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

 

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Tsujita- Yokocho Gourmet Alley

A few months ago the bottom floor to the Waikiki Shopping Plaza was turned into a food court decorated to replicate the alleys of Yokota, a lot of locals are referring to it as Ramen Road.  I’ll be doing a post of the entire floor a little later because it really is a cool looking place that offers so many different Japanese dishes. But for now, I must focus on one of the restaurants that I’ve tried there.  Tsujita, known for their long lines in their L.A. and Japan locations and frequented by many celebrities, has gained popularity because of their thick broths simmered down for hours.  I don’t know what they put in their broth but from the first taste I was hooked.  I love the style of the “dip” noodle, the noodles presented separately from the broth and dipping, slurping, chewing and savoring every flavor.  So yummy!

I love the earthy, woodsy feel of this restaurant.  It definitely transports you to Japan for the duration of  your meal, which it nice when you’re eating there on your lunch break from work.

I was pretty hungry so I went for the Ajitama Tsukemen (Tsukemen with soft boiled egg) as well as their Spicy Tuna Bowl.  I enjoyed both! If you ever get around to visiting this Ramen Road it’ll probably be hard to decide between their 16 vendors, but I can honestly say that this place is good and worth a try.

2250 Kalakaua Ave.

Honolulu, Hi 96815

Thursday Throwback- When Maui met Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Maui used to be the biggest WWE fan when he was a little boy and his favorite wrestler was The Rock.  My best friend Hina worked on the movie set of The Rundown and called one morning saying that he was going to be on site and to bring Maui down to meet him.  Maui was soooo excited the whole ride there and made sure that he brought his wrestling figure of The Rock with him.  When Dwayne started walking towards us Maui all of a sudden got so shy lol.  When he asked his name Maui replied “Maui” and Dwayne said “That’s one of the coolest names ever!”  It’s funny that he actually played “Maui” in the movie Moana!

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!

Hard Rock Cafe Waikiki

During our stay in Waikiki we treated ourselves to Hard Rock Cafe on Lewers.  I’ve eaten at the old Hard Rock Cafe years ago but never at this new location.  For some reason I thought there was so much more memorabilia than we saw.  The food was great!  We ate so much that we were too stuffed for dessert.

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Of course I started off with a Pina Colada.  I haven’t had one in forever so this was a real treat.  I also ordered their house salad with my meal and I was surprised at what they brought me.  It was one of the best house salads I had with cranberries, walnuts, mandarin oranges and feta cheese.

 

 

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Our Weekend Staycation

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What a great weekend I had!  My daughter’s birthday was earlier in the month and she asked that we stay in a hotel for the weekend where we could go swimming all day and night and eat some good food.  Of course I wanted to give this to her but we were so busy on the weekends with sports and other commitments that the only weekend we had open was this past weekend.  We decided not to tell the kids and make it a nice surprise for the all of them.  So last week Monday I made the reservations at the Outrigger Reef on the beach.  I reserved a 1 bedroom suite so that we’d all be comfortable.  On Thursday night after the kids went to sleep I packed up everything we’d need for the weekend.  On Friday after work I picked up the kids from school and told them that I’d forgotten something at work and needed to go back and get it.  As I pulled into the hotel they were confused saying “this isn’t where you work”.  The valet attendant opened up and asked “checking in?”  and I said “yup” and the kids freaked out.  When he asked when I’d be checking out I replied “Monday” and they were so excited!

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The first thing the kids wanted to do was go swimming in the pool.  They didn’t even wanna wait for their dad to get there, so that was the first “fun” of the weekend.  When Kahele finally got there the kids wanted to relax for a couple of hours before we headed down to the beach to watch the fireworks.

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On Saturday we headed over to the Honolulu Zoo (which I’ll share pics in a later post).  We actually went to take Aria for the first time, but she ended up falling asleep before we could reach the Keiki Petting Zoo.  We were all tired and worn out that once again the pool sounded like a great idea.  We picked up Zippy’s plate lunches and headed back to the hotel for more fun in the sun.

I’ll share more about some other things we did during our weekend but another great surprise was that they expected to go to school yesterday and got up early, got dressed and had sad faces on.  Then Kahele was like… “Hey how about we go downstairs and have breakfast and swim today instead of going to school?”  OMG the excitement erupted again!

It was such a much needed, relaxing weekend that we all needed.  I hope that we can get around to doing something like this more often.

Wednesday Wows- A $12 course lunch in Waikiki!

Gyu-Kaku is the restaurant I go to if I want to get more for my $.  It’s one of my kids favorite places to eat and their happy hour allows us to fill up for a great price.  In Waikiki I spend close to $15 even at fast food restaurants.  But here they actually give a 15% Kama’aina discount, so I spend $10!  What a steal! They have so many specials on the menu but I always get the non-grill lunch set.  My favorite is the Garlic Shrimp Bibimbap and 2 sides of cheese won tons and 1 side of cold tofu. But there are other options (shown below).  Definitely check out this place if you’re staying in Waikiki.

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I don’t know what kind of sauce they use on their tofu but it is so good that I have them add it on my cheese won tons as well.  Soooo yummy!

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307 Lewers St.
Honolulu, HI 96815