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Shopping for good food and supplies on Maui - Advice for visiting condo cooks?

I went to Eskimo Candy today based on this page and I have to say I was not impressed. The fish had a soft texture that can only based a result of older fish thawed from the freezer. While it's not a specialty store, I would just go to Foodland on the main strip in Kihei and get some there. It's the same price, you have more selections, and they offer both fresh and frozen tuna. Be forewarned, the fresh fish poke will be a few dollars a pound more but the frozen/thawed poke will be the same price as this place

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Eskimo Candy Seafood Market & Cafe
2665 Wai Wai Pl, Kihei, HI 96753

Jan 23, 2012
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

Character Breakfast of the Worst Kind

Disney does certainly try their best to give every customer the same experience by having a solid training environment. While things can get militant at times, it was odd to me that the food standard wasn't held up to the same standard. I've been to almost all the Disney properties worldwide and can attest that the food was certainly the worst at this location. It was an unfortunate experience.

Sep 30, 2011
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

Character Breakfast of the Worst Kind

I did try to contact them that way the same time I posted this review. All I got was a notification that their mailbox was full and have received the same message the last 3 times I've done this since.

Sep 28, 2011
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

Character Breakfast of the Worst Kind

Thanks for the input, but since I did the breakfast for my son, a Hello Kitty buffet doesn't fit in the overall plan.

Sep 28, 2011
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

Character Breakfast of the Worst Kind

I did all of them in the same hour

Sep 11, 2011
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

Character Breakfast of the Worst Kind

As a local in a Hawaii, we looked forward to taking our child to the Character Breakfast Buffet as he is just about the age to start recognizing the Disney Characters.

Overall, the breakfast was a HUGE disappointment. While we did see the assigned characters (Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy) the food was extremely dismal and an insult to the $35 per person that I paid for the experience. While most would say that I am not paying for the breakfast but the character meet-n-greet, I expected the food to be of similar quality to other buffets in Hawaii of a similar price. What I got was akin to a Howard Johnson's Truck Stop type of breakfast. All the food was dried out, the bacon was gummy, the eggs were watery, and the carving station was amazingly anemic.

To add insult to injury, during the assigned photo-op with Mickey at the start of the breakfast, I was verbally "handled" with extreme condescension and disregard by one of the photo staff. Wanting a nice shot of the grounds I stood away from the crowd only to be strongly urged to stand in line like everyone else to and wait for Mickey. When I explained that I wanted a shot of the grounds, I was challenged as to where my camera actually was (insinuating that I was lying). I showed him my 5MP cell phone camera only to receive and "eye roll" as he walked away. Later when I asked him what I needed to do with my child to get the formal picture, he started his answer with "Well, if you had paid attention when I was talking to you earlier..." I'm actually quite sure that had I not been a local resident, the service by the photo staff would have been much different.

Overall, I am not expecting to come back to this resort until the quality of the food changes in the Character Breakfast. A rude staff member is an anomaly in the Disney empire, but a shockingly poor breakfast at $35 is inexcusable.

***I would have posted this directly to the Disney Aulani website but there is no option for feedback***

Sep 11, 2011
Sushi Otaku in Hawaii

two weeks, with limitations: hiroshima-osaka-nagoya-tokyo

A general rule with izakaya pubs is if you see a lot of business men there then it's probably a good place. I hope he smokes as they are always filled with heavy smokers and drinkers (of course).

Tokyo Dome is a great location and while there are a lot of options on the actual property, he'll be rewarded by looking for places to eat outside the Dome area.

Mar 01, 2011
Sushi Otaku in Japan

Fun place to dine with teens in Tokyo

If you find yourself in Ikebukuro, go to Namja Town in the Sunshine City Plaza. There is an entrance fee (300 yen) but you'll have access to the Gyoza Museum which will be fun for all three kids as they have various gyoza restaurants, games, and best of all an Ice Cream Museum as well for dessert. If you remember, this was featured on Bizarre Foods a couple of seasons ago.

http://www.namja.jp/img/pdf/guidemap.pdf

Mar 01, 2011
Sushi Otaku in Japan

Best BBQ in St. Louis ????

I literally just ate there an hour ago and have this to say about my lunch. I had the 2 meat plate ( brisket and pulled pork) and immediately found that I should have ordered the ribs. While the brisket was soft and matched well with the "hot bbq" sauce, the pork tasted dry without being drowned in sauce (sweet bbq). Having seen the ribs all around me the size of the ribs along with a great $12.99 price point for a half rack ($19.99 full rack), it seemed to me that the ribs are the way to go.

