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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
honu2 in Hawaii

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
honu2 in Hawaii

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
honu2 in Hawaii

Kona coffee variability

Beach Bum Cafe, which is in the Executive Center next to Longs and on the same side of Bishop Street as Starbucks, is the place for serious coffee drinkers. They offer a lot of single origin coffees, including 100% Kona, and they can brew single cups a variety of ways. The problem if you're not already in the vicinity is parking. Nearest public parking lot is Alii Place.

Feb 10, 2014
honu2 in Hawaii

Kona coffee variability

The 2013 Hawaii Coffee Association's cupping competition results seems to be dominated by small farms from Ka`u, but Ka`u coffee isn't widely available on Oahu (with the exception of Whole Foods) nor is Ka`u coffee being marketed to the tourist trade. For example, it is rarely offered in Waikiki restaurants, but maybe that's because a cup of single estate coffee would have to be priced too high. Seems a shame, though the Ka`u farmers may have learned from the Kona coffee experience of having a recognizable brand watered down by having blends labelled as Kona coffee.

Feb 07, 2014
honu2 in Hawaii

Kona coffee variability

I prefer Ka`u coffee too. I get it at the farmers market held at Windward Mall. It runs $18,00 per half lb. A different brand of Ka`u coffee is also available at R.Field's. Costs about $22 per half lb. Both are excellent.

Feb 05, 2014
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Health Food Markets - Honolulu and O'ahu

Whole Foods has more bargains than one would assume from their "whole paycheck" image. I've found many of their 365 house brand products to be excellent and reasonably priced - I have in mind things like canned beans, bottled dried spices like bay leaves, tea bags, and bottled German and Dijon mustard. Their happy hour special of a slice of pizza and a beer for $5 has a lot of takers too.

Feb 04, 2014
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What's new on Oahu?

You might want to consider these Inexpensive lunches close to the Outrigger Reef : Wolfgang's Steak House in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center has $10.00 lunch specials that include a burger, a fish sandwich, and a cobb (I think) salad. Il Lupino also in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, has lunch and breakfast specials on their patio which is ideally located for people watching. Roy's, across the street from the Halekulani, serves appetizers and an Asian style burger on its outside bar during the day. I also like Roy's coffee, which was $2.50 for an endless cup the last time I was there about a month ago. Eggs N Things on Saratoga Road across from the Post Office is also within walking distance.

Jan 11, 2014
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REAL strawberry shortcake?

Forgot to mention: if I only wanted a few, I would make them up myself using Scrumpets from Liliha Bakery for the biscuit, real whipped cream, and some really good strawberries.

Dec 24, 2013
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REAL strawberry shortcake?

Are you wanting a lot? If so, why don't you just ask Raymond Siu to make you some. He's done some wonderful birthday cakes (Chocolate Dobash, Halekulani-knock off Coconut) for me and I know he does wedding cakes.

Dec 24, 2013
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