Archive for August, 2008

EATS! – Kauaian Style – Part I

August 18, 2008
 Part I  | Part II | Part III

OK, I’ve got issues. 427 pictures and videos in just 4 short days on Kauai… I need help.

But my issues = your gain cause we’ll get to embark on the second adventure of EATS (Ed Ate Tasty Stuffs)! Ya ready?

So right off the bat, we head southwest towards Kalaheo. We first stop by a vendor’s office to drop off some famous Apple Napples from Zippy’s, then kill time in the area by going on a mini hike at _____________ park and the nearby town of ________________. Crud! Sorry folks… I forgot that if I name these places, a future edition of “Where in Hawaii” would be ruined. LOL! Just use your imagination with me won’tcha? πŸ˜‰

In any case, we head back to Kalaheo and arrive at a favorite of many: Brick Oven Pizza, some of the best damn pizza you’ll ever eat.

Super Pizza from Brick Oven Pizza
Super Pizza from Brick Oven Pizza

We ordered the popular “Super Pizza” with garlic butter crust and all the fixin’s. What an awesome start to our vacay.

*skipping boring details of our trip*

For our next meal, we decided to go to BarbieQ!‘s suggested Blossoming Lotus in Kapaa. I’ve heard a lot about this place (heck, they’ve even won numerous awards), but have never gone because, well, frankly, I’m a meatatarian (yes dudes, it’s a vegan joint). The lady was interested in checking it out, so we did.

Kaya's Cosmic Cornbread - Southwest spelt cornbread served with homemade squash sage butter. - $7
Kaya’s Cosmic Cornbread – Southwest spelt cornbread served with homemade squash sage butter. – $7

Teriyaki Bowl - Brown rice, kale, peanut sauce and choice of tofu or tempeh. - $13
Teriyaki Bowl – Brown rice, kale, peanut sauce and choice of tofu or tempeh. – $13

Seniorita Bombia's Enchilada Casserole - Spanish marinated & baked tempeh, beans, rice, chili sauce & cashew 'cheeze' layered between corn tortillas and topped with carob mole, salsa and sour cream. - $20
Seniorita Bombia’s Enchilada Casserole – Spanish marinated & baked tempeh, beans, rice, chili sauce & cashew “cheeze” layered between corn tortillas and topped with carob mole, salsa and sour cream. – $20

*skipping more details…*

For lunch the next day, we stopped over at Garden Island Barbecue & Chinese Restaurant in Lihue. This was suggested many times by the readers of my Kau Kau Kauai series, as well as BarbieQ! again right here, so there is where we had to be.

Mini Mahi Mahi - $5.75
Mini Mahi Mahi – $5.75

Mixed Plate (Hamburger Steak, Teriyaki Steak and Beef Curry) - $7.25
Mixed Plate (Hamburger Steak, Teriyaki Steak Lemon Chicken and Beef Curry) – $7.25
(Requested – and got! – a change for the Lemon Chicken! Yay!)

Since this Wednesday will be “Where in Hawaii” Wednesday (based out of Kauai), I’ll make the posts for this whole week Kauai related. Smaht chyeah?

EATS! for Tuesday will include Kauai Chocolate, pupus aboard Holoholo Charters and Hamura’s Saimin, and Thursday we’ll cover Kountry Style Kitchen, Postcards Cafe, and Kalypso. Then, we’ll round it all off on Friday with a Kauai-related Fave Five Friday post. Sound like fun? πŸ™‚ Sound off below won’tcha?

 Part I  | Part II | Part III

I’m Going Going Back Back to Kauai Kauai

August 13, 2008

I know I know… It’s supposed to be Where in Hawaii Wednesday, but travel plans have changed things a bit for us this week. So sorry ah.

