Better late than never. With that…
After a 3 1/2 delay at SFO we were on our way. BTW Delta sucks. They sent the wrong plane. Didn’t have some safety equipment for flying over water. Plane is old as well. Thought I had old gum on my seat. Upon closer inspection it was, well, not sure. Other than I couldn’t get it off. Hawaiian Airlines. Where were you when I needed you?
We arrived after 9pm, grabbed our luggage and rental car. It was late. We were supposed to arrive around supper time and meet up with the grandparents and cousins. Not on the road until 10pm. Either way we were headed to the same place. Call it supper. Call it late night snack. Call it Zippy’s!
Chicken and waffles.
Homemade Corned Beef Hash, Fried Rice & Eggs.
The dish I always get upon landing is Chili & Chicken mixed plate. Note the brown rice.
Up early, Emma and I headed out for a short walk along the beach. We stopped off at the nearby Saint Germain where she wanted a … chocolate doughnut.
Eating a doughnut while checking out the following sights makes for an extra good tasting doughnut.
We headed back to the hotel, got ready, and headed out to the KCC farmers market to check out all the vendors including my sister-in-law’s No Ka ‘Oi Cookie Company. Try the butterflake cookie which is one of the most popular items on the menu!
Long line up for Kukui Sausage Company. Sausage on a stick. I didn’t feel like one so will have to try next time.
Strawberry lemonade Ono Pops on a HOT day!
Some sweet tasting pineapples.
Bought a few of these excellent papayas.
We went to grab lunch at Rainbows.
I had some free time since Anna’s cousin had a wedding shower – girls only. I contacted my local fellow food loving friend Paul and along with his daughter, we headed to Mitch’s Fish Market & Sushi Bar which is located in a plain looking building near the HNL airport.
We were seated in the near empty restaurant in the back room. Paul had brought some beers and we were able to get a bucket filled with ice. Cold beers. Nothing better. We both ordered the Sushi Matsu and a number of items from the special daily menu. This was probably one of the best sushi places I’ve been too in all my visits to Hawaii.
After a very satisfying lunch we headed to Costco to pick up a few things. On the way there, we passed Dee-Lite Bakery and wanted to check out the famous Guava Chiffon cake.
There was a family beach BBQ later so I decided to get a whole guava chiffon cake to share.
I also saw a piece of rainbow cake to try.
Glad I did. It was delicious!
I was really looking forward to the family beach BBQ. The cousins and brother-in-law brought grills and we had chicken, short ribs, sausages, and grilled rice musubi. All was quite good but I particularly liked the grilled musubi.
They don’t mess around!
Moon coming up.
Sun going down.
After supper the kids wanted to look for and catch sand crabs in the water! Flashlights. Buckets. Nets. And off they went!
We got up early and headed to Mana Bu’s for some snacks. I’d been told this place sells out pretty fast so glad we went early. The shelves were still kind of bare although freshly made musubi was brought out while we were there.
We headed to Kualoa Ranch where Lils wanted to ride a horse.
Unfortunately when we tried to buy tickets we found out you had to be at least 5 years old. She sat down on the ground and cried! Looking longingly at the horses. Next time!
Instead we checked out the petting zoo. Not quite the same but it helped get over the disappointment.
It started to pour rain on our drive back into town. We were getting hungry. What to do? We drove by Mike’s Huli Huli on the hwy and decided to turn back to check it out. Good decision.
Mike’s Huli Huli menu. What to have?…what to have? How about some shrimp and chicken?
Good choices. Take a look.
Doesn’t that look good? (although the mac salad was meh)
Delicious and very moist huli huli chicken.
We ate it all up sitting in the steaming car while it poured all around us. There were covered picnic tables but I think they were all wet.
To top it off, the guy taking the order asked me, “Kama’aina?”. Yes. We had Hawaii driver license as proof! No need.
I didn’t know this when we went there but I guess Adam Richman of Man vs. Food fame had already been there. The guy on the left served me. Nice.
That afternoon, we went for a swim on the military base with some family and then headed to Baldwin’s Sweetshop for some shave ice and snacks.
We returned to the hotel, cleaned up, and headed for dinner at Anytime Cafe which is a HK style cafe…kind of.
Typical kid’s menu.
With fond memories of our HK visit last November 2013, I order yuanyang which is a combination of black tea, coffee, and milk.
