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April 19, 2024

Fujiyama Texas

Fujiyama Texas - an interesting name for a Japanese restaurant. We asked our server what's the story behind the name, and our server said the owner liked the sound of it, even though he's never actually been to Texas!

The restaurant is known for "kushikatsu", or fried food on sticks, so my friend orders ....

Pork Belly udon! It sure did look good though, and it's a good option for those who want something non-fried.

I felt like I needed to try what they were known for, so I ordered the seafood mix Katsu set.

It came with shrimp, salmon, soft shell crab (my fave!), scallop and oyster. It was deeeelicious! They really know how to fry things. 

My other friend ordered the beef katsu - she gave me a piece to try and I can see why she likes it so much. The meat is super tender and moist! 

She asked for the Tojiru soup instead of miso soup - I had no idea she as doing, but she knows her stuff. The soup smelled really good and I wish I had swapped it too.  Next time I will!

 Fujiyama Texas is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even "midnight diner" (except Tuesdays), 7 days a week! 



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Visit Arkansas: The Walmart Museum Heritage Lab

Walmart originated in Bentonville, Arkansas, so naturally, we decided to visit the Walmart Museum.
Walmart Museum being renovated

Unfortunately, the museum is closed for renovations, but thankfully, they have The Walmart Museum Heritage Lab where you can learn about the history of Walmart.  

Although small, they had several interesting displays, and it was neat to see a lot of vintage products and uniforms.  

There was even a hologram of founder Sam Walton, who shared about the history of Walmart, and how important its employees and the community has been for Walmart's success. 

One of my favorite parts of the visit was the Scavenger Hunt, where you find all the hidden objects on a card.  It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be to find everything, but it was a real team effort, and it encouraged you to pay attention to the different exhibits.  

The Scavenger Hunt really was fun, and you can turn in your completed card for some Walmart swag!

The Walmart Museum Heritage Lab was an educational and informative stop in Arkansas!

The Walmart Museum Heritage Lab
240 S. Main Street
Bentonville, AR 72712

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April 18, 2024

Uproll Cafe - Pearl Highlands Center

Our family recently ordered from Uproll Cafe for the first time!  They have a variety of items that could be made into a bowl or a roll!

Teriyaki Chicken Bowl with Avocado

California Snow Crab Bowl

Korean Chicken Bowl

Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

Aburi Miso Salmon Bowl

Spicy Ahi Roll

I had the Korean Chicken Bowl, which I thought had a great flavor.  It was full of crispy garlic, green onions, and edamame, but the amount of chicken seemed a lot less than what was in the other bowls we ordered.  Also, there was a lot of fatty skin vs actual meat, but I did appreciate the plentiful veggies.  

I like how you can customize your bowl to your liking, adding additional toppings, and selecting different sauces.

We had a nice, filling, healthy lunch from Uproll Cafe!

Uproll Cafe
1000 Kamehameha Hwy # 100
Pearl City, HI 96782
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April 17, 2024

Butterfly Tea Time at the Veranda

Paradise Monarchs, a company known for their butterfly chrysalis boxes, will now be fluttering to the Moana Surfrider on the second Saturday of every month to make afternoon tea extra special. The special Butterfly Tea Time is for all ages and features a butterfly release during the event. Guests can get up close with the monarchs in a special interactive dome tent. 

The Butterfly Keiki Tea Set is $75 and includes a chrysalis box, milkshake, butterfly wings. Upcoming Butterfly Tea Time at the Veranda dates are May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 14. Reservations can be made calling the Veranda or on Opentable.com

Feeding the butterflies 

Interactive dome

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Visit Tulsa: Center of the Universe

While in Tulsa, we stopped at the Center of the Universe.  

The Center of the Universe is a spot from where you can stand, and when you speak, your voice echoes all around.  

However, only if you stand inside the circle can you hear it.  If you're standing outside the circle, you can't hear any of what is being said in the circle.

And it really does work!  

It was pretty neat!

If you find yourself in Tulsa, give it a try!

Center of the Universe
1 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK 74103
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April 16, 2024

Visit Maui: Kapalua Coastal Trail

While staying at the Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua, I went to check out the Kapalua Coastal Trail.  

I went early in the morning, and even though it started to rain, it looked like the showers were passing, so I decided to keep walking.

I'm so glad I did, because despite some intermittent showers, the walk was just so nice and relaxing, with the most gorgeous views.  

I started on a boardwalk path, that soon eventually transitioned to sand, dirt, and lava rock.

I came across some runners and walkers, but the trail was not overly crowded.  
There was one point of the trail that cut through some lava rock, and it was not clearly marked (at least to me it wasn't), so I had to wait until another walker passed me so I could follow the path he took.  Turns out, you could just make your own path across the rocks, being cautious not to enter any restricted native bird nesting areas (there are many along the trail) or private property.  

I really took my time to take in the views and my surroundings, and I was able to cover about 60% of the trail before I had to head back for another busy day.  

 Next time I hope to finish the entire walk!

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April 15, 2024

Airport Eats: Smashburger

We had another early morning layover at Denver International Airport, so we ate breakfast at Smashburger.

We've had Smashburger years ago while in Phoenix, but it was the first time we went to a Smashburger for breakfast!

Breakfast Smashburger

The Breakfast Smashburger was loaded high with bacon, egg, and cheese, and served with tots.  
Meat, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich
You can also get a breakfast sandwich without the burger.  

If non-breakfast foods are what you're craving, they do offer a menu of various burgers, as well as wraps, chicken tenders, and more.  

Smashburger was a convenient stop in DEN for breakfast!

Denver International Airport
9100 Pena Blvd C
Denver, CO 80249
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