Go Fourth!

Who remembers drive-in theaters? Taking the kids or having a date night with that special person- in your ‘50’s whatever car. This past week I came across an article on the opening of a drive-in theater in Greenpoint waterfront with fantastic views of New York. I thought “how cool would that be?"   

The same week my cousin posted a photo of being at a drive-in theater in New Mexico! Ever since the pandemic shut down movie theaters across the country, we have had to resign to streaming our flick fix (not that there is anything wrong with streaming our favorite movies, etc.), it seems a blast from the past is gaining momentum. 

 Outdoor movie-going, once seen as a relic from another century, has become the go-to spot to still enjoy the classic experience of watching a film on the silver screen.  I decided to look further into this and low and behold, creativity springs eternal. 

Drive-in movie theaters are perfect to remain socially distant, but still, fulfill our crave to have family time during the holiday weekend. With everyone in their own car, drive-in movie theaters are something of a salvation during these times and one of the few entertainment joints that are safe to visit outside the house. 

If you are looking for another option this holiday weekend, perhaps there is a theater near you. See a drive-in theater near you. Don't forget the popcorn!

Have a safe and happy 4th of July Holiday!

Armchair Travel
Re-Opening Hawaii, Our 50th State
As the world begins to re-open, it is good news to hear that Hawaii is on the list. Starting August 1, travelers arriving in Hawaii from out of state can show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result to avoid an otherwise mandatory 14-day quarantine. Visions of tropical palm trees swaying in the breeze, drinks in coconut shells, and hula dancers around a giant fire pit create a very romantic image! The Hawaiian Islands is one of the most iconic Honeymoon or “Milestone Anniversary” destinations because it caters to so many personalities. With no passport requirements and no language barriers, Hawaii’s five main islands are America’s own tropical paradise.
Which Island?
Hawaii a variety of experiences. Which island is right for you? Want to visit Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, and like big-city nightlife, shopping, and crowds?  Oahu  is your answer! Oahu, Hawai i

Are you more the “country club” type, enjoying luxurious resorts and planning to spend most of your time lazing around the pool or on the beach?  Maui, "The Valley Isle" is your paradise! Maui, Hawaii

Want to get away from it all, play golf together, turn in early and enjoy peace
and “small-town”feel, then make it Lanai.

Do you love to hike, paddleboard, kayak and be stunned with the most breathtaking scenery on the planet? You would love Kauai , the “Garden Isle”! Kauai, Hawaii

If you are fascinated by nature, history, the Polynesian culture, and scientific wonders? The Big Island of  Hawaii  offers active volcanos, telescope observatories on top of snow-capped mountains, and historical and religious landmarks - too many to count! Savor 100% Kona coffee - grown only in the mineral-rich volcanic soil on the slopes of Hualalai and the Mauna Loa Mountains. Travel Hawaii
The Hawaiian Shirt
For over half a century, the "Aloha" shirt has been Hawaii’s most enduring and visible greeter and ambassador. Like a flower lei, the "Aloha" shirt is worn as a statement of one’s love for, and connection to, a most special place.

It is quite amazing that a very simple shirt with vivid patterns or pictures and (if you’re lucky) coconut shell buttons – can have more lore, history, and anecdotes surrounding it than many a small country.

Read more about the history of the Aloha Shirt in Hawaii, here .  
The Hawaiian Luau
When traveling to the Hawaiian Islands, a "must-do" is to experience a traditional luau. Indulge in a variety of mouthwatering traditional dishes, and immerse yourself in a show of Hawaiian music and dance. Luaus vary in ambiance, entertainment performances, and food options based on how traditional the luau is.

Read more about the history of the luau, here .
What's For Dinner?
Hawaiian Poke Bowl
Traditional Hawaiian poke is a dish at its most simple and pure, celebrating and honoring each ingredient. Poke is versatile and is completely made to taste. The main components in every style are: extremely fresh seafood, Maui onion, and soy sauce. All other ingredients are negotiable.

Having only seven ingredients, this recipe is quick and can be prepped in advance. The only key to having an amazing Hawaiian poke bowl is getting Sashimi-grade fish to ensure that it is safe to consume raw. Though this recipe is for Ahi tuna, you can substitute it for any fish of your preference.

Happy Hour - it is 5:00 pm somewhere!
Mai Tai Cocktail
Mai Tai is the iconic Hawaiian cocktail. The color is reminiscent of a hot summer’s day. There are many varieties to this recipe as well, but all start with a hearty base of rum. This particular recipe calls for:
-     Dark rum
-     Amber rum
-    Triple sec
-     Fresh orange juice
-     Pineapple juice
-     Splash of grenadine

Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes and enjoy Hawaii in a glass. For the specific proportions, here is the Full Recipe.
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