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Christmas Eve dinner before/after Kawaiaha'o service?

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 500 Ala Moana Blvd, is within walking distance of Kawaiahao Church (about 2 long blocks up Punchbowl St). Usually lots of parking on Punchbowl below Beretania; or you can park, normally for free in the evening, in the parking structure for the restaurant and walk to the church.

Dec 13, 2014
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culinary ventures in hotel kitchenettes

My go-to dinner using only butter, lemon and salt and pepper, is broiled salmon steaks, baked potatoes, and either a packaged green salad (the kind that comes with a packet of dressing) or petite green peas. You can also individually wrap the salmon in foil and bake alongside the potatoes)

Another easy dinner would be to use a Japanese curry sauce mix (I like S&B Brand), to which you add cubed carrots and potatoes (optionally, bell peppers and celery) and cooked chicken or shrimp. Serve with rice, which you can cook yourself or purchase from an Asian grocery store, and a (prepackage) green salad mix.

Third suggestion is ham steak, broiled or pan fried, served with sweet potatoes or yams, and steamed green beans or sauteed spinach or other other greens.

Dec 02, 2014
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Cranberry Sauce?

Crockpot Cranberry Chicken: place 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot. Combine 1 can cranberry sauce, 1 6-0z can of frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed) and 1 packet of onion soup mix. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Nov 28, 2014
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Curry paste

Asian Grocery Store, makai side of Beretania right after Keeaumoku. It is (or maybe was) owned by the same family who runs Keo's Thai restaurant. Kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass stalks in the refrigerated case.

Otherwise, the Lao grocery store directly across from Char Hung Sut.

Nov 21, 2014
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Romantic Christmas dinner 2014- Honolulu oceanfront

Like the dentist, I was going to recommend 53 by the Sea, more for the gorgeous view of Diamond Head looming over the water, than for the expensive foods on their menu. However, it is not open on Christmas day, and for a grad student it would be very pricey. Maybe for lunch or drinks though.

My thought is you should consider another night for your special meal. If you are arriving from Australia around 6 p.m., it will probably be close to 7:30 by the time you get your luggage and clear customs. By the time you get to Waikiki (most of the restos open on Christmas Day will be in Waikiki and connected to a hotel) it will be at least 8 p.m. and dark. I can't imagine you will be able to see very much of the ocean or the seashore.

Nov 19, 2014
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Restaurant / hotel for dinner on Thanksgiving?

Today's (11/9) Star Advertiser had a whole list of restaurants serving Thanksgiving Dinner in its Dining Out insert. Includes restos like 3660 on the Rise, Hy's, Il Lupino, Ocean House, the restaurants in the Hawaii Prince Hotel, Mandalay. Price points vary. Perhaps you can see it online.

Nov 09, 2014
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Cafe Sistina

Gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce
Shrimp in vodka sauce
Fruitti de mare with linguine

Eric is the name of the Vietnamese cook who does seafood especially well so you might check whether he's on duty when you go.

Nov 01, 2014
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Any foodie worth stops on way from Hilo airport to Pahoa?

I'm not sure just telling her your ETA will do it. Aren't you suppose to make offerings and pray at Halemaumau Crater?

Oct 31, 2014
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Kauai in January

Having recently done a homestay in Sweden, I think you might find it interesting and fun to substitute Kauai or Hawaii products for familiar everyday food items. For example, instead of Gevalia, you could drink 100% Kauai estate coffee (or 100% Ka`u grown or 100% Molokai grown coffee.) In place of lingonberry jam, try Poha or
Guava jam. Kauai prawns are a good substitute for shrimp. You can eat local fish like Ahi, mahimahi, ono, opah and monchong in place of salmon or halibut. Schnaps is not widely available here, but you might experiment with Koloa rum. Fruits grown on Kauai, which you can find at any farmer's market, include guavas, a kind of banana called apple banana, papayas, and pineapple. The best locally grown avocados are creamy and large; the overripe ones make great guacamole.

