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Sweet Home Waimanalo

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My sister asked me to drive her to Waimanalo on the 21st of December, and it won’t surprise you to know that when I asked why, she explained that it was to find my Christmas present (a lime tree and a black pepper vine from Frankie’s Nursery, PS thank you).  There was also an organized stop for the fish tacos at Sweet Home Waimanalo, and on the cafe’s recommendation, the house brisket (in kalo stew).  The nursery was closed, but that mattered not to the passenger. “I’ll come back on Thursday,” she said.  “I want more of that brisket.”

Sweet Home Waimanalo

41-1025 Kalanianaole Hwy.

Waimanalo, HI 96795

(808) 259-5737

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Tokkuri Tei

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More catchup: I’m eating soup made from year-end refrigerator dregs today, and reliving the past year’s eats in photographs, too.  A friend who knows Tokkuri Tei’s menu backwards and forwards chose his favorite dishes for this feast on July 2nd.  Oh, those nachos: nori “chips” halfway battered in tempura and loaded with guacamole, fresh herbs and spicy tuna.

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Ethel’s Grill

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Sumo wrestlers, a line in the sun (more sumo wrestlers, construction workers, Honolulu hipsters, Kalihi businessfolk), fruit punch, iceberg lettuce, famous garlic chicken (the garlic perhaps playing second fiddle to artificial maple syrup), ahi tataki and miso soup at the ne plus ultra of plate lunch and favorite of John Heckathorn’s.

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Christmas

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Time flies.  Snapshots from our 2011 Christmas: ham, maple roasted butternut with apples and sage, scallops, sushi, a collard-strewn table, a breakfast casserole, Kaʻū Kuahiwi beef, Wailani chard, roasted red peppers, and holiday fun with the kin.

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Thanksgiving, and Sea Urchin on Cereal

“Ooh, what is that?”

“Uni.”

“Uni?”

“It’s uni.  Sea urchin roe. For pupu.”

“How would you like it to be served?”

“I thought, I don’t know, maybe on a cracker.  But we didn’t have any crackers.  I mean, of course.”

“John has crackers.”

“We brought some.  Well…” she fished in her purse, and pulled out a little box.

It was one of those little orange cereal boxes.  Shredded wheat.

“Very Momofuku…” said one child.

Thanksgiving lunch 2011: Patsy, Patty, Fenny, Frank, four Chocks and Linnea.  Turkey by Dad, and super cranberry sauce (lime, in the place of orange) by sister.

Caramelized white pumpkin, sweet potato with lavender…tuberose.

And, when my old favorite heard her old favorite on the jukebox, a quiet conversation with Maikai Kamakani o Kohala.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Sushi Sasabune - Snapper and Halibut nigiri

Popcorn Sushi (“But again, no soy please.”)

Here are some pictures from a birthday party at Sushi Sasabune, the Honolulu omakase where the approach to soy leaves no room for nonsense.  Above, the halibut (left, no soy please) and the snapper (right, soy sauce permitted).

Most dishes were (per instructions) a single bite, served in pairs, like this plating: nigiri of king salmon (soy) and scallop with yuzu koshi (no soy). It was, to this non-connoisseur, popcorn dining.  The fish melted into thin air, chased by the faintest brushstrokes of lemon sea salt, green onion, miso, wasabi, toasted sesame.

Sushi Sasabune

1417 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814

Oven Roast Figs

Oven Figs

California Fresh FigsAll those Costco figs, and a Sunday morning.  A long roast in a low oven, brushed with NZ honey and nutmeg.

Oven Roast FigsTheir juices puddled into a bright pink jelly.

Oven Roast Figs And we ate them with greek yogurt, and in salads with black olives and sheep’s cheese.