This morning my Dad and Christopher took off early to do a morning scuba dive over in the North Shore area. While they did their scuba diving adventure, Nick, my Mom and I hunted for a place to eat before meeting up with the rest of the family. Nick found a great hole-in-the-wall called Ray's Cafe. It's a really local place with only six tables and a screen door. My Mom noted that their "We're Open" sign said "If the door is open, we're open. If it is closed, we're closed." She got a good kick out of that one. Let me tell you, this place had some GOOD fried chicken. I'm not big on fried chicken, but the way they fried the skin made it taste like cracklins' and the meat was really moist. The area of the restaurant was a little sketchy and run down, but it was well worth the risk, plus it was broad daylight.
|Nick got the Ray's Special, which was a tender burger patty slathered in gravy and crispy fried chicken. It was really, really tasty and now I wish that I had order that.|
|My Mom got corned beef has and eggs, which I finished off for her because it was too much food. The corned beef has was nice and fried on the outside and soft on the inside.|
|Mom and I waiting for Christopher.|
|Shark Cove at North Shore where Christopher and Dad dove.|
|This is when I say, "My Dad is cooler than your dad" and mean it.|
|During brunch we noted that when we go back Mom, Nick, and I will be very fat, but Christopher and Baba will be skinny from all of their activities.|
|Industrial shave ice machines. Snow in Hawaii!|
Full of food and sweets, we headed back to Waikiki. I tried going out to sun bathe for a while, but by the time I got down to the pool the sun was setting behind the other buildings. So much for that idea! When I got back upstairs we were getting hungry again. Surprise, surprise. On our last trip, Nick and I went to Iyasume Musubi Cafe and really enjoyed their variety of musubi. Little did we know that there are several locations. We thought that there was just one. Knowing that this time around, we searched for the closest one to our hotel and found that it was only 0.1 miles away. It was pretty much around the corner from us. We decided to eat in so that we didn't have to do more walking or driving. My feet and ankles haven't been fairing so well in the heat and humidity.
|Everyone does the pic of themselves by the pool, right? But do they do it at 17 weeks while looking 26 weeks? Probably not, but Nick tells me to "rock it" and so I shall.|
|We got Christopher a kimchi beef bowl, avocado and bacon spam musubi, and bacon and egg spam musubi.|
|My Mom got a traditional spam musubi and an egg spam musubi with fried chicken and vienna sausages.|
|Avocado and bacon musubi.|
|After dinner we decided to play a few rounds of Bananagrams. On the first round I pulled ALL consonants!|