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Thursday, August 17, 2017

BUFFALO CHICKEN STRIPS

BUFFALO CHICKEN STRIPS
DINNER AT HOME

I was craving Hot Wings but we only had Chicken Strips in the freezer so I dug up a recipe using Franks Hot Sauce, Butter and Spices.  Coated the Chicken Strips in seasoned flour and then did egg wash a Panko Bread Crumbs.  Fried them up in a pan in a little oil.  Served with Celery and Carrots and Bob's Big Boy Bleu Cheese Dressing.  My girls said they were delicious!

BUFFALO CHICKEN STRIPS

Monday, August 14, 2017

TUSCAN CHICKEN WITH LINGUINE

TUSCAN CHICKEN WITH LINGUINE
DINNER AT HOME

Had some leftover Linguine that I cooked up with a Butter, Garlic and Parmesan Cheese Sauce and decided to cook my favorite Tuscan Chicken to go with it.  Topped with fresh Parsley and Shaved Parmesan Cheese.  Simple and delicious meal cooked up in about 30 minutes.  
Click link below for the Tuscan Chicken recipe;

TUSCAN CHICKEN WITH LINGUINE

LINGUINE WITH KING CRAB

LINGUINE WITH KING CRAB
DINNER AT HOME

The monster size King Crab Legs at Costco caught my Wife's eye and she ended up buying three legs for around $60.  Not cheap but a nice treat.  We served the Crab with Linguine in a Butter, Garlic and Parmesan Cheese Sauce that we topped with fresh Italian Parsley from our garden.  The Crab was so sweet and went well with the Pasta.  Actually had quite a bit of Crab leftover as these huge legs were filling along with the Pasta.  

MONSTER ALASKAN KING CRAB LEGS
KING CRAB WITH LINGUINE IN BUTTER, GARLIC AND PARMESAN CHEESE SAUSE

Sunday, August 13, 2017

HERRINGBONE

HERRINGBONE
INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE
2330 KALAKAUA AVE
HONOLULU, HI  96815
808-797-2435
HOURS:  Monday thru Thursday/Sunday 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
                 Friday and Saturday 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

I have been seeing lots of posts on social media the past two weeks showing incredible photos from Herringbone.  The seafood looks amazing.  With my Daughter at the Water Park with her friends, I decided to make a date night with my Wife and try out Herringbone.  I went online and tried to make a reservation but the only time available was 8:45 PM.  Thats past my bed time so we made the decision to go in at 5:00 PM and see if we could get a table.  We arrived a bit past 5:00 and found the bar area filled with people enjoying Happy Hour and $2 Oysters until 6:00.  The hostess was all smiles and asked if we had a reservation.  We said "no" and she took our name and then took us straight to a table on the beautiful outdoor lanai.  The restaurant is absolutely spectacular.  Beautiful use of materials and color to make this place cool and comfortable.  Attire here is casual with many patrons in shorts, slippers and t-shirts.  It just feels right.  We had a nice waiter and service while slow at times (he apologized) was good.  The kitchen got slammed at about 6:00 PM and it took a little longer to get our first course out.  The menu at Herringbone is Seafood.  You would think that Honolulu has a million Seafood restaurants but there are only a handful of good ones which always amazed me.  Many of the social media posts show photos of huge Seafood Platters that look incredible.  I just had to try one on our first visit here.  The Skiff ($75) included Oysters, Shrimp, King Crab and Kona Lobster.  This was big enough for two people and really filled us up on Seafood.  Problem is we ordered a bunch more not knowing what to expect.  Next came the Buffalo Octopus ($17) which was perfectly cooked (not rubbery) and coated in what tasted like Franks Hot Sauce.  This was excellent and I highly recommend it when dining here.  As we were mowing into the Seafood Platter and Octopus, a waitress arrived with Ceviche Tostadas ($21) which we did not order. I told the waitress that we did not order the Tostadas and after looking over at our waiter, she said we may keep it as it was punched into our order ticket.  Tostadas were good but by now, the Seafood was becoming heavy and I really wanted some meat or anything but Seafood.  I could not take another bite of fish and then the Yellowtail Crudu ($23) showed up on the table.  More fish....Ahhrrggg.
I took a bite and found it to be drenched in Truffle Oil which totally masked the taste of the fish.  Could not eat another bite.  We were both were on Seafood overload by now and was craving something different.  Ordered the Margherita Flatbread ($18) and while it was a good change from the Seafood, it was quite bland for $18.  Overall we loved the Seafood Platter and Buffalo Octopus the best here.  Will definitely return to try the fresh fish and maybe a steak.

