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Okazuya!

You may already know, I have a soft spot (my belly, hee hee) for lunch wagons (not food trucks). I also have a soft spot for local-style Japanese delicatessen (Okazuya). The Honolulu Magazine has a short description here. Both are old school, small kid time, bits of heaven.

Japanese “delis” maybe a local phenomenon. Tried to search for a definition and only came up with this. I dunno.

Lately, The Cat has been letting The Mouse borrow her car on Sundays. I can get to the church earlier, and not be too worried about having to stay a little later.

This is on the way to church (car route).

Sign

Sign

Haven’t been here for at least twenty years, not because the food was not good, but distance and location became a hindrance.

So, today, pick up these

The Mouse's Bento

The Mouse’s Bento

Shiso Musubi

Shiso Musubi

Vegetable (Mostly) Stew

Vegetable (Mostly) Stew (Nishime)

Carrot, seaweed, konnyaku, bamboo shoot, water chestnut, Japanese turnip, all simmered in a light sugar/shoyu broth.

Shoyu Pork

Shoyu Pork

Grilled Hot Dog

Grilled Hot Dog

An Okazuya staple.

Simmered Gobo (Burdock Root)

Simmered Gobo (Burdock Root)

Cucumber Pickles (Namasu)

Cucumber Pickles (Namasu)

Pickled Japanese Turnip

Pickled Japanese Turnip

Those were the colors, neon pink and yellow. Made me think of Hello Kitty. :)

Think lunch made up of little tapas dishes, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. The prices have gone up from twenty years ago (oh for the want of ta TARDIS), but considering everything is ala carte, not too bad.

Needless to say The Mouse was very happy today.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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Mute Monday

The Cat’s friend left yesterday. The Cat needed to decompress. Dinner at Restaurant Wada, happy hour prices. Shutting up now.

Menu Cover

Menu Cover

Plate

Plate

Plate

Plate

"Wada" Shiso Gohan

“Wada” Shiso Gohan

Agedashi Tofu

Agedashi Tofu

Oven Grilled Eggplant, Tomato Based Meat Sauce

Oven Grilled Eggplant, Tomato Based Meat Sauce

Asari Sakamushi, Sake Steamed Clams

Asari Sakamushi, Sake Steamed Clams

Miso Chicken Wings, Nicely Charred

Miso Chicken Wings, Nicely Charred

Deep-Fried Pork Belly Nuggets

Deep-Fried Pork Belly Nuggets

Ice Cream Spoon

Ice Cream Spoon

Kona Coffee Gelato

Kona Coffee Gelato

Kitty Bag, The Cat's lunch today

Kitty Bag, The Cat’s lunch today

Kitty Bag (not doggy bag)

Kitty Bag (not doggy bag)

Happy cat, happy mouse.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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As Suggested by a Friend

Recommended by a friend of The Cat.

Bento

Menu

From Shokudo (1585 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawai’i). Only available for lunch.

Healthy Bento Box

Healthy Bento Box

Sorry to say, did not meet The Cat’s expectations. Not well made. Plus the sashimi was kind of gray (not “healthy” looking).  The Cat will be avoiding the place for a while.

To give the place credit, they did replace the sushi with “healthier” looking slices.

The Replacements

The Replacements

I fared better.

Chicken Karaage Bento

Chicken Karaage Bento

My only “complaint”, the chicken was smeared with a house made spicy tartar sauce, kinda like my fried chicken “nekid”.

Both bento came with miso soup.

Miso Soup

Miso Soup

Thought this picture was one of my better ones in a looooong time. :)

Have a nice long weekend (if you are so lucky).

Eat well.

The Mouse

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Just trying to get back to normal. My temporary contract ended last Friday. Waiting to see if I get interviews for other positions. Catching up with this blog (it’s kind of  been on auto-pilot for the last several months).

Last Wednesday, my direct supervisor took us out to California Beach Rock n Sushi. A shortened lunch menu includes soup and salad (not a bad deal).

A recommended “appetizers” for the table.

Grilled Squid

Grilled Squid

Charbroiled and served with spicy aioli. Not bad, the “spicy” aioli not too spicy. Squid was not too rubber bandy (chewy, but not excessively so).

I went with the grilled salmon.

Grilled Salmon

Grilled Salmon

Lightly salted and charbroiled. Done right. Still moist, tender, yum. If you look closely, there’s a piece of grilled squid at the 10 o’clock position.

Thanks “I”, hope I made some positive contribution to the season. Maybe see you next year, if you’ll have me back.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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After dinner snack, picked up while waiting for the bus to go home.

From Minamoto Kitchoan. This one filled with green tea flavored white beans and chestnut. Yum! More palatable than the green smoothie (just my opinion). Nice green tea flavor, The Cat ate the chestnuts.

They stopped making the purple sweet potato and chocolate varieties. I wonder why. Maybe not enough demand. :(

Today is lau lau day! :) Have a good weekend!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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