Hawaii Mom Blog






May 29, 2020


Little Joe’s Steakhouse is set to reopen its doors for dine-in service on Friday, June 5, 2020 starting at 4:30 p.m. for Happy Hour and dinner until 10:00 p.m.

The relaxed fine dining steakhouse from restaurateur Peter Kim opened in mid-March and serves classic American fare in a family-friendly atmosphere at reasonable prices.

“We’re glad to be reopening Little Joe’s just in time to celebrate the class of 2020 and treat dads with a special night out for Father’s Day,” said Kim. “Since our introduction to the community was cut short, we’re offering a special three-course that showcases what we’re all about.”

The three-course special includes a choice of salad, 16-ounce New York Strip, and gelato for $29.95 per person.

Little Joe’s full ala cart menu features the best in choice steaks and chops along with an array of side dishes and appetizers. Steaks, including rib-eye, T-bone and filet mignon – are aged for six to seven weeks to maximize the flavor profile. Diners will also enjoy seafood selections, soups and salads, and desserts.

The full bar hosts a daily happy hour with up-to half-off food prices and drink specials. Beer selections start at $3.50 and wine-by-the-glass at $6.95. The bar menu includes a wide range of choices, from steak tartare, steak sliders, truffle garlic fries and ultimate bacon cheeseburger with avocado, to Oysters Rockefeller, shrimp cocktail and fresh fish tacos, among many other items.

The restaurant’s six private rooms are perfectly suited for special occasions, like small graduation parties and family gatherings.

In keeping with the current guidelines, reservations will be limited to a maximum of 10 guests and parties will be seated at least six feet apart. Additionally, guests will be asked to wear face masks as they enter and exit the restaurant, but not while they are seated for dinner or drinks. 
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Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

I recently made these Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, which are based on the Levain Bakery recipe. 
You bake them with no vanilla and at a high heat, and you're also supposed to make them into enormous cookies, but I ended up making little ones (because I wanted the cookies to last longer!).

They are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside.  Maybe next time I'll make them into the gigantic cookies the recipe called for!

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

  • 1 c butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 c brown sugar 
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 c flour
  • 1 t cornstarch
  • 3/4 t baking soda
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 2 c chocolate chips
  • 2 c walnuts, chopped
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and sugar.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. 
  • Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  • Bake by heaping tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes.  

Find the original recipe here on Modern Honey.
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KTA Super Stores Gives the SHAKA (Summer Home Adventures & Keiki Activities) to Hawai‘i’s Keiki This June

2020 is certainly a year for the record books, and as summer creeps closer, Hawai‘i’s keiki are finding themselves with fewer and fewer options for summer education and fun. In an effort to provide kids of all ages something fun to do over the summer, KTA Super Stores has partnered with ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, Shaka Tea, and the East Hawai‘i Cultural Center - Youth Arts Series to create the SHAKA (Summer Home Adventures & Keiki Activities) with KTA program, a series of weekly online activities for the month of June.

This series of classes will include DIY, how-to, or educational activities for everyone; KTA encourages everyone to participate, no matter their age or home island, as long as they want to have fun and learn! The weekly activities are designed to help keep participants busy, positive, and engaged as they adjust to a different sort of school break.

“Summer is such an important time in kids’ lives. They’ve endured so many difficulties over the past few months, so we wanted to give Hawai‘i’s keiki something to really look forward to during the month of June. These activities are designed to be engaging and educational, with the added element of excitement at the opportunity to win prizes,” said KTA Super Stores President Toby Taniguchi.

How it works:

Each week, KTA partners will post an activity on their social media pages. After completing the activity, participants will post a photo of their finished masterpiece on social media and tag @ktasuperstores plus that week’s host and hashtag the post #SHAKAwithKTA. ALL participants will receive a special KTA Mascot keychain and will be entered to win one of ten $20 KTA gift cards, as well as prizes from each week’s activity host. Ten winners for each activity will be selected randomly at the end of the submission period; participants can enter every week to win up to $80 in KTA gift cards.

