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Island Eats: Fresh Catch

February 22, 2013

I know I’ve written about poke before but this was our first time to Fresh Catch.  I used to think all poke was good poke.  I wasn’t picky since I couldn’t eat it any time I wanted to.  Beggars can’t be choosers!  But I have now found a favorite place to get poke and I don’t know if I can ever love it as much as I do at Fresh Catch.

We had heard about Fresh Catch from friends so it was on our growing list of places to eat when we were back in Hawaii.  Luckily, there is a location in Kaneohe really close to where my in-laws live.  As we walked up to the door, we noticed signs pointing out that this restaurant was going to be featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri.

There were so many different kinds of poke to choose from, I was in heaven.

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I ordered a small poke bowl which is your choice of poke with steamed rice.  I kept it nice and simple with spicy ahi poke.  The fish was so fresh and tasted so good, I was sad that I had ordered such a small bit of it!

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Fresh Catch has an extensive menu with a ton of different plate lunches with lau lau, beef stew, fried rice and more.  I will keep going back for the poke though.

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We went here for lunch on our second to last day in Hawaii.  We loved it so much that we actually went back a few hours later to eat more poke again as a snack!  We were headed to a friend’s wedding so we went back in our wedding attire before we went to the ceremony.

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Poke Paradise indeed!

We left Hawaii the next day to come back to the mainland.  Before we left, we made a stop at Fresh Catch for our last meal.  We learned our lesson and this time we got a bigger poke bowl.  Mine is on the left.  I got spicy ahi and spicy salmon.  TM got shoyu salmon and smoked tako poke.  The owner, Reno Henriques, dives for his own octopus and the smoked tako poke is one of the most popular flavors.  I have decided this place is a “must go” any time we are back on the islands!

two locations, we went to: 45-1118 Kamehameha Hwy  Kaneohe, HI

Finger food in Portland

August 19, 2011

It is no secret that I often turn to “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” as a source of inspiration.  If I am traveling somewhere, I will look up which restaurants have been featured on that show and will try to plan my itinerary around those places – if it’s something I’m interested in.  If something sounds really good when I first see the episode, I will make a mental note of it and will remember it is a must the next time I am in that city.

That is exactly why it is so pleasantly surprising to see a place I visited on my own, featured on the show.  It’s even more special when something I ate there is on the show as well!

Rahm Fama chose Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings from Pok Pok in Portland as his favorite finger food.  Guy Fieri visited this place on DD and D.  The chef, Andy Ricker, creates his recipes based on his travels through Asia.  It is described as fresh natural chicken wings marinated in fish sauce, garlic and sugar, deep fried, tossed in caramelized Phu Quoc fish sauce and garlic and served with Vietnamese table salad on the menu.

Chef Andy mixes garlic, salt and water together then strains it through a cheese cloth.  If actual minced garlic is on the chicken wing, it will burn when fried.  Genius!  He then adds fine sugar and fish sauce to the garlic water and marinates the chicken overnight.  He dredges the wings in rice flour and some tempura flour and deep fries them.  They are then topped with the “wing caramel” which is fish sauce, water and sugar.  He adds some chili paste and fried garlic to it and you’ve got some spicy-sweet Vietnamese chicken wings!

We went to Pok Pok with our dear friends Elisa and Matt, who live in Portland and hosted us that trip.  Everything we tried had wonderful flavor to it and our plates were licked clean.  I’d definitely want to go back the next time we are in town!

3226 SE Division St.  Portland, OR 97202

Schooner or Later as seen on DDandD

February 24, 2011

We ate at Schooner or Later for brunch on one of our more recent trips to Los Angeles.  Jill said she and her friends eat here all the time after playing golf and Aaron wanted to try it since he had seen it on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. (DDandD)

TM loves his breakfast and since I don’t, he doesn’t get to eat much of it.  He had the hardest time deciding what to order… omelette?, corned beef hash?, eggs?, pancakes?, waffles?… all of the above?  There were too many things to choose from.  He ultimately chose “The Mess” with corned beef hash on top.   It’s basically everything you want in breakfast thrown on one plate for consumption.  It has chopped ham, onion, and bell pepper grilled with hash browns and eggs and topped with melted Cheddar cheese.  It is served with sourdough toast.   When his food came out, it literally did look like a big mess on a plate!  They can serve up to 50 or 60 of these in one day since breakfast is served all day long!

Jill went with the french dip sandwich and opted for the skillet potatoes rather than fries.   So healthy!

I went with the crab melt.  It’s crab meat, cheddar and swiss cheese with avocado on grilled parmesan sourdough.   For someone who didn’t like avocados growing up, I’ve become quite the avocado lover lately.  The sandwich was grilled nicely but I couldn’t finish my fries.  It was too much food.

We sat outside overlooking the water and boats.  Apparently, it’s always packed on the weekends so go early or be prepared to wait.

241 Marina Drive  Long Beach, CA

Benny’s Seafood Restaurant

July 14, 2010

We are going on quite the tour of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” locations in the major US cities!!  It just happens that we have plans to visit LA, NY, Miami, etc. and we go to the places that caught our attention on the show.

Guy Fieri visited Benny’s Seafood on his show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and also mentioned the below dish on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” as the best fried food. 

We went for lunch and grabbed a couple appetizers.  We went for a pizza empanadas and corn sticks.  What are corn sticks, you ask?  They tasted just like the “corn” in corn dog and had a ketchup-y, garlicky dipping sauce.  It was pretty yum but probably no nutritional value whatsoever.

Ever since Boyfriend heard Guy describe mofongo, he was dying to go.  It’s a plantain based dish that’s usually mashed together with garlic, broth and pork rinds.  We got ours with chicken on top.  I’m actually not a fan of plantains and was not excited about this stop at all.  It worked out in my favor though, because the restaurants after this one only got better and better! ; )

The mofongo was pretty dry so we had to mix the broth in to help wash it down.  I was definitely ready for the next meal when we were through with this place…

2500 Southwest 107th Avenue   Miami, FL 33165

Guy Fieri’s Johnny Garlic’s California Pasta Grill

December 7, 2009

We were up in the Windsor/Santa Rosa/Napa area for a quick weekend getaway and ended up at Johnny Garlic’s for lunch.  I probably wouldn’t choose to go to a place called Johnny Garlic’s (it sounds semi cheesy, no??) but when I found out it is one of Guy Fieri’s restaurants, I was all for it!  We had a coupon for a free appetizer and decided to take advantage of it.

I was impressed from the beginning.  We were brought out focaccia bread with onions on top to be dipped in olive oil and balsamic.  The bread was amazingly flavorful and light. (not pictured)

For our free appetizer, we chose these darling American Kobe Sliders.  They came with limes on top and a few squeezes of the lime juice on the aioli sauce made these sliders special.  The meat was great and every bite was juicy.

I ordered a seared yellow fin ahi ciabatta sandwich.   It practically had a mini salad on it with Maui onion straws and a lemon caper aioli.  I was worried the capers would make the sandwich salty but it was perfectly balanced with the aoili sauce.  It came with homemade garlic chips on the side.

Boyfriend went with the Cajun chicken penne with a side of Sonoma Salad.  I actually wasn’t a big fan of his pasta but luckily, Boyfriend loved it!  His salad had dried cranberries, honey almonds and blue cheese crumbles with a balsamic dressing.

I’m so glad we were able to go to Guy’s restaurant since I’m a fan of his.  I had no idea but he lives in Santa Rosa with his family (wife and two kids) and all five of his restaurants are in NorCal.  He owns Tex Wasabi’s and Johnny Garlic’s.  

8988 Brooks Rd. So., Windsor, CA


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