Since you intend to cook in your villa, I suggest you stop at the KTA in Kapaa on the way to Princeville from the airport in Lihue. KTA is a like your ICA; it's a store to shop for essentials as well as to buy already-prepared foods to take away (and to browse local products.) While different types of bread are sold at the KTA, dense brown breads are not commonly available in Hawaii so if that's an essential part of your daily diet, you might want to bring some along.

I think you'll have fun.

Oct 30, 2014
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Never have I been so baffled: Mama's House of Horrors

If Mama's is doing 700 covers a night, they must know some phenomenal fishermen who fish phenomenal sites close to Maui to supply the same fish on a daily basis, even when most fisherman can't fish because of bad weather. "Johnny caught this today" sounds like, and probably should be treated as, tourist-hype.

Sep 27, 2014
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Airport to kaiula

Oh you can tell I was avoiding the "h" word?

I wish they would rename Chinatown Market since it is neither in Chinatown nor is the majority of vendors (as well as the clientele) Chinese. But it is a lot cleaner and does serve the needs of the Kalihi community.

Sep 18, 2014
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Airport to kaiula

The Windward Mall Farmers Market is also open, but with fewer vendors, on Sundays from 10:45 to 2 p.m. I prefer shopping there because generally there are more choices and better prices than at the Thursday evening market in Kailua. For example, pohole (fiddlehead fern shots), freshly pounded poi and different types of dried fish and octopus are always available in Kaneohe, but rarely seen in Kailua. I believe the target clientele is different for the two markets.

I also shop at Chinatown Market; the vendors are mostly Filipino and therefore the offerings, while fresh, are geared toward that cuisine: piles of okra, cherry tomatoes, different types of
eggplant, longbeans, cooking bananas, with not much chard or kale offered.

Sep 18, 2014
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Best place for Breakfast on Maui?

Sam Sato's?

Sep 17, 2014
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Airport to kaiula

Have you been grocery shopping in Hawaii before? If yes, you know about sticker shock -- groceries are very expensive here. You might want to think about spending that hour at the Costco in Iwilei (very close to the airport) getting your staples for the week before heading to Kailua. Close to Costco, is Chinaown Market in the City Square Shopping Center. It has a lot of fresh produce stalls and stalls that sell fresh fish and pork. In the same shopping plaza, Young's Fish Market serves Hawaiian food lunches and Sugoi's serves plate lunches.

Kailua, Oahu, has a farmers market (on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) which actually has more prepared food options than produce stands.

Sep 17, 2014
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Oahu - best dim sum; lunch by Diamond Head?

Be aware that the best dim sum places in Honolulu are not the equivalent of Yank Sing in San Francisco, Koi Palace in Daly City or the places in SGV. But Royal Garden in the Ala Moana Hotel would be a great place to take your grandmother.

Sep 17, 2014
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Airport to kaiula

Are you talking about transiting to Kailua-Kona on the Big Island or Kailua on Oahu?

Sep 17, 2014
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60th birthday in Honolulu! HELP

How about drinks and appetizers at the House without a Key at the Halekulani Hotel on Lewers Road in Waikiki followed by dinner across the street at Roy's, followed by jazz at the Lounge, also at the Halekulani Hotel.

Aug 15, 2014
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Alan Wong for kids...

Now that you've cancelled, I'll tell you the other reason to avoid swimming/snorkeling in murky water -- a lot of the recent shark attacks on swimmers and surfers in Hawaii has occurred in murky/turbid waters. One theory is that the quality of the waters confuses sharks into think a snorkeler or surfer is a seal, which they do prey upon.

Aug 08, 2014
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Alan Wong for kids...

The streams basically end up in the ocean, so runoffs from the mountains will be entering the sea well after the storms pass. Runoffs carry trash and other debris as well as pesticides, so it might be better to swim in a pool until the ocean clears up.

Aug 07, 2014
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Alan Wong for kids...

If you're arriving on Friday with two young boys, you might want to plan how you will feed them that night if there are a lot of restaurant closures due to the storms. Some familiar snacks from home might serve as comfort food in a strange place when it's raining hard and the winds are howling outside.

Aug 07, 2014
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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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