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Sunday, August 19, 2018

TOMAHAWK RIBEYE

TOMAHAWK RIBEYE
DINNER AT HOME

When I saw this enormous Tomahawk Ribeye at Sam's Club for $34 I just had to buy it.  Wasn't craving meat but just thought it was a great deal as we paid over $100 for a Tomahawk Ribeye at a local restaurant recently.  Simply coated the Ribeye with Salt, Pepper and a bit of Brown Sugar.  Seared all sides on a very hot skillet and then finished in the oven at 450 degrees for ten minutes.  Perfectly cooked medium rare steak in just minutes.  Tasted delicious and our family of three did not even put a dent in this steak.  Had leftovers for days.  While I prefer the taste of a small Filet, this was a great steak for the price.  Fun to look at too!

TOMAHAWK RIBEYE
SALT, PEPPER AND BROWN SUGAR
SEAR ON ALL SIDES
SEARED IN BUTTER AND GARLIC
FINISH IN THE OVEN FOR 10 MINUTES AND PLATE
PERFECT MEDIUM RARE AND DELICIOUS

Sunday, August 12, 2018

FETTUCCINE WITH CHICKEN AND MUSHROOMS

FETTUCCINE WITH CHICKEN AND MUSHROOMS
DINNER AT HOME

Enjoyed this delicious Pasta dish at home.  Simple and delicious and about $6 total for three people.

FETTUCCINE WITH CHICKEN AND MUSHROOMS

RESTAURANT 604

RESTAURANT 604
57 ARIZONA MEMORIAL DRIVE
HONOLULU, HI. 96818
808-888-7616
HOURS:  Monday thru Thursday 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
                 Friday 10:30 AM - 11:00 PM / Saturday 9:30 AM - 11:00 PM / Sunday 9:30 - 10:00

Visited Restaurant 604 for a Special Event for The First Tee Hawaii.  Loved the view of Pearl Harbor and Waianae Mountains from our table.  Enjoyed some really good platters served to our table.  First up was fresh Poke served on an eatable spoon.  Super presentation and eating the spoon was cool too.  Next up was Shrimp and it was delicious.  The Chicken Skewers also good and the Lamb Chops superb.  Really thought the food was good.  Service also good.








CRUNCHY SHREDDED BEEF TACOS

CRUNCHY SHREDDED BEEF TACOS
DINNER AT HOME

Love our homemade Crunchy Shredded Beef Tacos.  Probably one of my favorite meals.  Enjoyed these two bad boys with a glass of Cabernet!

CRUNCHY SHREDDED BEEF TACOS

PAINA CAFE

PAINA CAFE
KOKO MARINA CENTER
7192 KALANIANA'OLE HWY
HONOLULU, HI. 96825
808-356-2829
HOURS:  Sunday thru Thursday 11:00 AM - 7:30 PM
                 Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
www.painacafe.com
www.yelp.com/biz/paina-cafe-honolulu-9
www.facebook.com/painacafe/
www.instagram.com/explore/locations/245483240/paina-cafe-koko-marina/

We grabbed some takeout from Paina Cafe and took it out to a table overlooking Koko Marina.  Don't know what was wrong but I took one bite of my Seared Ahi Salad and was not hungry.  Cannot really say if I like this place.  My Daughter loved her Poke Bowl and my Wife enjoyed the Chinese Chicken Salad.






CARNED ASADA TACOS

CARNE ASADA TACOS
DINNER AT HOME

Amazed how fast my lovely Bride cooked up these delicious Carne Asada Tacos at home.  She made the Guacamole, Pico de Gallo and Carne Asada in what seemed just minutes.  As for the taste - Awesome!

CARNE ASADA TACOS

Sunday, August 5, 2018

BROKEN RICE

BROKEN RICE
3607 WAIALAE AVENUE
HONOLULU, HI. 96816
808-739-0230
HOURS:  Daily 11-2 / 5-9 Closed Monday
www.brokenricehi.com
www.yelp.com/biz/broken-rice-honolulu

Broken Rice was just so so until the Beef Pho showed up at the table.  Then this place went to another level of delicious.  The Beef Rib Pho ($18) while expensive was delicious.  The Beef literally fell off the bone and was infused with great flavor.  Probably one of the best bowls of Pho I have ever had.  Entire family said "wow" to this dish and loved it.  The Spring Rolls ($9) while cooked perfectly really lacked filling and flavor.  Problem was that they were all wrapper and not enough filling.  If these had more filling they would be good.  The Special Broken Rice ($16) with Pork Chop and Chicken was good tasting but nothing really special. Chicken Bun Ga ($13) was good. 
Overall the Beef Rib Pho saved this place for us.  I will go back for that $18 bowl of Pho again!  

