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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu April 30th 2022

Here you go: Bottega Louie (Los Angeles)Phil’s BBQ (San Diego)Founding Farmers (Washington, D.C.)*Katz’s Delicatessen (New York City)*Bacchanal Buffet (Las Vegas)Brenda’s French Soul Food (San Francisco)Mon Ami Gabi (Las Vegas)Ippudo NY (New York City)Bi-Rite Creamery (San Francisco)*Girl & The Goat (Chicago)*Old Ebbitt Gr... read more
Mr. B's Bistro in Nawlins
Los Sombreros in Scottsdale

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu April 27th 2022

Days leading up to the trip: It’s a long story Oahu wasn’t my idea, you know. But hey, when the family from Japan called to meet them there, we were in. It was originally slated for March when Japan was in the thick of the Omicron surge and they made the decision to cancel at the last minute. We had the reschedulable flight so here we are, end of April, with the whole new itinerary. I had originally planned to do half-half between Waikiki and Kaneohe as I found an Airbnb in Kaneohe; to get away from Waikiki and to explore the unexplored. Beginning of April, I got a text saying that the Airbnb listing is now ceased and desist being outside of the allowed zone. Really?! I was told that it would’ve still been honored ... read more
Waikiki Beach
Poke at Ono Seafood
Adele's Country Eatery

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu April 24th 2022

From Benzinga: Gone but not forgotten US based airlines. Have you flown any of them back in the day? We’ve gathered a list of airlines that were once prominent names in the sky, of which are gone now but not forgotten. Mohawk Airlines 1945-1972 (not that I can recall, and no, I never got the haircut either)Why it died: Labor issues and strikes forced a merger with Allegheny Airlines. Fact: Hired the first African-American flight attendant in the U.S. Allegheny Airlines 1953-1979 (I recall a puddle jumper on US Scair that connected me to Pittsburg from Canton-Akron airport) Why it died: Rebranded as USAir, and eventually US Airways. Fact: Founded by the du Pont brothers Richard and Alexis as an airmail service in 1939. Aloha Airlines 1946-2008 (I flew them often back in the 80s, and ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki April 19th 2022

For those of you heading to the islands, do not underestimate the food at the Ala Moana Shopping Center. From Lovefood's best food courts: Makai Marketplace at Ala Moana Center, Honolulu You'll find restaurants for dining in, some with terraces, and places to grab a quick but delicious bite such as Holy Cow (formerly Myungrang Hot Dog), whose specialty is Korean deep-fried hot dogs on a stick. Another favorite is Tanaka Ramen & Izakaya (pictured), serving flavor-packed bowls of noodles, meat and broth alongside a range of Japanese-style snacks. It's so good – and so popular – that you might want to reserve a table in advance. Poke, typically served in bowls topped with raw fish, originates from Hawaii so it makes sense Honolulu’s biggest shopping mall food court has excellent places serving it. At Poke ... read more
Something for everyone
Great ramen

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu April 2nd 2022

From none other than Food and Wine: Why are SPAM®'s products so popular in Hawaii? "We know what you're thinking; SPAM® products must grow on trees there. That would be neat, but to believe it you must have taken a coconut to the head. The true root of the island's love for SPAM® products goes back to World War II, when the luncheon meat was served to GIs. By the end of the war, SPAM® products were adopted into local culture, with Fried SPAM® Classic and rice becoming a popular meal. The unique flavor quickly found its way into other Hawaiian cuisine, from SPAM® Fried Wontons to SPAM® Musubi, and SPAM® products became a fixture for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Today you'll find SPAM® dishes served everywhere from convenience stores to restaurants, reflecting a demand that ... read more
Hawaiian style

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu February 19th 2022

From ABC News: url= US life expectancy declined in 2020 mainly due to COVID, report finds For the U.S. overall, life expectancy was 78.8 years in 2019, an increase of 0.1 years from 2018. States with the highest life expectancy were mostly in the Northeast and West states while states with the lowest life expectancy were Southern states. "The fact that there can be such large differences in life expectancy within one country, that's what I find most interesting," Dr. Elizabeth Arias, director of U.S. Life Tables at NCHS and first author of the study, told ABC News. Hawaiians had the highest life expectancy at birth in 2019, living to nearly 81 years old. The Aloha State also led the U.S. in highest life expectancy for w... read more
Beach time
Crazy? not me

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki February 18th 2022

When in Hawaii, you must eat like a local boy, at least once or twice. Food will be a big part of your Oahu experience, and for good reason. Hawaiian cuisine is made up of five distinct cuisines reflecting the diversity of the island’s inhabitants. To make the food hunt a lot easier, these are some top local picks. Haupia: A traditional Hawaiian dessert of coconut pudding at Ted’s Bakery, they combine the creamy coconut goodness with whipped cream and chocolate custard cream for one heavenly mouthful. (Ted's is very under rated, but I prefer Dee-Lite Bakery) Moco Loco: There’s something extra special about The Highway Inn‘s comfort dish of rice with hamburger patties and fried eggs doused in a rich brown gravy. Warning: You’ll likely slip into a food coma post-meal. (Just about everything ... read more
Some poke choices
Living near the beach

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Honolulu February 17th 2022

Did you know Hawaii was the first state to ban billboards? Leave broken appliances on your driveway, it will be gone by morning! Don't take sand from the beach or lava rocks from the Big Island. Bad things will happen to you until you return it. Pele the fire goddess will curse you! Don't wear shoes in the house, it is bad luck. Posing for a picture with three people, avoid the middle. Filipinos believe the middle position will die first. A person’s humility is generally deemed a more valuable characteristic than a person’s connections or financial worth. Wearing flashy clothes or name-dropping in Hawaii can be perceived as arrogance rather than pride.The shaka hand grew in popularity across Hawai‘i in the mid-20th century thanks in part to used car salesman David “Lippy” ... read more
Love spam musubi
Beautiful sunsets

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki December 7th 2021

The rain has finally abated to a steady drizzle. We have had 7.92 inches of rain in 24 hours – the 2nd highest daily total in Hawaiian history. Who knew the sky could hold so much water? It should clear by evening, which is good because today marks the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,, which will be commemorated with a parade through Waikiki. We start the day at Kona Coffee, home of the cheesy cheese croissant. The queue is enormous and daughter no 1 wants to try somewhere less busy but I will not be deterred from reaching my cheesy cheese croissant. Cheesy mission accomplished, we walk to the beach and daughter no 1 goes for a swim. I cannot be persuaded because 1) the waves are scarily big, 2) I read ... read more
Waikiki beach
Hawaii Santa

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Waikiki December 6th 2021

Breakfast has not been properly thought through; it consists of Everything Bagels, topped with a thick coating of garlic and onion, and blueberry cream cheese. This morning daughter no 1 wants to go on a whale watching trip. On an island with a reputation for big waves. With storms forecast and a wind advisory in place. I cannot be tempted to join her, so she sets off for the marina alone. I am, of course, right and pretty soon she texts to say all boat trips have been cancelled. So we agree to meet at the mall 2 miles away. She has the money belt containing all our cash, so walking is my only option. Instead of sending me a block up and along a street lined with shops, Google maps sends me a block down ... read more
Heated trainer dryer

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