Guess who’s back!
It’s been about 2 weeks since I’ve posted anything at all. Thanks for the concern, but no… I didn’t get kidnapped or go into witness protection. I went to Hawaii.I work for a TV show, and my bosses actually paid me real money to help shoot on location for a few days. It was gorgeous. It was warm. It was scenic. I’d like to say I got a chance to enjoy the beach, but I’m pretty sure I came back with less of a tan than I had when I arrived. That’s because this is where I spent most of my time. A tiny conference room with no windows. Say hi to my coworker Melissa!
Most days, we were so busy, we’d have to decide whether to eat or sleep. Luckily, I didn’t mind losing a few winks over good food. And… full disclosure… I went full-on carnivore on this trip. Anthony Bourdain says he admires vegetarians and vegans who are willing to put their routines aside as they travel to be more respectful to their hosts. I say when you’re in a place you’ve never been before, all bets are off! Food is part of the experience! My body is still recovering from the incredible ribs I had on the first night. Here are a few of the other things I ate while work-cationing in Oahu:
My daily continental breakfast courtesy the Hilton Hawaiian Village: Fresh fruit, a little guava juice, some of the awesomest coffee I’ve ever had at a hotel, and oatmeal with toasted coconut, raisins, walnuts, and tropical marmalade!
THIS MONSTROSITY! Take a minute. Soak it in. This is a lobster dog. Sausage made from lobster. Real lobster. I regret to say I choked half of one down during a short break in taping. I didn’t get a chance to really savor it, but I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. In case you were wondering, it came from Hank’s Haute Dogs in Waikiki. The owner, Henry Adaniya, left Chicago and an illustrious culinary career to start a hot dog joint in Hawaii where his parents were born. We featured him on the show. He might be one of the most laid back, interesting people I’ve ever met. GO TO OAHU. GO TO HIM. ORDER A LOBSTER DOG.
One night, I actually had time to eat a real dinner, so my afore-mentioned coworker Melissa and I spent as much of the company’s money as we possibly could on cocktails, raw oysters, and sushi. We didn’t realize until after we were back at the hotel that we were at Morimoto’s place. The guy from Iron Chef? Yeah. Had no idea. But I did pay $14 for one piece of sashimi! Great success!
And finally, a tasty souvenir for my buddy Dexter. Pineapple doggie biscuits!
Oh, and remember how I was doing the whole Bob Harper Jumpstart to Skinny thing before the trip? I ended up losing a total of 6.2 pounds… and I gained back almost 4.5 of them in just two weeks while I was on the road. WHOOPISE! Not sorry. I’d never take back those ribs. Or that lobster dog. Besides, it’s probably just water weight, right?