Archive for December, 2009

Resolute To Unresolute

December 31st, 2009
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And da countdown is on......

Ready or not, a new year is about to begin and whether you're prepared for it - no mattah cause da clock ain't stoppin'!

Wat do you do to prepare for New Year's? Are you a hoster or a guest? Do you get ahi?  :shock:  Do you get a kadomatsu? Pound mochi? Pop firecrackahs? Go out to a bar, club or event?

Me? I'm a homey kind of guy - love to host pah-tay's but it's been a grand tradition for as long as I can remembah dat even while "most people" spend it with their ohana, for some reason my friends and I have always spent da eve together and da New Year Day with ohana. It's da strangest thing but all our ohana has always "understood" it. While my friends may have to show face earlier in da night with their respective ohana, da eve belongs to us. Pretty cool I think.

We always potluck. In fact, right at this moment (1:39am) I just finished making anoddah small batch of kim chee and wasabi potato salad and my knees are all swollen from standing for da past six hours. It doesn't bother me none as isn't dat wat it's all about? Doing anything for friends.  :grin: 

Out of curiosity, how many of you make New Year resolutions? How many of you have actually kept them for da year?

Well not hea Wassap Wit Dat! - das not how we roll. We make 'un'resolutions. You heard right. How many times have resolutions been broken within days, hours, minutes of making 'em? Resolutions are empty promises so why make them? 'Un'resolutinos are "promsises" NOT to. It's easier to keep and chances are it'll last longer thand da real thing.

An 'un'resolution can be about anything so in da spirit of trying to jack up some comments, list yours! I know dis can probably go on forevah but who knows who's in today so keep let's keep it going for as long as we can.

Da next time I'll see you will be in 2010 so pah-tay hard and pah-tay safe!

Have a great New Years to all Da Hui of WWD!.... yeah, you Lurkahs too.   :razz: 

Shoots!
k-den

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Viva Las Vegas!

December 30th, 2009
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C'mon, who hasn't SEEN Las Vegas?

Ok, who hasn't BEEN to Las Vegas?

Uh, have you even HEARD of Las Vegas?

There's no doubt that Vegas is ever changing and even more so now with the new hugemangeous City Center up. Chances are if you blink, there's something probably that you wish you could have seen but isn't there any more. Besides gambling, there's tons to do if you look and/or want.

I dunno about you but I'm kinda ovah Vegas.

:shock: 

Yeah, you heard right. Don't know if it's MLC - oh wait, no can use dat cause I no stay at The Cal or Main Street - but I'm kinda ovah da whole neon lights thing, huge buffet and "free" drinks. I've done da Hoover Dam, Mt.Charleston, Red Rock and even drove up north to Utah to snowboard but wen I stay with Da Wife, she's done those things too (except da snowboard part) and she's not too keen on da driving long distances unless absolutely necessary so besides da shopping and kau kau, she's ovah Vegas too.

I'd love to do a Grand Canyon tour, white water rafting or maybe even an Area 51 campout... but Da Wife not into dat kine stuff. My friends and I have had a tough time getting our schedules all synched so we haven't had a boys trip in a few years and with our "bettah halves" in da picture, shmall kine hard.

For me, Vegas has lost it's wide-eyed luster but there's always the gambling.   :grin:  You can't get away from dat. So wat do Da Wife and I do besides shop? Try to find new and interesting things that we haven't seen or done the last time we're there and of course, trying to find da ono grinds doesn't hurt either.   :razz: 

So hea's a few things to check out if you haven't done so before..............

 


Well maybe not to check out but you do know dat Vegas is da 9th Island right?

 


Can't start off a day in Vegas without a good hearty breakfast and judging from da 30 minute wait dis place has got to be good especially wen backed by Man vs Food and Rachel Ray!

 


Da Wife's plate. Fo'got wat she got but it had chorizo in it and da homemade biscuit was to die for!

 


Andy's Sage Fried Chicken w/ fresh spinach, hardwood smoked bacon, market tomatos, homemade biscuit, egg, mozzarella and chipotle cream
If you go and you hungry... GET THIS ONE! Supah hugemangeous, supah ono and guaran's kanacks.

