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You read in the paper. The Cat read a write-up in the local newspaper about an Italian restaurant in Waikiki and was intrigued. So as a treat to ourselves, decided to try it for New Year’s day lunch. The Cat wanted to try one dish in particular, Gamberoni Salad.

Gamberoni Salad

Gamberoni Salad

Rear View

Rear View

Shrimp, fresh mango, red onions, and avocado with local mescaline greens tossed in lemon oil vinaigrette.

There was also mention in the article about Uni pasta (pasta tossed with sea urchin roe/gonads). When we asked our server about it, she had no clue, not a good sign.

My alternate choice would be a cured meat platter. Cured pork and bread, what could be better? Our server did not seem enthusiastic about it. If the server is not enthusiastic about the food, I have to wonder.

Finally settled on the burger, medium rare.

Burger

Burger

Came on a croissant, looks nice …

Our impressions. The Cat’s salad looked nice, not much flavor, she felt the shrimp was way overcooked, mango and avocado cut so small that it did not contribute to the overall taste. Plus, the salad dressing was almost non-existent.

My burger, also way overcooked, almost well-done, and in my opinion, croissants and hamburgers do not go well together. While I like croissants on their own, they just don’t have enough oomph to stand up to the heartiness of a hamburger. Kind of fail for me (the fries were pretty good, sprinkled with garlic and cheese).

Oh well, win some … , and don’t believe everything you read in the paper.

Eat well.

The Mouse

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Salad!

Needed salad today. Guess my body is telling me something. A no recipe recipe.

Onion Salad

Onion Salad

Thinly sliced onions, grape tomatoes, capers (with some of the brine), celery, and sun-dried tomatoes. Dressed with olive oil (the brine from the caper provided the salt and tartness). Some black pepper to taste.

Turned out more like a salsa or relish than a salad, still worked. Next time I eat roast pork or steak, I making this as a side. Maybe just a little bit of goat cheese to garnish next time.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Red and Green

The weather here has been kind of grey.

Rainy Weather

Rainy Weather

View from our front door, the Ko`olau mountain range shrouded in grey clouds. I know, I shouldn’t be complaining, and I’m not. There are areas around the world experiencing far worse weather (life threatening), and our thoughts go out to the people in those areas.

Still, needed something to brighten the mood. A no recipe finger “salad”.

Grape Tomatoes and Shiso Leaves

Grape Tomatoes and Shiso Leaves

The tomatoes are from a farmers market, the shiso leaves from our pot outside.

Tomato Shiso "Salad"

Tomato Shiso “Salad”

Wrap one tomato in one shiso leaf. No salt, no dressing. Eat, repeat. The taste brings back spring and summer, the colors get me into the Christmas spirit (red and green) (sorry Thanksgiving). Simple and inspiring.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Chinese Chicken Salad?

Have a couple of posts in the pipeline but still trying to compose them. In the meantime, a picture of The Cat’s lunch today.

Photo by The Cat

Photo by The Cat

Supposed to be Chinese Chicken Salad. She said no fried won ton strips though, plus the salad dressing wasn’t what she’s used to to (Oriental Style Sesame Dressing). Still, she thought it was a good salad (especially since it was on sale, 2 dollars off).

More interesting posts to come (at least in my mind).

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Redemption

Thanks to fingknitcoolgal over at twist & turn, and others who commented positively, I gave figs another try.

This is her comment:

Fresh figs go wonderfully with Italian ham! Cut them up and mix it with strands of Italian ham and arrange them in top of some rocket leave. Drizzle the salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Pronto! You have a tasty Italian starter! (^_<)

I had two small figs left. Did not have Italian ham so I went local style (you might know where I’m going with this). :)

Bean and Fig Salad

Bean and Fig Salad

Pinto beans, figs, tomatoes, prunes, and you guessed it SPAM! Dressed with olive oil, Chinese black vinegar, salt, chili powder, and a drizzle of honey. Very good. One sock off.

Maybe I was a little too hasty about my judgement of figs. The sweet and savory is definitely the way to go (at least for me).

Thanks all, especially fingknitcoolgal.

Figs are on the approved list. :)

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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