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Dinner at the Matsudas

October 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment


Erik, Swede, Safina


Safina and Swede playing ball with Dallas and Erik


Racing trophies


Aunty Nancy said the kids have brought these to school for Show & Tell!


Ahi Sashimi


Mountains of ahi sashimi!!


Portuguese Meat, Aunty Nancy’s Specialty


Party People


In the house tonight…


Swede and the family cat.


Safina and Swede putting sprinkles on the cake.


Safina and Swede blowing out candles.

Dallas’s family’s best friends on Kauai are the Matsudas. They live just down the road from where Dallas and his family lived and we try to see them every time we go back to Kauai. Some years it’s just the family and us and some years, like this year, there are a lot of people. I think because Dallas’s parents were with us and a lot of their friends came over.

After the drag races we headed over to the Matsuda’s house. Uncle Bob and Uncle George and the others had to finish up at the race track and put the car back into storage so they met up with us later. Every time we come to Kauai, no matter what, Aunty Nancy makes Dallas his favorite dish that only she makes: Portuguese Meat. At least that’s what they call it (Aunty Nancy is Portuguese). This year she also got this enormous platter of ahi sashimi. Seriously, it was the biggest plate of sashimi I’ve ever seen… and probably the best-tasting too.

It was fun to see everyone again. Safina and Swede are growing up so big! They are such nice and open kids. Right away they fell right in with us. Swede was saying “Uncle, Uncle look at this!” to Dallas and kept bringing things out. We played ball and helped them decorate a cake for everyone (just the sprinkles). We’re not positive if it was someones birthday or if the kids just wanted to blow out candles.

So nice to see everyone and visit! Until next time..!

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Dinner at the Matsudas

July 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

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Primo :: Waimea, Kauai

Dallas’s family’s best friends on Kauai are the Matsudas. They live just down the road from where Dallas and his family lived and we try to see them every time we go back to Kauai. This year Aunty Nancy and Uncle Bob invited us over for dinner. When we arrived they were the only ones home and were watching their grandson, Swede, who was just born this year. Isn’t he adorable!?

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Dallas, Swede :: Waimea, Kauai

We sat outside at picnic tables and drank some beer while eating edamame. Aunty Nancy was feeding Swede his dinner, poi with milk. No wonder he’s so big! Well, that and the fact that his dad is something like 6’5″.

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Dallas, Uncle George, Mr. Hee, Uncle Bob :: Waimea, Kauai

Not much later, Uncle George (Uncle Bob’s brother) and Aunty Linda arrived. And then Mr. Hee came by.

For dinner we had Portuguese Meat. Maybe there is a more descriptive name for this dish, but Portuguese meat is what we call it. It’s kind of like pot roast, but way more vinegar-y. Aunty Nancy is Portuguese and knows that Dallas loves this dish so she makes it every time he visits. We had some other dinner, too, but the parts I remember are the desserts. This was the first time I ever had haupia cake, manju or homemade guri guri (I’d only ever had guri guri for the first time two days before).

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Rachelle, Aunty Linda, Swede, Aunty Nancy :: Waimea, Kauai

And then finally, later on, Marissa and Eric, Swede’s parents, arrived with Swede’s sister, Safina. By that time it was dark and everyone was off in different directions. I wanted to take a photo of Safina because she has grown so much since the last time we saw her, but she was off on her scooter and taking a bath and had her own agenda going on. It was nice to be able to visit with everyone. On of these days we need to visit Tandy, Uncle Bob & Aunty Nancy’s other daughter, who now lives in the DC area. She and her husband Chris just had their first baby a few weeks ago. His name is Kai. We haven’t seen Tandy and Chris since their wedding, which seems like forever ago.

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Waimea Barbecue

March 22nd, 2007 · 5 Comments

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Dallas, Waimea, Kaua’i

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Punk Ass Jordan, Waimea, Kaua’i

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Susan & John, Waimea, Kaua’i

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Allison & Tammy, Waimea, Kaua’i

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Uncle Dee, Waimea, Kaua’i

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Pupus, Waimea, Kaua’i

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Koa & Caroline & Carrie, Waimea, Kaua’i

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Såfina Grinds!, Waimea, Kaua’i

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Såfina & Dallas, Waimea, Kaua’i

For dinner we went over to where Dallas’ Uncle Dee and Auntie Kathy live, the house where Dallas grew up in Waimea. It’s always fun for me to go back and see the house and imagine when Dallas’ family lived there. This time his sister and brother, Caroline and Jordan, were with us so we heard a few stories about things that happened there. Going over for dinner is a tradition I always look forward to when visiting Kaua’i.

I was also excited because the last time we saw Marissa was at her sister Tandy’s wedding and she and her husband were expecting their first child. And now it’s been so long since the baby was born. She has a little girl named Såfina who is more than a year old. So cute!

Uncle Dee and Auntie Kathy were great hosts and great cooks. They made dinner for all of us who were visiting and all we had to do was show up with beer. We got Guinness for Uncle Dee and Hinano, a Tahitian beer, for ourselves. These are all the things we had:

  • Barbecue chicken
  • Fried Saimin
  • Sushi with canned tuna (local specialty)
  • Kimchi
  • Poke
  • Lomi lomi salmon
  • Seared Ahi
  • Poi
  • Grilled chicken
  • Grilled steak
  • Lettuce salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Fruit salad
  • Asparagus
  • Rice

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