August 27, 2014

Hana Hou / Wordless Wednesday - Tulum Ruins

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?

Tulum Ruins in Mexico

August 26, 2014

Classic American Food at Johnny Rockets

For great burgers, shakes, and other classic American eats, Johnny Rockets is the place to go.

Route 66 Burgers and Onion Rings

Kids Chicken Tenders Meal

Chicken Club Sandwich with Sweet Potato Fries

Rocket Grilled Cheese Meal

Chocolate Strawberry Kiss Shake
Overall we all enjoyed our dinner at Johnny Rockets.  I loved the club sandwich (although I wish I ordered regular fries instead of the sweet potato fries).  I also thought it was cute how the meals come with a little bowl of smiley-face ketchup!

The service was great, we got our food rather quickly, and it was a fun atmosphere!

Johnny Rockets
Anaheim GardenWalk
321 W. Katella Ave., Suite 320
Anaheim, CA 92802

Manoa Chocolate - Showcasing the Vast Characteristics of Chocolate

Contrary to its name, Manoa Chocolate is not located in the neigborhood of Manoa, but in Kailua, which may confuse some people (I admit I was a little confused). But after asking about the shops name, I found out Manoa means "vast, depth," which reflects chocolate's vast and deep flavors, as was evident in the numerous samples I was able to taste.

Manoa Chocolate Hawaii offers high quality chocolate using both Hawaii-grown cacao, as well as from other regions in the world.

I was able to sample several different flavors, including Hawaiian Sea Salt (very good), Ghost Pepper (it had a spicy kick, but not too strong), and Ali`i Kula Lavender (very pleasant).

However, the Breakfast Bar, which is layered with roasted cacao nibs and roasted Kona espresso beans, was my favorite. I decided to buy a bar to share with the boys. 
Breakfast Bar
The very helpful employees will share so much about their chocolate, but if you want to get even more details on their chocolates and the bar-making process, you can pay for an in-depth tour.

If you want a taste of Hawaii, or if you are a chocolate-lover, be sure to stop by Manoa Chocolate!

Manoa Chocolate Hawaii
Suite 203, 315 Uluniu St
Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 262-6789

August 25, 2014

Top 10: British Columbia Eats

While on our Vancouver trip our family ate at a lot of great restaurants throughout British Columbia, and we sure ate a lot of great food!  Here are my top 10 eats:

1. Classic Poutine from Howe Sound Brewing Company Restaurant - There was one thing I was looking forward to eating most while in Canada - Poutine!  The beer-battered fries topped with the gravy and cheese curds was AMAZING!
2. The 1306 Omelette from Paul's Omelettery - A variety of mushrooms and cheeses, garlic, and onion created the perfect combination.
3. Brownie Butter Snickerdoodle Ice Cream from Rain or Shine Ice Cream - Sweet, creamy, and with chunks of cookies - the ice cream was absolutely divine!

4. Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crunch Bar from Cactus Club Cafe - You can't go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate!

5. Gorgonzola Pizza from Steamworks Brewpub - Topped with bacon and other yummy ingredients, the pizza had a very nice tang.

6. Caramel Gingered Apple Crisp from Milestone's Grill & Bar - This is the first time I ever tried an apple crisp.  Topped with ice cream and caramel sauce - it was simply delightful!

7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Explosion from Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar - Like I said - you can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter!

8. Kurobuta Terimayo from JAPADOG - The best seller for a reason - the toppings, which consist of Fried Onions, Teriyaki Sauce, Japanese Mayo, and Seaweed, is just so good!

9. Blue Bubble Gum Gelato from Silvestre Gusto Latino - Not something I would normally try, but it was surprisingly good!
10. Strawberry and Chocolate Glazed Timbits from Tim Hortons - I'm not much of a donut eater, but these Timbits were the perfect sweet snack for a plane ride home.

My Favorite Mexican Restaurant on Oahu - Torito's Mexican Restaurant

I LOVE Mexican food, and Torito's Mexican Restaurant is my favorite Mexican restaurant on Oahu.

Complimentary Chips and Salsa

Crazy Burrito

Kids Cheese Quesadilla

Chicken Chimichanga

Kids Rainbow Sherbet

Apple Chimichanga

The portions were large, and the food was so delicious!

I had the Chicken Chimichanga, and not only was the chimichanga tasty, but so were the rice and beans!

My husband had the Crazy Burrito, which is stuffed with choice of meat, as well as beans, cheese, rice, chives, lettuce, onions, and olives.  He really enjoyed it.

Kids meals are reasonably-priced (dessert and drink included), and the dessert that my husband and I shared - the Apple Chimichanga - was fantastic!

The service was excellent, and I look forward to going back soon!

Torito's Mexican Restaurant
2919 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96826        
(808) 735-7991

August 24, 2014

Home Bar and Grill - Home of the Tater Tot Nachos

I admit, I love tater tots, so a few years ago when I saw a local news station post a picture of the tater tot nachos from Home Bar and Grill, I knew I wanted to try it, and I finally did.
Big John's Spicy Kim Chee Fried Rice

Negi Tori

Garlic Chicken

Kalbi Fried Noodles

Wafu Steak

Seared Ahi Sashimi

Because Chris "The Situation" Tai Wanted It Tater "Nachos"
We were there on a Saturday evening and the place was PACKED!

And it's no wonder - the food is super good (and the drinks are great too!).

I really enjoyed the fried rice, tater nachos (how can anyone not like tater tots topped with cheese, sour cream, and bacon?), and garlic chicken.  I didn't eat the other dishes because I don't eat seafood or beef, but everyone else seemed to enjoy the food too.

Home Bar is a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy some delicious food and drink!

Don't forget the tater to nachos!

Home Bar & Grill
1683 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 942-2237

August 23, 2014

Great Fried Noodles and More at Hapa Grill

I've heard that Hapa Grill has really good Fried Noodles, and I finally had a chance to taste them for myself.
Mochiko Chicken and Roasted Pork Combo

Fried Noodles and Korean Chicken Combo

Kids Grilled Cheese
I had the Fried Noodles and Korean Chicken combo plate.  The Fried Noodles were indeed very good - some of the best I've ever had on the island!

The Korean Chicken was also very good.  Our server said it's one of the most popular items, and I could see why - it was so flavorful.

My husband thought the Mochiko Chicken and Roasted Pork were both good, but he liked the Korean Chicken much better.

The service was great, the food was delicious, and I'm glad I finally got to try the Fried Noodles!

Hapa Grill
590 Farrington Hwy #539
Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 674-8400

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