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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

ANTIPASTO SALAD

ANTIPASTO SALAD
DINNER AT HOME

Prepared a dinner with what we had in the refrigerator on this night.  Found some Italian Cold Cuts including Prosciutto, Salami, Coppa and Soppressata.  Cut up some Provolone, Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese and added Carrots, Red Onion, Bell Pepper and Olives.  Also a little Bacon.
Topped with Olive Garden Italian Dressing.  This was a quick and delicious dinner that the entire family liked.


Sunday, December 9, 2018

TURKEY SAUSAGE BREAKFAST TACOS

TURKEY SAUSAGE BREAKFAST TACOS
BREAKFAST AT HOME

The morning after a 3 hour Gun's N' Roses Concert at Aloha Stadium had me craving something that could absorb the many ounces of beer I consumed the night before.  Rounded up some Turkey Sausage, Eggs, Onion and Bell Pepper, Mushrooms and sautéed in pan.  Warmed some Corn Tortillas and made Tacos topped with a little Cheddar Cheese, Jalapeño, Cilantro and Hot Sauce.  Hit the spot!

TURKEY SAUSAGE BREAKFAST TACOS

ALAN WONG'S

ALAN WONG'S
1857 S. KING STREET
HONOLULU, HI. 96826
808-949-2526
HOURS:  Daily 5-10PM

I like Alan Wong's.  It is consistently one of the top rated restaurants in Hawaii and the winner of dozens of awards including Best Restaurant.  Food and service always great but on this visit we left a little unsatisfied.  The Stars of our meal were the Lobster Bisque and Desserts.  Other than that the other dishes were just ok.  Maybe we are tired of the same menu items or maybe our tastes have changed.  Don't know but just was not that great.  We started with "Da Bag" ($15) which is mostly presentation.  The dish arrives at the table in a foil bag and then the waiter opens it letting out a flume of steam. This uncovers Kalua Pork and Clams in a pretty bland broth.  Clams were small and did not have much flavor.  The Chopped Ahi Sashimi with Avocado ($23) is always delicious.  You cannot go wrong ordering this appetizer.  The Big Island Heart of Palm Caeser Salad ($12) was really different with Raw Broccoli and very little lettuce.  Dressing was a hit though with my Wife and Daughter.  The Lobster Bisque ($12) was my favorite part of the meal.  No lobster pieces in the soup but flavor was amazing and very satisfying.  The Oxtail Soup ($12) did not go over well with my Daughter.  She didn't like the overpowering spices and said Zippy's was better.  Think it was Chinese Five Spice.  The Roasted Beet Salad ($15.75) was light, fresh and pretty delicious.  I went for the Seafood Stew ($58) for my entree.  This dish was a huge disappointment because of the overpowering spice mix.  Really took away from the flavor of everything.  The Lobster was small and pretty tasteless.  I picked through the dish trying to find things not covered in the spices.  Ended up eating maybe 1/4 of the plate and then threw in the towel.  Yuck.  My Wife had the Twice Cooked Short Rib ($42) and said it was just "ok".  She didn't finish it.  The Stars of the evening were definitely the desserts.  We were given a delicious Chocolate Cake for our Anniversary and we definitely appreciated this and ate it all.  The Coconut ($14) is probably one of my favorite desserts ever.  I love the presentation of this dish and the flavor.  This is sooo good!  The Crunch Bars ($14) is also a family favorite.  We all love these chocolate bars.  
Click link below to view previous post on Alan Wong's:


DINING ROOM
COVERED TERRACE WITH VIEW

LOVE AND APPRECIATE THE PERSONALIZED ANNIVERSARY MENU
TASTING MENU
DAILY SPECIALS
A LITTLE BUBBLY TO CELEBRATE OUR ANNIVERSARY 
SOME NICE BREAD
DA BAG
DA BAG WITH KALUA PORK AND CLAMS
AHI SASHIMI AND AVOCADO
HEART OF PALM CAESAR SALAD
LOBSTER BISQUE
GOAT DAIRY ROASED BEET SALAD
OXTAIL SOUP
SEAFOOD STEW
TWICE COOKED SHORT RIB
DESSERT MENU
CRUNCH BARS
THE COCONUT
SPECIAL CHOCOLATE CAKE

