Review: Admirals Club @LAX Remote Terminal


Entrance to the new Admirals Club @ LAX’s remote terminal


I recently visited the NEW Admirals Club at LAX in the remote terminal, and boy was I pleasantly surprised. AA has had a remote terminal for many years and it provides service on most of, if not all regional jets and aircraft servicing LAX. This terminal provides services to places like Santa Barbara, San Diego, Monterey and Albuquerque to name a few. Being that LAX is one of AA US hubs, it plays a large role in getting passengers to  smaller stations throughout the Western US. Continue reading

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After a 12 year hiatus, I came back. I love love love this place. NOBU, I hope I can come back again sooner then 12 years. I had a great meal, and I hope you enjoy my meal as much as I did.









Soba fries, seriously good


Tempura hand roll, eel and salmon sushi


The best assorted Tempura ever

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Review: American Airlines Transcon SFO to JFK

I had been giddy as a school girl for about four weeks from the day I had booked this trip to New York. I was so excited to fly on American Airlines Airbus 321-Transcon flight. American introduced these new planes almost a year ago replacing the three class Boeing 767’s on the SFO/LAX to JFK route. Sure they cut down capacity by doing this, but when you can offer a true three class product on a new plane with internationally configured First class and Business class how can you go wrong.


My sweet ride to JFK



Hello seat, Business Class on the new Airbus A321-Transcon

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Review: Homewood Suites Lynwood Washington

Last month I had a quick trip to Seattle and had a chance to stay at one of my favorite extended stay brands, Homewood Suites in Lynwood Washington. If you’ve never stayed at a Homewood, why not? What makes them unique is that all rooms have kitchenettes featuring full size fridges, dishwashers, stoves, microwaves and even dishes. Rooms range from studios to two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Plus they offer free breakfast, light dinner Monday to Thursday (with free beer or wine) and of course Wi-Fi. Who doesn’t want free booze? When I travel for work this is my go to brand if I have a choice and the budget is right.

This hotel brand has been around for several years I’m guessing 10 but it could be more, so there are many new build properties and also tons of properties that were converted from something else too. When you get a chance to stay in a new build hotel you’re in for a treat usually, and in this case being a hotel open since May of this year you’re in for a treat.


Bedroom area and TV

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Review: Aloft Portland


Cookie Cookie Cookie

I like the Aloft brand. It’s straightforward, they have two room types, a cool social space aka a bar, and overall you know what you’re going to get. It’s just that simple. At this particular check in the receptionist mentioned that this was my 10th Aloft stay this year, which proves I like Alofts since I only have 22 stays at Starwood properties, I really must like them. Continue reading

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The landscape of The Big Island

Yes this is all from the same little island. I just love how The Big Island of Hawaii is so diverse in it’s landscape flora and fauna.



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Mamas Fish House – Paia, Hawaii


Happy 10 year anniversary

There’s not much to say here except that this is by far one of my favorite places to have dinner when visiting Maui. I have only been to the island three times, but my wife has always made it a point to make sure we have one meal here. It’s right on the beach and although a very large restaurant, it’s broken up into many smaller dining rooms, so you never really feel like you’re in a crowded place even though it probably seats 200+. Being that it’s so iconic it’s THE place to visit on a special occasion, like ours.

As usual the food was amazing and the service was excellent. We also felt welcome bringing our kid, we didn’t see too many there during our visit, but there were a few. Always a plus when you’re not the only parent that gets to bring your kid out to dinner on a very very special occasion and knowing others have too. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.


The entrance to the parking lot

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Making Cofffeeee



Kona Coffee on my in-laws farm is truly a labor of love. Except for the husking and roasting the rest of the process is 100% manual. When we were visiting last week we had a chance to help harvest some of the trees. They have a small stand of some 50 or so, and can produce a fair share of real Kona Coffee right here on the Kona Coast each year. It’s a pretty cool process to watch and participate in (although I really only watched), my wife and daughter did all the harvesting. Continue reading

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Review: The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas

For our 10 year anniversary we had lots of choices of places to stay in Maui, I was trying to stay at one of the Starwood properties, there are three here. Initially we had booked using points to stay at the Sheraton Ka’anapali Resort, it was close to $300 per night so we opted to use points instead and on a 5 night stay we got the room for 8k Starpoints per night instead of the usual 12k. Being a hotel it appeared to have the usual amenities, was on the beach, had a kids club and offered free breakfast for SPG Platinum guests.


Lobby reception

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The power of the schedule change

Sadly vacation must always come to an end, and ours finally did on Sunday. We had initially booked these tickets to/from Hawaii on Delta, back in December. The trip was for September 5 to 14 and was a simple roundtrip to/from Maui from SFO via LAX. This was part of the crazy mistake fare that lasted some 5 hours where Delta was selling tickets to/from anywhere in the US for tens of dollars per ticket. In some cases the tickets were in first class to boot.

We were lucky enough to score two sets of these tickets the others were used to get to Orlando back in May, and cost about $100 for three coach tickets all in. These were just a bit more at $150 all in for three tickets and included the short segment in first. Sure first class to Hawaii would have been cool, but $150 for three tickets all in sure is great too, so I’ll take it.

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