Monday, July 06, 2009

foodie 4th of july weekend

Friday we went to Costco, since they close on the 4th of July, the place was packed with people picking up food/drinks for the long weekend.

While my mom stood in line at the checkout, I ran over to Fat Boy's to pick up our lunch...only to be greeted by a huge line there too.

I had read about Fat Boy's on Lori's blog last year and wanted to check them out. My mom was a bit leery because of their name (wouldn't you be too?).

But we were glad we checked them out. Their food was tasty and the portions very generous. I picked up their garlic chicken bento (US$5.25) 6 pieces of their garlic chicken, rice and furikake.

Their chicken tasted more like mochiko chicken, didn't have much garlic flavor, was crispy but not hard as rock as some deep fried chicken are.

Mom chose the BBQ Mix (US$8.95), this came with a salad, 2 scoops rice, a good sized piece of grilled teri chicken, lots of teri beef and a strip of teri short ribs. I gave my mom some of my chicken and she gave me some of her chicken and short ribs. The teri beef we saved for our lunch on Saturday.

Dad chose the mini beef curry (US$6.50). This came with salad, 1 scoop of rice and the curry. He liked the flavor of the curry but was disappointed at how little beef there was, how huge chunks of celery there was (probably one whole stalk chopped chunky!) and one piece of carrot.

I think Fat Boy's popular items are the grilled items and the garlic chicken. While we probably wouldn't get the garlic chicken again or the curry, we would definitely get the BBQ Mix.

Saturday, we got up early to check out the KCC Farmer's market...it was nice to see the market packed with locals and tourists.

I picked up a small bottle of Wililaiki (Christmas berry) honey from Big Island Bees, US$6. My friend introduced me to them awhile back and I was glad to see them at the market.

All around the island you can see these shower trees in bloom, my Aunty Marian said that they are late this year, they remind me of cherry blossoms.

Saturday evening we gathered at my Aunty Marian's in McCully. She has a pretty good view of the fireworks (well, there are a few buildings in the way), but it beats fighting the crowds and sitting in traffic.

We picked up some grilled KFC (did you know they only serve drumsticks and thighs for their chicken pieces and use the breast for something else? my mom said that when we were kids a bucket of KFC meant getting a whole chicken.)

Anyway, my mom also made baked beans w/portuguese sausage, 3-bean salad, potato salad and grandma bought some sushi. We all agreed that grandma's homemade sushi tasted better than the bought.

Dessert was apple pie and some manju.

Grandma got this ripe mango from a friend and gave it to me. It was my first time peeling a mango and gnawing on the seed (gosh, have I lead a sheltered foodie life or what??) The mango was perfectly ripe, juicy and delicious. I shared it with my parents during lunch.

Sunday dinner was at our house, my mom made my favorite shrimp with pineapple. And we also had leftover salads from the night before.

Dessert was an apple pie from Costco, these pies are huge! but the crust was a disappointment, it seemed raw in some areas. We agreed that the pie the night before was better.

The weekend ended with this beautiful sunset.

It was a great foodie weekend, hope you have a great week!

Fat Boy's
94-1201 Ka Uka Blvd.
Laniakea Plaza
Waipahu, Hawaii
Phone: 808.680.7520

12 comments:

Debinhawaii said...

Sounds like a wonderful foodie weekend. I love Big Island Bees honey, the one you bought and the Ohia Lehua Blossom (which is like honey sugar), are my favorites. Yum!

BTW: Can't imagine that you never chewed on the mango pit before!? I swear my favorite way to eat mango is over the sink with the juices dripping. ;-)

Christina said...

The honey sounds great! I like trying different varieties and noted the subtleties between them. What does this taste like?

This goes without saying, but the food all sounds good, and I love the pictures of the flowers and sunset.

2kamuela47 said...

looks like a great foodie weekend! Have a great week!

Rowena... said...

I had to laugh when I read the part about the pies being huge at Costco. My god, when I was on Kauai it seemed that all of the desserts were enormous! You see these things in there then you go to a party and you see 'em again. Everybody loves Costco! But then you end up being "forced" to take some home with you because these HUGE desserts can't all fit into the hosts' fridge!

jasmine said...

Sounds like a great weekend!

j

K and S said...

Thanks Deb, my friend gave me the Ohia (I think), it was really delicious. About the mango seed, so sad yeah??

Thanks Christina, I didn't taste the honey before buying but I'm sure it will be good :)

Thanks Laura :) you too!

Too big and the crust super junk, and the leftover pie barely fits in our 2nd fridge Rowena!

Take care everyone.
Kat

Anonymous said...

That's great that you went to Fat Boy's. I was starting to wonder if you were ever going to leave the East Honolulu area.

While their garlic chicken is great, they have succumbed to the recession and reduced their portion by about 15% since 2 years ago along with increasing their prices. Still it is a good lunch

K and S said...

Thanks Jasmine, hope you had a nice weekend too :)

Thanks Anon, wow 15%, I also noticed their prices increased, but I guess they gotta do what they gotta do to make ends meet.

Take care you two.
Kat

KirkK said...

Hey Kat - I guess we won't have to worry about you starving on vacation, huh? I'm envious.....

K and S said...

Definitely not Kirkk :p In fact, I'll probably need to stop blogging in order to lose some weight :O

Take care.
Kat

Paz said...

LOL! I like the name, "Fat Boy". Never heard of it before. Glad your food experience with them was good.

Gosh, you never had a mango before?! Mangoes are my favorite! And the one your grandma gave you looked really good. Now, you've given me a craving for a mango. LOL!

Paz

K and S said...

My brother emailed to say that he was the one eating the seed when we were growing up Paz. Hope you get some mango too :)

Take care.
Kat