Dispatches from July 5th
9 AM: Errands abound.
Noon: I crave oxtail soup, simple and succulent, which drives us to Cousins Seafood and Bento. Their version has three tender tail pieces in a savory broth with ginger, cilantro, Chinese five spice, and chunks of boiled peanuts, and comes with brown rice.
Mom chooses the ahi belly plate lunch. The salty pan-fried fish separates into sturdy, meaty flakes, perfect with rice. She also gets mac salad with some kind of pickle relish, and a sweet mash of ube (purple yams) and coconut milk.
We try Snow Factory, a new frozen dessert shop. It’s a weird floofy confection, made by freezing milk and/or juice into blocks, then shaving them very finely into what I can only describe as “ice cream shreds.” The creamy flavors are good, the fruit flavors taste fake, and it’s kind of expensive. I’d visit again if I was in the area, but wouldn’t go out of my way.
Blueberry “snow” with passion fruit bubbles
We also walk down to the used bookstore, where I find a $1 paperback to take on the plane.
6 PM: At Nori’s for my farewell dinner. I chow down on a classic bowl of saimin (Hawaiian ramen), with thin, chewy noodles in salty broth, garnished with cabbage, sliced pork, green onions, and fish cake. My first and last noodles for the trip.
9 PM: Talking story with Grandma and Grandpa, Mom, Aunty Candy and Uncle Randall, and laughing plenty!