Day: September 6, 2010

Have a bite of something new at Nagani

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Nagani Sushi Location: 4914 River Road N. Phone: (503) 385-8428 Hours: Mon. through Sat. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun. noon to 6 p.m. A new sushi restaurant has opened in central Keizer. Cherry’s Nagani (the sign reads simply “Nagani”) is in Keizer Plaza in the 4900 block of River Road. [MAP: 2] The restaurant offers sushi along with salads, chicken rice bowls, soups and noodles. Cherry Fong is the owner. A native of Vietnam, she worked in the restaurant industry in Hawaii – living there for 20 years – before being persuaded by relatives she should relocate to Salem. Upon moving to Salem she opened Cherry’s Asian Food in Salem, but quickly found she wanted a smaller, more intimate atmosphere. That’s what she got at Nagani. There’s only about six tables and a small sushi bar – the entire place is probably just more than 500 square feet. “Small is good because it’s family style and I enjoy cooking for customers,” Fong said. Fong said she tries to use less sugar and salt than some of her competitors. Rolls with seaweed inside include the inari, vegetable, California, Philly, unagi and even the Keizer roll: Real crab meat, cream cheese, cucumber and avocado. Their maki rolls include tuna, shrimp, salmon and even carrot. Other standard offerings are a wide selection of nigiri (fish over rolled rice) and sashimi...

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Netters anxious for second trip to state playoffs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity volleyball team lost seven players to graduation in June, but head coach Dustin Walker hasn’t lowered his expectations at all. “We wanted to get to the playoffs last year and we did that. There are a lot of good teams out there this year, but this is a team that can make it to the playoffs again,” Walker said. The Celts split the conference title with Sprague High School last season and made it to the Top 8. They dropped games to Sunset and Sheldon high schools in the playoffs. The Lady Celts’ record was 11-1 in league and 14-3 overall. “We have some girls who have been in the program for three years and they bring with them a real sense of tradition and history. Mixing that with all the new faces is a neat thing to watch happen,” Walker said. It’s been a fun experience bring ing new players into the fold after such a rich experience last season, said Madison Cavell, a senior. “Everyone working and coming together as a team and seeing what McNary volleyball is all about,” Cavell said. She’s hoping the good vibes translate into sharp practices in the team’s lead-up to their opening game Tuesday, Sept. 7. The Lady Celts host Lincoln High School at 7 p.m. “We’re always known...

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