Sunday, October 14, 2018

Matcha Love

Matcha Love is a soft serve shop that offers flavors like matcha, hojicha, black sesame and vanilla. They also have mango but it's only available in the late summer. When the mango flavor is in season, they don't offer vanilla so you wouldn't be able to swirl the two flavors like how you can for matcha and black sesame. The shop has a variety of green teas in the fridge next to the register and they make shakes with the same flavors noted above. They are located inside Mitsuwa Marketplace on the 2nd level of the International Marketplace.

Most people prefer the matcha soft serve here because it's sweet and creamy. You still get some of the bitter aftertaste but it's not as strong as other places. My favorite flavor is mango but when it's not available, I enjoy the black sesame. If you have a few people with you, I recommend trying the waffle bowl. You get to choose 3 flavors to put into the bowl. The small cup/cone is under $5 and it's a good size for 1 person. If you make a purchase over $10 inside Mitsuwa Marketplace, you can get parking validation. They also offer kama'aina discount so make sure you show your local ID.

Mitsuwa Marketplace
2330 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 664-0563

Hojicha

Vanilla

Mango (seasonal)

Black Sesame

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Frankie's Nursery

Frankie's Nursery is located in Waimanalo and they offer a variety of tropical fruits and tropical plants for sale. They are known for their honey cream pineapple (meli kalima) which is extra sweet, juicy and low in acid. A honey cream pineapple can cost anywhere from $10 to $25 depending on the size. At the fruit stand, they sell whole fruits, chilled pre-cut fruits, and fresh fruit juices.

If you are feeling adventurous, I suggest booking the nursery tour for $15 (per person). It's an informational tour about the nursery and you'll also get to sample seasonal fruits as you walk around. The tour is about 1 hour. You'll need to call in advance to reserve your spot. See photos below for some of the items I tried on the tour.

41-999 Mahiku Pl
Waimanalo, HI 96795
(808) 259-8737

Star Apple, Guava,
Honey Cream Pineapples

White Sapote

Green Peppercorns

Mammee Apple

Mamey Sapote

Cashew Apple (did not eat)

Guava

Longan

Jaboticaba

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Yield

Yield Restaurant is located in downtown Honolulu near the corner of Hotel Street and Nuuanu Ave (2 shops down from Fete). They are open for breakfast and lunch. The menu is limited but they have a lot of delicious items. I enjoyed the steak and eggs but the portions were small. I highly recommend the dutch baby. You'll want to order this once you get settled because it takes a while to cook.

The restaurant is small so big groups are not recommended. They accept reservations and it might be good to put one in if you come on the weekends. Parking in the area is tough; it would be best to park in one of the Chinatown municipal lots and walk over.

1110 Nuuanu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 233-9453

Moi Ceviche Salad

Steak and Eggs

Dutch Baby

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Thai Bistro Suksabay

Thai Bistro Suksabay is located in Aiea at the Pearl Kai Shopping Center. If you want simple Thai food, this is the place. You can just walk in with your friends or family and have a nice meal together. Their food taste good and the prices are reasonable. I recommend doing family style so you can order a bunch of things to share. Walk-ins during lunch and dinner for 4 people or less is okay but if you have a large group, it might be best to make a reservation. If you're lucky, you might get a parking space right in front of the restaurant. If not, you'll just have to park a little farther away and walk. The Pearl Kai parking lot is big.

For more information about Thai Bistro Suksabay, visit thaibistrosuksabay.com.

Pearl Kai Shopping Center
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy, Ste C2
Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 488-2881

Tom Yum

Thai House Combination Platter

Spicy Pad Ped w/ Beef

Pad Seiew

Pad Thai

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Vintage Cave Cafe

The Vintage Cave Cafe is offering 50% off on their special dinner course. The menu is Italian inspired and you have 3 options to choose from. The photos below are from "Special B" which is priced at $88 without the 50% off. The other 2 options were $58 and $128.

The interior of the cafe is spacious, well-lit and has live music. The dress code is casual. A lot of people were dining there so the service was slow. I wish the food was more seasoned because the flavors in every dish were light. Some dishes came out too quick so we had a lot of things on our table. If you want to have lunch or dinner in a nice space and share a bottle of wine with your friends, you may like it here. I recommend making reservations in advance. They are next to Famous Footwear on the ground level of Ala Moana Center.


For more information about Vintage Cave Cafe, visit vintagecave.com/cafe.

Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd #1380
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 441-1745

Wagyu Beef Carpaccio

Onion Soup

Shrimp Linguine

Roasted Lamb

Vintage Cave Tiramisu

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Gochi Grill

Gochi Grill is located on the street level of the Remington College Building in downtown Honolulu. They offer gourmet bentos for take-out during lunch and fried rice on Friday mornings. The prices range from $11 to $15. I recommend the seared salmon and kalbi. The best time to grab lunch here is before noon. It's less crowded and everything on the menu is available; they have a small menu. The wait time for food is about 5-10 minutes so it's not bad for downtown. There is no street parking nearby. Your closest parking would be by the post office or one of the Chinatown municipal lots.

For more information about Gochi Grill, visit gochigrillhonolulu.com.

1111 Bishop St., Ste 112
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 585-8558

Seared Salmon

Kalbi

Fresh Tuna Melt

Fried Rice

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Restaurant XO

Restaurant XO is located in Kaimuki between 8th and 9th Ave. They have a small menu but the flavors in their dishes are good. The adobo fried chicken, loaded potato au gratin, crispy rice, and chocolate chip cookie dessert were my favorites. This is a laid back come and eat with your family type of restaurant. They are only open for dinner and reservations are recommended. The parking lot in front of the restaurant is small so if that fills up, drive down one of the side streets and you'll be able to find a spot.

3434 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 732-3838

Half Avocado, Lemon, Asian Dressing

Cauliflower, Brown Butter Vin, Cured Yolk
"XO" Scallops

Adobo Fried Chicken

Loaded Potato Au Gratin

Crispy Rice, Lap Yuk, Tare

Tako, Tomato, Szechuan Rayu

Prime Tenderloin Tataki, Sour Grape Relish

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Ala Mode,
Nam Pla Caramel

Monday, June 25, 2018

Morimoto Asia Waikiki

Chef Morimoto's restaurant is back in Waikiki. The menu here offers more Asian dishes.  The food is more on the spicy side. The prices are reasonable and the portions are big so you can do family-style dining. Some of my favorites were the beef carpaccio, roast duck, black pepper steak, chocolate sphere and sticky rice with mango. I highly recommend the chocolate sphere because it gets lit on fire at your table.

They are located inside the Alohilani Resort on the 2nd floor facing Waikiki Beach. The restaurant is big and spacious. If you get the exterior seating, you'll get a view of Waikiki beach and the sunset which having dinner. I recommend making reservations in advance. For parking, use the valet service at Alohilani Resort. It's a shorter walk and it's complimentary with validation. 

For more information about Morimoto Asia Waikiki, visit morimotoasiawaikiki.com.

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
2490 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 922-0022

Beef Carpaccio

Tuna Pizza

Crab Rangoon Sticks

Ga Prao Rice

Chef Morimoto Special Roast Duck

Black Pepper Steak

Chocolate Sphere

Sticky Rice

Banana Pudding

Doughnuts

Almond Pudding