Like Biggie Smalls, I’m going going back back to Cali Cali Kauai Kauai (or LL Cool J‘s Going Back to Cali, Cali, Cali, for you old schoolers πŸ˜› ) from tomorrow and wanted to get some advice from you Kauai pros out there. Whether you travel there often, know a lot about there or are from there, holla atcho boy and tell a brutha where to go. I’ll be checking in on this blog during my trip so send some good kine, spontaneous fun and I’ll go check um out if can.

I’ve been, many times before (see my Kau Kau Kauai series here: Part I, Part II and Part III), but there’s always something fun and new to discover right? I’m particularly interested in EATS and fun kine activities, so lemme have it won’tcha?

P.S. You’ve wanted a challenge… Next week’s “Where in Hawaii” photo may very well be coming from the Garden Isle itself. Muhahaha!


Oh yeah, here’s the answer from last week’s contest. Congrats to kako mochi for the correct guess!

Kincaid’s

Where In Hawaii Is Edward Sugimoto - August 6, 2008 - Answer
Where In Hawaii Is Edward Sugimoto – August 6, 2008 – Answer: Kincaid’s
(shout out to the old KHET posse)

Past “Where In Hawaii” Winnahz!

Happy Hump Day y’all. Peace out!

P.P.S. Don’t forget to support our boys from Waipio, who will be participating in the Little League World Series against Shelton National, Connecticut, starting this Friday at 12PM noon on ESPN2 (Oceanic Digital Channel 0224 of ESPN2 HD on 1224)!

Spanish Basketball Team Picture – Racist?

August 13, 2008

So my friend just forwarded me this article: Spanish basketball team poses for offensive picture, which shows the Spanish Basketball Team posing for a team picture, while slanting their eyes with their hands. I’m still baffled by it and trying to figure out why they would do such a thing. Personally, I’m pretty offended, but I wanted to send a feeler out there and see what you all out there thought of it as well. Post your comments below…

Nose Hairs

August 12, 2008

Continuing with yesterday’s delightful conversation, let’s talk nose hair.

As we get older, we not only lose the hair on our heads, but father time slaps us in the face two times and puts it back in places you’d never guess or prefer. The ear, the nose, the neck, the back… I can almost hear Khia’s song My Neck, My Back queuing up.

Thankfully (again), I’m not a very hairy fella so I don’t think I’d have the neck/back problem. The ears haven’t started yet either (if they ever will), but the nose hairs, like the hills, are alive with the sound of music.

Perhaps it’s me just being overly paranoid of visible nose hairs (it’s one of the first things I notice on other peeps), but I take my nose hair grooming seriously. I don’t want them to show, plus da buggahs tend to itch the insides pretty good if they get too long.

Grooming for me consists of a periodic snipping with those little scissors and a once in a while weed whack-like mowing of the whole yard with those electric trimmer-type deals. I know the hairs are there for a reason (right?), but sometimes I just get the urge to chop-chop and not have to worry about it for a few weeks, yahurrdme?

Talk to me!
* Am I the only one out there with this fetish/peeve?
* What are some of your rituals/secrets?
* Ladies, do these things bother you (nose/ear/neck/back hairs)?

Let’s Talk Hair

August 11, 2008

Continuing the trend of learning a little too much about me (why stop now right? πŸ˜› ), let’s talk about the mystery of hair. As we get older, we lose it where we’re supposed to have it and we gain it where it’s not supposed to be. Anybody every wonder why this is?

Thankfully, *knocking on wood* I’m still good up top. The dome is still vibrantly growing. But many peers my age and even those many years younger, are losing their blessed locks. Receding, bald spot in the back, and general thinning all ova. Is it hereditary? Is it diet? A lil’ bit o’ both? Something else? Any doctors out there? Holla atcho boy!

I’ve heard many theories, but the one I believe (somewhat) the most is the one that says it skips every other generation on yo momma’s side. You’re supposed to check back at mother dearest’s papa and if he’s healthy up top, then you’re all good in tha hood. Eating non-greasy foods and staying away from hats probably doesn’t hurt either.

