Review: Ichiban Buffet (Lone Tree, Colorado)

Ichiban logoMy wife and visited Ichiban Buffet for the first time today and were truly amazed. Our expectations were for a “normal” buffet-level atmosphere and quality.

Ichiban delivered something many times better.

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The selection was incredible (the quick snapshots attached don’t do it justice), the food was fresh and delicious, and the service was impeccable (with a special shout out to Joseph, our server).

Proof it is as good as I say? Well, it officially became the “special day” spot for us, starting with our anniversary in a couple weeks.

Great work Ichiban!

P.S. What about price? If you go with the all-you-can-eat buffet, it varies from about $18 per person for lunch during the week to the $33 we paid (which includes premium items). All I can say is that it is well worth it regardless, but if you want to watch your wallet, visit during the cheaper times. 🙂

P.P.S. Cross-posted on my Data Guy (Me) blog.

A Book You Should Read

Just finished Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb today and here’s my review:

Goldspot Pens & Retro 51

Goldspot Pens logoBack in March I flew to New Hampshire to visit my daughters, their significant others, and my granddaughter, and my oldest daughter purchased a fountain pen at a neat Portsmouth shop (Pickwick’s Mercantile). After getting back home in Colorado, I ordered one of the same brand she got…and…well…might have gotten more than a couple additional writing instruments since. 🙂

One of the best pen sites (fountain or otherwise) I found was Goldspot Pens, and it was with them I first saw the Retro 51 brand. This will be a quick, double-review of the two.

Retro 51 logoStarting with Goldspot Pens, they have a wide selection of inexpensive through luxury (for lack of a better word) pens, ink, paper, accessories, etc. Additionally, their prices are competitive and, when you order, my experience is that it is shipped by the end of the next business day. (The cost of shipping is reasonable: free if your order is above $75, and I’ve only paid about $5 otherwise. The only improvement I would suggest is that they send a note upon shipping, although you can easily check the status through a link in the e-mail you get after purchase.) Finally, they have helps for us newbies (e.g. “Fountain Pen University”). Read More

Review, Unboxing, and More: C. Crane CCRadio Solar

Here is an ordinary guy’s review of the soon-to-be-available C. Crane CCRadio Solar.


I love this radio. Finally, there is an emergency radio that isn’t cheesy, has awesome quality, and shows an intense focus on design, usability, and functionality.

I plan on buying one for all my children and siblings once they become available. Yes, I am that impressed (it’ll be seven).

I am a bit of an unscripted rambler, so if you want something concise, you may want to watch another review :-), or just the beginning of this one.

Here is a great, thorough written review from a knowledgeable, trustworthy person:

Here is the product page (once it becomes available):

Oh, before I forget. I received this pre-production model free for review.