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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

I call it like I see it

If the fish was that far gone and they still served and cant cook shrimp properly, well in my book that is terrible and it wouldn't get a 2nd chance

Mar 14, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

I am not saying it is the best shoyu out there, but it was certainly the most flavorful of the 3 (I tried them all and going off her opinion)

It was not her favorite soup though - I forget the name of the cold soup we had, I will figure it out later and get a proper review

Mar 14, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Helena's -sushi izakaya

No to KFC market and pig and lady but we did drive by pig and lady

We can get killer Vietnamese in Cali so it was tough to make it a special trip

Mar 13, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Giovanni's shrimp truck very over rated - the kalbi truck was better in that plaza

Will write up a proper review of everything over the weekend

Mar 12, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Gomaichi was easily the weakest of the ramen places, not as flavorful, a lot less meat and veggies, not as nice inside, no Kirin or any beer on draft

Menchanko Tei was mrs d's favorite for the cold soup that is recommended on the menu

She liked the shoyu at goma Tei 2nd best

Mar 12, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Gonna go with gomaichi

Drove by lucky belly twice and parking seemed impossible

Mar 12, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Only have time for one more ramen - either Lucky Belly for a Beast Bowl or Gomamachi for tan tan

I love goma Tei but not sure which one to try

Mar 12, 2014
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*uncle clay's house of pure aloha redefines shave ice*

Our stand up
Paddle board instructor was telling us how great this place is today, not sure if we will have time to give it a go

Mar 11, 2014
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Ron Botran Rum

Friend got some from a family member in Guatamala (the 12 year) and I never heard of it

Anyone familiar with it?

Mar 10, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Alan Wongs was fantastic
Great meal progression and wine pairings were spot on

Goma Tei ramen - Tam Tam Char Sui

I can say I "get" ramen now - wow + ice cold Kirin

Had ailana shave ice prior - the owners are so nice, red bean special was amazing

The strawberry milk ice was also so subtle like strawberry quik light- great

Mar 09, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Kyung's is TERRIBLE

You should be banned for 1 month for recommending it

The poke was fishy, garlic shrimp rubbery - fish didn't seem that fresh

First place that was actually bad on the trip so far

Mar 08, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Holy crap Leonard's donuts are good - thx for telling me I needed that on the list - totally worth the trip for anyone

Lilihana bakery was cool counter service old school diner, their coco puff was tasty, got the loco moco, tasted like Salisbury steak - heavy dish - but fun to try, not sure I would order it again though

Mrs d got the spam and eggs - spam was cooked well and she enjoyed it

Mar 08, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Nanzan GiroGiro was pretty amazing - the attention to detail, open kitchen, every plate is hand made. (You can order them) good food

Excellent value for the price IMO

Great experience - would certainly put this on a must do list if you are coming to honolulu

Ordered a sake glass and tea cup

Mar 08, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Got the Ox tail ramen Shio broth, with the goyza, they also offer fried rice with the combo Mrs D liked the rice, I was so so about it

The oxtail came with a gingery dipping sauce that was great along with the super clean Shio broth...cleaner tasting than the simplest chicken noodle soup - I almost punched up the flavor before just enjoying it for what it was...and with the dipping sauce it was a nice contrast

I don't know if it is destination ramen but certainly good for a quick bite to eat if you are staying in the area, cash only

Mar 07, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Yes limu ahi

I quite enjoyed the texture of that one

Ramen Nakamura prior to more Japanese tonight

:)

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Mar 07, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Hwoak was fun - Mai tai was pretty good as was the mojito - the coconut shrimp was ok but nothing special, good to munch during the show

Good call on the being tired from travel early night day1

No late night adventures first day

RH so far has been excellent to stay at

Mar 07, 2014
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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

As it happens...or close to it

Tamashiro fish market is great

Had the onion ahi poke, spicy tuna, ahu lime, and Korean mussels - along with steamed sweet potato

All that for $20 - amazing

Mar 06, 2014
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Jack Rudy Grenadine

Was more curious if I needed some in a pinch or felt lazy if it was worth it - the ingredient list seemed proper

Also not sure how to preserve homemade

I use so little at a time

Mar 06, 2014
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Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

seems like local cravings and Tamashiro's would be the closest to the Royal Hawaiian

is one better than the other or are they pretty interchangable

Mar 05, 2014
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Jack Rudy Grenadine

Just saw this at Total Wine as a high end grenadine

wondered if anyone had tried it or was familiar with the brand - the ingredients look right

Mar 05, 2014
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Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

What is a good replacement for Ono Seafood ?? That was the one place Mrs D found on her own and was really excited to go to
48 hours to go!!!

