Archive for May, 2009

Survey Thursday: Favorite Zippy’s?

May 14, 2009

When the answer was revealed during one of our previous Where In Hawaii contests (which was Zippy’s), it was suggested by kuya.d to do a Survey Thursday around that particular topic… So… hurr we are…

We’ve all got our favorite Zippy’s. Our “home base” if you will. This be yo chance to sound off and represent. So without further ado… *clears throat*

Chicky chicky check if your school favorite Zippy’s is in effect – Represent! LOL!

Growing up in H.K. during those “hard core Zippy’s years”, Zippy’s Koko Marina was probably the one I identified with the most. It could’ve been the lunch-pick-up on the way to the beach, the dinner-pick-up on the way home from school/work, the midnight thang after chillin’ at the homey’s crib, or, even the 2AM-er after a long night of shooting 9-ball at Brian’s/Shark’s/Velvet’s (LOL!)… We’d be there. Some close seconds would be the McCully one (that’s usually where the “scenery” was at), and the Kahala one (new and on the way home).

Since Zippy’s is so much a part of all of our cultures, we shouldn’t just limit this survey to locations. What say we open thangs up and share our favorite Zippy’s story/stories as well as our favorite Zippy’s dish(es) while we’re at it? Bonus question: Which Zippy’s have you NOT been to (click here for help or here’s a list: Ala Moana, Dillingham, Ewa, Kahala, Kailua, Kaimuki, Kalihi, Kaneohe, Kaneohe (William Henry Road), Kapahulu, Kahului, Kapolei, Koko Marina, Makiki, Mc Cully, Mililani, Nimitz, Pearl City, Pearl Ridge, Vineyard, Waiau, Wahiawa, Waimalu, Waipahu, Waipio)? I’ll start:

Favorite Zippy’s: Koko Marina (for sentimental reasons)
Favorite Zippy’s Story: I actually applied for Zippy’s back in da high school days and got rejected! How you figgah? Well, I did get called in to their main office for an interview, but never received that final call back… so that is kinda like getting rejected right? So shame! Ah, das ok, I got a higher paying job where I got to eat poke all day (seafood department at Safeway) so it all worked out. 😛
Favorite Zippy’s Dish: Zip Min
Zippy’s Location(s) I’ve Never Been To: Ewa, Kalihi, Kaneohe (William Henry Road location), Kahului, Kapolei, Waipahu. Just 6 out of 25? Not bad at all… 8)

Go get um yo!

Results from last week (Wireless Carrier Survey)

  • AT&T: 9 (DA WINNAH!)
  • T-Mobile: 8
  • Verizon: 7
  • Sprint: 5

Happy Survey Thursday… Woo Hoo it’s almost TGI(F)F!

Oh yeah, for you old older peeps, here’s a blast from the past (70’s) that you might enjoy! No offense! 😉

For those more my age, hea’s a classic (starring Jade Moon). If you’ve never seen either of these two videos, zip it! 😛

My thoughts and prayers go out to hemajang and the Yoshida family during this difficult time… 😦

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – May 13, 2009

May 13, 2009

I’m not gonna lie y’all. I think this week’s one is gonna be a bit of a challenge… Even for you Hawaii experts. Put on your thinkin’ caps and get ready to learn, son! Ah, at least the hint this week will actually be a usable for once. Oh yeah, congrats to bruddah Marvo for correctly guessing last week’s location!

A-ight, enough with the chit chat…

Y’all ready for this!? (*cue music and picture the scene from “Bring It On”* 😛 )

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - May 13, 2009
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – May 13, 2009

Hint: It’s (surprisingly) part of a national chain, and located somewhere on King or South King Street. *grin* 

Da “Where In Hawaii” Winnahz Circle!

Talk to me!
* We’re down to three. Who’s getting the boot this week in A.I.?
* Lost Season Finale talk?
* NBA Playoff talk?
* Your picks for Evans vs. Machida next weekend?

Ed’s pick for Catchy-Tune-of-the-moment: Flo Rida’s “Sugar

P.S. Curse you Bahston!

Happy Hump Day Where In Hawaii Wednesday y’all. 🙂 Shooooots!

EATS: Mitch’s Sushi

May 12, 2009

It’s been a while since we did an EATS (Ed Ate Tasty Stuffs/Ed Always Tastes Stuffs) segment up in hurr so it’s probably about that time eh?

