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January 19, 2018

Dim Sum at Yum Cha Hawaii



I saw the cutest piggy dim sum on Instagram and just had to have them!  Good thing my friends were game and so we changed our lunch location to Yum Cha Hawaii located at Uraku Tower.


I usually don't expect much service wise when it comes to dim sum restaurants and while the servers were very nice, they were kind of all over the place.  We never received our plate of pork dumplings - even asking for it more than once.  But, we let it go because they are new and it was pretty busy.  


We ordered off the menu, but a cart came around with some of the dishes we ordered and we weren't sure if we should take them or if they would be coming from the kitchen.  It got slightly chaotic, but the food was delicious and we all really enjoyed it.  The piggy buns were as yummy as they were cute and I would definitely go back.


The restaurant is open daily from 10am to 10pm with the full dim sum menu served until 4pm.  Free parking is available downstairs of the Uraku Tower.

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Visit Kauai: Fern Grotto



While visiting Kauai, we made an impromptu visit to the Fern Grotto, one of Kauai's signature attractions and accessible by boat up the Wailua River.  Once off-limits to all but Hawaiian royalty, the Fern Grotto is a geological wonder of Kauai where ferns grow upside down from the roof of the grotto. 

 

Smith's Kauai company offers boat tours departing daily from the Wailua Marina State Park at 9:30am, 11am, 2pm, and 3:30pm.  We arrived at the marina about 3pm to purchase our tickets.  The cruise boats are spacious and open-air giving us excellent views from either side during the trip upstream.  During the ride, we enjoyed listening to stories of Kauai's history and culture.  According to the company, the Wailua River is known as "the only navigable river" in all Hawaii.  The river's fresh water pours down from Mt. Wai'ale'ale, one of the wettest spots on the planet and lands along the river were the sacred capital of ancient Kauai and the birthplace of the island's ali'i, or royalty.

 

From the landing it's a short walk through the rainforest to the lush Fern Grotto.  Be sure to bring some mosquito repellant!  The grotto is beautiful and serene.  We took our time taking pictures and enjoying the natural beauty.  The tour company entertained us with live music and hula.  On the ride back they coaxed us in joining them for some hula which was fun for both the kids and the adults.  The approximate duration of the tour was an hour and 20 minutes.  I thought this was the perfect excursion for the kids to get a little downtime.  











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Visit Louisville: SuperChefs

Our last night in Louisville we dined at SuperChefs for dinner, where the restaurant is decked out in superhero posters and the menu is also superhero-themed.

Spiderboy - Burger with Fries

Superboy - Hand-Breaded Chicken Nuggets with Fries

Pop Pop's Lamb Chop Lollipops

Batboy - Grilled Cheese with Mac & Cheese

Blue Salad

Magneto
I ordered the Magneto - a red velvet waffle sandwich consisting of egg, candied bacon, buttermilk fried chicken, and smoked bourbon honey. I thought the waffle was too sweet, but I really liked everything else in the sandwich - especially the chicken and bacon!

The Blue Salad was a nice mixture of apples, blue cheese, goat cheese, candied pecans, and greens.

Kids meals range from $6.99 to $8.99, and I was quite impressed with the food.  No frozen chicken nuggets or boxed macaroni and cheese - everything is freshly made!

Service was great, and I was pleasantly surprised with the food - both in presentation and in taste!

SuperChefs
1702 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 409-8103
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Pizzas now available at Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar




I couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate National Pizza Week than with lunch at Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar with social media mavens Melissa (@Melissa808) and Gem (@808Gem). 

Actually, when we originally scheduled this luncheon, we were not aware that we were meeting during National Pizza Week, so what started out as a planning session morphed into a celebration of one of America's favorite foods.

Gem insisted on ordering one of her favorite dishes from the menu - the Crispy Fried Portobello. I can see why she is such a popular menu item - it's darn delicious, especially when dunked in the pesto aioli that it comes with.


We also tried Mari's Garden Kale and Farro Salad. I am not a big fan of salads at restaurants, or kale, but I ate it since kale is a superfood and the pomegranate and evoo dressing does a great job of cutting the bitterness of the kale.


Since Appetito recently fired up their Kiawe wood pizza oven, and it was National Pizza Week, we had to order a couple of pizzas.  

The Korean Yakiniku pizza was my favorite of the two we tried.  It was slightly spicy, but full of flavor, thanks to the marinated grilled beef and kimchee.






The Prosciutto was what you would expect, and a safe bet if you're looking for something more traditional (and like Prosciutto which is uncooked ham).



For dessert, I really liked the Butterscotch Buddino!


The Chocolate Nutella Cake is a must if you love chocolate. 



About Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar:
Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar at OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, January 20, 2018. While the restaurant has quickly become known for its delicious fare, it’s the launch of its main attraction—craft pizza, that’s drawing crowds.

To begin, the craft pizza at Appetito is the only one of its kind in Waikiki. Made with homemade sauces and Caputo flour—an import from Naples, Italy—Regional Executive Chef Hiroyuki “Hiro” Mimura saw this as a none negotiable aspect of the pizza-making process. Another non-negotiable was that the hand-tossed pizza is made-to-order in the gilded beauty of a Kiawe (Hawaiian Mesquite) wood oven in the open-aired kitchen. Each pizza takes about 90 seconds to perfection as its enticing aroma wafts from the 900-degree Fahrenheit oven. The pizzas are enough to feed one to two people, though the variety of flavors encourage ordering a few options to share.