HERRINGBONE IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE
BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR SPACE
SMALL BAR FILLS UP FAST FOR HAPPY HOUR FROM 4-6 PM NIGHTLY.  $2 OYSTERS
DINING ROOM AND BAR
PLANT WALL
BAR AND RESTAURANT FILLED FOR DINNER SERVICE
RETRACTABLE CEILING OVER LANAI SEATING
KITCHEN OVERLOOKS LANAI
GET A UP CLOSE VIEW OF THE KITCHEN ACTION
BLOWFISH TREE
THEY REALLY ARE BLOWFISH.....I THINK
HERRINGBONE MENU
OYSTERS AND THE SEAFOOD PLATTERS
THE PLATES
GREENS, HOT FARE, FLATBREADS AND SIDES
VARIETY OF SAUCES FOR THE SEAFOOD PLATTER
THE SKIFF PLATTER WAS ENOUGH FOR TWO PEOPLE
BUFFALO OCTOPUS
CEVICHE TOSTADAS
TASTY LITTLE TOSTADAS
YELLOWTAIL CRUDO
MARGHERITA PIZZA




SCRATCH KITCHEN AND BAKE SHOP

SCRATCH KITCHEN AND BAKE SHOP
1030 SMITH STREET
HONOLULU, HI  96817
808-536-1669
HOURS:  Daily 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM / Closed Tuesday

I have heard and read a lot of positive reviews about Scratch Kitchen and Bake Shop so decided to try it out one weekend.  We arrived around noon and the place was packed but there was a small two seat table in the back by the kitchen and we were immediately seated.  A smiling waitress approached us and took our order pretty quickly.  I saw a Muffaletta on the menu and immediately had dreams of the Muffuletta at Central Grocery in New Orleans.  My Wife saw Pork Belly Pasta and said she had to try it.  While we waited for our food, plates of beautiful Eggs Benedict and towering plates of Pancakes seemed to dance by our table.  Hmmm.  Maybe we should have ordered breakfast I thought.  The Cider Braised Pork Belly and Apple Pasta ($15) arrived a good 5 minutes before the Muffaletta.  The large pieces of pasta were drenched in an oily sauce and topped with Bleu Cheese.  I took a bite of the pasta with Bleu Cheese and did not think that it was a good combination.  The pasta without the cheese tasted much better.  The verdict on this dish was not good.  My Muffaletta ($13) arrived and it was hot pressed like a Panini.  The ones in New Orleans are not served warm.  One bite and I was pretty much done with this sandwich.   It sucked.  The flavors of the meat were not good and there was mayo and not enough Olive spread.  Tasted nothing like a real Muffuletta.  Huge disappointment.  I could not even finish half of this sandwich.  I tried the potatoes served with the sandwich and they were bland and not seasoned.  Just seemed to be fried.  People love this restaurant and the place remained packed during our visit.  Something must be good here.  Just not the two dishes we ordered.
Scratch is moving to Kaakako in September so I think we will give it another try then.

SCRATCH KITCHEN AND BAKE SHOP IN DOWNTOWN HONOLULU
SCRATCH IS ON SMITH STREET FOR NOW - MOVING IN SEPTEMBER, 2017
SMALL RESTAURANT
OPEN KITCHEN AND SEATING IN BACK
SCRATCH KITCHEN AND BAKE SHOP MENU
BREAKFAST MENU
LUNCH MENU
CIDER BRAISED PORK BELLY AND APPLE PASTA WITH BLEU CHEESE
MUFFALETTA SANDWICH
NOTHING LIKE A REAL MUFFALETTA
SOME PRETTY BLAND POTATOES


PANYA BISTRO

PANYA BISTRO
1288 ALA MOANA BLVD
HONOLULU, HI  96814
808-946-6388
HOURS:  Daily 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Dined at Panya Bistro twice recently.  Once for lunch and again for dinner.  Both times we sat at the outdoor covered lanai which is comfortable.  Service both times was great and the food is good.  Quite a wide variety of menu items to choose from here.  We began this meal with the Fried Squid Legs ($9). Excellent tasting Squid with a light batter.  Only thing missing was a sauce.  There was nothing to dip the Squid in.  A little Cocktail Sauce would have been nice.  The Panya Style Ahi Poke ($16) was fresh and delicious.  I ordered the Tiger Prawns and Manila Clam Spaghetti ($20) and found it to be terribly bland with little flavor.  The sauce was tasteless.  The Panya Pad Thai with Chicken ($16) was ok but like the Spaghetti a bit bland.  Where's the flavor?  Pretty much the same review on the Seafood Curry....bland.   We all liked the atmosphere and service here.  Food was ok but not great.  

OUTDOOR PATIO WITH SUN SHADE DURING EARLY EVENING
PANYA BISTRO MENU
PUPU MENU
BURGERS AND PASTA
NOODLE DISHES
RICE DISHES
FISH DISHES
SIDE ORDERS, JUICES AND DRINKS
FRIED SQUID LEGS
PANYA STYLE AHI POKE
PAD THAI WITH CHICKEN
CURRY WITH MIXED SEAFOOD
TIGER SHRIMP AND MANILA CLAMS SPAGHETTI