Hawaii 2010

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This may look like my first post, but it really isn’t. I had to change hosting sites and in the process many things were deleted. Instead of reposting, the pictures that I had before will simply just go into my portfolio section. It was in dire need of some attention anyhow. So, I made some changes to my site, which I do quite often because I am mildly OCD. My cousin just calls me fickle, but I don’t believe her.

I had recently gone to Hawaii with my boyfriend and two friends of mine, Huy and Stephanie. It was my second time there and it was a completely different experience than my first. The first was very touristy and on this trip we ate like the locals.

Upon arrival, we quickly got our rental and headed off to Giovanni’s shrimp truck!I’m not a shrimp eater. I never thought it was tasty. Until now. Get a load of Giovanni’s shrimp scampi. It’s infused with garlic and more garlic.

After Giovanni’s, we went to check into our condo. On our way there I spotted a McDonald’s. Normally, I wouldn’t be bothered by a pit stop to McD’s but on my first trip I fell in love with their taro pie. It’s like our apple pie here, except taro. I loved it and craved for it for over a year. I went in and asked for it but for some reason they decided to replace the taro pie with blueberry pie. Why would anyone do that? The cashier told me I was a month too late. So, I decided to get some fries (even though I had just had Giovanni’s) and a soft serve. The cashier felt really bad so he gave me double of the soft serve.

We got to our condo and I had placed my fries down so that I can carry in my luggage. Danh didn’t notice the fries and proceeded to trip over my entire bag of goodies. I was already devastated from the taro pie and now my fries were gone. So, naturally I whipped out my camera and paid my respects to what had given me 30 seconds of happiness.

Our condo for 7 sweet days. Of course, the boys are watching football.

I’m a huge Anthony Bourdain fan. On his episode of Hawaii, he had gone to Pukadogs and I was determined to go there. It was more than what I expected. Toasty funneled bread with guava and passion fruit mustard? Yes, please! Tony (yes, we are on a first name basis) also went to Ono Hawaiian Food, which serves authentic hawaiian cuisine. It was also as good as he says. For dessert, we had Lenoard’s famous malasadas!

We also had Zippy’s. The food was decent. My friend describes it best by saying it reminded her of an asian Denny’s.

On our first night in Hawaii, Stephanie’s friend, Christina, showed us around town. On our way to her house, we got lost. Her roommate, Hakim, asked us what street we were on but were flustered because we didn’t know how to pronounce the name. In the morning, we went back and took a picture. Now it is pretty easy to say but when you’re lost and in the dark it can get confusing.

This is Hanauma Bay. These pictures do not do it justice. It is gorgeous there. After the bay we were stuck in traffic and I got bored. I got a nice picture out of it though.

We also did some light hiking, which was more like a walk. On the trail, we spotted some car parts and what looks to be a burnt car. Supposedly, thieves would abandon these stolen cars and even push it down the cliff.

On our last night, we went to the Polynesian Cultural Center where Danh got a mini lesson on how to play the Ukelele. The food was ok but the show was pretty entertaining.

Until next time, Aloha!

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Ju You know, if you don’t get enough business with the weddings and events, you can always take pictures of food. Those french fries look delicious on the floor. 🙂

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