 


Was there any doubt I couldn't finish it?

 


Can't argue with saving da planet    :mrgreen:

 


Anybody know CPR?

 


Have you evah seen Downtown like dis?   :shock: 

 


Don't even ask me wat da heck was going on in dat tent but they had full on ID check and only let in a specific numbah of people at a time... only in Vegas

 


I thought dis was sooo funny. Don't get it yet? Da name boasts "neon" but da neons no work.   :lol:  
By the way - I bet a ton of you don't know - dis is da beginning of da "old school" Neon Museum. 10 refurbished neon signs from waaay back in da day have been put back into circulation and are indicated by plaques along dis short walkway at Fremont Street.

 


Bet you didn't know there was a pretty big history wall map of Downtown Las Vegas near da theaters huh? Did you even know Downtown had theaters?

 


Don't do it......     :lol: 

 


Fremont Experience light show

 


Wat happened to Chevron?

 


A must stop.... In N Out burgers! Double for me and a single for Da Wife - both animal style!

 


And animal style fries of course!

 


Uh.... dunno wat to make of dis sign. So does dat mean Vegas' watah is dat bad dat they have to "import" watah?   :shock: 

 


HNL2LAS joined us for dinnah at Sushi on Rainbow.... and then I found out she doesn't eat seafood. WWD!   :lol:   Was great to meet up with a Kwonic! 

 


City Center
It wasn't as "exciting" as they made it seem. Unless you're a guest or a resident at City Center, it's almost like there's nothing to do because a majority of the place is for guests only. There's art work, not all stores are open and it's very very fancy.

You see da "different" windows at da Mandarin Hotel? It's actually da lobby on da 23rd floor. 

 


Da ugly side of Vegas. And wen we we were there, someone had actually damaged the 'Welcome To Vegas' sign with red paint.

 


Pink's Hot Dogs at Planet Holleywood

 
Chili cheese fries, Spicy Mojave Dog - Ono! and The Showgirl Dog
It's hella expensive for "dogs" but gotta try once right?

 


Oh yeah, had a Coke too
 


Can't forget dessert

 

 

 

Click hea to see tons more photos of City Center, Wynn Buffet, Bellagio Christmas Atrium, da rest of da Neon Boneyard and oddah Vegas sights.

 

SHOUT OUT:  MUCHOS MAHALOS to all who stopped by with goodies and those who were visiting from off island and da mainland who took some time out of their vacation to stop by!

I especially liked those who even mailed Christmas Cards and photos! Now those were a real treat as they were even HANDWRITTEN! WOW! Amazing there's still people who do dat!   :razz:  

Don't want to name names but you know who you are... I hope.

 

 

Braddah Lance Kwon

Portland Day 3 & 4 In A Nutshell

December 24th, 2009
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Aftah Day 2, day 3 was a piece of cake. Wen we first left da hotel, da morning looked very promising especially cause we actually were able to see sky AND sunlight - a rarity I hear for Portland dis time of year.    :razz:   

We started da day with a great breakfast at Helser's on Alberta and went to a small outlet, Columbia Gorge, to shop (dis tax free stuff is great!). Funny thing wen traveling, I tink you just gotta "go free" sometimes and dis time wasn't any different. We went through dat outlet pretty quick and didn't have any solid plans so we just drove. Little did we know dat we were only minutes away from wat turned out be a very interesting drive.

We found the Historic Columbia River Highway and took a drive for as long as there was sunlight - or lack thereof. We just drove till it got dark.  :roll:  Sometimes da best part of a trip is unplanned.

Our last (half) day in Portland was spent walking around downtown and enjoying their street cart vendors. They're kinda like manapua trucks but each one sold their own unique flavah. Wat made it really unreal was dat all da ethnic foods and cuisines dat were being offered were made by their respective people. Da Greek foods were made by Greeks, da Mexican food was made by hispanics, southern food was made by southerners and so on and so on. No mattah wat cusine you picked, da street cart vendors will satisfy ANYBODY's pallette.