But what about other theories? Type of shampoo you use? Staying out of the sun? Stress? Post what you’ve heard below so the pre-balding men of this blog can save themselves from damnation. πŸ˜‰

Tomorrow’s Quality Topic: Nose Hair

Fave Five Friday – Guilty Pleasures

August 8, 2008

Much love to C to tha G for this one, aka Chicken Grease. It’s a good one, even though I’m not sure if I can even think of 5 for myself. Haha! Anyway, how about it? Let’s celebrate Fave Five Friday together by posting your “Guilty Pleasures” list below! Holla!

  1. The Hills – the future brother in law gives me heat for watching this with the lady and his gf (while giggling in our pjs), but it’s pretty addicting now that I know the story behind these peeps. Haha!
  2. Flavor of Love – this show is such utter nonsense, but I love it! It’s sad/depressing that he (supposedly) won’t be doing any more.
  3. Toppo – you know that stick like snack from Japan filled with chocolate in the middle? Mmmmm!
  4. Dixie Chicks – I actually dig on country music in general. Yee haw!
  5. Boxer Briefs – Not even sure if this counts as a guilty pleasure, but cut me some slack, I’m reaching here. Hehe! Anyway, no to boxers and a hella no to tighty whiteys (sp?), so where better to settle than in between? Comfort with support. Loves it!

Well, there you have it. Way more of me than you cared to know. Don’t leave me hangin’ and make me look like the only crazy one out thurr. Spill the beans yo!

Have a nice weekend y’all!

P.S. In other news, ex porn queen Jenna Jameson is reportedly preggers from boyfriend and MMA fighter Tito Ortiz. I’ll bite my tongue and leave the smart comments to you folks… Also, Ortiz has reportedly signed with Affliction and may be on their October card FYI. Thoughts?

Brett to Jet Set

August 7, 2008

Dammit!

I had this quirky lil’ blog post about Brett Favre set to publish tonight at midnight, and then he had to go and get traded. Ruin my whole post why don’t you B Fav? Now I gotta pretty much re-write the whole thing in the present tense so I don’t sound like an out of it sports guy. Oh well, at least I’m near a computer tonight where I can edit this buggah to da max.

What am I babbling about? After months of back and forth, the Green Bay Packers finally sent Brett Favre a packin’, in a trade to the New York Jets.

Woah.

What does this mean exactly? Well, curtains for Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens for one. For another, we’ll no longer associate B Fav (you heard that nickname here first… don’t touch! πŸ˜› ) entirely with the Kaimuki High like, green and gold/yellow. He’ll still be donning green, but in a darker shade with white.

How did we get to this point?

…after B Fav all but retired after last season via a teary-eyed press conference? Well, he decided that retirement was not for him. I can kinda see/empathize with both sides:

* Green Bay: They’ve drafted and made roster moves, thinking Brett wasn’t going to be a part of their future. They’ve got a young stud Quarterback in Aaron Rodgers whom they’d like to get a good look at before deciding his contractual future. They’re just trying to move on.

* Brett Favre: He’s a competitor. He’s still got the itch. He knows he can still compete at this level.

Talk to me!

  • Who you siding wit’?
    • For me, I kinda side with the Packers on this one. I’m all about being a man of your word and doing what you say you’re going to do, so it’s hard for me to side with Brett.
  • Thoughts on seeing Favre in a Jets uni?
    • I’m neither a Packers or a Jets fans, so I look at it from a strictly Fantasy Football point of view. The idea of having Brett Favre on my fantasy roster instead of duds Chad Pennington and/or Kellen Clemens, is pretty scrumptious if you “axe” me. Wide Receivers Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery (and even TE Chris Baker and RB Thomas Jones for that matter) get a big boost as well. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. *rubs hands together*
  • For the ladies who read this blog… Is Brett Favre still a hottie to you?
    • Guys don’t look at other guys like that.

