Friday, July 03, 2009

hawaii eats and shops

Tuesday met my friend Gaye for some lunch and shopping. One of the places I checked out was Blue Hawaii Lifestyle at Ala Moana. They are supposed to have an awesome acai bowl, but I didn't get a chance to check that out.

I did pick up a little package of spice rub (I know I just bought some but...) there made by Aloha Spice Company, which I saw in "Honolulu" magazine. They are actually from Hanapepe Kauai (do you know them Rowena??) and make all organic spice rubs...can't wait to try this one out too.

On the way home, I stopped by Ward Centre and checked out Honolulu Chocolate Company only to be disappointed. Almost all their shelves were sparse. I don't know if it was because of the season (middle of summer) and I am hoping it wasn't because of the economy.

I did find something I had not tried and picked up a 75% Ivory Coast bar by Theo. I have been seeing their chocolates on various sites and have been wanting to try them, I hope they are good.

Wednesday, took my mom and grandma to Marukai. It was the start of their weekly sale and there were things they needed.

As I waited for them, I noticed this display...(Nate, thought of you when I saw it and took a pic (secretly))...US$5.99 +tax for the tebichi (pig's feet) soup.

There was also a demo by Walaka Gourmet Products...they had peach, banana and apricot pies. They also had sweet bread and other goodies too. My mom said, "here" and shoved a sample of peach pie into my mouth as I waited in line at the cashier.

We bought their personal sized (6-inch) peach and banana...real fruit filling...crusts made of shortening...delicious! each US$4.99 + tax. The banana was filled more than the peach but both were good.

And here was my lunch...teri beef don...US$4.79...lots of teri beef (a little too sweet for me), lots of rice, choi sum, a piece of tamagoyaki (rolled egg) and two mandoo (fried dumplings)...filling!

Aloha Spice Company
3865 Hanapepe Road
P.O. Box 950
Hanapepe, Kauai
Phone: toll free (800) 914-5944

Blue Hawaii Lifestyle
Ala Moana Shopping Center near Nordstrom
Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: 808.949.0808


KirkK said...

Okinawa Pigs Feet Soup...yumm! I can't remember the last time I had that.

genkitummy said...

kat-wow! it looks like you've been having a blast back home in hawaii! I've been reading your hawaii posts and making my mental checklist of places I want to check out when I go back in September.

K and S said...

Satoshi tried it for the first time last year in Okinawa and I think it was his last time, Kirkk :) (I liked it though)

Can't wait to see your posts in September Genki :9

Take care you two.

2kamuela47 said...

I have to look for that spice rub too! Marukai always has some interesting stuff! Enjoy the Holiday weekend!

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Wow, Kat, I'm so impressed you're keeping up with your blogging even on vacation! You go, girl! :) I don't know if I would try the pig's feet soup, but everything else has looked wonderful.

K and S said...

I hope you like it Laura, enjoy the holiday weekend too :)

Thanks Abigail! pig's feet is a bit gelatinous so it does take some getting used to.

Take care you two.

Rowena... said...

I just saw your pic on flickr before coming here but I've never heard of them. Could be that I'm just out of touch with what's going on westside but anyways...I want some of that pig feet soup!

Debinhawaii said...

To try the acai bowl there next time--it is a good one. I buy the Aloha Spice "No Salt" Seasoning all the time, they have great stuff.

Scared of that pig feet soup ;-)

K and S said...

I think you would have enjoyed the soup Rowena :9

Thanks Deb, "no salt" would be perfect for my mom (has high blood pressure). scary but delicious soup ;)

Take care you two.

Jenster said...

Kat, I'm so excited that you picked up a Theo chocolate bar. They are absolutely my favorite chocolates and their main factory is in Seattle. I even blogged about them earlier this year. If you get a chance, please read:

And if you're ever in Seattle, please let me know, because I would love to take you there and take the tour with you.

They have been sold in a very few select stores but I've noticed that more and more places in Seattle and the outlying suburbs where I live are now carrying them.

I'm enjoying reading about your food adventures in Hawaii, BTW! I haven't been able to return for a visit in a while so I'm living vicariously through you. ;-)

K and S said...

Thanks Jenster, if Satoshi and I visit, we'll be sure to let you know :)

Take care.

Mikuru Hirai said...

Hi Kat! That Okinawa Pig's Feet Soup, does it include the knuckles? How is it cooked?

K and S said...

Sorry Mikuru, I didn't try it so I don't know how they prepared it.

Take care.