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Bus-cation

A riff on a “stay-cation”. Visit a food friend who used to work in Waikiki and moved to the new restaurant at the Polynesian Cultural Center. According to Google Maps, 23 miles. I know, 23 miles may not seem long to you but when the island is only 44 miles by 30 miles, and 227 miles around, 23 miles is long-ish. The Cat and The Mouse decided to bus it.

Map (sorta)

Map (sorta)

23 miles, 100 bus stops later (ok the bus did not stop at all 100 stops, just being dramatic).

Sign

Sign

Attached to the Center

Attached to the Center

Menu

Menu

Fresh pressed, all natural Li Hing Mui Pineapple-Lemonade

Fresh pressed, all natural Li Hing Mui Pineapple-Lemonade

The Cat ordered.

Chicken Quinoa Mango Kale Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Quinoa Mango Kale Lettuce Wraps

Chicken curry salad, roasted grapes, walnuts, mango-kale quinoa on butter lettuce “wrappers” with additional curry dressing. The Cat thought the curry was slightly on the light side. A tiny bit more “oomph”.

The Mouse ordered.

Signature 1/2lb Kuahiwi Beef Burger

Signature 1/2lb Kuahiwi Beef Burger

Came in three options.

  • Candied bacon and white cheddar
  • Blue cheese, arugula, caramelized onions
  • Spicy sausage, pulled pork, provolone, over easy Island egg

Went with the first option sans the cheddar cheese (didn’t want the bus ride back to be an “event”, for both The Mouse and everyone on board, sorry, TMI).

The burger, excellent, but you know I went for the candied bacon. Thick cut with just the right amount of melted sugar. Big yum!

Our friend, the gm, brought out an extra side salad.

Side Salad, Honey Mustard Vinegrette

Side Salad, Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

A bit of catching up with GM (D), a little walk around the area, then the return bus back home. Kinda like “Romancing the Stone”, just kidding.

A nice short respite.

p.s. I forgot to mention. GM D comped our lunch. Said we made his day. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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