Sunday, March 18, 2007


I've learned a new saying from'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 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) 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!

Ryan's Grill
Ward Centre
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
Phone: 808.591.9132

Koa Pancake House
Waipahu Town Center
94-050 Farrington Hwy C1-2
Phone: 808.671.7172


OkiHwn said...

How was the gravy on the Loco Moco? That's the real test, whether it's good or just OK.

My father used to love it at KC Drive-In. But that's gone. The gravy is the important hing!

My favorite breakfast was corned beef hash, scrambled or sunny side eggs, and rice, with gravy all over everything, at Wisteria.

Wisteria and KC Drive-In - same family business, same great gravy! But both gone now!

bourgogne said...

mmmmm everything looks so good and filling, the way i love breakfasts. i want those pancakes! now that i'm back in france, i'll have to make my own at home.

K and S said...

I didn't taste the loco moco Nate, so I don't really know, but it looked like a thick gravy. I've heard that the son of KC is planning to open a new one because he still has the waffle dog machines. In fact, he rents them out for functions. I can't wait for the ono ono shake to come back!

Awww Bourgogne, you're back in France?! guess you'll have to try these at home then. Hope you had a nice time in Cali.

Take care you two.

Anonymous said...

The Ahi dish looks scrumptious!

Great post and thanks for all that mouth-watering food.

OkiHwn said...

Here's the story about the waffle dog machines:

Godd friends with one of the sons - Roy Asato.

K and S said...

Thanks for stopping by, Food!

Thanks for the info, Nate!

Take care you two.

jasmine said... how would you say eat-work-school-sleep-eat-work-school-sleep?



K and S said...

Hey Jasmine,
That's a great question. I'll ask Satoshi and get back to you.

Take care.

K and S said...

Hi Jasmine,
I asked Satoshi and he doesn't have a saying for eat-work-school-sleep, but says that that is what most Japanese workers do.

Take care.