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March 22, 2019

Grandma G's Ono Grindz

If I go to the Mililani Farmers Market, there's a good chance I'm leaving with a plate or two (or more) from Grandma G's Ono Grindz.

They were offering three options the day I visited: Belgian Waffle with eggs and choice of meat, Portuguese Sausage Omelet with salad, and Fried Rice with egg and choice of meat.

I opted for all three, and upgraded to Fried Rice for the Omelet.

I LOVE their Fried Rice.  Full of green onions, char siu, bacon, and Portuguese sausage, the fried rice is just so yummy!

The Omelet was loaded with Portuguese sausage and onions!

There is always a line at Grandma G's, so put in your order, go shop for your produce, and by the time you're done, your food should be ready!
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Tennessee Omiyage

Although Jack Daniel's is a popular Tennessee omiyage, I instead bought a lot of sweets and sauces.  I had no idea the Moon Pie was a Tennessee treat (and that there were so many flavors), and that Goo Goo Clusters were a thing!

Here are the items we bought in Tennessee:

Colt's Chocolates
Gillie Chester's Nashville Ketchup
Goo Goo Clusters
Hellbilly's XXX Moonshiners Sauces
The Loveless Cafe's Biscuits
Moon Pie
Nashville Chocolate & Nut Co. Original Hot Chicken Crackers
Ole Smoky Moonshine Pumpkin Butter

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March 21, 2019

Cafe Kaila

After the HONOLULU Family Fun Run, we were starving, so we headed to Cafe Kaila to see how big the crowd was. We got lucky as there was only one party in front of us on the wait list, and our name was called in less than 5 minutes!

The hubby loves their corned beef hash - it's made from scratch (never from the can!) and comes with eggs, toast and rice. 

Corned Beef Hash

We ordered the one pancake/one piece bacon Kiddie Meal for one of my sons and he devoured it. We actually had to order a side order of bacon because he wanted more bacon.

The other son wanted a waffle with fruit on the side. 

On another occasion, I came here for lunch with a friend, and we both ended up ordering waffles for lunch! 

Today they had the cornbread waffle w/strawberry honey butter as a daily special, which I had heard was a crowd-favorite, so I tried it and it was amazing. If you are a fan of cornbread, you need to try this!

My friend who was a first-timer here ordered the crispy chicken and waffles - she loved it!

 Open seven days a week!

(808) 732-3330

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Teppan Legend

At a recent event I attended, several food trucks were on site, so we decided to get dinner from Teppan Legend.

It happened to have the longest line of all the trucks at the event, and it was worth the wait, in my opinion.

Salmon Katsu

Fried Noodles

Garlic Chicken with Fried Rice
Everything was tasty, but I liked the Garlic Chicken the best.  The garlic flavor was just enough, and the pieces of chicken were tender and flavorful.  We upgraded to Fried Rice, and I thought it was good, but I've had better.  My son loved the fried rice, however.

Overall the local-style faves were a hit with the fam!

Follow @teppanlegend on Instagram to find out where they'll be!

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Kogi Aina

I've had Kogi Aina on my list of places to try for a while, and although it's about a ten minute drive from my house, I never made it down here until this past weekend. 

The restaurant is located on busy Kahuhipa Street, in the heart of Kaneohe town. They have a few parking stalls on the side of the restaurant which fills up quickly, but you can also parking on the street or at nearby Koa Pancake House after 5 pm.

Kogi Aina is mostly known for their hot pot. You can either go the AYCE (all you can eat) route for a set price (90 minute time limit), or ala carte. 

Here's how the hot pot works - choose your broth, choose your meats (if you so choose), then head on over to the large refrigerator cases and select your vegetables, noodles, and miscellaneous ingredients such as arabiki sausage, gyoza, pork meatballs, etc. 

Don't forget to check out the sauce bar and fill your saucers with different dipping sauces.

It wasn't long before our broth was delivered to our table, along with the meats we ordered (chicken and rib eye). 

Once our broth started to get hot, we started adding our ingredients.

The cooking process is quick, which is great when you have hungry kids (or adults!).

We also ordered a side of fried mandoo - these were amazing! They were very plump and juicy.

At the end of our meal, we received a large bowl of shave ice - this was definitely the highlight of the meal for our twins.

We will definitely be returning here, and we will go the AYCE route the next time around!

