I love when I'm craving a specific experience, and then I go and get just that. It's our first night of vacation in LA/Long Beach and we wanted to find some Peruvian food since our options are limited in Hawaii. This place was a mile away from our Airbnb and hit the SPOT.
It's Wednesday, so we did their date night special (Weds and Thurs) for $55. Appetizer, two entrees and dessert. Great deal. My husband is Peruvian, we go almost every year, and this food tasted just the way it should. He had lomo saltado, I had ají de gallina and we shared a causa sampler and flan for dessert. We ordered our daughter tallarines verdes and she ate them all up! This was extra special because she's in a moment in her 5 year old life where she only wants to consume chicken nuggets, french fries and fruit.
I'll definitely come back next time we're in SoCal. Perfect taste of home
I am totally in love with this concept. Today's my birthday, and I took the day off with my 4 year old daughter and decided to get some breakfast. I was stressing a little bit, because toddler in a restaurant is its own circle of hell. Then, love and behold, I see I'm less than five min away from a place with keiki in the name. Score.
We were off in search of pancakes, and they sadly don't have any, but they do have a great selection of toasts. The Keiki Unicorn toast (cream cheese with strawberries, pineapple and rainbow sprinkles) fulfilled her desire for something sweet and brightly colored. It was super cute.
I mix and matched avocado toast and caprese toast. Both were delicious along with a green smoothie.
They have an indoor and outdoor play area, which is great, because we went from in to out, back to in. My kid likes options. This is an awesome place for new parents looking for a less stressful meal out and is the perfect place for a mom meetup. I can definitely see myself here after having my next one. The owner was super friendly and I love supporting locally owned businesses. This'll def be a repeat place for my clone and I to stop in for some toast and lattes.11/21/2019 Thanks Asia ! And happy belated birthday. We are so honored you chose to celebrate with us!
Super solid Thai takeout option! I don't know why I've overlooked this place in favor of Thai spots further away, but this place is within walking distance of my house and there always seems to be a few people in line for takeout.
I had the Pad Thai once a few months ago and wasnt totally blown away, but tonight I had a taste for Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao) and this place totally delivered!
I got tofu and extra veggies and didn't feel skimped getting the vegetarian option. Nice slow burning heat that I can still feel as I write this. This is going to become my go to takeout spot for a night in for sure.
Let me preface this by saying we are cheap when it comes to photography. For our wedding, we didn't want to pay for the expensive photo package, so we picked our five favorite shots from the photographer and had my father-in-law follow him around, taking the same shots while playing up his lack of English so the photographer couldn't tell him to go away.
I say all that to say, we're always trying to save money and if I'm going to get any photography from you, you'd better be good. You'd better be the best. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with the best. Jay is the photographer, and she is something special. We were looking for branding work for t-shirts for our website and wanted photos that were beyond the ordinary. Jay came up with these creative concepts that had the four of us looking like real models. In the water, under water, on the sand, and up on rock walls. One of our artists is pregnant, and Jay had her looking like some kind of underwater fertility goddess.
This was the most fun I've ever had at a photoshoot, and my first time shooting underwater. She was super patient, because I am terrible at holding my breath. She gave modeling tips and even went underwater herself to demonstrate exactly how to get that perfect pose. From the moment we arrived, she was in the water with us, hands on and giving direction. There is only one water-based photographer for me, and that is Jay all the way. She will pull the beauty right out of you, people. You don't find talent like that everyday.
This place is awesome! Unlimited game play for an hour or two is plenty to try a little bit of everything. Tons of fun games, all the new ones, and super clean! Which isn't something you see in arcades most of the time. I didn't feel like I was touching a petri dish at all. I loved the laser maze and the laser tag! And it was all included in our unlimited game play! The Rita's Italian ice was super yummy and they had a nice selection of flavors! Definitely a great place to come back to when we're in an area or to host a play date or a party!
This is my new favorite exercise! Jaimee, our instructor was awesome and so strong! She taught us ways to walk and even stand up sexy. We learned a routine broken into small parts and got to perform it at the end of class. She was very mindful of everyone's privacy and let those of us who wanted to film do so, while being mindful of the comfort level.
I loved the moves we learned! Butterfly soon, sexy wall work and pole turns. I'm definitely going to do this again. I think I may do a pole dancing party for my birthday, this would be so fun with a big group of girl friends! Can't wait to try this out again!
I knew this event was going to be a hit as soon as I saw the menu. Mexi Loco Moco, Cubano Torta, Barrio Krazy Fries, Taquitos El Chuco and Churro French Toast.
Let me just say that NOTHING disappointed. I kind of want to go back and get a tasting menu made of these very same items again. Also, this was my lucky day, as I had just moved to Waipio the VERY SAME DAY. So instead of having a 45 minute (1 hour?!) commute from Kaneohe, I had a breezy 14 minute drive from my new place. So we started with a win and me in a happy mood :)
I didn't have a baby sitter following a long day of moving, so I had to bring my mini-me. Everyone, especially the staff, chef and owners, were so gracious about it and so sweet and patient with her. They gave her some sweets that she devoured and let her drink hibiscus tea to her heart's content. I love a family friendly place, and they definitely made me feel welcome with my daughter.
