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Hanshin Tigers vs. Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome

May 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Chris and Dallas walking outside the Tokyo Dome.

First things first!

We had pretty good seats.

Each beer had it’s own girls that walked around the stadium with a keg on her back, serving beer. All the girls were so cute. Each beer company had a different themed outfit. Dallas liked the Yebisu girl the best. :/

Kirin Girl.

Asahi Girl.

This girl was actually selling Suntory whiskey!

Tigers fans.

Tigers fan club chanting and singing.

Giants fans.

Giants fan club chanting and singing.

Just your typical ballpark food!

I thought these looked like Bugles. I looked it up later and they are! When’s the last time you had bugles?!

This is the same crepes stand I saw in Harajuku. Must be a popular crepe chain in Japan.

My crepe had bananas, chocolate sauce and whipped cream!

The Japanese love KFC, especially on Christmas!

We also got food from this stand.

Delicious wontons!

Back at our seats, Fukudome struck out, just like he did so many times in Chicago!

The rivalry intensifies!

Immediately following the game, they were doing a press conference right on the field while cheerleaders danced around.

The final score.


Walking out of the Tokyo Dome.

As far as sports go, we really wanted to see some sumo matches while we were in Japan. Dallas grew up watching sumo in Hawaii and I thought it would just be something different to do. Unfortunately, it was not the right season for sumo! But it was baseball season, so Chris helped us get some tickets to the biggest rivalry in Japan, the Hanshin Tigers vs. the Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome. You might think, “Whatever, baseball. We have that here,” but the Japanese LOVE baseball and it was so much fun to see. I had more fun walking around the stadium and watching the fans then actually watching the game, I think!

Chris’s favorite team is the Tigers. He described them kind of as the Cubs. Loyal fans, but they don’t really win or go far often. The Giants he said are kind of like the Yankees. Lots of money, they can buy a good team and they win often. They won the game we were at! Since Dallas loves the Yankees, he bought a baseball cap with the Giants logo on it. Oh, also, Fukudome, who used to play for the Cubs, is now playing for the Tigers and striking out like crazy!

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Lani Kai, Upscale Hawaiian Food and Drinks in New York City

June 12th, 2012 · 2 Comments

Jess and I got together one night when I was in New York. We were both working pretty late and wanted to have a nice dinner with some good drinks to unwind. We decided on Lani Kai, a Hawaiian restaurant in Soho that Jess had heard was good. She had told me about it when I was in New York a few weeks ago, but we didn’t have time to go. That’s the thing about New York, though, right? Even when you live there, there is never enough time to go to all the places you hear about!

Jess trying to decide what to order.

So many delicious cocktails.

Kamehameha Rum Punch

Happy with my drink selection!

After getting turned around just slightly, we found Lani Kai on a quieter section of Broome Street. The interior felt like a high-end resort on the islands and was not a cheesy tiki bar, as I’d feared. The first thing we did was go about trying to choose drinks. There are two full pages of tropical cocktails and another two pages of beer and wine. Unfortunately, there were no Hawaiian beers (if they can get them at Citi Field, why can’t they get them here?), but that was ok because I wanted a cocktail anyway. After much deliberation, Jessica got the Pacific Swizzle (white rum infused with rosehip, lemongrass and hibiscus tea, lime juice and passion fruit) and I got the Kamehameha Rum Punch (Nicaraguan and dark Jamaican rums, lemon, fresh pineapple juice, grenadine and crème de mure). The drinks were not cheap ($13 each) but they were large and tasty and had plenty of fresh ingredients. We could see the bartender making them with care… and besides… $13? It was New York, afterall. Not that crazy. We both really liked our drinks. Jess’s was a bit sweeter than mine, which made me like mine a little more.

