Tag Archives: Review

STC works out kinks

Nine weeks into the semester, it appears Amarillo College’s latest endeavor, the Science Testing Center, finally has worked out all the kinks. Students who have managed to avoid Warren Hall and all things science may be unaware of what the Science Testing Center is and how dysfunctional it was when it opened. Read more [...]

‘Love’: endlessly boring, disappointing, immature

Endless Love, a movie starring Gabriella Wilde as Jade and Alex Pettyfer as David, tells the story of two teenagers who fall in love after high school graduation and are determined to be together despite the wishes of Jade’s father, Hugh, played by Bruce Greenwood. Read what a Ranger reporter thought after watching it. Read more [...]

‘Ocean’ mixes childhood memories, terror in slim package

After eight years between adult novels, Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane has been much anticipated by his fans. The long-awaited book is slim, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in its dark whimsy. The novel begins when the narrator, who never is named, returns to his home to give a eulogy and ends up passing time by literally wandering down memory lane. Read more [...]

REVIEW: Rain invites refreshing atmosphere.

By Sella Robinett Ranger Reporter   Like an oasis in the desert, so is Rain Premier Sushi Bar and Lounge in downtown Amarillo. The name alone, Rain, invites a cool and refreshing atmosphere. This tasty treasure can be found inside the historic Paramount Theater building at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Polk Street. I won’t go into the history of the Paramount Theater; that’s a story for another day. Instead, what goes on inside the building now is one of my favorite things: sushi. This Texas Panhandle girl never pictured herself eating raw fish, but once I did, I was hooked. No pun intended. But Rain has much more to offer than sushi. The entrance to the building is illuminated by the historic Paramount sign that hangs over the sidewalk. The foyer is exquisite, with paintings on the walls and a grand spiraling staircase. It’s like walking into history. The mood changes as I step inside the restaurant with the cool blue lighting and sleek décor. It has a modern and upscale atmosphere. Ample seating is provided at the bar on one end and at the sushi bar at the other, with tables in between. When the weather is cooperative, patrons enjoy sitting on the patio. Rain is a good place for either a date night or lunch with friends. I dined with a table of eight, and it wasn’t too loud to carry on a pleasant conversation. Some nights there is live music, and in those cases, the girl talk will have to wait. For a nutritious snack while you peruse the menu, edamame (soybean pods) is served complimentary, either salty or spicy. With a variety of menu items to choose from, including soup, salad, fish, beef, chicken and, of course, sushi, the lettuce wraps are a popular choice. I enjoyed the Samurai Drums, which looked like chicken lollipops and tasted slightly sweet and tangy. I also had the salmon and avocado sushi roll. The happy hour price was only $4, and it included eight pieces. I like to mix a little wasabi with soy sauce for dipping. Read more [...]