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Urban Hiking

June 16, 2012

Every Saturday morning, I take a walk around town. I guess you could call it “urban hiking.” I got the idea from traveling. Oftentimes, tourists enjoy the city more than the locals do. I wanted to take that approach, to be a “tourist in my own city.”

This morning, I checked out Chinatown. I walked down Kapiolani, and continued onto King St. at the merge. Once I reached Bethel, I hung a right and headed up towards Hotel St.

This is the historical Hawai’i Theatre. Next to it is the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park. The park also leads to the back of the Indigo Restaurant.

I walked up Hotel to Smith and expected to find my favorite Chinese restaurant, Mini Garden. Unfortunately, it closed down. There’s a new pub there called Lucky Belly.

So I walked around Maunakea and had lunch at Pho My Lan. This was the best pho that I’ve ever had! I believe that beef tendon is the only way to go. I’ll need to come back to Chinatown to sample the other pho shops.

I checked out O’ahu Market. This is a really cool place. There was a buzz of activity. I saw hanging char siu, roast duck, live crabs, beef tongue, pig heads, and unrecognizable organ meats.

Between O’ahu Market and Maunakea Marketplace is an alley that serves as an open market. You could find mangoes and lychee.

Inside the Maunakea Marketplace, there was seafood galore. You could find everything from reef fish to poke to…. more pig heads. They even had dragon fruit and mountain apples.

Love my Saturday mornings. Some people go jogging, I go “blogging.” Urban hiking combines exercise, photography, and eating. Good times….

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