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Sunday, May 20, 2018

MAILE'S THAI BISTRO

MAILE'S THAI BISTRO
1200 ALA MOANA BLVD
HONOLULU, HI. 96814
808-591-2488
HOURS:  Monday thru Thursday/Sunday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
                 Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
www.mailesthaibistro.com
www.yelp.com/biz/mailes-thai-at-ward-honolulu-2
www.facebook.com/mailesthai/

 We love Maile and Maile's Thai Bistro.  This is our "go to" Thai restaurant in Honolulu. 
Everything is good here including the staff who always treats us well.  Love them all and love the food too.  My girls go crazy over the Cold Tofu which is served with a homemade sauce that Maile should really bottle and sell.  It is really that good and makes Tofu delicious.  I love the Spring Rolls and always start with them when dining here.  Love the fresh lettuce, cucumber, mint and Thai Chili paste.  We seem to always order the Pad Thai with Chicken and Ong Choy with Beef.  Never disappoints.  On the visit Maile made a special Pork Belly dish that knocked our socks off.  I loved the Pork with a bit of onion.  Maile was here on this visit and it was nice to catch up with this busy lady's life and business.
Click link below to view previous post on Maile's Thai Bistro;
https://greateatshawaii.blogspot.com/2017/10/mailes-thai-bistro-ward-center.html

MEET MAILE
COLD TOFU
SPRING ROLLS
GREEN PAPAYA SALAD
SPECIAL PORK BELLY
ONG CHOY WITH BEEF
PAD THAI WITH CHICKEN
MAILE AND MY GIRLS

WAOLANI WINDOWS AT OAHU COUNTRY CLUB

WAOLANI WINDOWS
OAHU COUNTRY CLUB
150 COUNTRY CLUB ROAD
HONOLULU, HI. 96817
808-595-6331
www.oahucountryclub.com

Not too impressed with the new menu or food at Waolani Windows.  Past menus and preparations have been better.  Love the location and view here and the staff is always great.  Loved the Sashimi and French Onion Soup is really good.  My Wife liked the buttery Lobster Tail.  The Maple Farms Duck looked like a mess on the plate and I cannot fathom how this is presented this way.  Not appetizing at all according to my Daughter.
Click link below to view previous post on Waolani Windows;

WAOLANI WINDOWS MENU

FRESH SASHIMI
SHRIMP COCKTAIL
OCTOPUS ON POTATO
FRENCH ONION SOUP
MAPLE FARMS DUCK
SEAFOOD SPAGHETTINI
GINGER CRUSTED ONAGA
STEAK AND LOBSTER
LOVE THIS A LOT!!!!

TACOS ZARATE

TACOS ZARATE
4210 WAIALAE AVENUE
HONOLULU, HI. 96816
808-892-1565
HOURS:  Tuesday thru Saturday 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM / Closed Sunday and Monday

I like Taco Zarate.  It is convenient to home and they make a pretty good taco.  I like the Crunch Tacos but don't understand why they use cabbage in place of lettuce.  Would also like a little Pico but what the heck.  These two little tacos hit the spot.
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CRUNCY BEEF TACOS

MARINATED GRILLED PORK CHOP - DINNER AT HOME

 MARINATED GRILLED PORKCHOP
DINNER AT HOME

Love this little Pork Chop dinner my lovely bride cooks up using a marinade from the Philippines.
She also makes a Spicy Vinegar Dipping Sauce that puts this meal over the top for me.  Love it!


THE TERRACE AT TRUMP INTERNATIONAL - CHICAGO, IL

TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL AND TOWERS
401 N. WABASH AVENUE
CHICAGO, IL. 60611
312-588-8000

What an incredible evening dining at The Terrace at the Trump International Hotel in Chicago.  
I was hosted by my friend Vito who manages several venues at the hotel.  Vito is an avid tennis player so we talked a lot bout indoor tennis courts in the Chicago.  Actually really interesting.  
Enjoyed the great view from the Terrace and was spoiled with a variety of dishes that Vito had set up at our table.  The most amazing were the Brussels Sprout Salad and Fried Chicken.  Both were among the best I have ever had.  The Brussels Sprout Salad blew my socks off with the flavor.  Any kid or person who does not like vegetables or Brussels Sprouts will love this salad.  It really is over the top delicious.  The Fried Chicken also was incredible.  Had like a Corn Flake crust and the inside was super moist and delicious.  One of the best Fried Chickens I have ever tasted.  I was eating it like candy.  Yum!  Everything here was delicious and the view was amazing.  We met a gentlemen that was sitting at the table next to us and turned out he was a friend of Elvis Presley and actually had written several books about the King.  Made for interesting conversation.

THE TERRACE AT TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL IN CHICAGO
INCREDIBLE VIEW FROM THE TERRACE

A LITTLE VINO ON THE TERRACE
MY FRIEND VITO MANAGES DINING AT THE TRUMP 
A FEAST ON THE TRUMP TERRACE
AHI TUNA AND AVOCADO
THE WORLD'S BEST BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD
GREAT FRIED CHICKEN
POTATO SALAD
THESE WERE DELICIOUS BUT I FORGOT WHAT THEY WERE CALLED
MAHALO FOR A GREAT TIME VITO!
MET MR. ROCK N' ROLL ON THE TERRACE



CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE - CHICAGO, IL

CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE
60 W. ONTARIO STREET
CHICAGO, IL. 60654
312-787-7100

HOURS:  Sunday thru Friday 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM / Saturday 4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
www.chicagochophouse.com
www.yelp.com/biz/chicago-chop-house-chicago
www.facebook.com/ChicagoChopHouse/

 I have dined at the Chicago Chop House many times over the past 30 years.  Was always a "go to" spot when visiting Chicago.  The past few times however have not been that good and after this visit I will probably not go back again.  Nothing hit the spot on this night.  Pretty much just average and nothing to rave about.  The Wedge Salad was just ok.  The Au Gratin Potatoes with Bacon were so so.  The Sautéed Mushrooms bland and the Steak was tasteless.  My Filet had no flavor or seasoning. I only ate three small bites and did not want to finish.  Really under impressed for a $400 meal for two with wine.  A good Steak could have saved this meal but that was not to be.

WEDGE SALAD
AU GRATIN POTATOES WITH BACON
SAUTEED MUSHROOMS
FILET WAS TASTELESS.  ONION RING ON TOP WAS GOOD

OLYMPIA FIELDS COUNTRY CLUB

OLYMPIA FIELDS COUNTRY CLUB
2800 COUNTRY CLUB DRIVE
OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL. 60461
708-748-0495

Olympia Fields was an amazing golf experience.  Loved the course, clubhouse, food and staff.  Truly an amazing day for me.  First off the weather was perfect.  No need for jackets on this day.  Perfect conditions to play one of golf's truly great courses.  We played the North course that has hosted U.S. Open, PGA Championship, Senior Open, U.S. Amateur Open and Woman's PGA Championship.  
Loved this course and the Pimento Sandwich on the 19th Hole.