K~Girl’s Food Travel Journal

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  1. kaneohegirlinaz

    kaneohegirlinaz

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    WOW!

    What a great ...

    (well I can’t call it a vacation anymore since we’re retired)

    why don’t we just say a GREAT time back home in the Islands!!

    Were to begin?

    My husband suggested that I not overwhelm you all at once. 

    So I will just post in small increments. 

    As I posted earlier, we spent the entire month of May on Oahu Hawaii, my home town.

    We flew in on May Day, Lei Day, May first on Hawaiian Airlines, how appropriate, don’t you think?

    Once we got settled at my husband’s sister’s house, I went straight out to get some goodies…

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    What we have above is steamed fish cake or Kamaboko

    (it’s that pinkish colored stuff at the top of the plate)

    Then moving from left to right, smoked Salmon Poke, Tako or Octopus Poke, and the Ahi or Tuna Poke

    And yes Virginia, the fish is raw

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    And here we have some Mussel Poke, it wouldn’t fit on the plate…

    to be continued ...
     
  2. koukouvagia

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    Can't wait for more pics.  And while you're at it, throw us a poke recipe.
     
  3. duckfat

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    Yum!
     
  4. petalsandcoco

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    K-girl,

    Those pics look great, looking forward to knowing  more of your holiday.

    Petals.
     
  5. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Mussels are one of my husband's favorites

    Tako (pronouced the same as taco) or Octopus goes over pretty well too!

    Edit: I don’t think that I have all of my faculties as yet…

    Miss KK, it’s all about taste, right?

    I just mix together a few tablespoons of Soy Sauce, a few teaspoons of Sesame oil, some rough chopped green onions and sweet white onions, some red pepper flakes for some heat and a sprinkle of sesame seeds
     
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  6. durangojo

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    welcome back kgirl!  being back in 'lizard land' must take some adjusting to again, but oh so worthwhile i'm sure.....lovely photos..... got an extra place setting? guess michael's probably really ready for some pasta by now....with mussels...i know a nice little greek place in oro valley that sells huge platters of them!!! again, welcome back and i along with everyone else here  look forward to more pictures and adventures from you......i must say though, and i'm sure i'm the minority voice here, but the thought of eating spam just gives me the willies! saw a recipe the other day for a fluffy spam omelet.......hmmm

    aloha,

    joey
     
  7. kaneohegirlinaz

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    So,

    The next morning, of course we woke up very early (530AM). 

    Both my husband and myself were so excited to get to the BEACH!!!

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    ONE of our favorite beaches is at Ko Olina (above), where there are four different man-made “lagoons”. 

    I packed up some sandwiches real quick like and we were off for the day.

    We kinda got a little sunburned, so we took a day off the following day and headed over the

    “Windward side” of the Island, KANEOHE!! 

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    (not all of this panoramic shot came out because it was so windy that day at Kailua Beach)

    Actually, our first stop after going over the H-3 was to Kin Wah Chinese Restaurant in Kaneohe.

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    Where we got crispy Gau Gee (above) which is a won ton wrapped filled with a minced pork mixture and deep fried

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    And Coconut Gin Doi, a deep fried fritter like of mochi or rice flour dough and coconut in the center

    edit: oops, I spelled it wrong, it's Jin Doi ...

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    As if that weren’t enough, we topped is all off with Almond Cookies

    These would all be considered Dim Sum, which is eaten at I guess you would say brunch time

    While in Kailua, we headed over to the spanking new Whole Foods Market and took a look around

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    Wait a minute, you need some beer with that fish!!

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    To be continued …
     
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  8. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Aloha My Sista' Joey!!

    Thank you so much for that very warm welcome back, and yes,

    it's been an adjustment from the tropics to the desert...

    Needless to say, my husband was looking for a condo to purchase! 

    The prices, Oh My Gosh!! 

    He wasn't believing me that food was SO expensive, that I took my camera

    everywhere I went to show him.

    And about that place with the mussels,

    I think we went there with a great couple that we met recently...

    Edit:

    I forgot, Joey, I must have had Spam five different ways!  LOVE IT!!
     
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  9. chefbuba

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    Great trip report kgirl!.....Ready for more!
     
  10. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Please tune in again tomorrow for more … I've got an an entire month's worth of adventures ... we had a BLAST!!
     
  11. ordo

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    Envy! We're approaching winter here. Wish i be there. More picks and stories please!
     
  12. chefbillyb

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    Aloha Sista, how come you no take your favorite Haole Ho'omo'a with you to the island. I am now Ho'omaha loa so have plenty of time to cook fish Pulehu. Must have been nice to be  a Kama'aina for a monh, spend time Kama'a 'ole on the Kahakai................Welcome home Sista.......................How come no Lomi Lomi Salmon on that seafood feast............Aloha Bill
     
  13. kaneohegirlinaz

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    try wait, heh brah!!  it stay coming. 

    aloha chef billyb!!  how you stay braddah?  next time you come wit us, heh?

    HA!! 

    I will always be a keiki o ka aina!!  

    did you see how much fish now? 

    Oh My GOD!!!  was $12.99 for Ahi poke, den, when we when leave, was $17.99 ... 

    I when tell my ole' man, eat up brah!!  da desert no more this kine!!
     
  14. kaneohegirlinaz

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    As not to put you all into Hawaii-overload, I thought I’d break up the days adventure…

    From Kailua, we drove around what is lovingly called “the horn” or the blow hole way back to town, where we were staying at my sister-in-laws home.  This is a great body surfing spot, but you need to be REALLY good in the water.  The current here is treacherous.  Not to mention that shore break, you could easily get hurt.

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    I forgot dinner …

    We went to ZIPPY’S!!

