Entries Tagged as 'tacos'

Shrimp Station

October 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Paul and Kate were talking up the Shrimp Station so much, I just had to try it. The original location is in Waimea and is located in a building that used to be a gas station/auto repair shop called Seto’s. Dallas’s parent’s friends owned Seto’s (it’s their last name) and Dallas used to ride his bike there after school and do oil and tire changes.

Anyway….. we were in a huge rush, but I made Dallas stop there anyway when we were driving by! The building does look like a service station, and is now set up as a walk-up stand. You order from the window and they cook fresh to order. There is seating, but it is outside on picnic tables. There’s a second Shrimp Station location in Kapa’a now and it looks more like a conventional restaurant. I haven’t been there.

My order at the Shrimp Station was made pretty quick (not quick enough for Dallas, you can see him waiting in the car across the street!) but maybe like 10-15 minutes? I got the shrimp tacos and they were pretty good. Spicy! I’d go back. It was fast and delicious. The two tacos were pretty big and filling. It was not especially cheap, just about everything is $12, but not breaking the bank either.

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Fourth of August in New England

August 9th, 2012 · No Comments

Lake Wentworth

With the Fourth of July falling on a Wednesday this year, it didn’t work out for us to go to New England for the holiday like we usually do. It just so happened that one month later, the Fourth of August, worked out great, so off we went!


Adirondack Chair


That is Stamp Act Island across the way, on the left.

We spent a few days at Ross’s house on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. We went to Ross’s house for the first time last year and it was a ton of fun. And it was a ton of fun this year too.

We flew into Boston and drove up to New Hampshire with Matt, Molly and Lucy and their dog Buddy. They also had a new addition for us to meet this year, a one-and-a-half-year-old mastiff, Sophie.


Also staying at the house were Tommy and Marinella, with their dog Koukla, who happened to really like riding on the kayaks. Note Ross’s new toys are these fancy kayaks that have a pedal mechanism so you don’t have to paddle. They were pretty awesome.

Tommy, Ross, Koukla, Dallas

Ross & Koukla

The week before we went out East, Rob stayed overnight at our house in Chicago. He always stays over one night every year when he does the sailing race to Mackinac Island. Rob and Ross and Matt all lived in Boston at the same time so we mentioned to Rob that we were going to Ross’s and suggested he come down from Maine, so he did. So glad he did!


Rob and Dallas taking a snooze.

There was lots of eating and drinking and fun, like always. Ross has been on a paleo diet, but we still had a lot of great food and drinks. One thing was clear, that we are all getting older. Things were not as rowdy as previous years, for sure!

Steak and Scallops.

Ross broke out the good stuff (but I still didn’t like it!)

Brought my aloha shirt koozie.

I don’t know why Ross had these bling-y ice cubes!

Long Trail Ale is a beer from Vermont.

And we still had a ton of fun playing on the lake and relaxing outside.

Lucy had her own adirondack chair, a gift from Uncle Ross.

Ross, Koukla, Rob

Matt and Lucy.

Lucy and I were playing with leaves and pine cones.

Rob and Dallas.

Lucy getting a haircut.

After her haircut.


Ross gave us a Lake Wentworth chocolate bar from Winnipesaukee Chocolates.

The rest of our trip was spent in the greater Boston area where Matt and Molly live. Dallas and Matt golfed, I took Lucy to the park, we watched a ton of Olympics, visited a diner where Lucy is a regular, and spent one night watching The Dark Knight Rises followed by drinks and dinner in Marina Bay.

There’s a rule somewhere that when you’re on a roadtrip you have to stop at Taco Bell. I finally tried the Doritos Locos Taco.

Lucy at Target.

Lucy at the park.

Marina Bay

Oh, and on the way out to Boston, we, of course, had drinks and lunch at Tortas Frontera at O’Hare!

Tortas Frontera.

As of right now I have 167k miles on AA.

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Brian and Sara’s Welcome Party at the Beach

March 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Palapa at ixhel Beach Hotel

Josh & Lynda

Christine & Adam

Spontaneous dance?

Dallas doing his Angelina Jolie leg.

Brett & Trevor

The Girls

The Guys

Lifting Brian?

Brian’s Sermon?

Brothers: Adam, Todd, Mike

Larry & Dallas

Larry & Brett

Rachelle & Brett

Dallas, Mike & Brian

Rachelle & Mike

Chow time!

Brian thanked everyone for coming to Mexico for the wedding.

Adam said a few words.

Drunken sing-a-long to Chicago’s song “You’re the Inspiration”.

On Friday night, Brian and Sara had a welcome party on the beach under the palapa at the Ixchel Beach Hotel, where they and all their wedding guests were staying. Even though we’d been on Isla Mujeres for a few days and had seen a lot of friends and met some new ones, it was nice to get everyone all in one place for an informal party. Also, a lot of people were still flying in on Thursday and Friday so we finally got to see everyone that was there for the wedding.

We took many photos in front of the spectacular sunset and enjoyed some excellent authentic Mexican food. I don’t know where Sara and Brian found these ladies, but the food was like very homemade and delicious. We had tacos, tamales (cooked local-style in banana leaves), beans, and rice. Oh, and there was a huge container of margaritas and a lady passing out the best mini churros ever. I wish I could have seconds or thirds of those, but I guess everyone beat me to it!

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