All social media accounts that are participating must be public and following @ktasuperstores and the host of the week to be eligible to win. In observance of social distancing, all prizes will be mailed to the participant at the end of the promotion. Participants must provide an email and valid state of Hawai‘i mailing address to receive their prize. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win.

For a more detailed list of the Official Rules of the contest visit ktasuperstores.com/promotions
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The Start of Summer

Today marks the official first day of "summer break."  My youngest's last virtual class was yesterday (my older two finished nearly two weeks ago).

Although all of my kids have been doing assignments through google classroom, attending webex classes, and working on other school projects, they definitely loved being at home, and being able to play on their phones or gaming consoles whenever the mood struck (which was often!).

Usually we'd go on a trip during the summer, but with me still wary about going to the beach or even having any kind of small gathering, it will feel like more of the same from the past two months.

Do you have any plans for summer?
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May 28, 2020

Milk Bar Cookie Tin

A cookie craving and impulsive shopping combined into a sweet delivery from MilkBar!

I browsed their website and noticed that the Cookie Tin of a dozen cookies ( 2 Compost Cookies®, 2 Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies, 2 Corn Cookies, 2 Blueberry & Cream Cookies™, 2 Chocolate-Chocolate Cookies, and 2 Confetti Cookies) could be shipped to Hawaii.

When I discovered it was flat rate shipping ($15), I thought I may as well order multiple tins and take advantage of the flat rate!
The cookies are shipped overnight (you select the date in advance), and it'll be hard not to tear open every single one of the cookie packages.

Visit https://milkbarstore.com/collections/gift-shop to find out what other goodies they have to offer!

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AW at Home

Chef Alan Wong is back on the line at Alan Wong's Honolulu, and you can get some AW at Home with their weekly take-out meals!

Signature Dishes and Daily Specials are offered, and meals come packed and prepped with easy-to-follow instructions. 

Meals come with White Rice or Mashed Potatoes, plus:
Asian Slaw Salad

Vegetable of the Day

Mudslide Cookies
 I ordered:
Twice Cooked Short Rib, Soy Braised and Grilled "Kalbi" Style

Salmon "Ochazuke" Risotto

Pan Fried Ahi Belly

Ginger Crusted Striped Sea Bass
Everything tasted amazing.  My fave is the Short Rib (loved the spicy kochujang sauce).  You can't go wrong with the Signature Ginger Crusted Fish of the Day (the Miso Sesame Vinagrette is fantastic!),  and the Risotto was delish as well.  The Pan Fried Ahi Belly was a special of the day, and that was a family fave.

Visit https://www.alanwongs.com/ for their weekly to-go menu - they are frequently adding new items!

Alan Wong's Honolulu
1857 S King St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 949-2526
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Zippy's Essentials - Cornbread Mix and Bake at Home Apple Napples

After restaurants were required to close to in-person dining due to COVID-19, places like Zippy's came up with unique ways of continuing to feed its customers. Zippy's came out with unbaked versions of their ever popular Apple Napples and Cornbread so that customers can enjoy these items on-demand at home.  


Each order comes with four frozen ready-to-bake Apple Napples, parchment paper, and glaze, packed neatly in a bakery box.

Bake one, or bake them all, at your convenience in the comfort of your own home.  The aroma in your kitchen while these babies are baking will make your mouth water. 

You can enjoy these plain, or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!


To make the cornbread, you'll need two eggs, 1/2 cup of oil and 1/2 cup of water. Mix the wet ingredients first in a separate bowl, then add the mix to the bowl. Then pour the mixture back into the black tray and bake for 30 minutes.

Cornbread goes with a lot of things - jam, butter, chili ...

You can also grill it on the stove with a wad of butter - so delicious!!

To order these items, you must order online or through the Zippy's app, select your location, select ASAP as your pick up time, then click on Zippy's Essentials.  You can even more other things like flour, yeast, toilet paper, eggs, rice, chocolate cupcake mix, and Zippy's masks!  

Click here for more information or to start your order!

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