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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

Back in the 808: Zippy’s

March 18, 2012

Right after TM and I started dating, I went to Hawaii with my parents for my cousin’s wedding.  I told TM all of the places I wanted to eat at, Zippy’s being one of them.

“ZIPPY’S?!?  Why in the world would you want to go to Zippy’s?!?,” he asked.

Fast forward about five years and TM now agrees with me that it needs to be a stop when we are back on the islands.  It is a chain restaurant but it is a Hawaiian chain so it doesn’t break my rule.  Zippy’s is the Denny’s of Oahu.  Most are open 24 hours so it’s a great late night spot after bars and clubs close.

An ever so popular menu item at Zippy’s is the Zip Pac.  It comes with fried chicken, teriyaki beef, a fish filet and spam over norifurikake rice.  It has a great variety of food for a very reasonable price.  When I first went to Zippy’s it was about five bucks.  Now it is over $8!  TM and his Dad both ordered a Zip Pac.

TM’s Mom got the burrito with Zippy’s chili.  It’s actually a deep fried bean and meat burrito (chimichanga) with chili over it and topped with cheddar cheese.  You can order it like this or as part of a plate that comes with rice and macaroni salad.

Since we had eaten a filling McDonald’s breakfast earlier that day, I ordered a small beanless chili over rice.  I never grew up eating chili at home so one of the first times I had it was at Zippy’s on one of my many trips to the islands.  Now I cannot eat chili unless I have rice to go with it!  I love that Zippy’s offers a beanless version for bean haters like me.  It’s seasoned great but I did feel that it was more oily than usual this time around.  It was topped with cheddar cheese and onions.

We did make it back to Zippy’s with some friends one other time during this trip after a night of karaoke.  I was so full from our dinner that I just ordered an Orange Bang.  TM ordered a Korean fried chicken plate.  The small fried pieces of chicken were dipped in a spicy shoyu sauce and topped with green onions.

In a weird way, Zippy’s is comfort food to me.  It is quick, convenient and good!

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Reese’s PB Temptations

September 1, 2011

I saw this recipe online last week and instantly knew I wanted to try it.  I’m married to a Reese’s lover and knew it’d be a perfect surprise for him.  TM loves Reese’s peanut butter so much that after every holiday, we are usually scouring the aisles at Target or the regular grocery store for Reese’s candy on sale.  Did you know in addition to the Reese’s eggs for Easter, they also have trees for Christmas and hearts for Valentine’s Day?  These shapes all have a bigger peanut butter filling to chocolate ratio than the regular Reese’s cups.

I followed the recipe almost to a tee except I cut down a little on both the regular and brown sugar.  These still turn out pretty sweet without a full cup of sugar.  My mini muffin tin holds 24 so I filled that up and used a regular muffin tin to do 12 more.  The ones in the regular muffin tin turned into cute, flat cookies but of course, they tasted the same as the minis!

36 Reese’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
a little less than a 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 375.  Remove the wrappers from the Reese’s and set aside.  I had TM help with this step because it actually took longer than I thought.  Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.

Beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, egg and vanilla until fluffy with an electric mixer.  In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together – the flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and beat.  Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and drop into the muffin cups.  They should not be flattened.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until they are puffed up and lightly browned.  They are so adorable when puffy!

After removing them from the oven, press a Reese’s into the center of the cookie.  Let them cool completely in the muffin pan.  They actually took a long time to cool and even after they were removed from the muffin tin, the chocolate was very melty.  I stuck them in the fridge and they tasted oh-so-good!  I’ve given quite a few away but the rest are for TM.

The entire time I was working on these, I had this adorable little face looking up at me asking me to share.  I was sad that I couldn’t!

Beecher’s Mac & Cheese

August 25, 2011

I don’t know what it was about this mac & cheese but it was pretty darn good.  It was one of  Oprah’s favorite things last year.  Maybe it tasted good because Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is a tourist trap… the line was well out the door and if all those people want it, it MUST be good!  It is made with their award winning one-year aged Flagship cheese and Just Jack cheese.  It had a sophisticated flavor that made you feel grown up while eating a childhood favorite.

One thing I know for certain is that we were pretty stuffed from lunch when we ate this.  We had just eaten Market Grill then ventured over to “Gourmet Dog Japon” (a Japanese hot dog cart) for TM’s snack before we ended up in line for mac & cheese.  My parents thought we were crazy.  Or they just thought we had a tapeworm.  This mac & cheese was good enough to wait in line for and to risk feeling stuffed after consumption.

1600 Pike Place   Seattle, WA

Snack at Safeco Field

June 3, 2011

After dinner at Pike Place Chowder, we headed over to Safeco Field to catch a baseball game.  The Mariners were hosting the NY Yankees for the weekend and it ended up being an exciting game!  Besides the game going into extra innings and the home team winning in the bottom of the 12th inning, 5-4, there were four separate people who rushed the field to get arrested, one of them being completely nekkid.  That served for quite a bit of entertainment, especially when the towel the policemen brought out to cover him, fell off.


It was chilly at the park with pretty gusty winds so by the time we ate this, it was cold.  I was pretty surprised TM didn’t grab a hot dog since we were at a baseball game but he said the spicy chicken was calling his name.  The chicken had a nice kick to it and I ate a handful of fries because I can never seem to turn down french fries.  Sadly enough, it was too cold for me to even consider drinking a beer.  I opted for hot chocolate to keep me warm during the game.

Safeco was a nice, clean park with great views.  The sun didn’t set until after 9 PM and we got some great shots of the buildings in the background as the sun was setting later in the evening.

1250 First Ave.   Seattle, WA

Cake on the brain…

June 15, 2010

I’m not a cake person.  I’ll eat it if it’s there (sometimes) but I can do without it.  My true loves are ice cream (if you couldn’t tell from my last post) and cookies.  I can eat ice cream any time of the day in any season.

But weddings have cake.  While I know we don’t *have* to serve cake at our wedding and cupcakes and candy bars are ever-so-popular right now, I wanted to have a traditional cake to cut into.  Boyfriend and I have been inundated with appointments and meetings and cake tastings lately so I definitely have cake on the brain.

Our first tasting was at Jen’s Cakes.  My parents were in town and were able to join us in our first cake tasting experience.  We tried ten of their most popular flavors and fillings.

My parents studied the plate and description sheet intently before they dug in!

We all agreed on three flavors we liked the most and while we didn’t make any decisions, it was a great start to our cake tasting experience.

1053 Lincoln Avenue   San Jose, CA

Unnecessary afternoon snack!

January 21, 2010

Would you believe that after our “lunner” at Bridgeport, we moseyed on over to Henry’s Tavern to watch the Ravens game?   They have over 100 beers and hard ciders on tap with the majority of them hailing from local breweries.

Even though we weren’t hungry, it’s a rough drinking without something to munch on so Boyfriend ordered waffle fries with gorgonzola cheese melted over it.   I’m not usually a fan of gorgonzola but when it’s melted, it’s much milder.  And of course, it was smothered on top of french fries which I love.  Matt bought Elisa and I Moroccan coffees and the pomegranate and raspberry martinis pictured above so I didn’t even try the beer there!  We weren’t able to find four seats at the bar but Elisa and Matt pointed out to us that there is ice all around the bar to set your drinks on so they don’t get cold *edit* warm.  Genius!!

10 NW 12th Avenue   Portland, OR


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