Thursday, March 5, 2015

AGU's Yuzu Jidori Ramen


I usually order the Kotteri Ramen at AGU because I favor a thick, rich broth. Only thing . . . the Kotteri Ramen comes with the thinner Hakata-style noodles which, although good, is not really my favorite style of noodle.

Me and my sister Geri found ourselves at AGU this past Sunday. She ordered the Yuzu Jidori Ramen. Hmmmm, I thought . . . something different . . . and made with Tokyo-style chijire noodles.  So I copied her.

IMG_2377

It was ono ono ono. The broth was light yet very flavorful. And the noodles were perfect. I think you should try it the next time you go there.  Here's their menu:  AGU menu.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lilikoi


So huge, yah!!  The lilikoi vine(s) which it came from is taking over the neighbor's mango tree.  An average of around 10 lilikoi a day fell into our yard at one time.  They've kinda stopped now.

This photo reminds me of Kat's (Our Adventures in Japan) picture of a chestnut that she found years ago while walking to the train station. That photo is actually what started me reading her blog.  I thought it was just so cool that she could just find a chestnut on the ground while walking.  You can check out her story here

I think Kat's photo affected me a lot because there was a crossroad in my life where I could have chosen to pursue a relationship with somebody, and it might've ended up with me being the one walking to a train station in Japan and discovering a chestnut on the ground. Instead I chose the path that finds me with a giant lilikoi in the palm of my hand.  It's been a great path, and yet sometimes I wonder . . . 

IMG_2350


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Recycled Life Hacks


Thanks for sharing, Ross!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Wendell's Chicken Potato Taco


Wendell saw something like this on an episode of Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives and then made up his own recipe to make um.  He just got some chicken, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers and sautéed them in taco seasoning.  Then he put um on a fried corn tortilla and sprinkled with cheese.  It was as good as it looks!

IMG_1557

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Zippered Pouches


A couple of weeks ago I blogged about making a plastic bottle case. Well, I realized that although the bottles were cheap (free), the zippers cost around $2, $2 something at the dry goods store. . . not cheap at all. Luckily, I'm into swap meet and garage sale shopping, so I added "zippers" to my list of things to look for. 

I found this beat-up pouch at a Kalaheo Project Grad garage sale.  Look at the zippers!  Cute yah!  And got three!  The pouch cost me less than $1. 

I got to thinking that I should use the zippers on something other than just plastic bottles, so I went online to look for ideas. 

IMG_1779

I found directions on how to make a pencil case! You can find the instructions here
IMG_1890

So perfect yah!  I bought the material at a garage sale in Hawaii Kai.  The girl had packs of assorted 1/2 yard pieces for $2 per pack.
IMG_1906

Here's another pencil case that I made with material from the same girl.  The green zipper I found at the swap meet.  It was 50 cents.  The glass bead is from a bracelet that I took apart, also from the swap meet.
IMG_1903

I just finished this pouch last night. I made it for Leslie. I took apart a drawstring bag that I'd had in the closet for around 15 years. The material is still in good shape. It actually had some brown spots on it, but I used the method taught by Honolulu Aunty to Kay of Musings to get rid of them.
IMG_1924

I'm having fun sewing again. Wonder how long it'll last. We'll see.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Wendell's Pork Belly Roast


This recipe seems simple. And it was deeelicious . . . reminded me of the meat that was in Lucky Belly's Pork Belly Bao.

IMG_1733

Use fork to make holes all over 2/3 pound pork belly. Marinate in 1 1/2 tablespoons thin soy sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce and 1 teaspoon sweet soy sauce for 15 minutes.  Bake in 400 degree oven for 50 minutes.  Cut into pieces.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Happy Birthday, Les!


Today is BFF Leslie's birthday. Here's a video from earlier this month when we celebrated February's birthday people at our King Street office.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Did You Know?


Did you know that the arrow next to the gas tank on your dashboard tells you which side of your car the gas cap is at?

IMG_2336

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Landon's Grilled Tako


Landon's recent fishing/diving expeditions have yielded us with tako as well as fish.  Score, yah!

Here is how he prepared a tako recently.  And as usual with Landon's recipes, proportions are in "eyeball" amounts.

1.  Lomi lomi the tako with Hawaiian salt.  Rinse well.
2.  Simmer for 1 1/2 hours in red wine, a sprig of rosemary and some bay leaves.
3.  Make marinade: Heat olive oil, garlic, crushed red peppers, and salt.
4.  Marinate for 3 days in 'fridge.
IMG_1534

5.  Cut into pieces and grill.
IMG_1579

!!!!! Supa onolicious!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fendu Boulangerie Macaroons


People who know me know that I don't know how to tell short stories . . . even when I say, "long story short . . ." my stories somehow turn out long anyway.

So . . . long story short, our friends' freezer broke and we stored some of their frozen stuff in our freezer for a few days until they got a new freezer.  When they came to pick up their food, they brought these Fendu Boulangerie macaroons for us.  The end.  Hey, that did stay short. 

The macaroons were actually in better shape before I took this picture. But I was running out of nice window light so I was rushing to take the picture, and I wanted to shoot them stacked because it looks cool like that, but they kept toppling over, so I ended up kinda squashing them together, and they got a little beat up.  They still tasted good though . . . very moist and chewy.  The end.  Again.

From top to bottom the flavors are strawberry, chocolate, guava, mint and lilikoi.  Thank you Steven and Leslie!!


IMG_1686

The end.  Really.