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The Cat has had a string of “bad luck” with restaurant food lately. Last week, her luck did a 180-degree turn.

Shrimp Salad

TIGER SHRIMP & FARM TOMATO SALAD – watermelon, avocado, shaved Maui onions,
baby mizuna, feta cheese, Nicoise olives, tamari toasted pumpkin seeds, yuzu-papaya dressing.

The Mouse got a taste (The Cat bought home a mousey box) definitely yum.

Yesterday’s lunch.

Avocado Toast with Crabmeat
Roma Tomato Basil Soup

The Cat was happy.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Okay, continuing on.

California Estero Bay Abalone

Tender abalone pan sautéed & served with angel hair pasta, juliennes of zucchini, tomato arrabbiata & lemon caper butter.

First time trying non-Chinese style abalone for The Cat and The Mouse. A pleasant experience.

New York Café de Paris

New York steak on a bed of sweet Maui onions & roasted button mushrooms; served with Dauphine potatoes, snap peas & Cabernet reduction.

Palate Cleanser

Kalamasi sorbet with blueberry.

Tableside Dessert

Restaurant is known for their tableside dishes.

Bananas Foster

Chef Hardy even shared some mangoes with The Cat (he got a great deal, $1.oo each, he bought a hundred for the restaurant).

Mangoes

One last shot of sunset/city lights.

Waikiki Lights (as seen by The Cat)

As a bonus, The Cat may have picked up two new clients. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Curries

Vegetable, lamb, shrimp.

Naan

 

Lassi

Overall, The Cat thought “meh”. Severely overpriced.

Grilled Shrimp Sandwich with Avocado and Tomato
Sweet Pea Soup

At the local art museum.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse (via The Cat)

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Rice!

Yesterday was comfort food day for The Mouse (and looking for Valentine’s Day present for The Cat).

Vegetable Curry Rice, Side Salad

Vegetable Curry Rice, Side Salad

Really wanted tofu pudding from Yajima-ya. Alas, not served for lunch, dinner only. Sigh.

Yuzu Sorbet

Yuzu Sorbet

“Settled” for yuzu sorbet (from Japan). Actually, probably ended up being better, nice palate cleaner after the spicy curry. Still want tofu pudding and Japanese sponge cake though. Maybe one night when waiting for The Cat to finish I can pop in for dessert.

Dinner, another rice and “gravy” thing. Wanted Zippy’s vegetarian chili (one of my favorite) with rice and hot dog. Too far, “settled” for mini chili dog plate from L&R.

Mini Chili Dog Plate

Mini Chili Dog Plate

Not bad, L&R does decent Chinese take-out food, their chili is so-so, but convenient.

Trying to get this off as soon as possible, been experiencing winds and power outages today.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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B-day for one of Chef P’s former servers, K, hosted by his partner B. Also found out one of K’s current co-workers, N, also her b-day last night.

The place.

Sign

Sign

Kinda in an out of the way strip mall. Decent parking. Four and a half stars on Yelp.

First time for The Cat and The Mouse. Other guests seem to be “regulars”. We defer to their favorites.

Starters.

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

 

Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls

 

Summer Rolls

Summer Rolls

The pho soup was highly recommended. Being that The Cat has a less than enthusiastic preference to beef in general but still wanted to try the soup (beef based), she went with the not so red meat selection. Was that confusing?

Tendon and Tripe Pho

Tendon and Tripe Pho

The Mouse, on another recommendation by the “regulars” ordered …

Oxtail Soup

Oxtail Soup

Vietnamese style, very good, Meat almost falling off the bone. Different from the olde skool local kine with lots of peanuts, star anise, and mustard cabbage, but still tasty.

On the menu, the soup comes with rice, but the regulars suggested noodles, thought the noodles would be in the soup, but it was served separately.

In more Oxtail broth

In more Oxtail broth

Mmm! One full and contented mouse (cat too).

Just when we thought the foodfest was ending, out comes dessert.

Tapioca with Taro

Tapioca with Taro

Not bad, not too sweet, a bit heavy in the tummy tho’.

And since there were four people with January birthdays …

Cake!

Cake!

Not four layers, but close enough. 🙂

So, H-B to K, N, P, and ???!

Oh, and an update on the pork belly.

Miso/Sake Braised Pork Belly

Miso/Sake Braised Pork Belly

Refrigerated overnight to let the flavors soak in. It’s gonna be good. except package The Cat picked was a little on the lean side. Oh well, we will have to wait and see.

I did make up two snack sized bento boxes for the smoked meat vendors today. Last week they discounted our purchase. Just a little show of appreciation. Ancient grains, sesame oil turnip, and the pork belly (forgot to take a picture of the bento).

Heading out to a wine bar for B-day dinner #2, it’s Chef P’s turn.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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