struggled, I made plenty of mistakes, but I also learned. I learned how to roll sushi, I learned how to be a small business owner, I learned about my own potential and abilities, I learned how to keep a healthy balance between my work and my life. Now, 5 years later, I am a proud business owner, a proud homeowner, a proud mother of a beautiful young lady, debt free, standing tall and strong, happier than ever! From the bottom of my heart, I owe my success to all of you: My daughter Sophie, who turns 10 today, for giving me such privilege to be your mother, for keeping me strong and making me a better person everyday, for bringing me the joy and content that no one else brings me. Thank you. My outstanding team, Michael, Joseph, Kim and our newest member Genene, for sticking by my side for the highs and lows, for the crazy busy and crazy slow, for believe in me and for the trust I have in you. Thank you. My amazing guests/friends, for supporting us all these years, for becoming friends with us, for keeping us cool and making us laugh even when we are suppose to loose our heads. Thank you. Last but not the least, to my irreplaceable family, without your unquestioned support, I will never have today, so thank you, I love you, and I will always love you! Last night, I saw this stunning double rainbow, I am going to take that as a sign, that this year, will be a spectacular one! Here’s to Aki’s 5 year anniversary, cheers!