Tuesday, July 26, 2016

lunch with friends

Untitled Had lunch with Steph and Wen on Saturday.

We went to The Counter and got there when it opened at 11:00...only to order then wait almost 40 plus minutes for our food to come out...WT?!

Needless to say, Wen's burger did not have the onion rings that her burger was supposed to have.

Steph's custom burger did not have the avocado that she requested...

Was it an off day? We hope so, but aren't planning to go back any time soon.

Steph shared some goodies with me...Red Velvet and Fudgy Brownie from Chocolate & Vanilla Bakery in Kaimuki (I want to go back to try their macaron!), Furikake Popcorn from Island Popper (a food truck), a pretty pair of beach glass earrings.

Untitled Wen made some delicious brownie cookies.

I'm glad we've been able to keep our friendships going over the years and able to get together while I'm back.

Thanks Steph and Wen!

Chocolate & Vanilla Bakery
1115 12th Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii
Closed Sunday & Monday
Open Tuesday-Friday 10:00-18:00, Saturday 9:00-17:00

Island Popper
@islandpopper on Twitter

Monday, July 25, 2016

sophie's gourmet pizza

pizza with J, K & M @sophiespizzeria . It was nice catching up with with you all! Thanks M for lunch! #sophiesgourmethawaiianpizzeria #hawaiikai #hawaii #latergram Got to meet up with Jalna, Mich and her son for lunch on Friday.

Jalna's pizza was 1/2 pesto and 1/2 herb olive oil sauce, mozzarella/parmesan cheese, artichoke hearts, bacon, spinach, spicy chicken sausage and garlic toppings...total garlic breath afterwards, but super delicious!

Mich's son had created his own and it looked ono (delicious!)

I chose the Hawaii Pie-O : original crust, zesty sriracha red sauce, mozzarella, salami, char siu, portuguese sausage, pepperoni, topped with fresh cilantro and cilantro aioli. This was good too! Not overly spicy.

thanks J & M for all the (homemade) goodies❤︎ Jalna was so nice to share with me a bag of Taro Ko chips, homemade UH bag (nice!) and also a Hello Kitty charm!

Mich shared some Regal Foods' cornflake cookies, homemade mango bread (so good!), some BBQ chips and a mango from her tree!

It was so nice to meet Mich's son and also to catch up with Jalna and Mich.

Thanks Mich for treating us to lunch! I'll buy lunch next time!

Sophie's Gourmet Pizza
Koko Marina Shopping Center
7192 Kalanianaole Highway (next to Zippy's)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Open everyday: 11:00-20:30

Friday, July 22, 2016

foodie tuesday in kaimuki

the floater (roasted turkey, apple, brie & pickled onions) & ginger cooler with @debinhawaii . always fun to catch up with her❤︎  #sproutsandwichshop #kaimuki #hawaii #latergram These days there are so many eateries in Kaimuki.

I have quite a bit bookmarked and have been trying to check them out whenever I'm in Hawaii.

Tuesday, I was able to meet up with Deb of Kahakai Kitchen.

For lunch, we checked out Sprout Sandwich Shop.

This shop has 3 counter seats and two tables.

Most people take out and lots stand on the sidewalk out front to wait for their order.

Deb tried their Big Kah-tuna (tuna salad, havarti cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers and sprouts).

Deb isn't a big fan of sprouts but forgot to tell them to switch it out, her sandwich was a bit messy too.

She also had their homemade Limeade.

I ordered the Floater (roasted turkey, apple slices, brie, lettuce, pickled red onion)...loved this sandwich especially with the pickled onion in it.

I also had their ginger cooler (ginger, lemon, lime and some cayenne)...boy that had a kick!

stracciatella and balsamic strawberry gelato for @debinhawaii and fierce affogato for me @viagelatohawaii . thanks for treating me Deb! #viagelato #hawaii #kaimuki #latergram After lunch, we went for dessert at Via Gelato.

Since the weather was hot and a little humid, this really hit the spot.

Deb had their olive oil, balsamic strawberry and stracciatella.

