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Sunday, September 29, 2019

TAGLIATELLE WITH ROASTED TOMATOES AND ONION

 TAGLIATELLE WITH ROASTED TOMATOES AND ONION
DINNER AT HOME

This is a simple and oh so delicious dish that I hope you will try at home.  Recipe link is below.
One of the families favorite pasta dishes!
Click link below to view recipe;
https://greateatshawaii.blogspot.com/2019/06/pasta-with-roasted-tomatoes-and-onion.html

TAGLIATELLE WITH ROASTED TOMATOES AND ONION

BEST OF HAWAII'S BEST KITCHENS 2019

HAWAII'S BEST KITCHENS 2019
HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI

Loved spending a few hours on the pool deck at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki.  Hawaii's Best Kitchens did not disappoint with great food, drinks and people.  We got in early with a VIP ticket that allowed us to try all of the dishes without waiting in lines.  I would say almost every dish was really good.

BEST OF HAWAII'S BEST KITCHENS

HYATT REGENCY WAIKIKI POOL DECK
DATE NIGHT AT HAWAII'S BEST KITCHENS
















The Best of Hawaii's Best Kitchens 2019 will feature:
Arancino Ristorante Italiano-- Risotto di Funghi Porcini: Porcini mushroom risotto made with carnaroli rice finished in a parmigiano reggiano cheese wheel.
Bar Maze-- Seared Ahi Brioche
The Buffet at Hyatt-- Chilled Korean Soba Noodle Soup: Kalbi, scallop, takuan-nori salad
Dean & Deluca Ritz Carlton-- Pulehu Tako: Poached Mauka apple, ho'i'o fern gremolata, dehydrated renko.
Japanese BBQ Yoshi-- Wagyu Chirashi: Minced wagyu served on sushi rice and Kizami Wasabi. Drizzled with kabayaki sauce and truffle infused Wagyu fat and topped with ikura and nori.
Ka'ana Kitchen at Andaz Wailea-- Akule Sunomono + Abalone + Cucumber + Lim Kohu
La Vie-- Foie Gras Bon Bon
Mad Bene-- Eggplant Parm Sticks: Roasted eggplant terrine, hand-stretched mozzarella, jersey summer tomato.
Maile's Thai Bistro-- Green Curry Chicken with Jasmine Rice: Chicken breast, coconut milk, Thai basil, eggplant, green curry.
Michel's at the Colony Surf-- Michel's Escargot on Crostini.
MW Restaurant-- Spicy Pork Tacos: Aji amarillo sour cream, housemade pickles.
quiora-- Kona Kampachi Crudo, Tapenade, Calabrian Chili Oil
StripSteak Waikiki-- Pork Osso Bucco with cheesy white grits, salsa verde, chicharron, pickled Maui onions.

EGG, SAUSAGE, REFRIED BEANS, JALAPENO AND ONION BREAKFAST BURRITO

EGG, SAUSAGE, REFRIED BEANS, JALAPENO AND ONION BURRITO
BREAKFAST AT HOME

 Had a night out and needed to recover in the morning.  Cooked up this delicious little Burrito with a few things we had in the refrigerator.  Sausage, Eggs, Onion, Refried Beans, Jalapeño, Cabbage and Guacamole Salsa.  Tasted great and hit the spot!

EGG, SAUSAGE, REFRIED BEANS, JALAPENO AND ONION BREAKFAST BURRITO



Saturday, September 28, 2019

TUNA, CHEESE AND AVOCADO SANDWICH

TUNA, CHEESE AND AVOCADO SANDWICH
LUNCH AT HOME

This is one of my favorite sandwiches on the planet.  My Tuna Sandwich recipe is the best and it will make you a lover of Tuna Sandwiches fast.  I learned that mashing up the Avocado before placing it on the lettuce works much better than Avocado slices.  Having it mashed eliminates the Avocado from sliding off the bread.  Taste better too because you get Avocado in every bite.
Click link below to view the recipe for the World's Best Tuna Sandwich recipe;

WORLD'S BEST TUNA SANDWICH

Friday, September 27, 2019

ONG CHOI BEEF

ONG CHOI BEEF
DINNER AT HOME

My Wife went to our Keo's Thai Cookbook and made this delicious dish of One Choi Beef.  Keo's was my favorite Thai Restaurant in Honolulu before Mekong and now both are gone.  Maile's Thai Bistro is now our "go to" Thai restaurant.  This dish only has a few ingredients but is packed with flavor.  Easy to make too!

ONG CHOI BEEF






COSTCO HOT DOG

COSTCO HOT DOG
LUNCH AT THE OFFICE

Our office had a Hot Dog Day for customers so I grabbed one for lunch.  Always go with Mustard, Relish and Onions.  Cannot beat these Hot Dogs purchased at Costco.  Large, meaty and tasty.

COSTCO HOT DOG

Thursday, September 26, 2019

TIN ROOF MAUI

TIN ROOF MAUI
360 PAPA PLACE
KAHULUI, HI 96732
808-868-0753
HOURS:  Monday thru Saturday 10AM - 2PM / Closed Sunday

Back on Maui and another lunch at Tin Roof Maui.  Damn this place is good.  I had the Fried Chicken Sandwich ($7) and it was delicious.  The sandwich was huge and I could only finish about 2/3 of it.  Just wish they put more of the cabbage on the bottom.  Once again we ordered online and paid with a credit card.  We received a confirmation text within seconds and then were texted again when the food was ready for pickup.  This makes it so easy and convenient!
Click link below to view previous post on Tin Roof Maui;

FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

FRESH FISH TACOS PROTEIN STYLE

 FRESH FISH TACOS PROTEIN STYLE
DINNER AT HOME

Went protein style with these Fresh Fish Tacos.  Used lettuce in place of a tortilla.  Great flavor!