Friday, December 7, 2018

STEAK WITH VEGETABLES AND PINEAPPLE

 STEAK WITH VEGETABLES AND PINEAPPLE
DINNER AT HOME

Trying to add more color to our meals so we eat more vegetables.  I was craving a little steak so I came up with this very quick Stir Fry type meal for the family.  I limited my Steak portion to about 4 ounces so this was a very healthy meal with protein.  Added Salt and Pepper to both sides of the sirloin and then cooked on Indoor Grill Pan until cooked Medium Rare.  You want the Steak to be pink and don't want to over cook it.  Remove the Steak from the pan.  Rest and then cut into cubes.  Add a little Olive Oil to the same pan and then toss in all the vegetables.  I added about a tablespoon of Teriyaki Sauce to the pan and mixed throughly.  Saute until cooked.  I keep the vegetables a little crunchy and do not over cook.  Toss in the cooked Steak and warm through.  Add the Pineapple and Served with Basmati Rice.  Delicious!!!

VEGETABLES WE HAD IN THE FRIDGE, GARLIC, STEAK AND PINEAPPLE

GRILL STEAK - DO NOT OVER COOK.  KEEP IT PINK!
GRILLED STEAK WITH VEGETABLES AND PINEAPPLE

Monday, December 3, 2018

STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

 STUFFED BELL PEPPERS
DINNER AT HOME

When I was very young, I can remember visiting my Grandma in her trailer.  One of her favorite dishes was Stuffed Bell Peppers.  How she cooked such good food in the tiny galley kitchen and on a very strict budget I took for granted as a child.  Had no idea what she did not have.  Just thought the small trailer was normal.  I loved my Grandma more than anything in the World. She was strong, firm  yet so loving.  She did her best to instill in me family and christian values.  A happy day for us was enjoying Stuffed Bell Peppers, Stuffed Cabbage or enjoying a Mustard Dog at Der Wienerschitzel.  We would sit in her trailer for hours talking, reading bible stories and watching tv.  She sat in her rocking chair with her calm smile and always did whatever she could to make us happy.  She had nothing but love to give us and it was the best gift ever.  She died in that rocking chair and I miss her dearly as I write this.  Wow..can't believe I just wrote that.  Just came out.  Back to the Bell Peppers.  Grabbed a great recipe from the internet and made these delicious Bell Peppers stuffed with Ground Beef, Sausage, Basmati Rice and a vegetable mixture consisting of Onions, Shallots, Garlic, Bell Pepper, Mushrooms, Pepper Jack Cheese and Diced Tomatoes.  Placed the Stuffed Peppers in a pan that was filled with about 1/4" of water.  Cover with foil and baked at 350 for 30 minutes.  Removed the foil and cooked an additional 15 minutes.  Results were fantastic.  I served the Peppers with some Tomato and Basil Sauce.

MOST OF THE INGREDIENTS READY TO GO.  NOT SHOWN IS THE ITALIAN SAUSAGE
AFTER COOKING THE BEEF AND SAUSAGE I SET THEM ASIDE IN A BOWL AND THEN CLEANED THE PAN.  ADDED OLIVE OIL TO THE SAME PAN AND THEN COOKED ALL MY VEGETABLES.  ADDED ONE CUP OF BASMATI RICE PLUS A CUP OF PEPPER JACK CHEESE AND MIXED.
STUFFED THE PEPPERS WITH THE BEEF AND VEGETABLE MIXTURE.  COAT WITH OLIVE OIL.
TOPPED WITH MORE PEPPER JACK CHEESE
COOKED PEPPERS IN PAN WITH A LITTLE WATER ON BOTTOM.  COVER WITH FOIL AND COOK FOR 30 MINUTES AT 350 DEGREES.  REMOVE FOIL AND COOK ADDITIONAL 15 MINUTES
SERVED ON BED OF TOMATO AND BASIL SAUCE


Sunday, December 2, 2018

EGG WHITES AND MUSHROOM BREAKFAST

EGG WHITES AND MUSHROOMS
BREAKFAST AT THE OFFICE

Trying to eat a little more healthy and doing a lot more exercise these days.  I rarely eat breakfast which is not good.  My Trainer told me to make a batch of Egg Whites with Vegetables on Sunday and portion them out for each day of the week.  Did this and really liked it.  

