November 21, 2014

Island's Fine Burgers & Drinks - A Favorite Family Dining Spot in Ala Moana Center

Island's Fine Burgers & Drinks is one of our family's favorite restaurants in Ala Moana Center.
L'il Tiki Tenders


The Wedge (BLT)

Sandcastle (Grilled Cheese)

Jr. Macaroni & Cheese

Kona Pie
I had the Wedge, which is basically a BLT, and it was delicious.  With all that bacon, how could it not be delicious?

Island's is one of the few restaurants I've been to that divides their kids meals into age groups (e.g. Surfers 6 & under; Surfers 7-12), which I think is great because often times kids meals are way to big for my younger boys.

Everyone else loved their meals, and the Kona Pie - mocha almond fudge ice cream atop a cookie crust topped w/chocolate fudge, whipped cream, roasted almonds & a cherry - was the perfect sweet ending to a night of great food and excellent service.

Island's Fine Burgers and Drinks
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, 
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 943-6670

November 20, 2014

A Hot Deal for a Hot Breakfast Buffet at Mi-Casita Bar & Grill

Although the hotel we stayed at near Disneyland offered a free continental breakfast, one day we decided we wanted to eat a hot breakfast (e.g. somewhere with bacon). After looking in our hotel guide, we saw that right across the street, in another hotel, was Mi Casita Bar & Grill, which served a hot breakfast buffet and very reasonable prices.


Potatoes, Eggs

Breakfast Burritos

Sausage, Bacon, Ham

Gravy, Biscuits

Pancakes, French Toast

Bread, Pastries, Muffins


The restaurant is located inside the Anaheim Plaza Hotel & Suites, and it's actually quite a nice, large restaurant.

Service was very friendly, and we really enjoyed the hot breakfast buffet.

And at just $9.95 per adult, $4.95 per child, and one child eating free per paying adult, it was a great deal.

Mi Casita Bar & Grill

1700 S Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 772-5900

November 19, 2014

A New Eatery in Kapolei - My Cafe

My Cafe, a new eatery that just opened up in Kapolei, serves up breakfast all day, as well as sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and more.
Flight of Pancakes - Cookie Butta Luva, Chocolate Taro Haupia, Lilikoi

Kama`aina Scramble
Since I love breakfast, we had breakfast for lunch at My Cafe.

Although I don't normally eat pancakes (I prefer savory breakfasts instead of sweet), I couldn't resist trying the Flight of Pancakes. It's a good choice for anyone who can't decide on which pancake to get. They give 2 pancakes of each flavor - more than enough to share!

My favorite was the Chocolate Taro Haupia. The Taro Haupia Sauce was not overly sweet and nicely complemented the Chocolate Pancakes.

The Kama`aina Scramble was very good. It includes Portuguese Sausage, Ham, Spam, Bacon, Garlic, Scallions (also includes Bean Sprouts, but I asked to leave it out), and Cheese can be added. I opted for Breakfast Potatoes as my starch, and they were really good too.

If you love breakfast as much as I do, be sure to check out My Cafe!

My Cafe
563 Farrington Hwy
Ste 101 B
Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 200-5737

November 18, 2014

A College of Fine Arts and Architecture - the University of Southern California

The University of Southern California would not seem like a typical place to visit while on a trip to Los Angeles, but it's actually an amazing place to visit.

I attended college at USC, and so much has changed since then, but one thing that hasn't changed is the beauty of the campus.

The campus is full of stunning architecture, and you can also find exceptional art and several galleries.
Wallis Annenberg Hall
Mudd Hall of Philosophy

Bovard Administration Building
Doheny Memorial Library
Trojan Shrine aka Tommy Trojan

There are also a lot of great eateries on campus.  We ate at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center (which is like a food court).

Ronald Tutor Campus Center

Pepperoni Pizza from California Pizza Kitchen

Fries from The Habit Burger Grill

Chicken Club from The Habit Burger Grill
Burrito from Verde
Build Your Own Burrito from Verde - Carne Asada, Guacamole, Rice, Fajita, Chile de Arbol, Cheese, and more!

It was so nice to visit USC again after all these years...

Fight On!

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-2311

November 17, 2014

Disneyland Park Eats

Although we did try Carnation Cafe on our recent visit to Disneyland Park, we usually end up at the same quick service restaurants.  Below are the places we dined at:

Kids Chicken Breast Nuggets
Chili Cheese Fries

Root Beer Float

Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor (a must-stop whenever we visit Disneyland!):

Chocolate Ice Cream

Cookies and Cream in a Waffle Cup
BLT Flatbread Pizza - so good!  This was my favorite quick service meal.

Kids Pizza
Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Pioneer Chili Cheeseburger
Churros Stand:

Mega Pepperoni Slice
Kids Pizza
What are your favorite Disneyland Park eats?

November 16, 2014

A Favorite Dining Spot in Downtown Disney - Rainforest Cafe

Whenever we go to Downtown Disney we often find ourselves at Rainforest Cafe.  We actually did not plan on eating there during our trip - we had no reservations, and being that we were a party of 9 I expected the wait to be very long, but it turned out the wait was only 20 minutes long for lunch, so we browsed the store while we waited for our table.
Kids Size Potato Chips

Kids Macaroni & Cheese

Kids Side Mashed Potatoes

Lava Nachos

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger

Tuki's Turkey Club

Castaway Kids Pepperoni Pizza
I had the turkey club.  With bacon, avocado, and turkey, the sandwich was very filling.

The Kids Menu offers a variety of options, and includes an entree, side, and drink.

Portions were huge - we all had a lot of leftovers, and the service was great.

Of course all of the animatronic displays were fun to peruse too.

It was another nice dining experience at Rainforest Cafe!

Rainforest Cafe
1515 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 772-0413

November 15, 2014

A Lovely Dinner at Bella Bistro

Recently some girlfriends and I had dinner at Bella Bistro in Kailua.

Complimentary Bread

Chop Chop Salad

Italian Calamari

Seared Scallops

Chicken Piccata

Alfredo Campanelle with Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan

Strawberry Cheesecake

Flourless Chocolate Cake

I really liked the Chop Chop Salad - full of salami, turkey, provolone cheese, roma tomatoes, red onions, and garbanzo beans. All of the ingredients combined to make one very tasty salad.

I had the Chicken Piccata, and I thought the Lemon Caper Sauce was just delicious. At some restaurants I think the sauce is too tart, and others too salty, but this Lemon Caper Sauce had just the right balance of tartness from the lemon and saltiness from the capers, and it really complemented the chicken nicely.

The desserts were really good. They were both very decadent, but my favorite of the two was the chocolate cake. 

Bella Bistro is an open air restaurant with a cozy vibe. I thought the service was great, and so was the food.

It was a really nice dinner out with the girls!

Bella Bistro
201 Hamakua Dr,
Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 262-7168

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