Small plates

Crab Wontons


Loco Moco

Once we got our drinks settled, it was time to order food. Lani Kai has one page of the menu with pupus and small plates. On another page were larger entrees. Some of the entrees looked great – they had Kalua Pig and a grilled Hawaiian fish – but we decided to stick to smaller things that we could share. Out of the gate we got the Crab Wontons (lump crab mixed with mascarpone cheese in a crispy wonton, served with mustard sauce), Tuna Poke (ahi tuna with cucumber, onion, ogo and pickled jalapeño served with taro root chips) and Loco Moco (crispy Japanese rice cake topped with a spiced beef patty, fried quail egg and demi glace). The crab wontons were pretty standard. The poke was clean and fresh. I liked the addition of the taro chips to add a crunch while eating it. And though this was the fanciest loco moco I’ve ever had, I thought it was really tasty and didn’t stray too far off course from the classic dish.

Back to the cocktail menu!

Blue Hawaiian

Time for round two. Again, we were lost in two pages of cocktails trying to pick another. We both decided to try the classic, Blue Hawaiian (demerara rum, lemon, pineapple juice, coco lopez and blue curaçao). I was afraid this was going to be too sweet, but it was just perfect. Plus, how pretty are these drinks! And I was happy to see a flower in my drink that was just like the flower garnishes in Hawaii, and not the pansy that was in Jess’s first drink. Pansies are pretty… but not very Hawaiian :)

Char Siu Baby Back Ribs

Huli Huli Yakitori

Poi Doughnuts

And time for some more food. Instead of getting entrees we decided to get a couple more things to share: Char Siu Baby Back Ribs (ribs roasted in Chinese barbeque sauce, garnished with crushed macadamia nuts and scallions), Huli Huli Yakatori (grilled chicken skewars marinated in a house-made huli huli sauce), and Poi Doughnuts (doughnuts served with a warm caramel & rum dipping sauce). I love char siu so I liked the ribs, even if they did overdo it on the sauce a bit. I thought that the mac nuts were a good addition to the dish. The huli huli chicken was simple, but super flavorful. The poi doughnuts were a good ending to the meal, even if there was no actual poi to be seen.

Lani Kai

You can see our cute, hip waitress here helping another table. She was really attentive and sweet. You can also see some of the Lani Kai decor. Overall I liked the place a lot. When I saw the menu and saw our food, I knew Dallas would be rolling his eyes and objecting. A quail egg on a loco moco? Demi glace? This is not the Hawaiian food that he grew up with, but again… we’re in New York. In Soho. It’s an upscale place. I’ve had all the classic versions of these dishes and I’ve had fancy versions of them as well. I think there’s a time and a place for each. And I thought the food at Lani Kai was really good. And so were the drinks. It was definitely not the cheapest meal, but they do have a happy hour (pau hana!) where drinks are discounted $5 each and there are pupu specials. I think Jess has to go back for that! I would if I lived there just so I could try some more of those tropical drinks!

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Hamura’s Saimin Stand

March 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

On our last day on Kauai we packed all of our stuff up and checked out of our house. I went to the Poipu Shopping Village with Matt and Ross for a bit. Then we headed over to the Makahuena where Dallas’s parents and sister were staying. We had to sort out some financials with our wedding gifts so we weren’t carrying around a bunch of stuff for the rest of our trip. From there we headed into Lihue. Caroline, Tammy and I stopped at the bank and then at Hilo Hattie for some gifts. After that we met up with Ross, Matt, Jordan and Dallas at Hamura’s Saimin Stand.

Hamura’s is a hole-in-the-wall kind of place on a back street of Lihue that is popular with the locals. It’s nothing to look at inside, just a big menu on the wall and u-shaped counter seating. Dallas has been telling me they have the best saimin on the planet for the entire time I’ve known him. Dallas has been to Hamura’s on visits back to Kauai but for some reason I’ve never been there before this trip.

I ordered a wonton saimin.

Dallas ordered the extra large special saimin, that had the works.

We also passed around and shared crispy wontons, shrimp tempura and barbecue sticks of chicken and beef.

This saimin was so delicious! And so filling.

I heard that Hamura’s is also known for their lilikoi chiffon pie, so even though we were all stuffed to the max, I had to order a slice just to try. I mean, who knows when I’d be back! I thought the pie was good and so light and fluffy, but not like amazing. Maybe it’s because I was already so full, but I’d say stick with the saimin! You cannot go wrong. SO good.

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