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2009/01/22 20:33:36 (permalink)

Hawaii Dec. 2008!

Leonard's Bakery, one of the first places we went. Famous for malasadas...donuts coated with granulated sugar...so good. They are VERY rich...I could only handle one at a time. We went there twice as it was close to my brothers house. I had one filled with cocnut cream and one filled with chocolate. They also had strawberry and pumpkin, among others. The exterior shot was taken with my camera, the rest with my camera phone which is why they aren't all that clear.
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 


 
 

 
 

 
 
 
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    FriedClamFanatic
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 20:35:29 (permalink)
    What great stuff!  And what a great place to be able to munch on them when the rest of us are freezing our butts off!  Lucky you
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 20:50:06 (permalink)

     

    Hale Vietmam on 12th Ave. in Honolulu. Spring rolls, po, pork chops and a beef dish with noodles. 
     
    I had the po...with rare beef...best I've ever had. My Dad got the pork chops in the background, my mom got the beef dish on the right. All were outstanding. The spring rolls were amazing. 
     
    post edited by AaronM - 2009/01/22 22:02:13
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 20:50:17 (permalink)
    Leonard's Bakery is Da Kine!!! When I used to work over on Oahu we'd stop at the one on Kapahulu Ave. every morning for that sugar and coffee fix right when they opened at 6 AM. Great malasadas and other pastries. Leonard's no ka oi!
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 20:51:18 (permalink)
    Konaernie...the other stuff looked great, but all we tried were the malasadas. I guess there is always next time!
    post edited by AaronM - 2009/01/22 22:03:53
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 20:53:24 (permalink)
    We ate traditional Hawaiian food twice. First at Ono's which was near my brothers. Sadly I forgot to take any picutres of the food...but this is the exterior as we drove by.
     

     
     
    It was really good, but the next place was better...
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 20:53:41 (permalink)
    The Vietnamese stuff looks great...I love that stuff also!
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 20:59:56 (permalink)
    Man oh man, was this the place! Helena's Hawaiian. SO GOOD. Better than Ono's. The pipikaula-style spareribs were to die for. We also had kalua pork, Haupia (jelly like desert that tastes like coconut) poi and lomi salmon. The soup is something my sister ordered...it contains fish cheeks!
     

     

     

     

     
    Hawaiian food is simple...but oh so good!
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 21:03:24 (permalink)
     
    The Exterior of Hale Vietnam...during the day and at night!
     

     
     

     
    Another spring roll.
     
    We ate there twice...it was just that good!
    post edited by AaronM - 2009/01/22 21:06:07
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 21:10:06 (permalink)
     
    Happy Garden in Chinatown...on Maunakea St. SO good. The beef and noodle dish we got was one of the best dishes I've ever had. The dim sum were $2 each. We tried beef, bbq, and chicken. Everything was amazingly good, and very inexpensive for Honolulu.
     

     


     
    Oh man, I want to go back...
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 21:14:16 (permalink)
    The Grass Skirt Grill in Haleiwa. A local told us to go here. SADLY I forgot my camera in the car. I took a picuture of the exterior before we left. I had some of the best Ahi EVER...cooked rare. Was a big peice of fish, came with rice and salad...and only cost like $12. Amazingly good. Still kicking myself for not taking a picture of the food.
     
    I have the menu somewhere around here somewhere...can't seem to find it though.
     

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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 21:15:38 (permalink)
    Shave ice place in Haleiwa.
     

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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 21:22:55 (permalink)
    All of your food looks fantastic!  I especially like the look of both sets of spring rolls.  Yum.
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 21:29:58 (permalink)
     
    The Shorebird near our hotel. It looks out over the ocean and you get to cook your own food on a HUGE grill. I thought it was fun. The salad bar was amazing. Very reasonable prices...especially considering its location on Waikiki.
     
     
     
     
     
     



     
     


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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 21:31:05 (permalink)
    Last pic is food from the salad bar.
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 21:33:58 (permalink)
    The day after we arrived we went here for their unlimited pancake breakfast. I ate 6 pancakes along with some bacon and a couple eggs. Needless to say I was starving after such a long trip...Indianapolis to Honolulu. Was a good place for breakfast, but nothing amazing.
     

