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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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Sign

Farmer's Market

Sign

Sign

The hat got in the way.

Coffee

Dr. Sun, the owner of Olakai, is a friend of The Cat’s. He gave us a bottle of pickled sea asparagus and a bottle of dried sea asparagus and ogo (in the interest of full disclosure). 🙂

Pickled Sea Asparagus

Savory Sea Sprinkle

Label

Sign

Bread Pudding and Haupia

The Cat thought this was one of the best bread pudding she’s had in a long time.

Sign

Pot Roast Duck Noodle

Won Ton Soup (No Noodles) with Pork and Vegetables

Vegetables and Tofu, Curry Sauce (Not on the Menu)

The Cat doesn’t like oyster sauce. Our server, D, suggested curry sauce. A previous customer had requested curry sauce. Curry sauce it is. Sometimes it’s good to be a regular customer. 😉

BTW, my computer is acting up again, time for a new one. So if the postings suddenly stop for awhile, you’ll know why. Be patient, thank you.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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Today, The Cat and I went on a mini adventure to the west side of the island to look for some activities for a project.

The first stop was here. I always thought boxcars raced in a straight line, I was wrong.

Box Car Track

Box Cars

The track is downhill with twists and turns, looked like a lot of fun.

Whee!

The facility also has tracks for radio controlled racing.

R/C Race Track

R/C "Off Road" Track

R/C Pit Area

The director of the facility said that some of the cars could cost upwards of a thousand dollars, OMG!

The tracks also are home to several cats that serve as track officials. 😉

Track Official

One cat in particular is named U-Turn because 1) he has a kink in his neck, and 2) when he gets excited, he runs in circles.

U-Turn

Nom Nom Nom

U-Turn is very friendly and likes to eat. A cat after our own heart. 🙂

Lunch was in the area.

Missing Ah ... Nevermind

For about eleven dollars (cheaper during the week), an all you can eat buffet. Some of the selections:

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At the 3 O’clock position is shoyu pork, it reminded me of the shoyu pork that a now defunct restaurant, Shanghai Bistro, more like pot roast than shoyu pork. At the 4 O’clock position is kau yuk (pot roast pork with fermented bean curd, Cantonese style), it was a little too sweet for me, not enough bean curd flavor.

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The highlights of the above plate include deep-fried shumai at the 1 O’clock position. This was actually pretty good, crispy on the outside and ground pork hash on the inside.

What kind of surprised me was the maki sushi at the right of the plate. From the top, Spam and imitation crab with mayonnaise, Spam and tuna salad (with mayonnaise), and Spam and cucumber with mayonnaise. I dunno if it was Spam and mayonnaise but the combinations worked for me in a kind of local, weird, non-Japanese sort of way (understand?). The Cat was gagging. 😉

Both The Cat and I felt that the buffet was decent for the money. Not gourmet dining by a long shot but not bad if we’re in the area.

After lunch we went to look for the second activity in the area.

Sign

Race Track

It looked like a lot of fun but not quite what we were looking for. A little too loud and aggressive.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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Yesterday, at the spur of the moment, we decided to go to the Kaneohe Bay Air Show. The show is put on by Marine Corp Community Services.

The Cat has never been to an air show before. Growing up, my father used to take me to every air show there was on the island. We also went to do some research, if the plan comes to fruition, I post about it later.

This is another post where it’s better to let the pictures tell the story.

This is a blog about food after all. In the midst of all this machinery, technology, and equipment, I’m wondering what kind of food is served on military transports. You can take the mouse out of the country, but you cannot take … (Oh well). 🙂

I was thinking about the story of Jonah and the Whale right about now.

You’re probably wondering by now, “Where’s the food?” Here’s a sample of the food booths.

Windward side represent.

By now The Cat was getting hungry. She bought a kalua pork and rice “bowl” from the Gordon Biersch booth.

Kalua Pork "Bowl"

The Cat said the pork was a little dry, but it was okay.

There was no seating or shade on the tarmac.

By then, the temperature was getting kind of hot. We saw about 75 percent of the displays and decided to leave. The Navy Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels weren’t scheduled to perform for another couple of hours.

The Cat really liked all the air stunt performances. She didn’t even mind we missed the Blue Angels performance.

We saw the Blue Angels as they flew through Kaneohe to turn around. The Cat got very excited (four paws).

The Cat now wants to become a pilot when she grows up. 🙂

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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Yesterday, I had an early orthodontist appointment. Since I had to get up earlier than usual, I thought I might get up even earlier and check out the Honolulu fish auction. I got there a little after 6 a.m. and the activity was already winding down.

I’m going to let the pictures tell the story with very little narration from me today (whew).

Pier 38

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Here’s the location: United Fishing Agency.

The agency is next to where the fishing boats dock.

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No Slippers!

Only in Hawaii. 🙂

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I wasn’t quite sure of the names of the fishes. Didn’t want to label them incorrectly. More information here: http://www.hawaii-seafood.org/resources/resources-pdfs/

A Lonely Pallet of Octopuses

A Cat's Dream

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Fish Being Auctioned

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To test the quality of the fish, a core sample is taken from the tail.

Core Sample

A detailed description of the process can be found here: http://www.hawaii-seafood.org/resources/auction/

After the bid is completed for each pallet, fishmongers move the pallets to the buyer’s trucks.

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If you plan on visiting the agency to watch the auction, bring a jacket. The warehouse is one giant refrigerator, and it got kind of cold.

Included in my list of things to do is visit the Fulton Fish Market in New York and the Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan. I can cross the Honolulu fish auction off the list.

For some reason, I’m in the mood for sashimi. 🙂

Enjoy.

The Mouse.

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