Red Lobster
I saw more Red, than Lobster
By By By By Bitchy Cook
Last Updated: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 10:10:17 AM

So, I'm in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii....When I travel - the food is a really big part of the experience for me.  In fact, it can make or break any trip, if I let it.  (that's a total blog entry in and of itself.).  Coming to Hawaii was no different - except perhaps I was even more excited, as it represented a new culture, new cuisuine, new flavours that I hadn't yet incorporated into my repetoire.  So imagine if you will: we're back from our day on Hop On/Off Bus (another blogging entry, I'm sure), and are crowded around the ipad to use our $50.00 wifi connection at our 4 star hotel (that's $50.00 per device, so we have to share!).  We pull up Google maps, find our location, and excitedly type in restaurants and hit Search!  There's shock and and awe, as only 7 pins drop down indicating our choices....and among them? Red Lobster, Outback Steakhouse, McDonalds & Wild Wings Pub & Grill.

We searched again - just to be sure that it wasn't some kind of glitch or cruel joke.  But no...that was it.  We turned our attention to the Room Service menu, but just didn't feel worthy of the $35.00 price tags for food that we could get (hell, even make) at home.  Nor did we feel like we wanted to dump another $150 on the same seafood buffet that we'd dug into the night before...so off to Red Lobster we went.

We joked on our way there about when Red Lobster had first opened up in Calgary year's ago, what a ridiculous wait it was to get in.  Imagine our surprise as we rounded the corner and saw about 20 people milling around outside Red Lobster!  We hustled up to the desk and overheard the lady before us being told the wait was 45 minutes.  For us, she said 25, and we assumed that was because we were only 2.  My partner, the wise one, took the 'communicator' from the lady and then suggested I cross the street to some other restaurants to see if we could get in somewhere else any faster.

As I made my way over, I passed by lots of people, presumably on their own hunt for food on a Saturday night in Waikiki.  I also passed abbout 4 homeless people who'd given up their pursuit, and tucked in for the evening - flat out on the sidewalk.  The wait time was the same story in each of the two places I found - one had even gone so far as to tape sign up on it's door - 'max capacity reached! Standing room only!'  Even still there were people waiting outside, hoping to get in for a meal at some point.  The 25 minutes wait at Red Lobster was starting to look pretty good to me - so I head back - passing the same stretch of homeless people, and much to my surprise, many of the same people that I'd first passed crossing the street!  It was becoming glaringly obvious that we were all faced with the same dilemma - there's no food in Waikiki!!!!

Back at Red Lobster, the children in line are beginning to lose their patience....except of course those whose parents had the presence of mind to bring there technology with them.  Those kids were happy and oblivious to their surrounding (another blog entry I think), but hell, they weren't making their parents lives miserable either!!

That promised 25 minutes came and went....I should've known it was too good to be true.  The throng of hungry people continued to grow.  I don't know if I was really getting ravenous during this period, of it was just the perception of starvation that I was absorbing from the group...but I did at one point come to the realization that I could, in fact, work myself into a complete and utter panic if I didn't get in there and get my food soon!  Could a throng of starving tourists really storm Red Lobster??????  Would we get arrested for that???  

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