I've learned a new saying from Satoshi...it's called "ku-cha-ne-ku-cha-ne". What does it mean? "eat-sleep, eat-sleep"...because that pretty much sums up what we've up to since he's come home. (wait a minute, since I've come home too!)
Friday, with all the changes going on in Waikiki, Satoshi was curious to see what was happening. We walked from Hilton Hawaiian Village ALL the way to the end of Waikiki. A majority of hotels are going under renovations and along with these renovations are the property name changes. Boy, I can't even keep them straight! Anyway, while walking through Waikiki I saw this group of people having a surf lesson. (Hang ten!)
And people gazing at the ocean. (You know, I miss not having benches to rest on in Japan--they are obsolete!)
Lunch was at Ryan's Grill. This place holds a special place in our hearts because it is where we went on our first date.
I was surprised to find out that they serve all of their menu items all day. We started off with some seared ahi (tuna), this tuna is coated with togarashi(chili) and sesame seeds. And served with a wasabi(japanese horseradish)-ginger aioli. They used to use a cajun spice on the outside of the ahi, but this version was still very tasty.
Fried calamari with a black bean aioli and a chili cucumber salad. This version was very light, previously they had a tex-mex flavor to it.
French onion soup--rich broth, cheese and onions...how can you go wrong?
Romaine lettuce with maytag blue cheese crumbles, slivered almonds and egg--crunchy goodness.
Saturday, Satoshi had to leave to go back for work. So, for breakfast, we hunted out one of his favorites...loco moco.
I had seen a restaurant called Koa Pancake House while we drove in Wahiawa the other day, and somehow that had stuck in my mind. I looked in the phone book and was pleased to find a location in Waipahu.
Satoshi couldn't decide between loco moco and eggs benedict (another of his favorites)...so he ordered both! Both servings were huge, as usual. The eggs for the benedict weren't runny, so he was a bit disappointed, but said that everything was delicious still the same.
I ordered the chocolate chip short stack with eggs and bacon. The pancakes were light and fluffy and had LOTS of chocolate chips inside.
The bacon could have been a bit crispier, but went well with maple syrup on them.
So, it is back to the grindstone for Satoshi...Everyone including me was sad that Satoshi had such a short stay.
Hope you have a great weekend!
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
Koa Pancake House
Waipahu Town Center
94-050 Farrington Hwy C1-2