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DorobekInsider: My “dinner” with the President

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As most of you probably know, President Obama and family are enjoying some time off in his childhood home of Hawaii, much to the joy of the White House — and despite snippy criticism from the Mainland. And I too am here just outside of Honolulu spending time with my family, who visit here each Christmas for decades now.

One of our favorite Hawaiian restaurants is Alan Wong’s — a CJD fav, if you ever are in Honolulu. Apparently it is an Obama fav too.

We were at Alan Wong’s this week — and when we got there, we were told that our table was no longer available. We’d have to split our large group across two tables. There was a VIP — and that was where they were putting him. It ended up the “him” was, in fact, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, a contingent of others — and security, of course.

My family and friends, being the good, security conscience American’s that they are, saw me tweeting that we were dining with the President — and they all said, ‘Don’t put the location!’ Of course, outside the restaurant, there were a dozen black SUVs and scores of cops, but… I hope I didn’t give anything away.

Somewhat surprisingly, this is the first time I have actually seen President Obama in person — and I have to come all the way to Hawaii to do it.

As far as what he ordered… I’m told the President had  the 5-course tasting menu:

  • wine pairings also available (menu subject to change)
    • Appetizer Duo
    • Butter Poached Kona Lobster
    • Nagaimo Potato Cake, Green Onion Oil
    • Ginger Crusted Onaga
    • Organically Grown Hamakua Mushrooms and Corn, Miso Sesame Vinaigrette
    • Twice Cooked Shortrib, Soy Braised and Grilled “Kalbi” Style
    • Gingered Shrimp, Ko Choo Jang Sauce
    • Dessert Duet

More about the dinner from Politico here… and other stories here.

Written by cdorobek

December 30, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Posted in DorobekInsider

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