Easter at Roy’s Koolina



Roy's Koolina

Happy Easter everyone! Today we went out to lunch with my parents for an Easter lunch. We were all going to be in Waipahu in the morning so we went to Roy’s in Koolina for lunch.

Roy's Koolina

We had an outdoor table which was a little breezy but had a nice view.

Roy's Koolina Ahi Salad

Three of us had the set menu and my mom ordered off the regular menu. For the set menu we had the Demi East & West Mixed Green Salad, Blackened Island Ahi, with Aloha Citrus Vinaigrette and Buttery Soy Mustard.

Roy's Koolina Macadamia Nut Crusted Shutome

My mom’s entree was the Macadamia Nut Crusted Shutome (Broadbill Swordfish) with a Beurre Blanc sauce. This was really good, very moist and the sauce was really tasty.

Roy's Koolina Shrimp Scampi with Risotto

Our set meal entree was Naked Cow Dairy Butter Poached Shrimp Scampi, Creamy Parmesan Risotto, Naked Cow Feta Pesto, with Kona Maine Lobster Nectar. This was also good for folks who like shrimp and cheesy risotto.

Roy's Koolina Chocolate Souffle

Finally, my favorite way to end a meal at any Roy’s restaurant…the Chocolate Souffle with Lappert’s Vanilla Ice Cream and Raspberry Sauce.

It was a really nice lunch with tasty food. I always enjoy trying all of the delicious sauces that come with the dishes at Roy’s restaurants!

Roy’s – Ko’ Olina
92-1220 Aliinui Drive
Kapolei, HI 96707

March 31, 2013   No Comments

Chili Lime & Panko Salmon



Chili Lime & Panko Salmon

Last week my mom introduced me to this Kraft product that you find in the refrigerated cheese section of the market. She made it for dinner one night using chicken and it was really good!

Kraft Fresh Take Chili Lime & Panko

This is what the package looks like.

Kraft Fresh Take Chili Lime & Panko

When you open it there is a divided plastic bag with shredded cheese on one side and panko with seasoning on the other. You need to pull the bag open and mix the two sides together. Then just put in chicken, fish, or pork coating each piece.

Raw Salmon Fillets

Since we don’t eat chicken or pork at home, we tried it on using salmon fillets. We bought two trays of salmon then cut each of the two large pieces into three small pieces.

Chili Lime & Panko Salmon

After coating each piece I put it in a nonstick pan and baked it in the oven at 375 degrees for about 16 minutes.

Chili Lime & Panko Salmon

It was a super quick dinner to prepare and tasty with the chili and lime seasoning on the fish.

Chili Lime & Panko Salmon

To go along with this we had some steamed asparagus. I would definitely make this dish again, maybe trying it with mahi mahi next time!

March 28, 2013   2 Comments

Hawaii Food Bank – Great Chefs Fight Hunger Fundraiser 2013



DK Steakhouse

Last night was so fun…and delicious! I was able to attend the Hawaii Food Bank – Great Chefs Fight Hunger Fundraiser. Knowing that I would love this type of event, my dad invited me along to join him at the VIP table for Chinen & Arinaga Financial Group.

Food Bank Fundraiser Tickets

Thank you Mr. Arinaga and thanks dad! With these VIP tickets we were able to go in an hour before general admission started. Here is some of the great food I was able to enjoy…

Chef Chai Pacifica

Sauteed Escargot and Prawn with Hamakua Mushroom and Chili Ginger Sauce with Zucchini Linguini. This was by chef Chai Chawasaree of Chef Chai at Pacifica Honolulu.

Food Bank Fundraiser Tickets

Morimoto Waikiki

Kimchee Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps – Fried pork belly, papaya and cabbage kimchee, butter lettuce, apple mustard relish, and fried gobo by chef Andy Reagan of Morimoto Waikiki.

Halekulani

Kona Lobster Brandade and Bisque by chef Vikram Garg of Halekulani.

HASR Bistro

Harris Ranch Steak #11 Stroganoff Egg Noodle with Brandy Cream Sauce by chef Rodney Uyehara of HASR Bistro. This was one of my favorites!

Roy's Koolina

Roy’s Misoyaki Butterfish – Chirashi Rice, Pipikaula Style Shinsato Pork Belly, and Lomi Ho Farms Tomato by chef Darryl Shinogi of Roy’s Ko’olina.

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Furikake Seared Ahi Tacos with Edamame Hummus, Pineapple Asian Slaw, and Spicy Chili Pepper Water Aioli by chef Jeffrey Vigilla of Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Hawaii Food Bank Fundraiser

Waialua Soda Works, Lilikoi

Around this time I was getting pretty thirsty so I had some lilikoi soda from Waialua Soda Works. Very refreshing!

Le Bistro

Red Wine and Peppercorn Short Ribs by Alan Takasaki of Le Bistro in Niu Valley.

Poke Stop

Mari’s Garden Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade and Truffled Frisee by chef Elmer Guzman of Poke Stop. Simple, but very tasty – another one of my favorites.

Henry Loui's

BBQ Baby Back Ribs with Mashed Potatoes by chef Greg Soriano of Henry Loui’s Restaurant.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Osso Buco Ravioli by chef Don Asam of Ruth’s Chris Steak House. This was one of my dad’s favorites.

Sansei

Chinese Style Braised Short Ribs with Potato Fondue, Roasted Hamakua Mushrooms and Lotus Root by chef Joseph “JJ” Reinhart of Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar.

DK Steakhouse

Sous Vide Pork Belly with Kim Chee Sauce by chef Jason Miyasaki of D.K. Steak House.

