This hole-in-the-wall place is SO worth it!

Yay to the weekend again! Happy Fall, too!

My gf and I found a wonderfully delicious and reasonable Japanese restaurant in the beginning part of Waikiki. It’s called Do-Ne Japanese Food. It’s not easy to find, as it’s a very small joint. Best to make reservations, as there’s only 17 seats in the restaurant. Totally reminds me of Japan, especially the food. Oh.my.word! Mouth is watering just thinking about it.

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This kimchi was BOMB! Oh my goodness! One of the best kimchi dishes I’ve eaten in a lonnnnng time.

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The set for $16.99. Amazing deal! I ordered the special: stamina seafood don set. Yummy! The don included: ahi, ika, natto, ikura, okra, and egg, over sushi rice. The set comes with salad, miso soup, tsukemono (pickled veggies), and appetizers: choi sum, shrimp with somen, and salmon.

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Hamachi collar. Thee best!

We also ordered grilled octupus (tako) and agedashi tofu (deep-fried tofu). Everything was excellent! We are definitely returning again to try more of their food.

Do-Ne Japanese Food
1614 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96826

So worth it! Have a great week.

FS~

 

 

 

Comfort food during hurricane week & when you’re feeling under the weather

We made it through the week. As y’all probably heard on the news, Hawaii was under hurricane warnings most of the week. The storm has been downgraded to a tropical storm today. Great news! It was a hectic week. Everyone was panicking and the roads, stores, and gas stations were filled with people prepping for the storm. It was an unpredictable storm. We were very blessed that we didn’t get the full hurricane effects.

My tummy has been upset the past couple days so I decided to make okayu, Japanese rice porridge to help settle it. I think it worked. It’s a simple, hearty dish. I cooked white rice with extra water to make the rice extra soft. I seasoned it with pepper, salt, and shoyu (soy sauce). At the end, I cracked a couple eggs before serving. That’s it!

Everyone makes their okayu differently. I found this recipe online: https://www.thespruceeats.com/okayu-2031328

Dad’s Bday at Hy’s!

Happy Sunday! My family and I celebrated my dad’s bday a couple months ago to this day at Hy’s Steak House in Waikiki. We love steak and I haven’t been to Hy’s in years! We really enjoyed the food. The ambience was sophisticated and quiet. It was a very intimate dinner with great company and delicious food.

I ordered the steak au poivre, which is a New York striploin with black peppercorns and au poivre sauce. Au poivre basically means “pepper steak.” My favorite seasoning- pepper! I had to try this dish.

I absolutely loved it. The peppercorns with the sauce was amazing! The steak was cooked at medium-rate- my preference- and it was tender. I loved my sides, too- mashed potatoes and green beans. Got to have green beans- my ultimate favorite.

I haven’t been to a steak house that didn’t disappoint.

Have a great week!

Eating for charity!

Last weekend, my girlfriends and I attended the 40th Annual Charity Walk. We love this walk because while you’re getting your walk on, you get to eat some good food along the way, provided by the various hotels. The Charity Walk’s donations benefits the Hawaii Visitor Industry. It’s super fun! Food really drives your motivation to walk and cross the finish line. Though, I swear the walk is getting shorter and shorter every year- haha! This year’s walk was 5.25 miles. The first time I participated in this walk was in 2012. It was around 10 miles then. Holy moly! That was a workout! My feet and legs were extremely sore the next day, but it was worth the workout! This year, the Charity Walk raised over $2.5 million! Whoo hoo! Beats their record in 2017, which was over $2.27 million. Way to go!

See website for more details: http://www.charitywalkhawaii.org/oahu.html.
The Charity Walk also occurs on the neighbor islands. The walk usually occurs in mid-May on Oahu. Look out for next year’s event. Form a team to raise money, walk individually, or walk with a small group.

Here are some of the foods we enjoyed.

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Spam musubi from Alohilani Resort. Mmmm!

