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Foods to try in Amsterdam & Copenhagen

In Amsterdam try the french fries sold at street vendors with the different sauces offered. (I like curry myself).

If you're into sweet things, the Dutch waffle cookies and the pancakes slathered with whipped cream are really sweet

Jun 02, 2014
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Suggestions for a long stay on oahu and maui?

Since you're 9 days in a Waikiki condo, I'd recommend a run to Foodland Supermarket in Ala Moana Shopping Center early on in your stay to stock up on locally grown food to sample.. For example in the produce section you'll find Maui Gold Pineapple, apple bananas, papayas, dragon fruit, maybe mangoes and local avocados (not the Hass type). Meadow Gold's POG (passion fruit, orange and guava) juice is very popular as is Portuguese sausage. Foodland also has poke bowls which a lot of people like.

There is a bus route (can't remember the number right now) which circles between Ala Moana Shopping Circle and Waikiki. There is a stop very close to the Reef Hotel

May 21, 2014
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Outer Island Dinner rec (Not Oahu!) Need you rec for da bestest!

How about Mama's Fish House in Paia? Paia is pretty laid back, plus it's not that far from the airport, if you're intending to take the last flight back to Oahu.

May 11, 2014
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Oahu for business-Need help

How familiar are you with Chinese food? If you are looking for value, a fixed price dinner for 10 (staring about $250) at either Happy Days in Kaimuki or Little Village in Chinatown would be the way to go.

Otherwise, 12th Ave. Grill in Kaimuki has a private room or al fresco at W Bistro across from the Blaisdell Concert Hall might be a good fit. Take a look at their menus to see if the dinners fall within your price range.

May 07, 2014
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Need help! Oahu and Big Island

You might want to try Punaluu Sweet Bread in the guava flavor. It's pretty widely distributed on the HIlo side of the Big Island; on Oahu, Foodland carries it. Also, portuguese sausage--lots of different brands, but the one made in Hilo is thought by some to be the best. 100% Ka`u coffee is most widely available in the Pahoa area and probably at better prices than anywhere else.

May 06, 2014
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Maui - what fruits are in season in May

You might want to try locally-grown apple bananas, a variety that differs from the usual Central American imports. Many islanders will only eat apple bananas. Also, recommend pineapples specially tagged as Maui Gold and the "sunrise" variety of papayas, which have reddish-orange flesh. All are available at supermarkets but Foodland has special tags on locally grown produce. Strawberries grown in Kula are also available. I saw some of Yee's Golden Glow mangos for sale here on Oahu a few weeks ago, so maybe mangos are available on Maui.

May 03, 2014
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koko head cafe- first CH report (?)

Sunday's wait 1 hour. We tried their take on congee, chicken dumplings, bibimbap and banana bread. Small portions, but very creatively done. The congee had, for example, condiments which included croutons that were flavored with chili and cinnamom. The banana bread, while no match for Julia's Banana Bread in texture and taste, contained bits of keffir lime leaves which gave it a nice twist. I would probably go back if there wasn't such a long wait.

Apr 28, 2014
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Maui Here's our homemade guide to places we like

Thanks for the comprehensive guide

Apr 05, 2014
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Good Eats close to Lake Las Vegas

Main courses under $30.00

Apr 03, 2014
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Good Eats close to Lake Las Vegas

We will be in the area for a wedding. Any suggestions for mid priced dining?

Apr 03, 2014
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KAN ZAMAN Restaurant

I really don't know what the sauce was; it was not at all like the tajiki sauce I make which is basically thick yogurt and chopped cucumbers.

Mar 28, 2014
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KAN ZAMAN Restaurant

The kebab didn't have the cheese. The pita had the meat from the kebab, greens, sprinkles of feta and chopped olive and a sauce. You were thinking cheddar?

Mar 28, 2014
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KAN ZAMAN Restaurant

Was there yesterday for lunch with friends on the deck in the courtyard. We had variations of their kebab sandwiches which consists of a kebab with sauce and cheese on a pita that is served with a large salad. Food was delicious, even to the friend who had no experience with middle eastern food.

Mar 28, 2014
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Gifts from California

Lavender honey -- yum

Mar 26, 2014
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Where can I purchase a good quality pastrami?

Boar's Head products are sold at Foodland

Mar 23, 2014
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Ono Hawaiian Food

It will be interesting to see if the death of Alan Young, who was the driving force behind Young's Fish Market, will change the quality of the food there.