Himalayan Kitchen

Chicken Tikka Masala and Dal Makhani by chef Suman Basnet of Himalayan Kitchen.

12th Avenue Grill

Finally…desserts! First I had this Smoked Local Madre Chocolate Flan with Ka’u Orange Caramel by Kevin Hanney of 12th Avenue Grill.

Hokulani Cupcakes

There were three types of cupcakes from Hokulani Bake Shop.

Hokulani Cupcakes

Strawberry short cake

Hokulani Cupcakes

Red Velvet – I had this one, very nice and moist.

Hokulani Cupcakes

I believe this Port Wine cupcake and the first short cake cupcake were flavors that won their victory on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

Y. Hata Desserts

Y. Hata also had a great variety of beautiful desserts.

Y. Hata Dessert

I finished the night with this Lilikoi Panna Cotta with Champagne Jelly. Nice and light, not too sweet just how I like my desserts.

Hawaii Food Bank Fundraiser

Mahalo again to Mr. Arinaga and my dad for a really great and delicious night!

March 24, 2013   2 Comments

Vegetarian Chili



Vegetarian Chili

During a lunch trip to Rainbow Drive In last week, I picked up a packet of their chili powder.

Rainbow Drive In's Chili Powder

I decided to use it to make a vegetarian chili for everyone in my family trying to eat healthy these days.

Vegetarian Chili

On this evening I was over at my parents’ house and cooked with my mom. First we diced one large onion.

Vegetarian Chili

Then we diced one green bell pepper along with two other small bell peppers they grew in their backyard. We cooked those two things in a big pot with just a tad of oil.

Vegetarian Chili

Next we added one can of diced tomatoes and two cans of chili beans (and the sauce in the chili bean cans).

Vegetarian Chili

After that we added a can of tomato sauce along with about 2-3 tablespoons of the Rainbow Drive In chili powder. If you like it really spicy you can add more but this amount was about a medium spiciness level. If you don’t have this type of chili powder, any other brand is fine.

Vegetarian Chili

Next we added about a 1/4 cup of soy ground beef substitute. If you don’t have this you can use other meat substitutes like the frozen Morning Star brand.

Vegetarian Chili

After simmering for about 20 minutes, it was done!

Vegetarian Chili

March 21, 2013   No Comments

Kauai Plantation Railway



Kauai Plantation Railway

On our last day in Kauai, we went to check out the Kauai Plantation Railway.

Kauai Plantation Railway

You get to ride on this old fashioned train around their property checking out fruit trees, mountain scenery, and some animals.

Kauai Plantation Railway

Kauai Plantation Railway

Kauai Plantation Railway

Halfway through the ride they stop and let everyone off to feed bread to their pigs!

Kauai Plantation Railway

Kauai Plantation Railway

Kauai Plantation Railway

Kauai Plantation Railway

If you have some time to kill near the airport, this is a fun little ride!

Kauai Mountains

July 20, 2011   2 Comments

Kauai Fern Grotto



Kauai Fern Grotto

After all of my times visiting Kauai, I still hadn’t been on Smith’s Fern Grotto River Tour. So with the morning free, we paid the kamaaina price and got on board!

Kauai Fern Grotto

It was a nice sunny day and we had an informative guide driving us up the Wailua River.

Kauai Fern Grotto

Kauai Fern Grotto

Apparently there were many more ferns prior to Hurricane Iniki. I still think it’s pretty though while it is recovering…

Kauai Fern Grotto

Kauai Fern Grotto

Kauai Fern Grotto

Website for more info:
Smith’s Fern Grotto Tours, Wailua River

July 18, 2011   No Comments

Waipouli Restaurant



Waipouli Restaurant

Looking for a quick breakfast before heading to the fern grotto, we decided on Waipouli Restaurant in the Waipouli Town Center.

I had my standard Portuguese sausage, eggs, and rice…

Waipouli Restaurant

And he had a veggie omelet…

Waipouli Restaurant

We also shared a macadamia nut pancake because we were both pretty hungry!

Macadamia Nut Pancake

Here’s a look at some of their other menu items…

Waipouli Restaurant

Waipouli Restaurant

Waipouli Restaurant

July 16, 2011   1 Comment

Kauai Fishing



Kauai Fishing

After our quick visit to Waimea Pier, we headed to a beach near Poipu to do a little fishing. If you remember our last fishing adventure with the homemade fishing rod, I actually still had that in the car and brought it out to try again. We also now had our normal fishing rod and tackle as well.

Kauai Monk Seal

On the way to the fishing grounds we passed by a napping Hawaiian Monk Seal.

Kauai Fishing

Then made it to a nice little rocky area.

Kauai Fishing

We didn’t have much time here, just enough to enjoy the view, bring up several small fish, and let them go again back to where they came from. Still, it was a great end to a really fun day!

Kauai Fishing

July 14, 2011   2 Comments

Waimea Pier



Waimea Pier, Kauai

After driving down from Waimea Canyon we made a 30 minute stop at Waimea Pier.

We hadn’t been to Waimea Pier since the crazy aweoweo run in 2003. Back then you just dropped your line down and up came an aweoweo in 5 seconds max!

Waimea Pier

Today however was a different story, no luck for us or the lady who was leaving as we arrived.

July 9, 2011   2 Comments

Waimea Canyon



Waimea Canyon, Kauai

One of my favorite scenic places on Kauai is Waimea Canyon. The drive wasn’t too long from Koloa and the view was great that day!

Waimea Canyon, Kauai

Before heading back down and on to some fishing, we had some local cookies that we picked up at a small market. Yum!

Popo's Cookies, Kauai

July 5, 2011   2 Comments