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Monday, October 9, 2017

CHENGDU TASTE

CHENGDU TASTE
808 SHERIDAN STREET, #105
HONOLULU, HI  96814
808-589-1818
HOURS:  Daily 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM / 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Closed Tuesday)
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I was excited when we entered Chengdu Taste.  The entire place was filled with Chinese people and every table was speaking Chinese.  The food coming out looked amazing and reminded me of my last trip to China where we enjoyed spicy Chinese food that looked just like what was being served here.  The menu had photos of each dish as many did in China.  Wow I thought this may just be the real deal Chinese food I have been waiting for in Hawaii.  We placed our order and then I got up and looked at all of the reviews mounted in picture frames on the walls.  The accolades and reviews were great.  One from Los Angeles named Chengdu Taste the 49th Best Restaurant in all of LA.  Others raved about the Chef and his culinary artistry.  I could not wait for our first dish.  The Spicy Boiling Fish ($17.99) came to the table in a large pot filled with Chilis.  Under the Chilis was a nice bit of perfectly cooked white fish. The fish tasted amazing.  Delicious.  The Broth was good too but then it started to hit the entire family.  A numbing antiseptic taste that filled our mouths.  I took a drink of water and the sensation was like going to the dentist.  Something about this dish was very different.  Our mouths were a bit numb.  My Wife started to get a bit sick and wanted to throw up.  My Daughter could not eat any more because her mouth "felt funny".  I thought it was the spice but as I ate more my mouth really felt like antiseptic.  My Wife said it as generous amounts of MSG but we could not confirm this.  Our second dish was Hot Clay Pot Chicken ($19.99).  The small pieces of Chicken all had bones attached so you had to eat this very carefully.  It was hot.  Really hot.  We dug in but there was the antiseptic taste again x 10.  Much more than the Spicy Boiling Fish.  So bad in fact none of us could eat it.  The aftertaste and taste in our mouth was beyond horrible.  My Daughter now was feeling sick.  Our last dishes came and my girls wanted to leave.  The Sautéed Beef with Onion ($16.99) came to the table and it looked good.  By this time the rice we ordered had still not arrived so I began to eat the Beef and Onion.  It was delicious.  The Rice finally came and I mixed the rice with the beef.  Delicious.  My Wife and Daughter however took a bite and said it had the same aftertaste.  I did not get the aftertaste with the Beef.  As you might imagine, we were quite disappointed.  Cannot figure out what the antiseptic taste was but it was real and really did make our mouths feel numb and funny.  Hate to say this as I really wanted this place to shine.  Something was not right with our food.  Wish I knew what it was.

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WATER COMES TO THE TABLE IN BOTTLES WITH PLASTIC CUPS
SPICY BOILING FISH
LOTS OF WHITE FISH UNDER THE CHILIS
THE FISH WAS DELICIOUS AND THEN CAME THE AFTERTASTE
HOT CLAY POT CHICKEN
SAUTÉED BEEF WITH ONION
CHENGDU STYLE FRIED RICE CAME LAST TO THE TABLE
72 CAR GARAGE IN BACK OF THE RESTAURANT  
COOL CAR ELEVATOR/STORAGE SYSTEM
TAKES A FEW MINUTES BUT MY CAR MADE IT OUT



Sunday, October 8, 2017

YUMMY KOREAN BBQ

YUMMY KOREAN BBQ
DILLINGHAM PLAZA
1505 DILLINGHAM BLVD, #106
HONOLULU, HI  96817
808-842-0288
HOURS:  Monday thru Saturday 10:30 AM - 8:00 PM / Closed Sunday

Korean BBQ is everywhere in Hawaii.  Seems like every shopping center has a Korean BBQ here.  Some are better than others and Yummy does a good job serving up Korean classics.  I always go for the Spicy Pork and Spicy Beef.  Not that spicy so I always ask for a little more Korean Hot Sauce.  With a two meat combo, you get your choice of four vegetables or sides.  I love the Cucumbers, Kim Che, Bean Sprouts and Noodles.  This meal cost around $13 but it fed me for lunch and then my Wife and Daughter for dinner.  I am not kidding this 5lb plate of food fed three of us in one day.  

