The best katsu in town!

Happy Hump Day!

If y’all haven’t been to Tonkatsu Tamafuji in Kapahulu, you got to try their tonkatsu- if you don’t mind waiting a while, that is. I’ve been there twice and we had a wait a while to be seated. BUT- it was worth it- BOTH times!! The batter, surrounding the pork loin, is so light and fluffy. It melts in your mouth. Their servings are very generous, too. It’s a deal for sure!

There’s two types of katsu sauces to choose from: spicy and sweet. Both are good, separately and together. The server gives you a bowl of sesame seeds to grind- that’s so much fun! Then you pour either or both sauces into the bowl.

There’s complementary assorted pickled vegetables: (L-R) ume (pickled plum), takuan (pickled daikon (or radish)), and tsukemono (pickled cabbage). Mmm mmm mmm!

When I dined there the first time, I ordered the 180g of the Jyukusei tonkatsu (pork loin) set. That was a lot! I couldn’t finish it. Next time I dined there, I ordered the 160g of the same set and that was more manageable. Mind you, I went there for lunch the first time and dinner the second time.

There’s three different types of rice to choose from, as well as two different types of miso soup, too. The first time, I tried the five-grain rice. Anything that is multigrain always catches my eye! It was interesting. Had a wasabi-like flavor to it. The second time, I tried the seasoned mixed rice, which was very, very tasty. That one was my favorite. I’ve tried both the white and red miso soups. I enjoyed both! Love that there’s clams in there.

The following dishes are all-you-can eat, at no charge- the assorted pickled vegetables, the bowls of rice (you can even try different rices), and the shredded cabbage that comes with the katsu. With the cabbage comes two different dressings: sesame and ponzu. Both pair well with the cabbage. Yum!

Check out Tonkatsu Tamafuji and be prepared to wait a while before being seated. In the end, though, it’s so worth it!

Tonkatsu Tamafuji
449 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, 96815


I got a nitsu-kick out of this dish!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

I love Utage- it’s a local, Japanese, and Okinawan family-friendly restaurant. Their food is delicious! I ordered the ahi belly nitsuke, which was one of their specials of the day. I order the last of that dish, and I’m so happy I did. That dish was amazingly good! I’ve never had nitsuke before. It’s a Japanese simmering sauce that’s sweet and salty at the same time. I LOVE ahi belly, too. The meat was so tender and soft. Perfect pairing!

Here’s a recipe for this amazing sauce: Yum! I would love to make this sauce with something. It’ll be onolicious! I can’t wait!

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday! Wasn’t Justin Timberlake’s halftime show pretty cool? I enjoyed it!

Utage Restaurant & Lounge
1286 Kalani St.
Honolulu, 96817

This was a deal! …And so much food!

Went strolling in Waikiki the other weekend and ended up eating at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka at the new International Marketplace, in the back of Mitsuwa Marketplace, a nationwide Japanese market. I’ve been to their other location at the Don Quijote on Kaheka Street. Their food is sooo good! They had these sets that were less than $15. It was A LOT of food! I struggled to finish everything. We tried the shoyu ramen with salmon and ikura (fish eggs) with rice and natto (fermented soy beans) and rice- my fave! So, so good! I.LOVED.IT! Both sets came with a boiled egg. Mmm!

While cruising the International Marketplace, you got to check out the Mitsuwa Marketplace. It’s an awesome Japanese market. It reminded me of the stores in Japan. You can find everything in there- food, drinks, products, etc. Amazing store! It’s the perfect convenience store. I wish they had more locations on the island.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
inside Mitsuwa Marketplace
International Marketplace in Waikiki
2330 Kalakaua Ave.; Honolulu, 96815
Cheers to ramen!

Holy moly chicken!

Happy Sunday! Man, did this weekend fly back or what?

Last weekend, we celebrated one of my gf’s bdays at Restaurant 604, near the Arizona Memorial. We loved it there. The view was very serene, as it looks out at the marina. We want to go back during the daytime. I’m sure the view is even more breathtaking in the daytime. We enjoy outdoorsy-type of restaurants. It feels more open and we get to breathe in the fresh air.

The bday lady and I ordered the same dish! Roasted half-pound chicken with garlic mash. Oh my gosh! It was a lot of food! The chicken was huge, and so full of meat! I loved it! The gravy and mash were amazing! Mmm mmm! I ate this for the next couple meals. It was THAT much! I want to try their pasta next! You know me and pasta! My go-to comfort food!

Restaurant 604
57 Arizona Memorial Dr.
Honolulu, 96818

Enjoy the last day of the weekend!

The Rice Place

Happy Hump Day! In one week, the first month of 2018 will be over. How fast!

My gf and I dined at The Rice Place on Kapi’olani Blvd. a few months ago. Every dish is made with rice there. We ordered an appetizer and main dish, and it was more than enough! Just two dishes, and we were so full. We had leftovers to bring home. We enjoyed the food very much. The place is very small and cozy. Reservations is advised.


Lettuce wrap rice flour crepe


Look at the inside of this beauty. Mmmm! I’m not so much of a fan of crepes, but this was amazing! So crispy. We savored this till the end of our dinner.


Pesto boat noodles with chicken. Their pesto sauce is homemade- nut and dairy-free!

I love pesto, especially homemade. That’s the best kind. I can’t wait to dine here again and try more dishes!

The Rice Place
725 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, 96813

Mmm, slow cookers are one of the best inventions ever!

Mama mia! Why haven’t I taken advantage of slow cookers more often in the past? I absolutely love it! My dad would occasionally make dinners in the Crock Pot and it would be soo delicious!

So, one weekend, I decided to make one of my dad’s Crock Pot dishes- chicken with Cream of Mushroom soup sauce. I added frozen mixed veggies, carrots, potatoes, and onions. Yum! I wanted to test out the slow cooker. Before I started my busy afternoon of errands, I put all of the ingredients in the Crock Pot and set the cooker to low for eight hours.  I started with the vegetables first. Chopped them up and put them in the pot. Then added chicken thighs and breasts, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with thyme, pepper, garlic and pepper seasoning, and Hawaiian salt. Finally, I added the Cream of Mushroom soup and diluted it with a little bit of water, so it wouldn’t be so thick. Stirred it to get the sauce evenly in the pot, covered it, set the timer, and left for the long day ahead.

When I returned home in the evening- violà! The chicken came out so tender and the dish amazing! This was served with egg noodles. Yummy! It was such a simple and easy dish. Just typing this and reminiscing at these pictures are making me hungry. I gotta go! Haha!

Have a great week!


Going sausage crazy for breakfast!

Happy New Year!

Ok, I never really cared for sausages for most of my life, but these that I’ve tried were AWESOME!!!! Delicious!!! My mouth is watering and I want more!


Breakfast at Tante’s in Kahului, Maui, at the Maui Seaside Hotel. Homemade Longanisa (Filipino sausage). This sausage was DA BOMB! So good! And that fried rice was to-die-for!


Mid-West homemade breakfast sausage patties, made by my gf’s brother-in-law. Yummy! Tasted so good with the homemade French Toast. Like my bite marks? Haha!


We had more sausages patties the next day! Mmm! I think they were different sausages from the previous day.

Sausages is my new craving! Isn’t it interesting how your taste buds can change overtime? Something you didn’t really care for, you’re craving, and visa versa?

I’m on a new adventure to search for some good sausages! I think I may even attempt to make some patties at home, haha! Doesn’t look too difficult.

Till next time!