Monday, February 27, 2012

Liliha Bakery

Too much time had passed since my last visit to the hallowed grill and counter at Liliha Bakery. It was a cool evening, I was tired after a long day and night of work, and ready for some comfort food without driving too far late night.

Talk about hitting the spot.

Nothing says Liliha Bakery better than a mammoth bowl of butter

As you know, Heinz is the finest catsup in our galaxy

Years of finely-tuned perfection, a perfect blend of sugar, artificial
flavor and food coloring, and it is highly addictive

I opted for the grilled mahi/hamburger steak special once again

Ever the proportional eater, Greg had a breakfast plate

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Long time since I went here, mainly because they usually close by 10 p.m. and I'm busy until then. But it was a crisp, cool night and an excellent time to drop in for their great kotteri ramen, plus fried garlic and garlic steak. Totally hit the spot!

Feb. 11, 2012

Garlic chili paste is good stuff

Tasty. I lub garlic

Nice, just perfectly grilled, just wish there was more

Greg got a combo set, which comes with fried rice

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A Un

Rare trip to A Un, McCully Shopping Center. Greg Hornet suggested it, and my experience at this place told me this would be another tasty experience. That mall should change it's name to McCully Eating Center. So many restaurants/cafes there now, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods. Amazing all the choices out there.

Feb. 4, 2012

Taiyo Ramen

Rare glimpse (for me) of spicy (medium) seafood ramen. Hit the spot nicely. That miso ramen on the far end. Greg's go-to at Taiyo. The gyoza is still my favorite of any on Planet Earth.

Feb. 4, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Yogur Story

So many new eateries right in the heart of Urban Honolulu. How can this be? The economy is worse, not better, in the past several years. Population hasn't increased. Yet there are many new places to eat in town, whether they are ramen shops on Kapahulu or even more Asian eateries in the Pawa‘a/Keeaumoku/Kaka‘ako/Iwilei. I can't explain it.

But it's nice. Donald talked me into going to Yogur Story yesterday and Mark joined up with us. It was after dinner hours, so they offered pupus only. I was fine with that. Being on a weight-loss plan makes me less prone to eating mass quantities of food most of the time.

The waiter was cool. He cautioned us that the pupus are not big. But they were good. Very good with just one exception. The BBQ ribs, fried saba, chopped steak, all excellent. The ahi thing that was piled up and topped with some cheese stuff ... for me it was overkill. I like my raw fish to stay pure, touched up poke style if anything. Not cheesy. But it was all right.

All in all, it's a very nice place, unique with the open-door look and roomy confines. More the kind of place you'd take your wife or girlfriend. Cool to visit at least once. Casual and classy.

All photos by Donald Salvador.

Donald had this. They're big on waffles here. He said the fruit
was really fresh, waffle was crispy. I might try this next time,
even though the Pake in me says $8.95 is too much.

Chopped steak. So good. Mushrooms. 

BBQ ribs. Ono. 

Fried saba. Light, crispy, juicy. 

Ahi. A bit of overkill here.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Plastic at Rainbows

Notice that Rainbow Drive In is using plastic plates now. I wasn't so sure it was different at first, but as a lifelong chili plate enthusiast (Rainbows only), I couldn't help notice the difference after I dug into my food a few times.

Question is, what to do with all this non-biodegradable stuff? I'm saving my plates, maybe use them to plant seeds. But I hate to toss these away into the trash and add to our landfill problem.

Update Tuesday, Feb. 7: This great info from my reporter friend.

Paul ... I'm no environmental expert but I have covered city government. 1) Yes, they're not that great for the environment, but on Oahu, stuff like this goes into HPOWER where it's burned for fuel. So rest a bit easier. 2) You are not supposed to reuse styrofoam or plastic plates. You can't just wash and "clean" one because they're really absorbent so it's extremely unhealthy.

So there. Re-using these plastic plates — not good. But I might still use it for planting seeds.