Friday, July 31, 2009

Gazen Izakaya

This was one of those meals that was unique, but familiar. Satisfying, yet not overkill. A meal worthy of being a last on earth, if it ever came to that. Worth every penny and then some. But enough said. A picture is worth a thousand words, no truer than at Gazen Izakaya. It started with the house tofu, both regular and black sesame -- and nothing ordinary about either. Spectacular is more like it.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Trail mix rules

I've NEVER been a huge fan of trail mix. Usually comes with carob or even chocolate chips, which always led me to believe it's just another form of candy. Nothing wrong with candy. I just never thought of trail mix as something healthy and useful for improving health.

Well, I've changed my mind. Or actually, it changed my mind. I find myself pouring the unsalted version (Nutty Farms roasted deluxe) -- cashews, peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, raisins -- on my salads, in my cinnamon oatmeal -- and just munching on it on the road. Those nuts are good brain food, supposedly, and healthy fats. (Avocados have healthy fats too, and I love those.)

I still munch on nori arare once in a great while (msg, sodium and few redeeming qualities), but trail mix rules my snack and salad world right now.

Raw is nice, but these buggahs need heat

This bag of sprouts, beans -- whatever they are -- looked real nice in the supermarket. Then I realized after throwing a bunch of them on a salad that looks don't mean taste good, not automatically. These little goodies actually need some sautee action, at least from what I found, to reach their potential. Then again, don't we all?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Hauula tomatoes

I did not know they grew tomatoes out there. Might be the best tomato I've ever had. So nice and tasty, juicy and meaty.

Rogue Side Street Inn Ale

If you are a fan of Side Street Inn, you'll know who's on the label of this Rogue special brew. I haven't been to Side Street Inn in ages, but this beer is really something. Rich, dark, no bitterness, almost caramelized if you can imagine, but not overly sweet.

This bottle went well with my pork chops a couple of weeks ago. Finding more might be tough. They sold it only at Whole Foods (Kahala) about two months ago.

Diego's Tacos on hiatus?

Sign on the door says they're closed up for renovations the rest of the month.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Big Island 'lab'

Joan Namkkong's piece in today's Star-Bulletin is riveting. Rocky Mountain oyster sashimi? Gross. But her info on fig farming and more cool stuff happening on the Big Island are great reads.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Pho South King: Anniversary special

Menu is 20% off at Pho South King for three more days. The special, which commemorates the restaurant's 10th anniversary, is from July 1-7. I didn't know this when I phoned in my order of pho with beef balls. I picked it up and learned that I got a nice cut from the regular $6.50 (or so) price down to just over $5.

What a deal. I already like their pho as is and consider it underpriced.

They're usually closed on Sundays, but it's only 5:50 p.m. Saturday, a couple more hours before closing time...

Buffalo Boys Hoagies now online

Alert! Buffalo Boys Hoagies has a website now: just click here.

How Buffaloish are they? They have a Bills link on the page. That's hard core.

The food? Love it. The chicken wings are forking awesome and the Fresh Shroom Hoagie is succulent. I like mushrooms a lot, but the wings are addictive, and with the blue cheese dip, totally fattening.

I'm on a quest to get in shape, lost 18 pounds so far, so I've been avoiding BBH for awhile. I do believe in rewarding myself for hard work, though. Chee, I'm salivating right now. Self control, self control, self control...

Friday, July 3, 2009

Wish list

Never really made one before, but here goes.

>> Tacos & More (Waianae). I rarely stop in Waianae to eat with the exceptions of Waianae Store (custom-made poke) and Waianae Drive In (aka Tasty Freeze). Next time I'll be out there is probably a month from now when football preseason kicks off. Hmmmm... Here's a video clip.

>> Fresh Catch (Kaimuki). Poke buffet? Are you kidding?

>> Manganaro's (New York City). Why? It's basic, old school and authentic. No fusion, no fancy ambience. Just good food that has remained generally the same for a century. Of course, I gotta get to the Big Apple first.

>> Katz's Deli (New York City). Great sandwiches. I also love When Harry Met Sally and Katz's had a hilarious scene in it. "Yes. Yes! Yes!!"

>> Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop (New York City). Gotta try the Egg Creme soda.