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Foodland vs Safeway in Honolulu

Walmart is no more than 4 miles from HHV. I don't shop for groceries there but recently had an hour to kill so took a good look at their grocery section. Not much in terms of meat and fresh vegetables and fruits, but a really good selection of items for people staying in the surrounding condos. For example, they have small bags of rice, a wide selection of teas and coffees and cereal. You might consider going first to Walmart for your diapers, etc. and doing a first run at the essentials you need to buy. Once you're ensconced at HHV, it would be relatively easy to stop at Don Quixote (if you want the additional experience of a Japanese store) or at the Beretania or Kapahulu Safeway for the remainder of the items you need.

Feb 25, 2015
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Foodland vs Safeway in Honolulu

Depends on which Safeway and which Foodland you are trying to compare. The closest ones to Waikiki would be the Foodland in Market City Shopping Center and the Safeway on Kapahulu Ave. If these are the ones you have in mind, Safeway is larger (thus making possible more deli type services), with better parking, and a wider selection of basic groceries that you would need for condo living. I so dislike the parking at the Market City Foodland that I refuse to shop there.

Feb 24, 2015
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chinese salted duck eggs, 1000yr eggs

Try the store on the mauka-diamond head corner of Kekaulike Mall and King St. There I saw, within the past month, pre-packaged boxes of six salted duck eggs. Don't know what the inside contents look like.

Feb 13, 2015
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Non-buffet Sunday Brunch in Waikiki

I think it depends on how you feel about crying babies in restaurants where one pays $50 a pop for brunch. If I were the mother, I would feel compelled to leave immediately with the child, no matter where I was in the meal, rather than be the recipient of "stink eye" from the rest of the room.

Feb 11, 2015
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Which lu'au? HHV, Kalamaku or neither?

Commercial luaus put on for cruise ships or at a hotel are the ultimate touristic activity in Hawaii. Most visitors go to only one; most locals go to zero, unless they have out-of-town guests who insist on being accompanied. Most of the time, the "Hawaiian" food served will be meh. Having said that, the event can be a lot of fun if one goes with the right attitude. You might want to compare the entertainment being offered and see which program of Hawaiian/Tahitian/Maori/Samoan dancing would be the most enjoyable to your family.

Jan 27, 2015
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What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

I like to use prepackaged Thai curry sauce packages for making Thai red, yellow, green or Masaman curry meals. Normally you just add water, meat/tofu and vegetables. Beats having to stock spices that aren't used very often.

Jan 22, 2015
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What are some of your favorite kitchen tricks that you'd be hesitant to admit to foodies?

Ajinomoto in the red and white packaging is a popular brand of MSG from Japan that is usually carried in Asian grocery stores.

Hawaiian Butter and Jam option

An alternative is to check the carry-on with the jams in it.

Jan 21, 2015
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Fried Rice from Fresh Rice?

If you're only cooking rice now and then, you might want to consider buying a pre-packaged bowl of shelf-stable rice to have on hand for those times when you have a hankering for fried rice. They are available in Asian grocery stores. The one I have is a Korean brand, Ottogi, but Hinode is another brand. I keep a couple as part of my emergency food supply.

Jan 19, 2015
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Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

All vegetable scraps as well as aging vegetables and bones get made into stock. We use the stock in soups, risotto, and to replace the water called for in savory recipes.

We combine small amounts of different vegetables (for example, mushrooms, green beans, red/green pepper, onions -- whatever we have) into stir fries flavored with Braggs aminos and lemon (or for an Asian take, equal parts of oyster sauce, dark soy and light soy). We roast other vegetable combinations (including cherry tomatoes), usually in a toaster oven at 425 degrees.

We add left- over cooked vegetables or meats into omelets and even soft scrambled eggs. Left over pasta becomes fritata.

Coffee grounds, tea leaves, egg shells (crushed) are spread among the plants.

Small portions of salveable fruit are cut up and arranged around a mound of plain lowfat yogurt and drizzled with honey and topped with granola.

Jan 12, 2015
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Searching for Hidden Gems on the North Shore, Oahu

If your rental is in Punaluu, it's pretty close to Kaneohe. Pah-ke's restaurant, next to the Kaneohe Post Office, is very popular with locals. It is a Chinese restaurant but also serves Pacific fusion dishes (which to me is the better choice). Sometimes times we eat off the menu, but many times we just go with what owner/chef Raymond Siu recommends based on what he has or is preparing for his dinner parties. His preparations of whole fish have been outstanding. So are his desserts. You bring your own wine.

If you're going to shop Tamashiro's, you'll find fish not included in the extensive list in http://www.hawaii-seafood.org/wild-ha..., which appears to include only pelagic fish sold at the wholesale fish auction. Smaller whole fish to try are kumu and moi.

Pier 38 is a couple of miles from Tamashiro's. Nico's Pier 38 and Uncle's are restaurants located on Pier 38 (as is the fish auction.)

Jan 11, 2015
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Local Shrimp/Prawn source on O'ahu

Tamashiro's sells Kauai Prawns with the heads on.

