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Silent Sunday

Last night’s dinner. The Cat’s friend’s last night before going home. Buffet night. Shutting up now.

Sign

Sign

Ikura and Uni Sushi

Ikura and Uni Gunkan Maki

Chawanmushi (steamed custard (savory))

Chawanmushi (steamed custard (savory))

The Mouse's "Salad"

The Mouse’s “Salad”

Shrimp Tempura with Radish and Green Onion Dipping Sauce

Shrimp Tempura with Radish and Green Onion Dipping Sauce

"Japanese Style" Fruit Cocktail

“Japanese Style” Fruit Cocktail

Pumpkin Flavored Mochi

Pumpkin Flavored Mochi

Big Yum

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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I Pushed All The Buttons

Warning, some of the pictures (at least one) maybe too graphic for those with queasy stomachs.

The Cat is still hosting her friend from Hong Kong. Sunday buffet brunch at Orchids at the Halekulani. One of the premier spots to take visitors.

Table Setting

Table Setting

The Mouse's Messy Plate

The Mouse’s Messy Plate

Messy Plate No. 2

Messy Plate No. 2

On the carving table was whole roast pig, you can see a bit of it above near the 12:00 area of the plate. Had to ask (beg, plead, cajole) for some of the crispy skin. Think the chef was saving it for himself afterwards (just a thought, I would too).

Messy Plate No. 3

Messy Plate No. 3

Lots of salads, poké, sashimi, prime rib, etc.

Popovers

Popovers

One of Orchids signature items is their popovers with poha berry jam. Awesome stuff (not too sweet, a little tart … just right), was looking forward to one, maybe two. Alas, poha berries are becoming scarce, Orchids offered orange marmalade instead.

Orange Marmalade

Orange Marmalade

In my opinion, a very poor substitute. Oh well, can’t cry over “spilt milk” as it were.

Dessert

Dessert

Food was good, no complaints, except for the poha berry jam. But the highlight reel of the day for me was in the bathroom.

The Bowl

The Bowl

Like out of “Star Trek”.

The Controls

The Controls

Close Up

Close Up

Of course, I had to try it (no, there was no reason for its use). I pushed every button (even the oscillating and pulsating buttons). It was goooooood! I wonder where’s the photon torpedo button.

More reason for us to go back. Hee hee :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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More Food!

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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