After our morning tour of Shangri La we went to Buzz’s for a relaxing lunch. Buzz’s has a festive tiki-hut atmospher that takes you back to an old Hawaii. Buzz’s was decorated for Halloween not only at the entrance but the banyan tree, we sat under on the large outdoor lanai, had a witch’s, hat, a moon and a spider with it’s web hanging from the branches. Buzz’s, a legend in its own time. is remarkable, considering the place has never spent a dime on advertising and sustains its popularity on word-of-mouth referrals. Started on nothing but a will to survive after previous restaurant deals and partnerships went sour, Bobby Lou and her ex-husband Buzz Schneider bought an old beach house in 1962 and turned it into a steak-house. They served grilled steaks, chicken and kabobs. Nothing on the menu was over $4. The menu was etched into a six-inch …
As we were waiting for our food, the night’s entertainment was about to start. The keyboard was set up and the blind gentleman was ready to begin. But as turned on the keyboard and started to play nothing came out. Steve and the boys, Ian and Conner, decided to help him out. They discovered it was not electricity. In checking there was an extension cord so Steve set out to locate one for him. After a few minutes the staff provided the cord and the music began. The music was so good that Steve and the boys decided to dance while we waited for our food. They had lots of fun.  
Nestled on the shores of Keehi Lagoon in Honolulu, Hawaii sits La Mariana Tiki Bar and Restaurant. Founded in 1957 by Annette and Johnny Campbell, La Mariana continues to serve as a historic reminder of the old days of Hawaii and has become a museum of Hawaiian collectibles from many of the beautiful and most famous tike-themed restaurants of the past. From the ground up La Mariana is the last original tiki bar in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as a living tribute to Annette Nahinu who single-handedly brought about this island oasis. This is the walkway leading up to the entrance. I thought the trees and sailing boats was interesting. LaMariana was decorated for Halloween. Didn’t understand the butterflies but they were pretty. These are some of the drinks we had, most were really good…..but a couple weren’t. We were watching Hawaii 5-0 one night and we recognized the glass …
After visiting with the turtles at Turtle Bay we headed to lunch at Haleiwa Joe’s Seafood Grill. It was very nice little grill with a great patio, the weather was perfect for eating outside.  They had a nice menu and really good drinks. We really liked the glasses so we bought some to bring home. In the bottom of the glass there was sand, a star fish and other cute sea things. We had eight Mai-Tais, three Long Island Ice Teas and one Gordon Biersch. They were all good, so cute with the umbrellas and fruit. The drinks helped pass the time until we got our food. The Fresh Island Fish Tacos was grilled fresh island fish on field greens wrapped in a flour tortilla & served with Santa Fe sauce & pico de gallo. Joe’s Pulled Porlk sliders were made from slow roasted pork with Hawaiian glaze on sweet …
Tropical Farms began as a roadside operation in 1987. Located on Kamehameha Highway with the Pacific Ocean on the backside of the building. Steve and Chrissy Paty set upon an adventure that is ongoing after two decades. Cracking, sorting and packaging at night, the days were filled with children at the hip and the selling of fresh macadamia nuts from the hood of their car. The store is definitely a touristy shop but it is worth the time to stop. We sampled great coffee and macadamia nut tastings to help us decide which products we wanted to buy. There were also free macadamia nuts that you crack yourself with a rock on a tree stump. We sat outdoors for a while enjoying the scenery. This woman was working on something but can’t remember what it was . . . . should take notes on these trips.      This is …
During our trip to Hawaii we went to Waikiki Beach several times. On this day, it was our first visit. We had stop for drinks at Hawaiian Hilton Hotel and Hale Koa Hotel. We had Mai Tais at each hotel but the ones at the Hilton were my favorite. At $15 a piece, they should have been good! They also looked good and they didn’t slight you on the booze. After a couple of these I moved onto the Danno, a frozen drink named after the character from Hawaii 5-0. These are the Mai Tais from Hale Koa Hotel, they were only $9 and also carried a punch! We had a couple here before going to the Hilton By this time we were needing some lunch, I had the Hawaiian Loco Moco. It was a wonderful dish layered with white rice, a burger patty, two fried eggs topped with Maui …
We flew from Kansas City to Dallas, where we met up with the Rotchfords. Fred had arranged for us to fly first classes so it had been a very nice flight. In Dallas we waited in the American Airlines Admirals Club were we had complimentary juice, coffee, soft drinks, herbal tea and light snacks. They also had a cash bar. Just some of the snack that the Admirals Club had. This was the bar area. They also had an exercise room, showers, business center and lots of outlets everywhere to charge telephones and laptops. Once we boarded the plane, the flight attendant offered us mimosa, champagne, coffee, tea or soda as our pre-departure beverage. We enjoyed a couple of mimosa as the other passengers boarded. A ramekin full of a hot tropical mixed nuts mixture was delivered to us as soon as we were in the air. The mix included almonds, …
We had wonderful food at the Welcome Dinner, for Michelle and Don’s Wedding, on Friday evening, a great breakfast buffet at the hotel on Saturday morning and we continued eating at the reception with huge shrimp and egg rolls. There was a wide selection of drinks and a fantastic California wine. Dinner was so good, we would have gone back for seconds, if we had not been so full!   Sunday morning a brunch, with the new Mr. & Mrs., was served at the reception site. The venue had cleaned up from the evening before, rearranged the flowers and set up a hearty breakfast. We enjoyed visiting with everyone before heading back to San Francisco to fly out on Monday morning.    
Road trips can be fun, especially when you discover out-of-the-way places. And if you have been out walking in the forest, you need something to eat. We traveled into McCloud and found Floyd’s Frosty.  They claim to have the ‘best burgers in Siskiyou County’. This place is completely bare bones and while it isn’t modern or fancy it has a certain small town magic to it. There are a few booths inside and tables under an awning out front. The magazine rack is filled with Road and Track, Hot Rod and Muscle Car and the walls are covered with photos of classic cars. The ice cream treats included blackberry milkshakes, soft serve cones and a freezer filled with specialty ice cream treats. Katy and I decided to have our soft serve cone while we waited for our food. This place was a great stop on a hot day.
Fishermen’s Grotto opened in 1935 as the first sit down restaurant on San Francisco’s world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf. Founded by Mike Geraldi, an immigrant fisherman from Sicily, as an avenue to deliver his fresh catch to the local population. The restaurant features Inside and Outside Dining. While indulging on your favorite seafood dish, enjoy the breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Russian Hill and the Fishing Fleet and Harbor. Four generations of the Geraldi family have been serving only the freshest Italian-style seafood since. We had a wonderful lunch at Grotto.
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