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No, nothing like life or death battles in a galaxy far …

More like a tourist trap. After seeing the sunflower facility, The Cat and The Mouse were hungry (hangry?). Nearest place with food is Haleiwa. Cars to the horizon. Parked in the first space available. Nearest places were Mexican (line out the door) or tapas (tables available), went with tapas bar.

Prices were “reasonable”, portions were hmm, on the tapas size.

The Cat’s Flatbread

Menu description: grilled flatbread, mac nut pesto, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, heirloom cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fried egg.

The Mouse’s Hash

Menu description: fingerling potatoes, chorizo, bell peppers, caramelized onion, Mojo Rojo & Verde sauces, fried egg.

The Mouse added a side of bacon.

Bacon

Side of apple wood smoked bacon. Super thin, a little anemic, just The Mouse’s opinion.

After brunch, The Cat and The Mouse still had room for dessert. Headed a couple of doors down to get gelato.

The Cat’s Kona Coffee Gelato

A nice double dip serving.

The Mouse’s Dragonfruit and Pineapple/Yuzu Sorbet

To The Mouse, his scoops seem like two half scoops. Again, Admiral Ackbar’s warning come to mind. Hee hee.

Oh well, we knew the place has evolved into a major tourist location.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Check-Out Day

Sunday. Last day of the staycation.

A “quick” breakfast. Ilima Cafe, buffet, “cheap” eats.

The Cat's Plate

The Cat’s Plate

Eggs, fruit, yogurt, pancake.

The Mouse's Plate

The Mouse’s Plate

Rice, eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, and a little bit of vegetables.

One more walk around Waikiki and lunch.

Italian

Italian

 

The Cat's Shrimp Salad

The Cat’s Shrimp Salad

Interesting, avocado and grapefruit, part of the salad.

The Mouse's Squid Ink Pasta

The Mouse’s Squid Ink Pasta

Kinda weird, but interesting.

The Cat's Raspberry Italian Soda The Mouse's Ginger Lime Cooler

The Cat’s Raspberry Italian Soda
The Mouse’s Ginger Lime Cooler

Slurp.

Passion Fruit Gelato with Moscato Wine

Passion Fruit Gelato with Moscato Wine

Don Ho again.

Have to do the staycation thing again. No passport required.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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AKA scheduled maintenance. Hee hee.

Beach

Beach

Can you guess where?

Yup. Waikiki. Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel. Just to chill.

That’s why we could take a night and day picture of Friday night’s dinner spot (see previous post).

The Cat assigned The Mouse to search for eating places.

Breakfast.

Il Lupino

Il Lupino

Weekend breakfast specials come with a glass of Prosecco.

To you Don Ho-Clink

To you Don Ho-Clink

Both The Cat and The Mouse ordered the combo.

Açaí Bowl

Açaí Bowl

Açaí, soy milk, granola, and berries

And

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast

Pugliese bread, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, Hawaiian chili, and sea salt flakes.

For the price, its like we got the glass of bubbly for free. Woohoo.

A definite return place.

Good thing we didn’t have to drive, by the time we finished breakfast, both The Cat and The Mouse were a bit wobbly. Hee hee.

So, for a while, The Mouse has been looking at cars. None of the new cars has caught his eye yet (they all look the same).

I think I found a potential candidate.

The Mouse's Dream Car

The Mouse’s Dream Car

1957 Mini pick-up. Cute ya?

After exploring Waikiki for a couple of hours, lunch at a place that the cuz’s P&B liked.

Notice the shaka sign?

Notice the shaka sign?

Note: we sat outside, under umbrellas, picture colors are a bit off.

The Cat's Shrimp Salad

The Cat’s Shrimp Salad

 

The Mouse's Poi Pounder Burger

The Mouse’s Poi Pounder Burger

 

On Taro Bun

On Taro Bun

After a quick nap, we were on staycation after all, hunt for dinner.

Bills Sydney

Bills Sydney

The Cat wanted to try.

The Cat's Salmon Salad

The Cat’s Salmon Salad

No lettuce. Herbs, green beans, salmon. The Cat liked.

The Mouse's Braised Beef Shortribs

The Mouse’s Braised Beef Shortribs

The dish was supposed to come with fries. What!? The restaurant may not be in tuned with local tastes, need rice! Server was kind enough to substitute brown rice.

Brown Rice

Brown Rice

Dessert was pistachio pavlova?

Pistachio Pavlova

Pistachio Pavlova

Kinda meringue-y, The Cat liked, The Mouse, not so much. But try try.

There you have it the complete day of eating on a staycation.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

 

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Caught up with her “WeChat” (think Chinese “Twitter”, kinda).

Found a rocking chair, @ the “Pink Lady”.

Chair

Chair

Curled up with a book.

Lunch

Ate Lunch

Chicken-Almond Salad Sandwich, a Cup of Our Soup and a Small Green Salad. Cheesecake Factory @ Waikiki.

Took a nap.

The Mouse … not so lucky. A full day dealing with “church people”.

At least got a free breakfast, (once a month).

Wheat Germ Pancakes, Turkey Sausage, Macerated Strawberries

Wheat Germ Pancakes, Turkey Sausage, Macerated Strawberries

Trust me, tasted far better than the presentation.

So, how are you spending your extended weekend (if you get one)?

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

 

 

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