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Random Shanghai

From The Cat’s phone.

Pig Blood

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Green Vegetable

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Pea Shoots

One of The Cat’s favorite.

Savory Custard? Maybe Soybean Milk?

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Hotel Front

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Movie Theater

The Cat used to watch “revolutionary” movies there.

Cat

Not The Cat, just a cat. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Cat.

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First, what The Cat ate.

Yogurt Drink

Yogurt Drink

The Cat bought a couple of jars for a couple of days breakfast.

Noodles and Pea Shoots

Noodles and Pea Shoots

 

Shoyu Pork and Braised Eel?

Shoyu Pork and Braised Eel?

The Mouse’s lunch from home.

Steamed Mustard Greens and Turkey Ham

Steamed Mustard Greens and Turkey Ham

Tried a new loaf of bread.

Hmm not to sure about the name

Hmm not to sure about the name

Not just grainy, extra grainy.

Taste like regular bread, not bad

Taste like regular bread, not bad

On the way home, stopped in at AJ’s Chinese Fast Food to pick-up a portion of their steamed fish filet.

Mixed Bowl

Mixed Bowl

Then, the owner piled on eggplant and tofu, kau yuk, and lion head (the fish is on the bottom). Only charged me for the fish. It’s good to make friends with food people (I’ll go get him some pastries later).

Ate the kau yuk and lion head last night, taking the fish and eggplant for lunch today.

Dessert

Dessert

Orange and Asian pear.

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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After the rather disappointing experience (for me anyway) with Chinese food in the last post, we decided not to go back to that restaurant this trip. I think the chef and/or manager changed since the last time we were here.

Two other Chinese restaurants nearby (in the same hotel or next door), Blossom and Jasmine. However, these two are open for dinner only. Dishes over the next three nights.

Clay Pot Chicken

Clay Pot Chicken

Stir-Fried Asparagus

Stir-Fried Asparagus

Pork Bone and Corn Soup

Pork Bone and Corn Soup

Pork Bones and Corn

Pork Bones and Corn

Roast Duck

Roast Duck

Beef with Bell Pepper

Beef with Bell Pepper

Black Cod, Chinese Style

Sea Bass, Chinese Style

And my two favorite dishes in Vegas.

Hot Pot Greens

Hot Pot Romaine Lettuce with Fermented Tofu

Braised Kobe Short Ribs

Braised Kobe Short Ribs

The romaine lettuce was cooked in the hot clay pot with fermented tofu and garlic. Awesome. The braised short ribs? Like buttah. Socks came off for these two dishes. Only problem was we were eating family style and had to share.

Sorry, some of the pictures are a little fuzzy. I was trying to take pictures in the natural light and I don’t think I gave the camera enough time to adjust. The camera was supposed to be idiot-proof. Sigh.

The food was very good. However, I still think it was overpriced. I guess Las Vegas is not cheap eats anymore.

So, that it with the vacation pictures, hope you weren’t too bored.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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A little back story, the cruise to Alaska was for The Cat’s friend (HH). HH’s husband, DS would only go if we went to Las Vegas too. That’s why our itinerary was so weird, from ice to fire.

DS is the one that has to have Chinese food probably 95 percent of the time. That’s also the reason we ate “Chinese” food at the SeaTac airport. So, most of the time in Vegas, we ate Chinese food. The first restaurant we hit is the only Chinese restaurant (that we know of) on the strip that opens for lunch (it’s in the Bellagio hotel). The last time we were in Vegas, we were with DS and HH too. I think we had most of our meals at this same restaurant.

Roast Duck, Cantonese Style

Roast Duck, Cantonese Style

Spicy Cucumber Pickles

Spicy Cucumber Pickles

Steamed Chinese Broccoli

Steamed Chinese Broccoli

Fish Fillets with Ginger and Onions

Fish Fillets with Ginger and Onions

Spicy Eggplant

Spicy Eggplant

The last time we were here (my pre-blogging days), I thought the food was okay, but extremely over-priced. This time, I thought the quality had gone down a bit while the prices were still very high.

The highlights of this meal were the pickled cucumbers and steamed broccoli. The eggplant was okay, but the duck, and fish were definitely below expectations.

Too bad. But, at least DS got Chinese food. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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