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.
Monday, October 26, 2009
My current Lush favorites (look them up at www.lushusa.com):
- Dark Angel (charcoal sugar scrub)
- Catastrophe Cosmetic (clay + blueberry facial mask)
- Celestial (facial lotion - putting this on after Catastrophe makes me smell like blueberry yogurt!)
- Shampoo Bar (anyone but I have tried Karma Komba, Ultimate Shine, Godiva - I can imagine these are great for trips)
- Jasmin and Henna Fluff-Eaze (deep conditioning treatment)
No, I don't work for them (I prolly should, I'd get a discount), but I really enjoy their products. Take a look into the store (once you get past the punch in the head scent) and you'll be surprised by an eco-friendly cosmetic company with lovely organic, natural, sometimes vegan products, that smell AWESOME and work great.