Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Kirkland Signature Lounging

Big Ern was getting back into the swing of life in Washington. It's funny he was in Japan for about two weeks which is a decent chunk of time. When you are four months old it's like an eternity.

We came up with the innovation of hanging toys and contrast cards from the shelves in the living room.

Zoe was missing Ernie after his long trip so he went to visit her at her school.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Bringing the Aloha to Kirkland

Ernie had a blast in Japan and Hawaii but he was also happy to be back home and play with all of his toys again.

Oh, it's been brought.

Ernie helped his mom in the kitchen in a managerial capacity.

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Aloha Honolulu, Aloha Seattle

It was time to leave Hawaii and go back to the boring version of America.

I knew I could meet the challenge of traveling with a baby one last time because I was probably about to become a Jedi on the Galactic Starcruiser.

Ernie and Lydia had a pass out contest on the plane. They are currently tied.

Ernie doesn't really like pacifiers but he does like chewing on human fingers.

Big Ern got pretty good at spinning his little toy on the flight.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Eating Honolulu

Today in Honolulu we pretty much just walked around and ate things.

My friend Yukako gave Ernie this classic children's book as a gift. In English it's entitled "Where's the Fish?" Well then of course we saw some licensed children's clothing and had to buy that.

Ernie had a silly morning.

We had lunch at Heavenly which was kind of hippy dippy. I don't recall liking it very much.

Strangely there seemed to be Duty Free stores that weren't in an airport or anything that you could just walk up to. I don't think I've ever seen this before.

Partially because we were missing Japan's convenience stores and partially because we wanted to see Hawaii's spin, we hit a 7-Eleven.

There were a lot of interesting items in there. One was this classic Japanese sandwich but instead of egg salad which is my favorite it had strawberries and cream.

We stopped at Banan for some ice cream made out of bananas.

There was an attempt to get Ernie into the pool but it was super sunny and we were worried he would get burned. The hotel kind of sucked because during the day it was too bright but the pool closed super early so that they could set up tables and sell food and booze in the area. I was not impressed.

Ernie was having a fabulous hair day.

He looked kind of like a rooster.

I picked a nice restaurant for our final Hawaiian meal. Eater:

"Fete Hawaii

Chef Robynne Maii was recently awarded a James Beard award — Hawai‘i’s first in almost 20 years — for her restaurant that features great cocktails and a menu that combines French, Italian, Korean, and Hawai‘i influences. Open from lunch through dinner, FĂȘte turns out hits like carbonara with Portuguese sausage and rose veal schnitzel sauced with liliko‘i. Definitely order off the specials menu, which usually showcases Hawai‘i’s seafood and the best produce in season, and don’t miss the house-made rocky road ice cream for dessert. There are a few outdoor tables, and takeout is also available." 

They had really fun cocktails. I had a: 

"Spicy Kitty

Tito's, yuzuri, Hawaiian chili infused Oleo Saccharum, shichimi togarashi, salt, lemon juice, muddle shiso & topp with club soda". I eat a lot of weird stuff and I don't know what half of these words mean.

Lydia chose:

"Ichigo Sour

toki, sfumato rhubarbo, lemon, egg white, strawberry"

There was mahi achiote

There was scallops

There was a cutie boy.

Friday, August 25, 2023

Ernie Swims Waikiki

We started our Hawaiian morning off right with some delicacies from Holey Grail Donuts.

We've had potato donuts before and these are sort of like the Aloha version of that because they are made with taro root.

I mentioned that our hotel is historical. While it was very fancy I think its location on the main drag of Waikiki was unfortunate. At night it was very loud, and we could hear the rabble outside arguing, douchebags in purposefully loud vehicles, and police sirens quite late into the night. Ernie was startled awake more than once and we all had some Japan jet lag, so this was a big bummer, especially considering this was supposed to be a fancy place.

Speaking of Japan jet lag, stopping halfway home in Hawaii to rest worked out really well because we only had half the time discombobulation.

We had some lunch at Liliha Bakery Waikiki. The chain has been around since 1950 and was a fun Hawaiian version of a greasy spoon diner.

I have a contractual obligation to eat loco moco at least once every time I come to Hawaii.

Lydia was excited to have some fancy dessert at the Island Vintage Shave Ice place we visited last time we were in town.

This was delicious and had a unique Hawaiian style to it, but it falls into the category of foods that aren't quite as exotic now that we live on the west coast. We've become real Asian shaved ice experts in the last couple of years.

We thought Ernie should get his first little dunk in the ocean while we were here.

I think Ernie and I are of the same opinion on the ocean thing. It's nice to look at but we'd both rather be on a Little Mermaid ride at Tokyo DisneySea.

We had a couple of little $18 cocktails at the hotel bar. We were definitely not in Japan anymore.

The Cheesecake Factory was so crowded there was a line outside. Lydia has always been more more enamored with the Hawaiian Islands than me. Personally if I'm taking a long flight to a faraway beach I'd rather just go to another country. So I must admit I was a tiny bit happy for Lydia to experience the trashy, no passport having American side of the state so she would cool her jets a little bit about the place.