Friday, March 31, 2017

What is This?

I see this on the top of a lot of buildings. Do you know what it's for?


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Kuhn Rikon Peeler

My favorite peeler is made by Kuhn Rikon. It's Swiss made . . . I think I'm seeing a trend here. The blade is made of carbon steel. Carbon steel holds its sharp edge better than stainless steel, but it generally requires special care (which I don't do, BTW).  You can find out more about carbon steel here at Serious Eats.

This three-pack of peelers was on Lightening Deal on Amazon so I got it. Since, I don't really need three, I want to give one of the peelers away. Let me know if you're interested. 

If there's more than one person interested, I'll have a drawing . . . winner to be announced on Sunday, April 2. Leave a comment here or email me at!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wendell's Garlic Mayo Shrimp

Wendell saw the recipe for this supah ono shrimp dish on Facebook.  It was on one of those instructional videos.


I looked for the video on YouTube so that I could share it with you (below), but small problem . . . it's in another language. I couldn't find the English version.

But, according to Wendell's chicken-scratch notes, here's what you do:

Marinate shrimp in rice wine, pepper and salt. Wendell said he used about 1 3/4 pounds of shrimp. He wasn't sure for how long you're supposed to marinate. He just did it for a few minutes. That's all the time he had.

Fry shrimp in little bit of oil and add the following mixture:

8 tbs. mayo
3 tbs. garlic
1 to 2 hot peppers, sliced
1 1/2 tbs. sugar

Hopefully, Wendell's notes along with the video will be adequate instruction for you. I hope you get to make it because it was really good!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Funny Mother Nature

From my "to blog" archives.  Thanks Ross!

















Monday, March 27, 2017

Inaniwa Udon Noodles Made by Juichi Takahashi

I totally want to taste these noodles. 



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Vera Bradley Prize Winner

The winner is . . . 





Congratulations Carolyn!!  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wendell's Kochujang Lettuce Wrap "Sausage"

Wendell found this recipe in this week's Crave section of the Star-Advertiser. It can be found here. Instead of making patties, he just stir fried the whole thing so that it could be eaten in a lettuce wrap. Good idea yah! 

The flavor was very potent, so you don't need to add any additional sauce, although Landon did along with some eggs.





Korean Kochujang Sausage
Courtesy Glenn Shinsato 

  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 1/2 cup kochujang sauce
  • 6 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 ounce honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup fruit jam
  • Won bok kim chee, chopped (optional)
Combine ingredients and mix until sticky. Shape into 4-inch patties about 3/4-inch thick. Heat oil in pan and fry patties. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Wendell's Pinatisang Manok

I don't know how Wendell heard about this recipe, but it was good.  He found it here. He used watercress instead of spinach.


Pinatisang Manok

Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Author Liza A


  • 2.4 lbs chicken pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 thumb-sized ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 5 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups baby spinach or pepper leaves
  • 2 serrano peppers


  1. Prepare the chicken pieces by removing the skin, rinsing under cold water and patting dry with paper towels. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add garlic, onion and ginger and sauté for 2 minutes, or until onion has softened.
  3. Add chicken pieces and sauté for 4 minutes or until browned and no longer pink.
  4. Add fish sauce and stir to combine flavor. Add water, bring mixture to a boil, lower heat to medium, cover with a lid and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove lid and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or until chicken meat is tender. Stir in spinach or pepper leaves. Cover and remove from heat.
  6. Serve with steamed rice.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Amazon is Da Bomb

A chair that I had ordered for Landon from Amazon came yesterday. Landon came home from work at around 4:00 pm and when he checked it out saw that the chair had a defective joint piece on one side. 

We boxed up the chair, and I went online and did a Return Request on the Amazon site. Amazon provided me with a free shipping label. We dropped off the box at a nearby UPS branch at 6:20 pm.

At 7:24 pm I received a Refund Confirmation email. Very easy, very efficient, and very amazing.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Vera Bradley

I have a hard time passing up on Vera Bradley bags, especially when they look brand new and are going for only $1.  I don't think I'll be using the items below so I'd like to have a drawing to give them away to one person.

The bag in the back is a cooler lunch bag like the one here

Lower left is a mini (6.5 x 4") crossbody/wristlet bag, something like the one here

Lower right is a small coin purse with an outside pocket.


If you're interested you can leave a comment here or email me at I'll announce the winner this Sunday, March 26!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

$81,004.49 Patek Philippe Watch on Amazon

I was wondering if Amazon carried the very high-end Patek Philippe watch and found that they do! I randomly picked one and found the Q & A and Review sections to be heeelarious.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Kim Chee III

Kim Chee III is next to Old Stadium Park on King Street now. Wendell and I went there this past Friday for dinner. I gained 2 pounds from this meal . . . maybe because we ordered CHOKE food.

This is the three-choice combination ($14.90). Wendell picked meat jun, tonkatsu and shrimp tempura.

Side order fried mandoo ($8.50)

Bi Bim Kook Soo ($9.50)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Ant Bully

One of the 25-cent DVDs that I got at the swap meet was The Ant Bully.  It's from 2006 and I had never heard of it before! It has the voices of Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin! Whaaaat? 

I liked the movie a lot . . . a definite keeper. Some of you may know that I have a thing for ants. See here for my ant story. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017


I believe that if you hang something up, it's no longer considered clutter. 







Friday, March 17, 2017

Swap Meet Buys

No forget to check out Leslie's AFRICA posts.  You can find her blog on my Blog List in the right sidebar or just click here.  

But first, here are my EXCITING swap meet buys from this past weekend.  BTW, due to the closing of the Kam Swap Meet the one at the Aloha Stadium was busier than usual with more sellers and more buyers. 

These chili peppers were $2.00.

50 cents each for these, and good thing was cheap 'cause the hair catcher thing was too big for the sink that I bought it for. And I don't know where I put the Hello Kitty bag . . . can't find it. 

These DVDs were only 25 cents each!!! Can't go wrong yah! And the ones that end up being not-keepers, I'll give to Carolyn at work. She likes getting them.

This was only 50 cents, and I hate to admit this to you but . . . I can't find it either. Must be with the Hello Kitty bag.

These are my "Randy buys".  $1.00 each.  Randy is disabled and you'll always see him at the swap meet selling trinkets.

These were 2/$5.00.

This is Kona's favorite treat. It's $7.00. The seller also has beef, pork, and chicken jerky. Oh, and dried sweet potato too. Only thing, Kona totally spit out the sweet potato when I gave it to him once. Was so funny.