Fishing and a bite to eat at Kua Aina

Summer Beach

It’s been a catch and release kind of week. Meaning, we haven’t been able to bring anything up worthy of the dinner table recently. On most days the only bite I get is of whatever I have for lunch. So sad.

However, there have been a couple hook ups. At the first beach (picture above) I brought up a little eel in the afternoon. Disappointed without any fish, we tried some simple handpole fishing and picked up a kupipi…


and a bunch of mamo. All went quickly back into the water to enjoy another day.


At this other place we tried, there were a lot of nibbles on the line but no big bites. Continue reading →

July 22, 2008   13 Comments

Yama’s Fish Market

Yama's Fish Market

When I’m in central Oahu I go to Highway Inn for my Hawaiian food fix. However, when I’m in town I often stop by Yama’s Fish Market on Young Street.

We always get the same thing here. He gets the #3 – Lau Lau, Lomi Salmon, Poke & Haupia ($9.00).

Yama's Fish Market Laulau

I get the #12 – Kalua Pig Cabbage plate ($5.85) and a side order of shoyu poke.

Yama's Fish Market Kalua Pork and Cabbage

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July 20, 2008   7 Comments

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes

After making those Pumpkin Cinnamon Nut Rolls the other day, I still had about half a can of pumpkin leftover. That was just the perfect amount for these pumpkin pancakes.
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July 19, 2008   7 Comments

Pumpkin Cinnamon Nut Rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Nut Rolls

This summer we’ve finally had time to catch up on all the things we’ve been meaning to do for the last half year or so. And one of those things has been cleaning. Since we were in Japan during the typical spring cleaning time, that (unfortunately) was on our to do list for the summer.

One benefit of cleaning the house is that you occasionally find things that you’ve all but forgotten about. For me it was a can of pumpkin that was hidden away in a box near the kitchen.

If I recall correctly, my mom gave this to us back in November and I guess somehow it never made it into the cupboard! Needless to say, seeing the orange can of pumpkin set me in the mood for some kind of pumpkin treat this week.

Here is the recipe for something I’ll call Pumpkin Cinnamon Nut Rolls…
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July 17, 2008   13 Comments

Night Fishing: Checking out the south shore

Diamond Head at Night

By the time we got up and going the other day, it was pretty late. And what else to do but go night fishing! I really enjoy this because it’s so much cooler and no chance of sunburn!

It was a slow night though, not too many bites. At least it was a really beautiful night. Above is a shot of the south shore with Diamond Head on the right. That was my view during this evening of fishing.
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July 16, 2008   8 Comments

Marion Crepes: Get ’em while they’re here!

Marion Crepes

Have you ever tried these famous crepes from Harajuku, Japan? I’ve known about them for a while but didn’t get a chance to try them the last time I was in Tokyo. I’m so glad that they came over to Hawaii to do a food demonstration this month!
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July 15, 2008   18 Comments

Easy Healthier Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Tonight I just checked out the Taco Bell website. Did you know that it listed the Fiesta Taco Salad as having 840 calories and 45 grams total fat? Yikes! So much for salads as being healthy.

Don’t worry too much. It looks like a big chunk of those numbers come from the shell bowl. The Fiesta Taco Salad without the shell has just 470 calories and 24 grams total fat. So enjoy the taco salad, just don’t eat that shell.

Although I’m sure I’ll still get the Taco Bell Taco Salad every once in a while, I thought it would be better tonight to just make my own at home. Here’s what I came up with…
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July 14, 2008   14 Comments

Miyako Restaurant

Miyako Restaurant

For special occasions such as wedding anniversaries, we usually go to one of the fine dining restaurants around Oahu. The other day being our 5th wedding anniversary, we were going to do the same ‘ol thing but at the last minute decided to try a Japanese place instead. We had a coupon for Miyako restaurant in Waikiki so we agreed to give it a try, I’m really glad we did!
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July 10, 2008   11 Comments

Soy Miso Chicken

Soy Miso Chicken

We’ve been eating way too much rice, pasta, and bread lately. Fried rice, rolls, chow mein – the list goes on and on. So for dinner the other night we stuck to white meat chicken over some cucumbers and lettuce.

I didn’t even bother to use dressing hoping to eliminate any extra calories/fat from our meal. Luckily, the chicken had more than enough taste to keep me happy.

All I did was marinate the chicken (10 to 15 min.) in the mixture below and cooked it in a nonstick skillet. I was going to broil it in the oven but it was way too hot that night to be heating up the whole oven for a couple pieces of chicken.

1/4 cup miso paste
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup sake
1 tablespoon sugar

July 9, 2008   9 Comments

Matcha Muffins

Match Muffins

The house has never been so clean…probably since we moved in years ago. We’ve been doing a lot of cleaning (and more importantly throwing away) this month.

One good thing that has come out of this is that I’m finding ingredients tucked away in the cupboards that I’ve forgotten about.

Match Muffins

In this recipe I’m trying out some matcha powder that I picked up at Shirokiya a while ago.
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July 5, 2008   9 Comments