Deb treated me to their affogato with fierce chocolate gelato...so good! (Thank you!)

@debinhawaii spoiling me with lots of homemade concoctions, chocolate, chips & books❤︎thank you for today! She also gave me so many goodies...homemade syrup & jam, as well as some new foodie books and other snacks to try.

I appreciate that she was able to take some time out of her busy schedule to meet up.

It was nice catching up with her.

Thanks for a great day, Deb!

Sprout Sandwich Shop
1154 Kokohead Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: n/a
Open everyday 10:00-14:30

Thursday, July 21, 2016

pierre marcolini

Untitled Also in the Ewa Wing of Ala Moana are upscale shops and some caf├ęs/eateries.

I went to check out Pierre Marcolini on the third floor.

Apparently, this shop is the only one in the U.S.

Since it has been quite warm and humid, instead of chocolates I decided to try their macarons...$3.80 a piece! (plus tax)

Untitled Palet Or Fondant (caramel ganache with dark chocolate)...super rich caramel!

Untitled Pistache (white chocolate ganache with pistachio)...nice!

These were very pricey! but very delicious.

They had other items on their take-out menu like their cacao bowl and soft serve, which I wouldn't mind trying.

I'll be back.

Pierre Marcolini
Ewa Wing, 3rd floor
Ala Moana Shopping Center
Phone: 808.951.0456
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 9:30-21:00, Sundays 10:00-19:00
Closed when the shopping center is

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

shirokiya japan village walk & musubi iyasume

Untitled Yesterday, I got to meet up with Gaye and her daughter for lunch at the new Shirokiya.

They've moved from their original spot to the new Ewa (west) wing, where Sears used to be.

The space is made to look like a retro-Japanese village...and is actually a huge food court! I think there are close to 60 kiosk eatery stalls (not all filled yet) and supposedly seating for about 900?! (according to their website)

Anyway, let's just say you could get lost in there (we did!)

Untitled Lunch was from Musubi Iyasume.

Jalna wrote about this shop on her blog, here.

I tried their bacon, egg, avocado and spam musubi and their fried chicken stick...both were good!

It was nice that there was a lot of seating.

I hear that in the evenings this place fills up! especially with the $1 beers.

It was nice catching up with Gaye and checking out the new Shirokiya.

Thank you for lunch Gaye!

I hope to bring Satoshi here soon.

Shirokiya Japan Village Walk
Ewa Wing, Ala Moana Shopping Center
Honolulu, Hawaii
Hours: 10:00-22:00 (2nd and 4th Sundays 10:00-21:00)
Closed when the shopping center is

Musubi Iyasume
inside Shirokiya Japan Village Walk

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

five guys

regular size fries explosion❤︎   #fiveguys #mililani #hawaii Just before coming to Hawaii, Five Guys opened in Mililani at the end of June.

Anything new in Hawaii attracts krazy lines, so this was no exception.

Family friend, D, and I went to check them out on Saturday.

The line was from the door to the parking lot when we got there just before 11:00.

Lots of people took out their order so we were able to find seats.

I ordered the Little Bacon Cheeseburger with BBQ sauce and grilled onions.

I also ordered 2 drinks one for me and one for D....total $16.40 (plus tax)

(The difference between a Bacon Cheeseburger and Little Bacon Cheeseburger is that the Little has one patty where as the Bacon Cheeseburger has two.)

D ordered the Little Cheeseburger with everything on it.

He ordered a regular sized Five Guy style fries and we shared....not sure of his total price.

FYI: the large can feed 4 to 6 people (per the cashier)

They got my burger wrong by adding in grilled mushrooms and the fries were "fluffy" (steamed?) not crispy.

While I've had better burgers, I am glad we got to try this.

Thanks for meeting up D!

Five Guys
95-1249 Meheula Parkway
Mililani, Hawaii
Phone: 808.312.3407
Hours:11:00-22:00 daily

Monday, July 18, 2016

locks of love

Untitled It's been six years since I donated hair to Locks of Love.

It took some time before I could get it to at least the accepted minimum length of 10 inches, so I was finally able to send them a donation.

Hoping it helps someone.