Thursday, August 28, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Cutie Patootie sunbathing at the Dolphin
Then we drove to the wet cave. Previous trips to Kauai it has been ‘wet’ inside (standing water) but this time it was only damp so were able to walk in. Paul thinks it’s a lava tunnel. It’s hard to get pictures because it’s so dark inside so you’ll just have to trust me when I say it is pretty cool. We went back to the center of town and ate at the Dolphin Restaurant. It was one of the places on my “Top 10 Hit List”. Reviews said “Best Fish Tacos Ever”. They were fabulous! The Catch of the Day was none other than my favorite Ono, beer battered crispy deliciousness. M-M-Good.
Yesterday morning we went to the Westin and had their breakfast buffet at the poolside patio. It was okay but we won’t be going back.
Such a beautiful pool area though
We haven’t really decided where the roads will lead us today but we do have dinner reservations at the St. Regis at 6:15. We had picked the Kauai Grill but when I called for reservations the concierge said The Kauai Grill is closed on Sundays. She said Makana Terrace is open. We were going to wait and have our anniversary dinner another night but after comparing the menus the Makana Terrace seemed equal to the Kauai Grill except it’s on the Terrace, which I think is nicer. When I called back to make the reservation she asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. 'Anniversary'. She asked how many years. '29' “OH MY! Congratulations, that’s a long time.” [tell*me*about*it] She said she would request a table at the edge overlooking the ocean but no guarantees. She asked if we had any food allergies. I said yes, I'm allergic to coconut. She said that was horrible, being in Hawaii.
The server came over and said Happy Anniversary and asked if we would like a complimentary glass of champagne for our anniversary. Yes please.
After we ate we 'waited' ~and waited~ *and waited* for them to clear away the dishes. Our server went by twice and her assistant went by at least twice. tick tock, Tick Tock, TICK TOCK. I was getting annoyed looking at my lobster carcass! FINALLY our server came by and asked if we were finished. Really? She took the dishes and asked if we wanted to see the dessert menu. Yes please. She brought the menu and said “the macadamia tart, the white chocolate cheesecake and the crème brulee are my favorites”. Okey dokey. Paul asked me what she said and I told him she was expressing her favorites but I don’t know why they do that unless you ask for a recommendation. Yes, I was a little cranky. We decided to split the white chocolate cheesecake and we each ordered an espresso. The cheesecake was very good and had a little scoop of raspberry sorbet. The sorbet was really refreshing. The espresso was good but not Italy good, although I'm sure nothing ever will measure up to Bar Gianicolo (right Jay?). When our server brought our check she brought a little plate of mini-cookies. One chocolate and two coconut. :shaking head: She looked at me like :what?: I said “I don’t know why they ask if you have food allergies when you make a reservation.” :deer-in-the-headlights-blinky-eye-look: “They asked if we had food allergies and I told her I was allergic to coconut. First we received coconut butter and now coconut cookies.” She said she was sorry. I said "That's okay. The food was excellent and we had a great table with an amazing view". When she brought our receipt back she apologized again and said it was a lack of communication but it would be addressed.
When they turn red, they squeeze the leaves
and use the nectar as hair conditioner
ginormous leaves about 3-4 feet tall
Now you go to a deck. The deck is the only non-shady spot in the grotto so everyone was hovered around the four umbrellas in the corners. As you can imagine it’s also very humid in the grotto.
The MC started off by telling us that in 2006 there was what they called a Biblical Flood. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights. He said “we were expecting Noah to show up”. Anyhow the rains did so much damage that they had to close the grotto for a year to do clean up and repairs. Now they can’t go into the former amphitheater because the rock slides made it an unsafe environment. They played songs while two of the girls did the hula. They ended with the Hawaiian Wedding Song (lots of people get married in the grotto). Then we took another pathway back to the boat. The Ohana went back on the boat with us and performed the entire way back. They were very good and entertaining.
Compliments of Mother Nature
We brought back leftovers. Paul said "don't be surprised if you get up and your ribs are already gone". I usually wake up about an hour or two before he does so there was no danger of THAT happening!
You know you will find me right back here tomorrow morning.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Paul was on the patio with his own morning routine. Coffee, cigar, magazine, laptop, Fred & Ethel.
We had decided to go to the Mediterranean Gourmet for dinner. We pulled up their website so I could call for reservations and discovered that on Tuesdays they close the kitchen at 3 p.m. to get ready for the Luau. We checked the details of the Luau and decided what-the-heck. So as I said previously, all things subject to change, I made reservations for the Luau. By the time we left for breakfast it was almost lunchtime so we went to Tiki Iniki and had to wait about 15 minutes until they opened (11:30).
We were going to go exploring but decided to go to the pool instead. We walked out to the cliff at the edge of the resort to check it out. Beautiful.
They started off playing music and singing until they were ready for us to hit the buffet line. The food was okay. Luau food is always average in my opinion anyhow so I wasn’t expecting fabulous. Two desserts, both coconut, just sayin'. There was an nice assortment of fresh fruit on the dessert table which was very good and obviously better for me. Then more music and Hula dances followed by Tahitian dances and the grand finale, the fire dance which was smokin' hot (no pun intended). And dangerous, as my husband the Building and Fire Inspector pointed out! The show was very good with one exception. The solo dancer was (we are pretty sure) the Greek owner’s Greek wife! She wasn’t very good. The three Hawaiian dancers were all excellent and their father, the Fire Dancer (and MC), was amazing.
I also took some video on my phone. Now I have to figure out how to get it off my phone and onto my computer.
So we had three complaints: not on the ocean as insinuated; hot indoors, the Greek not very good dancer pretending to be a Hawaiian dancer. Overall it was a very good and entertaining show and we weren't sorry that we went. If you are looking for the more touristy Luau, this is not the show for you. No photographer to sell you pictures of you entering the venue, no ceremony of them taking the pig out of the imu, etc. This was just nice entertainment, which was just fine with us.
I drove back on the very dark, long and winding road. Yikes. I was happy when I parked the car in front of our condo.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
You can almost see the pod at the edge of the scooper at the rim of the bucket
View from the deck
All photos are mine except the Flower Truck.
~Sorry the spacing is wonky. Sometimes Blogger has a mind of it's own.