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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MEMORIAL DAY BBQ

MEMORIAL DAY BBQ
DINNER AT HOME

Enjoyed an incredible spread of food on Memorial Day while entertaining an out of town guest.
Great food, friendship and wine.  These are some of our favorite foods with the Ribs, Steak and Crab being some of things I love most.  Always pull out my favorite Fish Plate for the Poke.   The plate was made for me by a good friend and its nice to remember him overtime we use it.  So blessed to enjoy this great day with family and friends.  My prayers are with all of those who have served and given their lives for this great country.

THE APPETIZER ROUND
PROSCUITTO WRAPPED MELON
ASSORTED CHEESE PLATTER
TOASTED SOUR DOUGH BREAD WITH RASPBERRY JELLY FOR TRUFFLE CHEESE
KIMCHI TAKO POKE AND HAWAIIAN STYLE POKE
FROM THE GRILL
CORN ON THE COBB
BBQ RIBS
ALASKAN KING CRAB LEGS
GRILLED FRESH HAWAIIAN PINEAPPLE
MAIN COURSE OF RIB EYE STEAK WITH ASPARAGUS AND HOLLANDAISE SAUCE

Monday, May 30, 2016

LA TOUR CAFE

LA TOUR CAFE
820 W. HIND DRIVE
HONOLULU, HI  96821
808-373-5174
HOURS:  Daily 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
www.latourcafe.com
www.yelp.com/biz/la-tour-cafe-honolulu-8
www.facebook.com/pages/La-Tour-Cafe-Aina-Haina/1164521813562420

I was not a big fan of La Tour Cafe when they opened up their first location on Nimitz Highway.  Now that they have a new location closer to home I may visit them more often.  The new restaurant in located in Aina Haina were Foodland Farms is the anchor tenant.  We stopped in for lunch and waited in line at the counter.  With only one cashier it was kind of slow but the gal behind the counter was all smiles and really made people feel welcome.  I went for The Italian Sandwich ($10) which comes with a small salad and house made pickles.  The sandwich was very thin for an Italian Sandwich.  The Sesame Brioche bread was delicious.  Really could not taste the individual meats which included Salami, Sopressata, Mortadella and Prosciutto.  The only thing I could taste was the Arugula and Balsamic Dressing.  The Arugula was really overpowering all of the other flavors.  A little more meat and less or no Arugula would have been nice.  The side salad was good and we loved the house made pickles.  My Daughter enjoyed her Chicken Pesto Panini ($10) and also liked the side salad.  This is a nice little neighborhood spot where you can pick up a quick quality meal.
Click links below for previous posts on La Tour Cafe;

LA TOUR CAFE AINA HAINA
ORDER AT THE COUNTER AND THEY WILL BRING YOUR ORDER TO THE TABLE
LA TOUR CAFE MENU BOARD
LA TOUR CAFE IS KNOWN FOR THEIR MACARONS
LA TOUR CAFE MENU 
PANINI, TARTINE AND FLATBREAD PIZZAS
BURGERS AND SANDWICHES
SIDES, EXTRAS AND DESSERTS
CHICKEN PESTO PANINI
CHICKEN PESTO PANINI
THE ITALIAN WITH SALAD AND HOUSE MADE PICKLES
THE ITALIAN HAS GREAT BREAD BUT IS OVERPOWERED BY ARUGULA


Thursday, May 26, 2016

LANGOUSTINES PASTA

LANGOUSTINES PASTA
DINNER AT HOME

When I saw a large bag of frozen Langoustines at Costco we grabbed them and then had to figure out how to incorporate them into a dish.  Went with a pasta dish made with Pancetta, Garlic, Red Onion and a White Wine, Olive Oil and Garlic Sauce.  Tasted great!

