Merry Christmas to all on the opposite side of the International Dateline....Pigging out at the buffet...


Hummm...prime rib and spice drops.  Tasty combination, Mr. Lyman!
It proved to be a good day although it was rainy, hot, humid and we were without power.  We decided to bring our laptops, an adapter and one set of plug ins so we could recharge our laptops while at the resort, if at all possible.

The band was excellent singing many familiar songs.
As soon as we walked in the lobby of the Pearl Resort in plenty of time for our 1 pm buffet reservation in the Riviera Restaurant, I scoped out the plug in options finding there were plenty of possibilities. 

This was my entrée and dessert...delicious seafood.
Asking at the front desk if we could sit in the lobby and plug in our equipment after our meal, they happily obliged saying we could use the outlets and stay as long as we'd like.


Octopus, a favorite, although rather chewy.
The thought of relaxing with power after the upcoming big meal was appealing, especially with the massive doors opening to the bay offered a cooling breeze. 


The meat station had prime rib, ham and turkey.  Tom had all three but I chose only the prime rib.  Tom said the ham was great.
After checking in for our reservation, I wasn't thrilled with the table selected for us with our name imprinted on a plastic coated card.  It was too near the entrance to the dining room, the band and people coming and going out to the deck.  It was noisy, making it nearly impossible for Tom to hear a word I said, with his bad hearing made worsened by background noise.

Check out the size of those slabs of prime rib and prawns.  It was the most tender beef we'd had in months.
We decided to make the best of it and kept the selected table when we noticed the only other available table was too tiny for two diners, my camera and our computer bag on the floor. 

This was my single plate, piled high.  I didn't eat the relatively uncooked green beans but found everything else terrific.
Immediately after we were seated, I scoped out the buffet for photos and to check my dining options.  A white hatted chef was behind the food stations happily pointing to each item I'd be able to eat that didn't include starch, sugars, grains or flour.  There were more options than any buffet we've visited since the onset of our travels. I felt like a kid in a candy store!

Tom sure enjoyed his first plate and every other plate to come.
Back at the table, I suggested Tom get his food first while I stayed behind to watch the camera and laptop bag.  In no time at all, he returned with a small plate of meats from the carving table and alas, a large pile of candy spice drops.  I couldn't stop laughing.  All those wonderful dishes and desserts and he had meat and spice drops!

Yum, baby octopus.  Those heads are a bit tricky to chew.  I ate four of these, less one head.
Of course, he went back many times sampling more and more meat and seafood items and eventually a few desserts.  But, each time he went back to the buffet he returned with more spice drops.  Love that guy!   Five plates of food and candy?  I didn't say a word, smiling over how well he does at "home" when our daily meals deprive him of many foods he loves and yet, keeps him lean and healthy. 

I didn't feel the least bit embarrassed when my plate was piled higher than any other diners as they left food stations.  However,  a single plate was my plan piling everything I could possibly eat to fit on my plate.  (I savored almost every morsel leaving only one small octopus head that was particularly chewy and several undercooked green beans, too crunchy to get down).

Tom's second dessert plate with caramel and apple pies, brownie and more spice drops.
It was a wonderful meal.  As it turned out, half of the food on my plate consisted of a variety of fish shells and I wasn't overly full and uncomfortable.  When eating only veggies and protein I never seem to get uncomfortably full, nor do I eat until a point of feeling miserable.  That's never been my thing nor is it healthy for me when too much protein or vegetables in a single sitting can exacerbate inflammation and raise blood sugar.

A portion of the dessert table.  Tom must have eaten one of those entire containers of spice drops.
Once we finished our meal, we sat quietly at the table for awhile sipping our water (Tom didn't order a cocktail when he doesn't drink alcohol with sweets) while he munched on his spice drops.

Notice the yellow pudding to pour over the brownies or whatever else one may choose.
Finally, we asked a waitperson to find our server.  After 15 minutes, we asked again.  Finally after a total of 40 minutes, we managed to see our server who experienced difficulty having us pay when all the other guests were staying at the hotel and had only to sign the slip.  Service at this bar and restaurant was certainly less ideal than the impeccable service we'd experienced in the Seduce Restaurant on Tom's birthday.  Fiji time.

Decorations and imprinted name tag at our table.
The bill resolved we headed to a seating area in the lobby, close to outlets while Tom proceeded to set up our laptops enabling us to send more Christmas wishes to family and friends throughout the world.  We'd recharge the laptops sharing the plug in back and forth with a plan to head home by 5 pm when hopefully, the power would be back on.

Most diners were hotel guests, not outsiders like us.
We only lasted until 4 pm.  The cushion-less wicker chairs cut into our legs and backs making sitting nearly impossible.  We decided to call the taxi and head home although Tom's laptop wasn't yet charged.  My was at 98%.  If we had no power throughout the evening, at least we could watch a few shows in the dark.


Tom wrapped up his meal eating a couple of candy canes. 
Walking into the house we were thrilled to see the fans whirring.  The power was back on.  The power also went out twice during the night awakening us both each time, lasting for a few more hours, making sleeping fitful without a fan or the wall AC unit running.

Tom didn't have any dinner last night although I had a few items ready in case we were hungry.  By 7 pm, I ate a cup of salmon salad while I spotted Tom snacking on a paper napkin filled with spice drops he'd placed in his pocket.  I laughed. 

The deck on the bay at the Pearl.
It was a good Christmas Day especially when we had a chance to talk to some of the family on Skype with more today, had a good meal and managed to end the day with electricity.

Today, Christmas Day in many parts of the world, we wish everyone a blessed holiday season and New Year.  May life bring each you the fulfillment of your goals, dreams and wishes, all filled with love.
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Photo from one year ago today, December 26, 2014:

This was one of our favorite scenery photos taken on the Big island, so clearly illustrating the power of the surf at the houses we rented for the family visit.  For more details, please click here.

2 comments:

Elizabeth Banks said...

WOW! what a spread. I love seeing how others celebrate Christmas

Jessica said...

Liz, how we'd love to see what others eat also. It's of interest to us goodie types. Hope you enjoyed your holiday celebrations.

Much love,
Jess & Tom

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