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The Cat’s bestie is still visiting. The good news is we get to eat out. The bad news, all this food affects my waistline. Will have to severely diet next week.

This time, one of our favorite places.

Noren

Noren

Protein!

Protein!

Wasabi!

Wasabi!

Sashimi, baked salmon, grilled ribeye, and braised pork belly. Happy, happy.

Oden with Hot Mustard

Oden with Hot Mustard

Braised Eggplant with Grated Turnip

Braised Eggplant with Grated Turnip

Steamed Egg

Steamed Egg

Japanese Curry Rice

Japanese Curry Rice

Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe) Sushi

Tobiko (Flying Fish Roe) Sushi

Dessert and Fruit

Dessert and Fruit

Black Sesame Ice Cream

Black Sesame Ice Cream

Of course, whenever possible at Japanese restaurants, the perfect last bite is this.

Tamago Sushi

Tamago Sushi

Mostly comfort food with a little indulgence. Still, calories are calories. I’ll worry about that next week.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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As mentioned previously, The Cat’s elementary school bestie (M) is visiting. One requirement was that we had to have lunch here at least once.

Menu

Menu

And it had to be the buffet.

Story goes more than two decades ago, M was here attending school (The Cat was also attending school). After finals, The Cat and M would go to Duke’s for their dinner buffet. At the time it was under ten dollars, soft drinks and dessert included. For two poor starving students, it was a long anticipated treat to sit oceanside, with no cares (temporarily), and pig out.

Fast forward more than two decades and Duke’s is still here. Prices are higher, drinks and dessert not included, but the nostalgia remains.

The Mouse's Buffet Plate

The Mouse’s Buffet Plate

Caesar salad, Asian slaw, roasted beets, teri chicken, and egg battered fish (I think it was mahi). Not bad, but not gourmet, more tourist food.

But for The Cat and M to reminisce?  Priceless.

Couldn’t write about this place without a pic like this.

The Man

The Man

If you look real close, The Mouse’s reflection is in the Duke’s sunglasses. Not planned.

The reunion continues. They’re going to the north shore and maybe look for a shrimp truck, singing Chinese songs at the top of their lungs. The Mouse is going to work (whew!). :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Our boat (or ship, you choose), had four eating areas, the pool area (which was normally too cold for us), a buffet restaurant, a sit-down main dining room, and a steak house. We usually took breakfasts at the buffet restaurant because we were rushing off to some day excursion.

The Boat/Ship

The Boat/Ship

Our first day on board, after a quick lunch, we got to our cabins and crashed. I got up a little earlier and started to explore. At the pool area, there were grilling meats, vegetables, and shrimp as an afternoon “snack”.

Afternoon "Snack"

Afternoon “Snack”

This was before we left the dock. I definitely could get used to this. Alas, for the duration of the trip, we were either not on board for afternoon snack time, or they had different selections. Sigh.

Although some of the breakfast selections changed during the cruise, a lot didn’t. The staples I remembered were eggs, pickled herring, and smoked salmon (available at every breakfast).

Breakfast

Breakfast

I did fall in love with the grilled tomatoes. Warm, smoky, and easy to eat. They were available at every breakfast too.

And on Sunday, caviar was added to the buffet selection.

Caviar!

Caviar!

Big yum! I didn’t make the connection until that Sunday but caviar is just salted fish eggs. Stuff that I inhale from sushi. For some reason, I thought caviar was more exotic. I guess usually when caviar is presented, it’s with all kinds of accoutrements while with sushi, it’s plopped on the top. Duh! (head slap). Whatever, it was still good (The Mouse way, on scrambled eggs). :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Brunch/lunch buffet this morning at Hee Hing Restaurant (449 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii).

A sampling of our consumption of mass quantities.

The Cat's Plate I

The Cat’s Plate I

The Cat's Plate II

The Cat’s Plate II

High points for The Cat were Szechuan style eggplant (which was not spicy at all), and the tofu salad. It was the first time The Cat experienced tofu salad with canned salmon (one of the original recipes).

The Mouse's Plate I

The Mouse’s Plate I

The Mouse's Plate II

The Mouse’s Plate II

High points for The Mouse were the roast pork (with crispy skin) and char siu (was there any doubt?). Notice my first plate was mostly vegetables so I wouldn’t feel  guilty about the second plate? Hee hee!

The kitchen also made a little Hawaiian food. The bowl of pork luau on at the 3 o’clock position in the second picture (taro leaves cooked with a small amount of pork and coconut milk). Not bad, just okay. The raw leaves have a chemical irritant that is nullified by cooking long and slow. Think Hawaiian-style collared/mustard greens. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Talking Story with Our Mentor

Caught up with one of our mentors this past Sunday. He helped to bring Sesame Street to China amongst other things. Couldn’t decide where to go as his “club” is closed on Sunday.

Ended up at Five Star International Buffet (2301 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawai`i). We were here over a year ago. Then they raised their prices and we felt it wasn’t worth the price increase. We recently noticed that they dropped their price to an affordable level.

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The food is pretty decent too, considering it’s a buffet.

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I was trying to limit my carb intake. As you can see I was not entirely successful, but a vast improvement from before.

Mini Loco Moco

Mini Loco Moco

My Achilles’ heel. Although, it was a mini, and I left a little bit of rice behind. So a partial win. :)

The Cat's Plate

The Cat’s Plate

Chawanmushi

Chawanmushi

Or Japanese-style savory custard. The Cat wanted to show you she’s trying to eat healthy too.

The meeting  went well, mostly brainstorming and narrowing our focus.

Enjoy. Eat well.

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