Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I may not have such exciting pictures of food in the next few weeks as I've started a diet (tired of the headaches and feeling unwell, okay, so that might be related to the three jobs, but let's ignore that part for now) under medical supervision with Dr. Bruce Katsura of Pacific PureLipo. Check out http://www.dietmd.com/ for more information or just ask me. So all I'm eating right now is protein, yup, just protein. Yup, I made those delicious looking pizzelles and didn't eat a single one (and I plan to make 4 more batches tonight...sleep? What's that??). Down about 15 pounds in 3 weeks.
Look in the November month for all my posts and pictures that I had on my Blackberry all this time.
Have a wonderful, safe and warm Christmas day and I will be happily sleeping in.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
(Okay, Mr. P, no get all excited, it's just me blogging again)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Nisshodo has a candy storefront on Dillingham Blvd, where you can also get these along with chi chi dango (straight mochi dusted with cornstarch or kinako -soybean flour). They also make some funky flavors like coconut, chocolate and peanut butter, but I've not tried those.
These are made without preservatives so you have to eat them quickly! :)
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I love Hawaii. Where else can you get a bowl of sushi rice (the "donburi" part of the name), topped with unagi kabayaki (broiled eel with a teriyaki style sauce) with takuan (picked daikon/radish) and fresh cucumbers for $6.95???? For lunch! I have always loved unagi, I think when I was a child, my family told me it was fish so I ate it willingly. If I had known it was eel, I doubt I would have tried it! I love simply cooked food with wonderful flavors. This and a Diet Pepsi totally made my lunch a quick escape (along with a lovely conversation!) and a nice break to a very long day.
Wahoo's Fish Tacos at Ward Gateway. Combination # 2 is either two tacos or two enchiladas with your choice of fillings and sauces. I chose flame-grilled chicken and mushrooms along with the red sauce and green cilantro sauce. I think I prefer the green sauce, it seemed more flavorful. I get the black beans because the white ones are too spicy for me. The ahi rice is great to catch all that delicious sauce. Fresh, cheesey deliciousness! And all this food for around $9.00.
Shirokiya is a Japanese products store located in Ala Moana Shopping Center. On the third floor, they have a food section and every week or so, they have a new vendor from Japan showcasing their products. These are musubi (Japanese rice balls) - left to right, shiso, yaki (grilled with soy sauce) and salmon and seaweed. They were delicious! I'm not actually sure about the shiso one since I didn't actually eat it :)
Monday, November 9, 2009
Meatloaf - aaah, the American classic. This is from Big City Diner on Ward. Thanks to B for having a good weekend and buying us lunch! This was different, filled with mushrooms and little carrot bits, topped with delicious, thick, tasty gravy. Hidden under the cow flesh goodness was some healthy spinach (wilted from the heat of the meat) and a generous (at least a cup) of sticky white rice (is there any other kind??) topped with furikake. A truly local Hawaiian-style take on an American comfort food. (And for those of you who don't like meatloaf, it's just a baked hamburger, get over it and give it a try, this one is ono).
Sunday, November 8, 2009
"Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love" is the motto for 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. I saw this coffee at Williams-Sonoma and it smelled heavenly, so I figured me and the coffee addicts could give it a whirl. I snagged Longitude 123* W - the signature coffee blend. The label says "Butterscotch and caramel dominate this medium-bold coffee blend. It is sweet and polished, with gentle wine notes and medium acidity." I used our automatic drip coffee maker, freshly ground beans - truly nothing fancy like my coffee press - and it really was divine. I put in my usual 2 Equal and 2 Coffeemate creamer packets and it was actually too sweet for me. So for my second cup, I just added the creamer and no sweetener and it was perfect. This blend isn't artificially flavored, but it really was caramelly and butterscotchy! I can't wait to have more.
It was $14.95 for 12 ounces, so a little on the pricey side, but a worthwhile treat if you love coffee. Trust me on this one, it was as sweet as love.
Friday, November 6, 2009
This is another one of my favorites at Paina Cafe, the Hawaiian Bowl. It's the large size poke bowl, I always get brown rice and I tried the spicy sauce this time (it's really not that spicy) along with limu ahi poke, kalua pig and lomilomi salmon (see previous post for an explanation) with the taegu (spicy cuttlefish). I took my Chi-town friends here for lunch before they headed back home. We all got poke bowls, pretty much the same except Toytoy had to get spicy tuna.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Call Cafe Kulia Grill at 808.692.0800 to find out their daily specials. They also have a limited breakfast menu from 7AM, and they close @ 2PM and weekends/state holidays.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I had a second strawberry soda, then we (the girls) wanted to know what a "Hello Kitty" was. It's Bacardi 151, watermelon schnapps, 99 Bananas and cranberry. ZOMG, this thing kicked my ass. It seriously needed to be cut with some 7Up and topped with grenadine. So, just because it sounds pink and cute and fluffy, doesn't mean it doesn't have claws. Thanks, but I'll stick to my strawberry sodas. I apologize that this post was a quickie (if you saw the earlier version). I posted it last night when I got home, and I just wanted to get it done. :) I promise to take my time from now on ;) <3 ~ poha
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
The three of us shared two entrees, and we couldn't finish both. The gnocchi with creamy pesto (ZOMG, this was absolutely delicious, creamy, light, and very, very tasty, the gnocchi was perfectly cooked) was $22, which seems pricey, but it was a sizeable portion.