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Crab slider with a fried coconut-cake dessert, topped with a fire-roasted marshmallow topping from the Halekulani & Waikiki Parc Hotels. This was amazing!!!

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Yummy fried rice from the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

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Kalua pig (aka pork) with a hint of lime over tortilla chips from Price Waikiki.

I was so full after the we crossed the finish line. They provided a free lunch after, but I was too full. I happily gave my ticket away to someone who could have used another lunch plate.

Does this food make you inspired to join next year? Haha!

Have a great week!

x

Guri guri time!

Happy #throwbackThursday!

Went back to Maui this past summer and I had to stop by my favorite place to get some guri guri at Tasaka’s in Kahului. I used to go there all the time when I would visit my grandparents as a child. My family and I would even bring some back to Oahu to savor this wonderful dessert for a while longer. I wanted to bring back a quart or two from this trip, but they were closed on the Sunday we left. Shucks! So I got my fix, TWICE, the day before. Haha!

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There’s two flavors- strawberry- my favorite!!!!!

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And pineapple.

And how awesome are these prices? I don’t think they’ve ever changed.

• 2 scoops – $1.10
• 3 scoops – $1.65
• 4 scoops – $2.10
• 5 scoops – $2.55

Whoo hoo!

When you visit Maui, check out Tasaka Guri Guri.

Tasaka Guri Guri
Maui Mall
Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 871-4513

I found a site that shares the recipe. I am gonna try it out and compare the tastes.

http://mauirestaurantsblog.com/guri-guri/

 

 

Noodle freak to the core!

I LOVE noodles/pasta! I could eat it every day. With a sauce, in soup, dry, or even plain… Mmm mmm!

Here are a few reviews of some of the yummiest noodle dishes I’ve eaten recently.

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Noodle dish #1: Saimin at Moku Kitchen in Kaka’ako. The saimin dish contains: “Iwamoto family noodles,” Kalua pork, and veggies. Yum! It was a pretty gourmet saimin.

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Noodle dish #2: Thee famous dry noodles and saimin at Sam Sato’s in Wailuku, Maui. Most popular dishes there. The dry noodles was off-the-charts! The broth is served on the side. Ah, I want more! Oh, and the cheeseburger and BBQ beef stick were ono, too!

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Noodle dish #3: Kamo nabe- duck breast with udon in vegetable based soup at Rokkaku Hamakatsu at Ala Moana. The broth was hot (temp.-wise) till the end. Just the way I like it!

Oh man! Looking at these pictures makes my mouth water! So, so good!

Moku Kitchen
Salt at Our Kaka’ako
660 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
808.591.6658 (MOKU)
https://www.mokukitchen.com/home

Sam Sato’s
1750 Wili Pa Loop
Wailuku, (Maui) 96793
808.244.7124
Article on these popular dry noodles

Rokkaku Hamakatsu
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
808.946.3355

 

Night Market din din

The other weekend was Honolulu Night Market. It’s a quarterly community event that takes place in the Kaka’ako area. They have various food vendors, shopping vendors, and entertainment. It’s an awesome time out!

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There’s a unique theme with every event. June’s event was entitled “Home,” in relevance to the Hõkūle’a returning home that day, after being at sea, traveling the world for three years.

I was so excited to finally try Turkish food from Istanbul Restaurant food stand. They’re in the making of opening a restaurant and bar soon. I can’t wait until they open!

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The döner plate. Slices of lamb, with rice and salad, and a tzatziki yogurt sauce. Yummy! Tummy was happy!

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I grew my love for Turkish food when I had traveled to Turkey many years ago. It has become my top five favorites! That yogurt sauce is what makes it SO BOMB! Whenever I have red meats and pork chops, I always make a yogurt sauce to pour over. I have a thing for yogurt.

I can’t wait to try more of Istanbul’s food. I’m so happy that we have a Turkish joint on the island!

