Sunday, May 1, 2011

All Da Kine Stuff

Day two of no smoking, cold turkey. I have learned that smoking is not a habit, it is a drug addiction. It takes three days for the nicotine to leave your system and for the last two, Dan and I have been going through withdrawals. I gotta say, typing is even difficult!
Without my usual cache of nicotine, my brain is having to learn new ways of doing things. I have been watching videos on the Why Quit website and have learned...well...many things. I feel like a born again nonsmoker. I won’t bore you with the details. Anyway, It’s tricky to think clearly right now.
A couple of week’s ago we were invited to dinner. We did an article for our favorite burger joint and I guess it helped them out a lot so they wanted to say thanks. We hit it off anyway and hopefully it’s the beginning of a great new friendship. 
View from their deck

Their cozy house has a fantastic view of Kialea Beach here on the East side. We enjoyed a huge dinner on the deck with the ocean waves crashing our conversation every now and then. Kyler loved the attention he got from Dan and I and Tetchie and Tom appreciated the break!
Dan, Tetchie, Me and Tom (Tom is reaching out to Kyler who is in his high seat)

I have been trying to get a week ahead on the restaurant columns so I ended up booking two in one day! We had yummy lunch at a local plate lunch place. The restaurant elevates the ubiquitous Hawaiian lunch, consisting of meat like teriyaki beef, mac salad and two scoops of rice, to gourmet level with a staff of executive chefs! 

Plate lunch with beef stew, teriyaki beef, chicken katsu (fried chicken cutlets), noodles, rice and mac salad or...

House made whole wheat naan, house made roast beef (roasted with rosemary, garlic and thyme), local tomatoes and greens, caramelized onions and horseradish aioli.

For the Mother’s Day brunch article we tried dinner at a nice restaurant in the Marriott on Kalapaki Bay. Mom, I wish I knew about this brunch when you were here! King crab legs and all da kine stuff! Plus, for seven bucks you get free flowing champagne! Next time you come!
For dinner we had 3 kine o fish, short ribs, two sushi rolls, two desserts and 4 drinks! Oh my! The manager wanted to hang out and talk story wid da drinks! HO! We had left overs for days!

Coconut Basil drink and elderflower saki tini

This dessert has coconut and chocolate pudding inside...yup, delicious!

Dan celebrated one year at Papaya’s five days before his birthday and was able to get his first paid day off since leaving Starz! Don’t underestimate those paid days off guys! Anyway, we were going to check out the new putt putt golf course but it’s closed on Mondays! Since his birthday was on a Monday we ended up on a search for the perfect shot for Dan’s new, and I think, funny blog.
We got to go to Kauai’s only chocolate maker this week. Wow! Gourmet chocolate made right here, add that to Kauai’s only mead maker and you got yourself a party! And I have my first two non restaurant articles. 
Can ya tell I’m a little off?
Aloha Nui Loa

Our nephew became a Marine on April 21. His mom is so proud, and so are we!
We love you Miah!