Saturday, July 30, 2022

Humongous Kobumaki

Wendell got these HAYUGE kobumaki from Kabuki in Waimalu Shopping Center.  They're $3.75 each and are only made on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


The konbu has a nice texture.  I wish I knew what kind they used.  The meat is soft.  There's plenty of filling and it's very flavorful.  I liked it a lot!

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Swap Meet Stuff

We've been trying to get to the swap meet early so that we can leave before it gets too hot.  Otherwise, the heat from above and reflected off the asphalt is just too brutal. 

This is The Cookie Guy.  We always look forward to seeing him.  He bakes peanut butter, almond and oatmeal cookies himself.  One bag is $4.  Wendell enjoys them so much that it kinda got me into baking them too.

This puzzle was $1.  I can only complete it if I cheat and follow the solution on YouTube. 

This was $6.

These masks were 10/$3.  I had the bright idea that I would decorate them with fabric paint.  That's as far as I got . . . "bright idea".

I enjoyed reading this book written and drawn by then 17-year-old Christine Mari Inzer.  She's so funny.  It was $1.

This was $8.  

I have a weakness for things that help keep me organized.  This was $5.  I already have one just like it, but the seller is a really nice guy, and I wanted to give him some business.  I'm sure I'll make good use of it.

These were $1 each from various sellers.

These started at $3 each but were reduced to $2 each to entice me to buy.  It worked.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Almond Cookies

This strange recipe is originally from Wendell's sister Lois from a long time ago.  I actually couldn't find my copy of the recipe.  Luckily, Geri saved hers, and she even had some lye water to give me too.

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It's really easy putting all the ingredients together.  You just dump everything in. 
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I got this Fred Flinstone wooden spoon from Ross.  It came in a 3-pack of different sizes. Gripping it is way easier on my fingers than regular wooden spoons. 

The lye water gives the cookies a crispy-ish texture . . . kinda light and airy . . . not real dense. The guys liked it a lot, especially Wendell.  Next time though, I'm gonna try using less sugar.  Maybe even half the amount . . . 1 cup instead of 2.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Daiso Condiment Hook

The innovators at Daiso always come up with some nifty gadgets.


So far it's been working great!

Friday, July 22, 2022

Liliha Drive Inn

Liliha Drive Inn is at the corner of Liliha and Vineyard.  Wendell picked up dinner from there the other day.  Everything was ono.  

Mixed Plate (Hamburger Steak, Teri Steak and choice of Beef Stew, Beef Curry or Chili - $13.35)

Mini Katsu Curry ($8.95)

Regular Lau Lau Plate (Two lau lau - $13.75)


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Korean Cucumber

Palama Market had Korean cucumbers on sale for $1.39/pound, and since I'm still into making Quick Cucumber Kim Chee, I went to pick up some.  

It's supposed to be sweeter and less bitter than regular cucumbers, but I can't really tell the difference.  I did like the firmness and smaller seeds.


This is the batch that's going to my mom.  She likes it a lot.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Cy's Rigatoni Marinara Meatballs

My brother made this for his family's dinner the other night.  I was impressed at his recipe . . . totally my style of cooking.


Heat bottled sauce in pan.  

Add mushrooms, garlic and onions.

Add packaged meatballs.

Serve over cooked pasta with shredded cheese and ono-looking bread.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Pink Rose Aprium

 So sweet!!


From Palama Market.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Dell's Kitchen and Bakery

Me, my sister and my sister's grand-daughter went galavanting yesterday morning and we ended up at Dell's Kitchen and Bakery where I picked up dinner for the guys.


Hayashi Beef Rice ($14.50)
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Tonkatsu Curry ($15.00)
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Landon's verdict:  Tastes good, but the small portion size makes it not worth the price.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Geri's Fried Ginger Chicken

My sister Geri and her husband are recovering from Covid.  Yup, them too.  Their sense of taste is returning, so Geri's husband was craving this dish.

Looks so ono, yah!!

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Cut 4 huge chicken thighs with skin into about 2 inch slices.  Sprinkle salt and pepper and set aside.

Slice green onion and ginger into slivers (about 3/4 cup each).

