Rock n Fun Kapolei

Games, Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes and… A BAR!  There’s fun for everyone at the new Rock N Fun, located at Ka Makana Ali’i in Kapolei.  Last night we were invited to the soft opening of this new venue that combines Fun Factory and Johnny Rockets.  Here on the island, we associate E. K. Fernandez with all things fun.  They’ve provided family entertainment through their Carnivals and Fun Factory game rooms for what feels like forever (since I was a little girl). So we were so excited to learn that they’d be collaborating with one of my “must-eat” restaurants whenever we travel to California.

I’m not too sure about the actual Grand Opening, but I’m assuming that the date will be within the next couple of weeks.

The food was so good! Kahele and the kids are definitely Burgers & Fries lovers, so they filled up til satisfied.  My favorite burger at Johnny Rockets is the patty melt and a chunk of my afternoon was spent craving it!  When I took my first bite it was exactly what I’d been wanting.  Of course the shakes were awesome. I love how the adults are able to get their grub and drink on while the kids are in watching distance playing arcade games.  It really is the best of both worlds.

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Furikake Salmon and Bacon Asparagus

This is one of my favorite meals and I’d say we have it at least once a month.  It takes just 20 minutes for the entire meal, which makes it great when you have a 1 1/2 year old wanting all of your attention.

Ingredients

Directions for Salmon

Preheat oven at 350.  Place your salmon on a baking dish adding a thin layer of mayo.  Sprinkle Furikake (as much or as little as you like).  Bake for 20 minutes or until the thickest layer easily flakes with a fork.  Garnish with some Kikkoman wasabi sauce (you can also use sour cream with wasabi as a substitution).

Directions for Bacon Asparagus

Chop asparagus and bacon into desired pieces.  Place into a non stick pan lightly greased with butter.  I like to cook them together because the bacon fat gives such great flavor. Cook for about 10 minutes or until bacon cooked through and asparagus tender.

That’s it!  You really can’t mess up this dish, it’s that simple.

Rock Island Cafe Waikiki

For years I’ve walked by this cafe and I’ve never tried it.  Today Kahele picked me up for lunch and I told him that I really wanted to try it out, so without knowing what to expect we headed over.  The minute I walked in I loved the place.  I didn’t even know how the food or the service was, but the decor and feel of the restaurant totally won me over.

  I mean how cool is this place!  It’s like walking into a time machine and heading right back to mid-century.  All of the Elvis, Audrey, Marilyn, I love Lucy… amazing!  And they played the Grease soundtrack while we ate.  Now I think that all my meals should be eaten with the Grease soundtrack playing in the background 😉

Everywhere you turn there’s just some random piece of furniture, stuffed animal, quote, picture that you can’t help to smile at.  I mean, this chair right next to the popcorn machine?

This cute little bar that sits about 5 is located at the very back of the restaurant, sort of like… “hey we need a bar, but don’t have any room for one so let’s just stick baby in the corner”.

Not too sure if this stage is just for show or if they actually have live entertainment.  OMG if I find out that they have Karaoke and you’re able to perform on this stage I’m going back!

Another random bar/podium.  Not sure what it’s purpose is but it oddly fits right in with the restaurant.

All of the vintage posters made me want to watch some oldies.  I think this weekend I may have to make some time for Audrey or Marilyn.  Maybe, Seven Year Itch?  That sound good to me!

Our table had the retro decor and even had Trivial Pursuit cards to keep us busy while waiting for our food.  I wish we had more than an hour but I had to get back to work.

The food was really good. Nothing fancy but really tasty.  I had the Pizza with a Plantation Iced Tea and Kahele just had to have the Diner food- Bacon burger, french fries and a chocolate malt.

Be prepared that this restaurant is a little pricey for the simplicity of the food.  We ended up spending $43 on just what’s pictured above.  But for the experience, I feel like it was worth it.

Rock Island Cafe

131 Kaiulani Ave

Honolulu, HI 96815

 

Pasta! A simple, easy and cheap recipe.

Last night for dinner I planned to warm up some left over stew that we had the night before but also wanted to throw together a little something on the side just in case someone wasn’t in the mood for leftovers.  What I threw together was a hit and everyone ended up eating it instead of the stew.  It was so simple and cheap (I had every ingredient at home to make it).

Ingredients:

1 box pasta.  I like angel hair, but any will do.

1 package of bacon

3/4 cup (a stick and a half) of butter

3/4 cup of Asiago cheese (or grated parmesan)

Garlic!  As much as you want.  I use a whole head.

Optional: Parmesan shavings as a garnish

Directions:

In a pan fry your bacon and set aside.

In a pot cook your pasta til al dente.

While your pasta is cooking add your butter and garlic to a pan and simmer for about 10 minutes until the garlic is tender.

Add your pasta to the butter and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes so that the pasta absorbs the butter.

Add bacon and  Asiago and serve.

So simple!

This weather calls for some ramen

The weather here has been pretty gloomy lately.  Not that I’m complaining,  I love this cozy weather, it’s the closest we get to feeling like winter so it’s really nice.  I also love that it gives me a reason to eat some good ramen.  Yesterday I walked out of the office  and the sky was gray and the air had a little chill.  Instantly, I knew that I wanted something nice and warm and headed over to Goma Tei in the International Market Place.  I was really hungry so I ordered the Tan Tan Ramen and the mini Curry rice bowl.  Big mistake!  I was sooooo full.  I could’ve easily been satisfied with the Ramen alone but it’s a bad habit to order too much. I’ll learn someday 😉

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2330 Kalakaua Ave
Ste 318
Honolulu, HI 96815

Waikiki

Shorebird Restaurant Outrigger Reef Waikiki

On our last morning of our Waikiki stay we kept the kids home from school and had a beautiful breakfast at the Shorebird restaurant in our hotel.  I’ve gone to this restaurant a few times for dinner but never for breakfast.  OMG it is so pretty in the morning.  We had the best table with a gorgeous view of the beach and diamond head.  It was also overcast so the air was nice and cool.

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I woke up to this!  I sat on our balcony for 15 minutes with the sky looking like this before the sun was fully up.  If it lasted longer I would’ve stayed out there all day.  So pretty.

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We looked up and there was no camera there! LOL so my daughter and I just stood there like idiots waving at nothing.  She loved it!

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I truly give this hotel and this restaurant two thumbs up. Its just a great family hotel and not too fancy but really beautiful!

Donut King Hawaii

I donut care what you think, I love donuts!!!!  This bakery is located down the road from Kuha’os school so when I was a little early to pick him up on Friday I decided to kill some time and get us both a snack.  I’d never been here before and went in planning to buy myself a plain glazed donut- that was until I saw that they carried Maple Bacon Donuts!!!! My absolute fave!  It was soooo yummy and fresh.  I ended up getting Kuha’o a chocolate covered donut with chocolate shavings.  I had a little sample of his and even that was good.

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Donut King

2919 Kapiolani Blvd

Honolulu, HI 96826

Thursday Throwback

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cousins

This was such a fun night! This was about 4 years ago at my cousin Pili’s (red shirt back row) bridal shower.  At this point we had all had a lot to drink and were all pretty buzzed.  I remember getting to the point where I was was so emotional and filled with love for all of my cousins lol.  Kahele picked me up and I remember sticking my body out of the car and yelling “I love all of you!!!”  It was pretty epic.  Really fun group right here, and that’s not even the half of my girl cousins.