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Sunday, June 17, 2018

KURUKURU SUSHI RESTAURANT

KURUKURU SUSHI RESTAURANT
KAHALA MALL
4211 WAIALAE AVENUE
HONOLULU, HI  96816
808-739-5878

Enjoyed an unexpected lunch with by Daughter.  A trip to Kahala Mall landed us at KuraKura Sushi.
This revolving Sushi Bar is good but not my favorite.  While I loved a few things on this day, the Tuna did not taste fresh.  First time I could not eat two pieces of Tuna at a Sushi Bar.  While this disappointed me, the Hamachi with Avocado and Crab was amazing.  Now one of my faves!
Thought the pricing here was a bit high.  Our lunch tab was $50.  What the heck, you are in a mall with high rent.  
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ENDED OUR DAY WITH AN ICEE

SHREDDED BEEF CRUNCHY TACOS

SHREDDED BEEF CRUNCHY TACOS
LUNCH AT HOME

Not bragging buy our homemade Shredded Beef Crunchy Tacos are the best anywhere and ten times better than anything you can buy in Hawaii.  The Shredded Beef takes a lot of ingredients and time to prepare using Eye of Round Roast. Also made fresh Pico de Gallo and Hot Sauce.  Tomorrow we will make Rolled Tacos with Guacamole and the next day Shredded Beef Burritos.  This is one of my favorite meals in life.  

SHREDDED BEEF CRUNCHY TACOS
MY FAVORITE TACO
TACOS WITH FRESH PICO DE GALLO AND HOT SAUCE MADE AT HOME
HOT CARROTS AND ONIONS A KEY TO THE BEEF FLAVOR AND GREAT SIDE DISH
SHREDDED BEEF AFTER HOURS OF PREPPING AND COOKING
FRESH PICO DE GALLO
FRESH HOT SAUCE FOR TACOS AND GREAT WITH TORTILLA CHIPS

Saturday, June 16, 2018

BONE-IN RIB EYE

BONE-IN RIB EYE
DINNER AT HOME

Surprised to come home to a delicious Bone-In Rib Eye dinner.  This steak was amazing.  Coated with a light mixture of salt, pepper and brown sugar which carmelized to perfection.  Served with Roasted Cauliflower and Asparagus.  So yummy!!!

BONE-IN RIB EYE

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

JOSE'S MEXICAN CAFE AND CANTINA

JOSE'S MEXICAN CAFE AND CANTINA
1134 KOKO HEAD AVENUE
HONOLULU, HI. 96816
808-732-1833
HOURS:  Monday thru Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
                 Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM / Sunday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Craving some Crunchy Tacos so we headed over to Jose's in Kaimuki.  I did not even need to look at the menu and just ordered the (3) Crunchy Shredded Beef Tacos ala carte ($12.95).  No Beans and Rice.  The waitress was quick to bring water and Chips and Salsa.  I like the Salsa at Joses and usually go through two or three bowls.  On this visit the Shredded Beef did not seem fresh and the Tacos did not have the taste I remember from my last visits when I announced that these were the best Crunchy Tacos in Hawaii.  Got to take that back now and look for another first choice.  Service here always good and fast.  They do a great job taking care of customers.  
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CHIPS AND SALSA
THREE CRUNCY TACOS

TACO'S ZARATE

TACO'S ZARATE
4210 WAIALAE AVE
HONOLULU, HI. 96816
808-892-1565
RESTAURANT CLOSED 6/16/18
www.tacoszarate.com
www.yelp.com/biz/taco-zarate-honolulu
www.facebook.com/zaratez/

Sad to see the closing of Taco's Zarate on June 16, 2018.  This family business is the victim of redevelopment and will be missed.  Mr. Zarate worked hard from a food truck to a sit down restaurant moving from King Street to its current and last home on Waialae Avenue.  I had to stop in and get a few of my favorites before they close.  Ordered a Fish Taco and Carne Asada Burrito.  Yum!  Stopped in a week or so ago and got my last fix of their Crunchy Tacos too.  Gonna miss this place.
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FISH TACO
CARNE ASADA BURRITO WITH CHIPS
CARNE ASADA BURRITO WITH PICO DE GALLO


PIPELINE BAKESHOP AND CREAMERY

PIPELINE BAKESHOP AND CREAMERY
3632 WAIALAE AVE
HONOLULU, HI. 96816
808-738-8200
HOURS:  Wednesday thru Saturday 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM / Sunday 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
                 Closed Monday and Tuesday

Pipeline Bakeshop and Creamery is a nice addition to the Waialae Avenue food scene.  Cute little place serving up homemade sweets.  I went for a scoop of Ice Cream called Avery's Chocolate Avalanche with Chocolate Brownies, Marshmallows and a hint of Coffee.  Rich Chocolate flavor with a Coffee kick.  Not bad.  They sell fresh Malasadas here in four flavors; Regular, Cocoa, Coffee and Lihing.  Wish this little business much success.

