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Sunday, April 28, 2019

MAMA PHO VIETNAMESE CUISINE

MAMA PHO
ALA MOANA SHOPPING CENTER
HO'OKIPA TERRACE
1450 ALA MOANA BLVD
HONOLULU, HI. 96814
808-941-8000
www.mamapho.biz
www.yelp.com/biz/mama-pho-honolulu-2

Some of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants are small Mom and Pop owned Hole in the Walls so I was surprised to see a large Mama Pho at Ala Moana Shopping Center.  The former space occupied by Ruby Tuesday on the Ho'okipa Terrace is now a large modern and purple inspired Vietnamese restaurant serving bowls of Pho and other favorites.  We started with the Green Papaya Salad ($13.50) rather than the Spring Rolls like we usually order.  An attempt to keep it healthy.  The Salad came very quickly and looked great.  Liked the Shrimp which were cut in half and chilled.  The Green Papaya did not have any heat so we added some hot sauce.  Pretty good.  The Special Bahn Mi Sandwich ($9.25) was served on a toasted Baguette and warmed.  Something was missing from this sandwich and it turned out that it did not have the typical pickled vegetables (Daikon and Carrots) that I really like on any Bahn Mi.  Also could not taste any of the Liver Pate which I also enjoy on this type of sandwich.  The Mama Special Pho ($14.95) was really good and included a good amount of meats.  Like the flavor of the broth as did my Wife.  Service was good and the place was bright and clean.  Don't know if it is worth paying the higher prices to enjoy this type of food in a mall. 

MAMA PHO IN ALA MOANA SHOPPING CENTER
A LITTLE PURPLE TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
MAMA PHO MENU





GREEN PAPAYA SALAD
MAMA SPECIAL PHO
SPECIAL BAHN MI SANDWICH
WHAT - NO PICKLED VEGETABLES ON TOP?

SPAM JAM

SPAM JAM
WAIKIKI, HAWAII

Only in Hawaii can you block off all of Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki and throw a party in honor of Spam.  From 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Waikiki is turned into Spam heaven and 35,000 people walk the streets, eating, thinking and even wearing Spam.  It is a one of a kind celebration to a canned meat that is consumed in Hawaii in record numbers.  I like Spam but my goodness after about one hour of sampling dishes I had to tap out.  Was craving water more than ever.
Click link below for more information on the Spam Jam;







SPICY BUFFALO SPAM SANDWICH
THIS WAS GOOD WITH THE PREZEL BUN AND APPLE COLE SLAW

SPAM YAKISOBA
SPAM DOG - YES REAL DOG AND SOUND TO SLEEP WITH HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AROUND
SPAM FRIED RICE
SPAM TONKATSU CURRY


SPAM FAMILY HAVING SOME FUN IN WAIKIKI

SPAM NACHOS

SPAM LUMPIA AND SPAM CRUNCH POKE BOWLS
SPAM CORN DOGS
THREE STAGES OF LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
SPAM SHOPPING


Saturday, April 27, 2019

KELI'S 18TH BIRTHDAY AT WAOLANI WINDOWS

WAOLANI WINDOWS
OAHU COUNTRYCLUB
150 COUNTRY CLUB ROAD
HONOLULU, HI. 96817
808-595-6331
www.oahucountryclub.com

Celebrating my Daughters 18th Birthday with her closest friends and a few family members was amazing.  Food and service were spectacular.  We feasted on fresh Sashimi, Crab Cakes and Escargot for appetizers.  The Sashimi was so good that we kept ordering more plates for the table.  Crab Cakes were moist and full of crab and served with a nice tarter like sauce.  Escargot were gobbled up because they are loaded with butter and garlic.  So tasty.  The Chopped Salad was great and one order can feed at least two people. The salad is served with a Pesto dressing which my Wife loved but I thought was overpowering.  Only item that missed the mark was the Lobster Bisque.  My friends said it tasted like Tomato Soup.  I tasted it and it was not that good and did taste like Tomato Soup.  I went for the Tenderloin and Lobster and it as fantastic.  The Lobster must have been poached in butter because it had a sweet buttery taste that was just delicious.  Probably one of the best tasting lobsters I have had on Oahu.  My steak was cooked to perfection and delicious.  Everyone loved the food and our private little party room was perfect!  The past 18 years have gone by so very fast.
Like a blur and now my baby is grown up and off to college.  I cannot tell you how blessed we are to have such a wonderful Daughter.  Keli has been a dream and never given us trouble or drama.
She is a beautiful person that radiates love and happiness everywhere she goes.  Keli has a heart of gold and amazes me with her thoughtfulness for others.  The day she was born was the best day of my life.  Totally changed our world for the better and given us a life of happiness.  I love my Daughter more than anything in the World and know she will continue to be a great person in her adult years.  Gonna miss my BFF big time and don't know what the World will be like not having her in the house.  From the day she was born until today, I give her a kiss every morning before I leave for work and tell her I love her.  This is often at 3:30 in the morning and sometimes she wakes and says "love you".  

SETTING UP FOR THE PARTY OVERLOOKING THE 9TH GREEN
READY TO PARTY
WAOLANI WINDOWS DINNER MENU

THE CREW IS READY
SASHIMI
CRAB CAKES
ESCARGOT
CHOPPED SALAD
CAESAR SALAD
LOBSTER BISQUE
TENDERLOIN AND LOBSTER TAIL
GRILLED PRIME RIB EYE
BUTTER POACHED TRISTAN LOBSTER
FENNEL CRUSTED KING SALMON
BRUSSELS SPROUTS
MAC N' CHEESE


THE GUEST OF HONOR
THESE TWO ARE GOING OFF TO THE SAME COLLEGE IN CALIFORNIA
BLESSED TO HAVE THE BEST DAUGHTER IN THE WORLD
GREAT FRIENDS AND FOOD AT OAHU COUNTRY CLUB