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Sunday, April 29, 2018

YAJIMA-YA JAPANESE AND LOCAL CUISINE

YAJIMA-YA
1345 KING STREET
HONOLULU, HI. 96814
808-492-9800
HOURS:  Monday 5-9 / Tuesday thru Sunday 11-2, 5-9

Entire family enjoyed our meal at Yajima-Ya.  The staff was friendly, the place was clean and the food was good.  Loved the All you Can Eat Soup Bar where I loaded my Miso Soup with Green Onions.  Sashimi was fresh and delicious.  Meals include Rice and Pickled Vegetables.  I loved the dipping sauce for the Garlic Ahi.  Sauce was addicting and I put it on everything.  One of the best tasting Japanese sauces I have ever tasted.  Loved it.  Made everything taste better.

YAJIMA-YA ON KING STREET
ENTRANCE IS ON THE SIDE
ENTER AND PASS THE OPEN KITCHEN WHERE EVERYONE GREETS YOU
YAJIMA-YA DINING ROOM
STRIKE THAT POSE AT YAJIMA-JA
YAJIMA-YA LUNCH MENU




HELP YOURSELF SOUP STATION
LOADED MY MISO SOUP UP WITH GREEN ONIONS
AHI SASHIMI
GARLIC STEAK 
MISO BUTTERFISH
MISO BUTTERFISH WAS MOIST AND DELICIOUS
GARLIC AHI
GARLIC AHI - ITS THE DIPPING SAUCE THAT PUTS THIS OVER THE TOP WITH FLAVOR

EL PALANQUE MEXICAN RESTAURANT

EL PALANQUE MEXICAN RESTAURANT
177 S. KAMEHAMEHA HWY
WAHIAWA, HI. 96786
808-622-5829
HOURS:  Tuesday thru Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM / 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
                 Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM / Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM / Closed Monday

I was not too impressed with the food at El Palanque in Wahiawa but did enjoy the Chips and Salsa.  The Salsa is packed with flavor and a lot of heat which I found addicting.  The Chicken Enchilada with Red Sauce was a bit dry and bland.  The Crispy Beef Tacos were ordered with the works including, Lettuce, Cheese, Cilantro and Onions.  Loved everything about this taco except for the Beef.  While there was a good amount of Beef, the flavor was not good.  A friend had the same tacos and said the same.  Disappointing because I really liked everything on this plate with the exception of the Beef.  My friends raved about the Beans and Rice and said they had great flavor and better than most Mexican restaurants they visit.  I tried a bite of the Tamale and found it to be very bland and tasteless.  

EL PALANQUE IN WAHIAWA
EL PANANQUE MENU




CHIPS WITH "HOT" SALSA
TAMALE WITH RICE AND BEANS
CHICKEN ENCHILADA
CRUNCHY BEEF TACOS WITH RICE AND BEANS
BEEF TACOS



STEAK AND LOBSTER - DINNER AT HOME

STEAK AND LOBSTER
DINNER AT HOME

We celebrate most all Birthdays, Valentines and other special days at home.  Don't like the crowds of restaurants and often find that we could cook a better meal at home rather than going out and spending hundreds of dollars.  We asked our Daughter where she would like to go for her Birthday dinner and after some thought she said at home.  I asked her what she wanted and she said "anything".  "C'mon I said to her.  It's your Birthday dinner".  After going over a few menus she decided on Steak and Lobster.  Great I thought, Mommy cooks that meal like a Five Star restaurant.  
This meal was pure perfection with all of our favorites including two desserts.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT HOME WITH THE FAMILY
PROSCUITTO WRAPPED MELON
STEAK, LOBSTER, ASPARAGUS WITH TRUFFLE BUTTER AND GARLIC
STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM WITH MOLTEN LAVA CAKE
BASKIN ROBBINS CHOCOLATE MINT CAKE

Sunday, April 22, 2018

MICHELLE WIE - WIE LOVE PING PONG

WIE LOVE PING PONG
REPUBLIK, HONOLULU, HI

Michelle Wie puts on a Ping Pong Tournament after playing in the Lotte Championship LPGA event at Ko'Olina Resort.  The event raises money for Hawaii State Junior Golf and features food vendors, open bar and team ping pong.