PIPELINE BAKERY AND CREAMERY ON WAIALAE AVENUE IN KAIMUKI
ORDER AT THE COUNTER
GREAT PLACE FOR THE FAMILY
LARGE SPACE WITH ONLY A FEW TABLES 
HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
ASSORTED SWEETS, BREADS AND BROWNIES
PIZZA?
AVERY'S CHOCOLATE AVELANCHE


Sunday, June 10, 2018

RESTAURANT XO

RESTAURANT XO
3434 WAIALAE AVE
HONOLULU, HI. 96816
808-732-3838
HOURS: Monday thru Saturday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM / Closed Sunday

Enjoyed our very large meal at the new Restaurant XO in Kaimuki.  Heck we ordered almost everything on the menu and was not disappointed.  Chef's Kenny Lee and Aleina Chun formerly of Senia are doing a great job elevating Chinese and Asian flavors while keeping it uncomplicated.  Recommend you eat family style here so you can enjoy more dishes.  Portions are good size so this worked out perfectly for our family. The Cauliflower ($10) started the meal.  Highly recommend this dish as an appetizer.  The Butter Sauce, Pickled Onion and Cilantro all come together and make this delicious.  Entire family loved this.  The Wok Vegetables ($7) were refreshing, fresh and flavorful.  The House Ginger Fried Rice ($14) with two poached eggs on top goes to another level after you smash open the eggs and let the yolk cover the rice.  Yummy.  The Tako (24) looked amazing and was cooked perfectly.  We did however think the sauce could use more heat or flavor.  Still really good.  The XO Scallops ($27) were also cooked perfectly.  Delicious dish and a good portion of seafood here. The XO Sauce really did not jump out for me and I wish it did.  The Adobo Fried Chicken ($21) was one of my favorite dishes.  Crunchy outside and moist inside chicken with a vinegar Adobo Sauce on the bottom of the plate.  The crunchy skin is addicting and the Chicken is boneless.  The Pork Belly ($21) was topped with a large Pork Rind was devoured by my Daughter.  The Pork was very moist and if you love Bacon you will love this.  Everything was good here including the service.  Our waitress and the staff was very good and always nearby to refill water or check to see if we were happy.  Chef/Owner Kenny Lee also visited our table as did Sous Chef, Aleina Chun.  Both asked how we enjoyed the food and engaged us which I really liked.  Makes me want to return to support them.

RESTAURANT XO IN KAIMUKI
FULL BAR AND A LITTLE VINO TOO
RESTAURANT XO DINING ROOM
RESTAURANT XO MENU
CAULIFLOWER IN BUTTER SAUCE - DA BOMB!
WOK VEGETABLES
GINGER FRIED RICE
TAKO
XO SCALLOPS
ADOBO FRIED CHICKEN
PORK BELLY
CHEF/OWNER KENNY LEE 

19TH HOLE AT OAHU COUNTRY CLUB

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

Enjoyed a little vino and a few snacks after a round of golf at Oahu Country Club.  Food is pretty good here.  Always love the fresh Sashimi.  The Avocado Toast was pretty tasty too.

NICE VIEW OF DOWNTOWN HONOLULU FROM HOLE #14
19TH HOLE FOR A LITTLE VINO AND SNACKS
FRESH SASHIMI
NACHOS
AVOCADO TOAST
ONION RINGS
BBQ RIBS

MAMA MANOA

MAMA MANOA
2740 E. MANOA ROAD
HONOLULU, HI  96822
808-888-4392
HOURS:  Monday thru Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
                 Sunday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

I love Mama Manoa.  Hands down the best Pizza and Chicken Wings on the Island.  Visited for dinner with friends from California and we were not disappointed.  Started with the Mama Balls ($4).  These Garlicky and Cheesy Dough Balls are delicious and served with a side of Marinara Sauce.  The Mama Manoa Antipasto Salad ($16) is huge and was enough for our table.  Filled with Capicolla, Supersata, Prosciutto, Salami, Provolone, Artichokes, Onion, Tomato, Olives and a delicious Balsamic Dressing and Reduction.  Also loved the Pickled Vegetables that top this salad.  The Garlic Wings ($15) are huge and delicious.  Mama Manoa serves the Wing and Drumette so these Wings are larger and meatier than most places.  Went with an order of Hot Wings ($15) and they delivered on flavor and heat.  The Rich Miano Italian Sandwich ($15) is huge and is by far my favorite sandwich in Hawaii.  All the Italian Meats, Cheese with fresh lettuce, tomato, onion and a delicious Balsamic Dressing.  Love this sandwich!  Served with large side of Fries.  Mamas Meatballs ($15) are served in a cast iron skillet and covered in Mamas Gravy and a dollop of Ricotta Cheese.  The Meat Balls are all beef and melt in your mouth.  Delicious!  Mamas Lasagna ($14) also comes served in a skillet and the portion is large and covered in Mamas Gravy and Meat Sauce.  This Lasagna delivered on presentation and flavor.  The Greg Salas Carne Asada Pizza ($16) is a Carne Asada Burrito on a Pizza.  This is a flavor bomb that is so good.  Served with fresh Cilantro from the garden next to the patio dining room.  The Rell Sunn Margarita Pizza ($15) is simple with only Tomato Sauce, Cheese and Basil.  This pizza delivers on flavor and is delicious.  The Duke Kahanamoku Supreme Pizza ($16) is one of my favorites here.  Pepperoni, Sausage, Onions and Peppers with tasty Tomato Sauce. I could eat this Pizza every single day.  Last up was Mamas Bread Pudding ($9 w/Ice Cream).
Oh my goodness this is a sweet and flavorful ending to an incredible meal.  Got to admit this is my favorite pizza joint in Hawaii and I love the Hawaii athletics theme and Wall of Fame.  Place is cool, hip and is full of so much Hawaii sports history.  Oh and I should tell my readers that I own the place so may be a little bias.  Actually I do love all of the food here.  Would not serve it if I did not think it was the best.  
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MAMA BALLS
GARLICKY AND CHEESY 
MAMA MANOA ANTIPASTO SALAD
GARLIC WINGS
HOT WINGS
RICH MIANO ITALIAN SANDWICH
MAMAS MEAT BALLS
MAMAS LASAGNA
GREG SALAS CARNE ASADA PIZZA
RELL SUNN MARGARITA PIZZA
DUKE KAHANAMOKU SUPREME PIZZA
MAMAS BREAD PUDDING WITH ICE CREAM