COMBINATION SPICY PORK AND SPICY CHICKEN

RAINBOW WAHINE VOLLEYBALL VS CAL POLY

RAINBOW WAHINE VOLLEYBALL VS CAL POLY
STAN SHERIFF CENTER, HONOLULU, HI

Up until we lost the match I was having a great time at the University of Hawaii Wahine Volleyball game vs Cal Poly.  We were up two games to zip and ultimately fell in five sets.  Started the evening in the Ed Wong Hospitality Suite which is court level.  Enjoyed some food, beer, wine and incredible chocolate brownies before the game.  So blessed to have a friend give us court side seats which were amazing.  Love being up close where you can see and hear everything.  Even had a ball hit me in the head while I was holding a glass of red wine.  Didn't spill a drop!  We wore pink on this night to support Breast Cancer Awareness.  

A LIGHT MEAL AND SOME BEVERAGES BEFORE THE MATCH IN
THE ED WONG HOSPITALITY SUITE
SAT AT TABLE ON THE COURT
LOVE THESE SEATS!


DATE NIGHT WITH MY LOVELY BRIDE







Saturday, October 7, 2017

MAILE'S THAI BISTRO - WARD CENTER

MAILE'S THAI BISTRO
WARD CENTER (Actually on Auahi Street down from Piggy Smalls and Agu Ramen)
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

Happy to see that Maile's has added a second location in town at Ward Center.  I am a big fan of Maile's in Hawaii Kai and it is our "go to" Thai Restaurant for the family and out of town guests.  Whenever we crave Thai Food we think of Maile's.  The Ward location is great with plenty of outdoor seating on our warm Hawaii nights.  Indoors is modern, clean and comfortable.  On this visit Maile and her right hand gal Janel were both in the restaurant training their new staff.  These are two of the most amazing woman in the Hawaii food industry.  Both have spent a lifetime working in restaurants in fact I met them over 25 years ago when they were in their teens working at Mekong on Beretania and Paesano's in Manoa.  Back then and today they are both so sweet, caring, talented and oh so hard working.  Love them!   We started our meal with the Thai Salad and this was the first time I tried this dish.   Wow...flavor was incredible.  Loved the dressing.  What a great start.  The Hamachi Kama was next and again a surprise as you usually see this on Japanese menus.  This fish collar is amazing.  While the fish is fried, the meat along the bone is moist and delicious.  Janel brought out a Special Appetizer Platter for our group of four.  It contained Fish Patties, Calamari, Spring Rolls and Chicken Satay.  My fave is always Maile's Spring Rolls but I prefer to eat them wrapped in Lettuce with Mint, Cucumber and House Sweet Sauce as offered on the Appetizer Menu.  The Calamari was the surprise here.  Lightly battered and fried but not chewy.
Perfectly cooked and delicious with a little of Maile's sweet thai sauce.   They Yellow Curry with Chicken when placed over Thai Sticky Rice is downright addicting.  I could not get enough of this stuff and loved it.  The Thai Fried Rice with Shrimp was good but I love Sticky Rice in Thai restaurants so did not eat much of this.  The Ong Choi with Beef is one of our families favorite Thai dishes and Maile's does not disappoint.  Love this dish with Sticky Rice too plus lots of Thai Chile Sauce for some heat.  The Pad Thai Chicken is one of my favorite dishes.  I could eat this stuff every single day.  Love it.  We were surprised by the dessert which Janel brought for the table.  A Thai Crepe filled with Chocolate Sauce and served with Ice Cream.  Oh my goodness.  Heaven!
Love Maile, Janel and Maile's Thai Bistro.  Highly recommend this restaurant and I will be back again this week to enjoy more of their dishes.

MAILE'S THAI BISTRO WARD CENTER
INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SEATING PLUS NICE BAR
MAILE'S THAI BISTRO WARD CENTER MENU
MEET MAILE
APPETIZERS
SALADS, SOUPS AND CURRIES
NOODLES, RICE AND VEGETABLES
STIR FRY, SEAFOOD AND FISH
SET MENUS AND DESSERT
THAI SALAD
HAMACHI KAMA
SPECIAL APPETIZER SAMPLER WITH FRIED FISH PATTIES, SPRING ROLLS, CALAMARI
AND CHICKEN SATAY
THAI FRIED RICE WITH SHRIMP
ONG CHOY BEEF
PAD THAI WITH CHICKEN
YELLOW CURRY WITH CHICKEN
THAI CREPE