Monday, April 20, 2009
So on Friday and Saturday, I wanted to do something fun with the girls. On Friday, Lilia went to work with her dad. Here's a picture of her eating breakfast before heading out for her big day as Dad's secretary/helper.
Then on Friday night we went swimming at the girl's favorite swimming pool: The Lehi Legacy Center. It's better than our American Fork Rec Center in the winter because it has an indoor water slide and a toddler area, as well as a big bucket that pours out every 15 minutes or so. The girls love that. It's as great as Seven Peaks to them.
On Saturday I did some yard work, and then we went swimming again, but at the A.F. pool because we have a pass. Then we went to the Sticky Shoe dollar theater in A.F. We watched Paul Blart: Mall Cop. The girls loved it. Nohea actually stayed in my lap for the whole movie, but not without some help from me. I had to keep her distracted by lots of face snuggling, tickling, and coddling. That's why we always go to the Sticky Shoe, which is what the locals call it. It's pretty old and run-down, and people who generally go are families who tolerate squaking babies better than if we went to a full-priced theater or the dollar theaters frequented by college students.
Sunday Kulani played Fisher Test Kitchen. He made a new taste sensation he adapted from Bon Appetit. It was a coconut curry shrimp dish, and it was heavenly. Here's a picture:We had Maren and Racer over. We also made garlic steak and shrimp.
The following are some more random pictures. We invited over our old neighbor's family for Easter dinner and egghunt.
The beloved Alika, Kulani's nephew, and his sweetheart Brittney were married in the Mount Timpanogos Temple on a very snowy day. The famed George D. Durrant officiated the ceremony. He gave poignant and sweet advice to the young couple. Possibly the best wedding I've ever attended. Brother Durrant was in Kulani and my ward when we were first married, and he is easily one of the best humans I've ever met. I didn't get a photo of them in their official wedding get up because it was too snowy and cold!
Afterwards, Kulani and his siblings prepared an AMAZING meal for all of Alika and Brittney's family and friends at Mahana's new house in Provo. Here are some photos:
This is one of the centerpieces Kehaulani created. So cute! She did a great job. Alika and Brittney met at BYU-Hawaii. Britney is from Wyoming and Alika is from Blanding. After the dinner, Kehaulani gave all the granddaughters the centerpieces, as well as a beach towel.
Here was the main table for the bride and groom and their parents.
What up, bruddahs! Hekili and Kanaue throwing the shakah your way.
Grandpa getting a plate full of love. Grandpa was loving it the most. He loved seeing all his kids working together creating great Hawaiian food. He was in heaven.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Anita's on the Coastal Highway.
Another interesting food choice whenever in a given geographical location is to stop and see what's on the fast food menus. For example, at McDonald's in Chicago, you can get a Vienna-style Chicago dog. In Hawaii, they offer mango fruitpies. In Oceanside, we stopped at the local Wiennerschnitzel for some ice cream. They had a "seadog" on the menu, so of course we had to try it. It was pretty good. I'm not sure if every Wienerschnitzel offers seadogs, but I know our local one didn't (maybe it does now?).
Other than maybe a snack, however, we avoid any chains. Our rule of thumb when on vacation is to only eat local food. We follow the teachings of Anthony Bourdain: Be a traveler, not a tourist.
We heard about Roscoe's from an episode of No Reservations that found Anthony exploring the not-so-glamorous places of L.A. As we drove into Inglewood, the thought did come to Kulani and me that maybe we should turn around. Most of the businesses were boarded up and out of business; all the houses had bars on the windows and doors--it was looking scary, like something out of Boyz 'N the Hood. But we pressed on.