EGG WHITES WITH MUSHROOM AND BELL PEPPER

PIEOLOGY PIZZERIA

PIEOLOGY PIZZERIA
AINA HAINA SHOPPING CENTER
820 W. HIND DRIVE
HONOLULU, HI. 96821
808-377-1364
HOURS:  Monday thru Thursday 11AM - 9:30PM / Friday and Saturday 11AM - 10:30PM
                 Sunday 11AM - 9:00PM

Since I closed my Pizzeria I am forced to find pizza somewhere other than Mama Manoa.  I truly believe that Mama Manoa did have the best pizza in town.  Pieology is close to home so we dropped in to create our own Pizza.  I went with Ham, Pineapple, Pepperoni, Olives and Jalapeño.  Got to say not a bad Pizza at all.  Enjoyed it.
Click link below to view previous post on Pieology;

HAM, PINEAPPLE, PEPPERONI, OLIVES AND JALAPENO

LUNCH AT OAHU COUNTRY CLUB

OAHU COUNTRY CLUB
LUNCH AND GOLF

Grabbed a quick Club Sandwich prior to playing a round of golf at Oahu Country Club.  Ended up playing a solid round so the sandwich helped!

CLUB SANDWICH WITH FRUIT 
OVERLOOKING DOWNTOWN HONOLULU

WAIAKAMILO DRIVE INN

WAIAKAMILO DRIVE INN
WAIAKAMILO SHOPPING CENTER
1414 DILLINGHAM BLVD
HONOLULU, HI. 96817
808-843-2888

I am often limited to lunch options because most lunches are eaten at my desk.  I rely on fellow employees to pick the lunch locations which are usually within walking distance from the office.
With most of the restaurants near by serving Plate Lunches or Fried Food, it is difficult to eat semi-healthy.  When my employees mention Waiakamilo Drive Inn I usually cringe and say "no".  On this day I went to view the menu and saw Stir Fry.  Ordered the Vegetable Stir Fry with Chicken.  I requested no rice as they usually give you two scoops.  Have to say this dish was excellent.  Vegetables were fresh and the sauce was good.  Really nice lunch and I could only finish half the portion.  Took the rest home for dinner.

STIR FRY VEGETABLES WITH CHICKEN

Saturday, December 1, 2018

SMOKED MARLIN SANDWICHES

SMOKED MARLIN SANDWICHES
DINNER AT HOME

After enjoying Smoked Marlin Sandwiches during a trip to Bali, Indonesia I fell in love with the recipe and perfected them at home many years ago.  This is exactly how they were served in Bali and believe me these are delicious.  First you need some good Smoked Marlin.  I get mine from a friend who smokes it himself.  He adds a bit of Ginger and Red Pepper Flakes in his marinade and it really adds to the flavor.  Toast the bread with Garlic Butter on both top and bottom.  Add a bit of Horseradish to the bread and top bread with Smoked Marlin, Red Onion and Capers.
Click links below to view my original posts on Smoked Marlin Sandwiches;
https://greateatshawaii.blogspot.com/2015/12/smoked-marlin-sandwich.html
https://greateatshawaii.blogspot.com/2016/11/smoked-marlin-sandwich.html

SMOKED MARLIN SANDWICHES

MALAMA DE KEIKI THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION

KAUI KAUHI AND FRIENDS MALAMA DE KEIKI
THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION
WAIMANALO, HAWAII

So proud of what my friend Kaui Kauhi does for his hometown of Waimanalo.  Each year he rallies his friends, family and local business owners to provide gifts and a Thanksgiving meal for the children (Keiki) and families in Waimanalo.  Everything comes from his heart and everything is donated with no tax write off or deduction.  Just local people coming together to do something good.  Kaui works tiressly to organize this event that includes hundreds of toys, bikes, food, haircuts and positive role models for any family that shows up.  It is the true spirit of Aloha that I am so proud to be a part of.  So very proud of Kaui too.  The man came from nothing and gives more than anyone I know.  All just to help the children of the town where he grew up in and lives.  He asks for nothing in return and tries with all his heart to instill positive thoughts and faith in every child.  All of the adults formed a circle around the kids for a prayer.  Then Kaui made all of the kids go around the circle and hug and thank every adult who was there.  He wanted them to show their gratitude to those who provided everything around them.  Truly a special moment in Hawaii.

BUYING LOADS OF TOYS FOR THE KIDS
TEN BIKES SHOULD MAKE SOME CHILDREN HAPPY

COOKED FOUR LARGE SPIRAL HAMS FOR THE FAMILIES IN WAIMANALO

CIRCLE OF LOVE