Mar 18, 2014
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Ethnic and other affordable eating options near the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu

If you're a small eater, you can always buy a bento (local fare in a plastic container consisting of rice, some protein and vegetable) at the ABC stores in HHV and eat outdoors at a picnic table under the trees on the grounds of the Hale Koa Hotel. Hale Koa adjoins HHV and you get to it by going through the Diamond Head Tower of HHV or the beachside sidewalk. Hale Koa is a military hotel, but a lot of their restaurants are open to anyone.

Mar 17, 2014
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Gifts from California

Please, no 2-Buck Chuck.

Mar 17, 2014
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Gifts from California

If the gifts are meant for hotel personnel at the lowest end of the pay scale, gift certificates from CVS or Macy's would probably be appreciated more than, say, See's Candies.. Otherwise, beef jerky, Molinari dry salami chubs and Ethel M's chocolates are frequently brought back to Hawaii to be given out as gifts.

Mar 16, 2014
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ono seafood closed for renovation / times has fresh poke

I kind of think it depends on which Times Supermarket you're at. On the windward side, Foodland seems to have a lot more poke patrons than Times.

Feb 23, 2014
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TAORMINA CUISINE - Waikiki

We thought it was very good, on par with Bernini.

If you do go, don't forget to ask for the kamaaina discount which is a deduction from your bill for the cost of the valet parking,

Feb 17, 2014
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Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

Cafe Kalia is a regular breakfast place. Japanese tourists flock there because it's been written up in their tourist brochures unlike the restaurant next door called Anytime Cafe which therefore is not crowded.. They all seem to be ordering the same thing, which is cappuchino and pancakes topped with whipped cream and fruit. I suppose if your regular breakfast is miso soup and rice, then what's being ordered/eaten is exotic and maybe even "Hawaiian" in the eye of the beholder.

The foods that I associate with breakfast which would make the meal more "local" would be: poha jam and guava jelly instead of strawberry or grape; the availability of POG (passion-orange-guava) to replace orange and tomato juice; papaya and fresh pineapple available in addition to grapefruit or melon; portuguese sausage or fried spam in addition to ham or bacon; rice being served as a side to eggs instead of potatoes; coconut syrup or guava syrup instead of maple on pancakes. And the availability of 100% Kona (or more rarely Ka`u or Molokai) coffee and Portguese sweet bread. In my view, one can mix and match any of these elements to add a local flavor to breakfast.

Feb 17, 2014
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Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

What do you think a "Hawaiian" breakfast is or should be? Not all of us eat loco mocos or kim chee fried rice for breakfast.

Feb 16, 2014
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Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

Seems like you're short on places to eat breakfast. You might want to try Cafe Kalia, which is in the Market City shopping center, off Kapahulu Ave. close to where one get onto H-1 from Waikiki. However, it is very popular with Japanese tourists so there normally is a wait.

Not sure whether you intend to hit Kailua on the way to PCC or as a destination. Kailua has a few good breakfast places, i.e, Boots and Kimo (also popular with Japanese tourists), Cinnamon's and Moke's Bread and Breakfast. You could always buy coffee and a few malasadas from Agnes Bake Shop and have a breakfast picnic at Kailua Beach Park.

Feb 16, 2014
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Kona coffee variability

The backstory to the Ka`u Coffee industry is also very interesting. A lot of it is grown by small farm growers who are former sugar plantation workers, mostly of Filipino descent, who had to find other occupations when the sugar plantations in the Puna area (on the the Big Island) closed down. The trees they planted started bearing around the time that interest in single origin coffees began to surge. Ka`u coffee farms have done well in international competitions and so a lot of the farmers are able to sell their crop without going to the local or massd markets.

Feb 14, 2014
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Kona coffee variability

If you do make it to Beach Bum, you might also want to try Molokai coffee, I think its Red Caturna. Single origin Molokai is even less available on Oahu than Ka`u; I don't know if anyone else has mentioned that Beach Bum only serves coffee--no sweets, no savories, only coffee.

Feb 14, 2014
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Kona coffee variability

Morning Brew is a nice place and does brew single cups of 100% Kona for $3.00, which is way less than Beach Bum.

Feb 12, 2014
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Large group (30+); great places to eat in Waikiki area

Don't think I saw a food court at the Hyatt Regency. The name of the restaurant is Seafood Village.

Feb 12, 2014
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Large group (30+); great places to eat in Waikiki area

Suggest the Chinese restaurant located on the bottom floor of the Hyatt, whose name I can't recall at the moment. The entrance is on Kalakaua down a staircase. They have a large room that can seat 30 people and they have a lunch special which would make it moderately priced. I think it's $11.95 per person.

Feb 12, 2014
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Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

manomin, how well enforced is the dress code at Lewer's Lounge? I can't imagine a roomful of men wearing dress shirts and women wearing "evening attire."

Feb 11, 2014
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