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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 21:35:41 (permalink)
    aleximoon

    All of your food looks fantastic!  I especially like the look of both sets of spring rolls.  Yum.

     
    Thanks! the spring rolls were simply amazing, as was the sauce. It contained crushed peanuts. I LOVE peanuts.


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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 21:39:39 (permalink)
    Speaking of peanuts, I fell in love with wasabi peanuts. Couldn't get enough of them. Wish I could find them around here.
     

     
    Oh...and the big hunk candy. It is from California. Never seen it here. I thought it had a funny name so I bought some. It was good, but not as satisfying as those peanuts!!!
     
     
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 22:17:14 (permalink)
    Aaron, what are the two pieces of fish from the grill right above the salad bar picture?  

    Also, I don't know about Indiana but our local regular (non-Whole Foods type) grocery store carries wasabi peas--the peanuts might be a regional thing.  But I would check Whole Foods if you have one nearby for either.

    Thank you so much for taking us all along on your vacation!  It looks like you had a great time (and those spring rolls do look insane).
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/22 23:06:13 (permalink)
    Your pics are amazing, Aaron!
    I want that donut with the chocolate squirting out of it for breakfast tomorrow!
    As I was looking at the pic of the shaved ice joint, my first thought was "Wow! People with shorts on !!" 
    That just looks SO much more inviting than all of us bundled up in parkas here in Jersey...  (with the guys wearing their woolen Eagles or Giants hats)
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/23 00:28:33 (permalink)
    What a great mixed bag of food...all looked delicious....and walking around in shorts.....I'm jealous up here in Jersey!!!!
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/23 04:16:37 (permalink)


    Fun report. You went full-out for the gusto and out did the locals.  I love the Chinatown shots.
    The Wialana Coffee house is a great place for breakfast when your body clock is on mainland time and you want to watch the drunks.  A better place is Egg's and Things that is two blocks away.
    I have since heard many good things about the Asian restaurant/buffet that was next door.

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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/23 07:50:34 (permalink)
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    Aaron, what are the two pieces of fish from the grill right above the salad bar picture?  

    Also, I don't know about Indiana but our local regular (non-Whole Foods type) grocery store carries wasabi peas--the peanuts might be a regional thing.  But I would check Whole Foods if you have one nearby for either.

    Thank you so much for taking us all along on your vacation!  It looks like you had a great time (and those spring rolls do look insane).


    The left is mahi-mahi and the right is tuna. Those pieces on the plate are half portions…my sister and mother shared both types. My Dad and I both had steak!
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/23 07:52:33 (permalink)
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    Your pics are amazing, Aaron!
    I want that donut with the chocolate squirting out of it for breakfast tomorrow!
    As I was looking at the pic of the shaved ice joint, my first thought was "Wow! People with shorts on !!" 
    That just looks SO much more inviting than all of us bundled up in parkas here in Jersey...  (with the guys wearing their woolen Eagles or Giants hats)


    Thanks!
     
    Ya, it was really warm. Between 70 and 80 the whole time we were there. Sadly, when I came back home to Indianapolis the temp was in the teens.
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/23 09:07:37 (permalink)
    AaronM - 

    Thank you for taking us along.  The photos make you want to
    board a plane and enjoy. 
    The food looks delicious.
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/23 16:22:22 (permalink)
    AaronM

    Thank you for the trip to Hawaii.  your pix reminded me of how much i would LOVE to go back and experience the Islands again.

    Thanks for sharing
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/23 16:42:38 (permalink)
    What a great report!

    What great food!

    Your pictures were perfect.

    Looks like I didn't know how to do Hawaii.
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/23 17:20:35 (permalink)
    Great Report!  The wasabi peanuts are addicting!  You can find them at Trader Joe's!
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/24 21:02:33 (permalink)
    It looks like I have to head to L&L Hawaiian Barbecue for lunch tomorrow - - this trip report made me 'ono' (hungry) for local food again.....  Sheesh....   Lots of familiar places and familiar foods....

    Mahalo for sharing your experiences..... 
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    Re:Hawaii Dec. 2008! 2009/01/25 12:59:17 (permalink)
    Has anyone here ever made Haupia? I LOVED it. I want to try to make it but am afraid it won't turn out as good as it was in Hawaii.
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