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    The Wedding Cafe, Manoa

    Recently Consumed:

    Zaney's, Downtown Honolulu
    Bob's Bar-B-Que, Kalihi
    Restaurant Yamagen, Moili'ili

    Below you will find a never ending list of restaurants that I want to visit or re-visit:

    Young's Fish Market
    Alan Wong's Pineapple Room
    Cafe Sistina
    Indigo Eurasian Cuisine
    Yakiniku Toraji
    Sushi Masa
    Ono Hawaiian Foods
    Tsukuneya Robata Grill

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    The following posts should be completed someday (!):

    New Diner's Drive In
    Border Grill
    Penang Malaysian
    Chez Panisse
    Zuni Cafe
    Indonesia Restaurant
    Boston's North End Pizza
    Happy Inn
    Kat's Sushi
    Fritz's European Bakery
    Makino Chaya
    Singapore/Bangkok Posts
    Chin's Kahala
    Hata Restaurant
    Ebisu Catering Service
    Bubba Burgers
    The Eggberts
    Blossoming Lotus
    Hamura Saimin Stand
    Bob's Big Boy

    WHEW! I hope to have them done by year's end!

    Upcoming adventures

    San Francisco, CA

    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    London, UK
    Paris, France
    Chicago, IL
    Seoul, South Korea
    I won't be able to visit Korea this year.
    San Francisco, CA
    New Orleans, LA
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Shanghai, China

    Hopefully, some of you can provide me with recommendations for some good eats!

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October 22, 2005



Reid- Seems like you have no Middle Eastrn or Iranian restuarants on the island? Can this be true? If so, you are really missing out.


They are a little short changed on those nationalities MEal. When Mills & I sent a box most of what we sent was Middle Eastern ingredients so Reid could at least get a hand of the flavors and techniques. Grilling being a great common denominator of both Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine.


I may need to send to send a care package....



The food looks really good. I can't wait for your post.


Yeah they are a bit short on the Middle Eastern food in Hawaii, as Jo has stated.


Hi MEalcentric,

Welcome and thanks for commenting! We don't really have any Iranian restaurants here that I know of, and to be quite honest, the majority of the restaurants here don't stray too far from the usual Asian cuisines. It's OK with me, but sometimes I long for something different -- French, German, African or Jamaican foods would be a nice change every now and then.

Hi Jo,

I actually used some of the spices already to make a few food items. A Lebanese friend gave me a few recipes to try out when his wife was here visiting. The food is not bad. I though the sumac sprinkled over rice was good. =)

Hi MEalcentric,

If you'd like to do a package swap, send me an e-mail.

Hi Milgwimper,

The food here was really good. The post has been updated and yes, we are lacking in some areas, aren't we?


Hi Reid - Man that salad looks Ono, and the prices are really good! I've been using sumac over rice too, in addition to adding it to my vinegarette's


Hi Kirk,

The salad was delicious although I wish the dressing had been different. I guess I don't really care for shoyu/mustard on vegetables...except maybe cabbage!

The sumac over rice is great isn't it? Maybe I'll try to use it in a dressing as well. Thanks for the idea.


I love the summac on kebabs, both meat & veggies. I'm glad you've tasted a few things. MEal, are you Middle Eastern? I sure wouldn't object to having a few cooking tips for your particular region. I love ME food. Well, I'm not crazy about lamb but my husband is and I'm happy to prepare special things for him.


Hi Jo,

I've used some of the other spices as well, but unfortunately, I don't have an area where I can grill (it's not allowed on my lanai). Once I find a good location, I'll try the grilling spices. Thanks again!


- i think it's really cool that places like the Academy of Arts & the Contemporary Museum have good food! a while back, my sister & i went to the academy on the first wed. of the month and spent our 'admission fare' on lunch --- there are days when the price of admission is waived and you can get in free (there's a donation box at the entrance)... we were poor students back then =p


I like doing them under the oven broiler. Clean up quick tip, spray the pan and the rack (I use a cooling rack) with PAM before using. Also, line the pan with foil, shiny side up. You get a tiny bit faster brown.



Yeah Hawaii is lacking in some culinary areas but I am sure it will come to the Islands! Well if you need any more stuff, just let us know! I love sumac on rice, and eggs...Hmmm...Might have to go the middle eastern grocery store! :D


Hi Renee,

I have corrected the post to mention that very fact. Normally, admission to the Academy of Arts for non-members is US$7.00. For the price of a meal (starting a just a little more), you get free entrance to the museum. This make the food more than a bargain.

Hi Jo,

Broiler sounds like a good option. Thanks! I'll let you know how things go. =)

Hi Milgwimper,

Yes, due to the large Asian population here, we have no shortages in those types of eateries. We definitely are lacking in other areas, but then that's what cooking at home is for, right?

Thanks for the tip on using sumac with eggs. It's something that I really should try.

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