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Surprising Development
After dropping Kim off at the E Street Cafe in Encinitas, Skylar and I headed inland to see Eight Below, she for the second time and me for the first. As we turned onto D Street, though, we saw a Hawaiian restaurant. "I want to go there, dad," Skylar blurted out. I parked the car in order to run in for a menu, but she insisted on coming with me. Indeed, she had already undone her seatbelt and opened her door by the time I was standing on the street. The restaurant itself features "plate lunch" entrees of the sort that tpratt praises and a small gift shop on the side. I didn't see much on the menu that Skylar likes to eat, but she told me she wanted to come back.

The movie was a lot of fun. I'm a big fan of stories without villains and so is the Bean. And those dogs are cute as can be. It's long, however, and, together with many previews, I figured that it would have made returning to the Hawaiian restaurant impossible. But Skylar said she wanted to try. So I called the place and told them to wait for us, drove back to downtown Encinitas, and found parking a few blocks away. She ran, in her clogs, and I strugled to keep up.

Once we got in, I ordered the ground beef patties with eggs and gravy for myself and the chicken teriyaki for her. While we waited for the food, she scanned the gift shop for something to buy, eventually lighting on a wreath of artificial flowers and a macademia nut chocolate bar. I headed to the cash register, only to have Skylar tell me to wait. "How much is this book, dad?," she asked, holding up an introduction to the Hawaiian language. "The same as the wreath. You can only get one. Why don't I just get you the wreath?" She thought for a minute. "No, dad, I already have lots of things like the wreath. I want to learn how to speak Hawaiian." Surprised, I bought her the book and candy, then watched in astonishment as she spent the remainder of our wait for dinner reading about the pronounciation of Hawaiian vowels and consonants.

Now she wants to make Kim return on Saturday so that she can sample poi, which is a once-a-week preparation. Kim says it will have to wait until June, but Bean may yet have her way. And you want to know where her newfound fascination with things Hawaiian comes from? She watched Aloha, Scooby Doo a few times on the drive from Tucson to San Diego. I guess cartoons have educational value after all
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morimur From: morimur Date: March 29th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I love your Skylar observations. They are always so gentle and engaging. Thank you for sharing them.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 30th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks! She makes it easy. As I was saying to my partner this afternoon, "Skylar is a lot more fun to spend time with than most adults and not only because she's a kid."
tpratt From: tpratt Date: March 30th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

like, I'm gonna get me some more POI!

That was Shaggy, of course, from the original Scooby-Doo series episode where they go to Hawaii. I always wanted to eat poi after I saw that, too. It's awesome to hear about Skylar's interest in Hawaiian, and of course the plate lunch as well. Kealani's warn't half bad. The thing about poi, if you haven't had it before, is that it's not really something eaten all by itself most of the time. It's taro paste, mainly (if I'm not mistaken), and kind of gluey. It makes an excellent, starchy foil for highly seasoned food. Most places serve it with funky lau lau, or Hawaiian taro-leaf tamales for the uninitiated. It's good with kalua pig, especially.
Sorry we didn't get to see you guys this time around. Have a safe trip home!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 30th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: like, I'm gonna get me some more POI!

Yeah, I'm not sure she'll like it. But wanting to try new foods is a big step, so I'm excited about that. Sorry about the pink eye. We were looking forward to seeing you.
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