LANGOUSTINES PASTA

PA'INA CAFE

PA'INA CAFE
WARD WAREHOUSE
1050 ALA MOANA BLVD
HONOLULU, HI  96814
808-356-2829
HOURS:  Monday thru Saturday 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
                 Sunday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

After my first visit to Pa'ina Cafe several years ago I vowed never to return.  Hated the place and have managed to stay away for a long time.  When my Daughter begged me for a Poke Bowl and insisted that we go to Pa'ina Cafe I gave in and we went back to the place that gives me mayonnaise nightmares (see older blog post below).  I remember not liking the place because it seemed a bit dirty and when we entered this time I felt the same way.  As we stood in line my only thought was how fast could we get out of this place.  The place was hot and to me uncomfortable.  My girls ordered Small Poke Bowls ($7.25) and added Furikake (.50).  The Bowls come with White or Brown Rice.  They said the Poke did not taste fresh and was not a high quality.  Some of the fish was brown and both of them said they did not care for the flavor.  Said that Poke from Foodland was ten times better.  I went for the Italiano Sandwich ($7.95) which on my first visit was drenched in mayonnaise.  This time I specifically requested no mayo.  The sandwich was not bad and the the bread was light and fresh.  Not a bad sandwich this time.  I think it is safe to say that we will never return to Pa'ina Cafe.  I know I will not.
Click link below to view my 2012 post on Pa'ina Cafe;

PA'INA CAFE AT WARD WAREHOUSE
ORDER AND RECEIVE FOOD AT THE COUNTER
WASABI MASAGO AHI POKE BOWL WITH FURIKAKE
AHI POKE BOWL WITH FURIKAKE
ITALIAN SANDWICH
BREAD WAS FRESH AND THE TASTE WAS NOT BAD

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

THE PLANTATION HOUSE RESTAURANT - KAPALUA, MAUI (DINNER)

THE PLANTATION HOUSE
PLANTATION GOLF COURSE
2000 PLANTATION CLUB DRIVE
LAHAINA, HI 96761
808-669-6299
HOURS:  8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

I love The Plantation House Restaurant in Kapalua.  The views and relaxed open air atmosphere suits my shorts and golf shirt style.  Too bad on this visit the Chef's Tasting Menu ($105 w/Wine) did not suit my style or taste.  Where do I begin....from the Amuse Bouche to the Summer Fruit and Herb there was not much here that I liked however I did love the Fresh Bread with Honey Salted Butter.  This may have been the best course on the menu.  The Asparagus Vichyssoise was a puddle of Asparagus mush with a Curry Cake.  You cannot call this a Crab Cake when all you can taste is the Curry.  Why would you ruin the flavor of Crab with a bunch of Curry.  If I wanted a Curry Cake I would have ordered a Curry Cake and not the Crab Cake.  The Surfing Goat Cheese Dumpling was a mess on the plate.  Really could not tell what it was but I really liked the flavor.  When the waiter grated Truffles over the Dumplings I was so happy.  Even more happy with the flavors.  The Grilled New York Strip was three small pieces of steak that was not seasoned and tasted bland.  I ate only about one and a half pieces of the steak.  What really made this a bad meal for me was the dessert.  Lemongrass Basil Sorbet with Grape Soup.  Need I say more?  It was uneatable for me.
Did like the wine pairing as it numbed me from the pain of some of these courses.  Also liked the staff and service.

INCREDIBLE VIEW OF HOLE #1 AND KAPALUA
OPEN DINING ROOM
THE PLANTATION HOUSE RESTAURANT DINNER MENU
TASTING MENU WITH WINE PAIRINGS
STARTERS
SALADS AND SOUPS
ENTREE'S AND SIDES
NAPILI POMELO GELEE AMUSE BOUCHE
FRESH BREAD WITH HONEY MUSTARD AND HAWAIIAN SEA SALT IS FANTASTIC
KONA KAMPACHI CEVICHE
ASPARAGUS VICHYSSOISE WITH CURRY CRAB CAKE
SURFING GOAT CHEESE DUMPLING WITH TRUFFLES - THIS WAS REALLY GOOD!
GRILLED NEW YORK STRIP
SUMMER FRUIT AND HERB - GRAPE BERRY SOUP AND LEMONGRASS BASIL SORBET
YUCK...YUCK....AND MORE YUCK........THIS IS NOT A DESSERT

THE PLANTATION HOUSE RESTAURANT - KAPALUA, MAUI (LUNCH)

