“Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.”—― Gilda Radner
“Being cool is about keeping your blood pressure steady. So no. Don’t be cool. Be passionate. Be dedicated. Be tenacious. Be uncompromising. Be pissed. Be happy. Be sad… I’ve made a career out of doing things that I should not be doing. I wasn’t cool about it. Because being cool would have meant I passed up on those opportunities. If you do that, it’s because you’re afraid. And what are you afraid of?”—
It has been a month since my trip to Hawaii, and I am still not done with these posts. My very reasonable excuse: the holidays. That actually isn’t a good excuse because I had time off from work, a lot of sitting around time, and…yeah, I didn’t get it done. But I’m doing it now! I will save all the small talk, let’s get this started.
Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation: This is the treat to get if you visit the Dole Plantation. Pineapple ice cream has never tasted so good! By the way, pineapple just doesn’t taste the same to me on the mainland anymore. The pineapples in Hawaii are so ripe, they’re orange!
Deluxe Acai Bowl at Jewel or Juice: Ever since I moved back to San Jose from San Diego, I’ve been craving an acai bowl. There is none to be found in San Jose. So, before leaving to Hawaii, I made it a mission to get myself one! This one hit the spot just right. "Acai blends with strawberry, banana, and apple juice. Topped with fresh banana, mixed berries, honey, goji berries, and organic granola."
Pineapple and Guava shaved ice at Matsumoto Shaved Ice: This is a staple refreshing treat for the Hawaiians. It’s simple really, but when you add on the condensed milk…it just makes it decadent! I am not sure which flavor was which color, but do any of these flavors really scream “blue” to you?
No travel blog would be complete without a full meal post! Let me be the first to say, I have never eaten so much and so often in my life. I pride myself on having a very, very healthy lifestyle (I have an appetite of a bird) and this trip kinda put my body into shock. Right when I flew back home, I demanded a salad with no dressing. Raw and bland vegetables have never been so decadent.
I am splitting the food posts into 2 parts. Stay tuned for dessert!
Kalua Pig Nachos at Uncle Bo’s Pupu Bar & Grill: Kalua pig is a national dish in Hawaii. Traditionally, a whole pig is cooked in an underground “oven” for hours until it becomes super tender. Uncle Bo’s decided to turn it into some tasty nachos! Crispy wonton chips, Kalua pig, melted cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, and a side of salsa and potato salad.
Spicy Ahi Donburi at Sushiya: I don’t even like mayo, but holy Gods of Mayonnaise, I am so glad you exist to make this dish amazing. I thought I had the best ahi in San Diego, or San Jose even. But, San Diego and San Jose don’t even come close to this! Extra spicy mayo slathered all over fresh ahi topped off with some fish eggs on a bed of white rice. (I don’t even eat white rice, but again, I’m more than glad to add this onto the exception).
Tan Tan Ramen at Goma Tei Ramen: I am not a big ramen fan. Something about it just screams “cheap and unsatisfying” to me. But, this is neither cheap or unsatisfying. It was a super thick broth with an amazing charred pork cut called Cha Siu. Everything about this dish was fatty…but delicious! And who doesn’t love a gigantic spoon to eat with their ramen?
Shrimp Scampi at Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck: For all you Boiling Crab lovers, this is going to be a hit for you. This is one of those novelty food trucks everyone buzzes about, and we had to give it a try. It’s located in North Shore (aka the other side of the island) and it took us an hour to get here. A dozen shrimp doused in olive oil, garlic, lemon butter, and drizzled with garlic lemon with 2 scoops of rice. They’re also made in an “easy to peel” manner!
Chili Dog Plate at Rainbow Drive-In: What’s the big deal about this? Apparently, it’s an island favorite. 2 hot dogs drowned in chili that is packed with meat chunks, meat sauce, and beans with a side of white rice and macaroni salad.
With the current tragedies in Newtown, CT, I’ve been a little annoyed by how certain people perceive the people who cover stories like this. I love this reporter’s perspective on tragedies, in general, and how to handle nasty viewer/reader comments.
My stories prompted a few angry emails from readers.
“You get off on violence so much, come on over - I’ll kick your ass for ya!,” one fella wrote me.
How absurd. I do what I do to inform, not glamorize a gunman. (continue here)
I shouldn’t be admitting this, especially since I work for a photo sharing app, but this Hawaiian trip made me realize how terrible I am at taking pictures. Terrible, in the sense of how I never remember certain moments may be worthy of documenting. I told myself I would make it a goal to at least snap 5 photos of The Boy and me, but did I achieve that goal? Nope!
However, I did manage to remember to take a few photos of the beautiful beaches. Let me make it clear that California beaches have NOTHING on Hawaiian beaches. Here is a small tour of some of the beaches Oahu has to offer.
Enjoy and stay tuned for part 2!
Paradise Cove: Private beach for the Paradise Cove Luau
Waikiki Beach: The sand here is super sharp!
Sandys Beach: Waves galore! This is a good spot to surf, or body surf.
Waimea Beach: It took us an hour to reach this beach because it’s located in North Shore. That rock to the left is where people like to jump off. I did not jump.
Diamond Head Beach: This beach is not feet friendly! It is lined with dead coral/molten rock and is super sharp. But, you get to see a lot of sea life along the cracks.