Why the break in action? Well, mostly because the photos take like FO-EVAH fo edit and the payoff (feedback) is usually minimal. A recent trip to a popular sushi spot made me want to dip my toes back in the EATS water again. No let me down k? 😛

I first heard about Mitch’s Fish Market and Sushi Bar from my friend Kari. She’s been raving about it after eating there with her friend, and her friend’s husband, a fisherman, who’s been here many times before.

After weeks of pestering (from me me), Kari finally gave in and planned a group outing so we can go check um out. Below are the photos from that night.

Mitch's Fish Market Sign
Mitch’s Fish Market Sign

Sushi Chefs at Mitch's Sushi
Sushi Chefs at Mitch’s Sushi

We were led into the semi-private room (4 tables of 4) on the other side of the restaurant, which was designed almost like a Japanese tea house. Neat! Our friend Todd ordered the squid legs to get the party started.

Yariika Geso (squid legs) - $10
Yariika Geso (squid legs) – $10

The one thing I kept reading about in all of the online reviews was that the Spiny Lobster Sashimi was the thing to get. There was (no diggity) no doubt that I would be getting one this night, but there was one slight issue. “Mitch’s Special Course”, which included the spiny little thang, along with other popular appetizers, sashimi and more, had a 2 order minimum order rule. WTH?

At $95 a pop, I was like, “Are you fo real!?” Wifey is not a very big eater to begin with, so her portion would either go to waste or I would have to end up eating like a Manchild! No way Jose! I opted for ala carting the puppy, which actually worked out for the better. (If anyone from Mitch’s is reading this, please reconsider this rule. Me no likey.)

Spiny Lobster Sashimi - $52
Spiny Lobster Sashimi – $52

Chirashi Special - $25
Chirashi Special – $25

Kari and gang, happy to be at Mitch's - $priceless
Kari (and gang) happy to be at Mitch’s – $priceless

Sashimi Special - $25
Sashimi Special – $25

Close-up of Sashimi Special
Close-up of Sashimi Special

Another “must-try” according to the online reviews is the Van Van, a grilled shrimp, salmon, avocado, nori appetizer wrapped in white fish.

Van Van - grilled shrimp, salmon, avocado, nori wrapped in white fish - $14
Van Van – grilled shrimp, salmon, avocado, nori wrapped in white fish – $14

Van Van innards... YUM!
Van Van innards… YUM!

Negitoro roll ($12) and Hamachi sushi order ($8)
Negitoro roll ($12) and Hamachi sushi order ($8)

Sushi Matsu (10 pcs + 1 roll) - $35
Sushi Matsu (10 pcs + 1 roll) – $35

Close up the Uni for us lovely uni fans
Close up the Uni for us rare uni fans

At the end of your meal, they take your spiny lobster scraps (along with the head), and finish you off with a scrumptious lobster miso soup. She go!

Spiny Lobster Miso Soup
Spiny Lobster Miso Soup

Overall a very delicious and “spoil yourself” dinner fo sho. Everything was extremely fresh (Mitch even has a huge lobster tank in the back) and top notch. The only thing I would complain about is the price (it’s not cheap), but you definitely get what you pay for (in a good way). Hope y’all enjoyed this one! Dayem, I’m getting hungry again looking at all these photos! Apologies if you are too. 😛

Mitch’s Fish Market and Sushi Bar
524 Ohohia St.
Honolulu, Hawaii
(808) 837-7774 or (808) 837-7775
Monday-Saturday: 11:30am-8:30pm
Sunday: Closed

Talk to me!
* Have you been to Mitch’s?
* What is your favorite item at Mitch’s?
* What is your favorite sushi or sashimi dish in general?
* What other sushi hotspots in Hawaii are must-tries?

Happy Tuesday yo!

Valet Gone Wild

May 11, 2009

Is it just me or am I the only one DEATHLY afraid of valet service?

I’m not sure if I’ve been “trained” by my pops to despise them (he always tells me “don’tu you evah do balet you know” in his Japanese accent) or if it’s because of personal experience (the surf racks on the top of my ride was totally destroyed by some valet goon), or both, but to this day, I avoid valet service like the plague.

[back story]
So about 5 or so years ago, I had to park in some random building for a meeting and the only option was valet. D’oh! The meeting went well and all was fine until *dun dun DUNNNNN!* I got back to my car. For some reason my surf racks were in my back seat as they were trying to send me off. I was like “oh no he di-ENT!”, parked the g-ride, got out of my car and asked them what was going on. The imbecile valet guy was like “oh, no, nothing, they just fell off on their own so I put them in your car for you.”

