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In Parma, Ohio and Looking for a Great Buffet? You Should Head to Kumo Japanese Seafood Buffet

Isla Chiu
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In an effort to get my mind off my sluggish book sales the other week, I decided to go to Kumo Japanese Seafood Buffet, an Asian buffet located in Parma, Ohio.

Considering that I’m overweight and prone to cavities, shouldn’t a buffet be the last place I should go to? Well, yes, but I’m not exactly known for making decisions to improve my physical health.

Right next to Kumo is a Weight Watchers studio, which brings me no end of amusement.

Once I was seated in the restaurant, a waiter asked me what I would like to drink. I should’ve said, “Oh, just water, thank you.” The last thing I needed was cavity-inducing soda. Last year, I visited the dentist, who told me that I had eight new cavities.

Nonetheless, I told the waiter, “I’d like Coke, thank you.”

Even worse, the waiter asked me if I wanted a refill a couple of times, and I always said, “Yes please.” My dentist is going to make a lot of money off me.

For my first plate of food, I loaded up on a lot of not-exactly-good-for-you food: lo mein, General Tso’s chicken, Chinese doughnuts, and plantains. Everything was delicious, though I definitely felt the grease clogging my arteries. I enjoyed the lo mein and chicken, which was just as good as any Chinese takeout. The Chinese doughnuts were airy fried pieces of goodness covered with sugar (let me tell you, my next dental visit is going to be expensive). And the lightly sweet plantains were surprisingly good for a buffet — well-cooked, fresh, and hot.
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Of course, as “seafood” is in the name of the restaurant, I had to indulge in some seafood as well. Unlike some buffets, the seafood at Kumo is fresh and not likely to give you a mad case of food poisoning. I had way too many pieces of nigiri, several cold mussels in a lightly spicy sauce, and clams in black bean sauce, all of which were tasty.

I had countless other things as well, from fried rice to potatoes, chicken nuggets to California rolls, jello to mint chocolate chip ice cream.

What I didn’t have? Anything from the salad bar ;) Cue the tears from my doctor on a future visit.

Although I stuffed my face with yummy food, concerns about my writing career still crept in. Why are my views so freaking low? Why am I not selling that many ebooks? What if I fail?

Then I reminded myself that I’ve done hard things before, things that I thought I wouldn’t be able to do. I managed to learn how to read novels (and long ones too!) despite the fact that I still struggled to read picture books in third grade. I managed to get a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from a fancy college despite me being the first person in my family to graduate from high school and me not knowing how to do a freaking delta epsilon proof. And I did manage to make a few thousand dollars from my writing despite the fact that most people struggle to make even a couple of bucks from their words.

Failure is not an impossibility (I’m not that delusional, though some people — my family included — think I’m a lunatic for believing that I have a chance of making a decent living from my writing), but I can’t consider it as an option. I can’t think, Oh, I can always go back to my old company if the writing thing doesn’t work out.

I want to make this writing thing work. I will make this writing thing work.

It’s going to be hard, of course. Writing is hard. Making money with writing is harder.

But you know what? I’m crazy enough to think that I will eventually succeed.

And if things ever get hard — and they will get hard — I can always drown my sorrows in good food, and I can always drown them in an endless quantity of good food at Kumo Japanese Seafood Buffet.

If you’re ever in the Cleveland area and wanting to stuff yourself silly with good Asian food, here is Kumo’s website. Located at 1975 Snow Rd, Cleveland, OH 44134

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