Thursday, February 25, 2010

Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies

These are the best pre-made cookies I have ever eaten.  And trust me, any chance I get to try a chocolate chip cookie, I do!  I love chocolate chip cookies so much, I'll even eat bad ones.  Bad cake, bad bread, I can pass on, but I always end up finishing the cookies.  I wonder what their allure is.

For these Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, it's the oven that makes them yummy (so I'm told, I haven't gotten my hands on the batter to test that statement).  The hotel I work at sells these through room service and once in a while, us lowly workers are fortunate enough to steal, I mean, obtain some of these cookies (usually when we're at meetings).  Lovely, lovely dark chocolate chips (no nuts), just the right amount of soft versus crunchy.  You can also order them through in gift baskets.  I sent a friend one for his birthday (I didn't know they were Otis S.) and he was just ecstatic about them.  I had forgotten he loves cookies as much as me.  I don't think he shared any of these, maybe some of the other flavors.

So either order yourself some through 1-800Flowers or find somewhere that bakes them!  They are well worth the hassle.

Coco Puffs - Liliha Bakery

OMG I am the bomb-diggity, yet a total dork!  Here I was feeling guilty that I haven't posted in months, but I had a ton of postings sitting as drafts so all I need to do is upload them.  No, I haven't been fasting all this time, but just busy and tired and more busy and tired and wasting time on Restaurant City and now Frontierville.  But enough excuses, I have a blog and I need to fill it with mindless blatherings.  Thanks for sticking with me and I promise to be better.

Here is one of my childhood and all time favorite break-the-diet dessert.  It's called a Coco Puff from Liliha Bakery.

It's a pate a choux dough filled with chocolate pudding and topped with chantilly frosting.  It's not a typical cream puff where the baked dough is crunchy.  It's an ooey gooey puddle of deliciousness.  Chantilly frosting is a Hawaii thing, it's the German chocolate cake frosting, but without the coconut.  Take a bite and suck out some of the pudding (unless you like wearing it, which is certainly appropriate in some situations!) before you continue noshing the puff.  I recommend you become a fan of Liliha Bakery on Facebook.  Shantel (I can't remember her name, but it's similar to mine) always has wonderful, upbeat little snippets throughout the day (and sometimes night) and great pictures of all the goodies.  I also recommend that you visit Liliha Bakery and get a dozen Coco Puffs.  You'll eat one and keep eating.  And if you don't, I will take any leftovers!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wraps & Rolls Hawaii

It was an absolutely beautiful day when I went to Wraps and Rolls Hawaii.  This was on February 10, 2010, so yes, I'm still behind on my blogging. ;)  It was sunny, blue skies without a cloud to be seen, about 70 or 72 degrees (about 21-22C for you Euros) and breezy so it made the LONG walk (I'm talking a good long block from the Bank of Hawaii on Ward Avenue to Ward Centre) absolutely wonderful.  Days like this make me so happy to live in Hawaii and cement the fact why tourism is our number one industry.  I have lived all across the United States and have never encountered a day so "perfect" as that day.

Ward Shopping Center is having a promotion until February 28th where participating merchants offer $5 Meal Deals so I thought I'd try the 2 wraps for $5.  I got the Teri-Spam wrap and the California Turkey wrap.  Each wrap is made with lettuce, rice noodles and fillings wrapped in rice paper (think summer roll, but sans shrimp and mint).  The Teri-Spam wrap (I eat Spam and I love it, MMMM) is a few chunks of Spam with a light teriyaki sauce, cucumber and furikake, served with a sweet mayo sesame dressing.  The California Turkey is deli turkey meat, bacon (YUM!!), tomatoes, avocado (double YUM!!) and cucumber, with ranch dressing.  While waiting for my wraps, the menu item "Jicama Sticks - aka "UN-FRIES") intrigued me, I like jicama in California Pizza Kitchen's BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad so what the hey....I needed to taste-test the creamy wasabi dressing anyways.

OMG, these wraps were delish!  I could only eat one for lunch, that's how nicely filled they are.  I think they could probably get away with less rice noodles for a less carbohydrate-packed wrap, but it was wow.  Something so simple yet so delicious.  I kind of got tired of the jicama sticks about halfway through so I would have been happy with the half portion for half the price.

I went a little late, about 1:30PM, and the place was deserted.  Please don't let another fabulous "secret" die away and go support them.  They also have a LONG list of soda floats, shakes and smoothies which will be perfect to have once the weather warms up in the summertime.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Kochi Restaurant & Lounge

I went to Kochi for dinner with my aunt and cousin. It's located at 1936 South King Street, right next to Jimbo's. It was okay, nothing spectacular. The menu did offer many choices, including the typical two or three choice dinner combinations. We tried the hash balls, and true to form, they were corned beef hash rolled in panko flakes (Japanese bread crumbs) and deep fried and served with a spicy cheese sauce. It honestly was not that impressive as it tasted like canned hash and processed cheese spread.
My aunt & cousin got the 3 choice with various entrees (tempura, steak, salmon). I opted for the furikake mahimahi which came only as an entree so I ordered a shiso musubi (perilla leaf rice ball) on the side. The portion size was huge, 3 fillets of mahi. I was pretty disappointed as the "furikake" was only sprinkled on top and not incorporated into the panko crust. Everything was on the salty side, but tasty. I think if I go back, it will be just for drinks and pupus and not for dinner.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Corn Croquette - Marukai

Occassionally, Marukai will have specialty vendors come in and share their goodies with us. This is a Japanese style corn croquette. I think it's made with potatoes (mashed or pureed) and corn (or other things like bacon, cheese, tako (octopus), shrimp....), then breaded with panko and fried. I got two of these for about $2, so a bit pricey but a nice treat since it's not always available.

I had this with my Paina Cafe tomato bisque. Oh my! YUM! Especially on these cold Hawaiian days (yes, yes, 60F/20C is not cold to the rest of the world, but it is to us! Live here for a few years, you'll see what I mean).

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Fried Chicken & Lumpia - 2/2/10

I went downtown this morning to mail a package and I've always seen this shop (there was no sign, but it's on Bishop Street mauka (towards the mountain) of Salad Creations, I'm sure there's a sign on the Fort Street Mall side).

What made me stop was seeing these HUGE pieces of chicken in the warmers! So I had to check it out. The filipino nana said she made it (of course!) along with the lumpia. I am a sucker for fried chicken, probably a throwback to my little kid days and my Aunty Hazel's fried chicken, eating it cold the next day with a nori-wrapped musubi (rice ball). So I bought one piece of chicken and 2 lumpia, for a grand total of $2.75! I told her it was too cheap and gave her a dollar tip.

This is an 8 inch plate I have the chicken on, that is how big it is. The chicken is cooked through, juicy and crispy, simply seasoned with just salt and maybe a little pepper. What is "lumpia"? Basically, a deep fried roll, and it can be savory or sweet. This is savory, filled with rice noodles, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, pork and spices which I can't identify. Each household will have their own recipe. The filling is cooked first, cooled, then wrapped in a lumpia wrapper (readily available). I kind of miss the spicy chili vinegar garlic shoyu sauce that goes with it but YUM it's okay. Really, it's okay. :) The sweet ones usually have bananas and brown sugar in them.

The next time I go into town, I'll find out the name of this place and edit the post.

Now me and my fried breakfast need a little privacy. Nom nom nom.