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Sunday, July 31, 2016

WEBCO GOLF TOURNAMENT

WEBCO GOLF TOURNAMENT
KAPOLEI GOLF CLUB

I attend a few golf tournaments each year but rarely blog about them.  Most are for great causes but not done so well.  In retaliation for bad golf tournaments, me and some friends got together and created our own tournament which is now in its fourth year.  My tournament (www.coolingcancer.org) raises money for cancer research and I feel that it is one of the best golf tournaments in all Hawaii.  And then theres Webco....The Webco tournament could be the BEST tournament of the year if you are into taking home free stuff and enjoying the best in food and wine.  This is a first class experience made special by the dozens of students from St. Louis School that greet you at every hole.  The boys are true gentlemen and dedicated to making every golfers experience special.  What is different about this tournament is that you are given gifts at each hole.  I mean a lot of gifts.  We had to make four runs from the course to our cars to empty out bags of free stuff.  Everything from razor blades to bbq's, coolers, laundry detergent, shampoo, curling iron, electric razors, batteries, canned tuna and pretty much everything you can buy at a drug store.  Turns out that Webco is a distributor of these products to many of Hawaii's largest retail chains.  Every single hole has tables and box loads of gifts and when you arrive at the hole, the boys from St. Louis fill your cart with the goods.  Many of the holes also serve food or adult beverages.  The on course food is the best of any tournament period.  When you can dine on Braised Short Ribs by Along Wong's, BBQ Ribs by Roy's and Veal Ravioli by Ruth's Chris, Soft Shell Crab Sliders by Tiki's (just to name a few) you know this is not your normal golf tournament.  The food on the course and at the banquet is first class and unmatched.  From the reception to the banquet this tournament rocks.  Incredible people running the event and really interesting and influential people attending the event.  From politicians, to Police Chiefs, Chefs and the movers and shakers of Hawaii's business community, they are all here and all happy.  Where else can you jump into a golf cart next to Chef's Alan Wong and Roy Yamaguchi and then eat a hot dog with bankers, builders, architects, lawyers and Hawaii and International movers and shakers.  Pretty cool day on the links and great to see the Webco Foundation raising lots of money to provide scholarships to St. Louis School and support a dozen more local charities.  A great time for even greater causes.  I love it.   I know what it takes to pull off a successful golf tournament and nobody does it better than Webco.  They literally have to pull in 40' containers filled with products and distribute them by the pallet to all 18 holes.  Just removing the empty boxes from the course takes a team of workers and coordination to break them down and move them back to the clubhouse.  What a production and I am impressed.  Great job Webco and all of the students and Alumni of St. Louis School!

THE WEBCO FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT HELD AT KAPOLEI GOLF CLUB
KAPOLEI IS BEAUTIFUL COURSE
KALBI MARINATED STEAK LETTUCE WRAPS
BEVERAGES HOSTESSES ON MANY OF THE HOLES PROVIDE GREAT DRINKS AND SERVICE
ALL 18 HOLES DISTRIBUTE FREE GIFTS.  SO MUCH IN FACT IT TOOK FOUR
RUNS BACK TO THE CAR TO EMPTY OUT OUR GOLF CARTS.


MILLER/COORS BEER CART GIRLS - ALWAYS LOVE FREE BEER!
ROY'S SIGNATURE RIBS WITH GRILLED SHRIMP
MM'S ICE CREAM SANDWICH
3660 ON THE RISE RESTAURANT SERVED UP INCREDIBLE GRILLED SCALLOPS
ALAN WONG'S BRAISED SHORT RIBS AND GINGER SHRIMP.
BRAISED SHORT RIBS WERE AMAZING AND BEST THING EVER ON A GOLF COURSE!
SOFT SHELL CRAB SLIDERS SERVED UP BY TIKI'S RESTAURANT
CHICKEN KATSU SANDWICH BY MR. OJISAN RESTAURANT
I HAD TO TRY A KLONDIKE BAR AND LOVED IT
VEAL RAVIOLI SERVED BY GREAT STAFF FROM RUTH'S CHRIS RESTAURANT
GREAT PRIZES FOR GOLFERS AT THE WEBCO TOURNAMENT
THIS IS JUST THE SEAFOOD APPETIZERS AND INCLUDED POKE, CRAB, SHRIMP, MUSSELS, SASHIMI, CLAMS, TOFU SALAD AND MUCH MORE.  THERE WAS ALSO A SUSHI STATION AND PRIME RIB STATION AND MORE THAN I COULD GET AROUND TO
I WENT FOR SASHIMI AND ALASKAN KING CRAB...YUMMY!!!




