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Chef’s Choice

The Cat and The Mouse love chef’s choice dinners, especially when it is Chef H. We hope Chef H likes to do them too. Hopefully it lets him get a little creative and off menu. Dinner was last weekend with The Cat’s classmate.

Calf Liver “Dumpling”

In chicken broth. Chef asked us earlier if we eat calf liver, we replied yes. He made this dish, he said he didn’t want to overwhelm us. The Mouse could’ve eaten a whole bowl of this. Throw in some greens, some French bread, saimin, or rice and call it the meal. The Mouse would’ve been thoroughly happy and full. Hee hee. The Mouse wants to wrap the mixture in wonton wrappers and make wonton noodles. Mmm. Just a thought. πŸ™‚

Caesar Salad

Topped with extra anchovies. Mmm again.

Mussels

Everyone had a herb cream sauce, The Mouse got a tomato sauce. Both were so tasty, the bowls almost didn’t have to go through the dishwasher. Just kidding. Hee hee.

Salmon Course

The Mouse forgot the whole description (there was asparagus, noodles, tomato, and black truffle) but remembers it was soooo gooood. The Cat’s classmate never tried truffle before so The Mouse gave her his, there will be other dishes in the future. Right, Chef H? Hee hee.

Pork Chop with Foie Gras

With some kinda fruit sauce. Delicious. The Mouse hopes Chef H is having as much satisfaction creating these dishes as we are enjoying/scarfing them. πŸ™‚

Cherries Jubilee

Tableside, with flames/flambΓ© and all. The Cat’s schoolmate was impressed.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Hotel Breakfast

Breakfast with The Cat’s school mate before The Cat dropped her off at the airport for her return home.

Amuse Bouche?

Mini bagel with cream cheese and fruit. Complements of the kitchen.

Big Salad
Fried Rice, Eggs, Portuguese Sausage

Kinda local breakfast.

The Cat’s schoolmate made it back home safely. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Waiting at the Falls

The Mouse serving as driver to The Cat and her school-mate, Waimea Valley Falls. The Mouse was getting kinda tired and didn’t want to attempt the easy hike, sat at the visitor center/staging area. Snack time. πŸ˜‰

Iced Coffee

Very good coffee, dark and rich but not bitter. For The Mouse, no sugar needed.

Double Chocolate Muffin

The muffin had a slight molten chocolate texture, mmm. The coffee paired very well with the muffin. The Mouse was happy. πŸ™‚

The Mouse also bought a cookie, just in case the wait was over the expected time (it was).

Oatmeal Cookie

Nice. Not as wow as the muffin but more than decent.

After snack, The Mouse went back to the car and took a nap. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Lunch at Beach House by Roy (Yamaguchi) with The Cat’s school-mate.

On an outside deck under an orange colored umbrella. Do not adjust your screen. Hee hee.

Tangerine Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Tossed with Feta cheese and toasted pepita.

Twice-Cooked Baby Back Pork Ribs

Hoisin garlic ginger glaze.

North Shore Harvest Salad

Creamy herb dressing.

Ahi Avocado Flat Bread

Spicy ahi, avocado, pickled onion, baby radishes, and greens.

Falafel Wrap

Homemade falafel, Greek cauliflower salad, mint aioli, bean sprouts.

The Beach Dog

Portuguese sausage, kim chi slaw, spicy aioli, crispy onions.

No Bake Cheesecake

Roasted green tea, caramel creme, black sesame shortbread crust.

Sorbet

Hawaiian rainbow.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

A Good Use of Sugarcane

A visit to a rum distillery. The Cat and The Mouse playing tourist with The Cat’s high school classmate.

Place

Tour explained the different sugarcane varieties, and the experimentation they are conducting. Afterwards, tasting. Hic!

Aging Barrels
Koa Aging Barrel

For special edition releases.

Bottle

The non-aged white rums were a little too harsh for The Cat’s and The Mouse’s palate. The aged rum was a little more acceptable, but the rum that is infused with chocolate was the most liked.

Due to research, The Mouse also acquired rum infused chocolate bars (Manoa Chocolate) and rum infused honey (Manoa Honey). (R. Field Wine and Company)

Keeping it local.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Just Pics

For now. The Mouse will explain more later.

Oxtail Soup
Grilled Salmon with Argula Salad and Fixings

Liliha Bakery.

The Mouse and The Cat is off to visit a rum distillery.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Plan A

Last in the series. Finally.

Zippy’s. Small wait.

SPAM Katsu Curry Plate

Battered deep-fried SPAM slices covered with Japanese style curry, rice and mac salad.

The Mouse glad he tried. If he had a choice, he prefers the eggplant curry. The Mouse’s opinion the strong SPAM and curry flavors fought each other while the eggplant had a softer neutral flavor that cooperated with the curry. But still, try try. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Plan B

The Mouse is counting up (see previous post). Hee hee.

Eggplant curry rice.

Eggplant Curry Rice

Good that the restaurant packed the curry separately, the eggplant didn’t get soggy. Paws up!

Restaurant extending their 20th anniversary special from last year, eggplant tempura at 99 cents and shrimp tempura for $1.99. Yes please.

Eggplant and Shrimp Tempura

Original plan was the extra was for The Cat’s dinner, but she got home way late and the container ended up in the refridge. The Mouse will probably eat it later.

Is Plan A today? Dunno yet.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

SPAM Omelet Sandwich

From Zippy’s, this month’s special.

SPAM Omelet Sandwich

SPAM and cheddar cheese omelet on sweet bread bun. Even without the cheese, The Mouse enjoyed. Definitely will buy/eat again. Nom!

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

A Riff on Loco Moco

The Mouse’s bowl, it had the “spirit” of a loco moco, just different. πŸ™‚

Brown rice (instead of white), steamed egg (instead of fried), anchovies with oil (instead of hamburger patty with gravy). Mmm!

The Mouse acknowledges this might be an acquired taste (especially the anchovies), but The Mouse really liked.

And the steamed egg (three minutes) created a better “gravy” than a fried egg (squishier). Less clean-up too. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

No Recipe

Freezer and pantry. Elbow macaroni, frozen spinach, frozen tilapia. The Mouse tried to cook in one pot, ended up using two.

Steamed tilapia over elbow macaroni and broccoli. Salt and pepper to taste.

The Mouse thought about hot oil, but it would have been too much clean-up. Hee hee.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

Plant Butter

The Mouse bought.

Vegan butter. Coconut oil based.

The Mouse tried it.

Vegan butter on pita.

Hmm. Not quite butter, The Mouse is not used to the taste and mouth feel, definitely coconut, not butter.

Its okay, not super thrilled. Oh well, try try.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

BTW, if this post looks funny, WordPress doesn’t seem to allow me to edit in classic mode anymore, The Mouse really dislikes the changed format. Ugh! “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix!” At least before The Mouse could choose the mode. 😦

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