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  • Day2

    A Whole Decade

    October 20, 2016 in the United States

    Exactly ten years ago tonight, at Vineyard's in Ottawa's Byward Market, I met the wonderful woman who would knock me off my feet, turn my world around and steal my heart. I knew from the moment I saw her that I had to share my life with her. She wasn't so certain at the outset, but she eventually came around to my way of thinking. Four years later, October 20, 2010 (20/10/2010 so we will never forget the date), we were married.

    Since that memorable first encounter, we've traveled the world, run marathons together, bought, renovated and sold properties, moved eleven times, changed jobs and eventually retired. We've gone through health crises together and adopted a vegan lifestyle. So much has changed over 10 years, yet my love for her has grown exponentially.

    Every year we celebrate our anniversary in a new location and this year it's Hawaii. We've had some very forgettable meals in some pretty fancy restaurants and some fabulous ones in little Mom 'n Pop greasy spoons. This year, Brenda did some pre-trip research and booked us a table at Chef Chai. She had emailed the Chef and asked if he could modify his tasting menu to accommodate our vegan diet. He promptly responded saying it would be no problem and even sent her a proposed menu for her approval.

    Of course, even the best reviews can be misleading and end up leaving diners with a less that satisfactory gastronomic experience. We've had that happen to us too many times to count. But on this occasion, Chef Chai rose to and exceeded our expectations.

    The meal started with complimentery tofu satay served with Thai peanut sauce, pita bread and a shaved cucumber salad. That was followed by a mushroom and truffle risotto arancini in a tomato basil sauce. Then came an eggplant souffle (not quite vegan as there was some cheese in it) also served with the tomato basil sauce. Both appetizers were delicious and left us wanting more. The main course was a beautifully prepared vegetable terrine sitting in a spicy green curry sauce. As exquisite on the palette as it was on the eye. Dessert was a vanilla mousse wrapped around a raspberry sorbet covered in white chocolate and plated on a raspberry and guava coulis. As a bonus, they presented us with a Happy Anniversary fruit plate. Service was outstanding and, by Honolulu standards, reasonably priced. I wouldn't hesitate recommending this restaurant to anyone visiting Honolulu.

    Happily, Brenda's research and efforts made our 10th anniversary dinner one we will fondly remember for many year to come.

    Great job, Babe. My turn to find a winner next year.
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  • Day3

    Honolulu

    December 22, 2013 in the United States

    We left Kona on Sunday and flew to the main island Oahu.

    Before we left we drove a few miles south of our hotel to take some pictures of a cute blue and white church that was basically on the beach. All long this section of coast there are some popular surf beaches Magic Sands and Banyan breaks just to name a couple. These aren't beaches in the traditional Australian sense, most of the time there is a small patch of sand then a whole lot of black rock. The surf had dropped by this time.

    Dave took the photos of Kona out the sunroof of the car. Kona is right on the beach so the shops you can see are across the road from waves hitting the sea wall.

    Like I said before Kona airport is mostly open air with just a roof. So the baggage check in, security screening, and departure lounge all had a roof and nothing else. There were a few walls around shops and to maintain security once you had checked in.

    It was a short 40 minute flight back to Honolulu and a 20 min ride to the Hotel. The hotel is right on Waikiki Beach and you can basically walk from the street, through the lobby, down the steps, and onto the beach.

    We managed to find Margaret OK and went to a monster shopping centre called Ala Moana which is native Hawaiian for Hell on Earth (not really but it could have been). After battling crowds we made it back to the hotel and went for dinner in a local restaurant. After dinner the boys and I went for a walk down Kalakaua Ave and found every exclusive shop known to man - Louis Vuitton, Tiffanys, Dior, and The Stupid Factory (some cool t-shirts).

    A quiet day all up.
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  • Day4

    Luau!

    December 23, 2013 in the United States

    Monday was spend working out the activities for our time on Oahu and also scoping out the neighbourhood.

    The boys went for a walk down the beach while Margaret, T, and I went down the main drag of Waikiki to the Royal Hawaiian for a coffee and to walk around the grand hotel. You could really imagine the panama hat and white suits being the dress standard though these days it was pretty much beach attire.

    We then walked Kalakaua Ave again checking out the shops. I know we are in a tourist trap here but the shopping is no where near as good as New York, everything is pretty much Sydney prices. We are aiming to get out of Waikiki in the days after Christmas so it might be better then.

    There are millions of Japanese tourists here. Some of the shops even have signs up saying they will accept Yen as payment. There are a few Australians around but not as many as I expected.

    Dinner that night was at the Hilton Hawaiian Village where we attended our first Luau. This is basically an outdoor dinner with traditional Hawaiian dancing as entertainment. We all learned how to Hula with varying levels of success and then tucked into a big feast. Pork always figures in the Polynesian diet and dinner was really good and plenty of it, throw in a couple of Mai-Tai cocktails and it was all good!

    The dancing was excellent, especially the fire dance.

    Afterwards it was an easy stroll back to the hotel.
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