Monday, August 30, 2010

More Island Gourmet Bread pictures

On the top, meat lovers calzone (pepperoni, sausage, ham, cheddar & mozzarella cheeses). On the bottom, jalapeno pepperoni (real live jalapenos! It was a little too spicy for me, even when I avoided the ones with large chunks of peppers....)

Ahi Poke - Kanpai Bar & Grill

Y'all know how biased I am with my poke, but this was really delicious.  It's like Paina Cafe's hot shoyu ahi poke with limu (seaweed) in it. But it's different limu, it's more purple.  I'm not enough of a limu connoisseur to be able to tell you which one is which, I just like good food!  This and some hot rice and two ice cold beers (yes, I actually drank draft beer) and I was so happy and relaxed after a long, somewhat stressful and most definitely irritating day at my part-time job.  Maybe it was the two beers in half an hour, but hey, I was in a great mood so who really cares how I got there? :) Poke, rice, beer - food happiness trifecta!  (Oh, and the ribeye steak with mushrooms and onions wasn't half bad either!)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pipeline Pizza Bread

Pipeline pizza bread from Hawaii's Gourmet Breads (at least I think that's the name).  They have a little booth at the Fort Street Mall Farmers' Market Tuesday mornings when my family is there selling vegetables.  I tend to get there early in the morning before the signs are up.  I found this because my aunt said to try one of their calzones, and I needed breakfast so I picked up "The Pipeline" on the salesman's recommendation.  Wow, fresh bread, at least two different types of cheeses (mozzarella and cheedar), ham, salami and pepperoni.  I think it's the bread that makes this really delicious; it's soft yet chewy and slightly herbed.  I toss it in the microwave for about a minute.  They sell half a calzone for $5, so it's a bit on the pricey side, but it really works for two meals; I split it with my colleague and it is a great breakfast for both of us.
Note: try to get the fresh ones.  The day old ones are "okay" but they're not as yummy.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Safeway Artisan Sandwiches

Check this out. It's from Safeway (yes, the grocery store!!). It's a foccacia bread filled with sun dried tomato pesto, spinach, fresh mozzarella and fresh tomatoes. I think it's a bit pricey at $6.99 for a small sandwich (about 4" square) but I do get away with eating half and some chips or pretzels so it does stretch.  I haven't tried any other sandwiches because I absolutely love fresh mozzarella and the sun dried tomato pesto.  I think there is something else as well, but I can't figure it out.  Try it and let me know your thoughts!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Katsu hot dog & furikake fries - Kanpai Bar & Grill

Kanpai Bar & Grill serves lunch!  Not just kim chee steak and Hello Kitty (let's not discuss that right now, maybe in a few weeks when Mr. & Mrs. Bumblebootie come to down).

If you become a fan of their page on Facebook, you'll receive the daily specials in their news feed.  This lovely looking dish was one such special:

It is a katsu hot dog with furikake fries.  Katsu has become a Japanese catch-all phrase for something floured, dipped in egg and rolled in panko (Japanese bread crumbs) then deep fried, leaving whatever it is nice and crispy.  This is a KATSU hot dog.  Well, it's a polish dog.  Poha's family has an ancient Japanese secret recipe for katsu sauce which includes Heinz 57 ketchup (not catsup), shoyu (soy sauce), A-1 sauce, worcester sauce and sugar.  So, Kanpai did the OMG and fried this polish dog, made a yummy katsu sauce with sriracha (aka Rooster sauce, spicy thai/vietnamese chili sauce) and topped it with more chilis.  I removed those, I am a wuss when it comes to heat.  I sniffle when I eat Paina Cafe's spicy tuna.  The hot dog was SO good, I was a complete pig and ate both.  The fries were "okay", how much more exciting can Ore-Ida frozen fries be?  Maybe if they melted a bit of butter with some garlic, tossed the fries THEN put furikake... MMMM, at least so the nori and sesame seeds would have stuck.  It was a hefty $10, but really, I should have split it into lunch and dinner rather than scarfing both dogs. Hahaha :)

But yes, if I see this bad boy in my news feed, I am walking over there.  Sorry, cute Nathan's hot dog girl, this is WAY better!