Meanwhile, the ladies were shopping.
After everyone had reconvened in the early afternoon, Lauren and I set off on a mission. Lauren wanted to repeat our accidentally long run from a few days before, but this time she wanted to:
- Run 4.1 miles on purpose instead of 3.5 miles accidentally.
- Start and end the run at Island Snow Shave Ice, vendor of her favorite frozen treat
Incidentally, Island Snow also received a visit from Obama back in August, and they let their current customers KNOW IT. The pictures and newspaper clippings posted everywhere allowed us to ORDER what Barack ordered, even to SIT where Barack sat. Wish I could say we were above such touristy behavior. Turns out it was pretty fun.
In the evening, Lauren and I went on a nice date, which she planned as a surprise. We ate in a restaurant perched upstairs in the Ala Moana mall’s Niemen Marcus. Really delicious bread to start, and my lamb shank was top-notch. Lauren gave them an A for effort and adventurousness, but said that the flavors in her dish (pork belly with mushrooms and some other goodies) just didn’t quite mesh together correctly. Oh well!
After dinner, we stopped by the Formaggio restaurant and wine bar for a glass of wine and a bit of live local music. We closed the place down (at 11 or so, but still), then headed home.