    Love the fried chicken with their chili.  We didn’t get any Mac Salad,

    because now I know how to MAKE MY OWN!!

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    We did take out and I made us a fresh pot of rice and a salad with Japanese cucumbers (I told you about those before).

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    I had some forthought that same evening.  I knew that we’d be at the beach most of the following day, so I put some chicken thighs to marinade.  The longer the better, right?

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    Love this stuff!  I can not find this anywhere on the Mainalnd.  So it’ll be Korean BBQ tomorrow. 

    But where is the grill?

    I searched high and low, in and out, up one side and down the other, no grill. 

    WHAT?!  Yup, my brother-in-law doesn’t grill anymore.

    So I had to us the broiler oven.  I haven’t done that since my early 20’s when I first moved out and got my own apartment.  Well, we’ll just have to make do.  I wasn’t going to buy a new grill if it was only going to get used for 4 weeks.

    To be continued …
     
  15. cheflayne

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    Safeway here in NorCal carries Wonnie's. No grill, no worries. Just saute for little caramelization and finish in oven; or buy a grill pan.
     
  16. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Heh, many Mahalos cheflayne, I think that I'll ask our Safeway if they could bring it in!!

    and love that tip, again thank you so much, this is why I love chef talk ... /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
  17. cheflayne

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    I have never actually used Wonnie's, I just remember seeing it in the store. Whenever I go the store I am like a kid in a candy store, wandering up and down the aisles looking at all the baubles, shiny labels, and toys. LOL, my wife won't go with any more because I take too long.

    When I get home from work I will post the recipe that I use as a Korean marinade. Don't know if it is close to Wonnie's, but being nosy and on your recommendation, I will probably have to buy a bottle now.
     
  18. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Okay

    This is the part I have been waiting to share with you all

    Hawaiian Food, and not just any old kind my friends

    Not that nasty stuff they serve at the commercial Luaus

    I'm talking about the true-blue thing

    Young's Fish Market on Kalani street in Kalihi

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    I would love for you all to read the back story to this joint. 

    http://youngsfishmarket.com/

    They use to be in a different location on Liliha street. 

    Both my husband and I have been eating at Young's for many years. 

    I can't remember when they moved, but I do recall the first time we went home, we had a heck of a time finding them.

    But...

    LET'S EAT!!

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    We go for the family-style of eating alot of times and this is one of them.  That way when you share, you can have a taste of everything

    I could have ordered more, but we're here for a month, pace yourself Braddah & Sista' !!!

    Above, working clock-wise from 12 o'clock we have Opihi; Combo plate; Squid Luau; Mini Kalua Pig plate

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    the little container above are the Opihi, prononced oh-pee-he, which are a limpet and yes, they are RAW

    these are a delicacy

    the are found on the shore break reefs or rocks and are extremely dangerous to collect making them VERY EXPENSIVE!

    ... and a little does go a long way

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    My husband's Laulau, think Hawaiian Burrito made of Taro leaves stuffed with roast Pork and Butter Fish, then steam the bundles, YUM!!!

    He said that these are the best he's ever eaten and he's Italian!!

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    Above is Okinawan Sweet Potato, and you can kind of see the Pipikaula under it.  The potato is so not like what you think of...

    Pipikaula is like jerky, but not as dry and stringy and tough

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    Oh My Gosh!!  Can I tell that I hade been SO waiting for this!?  Squid Luau

    Take Taro leaves and cook them in coconut milk and then add super tender diced Squid to the party

    I ate it all by myself!!  (did you hear my stomach growl?)

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    Poi with a sprinkle of Hawaiian Sea Salt, and no, it's not library paste

    ... and yeah, my husband doesn't care for it, but he's not Hawaiian, I AM!!

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    Above is what I would say is the perfect bite

    a spoon full of Poi & an Opihi

    I don't dare tell my younger sister where we went, she'd be REALLY upset

    I Need A NAP!!!

    This was a late lunch, we had a very small breakfast of cold cereal and juice. 

    Did you figure out yet that we did not bother with any supper?

    I could hardly move! 

    I can honestly say that I had never been so stuffed in my entire life, but MAN!!!  It was worth it.

    To be continued ...
     
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  19. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Braddah Layne!! 

    I must have been typing when you when post, dude!!

    If you do have the chance, pick up a bottle and marinade some protein and threw da bugga on da grill, then, LET'S GRIND!!! 

    Most Ono-licious!!
     
  20. kaneohegirlinaz

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    Grocery shopping in Hawaii was quite painful for me.

    Having been away for almost five years now, I was simply flabbergasted!

    My husband didn’t believe me, so I started taking my trusted digital camera

    with me where ever I went from now on during this trip.

    So let’s go shopping together …

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    We’ll start in the produce department

    I got a little ill and had to move on

    I didn’t buy any fruits that day, just on sheer principle

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    Let’s move over to the chilled case … Kraft cheese singles, OMG!!

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    So what shall we have for our “big Sunday Breakfast”?

    In Arizona we have a nice brunch basicly, every Sunday

    Bacon is how much?  And eggs? 

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    How about an alternative breakfast meat?

    (as an aside note, I just bought this yesterday back here in Arizona for $0.44 per can)

    In Hawaii, we love our Vienna Sausages and eggs, but a dozen eggs were over $4!!

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    Well, maybe our Sunday afternoon snack would be more reasonable of roasted peppers and salami…

    DON’T THINK SO!!

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    Do you think a cup of soup would be more economical?

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    Or should I make so soup instead?

    I spent $127, walked away with four, count them four plastic grocery bags

    and none of the above was in them.  And that was only within the first couple of days of being here!!

    I haven’t sat down to total up our grocery bill yet, I’m afraid to frankly.

    To be continued …