FYI, I had the cole slaw and deep friend corn on the cob as my sides. Both were just ok but did not detract from the quality of the lunch.

Food: 7/10
Decor: 6/10
Time for food after ordering: 45 seconds
Friendliness: 9/10
Price: 9/10

Jan 11, 2011
Sushi Otaku in Great Plains

HELP!!!! I need suggestions for 3 nice dinners

How does this work exactly? Can I only use one gift certificate from restaurant.com per visit? I'll be in Vegas a few days prior to Labor Day and this website sounds perfect.

Aug 03, 2010
Sushi Otaku in Las Vegas

HELP!!!! I need suggestions for 3 nice dinners

I had a chance to go to B&B a couple of years ago and it was just ok. If you have a need to eat Italian food then go ahead but it came across as a restaurant that was trying to hard to flip Italian conventions on it's head rather than a place for good food. After having the Degustation menu it was clear that the food centered around trying to be interesting at the expense of the customer's satisfaction

Aug 03, 2010
Sushi Otaku in Las Vegas

Himawari Ramen - San Mateo.

I just went there for dinner tonight based on forum recommendations. I had the miso butter corn ramen with a side of chicken karaage. Both were very good as well as healthy portions for the price. As someone who goes to Japan yearly primarily for the food, the ramen was good but the chicken was very noteworthy. It's fried just right with a light yet crisp breading that did a good job of keep the chicken juicy and flavorful.

Only change I would make would be to order the chicken without the small salad that comes with it. The dressing ends up bleeding into the chicken and if you're not quick enough, you end up with a piece or two of semi-soggy chicken. Forget the salad, give me one more piece of chicken!!

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Himawari
202 2nd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

Jun 17, 2010
Sushi Otaku in San Francisco Bay Area

Restaurant La Regalade- Paris

Just got back from Paris last week and my wife and I ate here our second night in the city. While it was a 40 minute metro ride from our hotel along with a 15 minute walk, it was worth all the effort. Starting off with the fantastic terrine (I had two 1/4" slices), I skipped an appetizer and ate a leg of lamb which was off the board and utterly fantastic. It even drew the attention of the lady next to me who is a regular there and wished she had ordered that over the fish she ordered.

Do not miss the Grand Marnier souffle for dessert no matter how full you are. Souffle being one of my favorite desserts ever, this goes down as one of the best I ever had. It yielded the perfect balance of custard flavor and orange liqueur.

My wife had their 3 course 32 Euro prix fixe and along with a glass of house wine, we spent a palsy 72 Euros ($96 US) for what ended up being the best meal of our 10 day trip.

May 06, 2010
Sushi Otaku in France

Staying at Marriott Del Mar

See, now this is why I love this website!!

Mar 24, 2009
Sushi Otaku in San Diego

Staying at Marriott Del Mar

I'll be staying here for a week for business but no car to drive around. Any recommendations within walking distance?

Mar 24, 2009
Sushi Otaku in San Diego

Ozoni Soup

Edit: The herb listed above should be mizuna (not mitsuba). Also here is a link to a more traditional basic recipe.

http://www.soshina.org/mochi-soup-rec...

Dec 30, 2008
Sushi Otaku in Recipes

Ozoni Soup

This is a very busy recipe. The brilliance of Japanese soups are it's simplicity. The focus should be on the savory qualities of the dashi complimenting the sweetness of the mochi. After that just add a few sprigs of mitsuba (for herbal flavor), a piece of red/white fishcake (symbolizing Japan's colors), and maybe a piece or two of diced chicken. The recipe above resembles more of a stew than an actual ozoni.

Dec 30, 2008
Sushi Otaku in Recipes

Dining with kids in Tokyo

My wife and I love going to Tokyo but this time it's with a 9 1/2 month old boy. Where can we go that is family friendly yet still has a high culinary value. Preferably I would like to avoid chain restaurants. Additional info: We'll be staying in Ikebukuro

Aug 31, 2008
Sushi Otaku in Japan

Burlingame for a week--dining recs?

Went to Broadway Prime last night and it was really good. Worth the $36 for the Broadway cut which is a full 1 lb of meat. Price comes with a choice of potato and vegetable as well as a house salad. Great for a family dinner or semi-special occasion

May 10, 2008
Sushi Otaku in San Francisco Bay Area