Yearly Archives: 2013

Cafe Concerto

We wanted to go somewhere special for a ‘date night’ and chose Cafe Concerto, which happens to be right down the street.

The decor has some nice touches, and it’s easily one of the fanciest places in town, but that’s saying very little here. Our food was quite good: well-prepared, flavorful, hot, and the right amount to leave just enough room for the tiramisu and the complimentary digestiv (homemade limoncello and cream). The plating was a bit plain, which was a little bit of a surprise, but maybe I’m too used to Italian places that slather everything with sauce, then dump lots of parsley and grated parm.

If you put Cafe Concerto in any big mainland city, it would feel very modest, but I think the … Read the rest

A Tin Can

I was reduced to crawling through the dirt. My legs and back were done. On the upside, being near the ground meant I could better see any movement among the leaves and trash. Movement meant something living, and that meant food.

I inched along toward a wooded area and my hope grew as I neared a rotting log. I struggled to flip it and saw dozens of larvae and some larger bugs scurrying around. I gleefully reached in and got a fistfull of rotting wood and grubs and picked out the larvae one by one with my lips, as though kissing them. I didn’t chew – just let them slide down my throat.

This was the biggest meal I had had in days, but I suddenly … Read the rest

Aloha Dispatch Month 3

I don’t know anyone’s surname here, and I don’t think they know mine. Things operate on a first-name basis

Too many modern baby names are titles of jobs at renaissance fairs:
fletcher, cooper, mason, archer, tanner

One of the (numerous) advantages of “having” to take the bub to the beach every day is that my feet haven’t been this healthy in years if nogt decades. The salt water and sand exfoliation have made them look and feel better than I can remember.

Another advantage is that watching the surf wash in and move sand around is a great focus for musing over life’s questions.
Today’s conclusion is that The Butterfly Effect is hogwash.
The concept (first conceived, or at least written down, by Edward … Read the rest

A Darker Horse

The speaker crackles and a voice says, “Hello Finn. Apologies for the circumstances. You understand how privacy is paramount. Your past assignments have shown you have the skill to erase digital histories and now I need you to erase some… for me. This job will require more… delicacy. I’m prepared to triple your rate.”

Finn smiles. “I’m all yours.”

Big Eddie finishes a call with his wife and waves Henry in. “Everything changes when you have kids. So… A very private individual we’ve worked with before asked for you. Said you were discreet.”

“I never…”

Eddie gives an address and another for the dropoff point.

“Don’t write it down. Remember it. They’re paranoid; I don’t care. It’s not my job to care. In fact, it’s … Read the rest

Full Moon Cafe

Full Moon Cafe has some of the better Thai food we’ve had. What we ate was in fact, probably some of the best-prepared food we’ve eaten in Hawaii. It managed to be full of flavor without relying on simply adding more fat and salt. Most of the food so far in Hilo has been mediocre, but Full Moon Cafe is an exception.

The location is also quite pleasant. So much of Hilo is run down, but FMC is not.

Unfortunately, the service we had was terrible. It’s one thing to be slow and apologetic, or rude but efficient. There’s no reason for being both slow and rude.

The prices are on the high side, but you can find some more reasonably-priced dishes.

Their hours are very … Read the rest

21 Emotions without an English word equivalent

21 emotions

They include, “Saudade” (Portuguese)
A somewhat melancholic feeling of incompleteness. Longing for something that might never return.Yearning.

Another I learned was the Japanese word “genki”, which translates roughly as “well” as in “feeling well” or how some people use the word “wellness”. My understanding of the word is that it means “healthy in body and spirit”

There is a subtext here, that English has plenty of words to express anger but not enough to express fear, tenderness, or nostalgia

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Aloha Dispatch Month 2

The new year marks the end of our second month in Hilo, 1/3rd of the way through our adventure. Our building is currently under lockdown because a man, after shooting two police officers (in the legs) ran toward the building.

Reports of gun shots in Hilo, two officers shot


This is the second manhunt in Hilo in the past month. The first was when two men escaped from the local “correctional center”
http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/hi/hilo/kilauea-ave/#crime

There is a good ol’ boy / redneck-y feel to this place sometimes. I don’t fear for my own safety, but we’re never far from guys who like to get into trouble.

Christmas was a nice meal (all vegan, and quite tasty) with friends and about a dozen kids altogether. Met a … Read the rest

Prabha’s Indian Restaurant

Prabha opened in the Summer of 2012 and relocated to their current location in November. They are one of the few (if not the only) all-vegetarian restaurants in Hilo (if not the whole island). Almost all of the dishes are vegan. The ones with paneer are the exception.

The food is served on a steam table and weighed and you pay by weight at $8/lb, which is a little odd, but worked out for us. The three of us ate for around $23 and it was plenty of food. The dishes were familiar Indian food, curries with cauliflower, spinach, potato, acorn squash, and breadfruit. The sauces were lighter than the ones I’ve had at most other Indian restaurants, which tend to use lots of cream. The … Read the rest