 


Was dis a promising sign for bettah weather ahead?

 


Dis guy was selling Christmas trees in his front yard.... wat did you tink da sign meant?   :razz: 
 


Helsers on Alberta - a very popular spot for breakfast

 


A real homey feel and a very cozy dining area with handwritten chalk specials

 


Pepper bacon and chedder hash: Pepper bacon, Tillamook cheddar, Yukon Gold potatoes, scallions, onions topped with two poached eggs and creme fraiche. Yuuummm.

 


Brioche French Toast: Sliced thick and soaked in a vanilla cinnamon batter served with buttery syrup and sweet butter. Even MORE yuuummmy! It was one of da fluffiest, lightest french toast I've evah had. You tink it sounded overly sweet but it wasn't.

 


It was just like da Pali hea at Crown Point with da Columbia River in da background

 


A very neat little find dat a lot of people just drove by cause it wasn't da "headliner"

 


Just anoddah waterfall no?

 


Did you notice dis at da base of da waterfall? It was below freezing so even before da watah hit da base, it froze and ended up making an "ice volcano" which was something I'd nevah seen before. Since da waterfall nevah completely froze ovah, it created a 'reverse volcano' of ice wea watah was going in instead of coming out. If you look at da walkway, it's not wet... it's ice. Trust me.   :roll: 

 


Hea's anoddah angle. I tried to get "on top" but dis was as good as it got.

 


Da "headliner"

 


Dat coffee got cold really fast

 


50 feet high on da lower falls and 300 feet on da upper

 


Mold  Moss AND ice?

 


They weren't lying. You couldn't even walk on dis suckah.

 


If you look really closely in da puka, dat's wea da watah is running - everything on top got frozen including da fallen leaves.

  


Dis lake froze ovah. How did I know? I saw da rocks sitting on top.   :wink: 

  


Da magic of telephoto lenses. Dis is across da Columbia River.

  


Dinnah was at The Original - A Dinerant. I'm guessing they could decide whether to call it a diner or a restaurant.

  


Moose Drool. For realz, das wat it's called.

  


Chili cheese fries - da buggah was SUPAH ONO! Da fries was perfect and their homemade chili and melted cheese had da perfect chili/cheese to fries ratio.

  


See! All gone.   :grin:  

  


Da Wife had da 72 hour BBQ Brisket with mac n cheese and brown butter braised greens 

  


Cascade natural NY strip steak with green bean casserole, bordelaise

  


Portland is a very bicycle friendly town. Also a very pet friendly town. And a very "artsy" town too.

 


There were wat seemed like a ton of these "street cart vendors" and it was hard choosing one... so we ate at a few.   :grin: 

 


Check out da 5-Oh Burger

 


As you can tell, it was raining but dat didn't stop "Side Cart" from frying anything and everything!

 


Look how big dis burrito is from Mr.Taco!

 


Pulled pork sandwich with secret sauce.... it was FANTASTIC! Told by a couple of guys as we were contemplating at da menu dat dis is THE best pulled pork around. His baked beans and potato salad was broke da mouth as well!


Wat a clever slogan! If it wasn't for dat, I wouldn't have tried.


Chicken Schnitzelwich. ONOLICIOUS! Dat orange sauce is pretty tasty as well as da batter on da chicken.

 


I wondah how come we don't have these kine trash cans around Hawaii wea we get sun like 99% of da time.... WWD!

 

 As always, CLICK HEA for more pics....

SHOUT OUT:   If you missed out on yesterday's blog, still get a couple of containers of fresh homemade kim chee for anyone who like sample.  :grin: 

 

In case we don't hear from each oddah, Merry Christmas to da WWD! Hui! You guys are wat makes dis blog click!

 

Braddah Lance Kwon

Portland Day 2

December 23rd, 2009
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Believe it or not there are still a few more travelogs to share and amazingly I got an 808 Pride post too... from da mainland!

