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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

PANCAKES AND WAFFLES BLD

PANCAKES AND WAFFLES BLD
CITY SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER
1284 KALANI ST, D100
HONOLULU, HI. 96817
808-847-7770
HOURS:  Daily 6:30AM - 9PM
www.pancakesandwaffleshawaii.com/home.html
www.yelp.com/biz/pancakes-and-waffles-bld-kalihi-honolulu-7
www.facebook.com/Pancakes-Waffles-145328575482425/
www.instagram.com/pancakesandwaffleshawaii/

My office staff suggested lunch at Pancakes and Waffles BLD so I looked through the menu.  Fried Chicken and Waffles, Loco Moco's and other heavy calorie filled items sounded delicious but did not seem healthy.  I saw Sautéed Fish with Mushrooms, Onion, White Wine and Butter and said that sounds delicious.  Ordered it and was so disappointed when I opened the box.  The damn fish was battered.  Why would you batter a perfect white fish and ruin it?  The batter was tasteless and unseasoned as was the fish.  The Mushrooms and Onions were bland too.  I ended up pouring a Filipino mixture of Vinegar and Peppers that I had leftover from some Lumpia all over the fish.  Helped but this dish looked and tasted bad.  I paid an extra $1.50 for the Fried Rice over White Rice. Waste of money and the Fried Rice had little flavor too.  To say this was not a good lunch would be correct.  What was I thinking ordering fish at a Waffle joint.
Click link below to view previous post on Pancakes and Waffles BLD.
https://greateatshawaii.blogspot.com/2019/06/pancakes-and-waffles-bld-kalihi.html

SAUTEED FISH WITH MUSHROOMS, ONIONS, WINE AND BUTTER PLUS FRIED RICE

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

GUIEB CAFE - GRILLED MISO ASIAN SALMON

GUIEB CAFE
1311 KING STREET, SUITE F06
HONOLULU, HI 96817
808-913-2131
HOURS:  Monday Thru Saturday 6AM - 3PM
www.guiebscatering.com
www.yelp.com/biz/guieb-cafe-honolulu
www.facebook.com/guiebscatering/
www.instagram.com/guiebscatering/?hl=en

Another visit to Guieb Cafe.  I call it getting my Guieb on.  This time I went for a Daily Special called Grilled Miso Asian Salmon.  Wow...simply and absolutely delicious!
Click link below to view previous post and more photos from Guieb Cafe;
https://greateatshawaii.blogspot.com/2020/05/guieb-cafe.html

GRILLED MISIO ASIAN SALMON
GUIEB CAFE SPECIALS


Monday, July 6, 2020

CARLO'S PIZZA

CARLO'S PIZZA
209 EDGEWOOD AVE SE
ATLANTA, GA 30303
404-205-5785

I am a huge fan of Dave Portnoy and Barstool Sports Pizza Reviews.  During the COVID19 lockdown Dave has been reviewing frozen pizzas from his home.  Zuppardi's has the highest score to date with an 8.8.  I went online after Dave awarded Zuppardi's with the high score and the site had crashed.  Tried back for weeks and still could not order.  When Carlo's Pizza in Atlanta scored an 8.1, I immediately went online and placed an order.  The order was accepted in March and the Pizza arrived in July.  Carlo's was hit with orders for over 20,000 pizzas from the Barstool Pizza Review.  They call this the "Portnoy Effect".  Hey I got to give it to Carlo's, they worked 7 days a week to fulfill every order.  The pizza arrived well packaged and cooled with dry ice.  They sold the pizzas in orders of (5) for I think $60.  Placed the pie in the oven at 475 degrees and in 6 minutes exactly I had a Carlo's Pizza from Atlanta in Hawaii.  The pizza was crisp and looked pretty good.  Thought the flavor was really bland.  Could not really taste the paper thin Pepperoni and the sauce was pretty tasteless.  It was not bad, but definitely not great.  It may be due to travel across the country and ocean so I will not write Carlo's Pizza off.  Instead I will visit them in person on my next trip to Atlanta.  This is my second try at purchasing Pizza online and shipping it to Hawaii.  The first one was from New York and we had the same experience.  Pretty bland and tasteless.  Gotta be the travel.

CARLO'S PIZZA SCORED HIGH ON THE BARSTOOL SPORTS PIZZA REVIEWS
PIZZA ARRIVED AFTER ABOUT 3 MONTHS WAITING
PACKAGED IN DRY ICE
NICE NOTE FROM OWNERS 
CARLO'S FROZEN PIZZA
FIVE PIES PER ORDER
UNCOOKED AND READY FOR THE OVEN
AFTER SIX MINUTES AT 475 MY CARLO'S PIZZA IS READY TO EAT



CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE LETTUCE WRAPS

CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE LETTUCE WRAPS
DINNER AT HOME

We had lettuce leftover from Drew Burger Day at my office so I used it to make some delicious Lettuce Wraps.  The mixture we used consisted of Ground Chicken Breast, Shiitake Mushrooms, Green Beans, Bell Pepper, Onion, Garlic and Water Chestnuts.  I deviated from the recipe shown below a bit to make these our own version.  Made the sauce according to recipe.  Also added Hot Chili Sauce for some heat. Delicious!

CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE LETTUCE WRAPS
MAKE SURE YOUR LETTUCE IS CHILLED AND CRISP FOR BEST FLAVOR AND TEXTURE


WE ADDED A FEW EXTRA INGREDIENTS AND DELETED THE PEANUTS

Sunday, July 5, 2020

NABEYA MAIDO

NABEYA MAIDO
MARKET CITY SHOPPING CENTER
2919 KAPIOLANI BLVD
HONOLULU, HI 96826
808-739-7739
HOURS:  Daily 11AM - 8PM

Dropped into Nabeya Maido hoping to dine in but found out they can only serve takeout at this time.  The owner, Kevin was at the front of the house to greet us and explain that he cannot open up at this time because the restaurant is part buffet self service.  This sent my mind raging with thoughts of how messed up this COVID19 thing is for small business owners.  Kevin and thousands of other restaurant owners are working hard and trying to survive but with each week, it gets more difficult especially when you cannot see the end in site.  Makes me sick.  People who have invested in, and built successful restaurants and small businesses are being shattered because of the virus.  Not being able to dine in and enjoy a Hot Pot was discouraging but Kevin said we could order for takeout with all the fresh, local ingredients and meats.  We ordered and took the food and broth home.  Cooked it up in minutes and it was delicious.  My Daughter who is a Hot Pot connoisseur said this is the BEST Hot Pot food on Oahu and believe me her and her friends have tried them all.  Please visit Nabeya Maido soon and support local Hawaii small businesses.

NABEYA MAIDO IN MARKET CITY SHOPPING CENTER
COMPLETE HOT POT MEAL FOR TAKEOUT
SUPER FRESH
VEGETABLES, MEAT, NOODLES AND GREAT TASTING BROTH
EXTRA NOODLES AND MUSHROOMS
PACKAGED MEATS
FRESH!
NICE PORTIONS OF BEEF
WHO DOESN'T LIKE PORK BELLY
GREAT TASTING BROTH TO START
EVERYTHING TAKES A SWIM
COOKS IN MINUTES
WE JUST KEPT ADDING AND ADDING
READY FOR THE MEATS
MEATS GO IN
MORE MEAT
DELICIOUS HOT POT AT HOME

AVOCADO AND EGG

AVOCADO AND EGG
BREAKFAST AT HOME

Still working on getting this baked Avocado and Egg recipe right.  

AVOCADO AND EGG

4TH OF JULY BBQ

4TH OF JULY BBQ
DINNER AT HOME

Didn't really seem like 4th of July this year.  No fireworks or large gatherings so we stayed at home with just the family.  Cooked up Nathan Hot Dogs, Drew Burgers, BBQ Ribs, Cole Slaw and some fresh Sashimi.  Not as grand as past 4th of July BBQ's but still nice.

4th OF JULY BBQ 
NATHAN'S HOT DOG, DREW BURGER AND HOMEMADE COLE SLAW
BBQ RIBS
AHI SASHIMI WITH AVOCADO

AHI SASHIMI PLATTER

AHI SASHIMI PLATTER
APPETIZER AT HOME

Picked up an incredible block of fresh Ahi Sashimi and sliced it up with some Avocado to make this Sashimi Platter for 4th of July.  The Ahi cut like butter and melted in your mouth.  Super fresh fish like this is one of the great things about living in Hawaii.  Love it!

AHI SASHIMI PLATTER

Saturday, July 4, 2020

REFLECTION RESTAURANT - HOAKALEI COUNTRY CLUB

REFLECTION RESTAURANT
HOAKALEI COUNTRY CLUB
91-1620 KEONEULA BLVD
EWA BEACH, HI 96706
808-853-4343

Enjoyed lunch at Reflection prior to a round of golf at Hoakalei Country Club.  The restaurant is beautiful and set up for social distancing.  The staff was amazing with customer service and cleanliness.  Seems like the management here has taken training and service up a big notch and it was great to see and experience.  I completely enjoyed the Caesar Salad with fresh fish.  Served with one of the most delicious and fresh pieces of Mahi Mahi that I have ever tasted.  On this day with this fish, I give it a 10!.  The Hoakalei and Spicy Tuna Rolls were also excellent.  Great Sushi here.
After our round of golf, we enjoyed a few beverages and the Appetizer Platter with Hamburgers, Chicken Wings, Egg Rolls, Edamame and Chile with Chips.  While the food was great, the best part of this day was playing a round of golf at Hoakalei which is the BEST course on Oahu and one of the best in the State of Hawaii.  Course is absolutely beautiful, challenging and fun.  Playing alongside US Open Champion Scott Simpson was also fun.  Scott is an incredible person with lots of great stories.  He is humble, respectful and has a great sense of humor.  What a honor to golf with Scott!

LEFT TO RIGHT:  RICH MIANO, ME, SCOTT SIMPSON AND MICHAEL BARSTIS

REFLECTION LUNCH MENU

HOAKALEI ROLL
SPICY TUNA ROLL
CAESAR SALAD WITH FRESH FISH
APPETIZER PLATTER