I was craving dessert and was eyeing the chocolate-banana scone from 9Bar Hnl. I had to try it, and it was soo good! This place is a physical joint at Salt (see map above). They have “real food,” coffee, and baked goods. Great place to chill!

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http://9barhnl.com//

http://www.saltatkakaako.com/stores/9bar-hnl/

Check out Night Market. Next event will probably be in September.

http://www.honolulunightmarket.com/

The weekend is almost here! Yay!

There’s Indian food at Shirokiya!

I am so excited! Finally! Indian food at Ala Moana Shopping Center!!! Bombay Grill is located at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk’s extensive food court. I love the diversity there! So many different ethnic foods to choose from!

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This is the chicken biryani rice. One of my faves! It was so good, especially with the yogurt raita sauce. Perfect pairing!

I love yogurt with certain meals- Greek, Indian, and with most of my meats (i.e., lamb, steak, pork chops, and even chicken). Yummy!

I’m glad to know there’s another Indian joint on the island, and at the mall- how convenient!

Bombay Grill at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk
Ala Moana Shopping Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
http://www.japanvillagewalk.com/

Dinner date at Piggy Smalls

I love Piggy Smalls. They are the second restaurant of the Pig & the Lady, which is another love of mine! The Pig & the Lady is a Vietnamese-fusion resturant located in Chinatown. They started off at Farmer’s Market at the Neil Blaisdell Center at Ward on Wednesday evenings, Kailua Town Center on Thursday evenings, and at Kapi’olani Community College on Saturday mornings, before finally opening up their physical restaurant. Yay! They are still at Farmer’s Markets on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, which is awesome! Their success is amazing! So thankful for them and the ono food they serve.

Every time I go to either restaurant, I get so excited to see what’s new on the menu. I am always eager to trying something new.

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Slow roasted parsnips, topped with arugula, roasted buckwheat, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and black pepper honey.

This was the first time trying parsnips and it had an interesting texture. Because it looks like carrots, I thought it would taste similar to the veggie, but it reminded me more of potatoes.

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Squash tikka masala- an Indian curry vegetarian dish with kabocha, butternut squash, variety of zucchinis, seeds, cilantro, and seven-grain rice.

This was amazing! I loved it! Whenever I see an Indian dish, I get so excited! I can eat Indian food all-day, everyday! Haha!

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My boyfriend ordered the pho-strami burger. Makaweli beef, crispy smoked brisket bacon, burnt onion, and an argula salad.

He absolutely loved it!

Visit all these locations! Their pho is NOTHING like you’ve ever tasted before! I love their uniqueness of their Vietnamese soup. So, so good!

Piggy Smalls
Ward Centre
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814

The Pig & the Lady
83 N. King St.; Honolulu, 96813

Farmer’s Market:

Wednesdays: Neil Blaisdell Center from 4.30-7pm
777 Ward Ave.; Honolulu, 96814

Thursdays: Kailua Town Center from 5-7.30pm
609 Kailua Road; Kailua, 96734

Saturdays: Kapi’olani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road; Honolulu, 96816

Happy eating!!!

 

 

Hot pot for a perfect chilly night

It’s been quite chilly all week in Hawai’i Nei and I like it! Tonight, I made hot pot, using the split pot my aunties gave for Christmas.

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I bought this at the store during the holidays, as it was on sale. I LOVE Tom Yum and was super excited when I saw this on the shelves. I HAD to try it!

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On the left is an impromptu soup base I made since I only had one pack of the tom yum soup. It’s made of: ponzu sauce, bonito flakes, pickled garlic, garlic/Hawaiian salt, and lemon juice. On the right is the tom yum soup. I added garlic/Hawaiian salt and lemon juice. I added the following ingredients to the hot pot: shrimp, soft tofu, chuck beef, and pho noodles.

It was so good! I want to buy more now that I know it’s very tasty, and not to mention, spicy and soup. My kind of soup!

Keep warm, peepz of Hawai’i!