While having a pretty laid back morning this past Wednesday (which happened to be a Hawaiian holiday, Prince Kuhio Day), I suddenly had a craving for beef cheeks. Yes, beef cheeks. To think, I never had that dish before, but it was due to Coty raving about it for months that I’ve had it on my list of foods to try. Before I told him of my lunch plans, I had already made reservations on OpenTable.
Sometimes, it’s best to just take it easy. Of course, turtles know how to do that the best. Here are a few shots of a pair of lazy turtles, sunbathing to their heart’s content. They were both very photogenic.
She sells seashells by the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I’m sure she sells seashore shells.
Over the weekend I decided to go turtle spotting. Along the way, I found a handful of sea shells. I decided to use my Olloclip Macro 3-IN-1 Photo Lens to see what kind of shots I could get. This is what I saw:
Tucky & Bevvy is an accidental new favorite of mine. Why accidental? After a visit to the Waikiki Aquarium, Michelle and I were eager to find a spot that we could walk to for a quick lunch. A quick Yelp search suggested Tiki’s Bar & Grill, which is located in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, and overlooks Kuhio Beach. As we made our way to Tiki’s, I spotted a sign that read Tucker & Bevvy, on the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and & Kapahulu Avenue. I pointed to the Tucker & Bevvy sign, and asked “want to try that place out instead?” To which she replied, “sure, let’s go there.”
In recent weeks, I’ve been seeing a lot of chatter about Koko Head Cafe through my various social media channels. My first hint of this new cafe came when John Garcia, of NonStop Honolulu fame, posted a sneak-peak photo of the identity and branding design for the new restaurant. Little did I know, Koko Head Cafe’s head chef, Lee Anne Wong, was a contestant on the first season of Bravo’s popular food competition show, Top Chef (I’m more of a Next Food Network Star kind of guy). Wong finished fourth in the competition, with Harold Dieterle winning it all. While the New York born Dieterle went on to open a few restaurants following his win, including the acclaimed The Marrow in New York City, Wong would plant new roots in Hawaii.
My first Honolulu Festival was in 2012. I missed the 2013 festivities, but I made it back for 20th annual Honolulu Festival. Since I was away on business travel earlier in the week, I could only attend the final day of scheduled events. The Hawaii Convention Center was once again home to various arts & crafts, performances, and even an anime cafe. There was a lot to see and learn at this year’s festival. Within a few minutes of entering the convention center hall, we were pulled into a table to draw fruit using traditional Japanese brushes and paints. My painting of a mango is miserable. The lady teaching me thought I did a good job, though. I think that she was just being nice.
A photo from Exploration: Hawaii has been featured in the latest issue of Honolulu Magazine! It’s included in their Heading East piece which highlights some East Oahu hidden gems, like the Koko Crater Arch. The photo from the article was originally published in this post. Go pick up a copy of the March issue today!