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Thursday, March 31, 2011

FISH SANDWICH DAY

FISH SANDWICH DAY
AT HOME AND THE OFFICE

Had a Fish Sandwich from Kahai Street Kitchen today for lunch.  They topped the fish with lettuce, tomato, onion and fried onions.  This was good so I bought some fresh Hawaiian Sword Fish that was on sale at the market.  Made my own version less the fried onions.

KAHAI STREET KITCHEN FISH SANDWICH WITH FRIED ONIONS
FRESH HAWAIIAN SWORDFISH  SANDWICH AT HOME

VINO ITALIAN TAPAS AND WINE BAR

VINO ITALIAN TAPAS
AND WINE BAR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 

Enjoyed another great meal at Vino with our good friends Tom and Arlene.  Once again, the evening was enhanced by Master Wine Sommelier, Chuck Furuya.  Chuck is the "man" when it comes to wine tasting in Hawaii.  I love the fact that he wears a pair of shorts and aloha shirts rather than a tuxedo with gold medals hanging from his neck.  We give Chuck a budget for our wine and he consistently delivers great wines at affordable prices.  He takes time to explain each wine, where it was made and any history associated with the winery.  In addition to Chuck, Vino has a great waiter that always treats us well.  He also is consistent and delivers great service while making us feel comfortable.  We always eat family style at Vino so everyone can enjoy a variety of different dishes.  On this visit we started with the Cheese and Salumi Platter.  Three really good cheeses and a variety of meats.  Loved the cheese.  We also tried the Calamari.  Pretty bland and the sauce was this brown stuff that I could not figure out.  The Ravioli Stuffed with Pumpkin and topped with shrimp was excellent.  The Beet Salad was lean on beets and really was not the best I have had at Vino.  These were smaller round beets that were light in color.  The Gnocchi with Crab on the side was a bit bland.  The Lamb Shank was just o.k. and the Osso Bucco was just o.k. too.  We tried the Snapper and it was o.k.  All of the entrees were served with the same mashed potatoes and tomato.  All of them the same.  Could not believe this.  Seems a little lazy.  We topped off the evening with a piece of chocolate cake with ice cream.  This was delicious.  The company and wine on this evening were outstanding.  The food however was just o.k.  I love Vino.  Just was expecting a bit more after several really great meals here.
Click below for another post on Vino Italian Tapas

CHEESE AND SALUMI PLATTER
CALAMARI WITH SOME ODD BROWN SAUCE
PUMPKIN RAVIOLI WITH SHRIMP
BEET SALAD
GNOCCHI WITH MUSHROOMS AND PEAS
LAMB SHANK
OSSO BUCCO
SNAPPER
GREAT CHOCOLATE 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SMOKED MARLIN SANDWICH

SMOKED MARLIN SANDWICH
DINNER AT HOME 

My good friend brought some Smoked Marlin back from his trip to Kona.  This is a real treat and one of my favorite snack foods.  While I was in Bali, Indonesia several years ago, we stayed at a hotel on the beach.  Each day we would visit the pool bar where they served Smoked Marlin Sandwiches.  Once we had one we were addicted and probably ate one every day during our visit.  With the Marlin in hand from Kona I made my version of my Bali favorite.  First I put a butter/garlic spread on the bun and seared it on the grill.  Then you thinly slice the smoked marlin and lay it on the bread.  Top the the marlin and add sliced red onion, capers and horseradish.  This sandwich is the BOMB.  You can also serve this dish without the bun.  Try this if you can get smoked marlin.  I guarantee you will love it.  TASTE OF HAWAII FAVORITE!
Click link below for more posts and recipes for Marlin;
http://greateatshawaii.blogspot.com/2015/01/grilled-marlin.html

LARGE SMOKED MARLIN SANDWICH ON ROLL

MINI SMOKED MARLIN SANDWICH ON DINNER ROLL BUN

THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM - PACIFIC PALISADES

THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM
PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA 

Spent a wonderful day touring the museum and gardens at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Pacific Palisades.  Wow....what a beautiful property and first class museum of art.  How Getty assembled such priceless art and history in one place blows my mind.







BARRY MANILOW CONCERT AT UCLA

JASON ALEXANDER WAS HOST
BARRY MANILOW IN CONCERT
ROYCE HALL, UCLA
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Enjoyed a great concert by singing legend Barry Manilow.
Jason Alexander who was George on the Jerry Seinfield Show was the host.  Manilow still has it and really performed well. I could listen to him sing "Mandy" for hours.  Love the lyrics and melody.



ROYCE HALL AT UCLA
HOW DID I GET SO LUCKY
HOW DID I GET SO LUCKY TWICE
LUCKY TO HAVE DAD AND HEIDE TOO!

PAGE MUSEUM - LA BREA TAR PITS

PAGE MUSEUM - LA BREA TAR PITS
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

I visited the La Brea Tar Pits as a child on field trips.  What a joy it was to return with my family some 40 years later.  It is amazing to see this great site preserved smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles.  The Tar Pits are still here and you can view the tar bubbling at the top.  They are still excavating this site.









COCINA CUCAMONGA - CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK

COCINA CUCAMONGA
CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA 

After riding the California Screaming Roller Coaster, we stopped in for some tacos at Cocina Cucamonga at California Adventure Park adjacent to Disneyland.  The Steak Taco's are pretty good and served with some nice rice and beans.


COCNINA CUCAMONGA AT CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK
STEAK TACO PLATE
THE FAMILY ENJOYS THE RIDE

BIG THUNDER BBQ - DISNEYLAND

BIG THUNDER ROUNDUP AND BARBECUE
DISNEYLAND, CALIFORNIA

Last time we visited Disneyland we found a great place for lunch nestled behind the Big Thunder Roller Coaster ride.  There are no signs showing what the BBQ is all about or how much it cost.  They rely on real people to great you at the front and explain that this is an all you can eat buffet with unlimited ribs, chicken, beans, coleslaw and corn bread.  The price is $19.95 per person.  We loved the BBQ on our first visit and made a point to return on this visit to Disneyland.  This is really good food for an amusement park.  The ribs and chicken are absolutely delicious.  The beans, cole slaw and corn bread are also top notch.  The ribs and chicken are brought to your table in pots.  They just keep coming for as long as you can eat.  We saw tables with bucket after bucket of ribs and chicken.  We probably had the least.  Only finished one bucket before throwing in the towel.  Sitting on the shaded benches is a relaxing time away from the large crowds.  The service is excellent and there is also a show featuring country western singers.  This is an expensive lunch but actually is enough to fill you up for lunch and dinner.  Highly recommend the Big Thunder BBQ.
Click below for another post on Big Thunder BBQ
http://greateatshawaii.blogspot.com/2010/06/big-thunder-ranch-bbq.html


ALWAYS NEED TO FIND A GOOD PLACE TO EAT AT DISNEYLAND
BIG THUNDER BBQ IS A HIDDEN GEM INSIDE DISNEYLAND
BIG THUNDER BBQ IS A GREAT PLACE TO EAT AT DISNEYLAND
JUST WAITING FOR THAT BUCKET OF RIBS AND CHICKEN
WARM CORN BREAD AND BUTTER
BAKED BEANS ARE GREAT!
COLE SLAW IS TANGY AND GOOD
UNLIMITED BUCKETS OF RIBS AND CHICKEN
GREAT RIBS, CHICKEN, COLE SLAW AND BAKED BEANS