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February 20, 2020

Tips for TSA PreCheck Enrollment

I recently took my 12 year old daughter for TSA PreCheck enrollment.  TSA PreCheck is a government program that provides a separate security screening lane for TSA-approved passengers and if you travel you know how convenient it can be.  Children 12 and under can use the PreCheck line when traveling with an eligible parent or guardian, but once they hit 13 they will need their own known traveler number.  
The enrollment process wasn’t as easy as I hoped so I thought I would share some tips.  To begin, you need to submit an online application and then schedule an in-person appointment that includes a background check and fingerprinting at an enrollment center.  The center on Oahu is located at 810 Richards Street in downtown Honolulu.  
My first tip would be when you are making the appointment, aim for the earliest time slot.  Our initial appointment was at 11:15am and when we arrived, they were running a couple of hours behind and we couldn’t wait.  The small office can process two people at a time.  I rescheduled for a 9:00 am appointment and for that one we waited about 30 minutes.   
Second tip: have your child’s social security number handy.  We were told we just needed to bring my daughter’s passport, but while we were processing I also had to enter her social security number which I didn’t bring nor did I have memorized.  Luckily, I was able to access it on my phone.
My last tip is regarding parking.  The closest parking is the U.S. Post Office metered lot at $1.50 per hour.  If you are lucky enough to score a spot make sure to bring coins.  The meters also take credit cards, but the person next to us couldn’t get it to work.  Parking is limited to one hour so make sure you have enough coins in case your appointment runs late.  The first time we couldn’t find street parking so we ended up parking at Alii Place on Alakea.     
The application fee is $85 and good for 5 years.

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Visit Massachusetts: Salem With Trials Memorial

Salem is known for the witch trials of 1692. We stopped at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, where granite benches stated the name of each victim, how the victim died, and when the victim died.

Walking through the memorial was quite emotionally heavy, as I read the names of each and the method of execution. 
At the entrance of the memorial are words engraved that were taken from court transcripts.  They are purposely "incomplete," to represent how the lives of the victims were cut short. 

After visiting, I'm now eager to learn more about the witch trials.

Salem Witch Trials Memorial
24 Liberty St
Salem, MA 01970, USA

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Visit Hilo: DYNE by Chefbuddha

On a recent visit to Hilo, we picked up lunch from DYNE by Chefbuddha, which popped up at Kai Store.

Crunchy Chicken Sandwich & Truffle Fries
I had the Crunchy Chicken Sandwich with Truffle Fries.  The sandwich was yummy.  The chicken was crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside.
Ube Pork Adobo Crunch Wrap
The Ube Pork Adobo Crunch Wrap was filled with garlic fried rice, pork adobo, cheese, bacon, lettuce, avocado cream, sour cream, salsa, and corn chips. My friend liked it! 

New items are added often - go check out what Chef Dayne is cooking up!

Follow @dyne.chefbuddha on Instagram to see where he'll be popping up next!
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February 19, 2020

Na`au Hilo - Next Pop-Up March 22, 2020

Over the weekend Na`au Hilo held another pop-up at the beautiful Palms Cliff House Inn.  Below are the dishes that Chef Brian Hirata served to showcase the bounty of ingredients from throughout the state. 

The next pop-up will be on March 22, 2020.  Lodging discounts are available at the Palms Cliff House Inn for those who are attending the dinner.  Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naau-pop-up-dinner-at-palms-cliff-house-inn-tickets-75088300127 for tickets and more information.

Burnt Miso Liver Pâté
Porchetta di Testa Grilled Cheese • Valencey
Hakurei • Mushroom Butter





Heart of Palm • Tomato-Chili Granité


“STEAK AND EGGS” (photo credit Melissa Chang)

Dry Saimin



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KOROMO katsu and curry bistro

Koromo katsu and curry bistro, which quietly opened in Pearlridge a couple of weeks ago, is the talk of the town these days, and for good reason. The food is excellent, and so is the service.

When you are presented with a mortar, pestle, and sesame seeds, you know you're in the right place.

There are two housemade katsu sauces to choose from - sweet and spicy. 

Included with every meal is tsukemono and miso soup.

Tonight I tried the ebi fry and chicken thigh teishoku. The ebi pieces were larger than expected! 

The chicken was really moist and tender!  You may be tempted to order this with curry, but you should try the chicken katsu by itself, so that you can see how crispy and juicy the chicken really is. 

I will definitely be back!

Pearlridge Center 
98-1005 Moanalua Road 
(808) 468-1919

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Visit Hilo: Bentos from Hiro's Place

Hiro's Place offers reasonably-priced plate lunches, and lately it's been a go-to for bento pick-ups whenever I'm in Hilo.

They offer all sorts of bentos ready for grab-and-go off the counter - seafood bentos, breakfast bentos, regular bentos, and mini bentos.
I usually eat a mini bento of chicken katsu and spam musubi.  It's the perfect size, and fills me up!

Hiro's Place
50 E Puainako St # 108
Hilo, HI 96720

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February 18, 2020

Visit Boston: Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods is one of the most popular chain restaurants in Boston.  We dined there two years ago, and even though we try to visit new places whenever we travel, we knew we would end up with a satisfying meal, so we dined there again - this time at the Copley Place location.

Turns out - we ended up ordering nearly the same things as our first visit.
Hot Lump Crab Dip
Although my Hot Lump Crab Dip didn't come out first - in fact it came out last, after everyone was just about done with lunch, I still enjoyed it.  The dip came out bubbling hot, and I just loved the creaminess!
Lobster Bisque
I thought the Lobster Bisque was good, but not as good as one that I had tried a few days earlier at a different restaurant.
Crabmeat Roll
 A kids menu is available.
Cheese Ravioli with Red Sauce

Macaroni & Cheese
Despite my dip being "forgotten," service was really great, and we were satisfied with our meals.

Legal Sea Foods
Copley Place
100 Huntington Avenue
Copley Pl, Boston, MA 02116

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