Well Day 2 in Portland was a go go go day. We woke up pretty early to drive over to Tillamook (2 to 2 ½ hour drive) because it was a "touristy" thing to do.   :razz:   If you don't know or nevah heard about them, check out your local grocery store's cheese section.   :wink:

With all da suggestions coming in about Portland, dis place popped up a few times and even my MIL (mother-in-law) suggested we head down there. They not only have cheese but they make their own fudge and ice cream too! Yummmmm.

Hea's a mo'olelo dat I really didn't want to share but being da king of WWD! moments it would have been wrong if I didn't.

Da drive to Tillamook is pretty scenic if da weather was clear. You get to see some breathtaking views of farmlands, different crops and nature - if you're into dat kind of thing. As we left da city, there was fog all around (could have been clouds) and visibility was at most about 50 yards. Da fields all around were hard to see and we were anticipating worse as there rain was in da forecast and da drive had us going through da mountains.

Once we entered da long drive through da mountains, da clouds (fog) lifted and it was just anoddah day in country paradise. We saw some podunk areas and we saw some really elaborate farm houses, both just like in da movies. Da drive had me wide-eyed as I enjoy scenic drives and scenery more than da destination itself at times. Da winding roads allowed us to slow down - although da 'locals' were ripping it - to take in some sights even though it was only a two lane road (one in each direction) da whole way down!

Once out of da mountains it was a straight shot to Tillamook for a good handful of miles and one of da ODDest sights I've seen was at least five trucks with surfboards on da roof (WWD! And you guys call ME pupule for wearing shorts).  I wanted to follow them but Da Wife would have made me walk back. 

Aftah I let a couple of cars pass us by, Da Wife soon noticed - and mentioned - dat da speed limit signs had dropped from 60 to 35 so I took my foot off da accelerator to slow down and being dat it was near freezing temperatures I decided to let da car slow down on it's own. Soon aftah there was a small dip in da road going below train tracks and once we got back ovah to da plateau, da town soon popped up and visible instantly in da distance.

Da Wife noticed a 25 sign on da side of her eye.... and a sheriff.   :shock:

I looked in da rear view and saw him pull out of nowhere with his lights on. I knew it was for me.  :sad:  I didn't hesitate and immediately pulled ovah.

SHERIFF:     "The speed limit here is 25. There's a sign about 20 yards past the bridge, did you not see it?"
BL:     *pidgin off*   "No sir. Sorry, I didn't notice it. We noticed the change to the 35 sign coming from the highway and started to slow down and then my wife had noticed the 25 after the bridge. I didn't want to jam on my brakes and slide so I was trying to slow down gradually without locking up anything. "
SHERIFF:     "You're entering the town so we need people to slow down. It's a $300 fine. Can I have your license?"
BL:     *already had it out ready*
SHERIFF:     *Santa Claus like figure just missing da long beard bends down a little to look in the car*   "Who's this person next to you?"
BL:     "My wife."
SHERIFF:     "You got a beautiful wife there and I can say that because I'm old enough to be her grandfather. Let me give you a few words of advice. Always listen to her and two words you need to memorize, 'Yes dear'. How long have you been married?"
BL:     "Two and half years."
SHERIFF:     "I've been married for 47 and lived by that advice and done good. Now I can give you a $300 ticket or you can do two things for me."
BL:       *nods in disbelief*
SHERIFF:     "First, I need you to put your head down towards your wife and second......young lady, give you husband a big smack on the back of his head."
DA WIFE: "Certainly!"

Da sheriff was very very cool - not just because he didn't give us (me) a ticket but he didn't have an attitude nor was he rude. Maybe it was because he never saw a Hawaii license or two scared asians (one in shorts) sitting in a Ford but he kindly instead gave us a few words of advice for married life.

Maybe he was Santa Claus.    :wink:

 

 

  
  
Da day started off with anoddah "breakfast" at Voodoo Doughnut
 
 
 

Doughnut challenge... and boy was I hungry!
 
