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Sunday, October 29, 2017

LUNCH, GOLF AND PUPU'S AT OAHU COUNTRY CLUB

OAHU COUNTRY CLUB
150 COUNTRY CLUB ROAD
HONOLULU, HI  96817
808-595-6331

Blessed to be able to play and eat at Oahu Country Club.  The Club is only minutes from Downtown Honolulu yet transforms you instantly to a place far, far away from the city.  Started my round on this day with some delicious Fish Tacos and ended our round with fresh Sashimi, Poke, BBQ Ribs, Chicken Wings and Pizza.  Another great day at the club with great food, good friends and some golf.

FISH TACOS AT OAHU COUNTRY CLUB
ANOTHER PERFECT DAY IN PARADISE
ENJOYED ROUND OF GOLF WITH FORMER HAWAII AND NFL PLAYERS
 GREG SALAS (LEFT) AND RICH MIANO
18TH HOLE TEE BOX
FRESH SASHIMI
POKE
CHICKEN WINGS HAVE NO SAUCE SO NOT MY FAVORITE
RIBS
MUSHROOM PIZZA

RAINBOW WAHINE VOLLEYBALL

RAINBOW WAHINE VOLLEYBALL
STAN SHERIFF CENTER, HONOLULU, HI

Love watching Wahine Volleyball especially when we score the best seats in the house.  Court Side seats right next to the Wahine team where you can see and hear all the action up close.  We began the evening enjoying a cold beverage and light snacks in the Ed Wong Hospitality Suite which is on the court level just yards from the playing surface.  Problem with seats like this is that once you sit on the court, no other seat will satisfy you.



























SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS

 SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS
DINNER AT HOME

I absolutely love good Shredded Chicken and Beef Crunchy Tacos.  Made these for dinner and they were better than most all Hawaii Mexican restaurants in my humble opinion.  Always dress my tacos with fresh grated Cheddar Cheese (don't use the grated stuff in a bag), Lettuce, Pico de Gallo and lots of hot sauce.  I love the La Victoria Taco "Hot" Taco Sauce.

SHREDDED CHICKEN TACOS

PENNE PASTA WITH CHICKEN

PENNE PASTA WITH CHICKEN
DINNER AT HOME

Another simple and fast dinner that tasted oh so delicious.  

PENNE PASTA WITH CHICKEN

ROTISSERIE CHICKEN DINNER

ROTISSERIE CHICKEN 
DINNER AT HOME

Made a variety of dinners using a $6 Rotisserie Chicken from Costco.  Amazing that a family of three can eat for several days on these delicious $6 birds.  For this quick dinner, I paired the Chicken with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Broccolini.  Very delicious and satisfying.


CHICKEN SOUP WITH VEGETABLES AND PASTA

CHICKEN SOUP WITH VEGETABLES AND PASTA
DINNER AT HOME

We always buy the Rotisserie Chicken's from Costco or Sams Club.  After eating most of the meat, I take all the bones and leftover meat and make Chicken Soup.  Usually add a can or two of diced chicken breasts and all of the vegetables we have in the refrigerator plus peas.  Always use onions, celery and carrots at a minimum.  I add cooked pasta to the soup that is al dente at the very end.  Add pasta too soon and it gets mushy.  Love this hearty and thick soup so much!


CHICKEN SOUP WITH VEGETABLES AND PASTA

MEGS DRIVE INN

MEGS DRIVE INN
743 WAIAKAMILO ROAD
HONOLULU, HI  96817
808-845-3943
HOURS: Monday thru Saturday 5:30 AM - 8:30 PM / Closed Sunday

I eat at Megs Drive Inn because it is walking distance from my office.  Usually go for the Steamed Fish or the Chefs Salad.  Chef Salad always fills me up and is very satisfying.  It is served with French Salad Dressing on the side.

MEG'S DRIVE INN CHEF SALAD

Monday, October 9, 2017

CHENGDU TASTE

CHENGDU TASTE
808 SHERIDAN STREET, #105
HONOLULU, HI  96814
808-589-1818
HOURS:  Daily 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM / 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Closed Tuesday)
www.yelp.com/biz/chengdu-taste-honolulu-3
www.facebook.com/pages/Chengdu-Taste-滋味成都-Authentic-Szechuan-Food-in-Honolulu/1817391465154695

I was excited when we entered Chengdu Taste.  The entire place was filled with Chinese people and every table was speaking Chinese.  The food coming out looked amazing and reminded me of my last trip to China where we enjoyed spicy Chinese food that looked just like what was being served here.  The menu had photos of each dish as many did in China.  Wow I thought this may just be the real deal Chinese food I have been waiting for in Hawaii.  We placed our order and then I got up and looked at all of the reviews mounted in picture frames on the walls.  The accolades and reviews were great.  One from Los Angeles named Chengdu Taste the 49th Best Restaurant in all of LA.  Others raved about the Chef and his culinary artistry.  I could not wait for our first dish.  The Spicy Boiling Fish ($17.99) came to the table in a large pot filled with Chilis.  Under the Chilis was a nice bit of perfectly cooked white fish. The fish tasted amazing.  Delicious.  The Broth was good too but then it started to hit the entire family.  A numbing antiseptic taste that filled our mouths.  I took a drink of water and the sensation was like going to the dentist.  Something about this dish was very different.  Our mouths were a bit numb.  My Wife started to get a bit sick and wanted to throw up.  My Daughter could not eat any more because her mouth "felt funny".  I thought it was the spice but as I ate more my mouth really felt like antiseptic.  My Wife said it as generous amounts of MSG but we could not confirm this.  Our second dish was Hot Clay Pot Chicken ($19.99).  The small pieces of Chicken all had bones attached so you had to eat this very carefully.  It was hot.  Really hot.  We dug in but there was the antiseptic taste again x 10.  Much more than the Spicy Boiling Fish.  So bad in fact none of us could eat it.  The aftertaste and taste in our mouth was beyond horrible.  My Daughter now was feeling sick.  Our last dishes came and my girls wanted to leave.  The Sautéed Beef with Onion ($16.99) came to the table and it looked good.  By this time the rice we ordered had still not arrived so I began to eat the Beef and Onion.  It was delicious.  The Rice finally came and I mixed the rice with the beef.  Delicious.  My Wife and Daughter however took a bite and said it had the same aftertaste.  I did not get the aftertaste with the Beef.  As you might imagine, we were quite disappointed.  Cannot figure out what the antiseptic taste was but it was real and really did make our mouths feel numb and funny.  Hate to say this as I really wanted this place to shine.  Something was not right with our food.  Wish I knew what it was.

CHENGDU TASTE IN HONOLULU
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46TH BEST RESTAURANT IN LOS ANGELES
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WATER COMES TO THE TABLE IN BOTTLES WITH PLASTIC CUPS
SPICY BOILING FISH
LOTS OF WHITE FISH UNDER THE CHILIS
THE FISH WAS DELICIOUS AND THEN CAME THE AFTERTASTE
HOT CLAY POT CHICKEN
SAUTÉED BEEF WITH ONION
CHENGDU STYLE FRIED RICE CAME LAST TO THE TABLE
72 CAR GARAGE IN BACK OF THE RESTAURANT  
COOL CAR ELEVATOR/STORAGE SYSTEM
TAKES A FEW MINUTES BUT MY CAR MADE IT OUT