THE PLANTATION HOUSE
PLANTATION GOLF COURSE
2000 PLANTATION CLUB DRIVE
LAHAINA, HI 96761
808-669-6299
HOURS:  8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

When you finish a morning round of golf on the Plantation Course at Kapalua the main restaurant is closed until 5:00 so you can enjoy a beverage and light meal in the bar overlooking the 18th hole.  The views of golfers coming down 18 is amazing and its fun to watch people hit shots to the 18th green.  Service was good here but when it gets busy the single bartender/server can get a bit backed up.  We tried the Beef Queso and after a few bites sent it back.  So soupy and tasteless.  Had to be the worst Queso ever on this blog.  How you can mess up melted cheese with ground beef is amazing to me.  The Tempura California Roll was better than I thought.  My first thought was why would they deep fry sushi but after tasting it I found it to be very tasty.  I loved the Plantation Burger ($18).  The waiter asked if I would like Salad or Fries and I said Salad.  When he offered a Caesar Salad in place of the bitter greens I was very happy and went for the Caesar which was good.  Burger was great but c'mon....eighteen bucks?  

THE PLANTATION HOUSE RESTAURANT BAR OVERLOOKS THE 18TH HOLE
AT THE KAPALUA PLANTATION COURSE
TEMPURA CALIFORNIA ROLL IS GOOD
QUESO DIP WITH BEEF IS TASTELESS AND VERY SOUPY
THE $18 CHEESEBURGER WITH SALAD
THIS IS A REALLY GOOD BURGER BUT I COULD BUY AROUND SIX IN N' OUT BURGERS
FOR THE SAME PRICE.

THE PLANTATION HOUSE RESTAURANT - KAPALUA, MAUI (BREAKFAST)

THE PLANTATION HOUSE
PLANTATION GOLF COURSE
2000 PLANTATION CLUB DRIVE
LAHAINA, HI 96761
808-669-6299
HOURS:  8:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Kapalua, Maui is one of my favorite places on earth and The Plantation House is one of my favorite places to enjoy breakfast while in Kapalua.  The views of the 1st and 18th hole at the Kapalua Plantation Course are amazing with the deep blue ocean as your backdrop.  This is heaven on earth to me and not many places can top it.  Having a nice breakfast prior to a round of golf is mandatory here.  While I am not a big breakfast eater, I would eat here every single day if I had the opportunity.  The service is slow at times when it gets a little busy but the employees are friendly and try to do their best.  When you have a setting and view like this you can let the little things go by.  Key is to "slow down" relax and remember you are in Kapalua and things should be a little slower.  I could literally sit here all day and enjoy the view, people watching, food and beverages.  On this morning I went for the Beef Fajita ($18) and loved it.  A sizzling platter of beef, onions and peppers served with Black Beans, two Eggs and warm corn tortillas and salsa.  These little Breakfast Tacos are terrific and one of my favorite breakfasts ever.  On the second day I tried the Traditional Eggs Benedict and also liked them very much.  My friends ordered the Meat Lovers ($16) and Kula Spinach ($15) Omelets and seemed to like them.  You could serve me a scoop of rice and water here and I would be happy.  The perfect ambiance and view for me.

THE PLANTATION HOUSE RESTAURANT ON THE PLANTATION GOLF COURSE IN KAPALUA
BRIGHT OPEN AIR DINING ROOM
DINING ROOM
THE PLANTATION HOUSE RESTAURANT BREAKFAST MENU
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH SERVED ALL DAY 

THE VIEW FROM THE OUTER TABLES ARE AMAZING
YOU GOTTA START YOUR SATURDAY ROUND OF GOLF WITH A LITTLE BUBBLY
MEAT LOVERS OMELETTE WITH RICE AND SOUR DOUGH TOAST
KULA SPINACH OMELETTE WITH FRESH STRAWBERRIES
BEEF FAJITA BREAKFAST WITH TWO SUNNY SIDE UP EGGS
BEEF FAJITA COMES WITH SIZZLING PLATTER OF BEEF, ONIONS AND PEPPERS


THE PERFECT SETTING FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER


 RAINBOW TO START OUR DAY - JUST DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS!