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Day: September 6, 2010

Have a bite of something new at Nagani

Nagani Sushi - Cherry Fong
Cherry Fong has opened Cherry’s Nagani, a new sushi restaurant.

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 (fish served over a bowl of rice).

Appetizers include miso soup and three different types of salad: Calamari, seaweed and cucumber.

Their non-sushi fare includes curry chicken and a homemade-style shoyn chicken. Green salads are available with these.

On the menu with noodles include curry chicken, chicken and shrimp, meatball and fish in three different flavors.

Their rolls and plates are customizable – they don’t mind putting essentially whatever they have into most of the items if you want it. You can build a sushi roll more or less from scratch.

Nagani means red dragon, a symbol of good luc

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 for being good defensively, hustling for everything and never letting balls drop,” Cavell said.

Despite being a preseason match-up, junior Deven Hunter wants the team to make a statement  out of the gate.

“Starting off big sends a message that we’re going to go hard and strong the rest of the season,” Hunter said.

Walker is impressed with the improvement of both Cavell and Hunter as power hitters over the past year and is looking to senior Simona Arnautov to provide some balance to the team as a setter. He expects senior Keri Stein to come into her own this season as she steps out of the shadow of the seniors who graduated.

“Keri has been playing really well this year,” Walker.

Stein, on the other hand is expecting great things from the varsity team’s youngest talent, freshman Kimberly Moisan.

“I’m excited to see Kimberly in our upcoming games. I’m sure she’ll do awesome,” Stein said.