Hmmmm…doesn’t taste so good. Oh yeah. forgot the liquid sugar.
Unfortunately that didn’t do the trick. Not so good. Couldn’t finish it.
The menu covers typical HK style dishes like baked pork chop with fried rice and things you’d find at a won ton shop.
We started with the pig’s feet which was probably the best dish on the night.
I ordered the baked pork chop and was pretty disappointed. Meat was too lean and not cooked properly. Too dry. The tomato sauce. Below average. Fried rice. Not much effort put in based on what I saw.
The kid’s spaghetti. Ok.
Beef tendon lo mein with choy.
Jook was decent.
Uncle John brought some brownies from Kilani Bakery to the restaurant.
They were excellent. Just the way I like them. Chewy. Chocolate. All. The. Time. And eaten in the second room otherwise known as the hotel bathroom. Kids asleep.
Bowling anyone? Not today but I do want to go to Aiea Bowl and try the food. It’s located about 5 miles north of the airport.
Not too many people bowling today.
The menu looks pretty good.
I have to try the oxtail soup.
We start off with some fries. Thin, crispy, and tasty.
Furikake ahi and Tasty chicken mixed plate. Fish was so so but the chicken was….tasty! I think I’ll have garlic shrimp and tasty chicken next time.
Oxtail soup was next. A little fatty but good flavor.
I liked the accompanying sauce. It made the oxtail soup.
Saimin. I guess I should have taken a picture showing the noodles. I had some but waited too long. Soggy. My fault.
I’m pretty full at this point but I can’t leave without some dessert. What to order?
It’s gotta be the famous lemon crunch cake. Slice here. And a slice to go please.
On the way back into town, we went to Ala Moana to pick out Lilly’s birthday cake at Saint Germain’s Bakery. Guess which one she wanted?
On the way to the grandparent’s place we called ahead and picked up a pizza for the kids at J.J. Dolan’s.
Broccoli and Olives. $16 plus $1.50 per topping. Not my first choice when in Hawaii. But my first choice when kids are involved. Always. And yes, they like broccoli and olives.
I had the opportunity to head out with my brother-in-law and his girlfriend for some late night grub. We tried to find a place in Waikiki. The go-to place was about to close. We also found out that the late night happy hour that runs from 10pm-1am is only Friday and Saturdays.
Where to go?
Drive along S King St until we hit the secret Japanese restaurant.
Interesting things on the wall as we walk in…
Not too busy yet. We were one of maybe 3 tables?
Let’s get the party started.
Good selection brother-in-law.
Need to wash all this down with an ice cold beer.
Excellent meal made all the better by being so unexpected.
Let’s start the day off right with a little swim, sand, and sun.
Plantation iced tea is always good after a swim at the beach.
Some snacks for the kids.
I had something else in mind.
Hmmm this doesn’t look like the right place.
Wait. Chun Wah Noodle Factory?
I’m looking for this place which is around the corner.
What’s for lunch?
I think I’ll have the crab stuffed ahi katsu plate which everyone raves about.
I can’t leave without some fresh poke. One each please – spicy and limu poke. I preferred the latter.
Here’s a better shot.
Back at the hotel, I eat. Satisfying.
Kids are napping. Or so we thought. They escaped but we found them. Just in time to get ready for a special birthday celebration in the evening. Someone is turning 3.
We invited all the relatives to come celebrate with us. We reserved the back tatami room. Let’s order some happy hour food and drink to start.
Everyone finally arrived and the food just kept coming.
Everyone digging in.
Now for the special moment.
Everyone waited patiently.
Side view of rainbow cake. Doesn’t that look good?
Good time had by all.
The next morning we picked up a few plate lunches from Gulick’s before heading off to the airport for an early afternoon flight. We were headed to Maui for a few days!
Princess boarding. Please move aside.
More to come…from Maui!
First stop was Guri Gurl
That’s ok. Let’s head to the resort.
Rustic Crab Dip.
Long bread sticks and dips.
Kids got simple pasta – red and white sauce. Actually pretty tasty.
Sepiia Tagliatelle – calamari and sausage. This was quite delicious.
I’m full. Good night.
We decided to take a drive and check out some eats including shave ice at Ululani maui!
He didn’t like that I took this picture and asked me if I worked for a competitor. He was kind of joking…but not really. Ooops. Other than that we enjoyed the shave ice.