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Just a short update.

Back in the chocolate shop. Chefs have a mini chocolate show at a private club this evening.

Their testing two new chocolate ganache flavors for St. Paddy’s day, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and Baileys Irish Cream. Gorgeous. Pictures to follow (don’t know how to post pictures from Chefs’ computer).

One looks like an emerald (or jade), how appropriate.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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It’s Christmasy

What was in The Cat’s tea mug today.

Tea

Tea

Dragon Well green tea and goji berries. Kind of festive, don’t ya think?

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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More Eating

Another banquet. This time it was for some visiting dignitaries from China.

The Cat’s friend asked if we could help him out and attend (he is a president of one of the local Chinese societies and was “requested” to buy a table of ten).

The Crowd

The Crowd

There were twenty tables of ten so potentially 200 people.

By the time the speeches ended and the various VIPs were introduced, it was almost an hour before the start of dinner.

The Speeches

The Speeches

Whew! Nothing new, happens at almost all “formal” Chinese dinners.

Anyway, on to the food.

Roasted Appetizer Platter

Roasted Appetizer Platter

Seafood Chowder, Chinese Style

Seafood Chowder, Chinese Style

Deep-Fried Shrimp with Walnuts

Deep-Fried Shrimp with Walnuts

Stir-Fried Scallops with Mixed Vegetables

Stir-Fried Scallops with Mixed Vegetables

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

Stir-Fried Fish Filet with Gai Lan

Stir-Fried Fish Filet with Gai Lan

Capitol Pork Chops

Capitol Pork Chops

Red Bean Soup with Sticky Rice Balls

Red Bean Soup with Sticky Rice Balls

The Cat thought the dessert was the highlight of the dinner. I thought the chicken was pretty tasty, even though the skin wasn’t crispy.

There was even some non-Chinese after dinner entertainment (a new one for me).

"Hawaiian" Entertainment

“Hawaiian” Entertainment

More like Hawaiian music, jazzed up.

Hula

Hula

The dancers tried to get some of the dignitaries to “hula” with mixed results. 🙂

After two “banquets” this weekend, have to  really watch my eating this week.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Being Lazy

Someone gave us a whole kabocha squash. Normally I don’t like using whole kabocha. It’s a pain to breakdown. The skin is so hard, I’m afraid of hacking  of body parts.

This time, I thought I’d try something different. I cut out the stem, poured about a cup of water inside (i didn’t even bother to clean it out, and threw the whole thing in the oven (400 degrees, 60 minutes).

This is what came out.

Steam Baked Kabocha

Steam Baked Kabocha

Not steampunk, steambaked. 🙂

From this point, the squash was soft enough  to slice through and clean.

Cooked Kabocha Squash

Cooked Kabocha Squash

The method seems to have worked. I’ll find out how it tastes from The Cat later tonight (I packed a wedge for her dinner).

Eat well.

The Mouse

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Ear and Tail

Two of our mentors invited us for a belated Chinese New Year dinner this weekend at Kirin Restaurant (2518 S Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii). We’ve had dinners with them there before. I think the restaurant is their favorite.

First off was this.

Suckling Pig

Suckling Pig

Everything But The Oink

Everything But The Oink

And because it was everything but the oink, I had to eat this.

Tail

Tail

And this.

Ear

Ear

The rest of the food.

Drunken Chicken

Drunken Chicken

Steamed Goat Fish, Chinese Style

Steamed Goat Fish, Chinese Style

Braised Pork Belly with Shanghai Cabbage

Braised Pork Belly with Shanghai Cabbage

Stir Fried Beef with Leeks

Stir Fried Beef with Leeks

Tofu Stew with Chicken and Salted Fish

Tofu Stew with Chicken and Salted Fish

Lobster with Ginger and Green Onions

Lobster with Ginger and Green Onions

Tapioca Soup with Honeydew Melon

Tapioca Soup with Honeydew Melon

Thanks to A and V. We thoroughly enjoyed the food and company. Wishing you a healthy, happy, and prosperous year of the snake.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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