Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hi Pho Vietnamese Restaurant

Oh my goodness. I tried to do this post strictly using my iPad to see if I can possibly blog from Japan using it. The photos were taken with the iPad too. Ho da hard. Especially the touch screen part. The Blogger editor does not recognize swiping. Swiping is iPad's way of scrolling. So no can scroll.  I've found a few "work arounds", but like I said before Ho da hard.  But we'll see.

Anyway, I went to Hi Pho in Hawaii Kai the other day. I had a sore throat so I wanted some kind of soothing chicken broth thing. 




I got the won ton soup in chicken broth. It was just okay. Small, little won tons. And they didn't give me any kind of dipping sauce. 

Good thing we had hoi sin and sriracha sauce at home.  

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Beware: The Flat Iron Con

My sister Geri was killing time at Ala Moana Shopping Center the other day while her dog was at the groomers.  When she passed by a Royale Professional Beauty Products kiosk the guy there asked her if she would agree to a demonstration. She said okay.

He proceeded to flat iron her hair.  They made small talk.  She found out that he was Russian. After he had done half her head, he told her that if she wanted the other half done, she would need to purchase one of their irons at a cost of $350.  !!!!!! 

Geri has beautiful naturally curly hair, and I know that if the guy only ironed half of her head, there woulda been a noticable difference between the ironed and the un-ironed portions.  She refused to pay his extortion price and left to do her shopping with half of her hair straight and the other half curly.


The Royale Professional Crooks have at least two kiosks at Ala Moana Center, one on the bottom floor by the ABC store just before the food court and the other one on the second floor in front of the MAC store.  

A few days after my sister's unfortunate incident, I happened to walk past the kiosk that's in front of the MAC store.  As I was passing by, the girl there reached out to me and said, "Would you . . . ".  Before she could even finish her sentence, I made a big X with my two forearms and said in a loud voice, "UH UH, NO, NO, NO.  I HEARD ABOUT YOU GUYS. YOU DO ONLY HALF THE HEAD AND THEN YOU ASK FOR MONEY TO DO THE REST."  She shook her head and denied it.  I said, "YES, YOU DO!", and I walked away.  I think my sister Sweetie, who was with me, was embarrassed.  She said that I was LOUD.  I probably was, but I couldn't help myself.

I wrote an email to Ala Moana Center and told them what had happened. I said that such criminal activity should not be allowed.  I never got a response.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


I got me an iPad mini with xmas/photo gig money. I'm thinking I could use it when me and Sweetie go to Japan in the spring.  YES, YES!!  Japan In The Spring!!  Yeehaw!!

One of the first things I noticed was that my photos are too big for my iPad.  Almost a third of the photo is chopped off on the right.

This is the full picture.

I checked my stats and it shows that a good number of people who read my blog do so from a small-screened device.  So starting from this post, I'm gonna try and make the photos a little smaller.  It might take a little tweaking, but hopefully I'll be able to get it right soon.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Wendell's Squash with Chicken

This recipe is from the past Wednesday's The Electric Kitchen in the Star Advertiser.  The article says that the recipe is compliments of retired Kapolei High School culinary arts teacher Cynthia Pratt. It can be found here


Friday, January 23, 2015

Live Cam at Odori Park

This time last year, me and my sisters were all excited about our upcoming trip to Hokkaido.  Dunno why but it doesn't seem like it was less than a year ago that we went.  Feels like it was ages ago.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fleeting Sunset

I took this photo back in November.  I caught it just in time . . . a few seconds later it was gone.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Macadamia-Crusted Brie

Wouldja believe I made this?  For real. The recipe can be found here


I omitted the "bake for 3 minutes to melt cheese" part because, as you can see, the cheese was already melting. I also omitted the "render the balsamic vinegar with sugar" part because, as you know, I'm too lazy. I just poured the vinegar on straight from the bottle.  Still was good.

Thanks again for the recipe, Mich!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Wendell's Tatsuta Style Salmon

This is another Harumi recipe that Wendell followed.  The recipe actually calls for mackerel but Wendell used salmon instead.  You can find the recipe here


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Whoppa Duzza Clams

I got these clams from Marukai.  They were on sale for $4 something.  They're like my favorite clams now.


Look how huge!  I made this pasta.  I just sautéed butter, garlic and parsley and threw in the clams with the juice and let it reduce.  Nothing special, but was ono.