BROKEN RICE
RESTAURANT IS BRIGHT, SIMPLE AND CLEAN
BROKEN RICE MENU
SPRING ROLLS
SPRING ROLL WRAPPED IN LETTUCE AND TOPPED WITH CHILI 
BROKEN RICE SPECIAL WITH PORK CHOP AND CHICKEN
LEMON GRASS CHICKEN
BEEF RIB PHO
HUGE PIECES OF BEEF LITERALLY FELL OFF THE BONE - DELICIOUS!

GRILLED OPAH DINNER

GRILLED OPAH 
DINNER AT HOME

Saw this super fresh Opah at the market and just had to buy it.  This fish was so fresh and tasted delicious.  Served on a bed of Sautéed Hamakua Mushrooms with White Wine, Garlic, Shallots, Cream and Butter Sauce.  Sooo good!

DOES NOT GET FRESHER THAN THIS
GRILLED OPAH

ALEJANDRO'S MEXICAN FOOD

ALEJANDRO'S MEXICAN FOOD
2831 KALIHI STREET, #E
HONOLULU, HI
808-777-0038
HOURS:  Tuesday thru Friday 11:30 AM - 7:30 PM
                 Saturday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
                 Closed Sunday
www.multilatinfoods.com

Back to Alejandro's for the Carne Asada Burrito.  This thing is so darn good!

ALEJANDRO'S CARNE ASADA BURRITO

BIRTHDAY PARTY AT BRILLIANT OX

 BIRTHDAY PARTY AT BRILLIANT OX
HONOLULU, HAWAII

 Enjoyed one heck of a one year old birthday party at the Brilliant Ox.  When someone takes the entire restaurant over for a party and opens the bar you know it was a good time.  Loved the cocktail menu and enjoyed this party immensely.














GRILLED ONO WITH VEGETABLES

GRILLED ONO WITH VEGETABLES 
DINNER AT HOME

Another great dinner at home I cooked up for my girls.  Grilled Ono with Garlic and Shallot Cream Sauce drizzle and fresh Bok Choi with Bean Sprouts.

GRILLED OPAH


Saturday, July 21, 2018

PHO

PHO
LUNCH AT THE OFFICE

'Always enjoy a bowl of Vietnamese Pho at the office.  I get Rare Steak and Brisket from Bale and then top it with a lot of Sriracha Sauce.  Funny way I eat Pho, is that I only use about 1/4 of the noodles.

VIETNAMESE PHO
MIX IN A LOT OF SRIRACHA SAUCE

BASALT

BASALT
DUKE'S LANE
2255 KUHIO AVE
HONOLULU, HI. 96815
808-923-5689
HOURS:  Daily 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM

What I liked about Basalt at Duke's Lane in Waikiki was the design, atmosphere and service.  What I didn't like is the food.  Don't get me wrong, the food was not bad but just not satisfying.  Could of been what I ordered.  Seared Ahi and Farro ($18).  First I was surprised to see just two small pieces of Ahi on the plate.  Second I was disappointed that the Ahi was covered in Furakake which is a Japanese Seaweed.  Problem with putting Furakake on Ahi is that it is all you taste.  The Furakake overpowers the fish and I could not stomach it.  Tried to cut off the ends seared with Furakake but then just ended up letting my Daughter eat it.  My Daughter had the Chowder and Greens ($12) and did not seem too impressed.  She did not finish the Chowder.  The Loco Moco ($14) with Wagyu Beef and two perfectly cooked eggs was a hit with my Wife.  She liked it.

BASALT IN DUKE'S LANE WAIKIKI
DUKE'S LANE IS SMALL SHOPPING AREA WITH GROCERY STORE, RESTAURANT AND COFFEE 
BASALT IN DUKE'S LANE
LARGE WRAP AROUND BAR IN CENTER OF RESTAURANT
OPEN KITCHEN
BASALT BREAKFAST MENU

BASALT LUNCH MENU

CHOWDER AND GREENS
AHI WITH FARRO
LOCO MOCO WITH WAGYU BEEF
EGGS ADD TEXTURE, COLOR AND FLAVOR TO THE DISH