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Sunday, December 31, 2017

THE LOCAL AT HONOLULU AIRPORT

THE LOCAL AT HONOLULU AIRPORT
DANIEL K INOUYE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
300 RODGERS BLVD
HONOLULU, HI  96819

Heading out of the Honolulu airport for the Holidays and stopped into The Local for a quick bite.
Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos not bad and the Summer Rolls were a bit bland but ok too.  Service good for an airport restaurant.

GETTING READY TO BOARD THIS NEW BOEING 787 TO JAPAN
MAHI MAHI FISH TACOS
SUMMER ROLLS



RUM FIRE WAIKIKI

RUM FIRE
SHERATON WAIKIKI
2255 KALAKAUA AVENUE
HONOLULU, H1. 96815
808-922-4422
HOURS:  Monday thru Thursday/Sunday 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
                 Friday and Saturday 12:00 PM - 1:30 AM

I like Rum Fire at the Sheraton for the views and people watching along Waikiki Beach.  If you can grab a seaside table on the right side of the restaurant facing the ocean at sunset it is one of the best seats in Waikiki.  Met a long time friend named Mad Dog here to start the Holiday's prior to us both leaving for Asia trips.  Our little reunion to enjoy some pupus and drinks turned into a party when some friends showed up who were just coming off a catamaran ride and just happened to walk by us. Invited them to have a drink and the Mai Tai's and Champagne started flowing.  



CHEESE PLATTER WAS REALLY ONE OF THE WORST EVER
KALUA PORK NACHOS
POKE WRAPS
PARTY STARTED WHEN THESE CHARACTERS SHOWED UP





HANGING WITH MAD DOG.  FRIENDS FOR OVER 30 YEARS


LAPHROAIG PRIVATE DINNER AT VINTAGE CAVE CAFE

LAPHROAIG PRIVATE DINNER
VINTAGE CAVE CAFE

I don't drink Whiskey or Scotch so what was I doing at a very private Laphroaig dinner at Vintage Cave?  This dinner was set up by the local distributor of Laphroaig for hard core Whiskey connoisseurs of which I am not.  It was dinner at the Vintage Cave Cafe that attracted me and I wanted to get more educated on the craft and history of Whisky.  Wow...what an evening.  First class all the way and even though I could not appreciate the Whiskey as I never drink the stuff, the food and party were amazing.  Loved this evening at Vintage Cave.






















NACHOS WITH REFRIED BEANS AND JALAPENOS

NACHOS WITH REFRIED BEANS AND JALAPENOS
SNACKING AT HOME

I was craving some Nachos while watching a football game at home.  Headed into the pantry and found Tortilla Chips, Refried Beans and some JalapeƱos.  In minutes I had some great tasting Nachos to enjoy during the game.  Yummy!


MAMA MANOA PIZZA COMING SOON!!!

MAMA MANOA PIZZA COMING SOON!
MANOA

Get ready to enjoy some great tasting Pizza, Chicken Wings and Salads in Manoa.  The new Mama Manoa Pizzeria will be open soon.  Enjoy specialty and traditional pizzas handcrafted by Chef Serg along with Award Winning Wings and healthy salad options.  All available for dine, take out or delivery.  Mama Manoa will be the spot to enjoy great food, friends and University of Hawaii sports.  
Who knows, you may even dine next to your favorite University of Hawaii Athlete, Coach or former Coaches and Players at this new venue with indoor and outdoor seating.  Enjoy your favorite beer or wine in our Vegetable and Herb Garden where we bring fresh and healthy from our garden to you.  