Coat chicken with flour and fry in oil.

Set into plating and top with ginger and green onions.

Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil + 2 tablespoons sesame oil.  Pour over ginger and green onion, sizzling.

Sprinkle with shoyu.


Sunday, July 10, 2022

On Da Desk

 I thought that these came out so pretty, so I made a whole bunch.


I found the stamp at the swap meet.  I think I paid $1.  I used white ink on black cardstock. 

Thursday, July 7, 2022


My mom developed a scratchy throat and tested positive for COVID yesterday.   Her doctor prescribed Paxlovid.  Unfortunately, the pharmacy had a problem and wasn't able to fill the prescription.

According to my brother my mom had a restless night with bouts of coughing, coughing, coughing.  They gave her some NyQuil which quieted her a bit, and she was able to get some sleep.  Thanks Cy and Diem!!!   ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

This morning the pharmacy's problem was resolved, and I was able to pick up the Paxlovid.  

My brother texted us this afternoon and said that my mom was, according to her, "not 100%, but 100 times better than yesterday".  She said that the Paxlovid worked great.

What a relief!  

BTW, in case you're wondering . . . my mom is 88 years old and is fully vaccinated up to the second booster.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022


This is for Chet who asked if tracing is allowed if you're not too good at drawing.  

I enjoy tracing.  It's easy, fun and stress free.

Here's a drawing done by Sam Yang.  So cute, yah.

I traced it into my sketchbook and painted with watercolor.  

BTW, my favorite sketchbooks of late are Made in Vietnam ones from Ross.  They have a smooth finish and take to light washes of watercolor well.  They're around $4.99.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Wendell's Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

Wendell got this recipe from The Chunky Chef website.  It was winnah.





  • 4 (6 oz each) salmon filets
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1/4 tsp blackening seasoning


  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice


  • Pat salmon dry, then season with salt, pepper, paprika and blackening seasoning (if using). Set aside. Adjust oven rack to middle position, then preheat broiler.
  • Add butter and oil to a large, oven-safe skillet over MED-HIGH heat. Once butter is melted, add garlic, water, soy sauce, sriracha, honey and lemon juice and cook 30 seconds or so, until sauce is heated through.
  • Add salmon, skin side down (if using salmon with skin), and cook 3 minutes. While salmon cooks, baste frequently with sauce from the pan by spooning it over the top of the salmon.
  • Broil salmon for 5-6 minutes, basting with sauce once during the broil, until salmon is caramelized and cooked to desired doneness.
  • Garnish with minced parsley if desired.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Friday, July 1, 2022

Hawaii Stands with Ukraine - Fundraiser 07-03-2022

Hawaii Stands with Ukraine is having a fundraiser this Sunday at Magic Island.  

Ticket price is $25 to be donated directly to Ukraine.  Here is the info from Instagram:

Please join us for a unique opportunity!! 

What: Livestream with Ukrainian soldiers on the frontline, BBQ, music, art, and craft fundraiser.

Where: Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park, Picnic Area #36(at tip of Magic Island near the ocean)

When: July 3, 2022, 10 am – 1 pm

Tickets: Please purchase tickets at Eventbrite and/or donate at the event. All funds raised will go directly to help our friends on the frontline in Ukraine! 

Tickets here: 

Your attendance at this special event will help to bring humanitarian aid and hope to soldiers on the Zero Line (frontline) in Ukraine. These defenders of Ukraine's Independence put their lives on the line every day to save Ukrainian men, women, children, and their country from invaders who are killing and destroying all that they hold dear...

This weekend as we celebrate American Independence, let's support those giving everything to hold on to Ukrainian Independence. 

Please bring a chair or comfortable seat for yourself and any guests. There will be music and tables with Ukrainian artwork, crafts, and jewelry for sale – with all proceeds going to the Zero Line men. There will also be a BBQ with a variety of foods and please note that these may include foods that have common allergens such as dairy, gluten, soy, nuts etc. We are not responsible for any food choices you may knowingly or unknowingly make. Please feel free to bring your own drinks and/or food.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Slava Ukraini! Heroyam Slava!

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