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July 21, 2017

Visit Boston: J.P. Licks

J.P. Licks is a popular ice cream chain throughout Boston.  In addition to offering homemade ice cream, they also offer frozen yogurt, cakes, pies, and sundaes.

We were there, however, for the ice cream, and ice cream only.

Cookie Dough

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Chip

Peanut Butter Cookies 'n' Cream
Such yummy ice cream!!  If you love peanut butter you'll love both the Peanut Butter Cookies 'n' Cream and Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Chip.  

The ice cream is so rich and creamy, full of chunks of cookies or loads of chocolate chips. 

The Cookie Dough ice cream was full of lots of huge pieces of cookie dough.

If you love ice cream as much as our family does, be sure to stop at J.P. Licks when in Boston!

J.P. Licks
Legacy Place
704 Legacy Pl
Dedham, MA 02026
(781) 329-9100
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July 20, 2017

8 Half Desserts Express

Last year I blogged about 8 Half Desserts - a new ice cream shop that opened up in Kaimuki. They recently opened up 8 Half Desserts Express in the Shirokiya Japan Village Walk in Ala Moana Center.
8 Chocolate

The Citrus was tart, yet refreshing.  The 8 Chocolate had 8 different chocolate components and was very delicious!

The ice cream is pretty pricey - $7 for a small, but from 10am to 3pm you can take advantage of "buy one, get one for half price."

8 Half Desserts Express also offers ice cream sandwiches, ice cream pies, and even poke with garlic crab fries!

8 Half Desserts

Shirokiya Japan Village Walk
1450 Ala Moana Blvd #1360
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 973-9111
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Easy Recipe: Pan Fried Halibut

My friend's husband recently returned from a fishing trip in Alaska, and gave us a filet of halibut that he caught.  

There are many ways to season and cook halibut.  Here's one of the quickest, easiest, and tastiest ways:

1) coast the halibut filet in a mixture of flour, salt, pepper, and garlic salt
2) heat a medium sized pan with oil 
3) add the coated halibut into the oil, turn over when the bottom side is beginning to brown
4) keep turning until sides are golden brown

Eat them as pictured above or use them for fish tacos - yum!!

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Visit New Hampshire: The Barley House Restaurant and Tavern

The Barley House Restaurant and Tavern has two locations in New Hampshire, and is known for their burgers and other comfort food faves.

Complimentary Hummus

Smithwick's Curry Fish & Chips
Korean BBQ Burger
Sweet Potato Fries

Kids Hot Dog with Fries

Kids Mac n Cheese

Kids PB&J with Fries

Brownie Sundae
Homemade Bread Pudding
We started off with some complimentary hummus that was very good.

For my dinner, I ordered the Curry Fish & Chips.  Haddock is dipped in a curry beer batter and fried to perfection.  It was absolutely delicious, with a very faint curry flavor.

My husband asked our server what his favorite burger was, and he said the Korean BBQ Burger - soy ginger sauce, pickled cucumber and carrot, and spicy lime mayo, so that's what he ordered. He said it was a great burger.

Kids meals are reasonably-priced - nothing over $6.50!

We shared two desserts - the Brownie Sundae, and the Bread Pudding, which was drizzled with a Maple Whiskey Sauce.  The Bread Pudding was dense and delicious!

Overall, service was excellent, and we had a very nice family dinner at The Barley House!

The Barley House
132 N Main St
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 228-6363
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July 19, 2017

Rock 'N Fun

Rock 'N Fun recently opened in Ka Makana Ali`i.  This Fernandez Entertainment company offers "Games, Burgers & Beer" in a family-friendly setting.

We recently took my kids and some of my oldest son's friends there for a day of food and fun.

After putting in our food order we let the kids loose with a Good Times Card in hand to play arcade games.

Everything is scanned onto the card - points to play games, even tickets won through the games.

Rock 'N Fun offers food from Johnny Rockets.
Smoke House Burger

Kids Grilled Cheese

Kids Grilled Chicken Strips

Kids Chicken Tenders

Kids Mini Burgers

Loaded Street Bacon Cheese Tots
The kids had a great time at Rock 'N Fun.  I love that I could munch on my tots and chat with the adults while the kids played, and it was not overly crowded like some other similar places can get.

We'll definitely be back soon!

Rock 'N Fun
Ka Makana Ali`i
91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy
Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 670-2574
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Visit Boston: Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub

Our first meal in Boston was at family-friendly chain Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub.
Complimentary Popcorn

Kids Macaroni & Cheese with Rustic Garlic Bread and Maine Russet Mashed Potatoes

New England Fish & Chips

Crunchy Pickle BBQ Burger

Kids Ice Cream Sandwich

Towering Midnight Fudge Cake
I had the Fish & Chips - battered and fried schrod, served with tartar sauce, along with French fries and coleslaw.  The pieces of fish were huge, and they were tasty!

My husband enjoyed the burger, which was topped with cheese, fried pickles, apple BBQ sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes, and served with a chipotle sauce for dipping.

Kids meals are very reasonably-priced, and include a side and an Ice Cream Sandwich for dessert.

Even though the kids each had an Ice Cream Sandwich with their kids meals, they helped us finish the huge Towering Midnight Fudge Cake.  Chocolate cake with OREO pieces baked inside was topped with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and more OREO pieces.  YUM!!

If you happen to dine the day after the Boston Red Sox win a game, kids eat free!  Too bad the Red Sox lost the day before we dined!

Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub
55 Boston-Providence Turnpike
Walpole, MA 02081
 (508) 668-6017
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July 18, 2017

Foodland's New Reusable Bag - Available July 19

I love Foodland's Reusable Bag collection.  Not only do I use the bags to shop, but I also love getting them so I can give them as gifts.  The exclusive, locally-inspired designs make it perfect for filling up with omiyage to send to a loved one!

Mahalo to Foodland for the Reusable Bag and local goodies!
Designed by members of Foodland’s Creative Team, the colorful new bag features local food products getting their groove on!

The newest Foodland Reusable Bag will be at all Foodland and Sack N Save stores beginning Wednesday, July 19!

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