Hopefully, there are some sports/football nuts out thurr who will comment/discuss this below for poor, lonely me… Hollaatchoboy! *grin*

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 6, 2008

August 6, 2008

Here’s this week’s Where in Hawaii Wednesday photo! Hopefully, it’ll beΒ just a little more challenging than the last few… πŸ˜›

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - August 6, 2008
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – August 6, 2008

Comment your guesses below yo. And no, da ansah is not “Diamond Head”! LOL! The hint? What’s new?: “It’s somewhere in Honolulu, Hawaii.” *grin*


Here’s the answer from last week’s contest. Congrats to ijiwarui dat smaht buggah fo getting um!

Dave & Busters Basketball Cage

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - July 30, 2008 - Answer
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – July 30, 2008 – Answer: Dave & Busters Basketball Cage

Happy Hump Day y’all. Peace out!

EATS! – Champions Sports Bar & Grill

August 5, 2008

OK, the start of another themed post… EATS! Short for Ed Always Tastes Stuffs… unless you can think of something better. Haha! Basically, it’ll be photos of good kine eats around town. Today, we’ll post some shots from the kinda new bar (opened in May) on Keeaumoku Street Champions Sports Bar & Grill. Enjoy!

Plush interior
Plush interior

Da Fried Rice
Da Fried Rice

Spicy Chicken with an emphasis on Spicy!
Spicy Chicken with an emphasis on Spicy!

Pork Chops
Pork Chops

Crunchy Roll
Crunchy Roll

Prices weren’t the greatest, but errthang was pretty good and tasty nonetheless. A pleasant surprise as the boys and I went here on a whim. The pork chops was a bit salty though. The bathrooms were nice/clean (a good way to tell if a place is kept well), and the interior was still shiny/new. There was even a side area with dartboards and a pool table. Small and big TVs lined the walls, making it a good place to catch a game, which is probably why during playoff games, the parking lot is always PACKED!

1108 Keeaumoku St
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 596-8878

Portuguese Bean Soup Weekend

August 4, 2008

After watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, I got inspired to give this cooking thing a try. Cooking, like real estate, is one of those things I feel I would be good at if I gave it a go. You know how you just have that feeling? Anyway…

After scooping a top secret(?) Portuguese Bean Soup recipe from a couple of co-workers (mahalos to Matt and Lance!), the lady and I took it (and the “ingredaments”) to the parentals’ crib yesterday afternoon to try it out. They summoned me to help them set up their wireless network, so in exchange, I “borrowed” their pots, pans and electricity to do the deed. πŸ˜›

It got rave reviews, but I’d still like to perfect it, especially the process. Buggah took hours upon hours to finish. *sigh*

Now I know I can’t get outta here without sharing the recipe and/or some shots of the dish, so I will duly oblige. But since I don’t know how top secret the co-workers’ recipe is, I’ll protect my life and type up a generic one modified from a recipe the lady has in a book.

1-2 pounds smoked ham hock
2 cans kidney beans
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
3 cans beef broth
2 cans tomato sauce
3 large potatoes, cut into cubes
4 carrots, cut into cubes
1 Portuguese sausage
1 head cabbage

(In the voice of Aunty Marialani) In a large pot, place the ham hocks, kidney beans, garlic and onions, and cover with water. Simmer for approximately 2 hours (skim off fat while cooking). Pull out ham hocks, strip meat off bones, and replace in pot. Dispose of bones. Add the rest of the ingredients (except cabbage) and simmer for 1-2 more hours. Add cabbage and cook until soft and part of soup. Optionally: add elbow macaroni.

The ingredaments for step 2
The “ingredaments” for step 2

Photo of soup cold (yeah, I forgot to take it hot)
Photo of soup cold (yeah, I forgot to take it hot)

Talk to me:
* Any tips or secrets on how to make your Portuguese Bean Soup a winnah?
* Any recipes of your own to share for the married couple to be?
* How did you spend your weekend?

Have a happy Monday y’all!