Mar 04, 2014
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ono seafood closed for renovation / times has fresh poke

are they open back up? seems like people have added reviews to yelp over the last week like they are open

Mar 04, 2014
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lilikoi juice concentrate

auntie lilikoi products are very good

I use them for cocktails

Mar 04, 2014
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Oahu / Honolulu - Good Liquor Store

I called as well

Seemed like a bit of a language barrier and no Rhum Clement VSOP and no Smith and Cross

So I didn't go any further - I can bring my own stuff :)

Feb 19, 2014
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Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

Yes short on breakfast places for sure

Other than the few pastry shops nothing really stuck out at me

Loco Moco (mahi) or Kim Chee and rice sounds good to me, I think Mrs D would agree as well, some unique island fare would be great - breakfastwise

We can get regular breakfast here anytime, I do not like Spam but Mrs D does if that helps

Does Leonards have breakfast as well or do they just do donuts

Feb 17, 2014
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Oahu / Honolulu - Good Liquor Store

FYI I emailed a list of what I was looking for to them and no response so I think I will just bring my own items :)

Feb 14, 2014
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Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

Ok it will not let me edit however this is the revised version

Day 1: Thurs - Drinks and Apps at House with a Hidden Key
good call on the 3 hour time difference might not make it too late after the flight and time change

Day 2: Fri - Dinner at Nanzan Giro Giro -

Breakfast Lilihana Bakery - is their food good or just their baked products, need a real breakfast before scuba diving all day

Day 3: Sat - Dinner at Alan Wong's
Breakfast / Lunch = ?? We could do the farmer's market here...
Day 4: Sun - Open - ??

Day 5: Mon - USS Arizona this day - Lunch Ono Seafood
will try the Sushi Place for dinner, but they only take reso's up til 7

Day 6: Tuesday - PCC this day so dinner ???
Lunch: Helena's

Day 7: last day half day...?? perhaps the food court for something to go on the plane back...if we haven't gone to leonards by then we will for sure this morning

The PCC seems like an all day thing, so if we want to see the show which starts are ~ 7PM then will a lunch at Helena's keep taken care of so we can avoid the bad luau food they serve there?

So I need something for Sunday - Pig and Lady is closed Sunday Monday which is when I was aiming to check them out

Sushi Izakaya Gaku, is closed Sunday's and the 2nd Monday of each month, Tuesday perhaps on the way back from PCC it would work if not Lucky Belly should do the job

Feb 14, 2014
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Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

We are staying at the Royal Hawaiian so I need a bit of help with some breakfast options

Is there a good place inside of or outside of the PCC for lunch, my understanding is that they put on a good show but the luau food is lacking or are we better off bringing our own snacks

On the way to Pearl Harbor same question?

Which is the good sticky rice and garlic shrimp truck?

Ok so far here is the trip, help me fill in the blanks

Day 1:
Drinks and Apps at House with a Hidden Key
Late Dinner: Not sure what to go with here...was thinking Lucky Belly because it seems like it is just walk in, Is Lucky Belly BYOB? It seems like good food to soak up some Mai Tai's with - Side Street Inn was the other option, it seemed to be well regarded, but the menu didn't look that amazing to me (didn't look bad either) - so is it a must go to?

Day 2: Dinner, after scuba diving all day I was thinking either Nanzan GiroGiro or Sushi Izakaya Gaku

Day 3: Where to lunch at - was thinking ono seafood
Dinner we have Alan Wong's

Day 4: Lunch Someplace on the way to PCC / Pearl Harbor
Dinner: The Pig and Lady

Day 5: Lunch: someplace on the way to PCC / Pearl Harbor
Dinner: nanzan Giro Giro or Sushi (whichever we did not get to)

Day 6: lunch Ono Hawaiian Food
Dinner: ?? What have we missed

Final Day: what else do we need to try!

There will be some shave ice in there somewhere
Ailana Shave Ice
Waiola Shave Ice
--- these are the top two places to try it at correct?

Feb 09, 2014
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Best Instant Coffee

Thanks, based on ease of use I think I will go with the bulk VIA, I have had it before and it isn't bad for instant

The Carte Noire had good reviews but it is quite expensive more so than the VIA from what I can see

Feb 06, 2014
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Best Instant Coffee

Instant Espresso would work as well if there is a good brand

Mainly this will be for my wife who wants coffee and will not make it herself, however we have a Zojirushi Hot Water heater with the presets so making instant coffee for her is easy enough she will do it or for guests if we need to make some in a flash

We have a Costco membership I didn't look there for them, so that might be a winner

An instant espresso would work as well as there will be some flavored creamer thrown in there as well, however the folgers tasted bad even with the creamer in it

At some point I want to splurge for a proper espresso machine but even then sometimes there is not time for that

Feb 05, 2014
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