October 22, 2014

Some of the Best Pizza I Have Ever Eaten at Kaneohe Boston's Pizza

I recently had some of the best pizza I've ever had on Oahu at Kaneohe's Boston Pizza.
Ceiling decorated with pizza boxes
Garlic Knots
Pesto-riffic Deep Dish
Slice of the Pesto-riffic
Kids Pepperoni Pizza
The Garlic-Knots were very delicious.

The Kids Pepperoni Pizza is 10 inches and was more than enough for my 3 boys.

The Pesto-riffic Deep Dish pizza was amazing.

Mozzarella, bacon, chicken, pesto, and ranch combined to create one of the best pizzas I've ever had.

Service was great, and the shop is very kid-friendly, with toys, games, and a chalk board.

Chalkboard
Kids toys and games
Kaneohe's Boston Pizza offers many other types of pizza, but I don't know if I could eat anything other than the Pesto-riffic the next time I go.

It's that good...

Kaneohe's Boston Pizza
46-028 Kawa St A11

Kaneohe, HI 96744
(808) 235-7756

Hana Hou / Wordless Wednesday - Disney California Adventure

In Hawaii, Hana Hou means to repeat; do again, so on this and every Wednesday, I'll be posting a photo of a place that I'd love to visit again, or of an activity that I'd love to try again on a future trip.

Where would you like to visit again?

Disney California Adventure - Even though I was there just last week, I already want to go back!

October 21, 2014

Breakfast at Jack's Restaurant

It doesn't matter how far we have to drive - if a place is known for serving good breakfasts, I'm there! So one weekend we took the family to Jack's Restaurant in Aina Haina Shopping Center, which is on the other end of the island from where we live.
Jack's Special Biscuit (Served with Whipped Honey Butter on the side)

Kim Chee Fried Rice

Grilled Cheese

Griddle Cake & Omelet


The little restaurant is quite a popular spot. It was packed when we arrived, so we had to wait about 10 minutes for a table.

I had the Kim Chee Fried Rice, which comes with a biscuit. The fried rice was a very generous serving, and it was indeed spicy because of the kim chee. The biscuit was good, especially with the honey butter.

Service was quick and friendly, and I would definitely make the drive out to Aina Haina Shopping Center again just to eat at Jack's!

Jack's Restaurant
820 West Hind Dr # 119
Honolulu, HI 96821-1851
(808) 373-4034

October 20, 2014

Ramada Maingate at the Park - Becoming Bigger and Better

Twice before our family has stayed at the Ramada Maingate at the Park, which is just a short walking distance from Disneyland, and since then the hotel has gone through some big changes, including the construction of a new 4-story building which houses the hotel's superior rooms and suites.

The hotel is still going through some major renovations, with the construction of yet another 4-story building, but there are still many things that haven't changed (thank goodness), such as the free parking, free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and great service.

Check-in
Due to the renovations, check-in took place in a temporary trailer.

Check-in was very quick, and the employees were very friendly.  After receiving information about the complimentary breakfast, room location, elevators, and parking, I was soon on my way to the room.

Room
Our family stayed in a 2 Queen Beds Superior Room in the new building of the hotel.

2 Queen Beds
Flat screen TV, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker
Bathroom area - love that there are two sinks!
Closet
I did think the closet - which was a wardrobe-type storage closet, was a little too small, and I did miss the cute towel animals from previous visits, but overall I loved the room.  It was spacious, nicely decorated with dark tones for a modern feel, and most importantly - our family was very comfortable in the room.

The air conditioning always cooled down the room quickly, we could barely hear guests in neighboring rooms, and we slept soundly throughout the night.

We could see Disney California Adventure from our room, and at night we had nice view of the Disneyland fireworks from right outside our door.

View of the pool and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park
Fireworks view

Because of the construction, parking spaces were sometimes hard to find, but they do offer free valet.

And the construction itself was not bothersome - we didn't encounter any disruptive noises or debris.

Although housekeeping forgot to give us washcloths and some bath amenities twice, a simple phone call eventually resolved the issues, and throughout our stay we had no other issues with our room.

Dining
Ramada Maingate at the Park offers a complimentary Continental breakfast.  Options included donuts, bagels, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, biscuits, gravy, bread, juices, cereals, milk, and coffee.

Donuts

Fruit

Biscuits
Cereal
Coffee

Breakfast is served in the pool house, and although there is some seating in the pool area to eat breakfast, many guests opt to use their in-room tray to transport food back to their rooms.  The great news is that the building that is currently under construction will house a new breakfast room!

There are also numerous other dining options within walking distance from the hotel.

Other Services and Amenities
  • Disneyland ticket sales
  • Gift mart selling souvenirs, toiletries, and more
  • Pool with kids splash zone
  • Hot tub
Click here for a list of more services and amenities.

Once the new building is completed, there will be a fitness center, meeting space, retail outlets, and a roof top sun deck.
Alpha Gift Mart
Pool

Final Thoughts
Overall our stay at Ramada Maingate at the Park was once again terrific.

The room was very nice and comfortable, there are numerous complimentary services and amenities, and the hotel is close to Disneyland, making it an ideal hotel for our family.

I can't wait to see what the new building will look like!

Ramada Maingate at the Park
1650 S Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714)772-0440.




Thank you to the Ramada Maingate at the Park for hosting multiple nights of our stay and providing a media discount for the remaining nights; gratuities were paid on our own.

October 19, 2014

Just Dessert at Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar

I recently went to Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar just for dessert after eating lunch nearby.

It's been a while since I've been to Shokudo, and I had no idea that there were so many varieties of their popular Honey Toast. 
Cinnamon Honey Toast
Thick slices of Japanese bread are toasted and the insides are cubed.  Ice cream, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon completed this simple, yet delicious dessert. 

Even though I shared the Honey Toast with two others, there was still a lot of leftover toast, which a friend took home to enjoy later.

Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar
1585 Kapiolani Blvd

Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 941-3701

October 18, 2014

Starting the Day with Disney Pals at Plaza Inn's Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park

We love taking the kids to character dining whenever we visit Disneyland Resort, and on one trip we went to Plaza Inn - Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park at Disneyland Park.

The Breakfast Buffet consisted of such items as pastries, fruit, cereals, bacon, eggs, biscuits & gravy, and Mickey Mouse Waffles.
There's also an Omelet Station and a variety of drinks to choose from.



Breakfast was good, but of course the highlight was getting to see all the different characters!

There seemed to be a lot more characters at the Plaza Inn than at other character dining venues we've been to. Not only did Minnie come by, but we also saw Captain Hook, Geppetto, Chip and Dale, Tigger, and so many more!

It was a great way to start our day at Disneyland Park!


Plaza Inn
Disneyland Park
Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-3463

October 17, 2014

A Quick Stop at Haleiwa Beach Park

While taking a drive around the island, our family stopped by Haleiwa Beach Park.



We had no plans on going into the water (in fact the water was very murky that day and most people stayed out) - we just wanted to enjoy the view, and thankfully it was a gorgeous day.

There is plenty of parking, as well as restrooms, a playground, and lots of grassy areas for picnics.

Driving along the north shore always remind me how lucky we are to live in Hawaii.


Haleiwa Beach Park
62-449 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712

 
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