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Local Hawai’i papayas

…I am in Hawai’i! Landed earlier this afternoon. It was such a tussle to get here. I nearly missed my NYC -> Chicago flight when I fell asleep (go figure) in the wrong terminal. In Chicago I was on the phone trying to negotiate for accepted offers on two sales (this never fails to happens just when you’re about to leave town). Chili’s in the United terminal was the only spot where my phone could get reception. I did all my calls there, over baked potato skins, lost track of time until I heard a “paging MISS CHAN.” And then it was nine hours of constant dizziness and headache. I am a terrible flying companion.

Super thanks to:

1. Shann’s company, SwaySpace for hosting a wonderful holiday dinner party at Blue Ribbon in Brooklyn last night. I haven’t left Blue Ribbon so stuffed in my life. Fried chicken, bone marrow, raw oysters, fried oysters, wine, mashed potatoes, bread pudding, profiteroles, chocolate bruno, smoked fish, escargot, and lots of good company :)

2. Mark, the kind guy seated next to me in the Chicago -> Hawai’i flight, who offered both food and Advil. Sorry I was not more conversational – I can’t do much on plane rides except to sit there, very dizzy, and very pale and non-functional.

But I’m in Hawai’i now and it feels all wonderful and warm :) Mom and sister picked me up from the airport. We stopped off at Marukai and Costco for groceries, then headed home for a simple dinner.

I caught a cough/cold from someone and craved simple soup-y food. Grandma dropped off fresh wontons and we had that with my mom’s chicken and five spice broth.

Cups of sweet ginger tea to follow and fresh local papayas. Clean food. I eat so well in Hawai’i :)

10 Comments
  • anonymous
    December 16, 2009

    Welcome home, Kathy!

  • Robyn
    December 16, 2009

    We should travel together so I could slap you awake when necessary! :DAlso, I want to note that my verification word for this comment is "plober."

  • KirkK
    December 16, 2009

    Hey Kathy – Have a great holiday!

  • Cookie
    December 16, 2009

    I always crave wonton soup when I'm feeling sick. Hope you get better soon!

  • anonymous
    December 16, 2009

    Glad to hear you made it home safe and sound. Mmmm home made wonton soup. It doesn't get much better than that. Or does it?Alan from Makiki

  • K and S
    December 17, 2009

    have a great time!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    December 17, 2009

    Hey Soos!Super thanks! :)Robyn!HAHAHAH, love the verification word! Next time, the house will be FINALLY FINISHED!!Hey Kirk!Thank you! You too! ^_^Hey Cookie!Thanks – it sure did help!Hey Alan!I agree – it doesn't get much better than that!!Kat!Thank youuuu! :D

  • Chef E
    December 17, 2009

    Ummm, I would like some of this now…I have a sinus cold and this would make me feel good…

  • anonymous
    December 17, 2009

    When my parents went back to Hawaii, my Mom said the papayas were the best she's ever eaten.

  • anonymous
    December 18, 2009

    Here's a papaya story from yesterday: DH & I were at the Wednesday Blaisdell farmer's market – http://www.yelp.com/biz/honolulu-wednesday-farmers-market-honolulu – and watched a gentleman eating papaya in a unique way: he bit into it and spit out skin and seeds. DH went up to him to ask if it was good. "Sweet!" he said, "but how do you usually eat this?" Hahahahaha!Blaisdell is 4 to 7pm and usually on the concert hall lawn with free parking unless there's an event. Then it's on the Kapiolani Blvd. side, no free parking. Much more mellow than KCC. We like the feta from Naked Cow Dairy, shrimp linguini and ahi from the young chef and his momma from Waianae. Also the gandule rice – when they have it! – from the Kahuku grilled corn folks. And more! We sit and eat until the traffic dies down…

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