CARNE ASADA PIZZA
CHILI VERDE PIZZA
THE CARNIVORE PIZZA 
PEPPERONI PIZZA
SPINACH AND GARLIC PIZZA


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

LOBSTER KING

LOBSTER KING
1380 S. KING STREET
HONOLULU, HI  96814
808- 944-8288
HOURS:  11:00 AM - 9:30 PM

Got a rare opportunity to have an unplanned lunch with my Daughter when her school called and said she was sick.  With a 102.7 temperature I rushed her directly to our local doctor.  He was out for lunch so we had an hour to kill around lunch time.  Walked over to Lobster King where we found the place pretty crowded with mostly Chinese people enjoying Chinese food.  Looking around at the place I felt like I was back in China.  There are hand written menu boards on the walls showing daily specials.  When they are out, they get erased.  Fresh Crab Soup, Oysters, Lobster and Abalone were a few of the specials on this day.  My Daughter wanted Soup so we ordered the standard Won Ton Soup (8.95).  The Soup was filled with Won Tons and a few nice pieces of Pork Char Sui.  Nice flavor and enough for two or three people.  The Young Chow Fried Rice ($8.95) was also good and included Vegetables, Egg, Shrimp and Char Sui.  The Sweet and Sour Pork ($13.95) with Onions, Bell Pepper and Carrots was excellent.  Looking at other dishes coming out of the kitchen, I definitely want to return.  On a previous visit here I remember not liking the place too much but now I like it and want to return again to try a few dozen more menu items.  This was a lot of food and we had plenty of leftovers to take home for dinner.
Click link below to view previous post on Lobster King;

HOT TEA TO START OUR MEAL
WON TON SOUP
YOUNG CHOW FRIED RICE
SWEET AND SOUR PORK


BA-LE SANDWICH SHOP

BA-LE SANDWICH SHOP
333 WARD AVENUE
HONOLULU, HI. 96814
808-591-0935
HOURS:  Daily 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
www.yelp.com/biz/ba-le-sandwich-shop-honolulu-11

I miss not having a good sandwich shop in Hawaii.  Really hard to find a good Italian or Poor Boy type sandwich on the Islands.  What we do have however is a Vietnamese restaurant called Ba-Le that serves up some super good Banh Mi Sandwiches.  I love the Ba-Le Special Sandwich.  I order it with American Cheese, No Mayo and extra picked vegetables.  The sandwich contains Ham, Headcheese, Pork and Pate.  The Pate puts this sandwich over the top for me.  I always add lots of Sriracha Sauce.  The Pickled Vegetables (Daikon and Carrots) add a great crunch and the Cilantro adds a fresh pop.  So delicious when the bread and warm.   This is one of my favorite sandwiches in Hawaii and I probably eat too many of them.
Click links below to view previous posts of Ba-Le Sandwich;
https://greateatshawaii.blogspot.com/2016/10/bale-vietnamese-pho.html
https://greateatshawaii.blogspot.com/2015/12/ba-le-sandwich.html

BA-LE SPECIAL SANDWICH WITH CHEESE

Sunday, December 10, 2017

FIVE SPICE KITCHEN

FIVE SPICE KITCHEN
808 SHERIDAN STREET
HONOLULU, HI. 96814
808-330-6889
HOURS:  Tuesday thru Friday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM / 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Closed Monday)
                 Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM / 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
                 
Enjoyed Brunch at the new Five Spice Kitchen.  Food and service were good but I thought the prices were a bit high.  We ordered three items and shared them with the table.  First up was the Loco Loco ($18) with a large burger, two eggs, rice, gravy and fried onions.  My eggs were overcooked so the yolk did not run all over the burger.  The yolks were hard which I did not like.  Flavor was ok but $18 is quite a bit to pay I thought.  Yes the burger is large and Wagyu Beef is expensive.  The Kim Chee Reuben ($15) was a good sandwich and my Wife loved the salad with Sesame Dressing. She raved about this.  I liked the sandwich and would order it again.  The Kim Chee was not too overpowering and the flavor of the Corned Beef came through.  The Roasted Chicken Sandwich ($14) was good with a perfectly toasted Brioche Bun.  The flavor of the Pesto came through more than the chicken.
All in all we liked Five Spice Kitchen which according to our waiter serves American food with five Asian spices used in every single dish except the desserts.  I really did not distinguish any of the spices used in our three dishes.  The food and presentations are good here and we all agree that we would return again.  

THE 808 CENTER ON SHERIDAN STREET ACROSS FROM WALL-MART
FIVE SPICE KITCHEN IS IN THE OLD URBUN BISTRO LOCATION AT 808 CENTER
BOTH INDOOR AND PATIO SEATING AVAILABLE
FIVE SPICE KITCHEN BRUNCH MENU
REUBEN WITH KIM CHEE

LOCO MOCO
ROASTED CHICKEN SANDWICH