I dined with my nephew Max and his family on Saturday.
"I've never eaten at this restaurant. [pause] Are those shark fins encased in glass?"
Dinner was an extravagant taste of the sea giant clams, shark fin soup, abalone, lobster, shrimp flavoured chips…
I wish someone would genetically engineer a cross between a lobster and a crab. Crab meat doesn't justify the effort, but lobster meat is sickeningly sweet.
Max grew restless, so I took him for a walk inside the neighbouring Asian supermarket.
A sign in the seafood department caught my eye:
"Live hard-shell turtles! $5.99 (as advertised)!"
Underneath the sign was a basin filled with lethargic turtles.
1. Turtles are surprisingly cheap.
2. How do you transport a live turtle home from a supermarket? Do you put it in a plastic bag like produce? Bag it with your other groceries?
3. Some Asian supermarkets will deep-fry fresh seafood for you. I should've checked.
Max and his family depart today for a fortnight in Hawaii.
"We're visiting two islands we missed last year."
I've never been to Hawaii.
Max is three.