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Archive for November 27th, 2014

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  the 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  the 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. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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