I was then like, “C’mon, be serious!” as I started to examine the dents in the roof of my car. He continued to deny it, saying they just fell off. Getting nowhere, I just asked for the manager and the name and contact info for the owner of the parking structure. Months later, I was finally able to get them to admit it and have their insurance company take care of the damages. But for me, the (psychological) damages were already done.

Fast forward to today.

I think I’ve gotsta be the most paranoid/anxious person in the world when it comes to valet service. I can’t speak for all valet drivers, but I’m guessing a good number of ’em, frankly, my darling, just don’t give a damn. It’s not their car, it’s just a part time job, and most of the time, they’re in a freakish rush.

A ding in the bumper here, a scratch on the mirror there… What I can’t see won’t hurt them is what they’re probably thinking. From what I hear, these bad boys make REALLY good pay (with the tip) too. The least they could do is care about my car right?


On a random side note, don’t you get shmall kine irraz when there’s balet service in a parking lot that certainly doesn’t need it!? I can park my car right there *pointing* and get it after dinner right there *pointing again*… yet, the valet dude insists that it’s valet only just so he can get his lousy tip from me.

Double Grrrr…

Am I just being a crazy, paranoid, schizophrenic or are there other peeps out there who share this same sentiment? Please holla at cho boy if you’re with me. 8)

Talk to me…
* Are you just as paranoid as me?
* Got horror stories of your own to share?
* Wanna dare name your least favorite valet spots? Most favorite?
* How much do you usually tip?
* Are you from the valet world? Give us some perspective from your side? Is this all a common misconception?
* Are you more careful with nicer cars? Less so with beat-up ol’ jalopies
* Is it true that you guys make mad bank?

Hijacking topics
* How did you spend your mother’s day weekend?
* Did you Star Trek it up?
* Damn you Glen Davis (and Boston)!!!
* R.I.P. Chuck Daly

Happy Monday y’all! Have a great week!

Happy Momma’s Day!

May 10, 2009

Just wanted to send some love out to all those momma’s out there today. Today is your day… Live it up!

OK, that is all. 8)

Now get off this here blog and go spend some time with your family now ya hear? 😉

Flashback Friday: Finish This Song – May 8, 2009

May 8, 2009

K, it’s been a couple months since we had a Flashback (Kanak) Attack Friday. What better way to send us into the VHO7V Friday weekend right? Right.

Y’all know the rules. I get this (lyrical) party started (RIGHT!) and you join on in until we finish the song. Getum? Coo! Let’s do this!

Who take my lady from the tropical island?…

Ahahahaha! Oh yeah! I went there! Nevah thought you’d hear that one today did ya? 8)

Talk to me!
* Post your comment below with the next line to this old school jam.
* Add any stories or memories (including your skankin’ days! 😛 ) you have when you hear this song.
* Feedback about the artist? Add those too k?

Happy VHO7V and Flashback Friday! Have an awesome weekend and happy momma’s day y’all! Shoooooots!

Survey Thursday – Wireless Carrier?

May 7, 2009

* Which wireless carrier do you use for your mobile phone service and why?

Recently, I read somewhere that the BlackBerry Curve outsold the iPhone. Kinda surprising to hear, but then again, not really. Even though it may seem that errryone and their momma has an iPhone, the Blackberry line of products have the luxury of not being tied to a single wireless carrier (like the iPhone).

And I know it stems from some kind of early, boardroom contract-winning loyalty thang, but why Apple doesn’t open up their iPhone product to ALL the wireless carriers once the contract is fulfilled is beyond me. They are shooting themselves in the foot by just sticking with AT&T. But I digress…

Getting back to the topic, I’m with Verizon Wireless. In my personal experience, they have the best network, both here in Hawaii (all major islands), as well as during my travels. Aside from that periodic dropped call coming down Red Hill (east bound), I’ve never had a problem with coverage and am routinely the only guy whose phone has bars when in remote locations. And although their phone selection could use some work, the main thing to me is that I can make calls and surf the Interwebs.

K, before you think I’m a Verizon employee in hiding, I’ll end it there. Who you use cuz?

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – May 6, 2009

May 6, 2009

A-ight peeps. Returning to tha scenics this week with dis one. As usual, I’m pretty sure it’ll be an easy one for all y’all, but we shall see eh? Last weekk15 came out of lurksville and correctly guessed Shige’s. Mad props also to Syxx and MakiSushi for their investigative work on Google. LOL! Gotta figgah out a way to outsmart ya! Please help me welcome and congratulate k15, and don’t forget to send some love to Syxx and MakiSushi as well!

Hurrrr we gooooo!

Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? - May 6, 2009
Where In Hawaii is Edward Sugimoto? – May 6, 2009

Hint: It’s on the tip of your tongue, I just know it! 8) 

Da “Where In Hawaii” Winnahz Circle!