I really enjoyed this restaurant and look forward to visting it again when it's less crowded. Because of all the people in Waikiki, we had to wait about 45 minutes to be seated and the service was a little slow, but our server, Jeff, apologized and did ask us to return so they can show us better service. He also thought I looked like his girlfriend's sister (I get that a lot, really, it's not a line) so that was kind of amusing.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
This another one of my favorites - the ahi nicoise sandwich with the ahi seared. It's got an olive tapenade, balsamic vinaigrette, hard boiled egg, roasted red peppers, lettuce on a ten-grain hoagie bun. Ask them for extra dressing and to leave the sandwich whole. You can also ask for the ahi grilled and cooked all the way through (never tried it that way).
I'm not eating ALL of this, the sandwish is more than enough without getting chips or soup. I got the Jobo's for one of my co-workers, and since I had it, I took a picture of it :) <3 ~ poha
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
My dealer of choice is Keurig. It's a single cup coffee system, but it uses these little plastic, non-eco friendly, non-recyclable K-cups that will dispense a short, regular or long pull of cofee (6 oz, 8 oz or 10 oz, I think) for about $0.50-0.60 a K-cup. Details on how it works are on the above website, but I just love this machine. There's only your cup to wash, ever! A single hot, fresh cup of coffee is just a pop and click away. Yum.
The best deals on the K-cups are at Macy's when you use your card for an additional 20% off, but I like buying from the website where they offer free shipping (even to Hawaii) and free samples and a ginormous variety of coffees. They also sell tea and cocoa for you non-coffee people.
This is yap chai (3 different types) - I have never had this before but the chinese grandma said it's very good so how could I resist? It's a steamed rice concoction with different fillings wrapped in a leaf. The bottom is the layered rice cake - lovely, sweet, sticky yummy layers (though when I was a kid, I could've sworn that was ONE piece, and not two....Ah, these tough economic times we live in) that you peel and eat one layer at a time. OK, you don't *really* eat it that way, but I'm still a kid at heart so I do.
This is my personal favorite - mai tai soo. It's got the water chestnut, barbeque pork filling but it's in a flakey pie-crust type of shell and baked, not steamed. If you're not a fan of half moons and pepeiau, don't get this (I didn't get any because no one else likes that water chestnut filling). Add some hot chinese mustard sauce and nom nom nom nom.
Your "standard" steamed manapua (also known as char siu bao, steamed pork buns). I like the filling, all barbeque pork. None of that green onions or water chestnut or anything else crap. Straight shredded piggy. Lots of fluffy white dough and the gratuitous paper that won't come off. If you need to reheat, wrap in a damp paper towel and microwave for a minute or so, until hot.
And the boys' favorite. Pork hash. Plain pork in a won ton wrapper (I think) and steamed. Onolicious. Eating 4 of these in about 10 minutes is quite easy to do. Not that I did that for breakfast just 5 minutes ago. (looks innocent). Really, I only bought two dozen...... HA HA.
12.15pm - I ate one of them yap chais, the one with a single red dot. It was sweet rather than savory, a little sweet mochi (glutinous) rice filled with a chinese style coconut paste (think of them coconut candies...) Yum!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This is our small poke bowl - brown rice, spicy sauce, limu ahi poke. All for $4.95! I get a spoon because everything is bite-sized and you can scoop up every last yummy bite!
Poke (poh-keh) is usually a blend of raw fish cubes mixed with a blend of hawaiian salt, sesame oil, onions - what this blend is depends on the type of poke and the chef. Sorry, I've honestly no clue what goes into ours. Limu is Hawaiian for seaweed. There are tons of different types and this one makes the poke crunchy. Ahi is tuna.
Note: you can't get this at the sandwich shops (those are franchises), you can only get this from the bakery on Kam Highway OR if you go to one of the farmers' markets. I know for sure they're at Fort Street Mall Tuesday/Friday mornings, Ward Warehouse Tuesday mornings and at KCC Saturday mornings.
Excuse me while I have a moment with my cup of coffee. I completely demolished one....yum. Food coma.