Saturday, July 16, 2016

SPAGHETTI POMODORO

 SPAGHETTI POMODORO
DINNER AT HOME

Loved this simple homemade pasta dish that was inspired by a recipe from Sabatini's on the Regal Princess cruise ship.  The Maitre D at the restaurant was kind enough to provide us a copy of the recipe which we enjoyed several times during a Baltic cruise.  Fresh Roma and Cherry Tomatoes with garlic, shallots, basil, oregano and parsley.  Amazing how sometimes less is more and simple is delicious!

SPAGHETTI WITH TOMATO SAUCE AND SHAVED PARMESAN CHEESE

HI SUB

HI SUB
1210 DILLINGHAM BLVD
HONOLULU, HI  96817
808-841-1838
HOURS:  Monday thru Friday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
                 Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

I am always craving a great deli sandwich like you can find on the mainland.  Just want a sandwich with great bread, meats, veggies and dressing.  HI Sub was good but did not deliver that Italian Deli flavor that I still crave.  This is a small sub shop with a few tables and take out counter.  I entered to find a few people enjoying a sandwich and the crew in back eager to start making sandwiches.  Walked up to the blackboard and reviewed the Favorites.  Ended up going with the HI Duke ($7.75) with Roast Beef, Pastrami and Salami.  Added JalapeƱos ($.50) all the veggies, mustard and Italian Dressing.  This sandwich was good but there were no onions, oregano or anything else to elevate the taste.   While the bread was fresh, it did not deliver the flavor or texture of an Italian roll like you get on the mainland.  Really wanted that chewy Italian style bread and think it would really elevate these sandwiches.   The meats were good but the flavor of each meat did not shine through.  Good sandwich but not great.  
UPDATE:  Went back a second time and ordered the HI Rainbow ($7.75) and again concluded that you could not distinguish the tastes of the meats.  Also know for sure that is the wrong bread for the sandwiches.  It is too soft and sweet. 
                 
HI SUB ON DILLINGHAM
SMALL TAKE OUT COUNTER AND A FEW TABLES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE
MENU IS ON BLACKBOARD
HI DUKE SANDWICH
ROAST BEEF, PASTRAMI AND SALAMI
THINLY SLICED MEATS
NOT A BAD SUB

 SECOND VISIT TRIED THE HI RAINBOW

HI RAINBOW WITH HAM, ROAST BEEF AND PASTRAMI

Monday, July 11, 2016

HOT N' JUICY CRAWFISH - LAS VEGAS

HOT N JUICY CRAWFISH
3863 SPRING MOUNTAIN ROAD
LAS VEGAS, NV  89102
702-750-2428
HOURS:  Daily 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Hot N Juicy Crawfish in Las Vegas is one of my favorite restaurants.  Love the seafood and spices here.  While I love the Crawfish, I always order the King Crab.  Just cannot get enough of the sweet crab and oh so good spicy sauce.  On this visit we enjoyed the Get Your Feet Wet ($28.99) bag which includes Crawfish, Shrimp, Corn, Sausage and Potatoes. Also went for a pound of Shrimp ($12.99) which is a really good deal and the pound of King Crab ($27.99) and pound of Snow Crab ($18.99).
All spicy and delicious and more than enough food to fill up four people and one who piled down two pounds of seafood on his own.  Service on this visit was great as it was a bit slow at 12:00 noon.
The gals were friendly and kept checking on our table.  I love Hot N Juicy Crawfish and highly recommend you eat here when visiting Las Vegas.
Click links below for previous posts on Hot N' Juicy Crawfish;