They participate in the Fivestars rewards program, so be sure to mention it if you are a member!  We saved 10% on our first visit.

46-138 Kahuhipa St.
(808) 369-7122

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Aloha Hilo Day Trip Recap

Back in October of last year, @konaish mentioned going to Hilo for the day to go to the Farmers Market, Two Ladies Kitchen, and Moon & Turtle.

The next month, she and I, along with @melissa808 and @deniset73 booked our tickets, and in January we had a 12-hour Aloha Hilo Day Trip.  We had just five things on our itinerary (the three places mentioned above, plus Kawamoto store and Restaurant Kenichi).

Our first stop was Kawamoto Store, because Melissa HAD to get Shrimp Tempura.

We then went to the Hilo Farmers Market to buy produce.

Melissa wanted shave ice, so we had some Kula Shave Ice, then walked to Two Ladies Kitchen for mochi, and stopped at Low International for Rainbow Bread and Cookies on the walk back.

We met our friend Sherrie for lunch at Restaurant Kenichi, then walked next door to George's Meat Market for beef jerky. 

We then made an impromptu stop at Hawaiian Licks for yummy vegan ice cream, and then decided to make another impromptu stop and visit our friend Adrian at Hilo Bay Cafe for my favorite (now off-menu) Kalbi Steak Fries.

We made a quick stop to see Rainbow Falls, bought more omiyage at Big Island Candies, then shopped at KTA for Oven Ready Deli Roll pork that Laurie said was really good.

We stopped at Makani's Magic Pineapple Shack for dessert-before-dinner, and ended the day with a fabulous meal at Moon & Turtle.

And we returned to the Hilo Airport with minutes to spare!

We hadn't planned on so many stops, but we managed to make it to fourteen stops.  Our Aloha Hilo Day Trip was a success!

I can't wait for our next adventure!
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March 20, 2019

EAT THINK DRINK: Fishing for Answers - Wild & Farmed

Fish to your plate: how does your seafood get there? The two primary methods of getting fish onto your plate. Fish are either wild caught or farm raised. And, there is much debate about whether farmed raised fish or wild caught fish is better for you and for the environment. 
On Thursday, March 28, 2019 at ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, EAT THINK DRINK: Fishing for Answers – Wild & Farmed will bring together thought-leaders in the fishing industry to share their methods of catch, farm practices, and other approaches to help consumers learn more about their seafood choices. 
Keynote Speaker John Finger, co-founder and CEO of Hog Island Co. in California, will share his company’s 35-year journey in becoming one of the premier producers of sustainable shellfish. With 160-acres in Tomales Bay, Hog Island raises, harvests and sells more than 3.5 million oysters, Manila clams and mussels each year. The company is part of a global community of B-Corporations (Benefits Corporation) that have been certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. 
Following the keynote, panelists Brooks Takenaka of United Fishing Agency, Guy Yamashiro of Tamashiro Market, and Ron Weidenbach of Hawaii Fish Company the conversation to share the philosophies, practices and methods they employ to ensure that the seafood on your plate is safe, as well as sustainable.Dr. John Kaneko of the Hawaii Seafood Councilwill moderate the discussion.
EAT THINK DRINK will conclude with five chefs showcasing a menu created with local ingredients, as well as wine and beer from the open bar stocked by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and FIJI Water. The featured chefs are ‘Alohilan Resort Waikiki Beach executive chef David Lukela, 52 By the Sea executive chef Joshua Goetz, MW Restaurant co-owner and pastry chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka, STRIPSTEAK Waikiki executive chef Jake Saito, and The Street Food Hall by Michael Mina’s Bao Tran.

Hosted and developed by the Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation (HAF), EAT THINK DRINK is a quarterly dynamic, provocative series of discussions on important agricultural issues affecting Hawaiʻi. 
The ticket price is $55 per person in advance and $65 at the door - if available. Don't be left behind, get your tickets now.
EAT THINK DRINK is presented by Hawaiian Airlines and supported by Alexander & Baldwin, ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, FIJI Water, Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, HONOLULU Family, HONOLULU Magazine, Kamehameha Schools, Lendlease, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, State of Hawaii, TOSSWARE and Ulupono Initiative.
  • Ages 21 and over only
  • Check-in starts at 5:30pm
  • Special event parking rate available

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