Ed’s pick for Catchy-Tune-of-the-moment: Eminem’s “We Made You” (NSFW)

Happy Hump Day Where In Hawaii Wednesday y’all. 🙂 Shooooots!

Strange Noises In the Potty

May 5, 2009

A recent trip to the little boy’s room made me recall a humorous conversation/debate I had with wifey and her friends a while back. At some point during that conversation, it took a downward spiral (probably thanks to me) as we discussed the riveting topic of bathroom etiquette. Curiously, I axed the shy sistahs if they actually made “noise” when handling’ their bidness at a public restroom.

You should’ve seen the cold stare (not to mention the deafening silence) I got from that one. Sheez.

Upon returning from the death stare and silence, they asked me, “Why!? Do YOU!?!?”

Now if you know anything about me, I’m all about honesty. No shame! So I gave it to them:

“Of course! Why not!? I don’t know any of these people, and, even if I did, who cares? It’s human nature! It’s unhealthy to hold it in!”

[insert more cold stares and silence in addition to crinkled noses and “Ewwwwwws!”]

I continued…

“BUT… at work it’s a different story. If somebody saw me going in, or they know I’m in thurr, I try and hold back shmall kine.”

There’s just a different set of rules for work potty usage no? Ya gotsta stay professional up in the heezy. I don’t exactly want the trumpet to blow while one of the execs sits in the stall next to me. That’s just weird. Plus it might affect my year end reviews. 😉

There’s also a timing strategy involved. (Eh, no laugh! I know you got the same strategy! *grin*) You gotta make sure that anybody in the bat’chroom with you is gonedos before you make your grand exit. There’s nothing worse than playing a virtual virtuoso of noises in the stall, only to step out to a bunch of glaring/inquisitive co-worker eyes who were wondering who that Dizzy Gillespie-wannabe was tooting in the stall. LOL!

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not exactly a noise maker extraordinaire, but sometimes ya just gotsta let loose, ya heard? After all, it’s not very good for your health… 😛

(… I still can’t believe I just wrote about this topic. Apologies… 8) )

Talk to me…
* Do you make noise?
* Is your strategy different at work than it is in public?
* How about at home? In front of your spouse/mate/roommate/parents?
* What about farts? Same rules apply?
* Any other bathroom etiquette rules you live by?
* Is this entire blog just wrong?

In the News…/Hijacking Topics
* Dancing with the Stars
* The Biggest Loser
* American Idol Final Four picks
* X-Men Origins: Wolverine
* NBA Playoffs (Goooooooooo Magic! Whew! That was a close one!)
* LeBron James’ MVP Honor
* R.I.P. Jack Kemp
* David Cook’s brother dies of cancer
* David Hasselhoff rushed to hospital

Have a good “Happy Boys’ Day” Tuesday!

Fun Day Monday: Husband of the Year Awards

May 4, 2009

After reading last week’s Why Men Don’t Live As Long As Women post, bruddah che sent over this rebuttal for us men to enjoy. And although it’s not exactly a rebuttal (still seems to be written by a woman for other women), if you look at it in just the right way, it could turn your “Oh No She Di-ent” to “Oh Yeahhhh!” Haha! Ladies and Fellas, please enjoy the following equally. 😉

Husband of the Year Awards

The honorable mention goes to:

The United Kingdom

Husband of the Year Awards

…followed closely by The United States of America

Husband of the Year Awards

and then …………… Poland

Husband of the Year Awards

but 3rd Place must go to ……… Greece

Husband of the Year Awards

it was very very close but the runner up prize was awarded to….

…………. Serbia

Husband of the Year Awards

but the winner of the husband/partner of the year …… is ……..


Ya gotta love the Irish.

Husband of the Year Awards

The Irish are true romantics. Look, he’s even holding her hand.

Woman has Man in it;
Mrs. has Mr. in it;
Female has Male in it;
She has He in it;
Madam has Adam in it;

Okay, Okay, it all makes sense now…. I never looked at it this way before:

Ever notice how all of women’s problems start with MEN?
MEN tal illness
MEN strual cramps
MEN tal breakdown
MEN opause
GUY necologist
When we have REAL trouble, it’s a
HIS terectomy ..

Send this to all the women you know to brighten their day.
Send this to all the men just to annoy them …….

Remember You Don’t Stop Laughing Because You Grow Old,
You Grow Old Because You Stop Laughing

Hope you enjoyed that one. Mahaloz again Bruddah che! Have a great week y’all!