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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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Yesterday’s lunch, back at Downbeat Diner. Kind of a “strange” place (in a good way). Part “greasy” spoon, part hipster lounge, part neighborhood central. Cool upholstery. Plus they don’t rush you out, I can read and chill without bother.

Looking out from the inside

Looking out from the inside

Yesterday’s server.

Uhm, okay?

Uhm, okay?

Maybe it was the big-ish pink bow on her head, made me think of Hello Kitty (I don’t think it was the neon pink hair nor the ink). ­čÖé

I was curious about their vegan chili.

Vegan Chili Bowl with Brown Rice

Vegan Chili Bowl with Brown Rice

Of course I had to have a side.

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Eggs

The chili was good, nice heat, balanced spice. Definitely top five chili ┬áhere. Sorry, Zippy’s Vegetarian Chili is still my #1, mayonnaise and all.

Getting off the subject. Had a long-ish “discussion” with my cuz B about mayonnaise in the recipe (this is coming from ┬áa woman who likes sour cream on top of her chili).

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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“Thanksgiving dinner” with her peeps (including the one that’s visiting).

Roast Duck

Roast Duck

Stuffed Bell Pepper

Stuffed Bell Pepper

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms

Roast Pork and Shrimp

Roast Pork and Shrimp

Chestnuts, Persimmons, and Pears

Chestnuts, Persimmons, and Pears

Guava Chiffon Cake

Guava Chiffon Cake

Notice anything missing? Turkey? Stuffing? Pumpkin pie? 364 days out of the year, I would have fully enjoyed this spread. But yesterday, and only yesterday, have to have turkey with all the accoutrements. Call it tradition, culture, something. Everyone was happy.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Happy Turkey Day

Due to a snafu in logistics, The Mouse got to spend turkey day by himself. Lunch at the local chain “diner/coffee shop”.

Zippy's

Zippy’s

The Cat and our cuz B are probably going to gag, but I like Zippy’s, can always find something to eat. In fact, I consider their menu a part of the “Hawaii Regional Cuisine” movement. Not ┬áthe use of locally sourced ingredients part, the representing of the many cultural influences part that kind of makes our food a “melting pot” part. But that’s just me.

Anyway, my food.

Vegetarian Chili with Brown Rice

Vegetarian Chili with Brown Rice

In my opinion, one of the best chili made here. Not talking about “authenticity” (rumor has it one of ┬áthe ingredients is mayonnaise), but tasty “local” fare. Plus there’s corn and mushrooms in the chili.

Roast Turkey Plate with Mashed Potato

Roast Turkey Plate with Mashed Potato

I think the mash potato was “real”, it was “lumpy” (I happen to like “lumpy” mash potato).

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Nothing fancy, straight from the can (a good  thing).

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

If you look closely, there’s a thin layer of chocolate between the crust and filling, nice touch.

I’ll post what The Cat had for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. It’s kinda a good thing about the schedule mix-up (for Thanksgiving anyway).

Hope your holiday was a good one (if you celebrate).

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Playing Tourist

Or is it “staycation”? Whatever, turned out an epic day for The Mouse.

The Cat’s visitor is still here. She goes back home Sunday. It was her idea to visit Kualoa Ranch on the windward side. During World War II, there was a small air strip and a defensive bunker. Location has been used for several movies needing “greenery”. Jurassic Park and Godzilla to name a few.

We were supposed to take an ATV tour to some of the movie locations but at the last-minute, the friend got scared, The Cat and friend took an alternate bus tour while The Mouse was left to “carry on”. First time for an old mouse to experience an ATV.

Ready for the Apocalypse

Ready for the Apocalypse

After a jerky start, started to get the hang of it, and actually, while not totally comfortable on it, really enjoyed the adventure.

Godzilla Footprints

Godzilla Footprints

Close-up

Close-up

Our guide said the “print” used to be deeper, but the cows (it is a “working” ranch) kept getting stuck in it.

"Lost" Location

“Lost” Location

"Lost" Submarine Prop

“Lost” Submarine Prop

"Jurassic Tree"

“Jurassic Tree”

The trunk used to be bigger, a Japanese film crew needed firewood and of all the trees in the area, cut that one (faceplant).

Fresh Mac Nuts

Fresh Mac Nuts

My opinion, the fresh, raw mac nuts taste better than the roasted.

Kissing Gorrilla Rock

Kissing Gorilla Rock

It you squint, you might be able to make out two gorillas, facing each other, about to kiss. The consensus was the rock on the left looked more like a baboon, Rafiki came to mind.

The cattle on the ranch is grass-fed, hormone/antibiotic/steroid free. I was going to try a Kualoa beef burger at their cafeteria, but The Cat had other plans.

Stopped in Haleiwa for late lunch. Still had burger on the mind.

The Mouse's Burger

The Mouse’s Burger

The Friend's Crabmeat and Avocado Salad

The Friend’s Crabmeat and Avocado Salad

The Cat's Grilled Mahi Plate

The Cat’s Grilled Mahi Plate

No comment on the food or service. Next time I’m in the area, I going for the Kualoa beef burger.

Still a fun day, The Mouse got to imagine himself in a Mad Max movie, a zombie fighter, or an alligator hunter. Ah the dreams of Walter Mitty. ­čÖé

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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