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Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

Scott sadly is correct. There was a time ... but that was a long time ago

Mar 22, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Ethnic and other affordable eating options near the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu

The closest is Wailana coffee shop. Stick to breakfast items. Affordable and ethnic, leave Waikiki. Check prices for a one week bus pass, easy to get to alamoana/keeamoku and to ward centers

Mar 22, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Where can I purchase a good quality pastrami?

Sad to say, but you won't. The best you are going to find will be boars head or one of the supermarket alternatives. Sandwiches are outside Hawaii's otherwise diverse culinary traditions. Or as a friend used to like to say "no rice?, it's not a meal."

Mar 22, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Honolulu trip report - Dapuma Live

You mean there are places that don't use plastic greens? I've found then to be quite ubiquitous.

Mar 18, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Gifts from California

Anything from TJ is likely to. Be greatly welcomed. Nuts, cookies, dried fruit, etc etc etc

Mar 18, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii
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ono seafood closed for renovation / times has fresh poke

There are a number of threads on poke. I don't know as I've ever seen times market listed. Most foodland stores have good poke as well

Feb 23, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Kua'Aina Sandwich?

I'm not sure it is as good as it once was, but I've never had a bad burger from Kua Aina and I love the shoestring fries. As long as you've been here you never ate at Kua Aina?

Feb 21, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Old Chicken, eat or toss?

sadly i won't have a dry part of the yard till sometime in april. i have no doubt i would be the talk of the neighborhood. after i am evicted do you think they will let me come back and dig it up in 6 months?

condo associations have such silly rules. no towels on the balcony railings, no shoes left in the hall, no fermenting chickens in the yard. what is the world coming to?

Feb 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics
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Weird food secrets

warm elbow macaroni with mayonnaise and parmesan cheese.

Feb 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Weird food secrets

Ive been eating peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches all my life, but in spite of 3 years in Seoul I never thought of peanut butter and kim chee. Guess I know whats for lunch tomorrow. Woo Hoo!

Feb 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics

St Patricks Day menu

what time are you serving dinner? you better put out some extra place settings, there may be a few of us headed your way.

Feb 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

what to do with mini sweet peppers

raw right out of the bag dipped in hummus or other dip while I'm web surfing on chow.

oh yeah, I've had them stuffed and broiled and other things, but really, they make a great snack food just as they are. just avoid the seeds at the top if you can.

Feb 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in Home Cooking

How not to waste food, if living alone

I didn't think the vacuum sealers were any better, but I often share purchases from the big box with a friend, and her vacuum sealed do last significantly longer than my good old tupperware. But there are things that the vacuum sealers are not good for, as mentioned leafy greens for one.

Feb 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Old Chicken, eat or toss?

such consensus. I have to cook it just to be contrary.

fear not, into the trash it will go.

Feb 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

I've not heard good things about it. But will be interested to hear your review. But then I didn't think much of Phillip Paolo either, at least not after the first 6 or 8 months.

Feb 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

not gonna comment… LOL

Feb 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

How not to waste food, if living alone

I know that a lot of people have told you to buy in small quantities, but that gets really expensive a lot of the time when a big package from a big box store is less expensive that a small package at the market. Throwing away money is as bad as throwing away food.

Keep your refrigerator COLD. Just above the point where stuff in the back and bottom get ice on them. Most fruit and vegetables will keep significantly longer that way.

Get a vacuum sealer. Portion out the firm vegetables, meats you don't want to freeze for whatever reason into useable portions and seal them.

Buy those produce bags. They really do work to keep leafy greens and things you can't seal fresher much longer.

Use your freezer. I like fresh food. As a single person who likes variety I can't have fresh food at every meal. Freezing is a very viable solution for a lot of what I eat.

Work with what you've got. If you have one meal that calls for swiss chard, and another that wants kale, and a third that calls for spinach, the chances are you can do a reasonable amount of substituting so that you only need to buy one of the three, maybe two. Or maybe something else like cabbage or Brussels sprouts will work as a substitute.

Feb 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics
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Old Chicken, eat or toss?

Ive got a whole chicken in my fridge that I've put off cooking for about 3 weeks (yeah.. I know). Its still in the store packaging, never opened, refrigerated the whole time.

do i cook it or throw it out?

