Friday, June 24, 2016

Sunny Days

Sunny Days is located near Diamond Head. They are in the same complex as Bogart's Cafe and Diamond Head Cove Health Bar. I recommend trying their pancakes, sandwiches, and the eggslut. The eggslut is good for sharing between 2 people and it includes a side of mashed potatoes topped with a soft boiled egg. They have a lot of greens and fruits in all their dishes which makes it healthier than most brunch spots around town. Their prices are high so save this for a day where you can splurge.

The interior of the restaurant is bright, spacious, and they have an open kitchen. The staff are friendly and will check on you often to make sure you're alright. There was more Japanese tourist than locals eating in here. Their parking lot is small and it's shared between the other businesses so it might be best to park on the street in the residential area and walk over.

For more information about Sunny Days, visit sunnydays-hanafru.com.

3045 Monsarrat Ave, Ste 6
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 792-2045

Vegetable Sandwich

Eggslut

Sunday, June 5, 2016

8 Half Desserts

8 Half Desserts is an ice cream shop in the Kaimuki area. They are located on Waialae Ave between 8th and 9th Ave. If you can spot Hung Won Restaurant while you walk or drive down Waialae Ave, you'll be able to find this place because they share the same parking lot. The inside of the shop is small but the owner is friendly and he lets you sample all the flavors available. What makes this ice cream shop different is the unique flavor combinations and ice cream pies. A lot of the ice creams are made with local fruits. My favorites were the mango shoyu and mountain apple. Their watermelon ice cream pie slices used to be sold at Kaimuki Grill but now you can get it here by the slice ($6) or whole ($45). The pre-packed flavors are $3 each, the cone is $4 and the bowl is $5.50. I recommend trying this place now before the word gets out. They accept cash and credit.

3434 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 630-0184

Mango Shoyu

Pineapple Mui

Mountain Apple Sorbet

Watermelon Ice Cream Pie

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Helena's Hawaiian Food

Helena's Hawaiian Food is located in Kalihi. It is a local hang out that serves Hawaiian food. They are only open 4 days a week from 10am-7:30pm and they do not take reservations. The pipikaula short ribs are highly recommend and you might want to order extra to go. If you're not sure of what to get, try one of the preset menus because it offers a little bit of everything. The preset menu can be shared between 2 people unless you have a big appetite. Their prices are reasonable and you will most likely be a returning customer.

The interior of the restaurant is run down but you're not there to admire the decor, you just want the food. There is parking in front of the restaurant but if that's full, parking is available in the residential area on Aupuni Street. Be prepared to wait 15-30 minutes for a table because they are always busy. This is a cash only place.

For more information about Helena's Hawaiian Food, visit helenashawaiianfood.com.

1240 N School St
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 845-8044

Ahi Poke

Kalua Pig

Lomi Salmon

Pipikaula Short Ribs

Chicken Long Ric

Haupia & onions on the side

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mana Bu's

Mana Bu's is known for handmade musubi's. They are located in the same plaza as Baskin-Robbins across from Washington Middle School. The shop is at the end with a bright orange sign above the door. All their musubi's are made fresh daily and they sell out before closing. The musubi's are priced between $1.50 to $2. Each musubi is individually wrapped so it's makes a great snack if you're on the go. They don't have any seating in here, it's all take-out style. The staff are polite, they always smile and thank their customers. I haven't been able to try all their musubi's yet but my favorites so far are the salmon tobiko, ground beef, spam lite, and shiso & wakame.

The shop is open from 6:30am to 1pm. The latest I've visited was 10am on a Saturday and the selection was very limited. I recommend going between 7:30am to 8am for the best selection. They also have a desserts like coffee jelly and strawberry mochi. This is a cash only place. There is parking available in front of the shop or metered parking on S. King Street.

For more information about Mana Bu's, visit hawaiimusubi.com.

1618 S King St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 358-0287

Shiso & Wakame

Sekihan Okowa (Azuki bean w/ rice)

Salmon & Tobiko

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Formaggio Wine Bar

Formaggio Wine Bar is located inside the Market City Shopping Center on the same side as Ben Franklin. If you enter the shopping center from Kaimuki Ave you will have an easier time finding the restaurant. Formaggio is open daily for dinner only. The happy hour for food is from 5:30pm - 7pm and 10pm - 11pm. If you love wine, this place is for you because they have a huge selection to choose from. They also have delicious food that come in large portions. I highly recommend the Fonduta as an appetizer. The inside of the restaurant is really dark but it's spacious. On certain nights, they have live music in the back of the restaurant. If you come with 2 or more people during the peak dinner time, reservations are recommended.

Market City Shopping Center
2919 Kapiolani Blvd #10
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 739-7719

Formaggio Fonduta

Smoked Salmon Carpaccio

Margherita Pizza

Caroline's Chocolate Addiction