 
I was surprised by da amount of homeless out on da streets but dis was pretty bad
 
 
 
 

Their infamous "voodoo" doughnut
 
 
 
Their infamous "giant" doughnut. Trust me, dis buggah is REALLY HUGE!
 
 
 

Da Wife had a plain chocolate doughnut but I asked da workah wat was his favorite and dis was it: chocolate covered oreo and peanut butter and I tink maple syrup
 
 
 

Gotta love dat sign   :grin:
 
 
 
 

Welcome sign
 
 
 

They are proud of their cows
 
 
 
 

Fully automated and only about five plant workahs on duty
 
 
 

Weighing da cheese to da exact ounce
 
 
 
 

Grilled Tillamook cheese and chowder
 
 
 
 

Talk about high tech... I guess da original "bell" didn't cut it
 
 
 
 

Funny slogan
 
 
 
 

Can you believe dis was only $3? From left to right: Espresso mocha, root beer float and Tillamook strawberry
 
 
 
 
 
WOW! A bit of Hawaii is nevah too far away.
 
 
 

Have you evah seen a stop sign IN da road?
 
 
 
 

It's icy cold down there
 
 
 

Can you believe dat is da Pacific and dat sign is just "weird" to see
 
 
 
Da drive back we found dis.... a footbridge and to da right is a pool to wade in and you can't see it in da pic but there's a swinging rope too. If I had brought a towel I would have definitely gone polar bear dipping!
 
 
 
 

You can barely see it but right below my thumb is a snowflake
 
 
 

No, da background isn't fake. We found anoddah waterfall semi-hidden... nature at it's best
 
 
 
 

I've been in snow but dis was sooo different. It wasn't wet snow or heavy snow, it fluttered down lightly (like da movies) and didn't melt wen it hit your skin or even da ground.
 
 
 
 

Dis was one of two "nearest" outlets in Portland and it's about a 40 minute drive. There are oddahs but da drive is long. We did da most damage at dis outlet.  :grin: 
 
 

Hawai'i no ka oi yeah?
 
 
 

They have dis really neat treehouse
 
 
 
We had dinner at Toro Bravo - a very hip, popular and crowded establishment dat serves up pinchos, tapa or paella type plates. It's a family style eatery and definitely not one if you're looking to pound - it's more of a "try everything" kind of thing. Since da food is served in small plates, they "time out" your food so you're not sitting and waiting. You're eating steadily and not having all da plates come out at once. It's mostly Spanish based dishes and there are some really creative menu items which Da Wife really enjoyed but me? It was... weird.
 
 
 
 
Duck liver mousse terrine with morels & house made sidra mustard 
 
 
 
Druken pork with heirloom shell bean stew
 
 
Paella Toro with chorizo, chicken, shrimp, clams & mussels
 
 
 
 
SHOUT OUT:   It's dat time of year and for those faithful WWD! readers you're in luck! If you're interested in free homemade kim chee, let me know asap as there are only a limited quantity available. Da pickup is Thursday Dec 24th at The Honolulu Advertiser building on Kapiolani Blvd BEFORE 1pm. If you can't make it, let me know and I can drop off as long as it's between town and Pearl City.
Da catch?
You need to pay it forward by helping anyone out - a friend, family member, co-worker, stranger. It's as simple as holding a door open for somebody or paying a compliment. If you put a smile on their face, consider it paid.   :grin:  
Snooze you lose.
Braddah Lance Kwon
 
 
 

Stay Tuned.... More To Come

December 22nd, 2009
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Howzit everybodies!

Just wanted to let da WWD! Hui know dat I'm still around. I've been back from da trip since late Saturday night and between unpacking, washing stink clothes, cleaning da house and ugh.... of course work, I've been a bit behind in my postings.

Work is very CRAZY so I gotta take kea dat first.... plus it's da only thing dat going help pay da bills cause we all know da blog doesn't.   :roll:

Stay tuned though cause Portland - and Vegas - was very fun and interesting I get a ton more pics and mo'olelos from there.

And no worries, I going reply back to da last blog by end of day today.

Shoots!
k-den

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