There are two categories of pizza available: authentic Italian and artisanal. The Italian lineup includes classics such as Margherita and Italian Salami, along with Prosciutto topped with local arugula, Funghi served with Porcini cream, Alii, shiitake and cremini mushrooms with truffle oil. Salsiccia & Kale—that’s sausage and kale, Boqurones (pronounced “Bo-keh-row-nez”) for white anchovy lovers, and Quatro Formaggi, an indulgent pizza with gorgonzola, mozzarella, ricotta and Grana Padano cheese, drizzled with local honey, round out the collection.

Meanwhile, the artisanal pizza shows the kitchen’s flair for creativity with sure hits such as Korean Yakiniku with grilled beef, gochujang mayo and kimchee, and Smoked Salmon featuring smoked salmon, sour cream, and salmon roe. Others include Roasted Vegetable with tomato and pesto sauce, King Crab Shishitou with wasabi mayo on a cream sauce, Shrimp Pesto with grape tomatoes and olives, and Chicken & Spicy Green Curry. The pizzas range from $12 – $25 per order.


APPETITO CRAFT PIZZA & WINE BAR
150 Kaiulani Ave.
(808) 922-1150
Validated parking at Ohana East ($6 for four hours) 

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Pupus, Cocktails, and Brunch at Herringbone


In a 24-hour period I went to Herringbone Waikiki twice - once for pupus and cocktails, and then again for brunch the very next morning!

Kiss My Bubbles
I had the Kiss My Bubbles cocktail - Belvedere vodka, strawberry, vanilla, aloe vera, lime, cane sugar, and sparkling wine.  I loved it!

Buffalo Octopus

Boardwalk Fries

Bok Choy & Mushroom
I really liked the fries, which were served with Old Bay seasoning and a malt vinegar aioli. I couldn't stop eating them!

I was excited to finally try the Buffalo Octopus, which had a nice kick to it.

The Bok Choy & Mushrooms were tossed in an island vinaigrette and served with crispy taro.

My friends and I stayed until closing, and the next morning I went back to Herringbone for Brunch!

Garlic Shrimp & Grits

Biscuits & Pono Pork Gravy

California Burrito

Okinawan Sweet Potato Hash
I couldn't wait to try the Garlic Shrimp & Grits, which I heard so many people rave about. I enjoyed it, and my friend thought the flavors were really good, especially the curry, but was quick to point out that the shrimp was overcooked.

The California Burrito was stuffed with eggs, carne asada, potatoes, and cheese. It was huge, and I thought it was good (I love Mexican food!).  For my side I opted for the Okinawan Sweet Potato Hash.  The dish was just bursting with color!

My friend ordered the Biscuits & Pono Pork Gravy - homemade buttermilk biscuits, black pepper pork gravy, and porchetta. I had tried that dish during a brunch event and it was one of my faves, however my friend thought that although the pork was tasty, it was a little dry, and would have preferred a fattier, more succulent cut.

I had the same server for both visits, and service was great both times.

Herringbone is definitely one of my new favorite restaurants on the island!


Herringbone Waikiki
International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 797-2435
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January 18, 2018

Elvin’s Bakery



For special occasions, I like to order a cake from Elvin's Bakery.  Located in the Kapalama shopping center, the bakery sells pastries, breads, cakes, and coffees.  


Most recently, I ordered an 8 inch strawberry shortcake ($33) decorated with the Chinese long life symbol to celebrate my father's 70th birthday.  The cake was a hit with the entire family.  The shortcake was light and airy while the cream was delicious.  




 

www.elvinsbakery.com 

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Consolidated Theatres' Pearlridge Location Complete with Luxury Reclinier Seating

Consolidated Theatres recently outfitted all 12 of its auditoriums at Pearlridge with plush electric powered recliner seats. Guests can now recline with the push of a button while watching the latest Hollywood blockbusters. In addition to the upgraded seats, Pearlridge theatres now offers reserved seating for guests to secure their favorite seat online prior to arriving at the theatre. 

“We are proud to provide customers with a more convenient and unforgettable movie watching experience at our Pearlridge location, with its newly upgraded luxury recliner seating,” said Lindsey Chun-Hori, director of marketing for Consolidated Theatres. “For the past century, Consolidated Theatres has recognized the importance of upholding its tradition of quality, customer service and innovation and will continue this practice for years to come.”  

Pearlridge Theatres is the third Consolidated Theatres location to receive the new seating upgrade and will be not the last. Renovations for Consolidated Theatres’ Mililani location will kick-off in February and bring premium luxury recliner seating to Central O‘ahu. 

Consolidated Theatres is offering half-priced small, medium and large popcorn bag purchases at all theatre locations on Friday, January 19, 2018, in honor of National Popcorn Day.  


For more information about Consolidated Theatres and to purchase tickets for these screenings, visit www.consolidatedtheatres.com
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