HOT N JUICY CRAWFISH IN LAS VEGAS
COOL AND CLEAN INDOOR SEATING
SMALL BAR AND SERVICE AREA
HOT N JUICY CRAWFISH MENU
GET READY FOR BAGS OF GREAT SEAFOOD
RECOMMEND THE "GET YOUR FEET WET" FOR FIRST TIMERS
ORDER YOUR FAVORITE SEAFOOD BY THE POUND AND CHOOSE YOUR SPICE LEVEL
PLENTY OF SIDES TO GO WITH YOUR SEAFOOD
THE FRIED STUFF AND MORE SIDES
GOTTA HAVE A COLD BEER WITH HOT N SPICY CRAWFISH
TABLE AND CLOTHES ARE COVERED AND READY
SWEET POTATO FRIES
A POUND OF SHRIMP WITH SPICY SAUCE ARRIVES
PUT ON THE PLASTIC GLOVES AND DIG INTO THE MARINATED AND SPICY SHIRMP
THE "GET YOUR FEET WET" BAG
MY FAVORITE IS THE KING CRAB
KING CRAB TAKES A BIT OF WORK BUT IS WORTH IT FOR THE SPICY FLAVOR
THE SNOW CRAB IS ALSO DELICIOUS
MY AREA IS FILLING UP WITH SHELLS AND LOTS OF NAPKINS
LOVE THE SPICY AND SWEET CORN
THE AFTERMATH

IN N' OUT BURGER - LAS VEGAS

IN N' OUT BURGER
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

One of my favorite things about Las Vegas is being able to get an In n' Out Burger within minutes of the Aria Hotel and Strip.  This $2.25 burger is absolutely the best on the planet.  I do not eat a lot of burgers in Hawaii but if I had an In n' Out, I would be there weekly.  
Click links below for previous posts on In n' Out Burger;

MY FAVORITE BURGER IS IN N' OUT 

CARBONE - LAS VEGAS

CARBONE
ARIA HOTEL AND RESORT
3730 S. LAS VEGAS BLVD
LAS VEGAS, NV  80158
HOURS:  Monday thru Sunday 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
877-230-2742

I loved my first visit to Carbone at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas so I booked another reservation well in advance for this trip.  Everything was great with the food with the exception of the sticker shock when we received the bill and saw what items marked MP (Market Price) really cost.  Turns out the MP on the Fresh Fish (Dover Sole) and Lobster were $100 each!  While the dishes were good, I thought this was one of the biggest rip offs in my blog history.  That aside, we enjoyed the meal.  Started with a great bread basket that contains one of the best Garlic Breads I have ever tasted.  Probably could eat ten pieces of this bread.  The Spicy Salami which is served with your meal comes sliced thin and there is more than enough for the table.  Great flavor and hard to stop eating.  The Pickled Cauliflower is a nice contrast to the Salami and Bread.  We ordered the Shrimp Scampi appetizer and again it was Market Price (MP).  Turned out to be $45 for 6 pieces of shrimp.  Great flavor but c'mon $45.  The Octopus ($25) was grilled to perfection and delicious.  Our waiter who was at the table to steer us toward the Market Price items but missing when the bill came also suggested the Meat Balls ($18).  These were absolutely delicious and probably one of the best items we enjoyed on this night.  I would definitely order these again and found myself craving them so I am making homemade meat balls tonight for dinner.  The Spicy Rigatoni Vodka ($27) is fantastic and probably one of my favorite pasta dishes on this blog.  The kitchen split one order into three portions for our table.  The $100 Dover Sole was a bit fishy and not worth half the price.  Same with the Lobster which was good but nothing to rave about.  If you put the pricing aside, this is good food.  Service was ok on this visit.  Our waiter disappeared half way through our meal and we never saw him again.  Don't even think he said thank you.  Despite the service lacking fom our waiter and the Market Price sticker shock I still like Carbone and will visit them again and avoid anything that is marked MP unless someone else is paying.
Click link below for previous post on Carbone; 

CARBONE IS A BIT DARK BUT VERY COMFORTABLE SPACE
BEAUTIFUL CHANDELIER 
ANTIPASTI, ZUPPA E INSALATE AND MACARONI (PASTA)
MEAT, FISH AND SIDES (HINT:  ASK THE MARKET PRICE (MP) BEFORE ORDERING
THE GARLIC BREAD IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES AND COMES WITH YOUR MEAL
SPICY SALAMI IS PROVIDED FOR THE TABLE ALONG WITH CHUNKS OF PARMESAN CHEESE
PICKLED CAULIFLOWER COMES WITH THE MEAL
SCAMPI APPETIZER - MARKET PRICE $45
OCTUPUS
SPICY RIGATONNI VODKA (1/3 PORTION AS IT WAS SPLIT BY WAITER) 
MEATBALLS
DOVER SOLE - MARKET PRICE WAS $100
LOBSTER FRA DIAVOLO - MARKET PRICE WAS $100
TIRAMISU
ITALIAN COOKIE
BOTTLE OF LIMONCELLO