I stumbled upon these Hawaiian/Okinawan sweet potatoes at Mariano’s just before Christmas and bought them. Dallas steamed them and when he cut in: Bright purple. He said they were just like home. We were both afraid that these would be some kind of high-priced imposters.. but it was a good surprise that they were the real deal!
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On Friday, Dallas and I met up with Dallas’s friend Matt, who he had not seen for NINETEEN years! Ever since graduation parties after they graduated high school. For most people, if you hadn’t seen someone for nineteen years, you wouldn’t even bother, but if there’s one thing I learned about Kamehameha Schools, it’s that everyone who went there is friends for life. Especially those who boarded together, away from their friends and families, for years.
Dallas has told me stories of Matt and his wife, who was also in their class at Kamehameha Schools, so it was nice to finally meet him. We met up for dinner at Chicago Cut, one of Dallas’s favorite Chicago steakhouses, for a nice dinner. .. probably my last splurge meal before the baby is born. Matt still hangs out with a lot of Hawaiians where he lives in Portland and I could tell right away because of his pidgin, but by the time we ordered our appetizers, Dallas was right there too.
After dinner, I sleepily headed home with an overstuffed belly, but Dallas and Matt met up with friends downtown for a late night of drinking and reminiscing. Hopefully, we’ll get to see Matt and his wife again next year at their 20 year Kamehameha Schools high school reunion! If not, I’m hoping that it will not be another 19 years before we see Matt again!
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Just a few extra random shots from our time in Japan –
Dallas and Kai walking in Roppongi.
Some totally crazy Adidas shoes we saw at Roppongi Hills. I especially like the pink poodles!
Ha!! Truth comes out, Ricola!
We saw this Haleiwa display at Loft, a department store in Shibuya.
This cab in Kyoto had a television in the center console. The driver was watching a baseball game.
Lawson’s is a convenience store chain in Japan that is kind of like 7-Eleven here. After Dallas saw Anthony Bourdain and David Chang eat some crazy chicken there, he had to give it a try himself.
In Ginza, we stopped by the Sony Building to see the Sony Showroom. There are four floors of the latest Sony products. The TVs were pretty crazy.
And now the Japanese toilets! A little intimidating at first, but you get used to them. I was sad to come home to our toilets. We’re heathens!
And two I didn’t try, the female urinal and the Japanese squat toilet.
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