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The person that thought up this t-shirt, pure genius.


Should be nominated for a Nobel Prize or something.


The Mouse

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This past Sunday, Panda Cuisine again (they’re still doing grand opening promotions). Their menu lists seventy-two lunch specials for $7.99, which includes soup of the day and steamed rice  and The Cat is determined to try most of them if not all (she’s already gone through about a third of the list).

I’ve wanted to try one of the menu items, pork tongue, for a while. So with hearts and minds set on pork tongue we frequented the restaurant once again. The owner informs us no pork tongue. Major disappointment. A scramble for a substitute. The owner recommends pork intestines  with preserved vegetables. We agree.

Pork Intestine with Preserved Vegetables

Since bell peppers and The Cat don’t get along, I start on the bell peppers. The Cat took one bite of the intestine and starts acting like she’s trying to cough up a hairball. Tells me to stop eating. (Readers with queasy stomachs may want to look away for a moment). The intestines were not clean. The Cat said there was a definite funky taste and texture going on. (I guess they didn’t use a garden hose (see Banner of the Pig) 😉

Okay, you can open your eyes now.

To the restaurants credit, they whisked the dish away, no questions asked. We substituted pork belly with preserved vegetables.

Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables

A sort of hit. I think any other day, I would have been pleased as punch. However, after not getting pork tongue and the intestines being what they were, the pork belly was just okay. Not a good sign. Sigh.

We also ordered steamed chicken with mushroom and red date.

Steamed Chicken with Mushroom and Red Date

The chicken was very tender and flavorful. I think the kitchen forgot the red dates though.

Braised Minced Beef with Spinach

This was actually very good. The minced beef over rice was comfort food.

So there you have it, another adventure at New Panda Cuisine (641 Keeaumoku Street, Honolulu, Hawaii)

We should have had that guy that does Bizarre Foods as our guest. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

An update: The Cat went back the next day and pork tongue is no longer on the menu. So sad. 😦

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This post is a bit long. You may want to get a cup of coffee or tea, a cookie or biscuit too while you’re at it. Go ahead.

Okay, ready?

Well, it’s happened again, and again, and again. Much mahalo and xie xie.

First off, I got nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by The Sugared Pecan.

The Versatile Blogger

Here’s the website: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/

The rules for this award are pretty easy, here are the rules:

  1. In a post on your blog, nominate 7 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
  2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.
  3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
  4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
  5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
  6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

So here we go:

My seven nominations (and it was hard to just pick seven):

  1. Our Adventures in Japan: Little snippets of life in Japan
  2. Lydia Ink
  3. Lavender and Lime
  4. jenkakio
  5. Assia’s Kaleidoscope
  6. Five Reflections
  7. strassenfotojournal

Seven random pieces of information

  1. Favorite color: Black
  2. Can’t (or won’t) bake
  3. Took the Myers-Briggs personality indicator, only remember I’m extremely introverted. BTW, pretty shy too.
  4. Favorite food: Food! 🙂
  5. Prefer oatmeal cookies over chocolate chip (go figure).
  6. Favorite movie, so far: Blade Runner
  7. Actually like “stink tofu” and natto.

Next The Burlesque Baker nominated me for a Liebster Award.

Very funny. We nominated each other around the same time. I’m not going to insult her by saying great minds think alike (I don’t even presume to be at her level), but … 🙂

My five blogs to pass this on to are:


Go Bake Yourself


Chocolates and Raspberries

Postcards from Colorado

And then, Assia at Assia’s Kaleidoscope nominated for me a 7×7 Link Award.

Seven random pieces of information:

  1. Studied English Literature in collage, became an accountant instead. Sigh.
  2. Hair started turning gray around 10 years old. However, I’d rather have hair (any color) than not. 🙂
  3. Nearsighted.
  4. Prefers self-winding watches. There’s an old school feel to them.
  5. Strawberry was my first favorite ice cream flavor, probably still is. My consumption of ice cream as fallen dramatically due to lactose issues (Probably TMI).
  6. Prefers slip-on shoes to lace shoes.
  7. Extremely flat-footed.
Seven blogs I subscribe to:
  1. weight4us
  3. photographyofnia
  4. Gwichyaa Zhee
  5. The HeSo Project
  6. rubicorno
  7. Today in Heritage History
Seven posts, just because:
  1. The Cat’s favorite: The Banner of the Pig
  2. The post that put me on this food path: The Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  3. The dish that gave me wings: Balsamic Braised Mushrooms
  4. The dish that gave me understanding: Stink Tofu
  5. It’s all about pork: Shoyu Pork!
  6. Learning from Yoda: Chicken Feet Soup
  7. Sorry, couldn’t come up with a seventh.

There you have it. Thank you again to Donna (The Sugared Pecan), The Burlesque Baker, and Assia’s Kaleidoscope  for the nominations.

You still there? Didn’t fall asleep on me did you? Thank you all for the honor of visiting, reading, not to mention following this little blog. Feeling a little verklempt now, talk amongst yourselves. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well

The Mouse

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It’s happened again. Got nominated for another award. This time it’s the Sunshine Award from Letizia at DUTCHGOESITALIAN.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Mahalo plenty, and Xiexie.


  • Place up the award picture, link back to and thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer the ten questions posed to you
  • Pass on the award to 10 or more bloggers


  • Favorite color: Black. An art teacher once told me something I thought was counter- intuitive. White is the absence of all color while black reflects all colors. I liked that. 
  • Favorite animal: Mouse (but you already guessed that). Born in the year of … (according to the Chinese lunar calendar). I know, it’s supposed to be rat, but I grew up with Mickey Mouse. 🙂
  • Favorite number: 8. If you turn the number on its side, it looks like the symbol for infinity. Sorry, that sounded too much like Buzz Lightyear.
  • Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Hot green tea.
  • Facebook or Twitter: Twitter
  • My passion: Understanding the why (especially with food).
  • Getting or giving presents: Giving.
  • Favorite pattern:  Circles.
  • Favorite day of the week: Wednesday. It’s all downhill from there. 
  • Favorite flower: Jasmine. For flavoring green tea.
I would like to pass on the Sunshine Award to bloggers who I feel bring lots of sunshine into my day.  Please take a moment to visit their blogs and give them a follow.
What a way to end the month. Thanks again to DUTCHGOESITALIAN for the honor. Have a great weekend.
Enjoy and eat well.
The Mouse

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Nina Baydoun at Tabkhet el yom nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you, thank you, mahalo, and xie xie!

And now, following the rules of this award, I will do the following:

  1. Thank the giver and give link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
  2. Reveal five bloggers and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

Paying it forward (in no particular order):


colddeadheart: don’t let the title of her blog scare you

Lydia Ink

tinykitchenstories: I think her husband and I are twin sons from different mothers 🙂

The Burlesque Baker: What’s not to love a blog title like that?

Wishing a great weekend to all!

Eat well.

The Mouse

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