Archive for August, 2011

Summer brings… Fruit flies =(

I am moved in back to my apartment in school savoring the warm weather and sun before the long winter sets in. It is wonderful and glorious except for one thing… fruit flies! These blasted bugs drive me craaazay!! Literally any fruit left in the kitchen will spawn more. I’ve become more adept at swatting those little bugger but there were so many I had to take more action. After a quick google search I assembled two traps using household ingredients. An orange juice, water, soap cocktail, and a soy sauce water version. Apparently, apple cider vinegar works really well but I didn’t have any so I tried juice and I also read that soy sauce was supposed to work. The soap is also important because it decreases the surface tension of the water so the flies sink. Ya who knew?
So the verdict?

soy and orange

Those little dots in the orange juice one are dead flies and there are none in the soy sauce. Maybe it’s because I didn’t put soap in the soy sauce one? Dunno. I’m just glad the orange juice one works!


Good To Be Home!

Summer in O’ahu was great, but coming home is always the best! My mommy had a Korean feast all prepared for me PLUS a blueberry pie! The food I missed the most in Hawai’i were berries. To me summer means loads and loads of berries but not on O’ahu. So expensive. Very unfortunate. I kept saying the first thing I was going to do when I got home was make a blueberry pie but my mommy had one waiting for me! Moms are the best.

The feast:

soon tubu jigae

steamed mandu (korean dumplings)

pan-fried mandu

spicy bacon with saam, rice, and lettuce

da table

We were griddlin on the table and plenny of food to go around. Of course, blueberry pie to top it off for dessert!

good ole messy piece of blueberry pie a la mode

I tried to make my own vanilla ice cream to top it off but it failed. I don’t think the container was cold enough so I’m going to try again in a few days. I made an ice cream run after dinner and read every company’s ingredients list to try and find one without corn syrup. Breyer’s natural vanilla qualifies but not the homemade vanilla. ┬áDorthy had it right. ┬áThere’s no place like home!

Real Ramen!

My first bowl of real ramen! I didn’t think it would be in Hawai’i but life is full of surprises.

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Some co-workers took me here for lunch at McCully shopping center. The restaurant was not clearly labeled but I think it might have been called Kyoto Ramen? They had a pantan broth made of pork and chicken and had house made chashu which is marinated, tender pork slices garnishing the soup and noodles. A bowl was about $10 with and additional $1 if you wanted it spicy, which of course I had. The noodles were think and chewy but not too hard and they also were house made. It was definitely everything I had expected and more. A hearty bowl of rich soup with chashu and noodles… they were meant to be together. I’ve always been a broth drinker when it came to soups and never more so than this bowl of ramen. For most of my life ramen was that instant msg-ified meal that tasted awesome while eating it but makes you feel like crap afterward. Now with the real thing, ramen is satisfying before during and after.

Kyoto Ramen: ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ 5 super yummy noodles!


Weekend Eats: Giovanni Shrimp, Matsumoto’s Shave Ice, Kahala Nuts

This past weekend was a whirlwind. My weekends left in Honolulu are dwindling so I’ve felt a need to do as much as possible. Saturday morning I did an ocean swim from Chun’s Reef to Waimea Bay, Saturday afternoon I drove around with friends eating my way through the North Shore, Sunday morning I went diving, and Sunday afternoon I had my last sailing class.

The rest of Saturday was spent frolicking around North Shore eating lots. First stop was Giovanni’s shrimp truck. There were a lot of shrimp trucks to choose from on that road. I think the area was Kahana and Giovanni’s seemed to be a very established one.

I split a hot n spicy shrimp with a friend for $13 and they weren’t lying when they call it hot n spicy. I am a spicy food fan and I could eat it all but I wasn’t going to lick the sauce off the plate. The spiciness factor was a little too much for me and made eating the shrimp a little less enjoyable. I guess I should have taken it more seriously when they state on the menu that there are no refunds for hot n spicy shrimp.

Next stop was Matsumoto’s Shave Ice in Hale’iwa. Shave ice is a Hawaiian speciality. They are basically snow cones on steroids. You can get it with ice cream, condensed milk drizzled on top, and choose from literally a gazillion flavors.

Not to mention they are huge.

I got a large mango, blueberry, and one more flavor I can’t remember with condensed milk on top. mmm There was a huge line out the door but they have streamlined operation so you don’t really have to wait that long. The store is full of different t-shirts and shave ice gear like key chains.

Shave ice is awesome because it’s cheap, fun, and Hawai’i has the best.

The night before I went to see hp7pt2 at the theater and they were selling Kahala candied nuts! There were macnuts, pecans, and almonds. I of course had to get the macnuts and it was either 1 for $5 or 2 for $8 (or was it 1 for $4 and 2 for $6??) so I opted for the better deal and more nuts and got macnuts and almonds. I finished the macnuts during the movie before I could even get a picture. I saved the almond ones for later.

Giovanni’s: + + + + 4 pluses
Matsumoto’s: <0 <0 <0 <0 <0 5 shaved ices
Kahala Nuts: co co co co co 5 diamond nuts

Diving pictures in case you’re interested. YO (yard oiler wreck and Nautilus Reef)