FRESH FISH TACOS PROTEIN STYLE


Monday, September 23, 2019

FRESH FISH TACOS

FRESH FISH TACOS
DINNER AT HOME

Cooked up some delicious Fish Tacos on our outdoor grill.  Used Marlin that I dusted with Salt, Pepper and a little Cajun Seasoning.  Warmed the Corn Tortillas on the grill until they were just charred and a tiny bit crispy.  Still soft and plyable though.  I do the traditional Baja style with Cabbage, White Sauce (Yogurt, Mayo and Lime Juice), Cheese and Pico de Gallo.  A little Avocado, Fresh Jalapeno and Hot Sauce adds even more flavor.  Love these tacos!

FISH TACOS ON THE OUTDOOR GRILL
FRESH FISH TACOS 
OUR NEW OUTDOOR BBQ AREA IS PERFECT FOR WARM HAWAIIAN NIGHTS

VINTAGE CAVE CAFE - GACHA MAGIC FAIR

VINTAGE CAVE CAFE
ALA MOANA CENTER
1450 ALA MOANA BLVD, STE 1380
HONOLULU, HI 96814
808-441-1745
HOURS: Daily 11AM - 10PM

So happy my Wife wanted to have lunch at the Vintage Cave Cafe after doing a little shopping at 
Ala Moana Center.  We enjoyed a delicious $90 lunch and it was free plus we got paid another $110 to come back and eat again.  Sounds to good to be true but it is.  They have this new game here called the Gacha Magic Fair.  At bit confusing at first but after we understood it was pretty fun.  There are these vending machines that look like giant Gum Ball machines around the restaurant.  If you purchase a token for $20 you can put it into the machine.  The minimum you will win from the machine is $20 in chips so you really cannot lose.  The chips are good to pay your bill now or during another visit to the restaurant.  I put in my first $20 token and received a $20 voucher.  Hmm I thought if I cannot lose then lets try it again.  Second time I received a $40 voucher.  Wow up $20 bucks so basically $20 off our bill.  We enjoyed our lunch with a Lobster and Avocado Salad first.  It was absolutely delicious and the lobster was chilled and sweet.  Great salad but it would be better if it came with some lettuce and dressing on the bottom.  Then it would really be a meal.  I loved it.  I saw that the "VC" Pasta Special was fresh pasta with a Mushroom Cream Sauce topped with Truffles.  I just had to try this and WOW it was a Truffle wonder.  The Pasta was delicious and full of the flavor of Truffles.  I was in a Truffle coma and loving it.  This is a lot of flavor and I ended up sharing the dish with my Wife who had ordered the Pasta Special with Coffee and Dessert for $18.  Her Pasta was Ravioli and it was good but could not compare to the Pasta with Truffles.  We agreed we would come back again and split the Truffle Pasta and order another entree.  Now here is where it got fun.  I told my Wife to get another $20 token because our bill was $90 and we had $60 in vouchers to pay.  We cannot lose I told her.  At a minimum we will get our $20 back.  She did and her voucher was for $200!  That means we ended up with $260 in vouchers with an $90 bill.  The management and staff congratulated us, took a photo and cheered when we went to the front counter.  They also gave us $110 in chips to use when we return.  The Manager also told us the new game will include higher value vouchers that can go up to $10,000.  Hey, the food and service here was excellent even without the game.  We will be back soon to spend our $110 and try our luck again.

VINTAGE CAVE CAFE
VINTAGE CAVE CAFE AND NEW GACHA MAGIC FAIR





PASTA OF THE DAY
LOBSTER SALAD WITH AVOCADO
TAGLIOLINI CON CREMA DU FUNGHI E TARTUFO
CHOCOLATE CAKE FROM DESSERT CART
GACHA MAGIC FAIR GAME
REDEEM YOUR POINTS (CHIPS) AT VINTAGE CAVE AND OTHER RESTAURANTS
GACHA MAGIC FAIR MACHINE
MACHINE DISPENSES GACHA VOUCHERS 
WE BOUGHT THREE TOKENS FOR $20 EACH OR $60.  WON $260 IN GACHA CHIPS
THE BIG $200 VOUCHER!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

OLIVE TREE CAFE

OLIVE TREE CAFE
4614 KILAUEA AVE
HONOLULU, HI 96816
808-737-0303
HOURS:  Daily 5PM - 10PM

Empty Nest Date Night with the dog at Olive Tree Cafe was nice.  Great to sit outside and enjoy a bottle of wine brought from home.  While we were not overwhelmed by the food here, it is a nice place to eat near home and you can bring the dog.  We started with the Yeagantes or Greek Giant Beans served with Pita Bread.  I like the Beans and Pita.  The Tarama Salata or Greek Caviar is good especially with lots of onion.  Mixing this up with the Beans and Onions and placing on Pita Bread is pretty good.  The Shaorma which is a spicy ground lamb patty with tomato and onion covered in Tatini Sauce is something I cannot stomach.  Too much Tatini and a spice that I don't like to eat or smell.  I could not eat any on this dish.  What I do love however is the New Zealand Lamb served with a small salad.  I add the salad to the lamb and pita and make a nice sandwich.  Simply delicious and I could have eaten two of these myself.
Click link below to view previous post on Olive Tree Cafe;

EMPTY NEST DATE NIGHT
GIANT BEANS WITH PITA
GREEK CAVIAR
SHAORMA
NOT MY FAVE
NEW ZEALAND LAMB
MY FAVE