Feb 12, 2014
KaimukiMan in General Topics

Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

Manomin says they let her guy in, but I know people who were turned away dressed as she described. But shorts and slippers are not going to cut it.

Feb 11, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii
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What Makes Customers Think its Okay to Stay Past Store Hours?

Like most people said, if the cafe is open till 11 that means customers are welcome to come in till 11. Now hopefully they don't sit around and chit chat till midnight.

I agree that you should be paid for that work, and most places you are. Of course once the last patron leaves there goes your real income, tips. Face it in most jurisdictions food service employees, at least front of the house, are "exempt" positions where you don't get minimum wage.

So yes, you are getting a raw deal, but pretty much everyone in food service knows thats the game. And it's true whether you are working at McDonalds or Chez Platinum.

Feb 11, 2014
KaimukiMan in Not About Food
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Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

Agree. You are not going to even get away with an aloha shirt and slacks. They do not require a tie.

Feb 11, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

What happened to Burger King's chicken sandwich?

ask for something "special" extra lettuce or mayo, light mayo. something that will make them make it fresh.

HAVE IT YOUR WAY

Feb 10, 2014
KaimukiMan in Chains

Kona coffee variability

I don't think the average person realizes the difference in microclimates there are in these islands, or even on any given island. The wettest recorded spot on the planet is the top of the mountain on Kauai (Mt. Waialae'ale), but other areas both on Kauai and other islands qualify as true desserts because of the lack of rain. And with elevations ranging from sea level to over 13,000 feet (yes, thirteen thousand) there is a huge range in temperatures as well. Finally the distance from Princeville on Kauai to South Point on Hawaii Island is almost 340 miles. Quite a distance for determining climates.

Feb 10, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Dinner at 12th Avenue Grill

next time they are really busy Ill stare in the windows at the people eating - ill be sure to wear my oldest clothes and muss my hair. LOL

Feb 10, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Dinner at 12th Avenue Grill

how so Macsak, I didn't notice a lot of wasted space, but I didn't really look at anything beyond the dining room.

Feb 10, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Honolulu Trip in March staying at RH - help me fill in trip intinerary

Kathryn pretty much nailed it.

I like Lucky Belly, but after cocktails and pupu's at house without a key, are you going to want more food? I also like side street inn. The various menu items are best served family style and are really just heavy pupu's, not entrees, but generous servings. If you order one per person and an order or double order of fried rice you will go home with leftovers. Either Side Street is closer to Waikiki than Lucky Belly. Lucky Belly is also in a part of Honolulu that is a little bit sketchy and makes some people uncomfortable at night. Urban dwellers don't seem as likely to be perturbed as suburbanites.

You might consider the "food court" at Shirokiya at Ala Moana on the way to Pearl Harbor. You can pick up food to go (bentos) that you can eat while waiting at Pearl Harbor. They open at 9:30am Oh, the food court is on the upper level of Shirokiya. There is some food on the mall level, but the full experience is upstairs.

Feb 09, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Dinner at 12th Avenue Grill

LOL, I also joked about the most expensive - but by far best - tuna sandwiches I ever had.

Feb 09, 2014
KaimukiMan in Hawaii

Preferred method of making restaurant reservations?

I think you are right that during dinner service (or lunch or whatever) they do have someone doing that, but that person undoubtedly has other tasks, like seating people. I know from personal experience it can be frustrating to wait to be seated while the host/captain/maitre'd' is going over available times and seating options with someone over the phone who is unable to make up their mind. At other times whoever answers the phone is probably rushing around trying to set up for the next meal service or rushing around cleaning up from the last service.

Feb 08, 2014
KaimukiMan in Not About Food
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Preferred method of making restaurant reservations?

Any idea how much they charge? Do they mention this on their website?

I can't expect them to provide this service for free, so I wonder what other methods of payment you would expect them to get. I don't remember seeing advertisements on their webpage either.

Feb 06, 2014
KaimukiMan in Not About Food

Preferred method of making restaurant reservations?

Phone, especially if it is for that evening.
Open Table if I'm making reservations well in advance.

I figure whoever is answering the phone has better/more urgent things to do than worry about a reservation 3 days out. If I want to make any kind of special arrangements then I definitely want to speak to a person on the phone.

Feb 06, 2014
KaimukiMan in Not About Food