Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Guri Guri: Tasaka ohana legacy

Condolences to the Tasaka ohana. I don't know any of their family, but the passing of their Guri Guri founder, Henry, is poignant and I wish the best for them.

Guri Guri was the invention and creation of Henry Tasaka's dad, Jokichi, way back in the day. My family (mom's side) comes from Maui and though they've all relocated to Oahu in the years since, it kind of hits home a bit for me. The way Henry kept the tradition, the recipe, the heart of what their family does is rare these days. I hope Guri Guri carries on and brings smiles to the world forever.

See the story in the Maui News.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Really, Huy Fong makes popcorn now

I was just wandering through the food court (or whatever you prefer to call it) at Shirokiya last night after picking up some 20% discount food for dinner. I came across the beer hall area (of course) and saw this on the counter.

For $5.49 (something like that), I could try authentic (?) Huy Fong Sriracha popcorn. I asked the cashier if this was good. She said yes, scratching her nose.

"Why are you lying?" I asked.

She said, no, it's good. I didn't argue. I walked out the door with a 3.5-ounce bag of actual Huy Fong popcorn. Of all the great brands out there, this is one that hasn't, to this point, sullied itself with mega merchandising stuff. I have a Huy Fong Sriracha T-shirt (thanks to my brother, Kimo), but on the Huy Fong website, last I checked, they don't market those kinds of things.

More power to them. But this popcorn is for real. The first bite of a couple of kernels were surprisingly... sweet. I thought, where's the kick? But a few mouthfuls later, it's on. The burn is on.

Goes well with your favorite beverage.

One question I had for the cashier was: why shouldn't I just get regular popcorn and squirt Sriracha sauce all over that? She had no answer. I felt pushy and backed off. But I have the answer. If you squirt wet sauce all over popcorn, your hands will be wet, you would probably end up rubbing a tiny bit into your eye(s) and regret it mightily. This popcorn is dry, dry, dry. Tasty, tasty, tasty. Not the best value for more than 5 bucks, but treat yourself now and then. At least it's healthier — fiber, no butter, and chili peppers are good for your blood circulation — than most snacks.

There's probably a maniacal, ludicrous and genius recipe out there already that includes this Sriracha popcorn.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A&G Steaks and Things

There's more than one thing a bit unusual about A&G Steaks and Things in Wahiawa.

1. They have a $6.99 steak plate with choices: brown or white rice, green salad or corn. Sure there are other steak joints around the island, but...

2. This place has FREE wi-fi. That may not matter to most people, but with my modem (Verizon) acting wacky, wacky, wacky lately, having free wi-fi matters. Especially in Wahiawa, where the only other free wi-fi I know of is McDonald's. No Starbucks around here that I know of, and SB doesn't have a good steak plate.

There's more.

3. They not only offer steak and shrimp and all kinds of goodies, they have the best assortment of sauces: A-1, homemade sauce (sesame oil in there?), sriracha (Huy Fong, the original and best) and shoyu. There's one more I didn't try.

4. The TV is large and on. Now, I'm not a watcher of the CW Network, and the show they have blasting here is a clone of the old Jerry Springer Show. It's annoying, but after about 5 minutes, I can't help being interested in these couples that are having big issues. You know the old formula, lie-detector tests, the boyfriend had children with other women while his longtime girlfriend was pregnant, yada yada.

I almost skipped this place because Sunnyside is only a few blocks away. But I wanted to try it out, plus there's a bubble tea shop two doors away that offers azuki bean smoothies.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Memories of the Pupule Biru Poll

I used to do a poll during those Ka Leo years. Polled everybody from students to professors to janitors, just grading every beer they could think of. Budweiser always graded out 2 stars (out of 4). Guys liked it because it was cheap. Girls generally hated it.

I still like beer. Not enough to drive drunk, but enough to pick up a bottle or can on the way home. This stuff in the video, though, looks a little better than Rolling Rock or Mickey's, though.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

VICE Japan: Best Pizza

マンチーズ ブルックリンで話題のピザ屋 - Munchies: Best Pizza
Not sure how this ended up on VICE Japan, but it doesn't matter. Good stuff about a pizza place in Brooklyn. Now I want some pizza.

VICE Japan: Bassanova

マンチーズ バサノバ(新代田)- Munchies: Bassanova
The guy who co-hosts this episode says he's Japanese-American, second generation (Nisei). He sounds like he's from Hawaii. 
VICE does some amazing videos from around the world, but their foodie stuff is surprisingly interesting.

VICE Japan: Hatos Bar

マンチーズ ハトス・バー(中目黒) - Munchies: Hatos Bar

Monday, April 14, 2014

Pho My Duyen

First-time trip to Pho My Duyen over the weekend. Was so good, I went back the next day for more. A Vietnamese/Filipino cuisine operation that's within my normal driving range. Unreal! And the food, yes, it was tasty. And pretty cheap, nothing more than $10 when I ordered.

Two thoughts: Vietnames and Filipino together? Brilliant. And open seven days a week? Awesomeness.

Day 1: pork adobo, pork gisantes, fried tilapia. All excellent.

Day 2: pho (beef). More awesomeness.

I like my pho untouched by condiments, so that last photo is not my bowl. To each his own. As far as pho goes, this is one of the best I ever had. Then again, never met a bowl of pho that I didn't like. 

2153 N King St
Ste 107
Honolulu, HI 96819Kalihi
(808) 847-3630

Friday, January 10, 2014

Billy's Killer Southern BBQ

Yesterday's late-afternoon lunch in Mapunapuna. Little cart/shack, big flavor. Great value for $8.50.

Located in the parking lot at 2915 Kaihikapu St., a block makai from Masa's Cafeteria. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Going to Madeira

One of these days...
I'll melt cold bacon and Portuguese sausage fat, fry a panko-covered smoked cheese in it. And stuff it into a mini, freshly baked naan. With a sliver of homegrown broccoli leaf and cherry tomato.
Until then, these will do on a chilly late night as I get some work done. Who needs to go out on a night like this anyway?

The Broadbent Madeira wine — I don't even remember if I've blogged about it before — is extremely sweet, a total surprise the first time I had it. But not too bad if you know what's coming. It looks more like apple juice. Dark apple juice.

The boiled peanuts are cold, of course, nothing as good as freshly boiled. But they taste good anyway. So does azuki bean mochi. Simple pleasures and quiet enjoyment.