Gimme STEAK!

Seasoned Ribeye and Sirloin

In the oven it goes

Boiled aspragus

Steak dinner with brown rice, asparagus, and hot cherry peppers

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Austin, Texas


Chocolate cupcake with strawberry cream cheese frosting

Chicken fried steak and chicken fried chicken at Hoovers

Clean Plate Club Members

This was hands down one of my favorite meals in Austin.  Being the meat lovers that we are, the hapa and I surprisingly  enjoyed the chicken fried chicken better than the chicken fried steak. It was way more juicer and had much better flavor. Even the waitress recommended the chicken fried chicken over the chicken fried steak (what a mouthful).  And of course, we had to get all the fixins…mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, black eyed peas, collard greens, corn, and for some extra fiber, a side of broccoli (I NEED MY FIBER).  As you can see in the above picture, the hapa and I  thoroughly enjoyed our southern meal 🙂

Salt Lick Barbeque

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I Heart Japan. Dai Suki!

Wine and cheese

Sushi Appetizer

Main Course-Beef Negimaki, Miso Soup, White Rice

Ice cream sundae


Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo

Here fishy, fishy!

Big ass tuna!

What to choose? What to choose?

99 Bottles of sake on the wall, 99 bottles of sake

Kyoto: Chicken Katsu

Ojiisan and Obaasan House

Front View

Sushi spread courtesy of Ojiisan and Obaasan

Breakfast of Champions

Yakiniku in Tokoroyama

Yakiniku close up

Sushi Kyubei

Icebar Tokyo: Samui Desu


Searching for oysters, which will soon end up in my belly 🙂

Miyajima Oysters

Oshii Coffee Shop in Tokoroyama

Lunch with Ojisaan and Obaasan

Miyajima Lunch: Ramen, fried rice, tempura, sushi

Millions of bentos, bentos for me

Strawberry Shorecake, eat your heart out!

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Eating around Hawaii, Hapa style

Tasty Korean Barbeque

There is no shortage of Korean barbeque restaurants in Hawaii.  While a lot of people like Yummy Korean BBQ, a chain located island wide, my  favorite is Tasty Korean BBQ, located in the Mililani Town Center, about 20-30 minutes from Waikiki.    Although far from the touristy Waikiki beach, it is a great place to stop at on your way to the North Shore. Featured in this picture is the Tasty Special, which includes barbequed chicken, meat jun, and kalbi ribs. You have your choice of sides, from kim chee , seaweed salad, bean sprouts, and whatever else your hungry self desires.  It has been a few months since I have had a plate lunch…I am going through terrible Tasty withdrawal!

 Kaka’ako Kitchen

Kaka’ako Kitchen: Sautéed Mahi, with lomi tomato butter sauce

For a different take on the plate lunch, try out Kaka’ako Kitchen, Honolulu’s gourmet plate lunch place located in the Ward Shopping Center, near Ala Moana Beach.   This combo of sauteed fresh mahi mahi with brown rice and a side of mac salad  provides the perfect balance of flavor for the taste buds.  It’s also cheap to boot!

Sushi King

Do not let the name fool you. Sushi King is the real deal.  Featured here is a sashimi platter-fresh, buttery and delicious.  I have a tendency to over-saturate my sushi/sashimi with shoyu, I cannot help it, I have a thing for salt! But here, the sushi is so fresh it needs very little soy sauce.  We also tasted some rolls.  The hungry hapa always says that the key to good sushi is in the rice.  He gives the rice here 2 thumbs up.   To wash down your sushi, order some Sake. At Sushi King, you can even keep your own sake bottle behind the bar. Very cool indeed! So go to Sushi King, get drunk, eat sushi, and enjoy!

Poke on the Big Island

Ulupalakua Ranch Store: Maui Cattle Co. Beef Burger

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Nola 2011


Coops red beans and sausage..Heavenly

Coops is one of  Hapa’s favorite spots in Nola to eat.  Definitely not a white table cloth establishment, the service and atmosphere is jovial, lending itself to a cheers-meets-dive-bar-foodie-joint.  You could say it’s the type of place that gives someone like Anthony Bourdain a boner and keeps the regulars coming back for more.  Coops prides itself on two things; 1) creating consistent and delicious home style food and 2) sticking it to The Man.  Both are flawlessly executed.

Recommendation:  Start off with their seafood gumbo which is  spicy but not overbearing, and chock full of crab, shrimp, oysters, and crawfish.  For an entree, you can’t go wrong with their red beans and rice with smoked sausage  platter to accompany your cold Abita beer.  (Or in my case above, 3 jack and diets served in beer pong cups)


Cochon: spicy grilled pork ribs with watermelon pickle

To further quench Hapa’s appetite for all things pork, we made reservations for Cochon,  located just outside of the french quarter in the business district of New Orleans.  With menu items like deep fat fried hog head cheese and fried boudin with pickled peppers, we couldn’t resist the temptation to give it a go.  The food was great and we ordered tapa style, hitting most of the app items and side dishes along with a few shared entrees.

Attracting a healthy mix of the locals, tourists, foodies, and the business crowd alike, Cochon has that special combination of a laid back atmosphere coupled with a hint of sophistication that seems to work without giving off that yuppified feeling, sometimes associated with the new wave of throwback style restaurants.

Side note:  They like to keep Cochon very cold so bring yourself a hoodie but if you forget, dont fret.  There are Cochon hoodies for sale there at the rock bottom price of 48 bucks! 


Acme Oyster House

Crawfish Bag!


File Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Jambalaya, Greens, Fried Chicken, Ribs, Catfish Strips, And…

Beignets at Cafe Du Monde

Cafe Du Monde is a tourist trap for a reason. The beignets are fluffy and sweet and pair perfectly with a big cup of cafe au lait. No need to add any sugar into your coffee, just dip your beignet in and Voila!   I must warn you, though,  that eating beignets is a messy, messy process. You will have powdered sugar all over your face and clothing. With that said, do not wear anything black, unless you wanna look like you have been hanging out with  Lindsay Lohan, Courtney Love, and Whitney Houston 😉

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Oishii Desu

Welcome to my blog tracking some favorite food spots and kitchen successes and disasters.  Enjoy!

Prime Rib

Bacon Wrapped pork loin

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Crab Cakes

Emeril Inspired Duck Confit Pizza

Cod with white white wine lemon caper butter sauce and roasted veggies

Chicken Pot Pie

Oven baked chicken with greens, black eyed peas and ham hock

Crock pot beef stew

Super Bowl-: Hoagies, Ribs, Hot Wings, Chips and 7 layer bean dip

Crock pot italian beef stew

Thanksgiving Feast


Antipasta Spread

Hapa Pizza: sausage, mushrooms and peppers

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