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Archive for the ‘Cheap Eats’ Category

Another all day at the church. Although there are a few eating places around, none, in my opinion, can be considered “cheap eats”. Unless it’s from the clearance section at Diamond Head Market and Grill.

Until today. Most of the day “putting out fires”, on the phone with vendors trying to find out “what’s out there”.

Stomach complaining, have to hunt for food. Church “secretary” offered some of her salad. Thank you for the offer, but right now, salad is not “food”.

Ran across the street, South Shore Grill, three “sides”, hapa rice (brown and white mixed), tuna mac salad, and vege-slaw. $1.25 each, $3.75 total.

Sides

“Sides”

If you read this post for a while, you will find out, I love mixed rice (think fried rice, BiBimBap, etc.). So … you know what I did?

Yup.

Mouse's Mixed Rice, Pake  Style

Mouse’s Mixed Rice, Pake Style

Fulfilled its purpose, some of the major food groups (rice, tuna, mayo, veggies), not bad tasting too. Just not too photogenic. 🙂

Definitely will keep this in mind.

Enjoy. Eat well (and cheap). Hee hee.

The Mouse

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The Cat gets Localized

Impromptu dinner. A little too late to go home and prep, cook, and eat. Something on the way. Jane’s Fountain (1719 Liliha Street, Honolulu, Hawai’i). For a local video portrait, check this out: http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/where-you-live/where-you-live-janes-fountain/24230092.

For The Cat, pork with bitter melon.

Pork with Better Melon

Pork with Better Melon

Tofu, bean sprouts, and onions thrown in as an added bonus.

For The Mouse, liver and onions.

Liver and Onions

Liver and Onions

Of course had to order a small won ton min to share.

Small Won Ton Min

Small Won Ton Min

Everything served with the standard pickled cabbage and mac salad.

Pickled Cabbage and Mac Salad

Pickled Cabbage and Mac Salad

First time for The Cat. She approved. 🙂

Localized food at its best. More pictures (by others) here and here.

Hoppy Easter all!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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As mentioned previously, the temp gig with Howie’s ended and a new gig started last week. The bad news, the new place doesn’t have the coffee amenities as Howie’s did (built-in Miele coffee machine). There’s only a regular coffee dispenser with so-so coffee. The good news, new eating opportunities.

The location where Howie’s is located, the lunch prices were a little rich for my blood. Understandably since the neighborhood the office is in is on the affluent side.

The new office is located in a mix of offices and workshops so the prices a slightly lower (a good thing), although there are food places that are upscale too. Look for posts of the new adventures in the months ahead.

Just a sample.

Mixed Bento

Mixed Bento

Supposedly, every Wednesday a vendor comes by the office selling bentos from his truck (like old-time roaming vendors). This one was Kalua pork and cabbage with Lau Lau. I would not say that the socks came off, but for cheap eats, pretty good (you get what you pay for).

Actually looking forward to exploring the area. Stay tuned.

Eat well,

The Mouse

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Cross Your Fingers

Job interview today. Temporary, but full-time. If I get the position, the area is full of interesting places for lunch. Funny, I don’t think about the job first but where to eat lunch. Hee hee.

Anyway, after the interview, grabbed the last of breakfast at a nearby hole-in-the-wall.

Sign

Sign

Basic Breakfast

Basic Breakfast

I missed the cut-off time, but the shopkeeper was willing to give me breakfast to finish up the food so she could set-up for lunch. Totally local-style. Instead of giving me one choice of meat, she gave me the “leftovers” grilled Portuguese sausage , grilled Vienna sausage, and fried SPAM. Score! (Not to mention the cheap eats!)

So, please cross your fingers on the job. Lunch is calling! 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Equal Opportunity

I may seem (by reading the posts) that I’m pro-SPAM and prejudiced against other canned luncheon meat brands. That may be true. Or maybe I haven’t given other brands a try.

Well, I am attempting to be more open-minded. Recently, picked up two non-SPAM cans, “just to try”. Both were on sale.

The first one.

Can

Can

The Meat

The Meat

Not sure if it was because of the pork and chicken mixture (SPAM is all pork), but I was not too fond of the texture (kind of bouncy, if that makes any sense). Taste was okay, salty, hammy. On the plus side (or maybe minus side) there were bits of fat embedded in the loaf. While not offensive, nothing I would actively search out.

The second one.

Can

Can

Meat

Meat

Again, a pork and chicken combination. Again texture is a little “bouncy”, not so much “hammy”. Of the two, I prefer this one over the first one. Tasted a little “smoky”. But still … SPAM rules!

So, in the end, maybe there is a reason I am prejudiced toward SPAM. Sorry, I tried.

Eat well.

The Mouse

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