Jan 07, 2015
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Maui BBQ

Not sure whether you are an Maui resident or not, but from your posting, I think maybe not. Hawaii restaurants do not do Southern (or Mexican) foods particularly well. First, we are generally rice eaters, so that there is little familiarity with foods like grits and hush puppies. Second, as you've found out, our idea of BBQ is teriyaki or kal bi and we're not generally knowledgeable about the regional differences in cooking/smoking or sauces or the kinds of sides usually offered.

Best to go with the flow, and eat what we do well here instead of what we don't.

Jan 05, 2015
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Lunch in/near HNL?

Goofy's Cafe, which is right around the corner from HHV on Ala Moana, has pretty good reviews and would be perfect for a take-out picnic lunch on the lagoon.

Jan 03, 2015
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Lunch in/near HNL?

You might want to look into those flat rate shuttles to and from Waikiki, specifically to the Hale Koa Hotel or the Hilton Hawaiian Village, and use the beach fronting those hotels. There is public restroom at the end of the service roadway (Poa Lane?) between the two hotels. HHV has a wide variety of eateries and the Hale Koa's eateries are also open to the public.

I agree with Macsak that the Sunday beach traffic around Kailua Beach Park and, especially into Lanikai, would be a logistical problem if you plan to arrive after 9:30 a.m. Plus, Lanikai beach has no public facilities for parking, changing or showering.

Jan 02, 2015
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Hawaiian Butter and Jam option

Long's at Ala Moana Shopping Center, Don Quixote on Kaheka St., and Walmart all have a wide selection of Hawaiian type food souvenirs. If you really want the high priced stuff, there is always Neiman Marcus.

Dec 30, 2014
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best place for clams

I've never purchased clams in Hawaii, but I've seen frozen clams and mussels for sale at Palama Market.

Dec 29, 2014
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Oahu and Maui - where to eat? Coming from LA

I think you could get a fairly good sample of what local people eat by visiting the following places in Kailua:

Foodland Super Market: poke bowl (or poke) from the fish section; watercress and tofu salad from the deli; already cut pineapple from the produce section and frozen mochi ice cream from the deli.

Big City Diner (a couple of doors down from Foodland): loco moco, kim chee fried rice, guava ribs.

Fat Boys or the Food Company (Keolu Hills shopping center): plate lunches. Hawaiian plate lunch may be on the menu for Friday and will usually include kalua pig and or lau lau, but this being the day after Christmas, who knows?

Agnes Bake Shop: malasadas and/or Portuguese sweet bread

Zippy's: Saimin, portuguese bean soup, zip pac

Dean's Drive In (in Kaneohe): fresh fish, coated in Furukaki.
Their hours are different due to religous reasons, so make sure they're open before you go.

Dec 24, 2014
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Christmas salad ideas

Roasted beet salad: Dice roasted beets (peeled), dress with a vinaigrette made of olive oil and raspberry or sherry vinegar, salt and pepper. Arrange beets in serving dish, top with feta cheese crumbles and chopped parsley.

Dec 22, 2014
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3 Day plan in Oahu: need to whittle down Fancy dtown dinner, North Shore & Kailua dinner

Comment on Day 1: Kailua has lots of places that serve great breakfasts.
Besides Cinnamon's, there's Boots N Kimo, which always has a long line of Japanese tourists waiting, but a couple of doors down is Crepes No Ka Oi and Peet's Coffee. Morning Brew is good as is Moke's Bread and Breakfast.
Since you're planning on stopping at Foodland, take a look at the menus of Prima, which serves brunch on the weekends, and Big City Diner, both in the same center.

Dec 22, 2014
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Less than 72 Hours on the Big Island: Hawi/Waimea/Volcano help

Agree that OP would probably have the best selection of 100% Kona or Ka`u, Maui or Kauai estate coffees in Honolulu.

Dec 22, 2014
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Less than 72 Hours on the Big Island: Hawi/Waimea/Volcano help

comment on Day 2: I would not count on any services being available in Pahoa. Most of the businesses are packing up because the lava flow is still moving toward the town. If you intend to cook when you get to Volcano, I'd recommend you buy the ingredients in Hilo before you leave.

Dec 21, 2014
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Pairing passion fruit curd with gingerbread?

You can substitute lilikoi for lemon in any recipe, so using the lilikoi curd with gingerbread should work out fine. Another suggestion would be to lighten the curd with whipoped cream and use the mixture as a filling for cream puffs

Dec 21, 2014
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what to bring from mainland??

Forgot to mention that handcrafted chocolates are almost always a welcomed gift.

Dec 20, 2014
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what to bring from mainland??

Without knowing what your friends tastes are, it's hard to make recommendations. If they are wine lovers, they might like limited production wines from small wineries, say from Paso Robles or Santa Barbara. Or a wine from Baja Mexico might be fun to try together.

Some spices are hard to find or expensive in Hawaii, for example sumac, Kampot peppercorns, and some of the specialty finishing salts These would probably easier to transport than wine.

Finally, fresh crop almonds or pistachios might fit the bill.

Dec 20, 2014
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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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