Before the food, I have to shout out the true flavor MVPs of the dinner, some supporting characters that stole the show: the house made habanero hot sauce and the drinks. The hot sauce was very spicy, but not annoyingly burning, with this smokey flavor that was simply intoxicating, in this somehow creamy format. That was a big plus for me, as I'm not a fan of hot sauces that separate and get too watery, so you're left with some overly spicy thin liquid. Not the case with this sauce. They bottle it and sell it over the holidays in Patrón bottles for $15, so keep that in mind, people.
The (non-alcoholic) drinks offered included horchata, cucumber lemonade and hibiscus tea. All are made in house. The surprise winner of the night was that hibiscus tea. My three year old probably drank her weight in that stuff. It was a deep purple that reminded me of Peruvian chicha morada, and had this earthy, flowery flavor that tasted indulgent and healthy all at the same time. Like the kind of thing you want to have at a spa or yoga retreat, before they hand you some bland, barely flavored water. I'll definitely have that on my next trip. I don't expect a tea to have such an impact on me usually, but this one did.
Finally, onto the food:
- Mexi Loco Moco: I'm still new to Hawaii, so I have very limited loco moco experience. The hamburger patties and the gravy have seemed to heavy for me, so I've mostly stayed away. But heyyyy hey hey, this Mexi Loco Moco may make me a convert. Instead of a solid burger patty and gravy, it was more of a loose ground beef concoction over rice with a green chile sauce. The family style serving was pretty huge, but the individual portion served to one of our Yelpers in a tiny little glazed clay dish was adorable, and would probably be perfect for me without being too heavy. It definitely benefited from a healthy dose of the habanero sauce.
- Cubano Torta: This was a favorite of mine, but I was a little confused by the origin story of it being inspired by the movie "Chef." I thought that meant there would be some different spin on it or something. I'm from Miami, and this is what a Sandwich Cubano is supposed to taste like. Someone mentioned that it was different from the usual Cubano with the addition of mojo-marinated pork, but that's not true. That's actually the correct, original way. I think outside of Miami, most people have only experienced the crappy, imitation Cuban sandwiches using cheap roast pork. Don't settle for mediocrity anymore, Oahu. A real Cuban sandwich that reminds me of home is here.
- Barrio Krazy Fries: Coincidentally, I was craving something like this all day. I'd even searched for "fries" on Yelp in the afternoon, hoping it would point me in the direction of some fancy french fry creation. The description says it's topped with a mix of savory meats, and I'll let the mystery remain. It was delicious and I want more. Just the right amount of cheese, some tasty sauces, it was all good.
- Taquitos El Chuco: This wasn't the most popular item at my table, but I really loved it. I really enjoy the earthiness of real corn tortillas, and it came through in this dish. I could have eaten a whole platter of these on my own. The tomatillo sauce was fine, nothing crazy, but as usual, the habanero sauce turned it all the way up.
- Churro French Toast: This is where we all lost our home training. The beautiful display of stacks of french toast descending upon our table was just too much for us all to keep our manners. One of my favorite french toast experiences, especially because of the Chipotle Honey Butter dolloped on top. It added just the right amount of saltiness to really set things off. I know this is a new menu item for them, and I would definitely encourage them to start rolling those bad boys out ASAP.
I loved the family style serving of the dishes, and I hope that's an option for regular dining. If not, I highly suggest a family style tasting menu! I thought I would feel gross and sluggish after due to so many courses, but it actually worked out perfectly!
This is the only TBB I've been to, so I can only speak to this location. This has been my favorite burger on the island so far, and their milkshakes are so so good. The burgers are all named after different parts of Oahu, and as fate would have it, I live in Kaneohe and my favorite is the Kaneohe burger, which is a garlic burger with bacon, avocado and special sauce. Seasoning on all their burgers is on point, and I love the sauce. Fries are solid, and they have some other side dishes I've been meaning to try.
Their burgers are huge. My husband and I can usually share a "big" if we're not ravenously hungry. I believe they have a "little" size, but I haven't asked yet. They do have mini sizes for their milkshakes though, which is a good option if you're not trying to feel *too* guilty after a meal of burgers and shakes.
I'm at this Starbucks about 2 or 3 times a week, mainly due to my toddler's cake pop habit. We're getting her into a good cake pop rehab, I promise. The staff is always super friendly, we get our orders quickly, and it's generally really nice. They lose a star because I saw a roach in the bathroom once. I know this is Hawaii, but still. Hide your roaches, people. Keep the bathroom clean.
That feeling of despair when you've been looking forward to trying a new place specifically for a dish they're known for, and they don't have it! Pray for me, people. We saw this place on Hawaii News Now and were dying to try their 90 day aged burger. No such luck. I wanted it with their plantation pineapple ice tea, also no such luck. So we stuck to water and shared their brisket sandwich.
I had really high hopes for the brisket sandwich, but it just kind of fell flat. The meat was dry, the sauce was too salty, and the flavor just wasn't super pleasant. It was served with some housemade potato chips that were overcooked and had some of that acrid burnt bitterness to them. I asked for a sauce to go with the chips, the waiter went looking for a crème fraiche sauce, then came back and said they didn't have any. Does this place keep anything on hand? It wasn't even remotely packed and they were out of everything. This was only about halfway through lunch service.
The waiter, a young guy, wasn't super helpful and had a bit of an annoyed air about him, so that didn't make the meal any better.
I'll probably try them again another day to see if I can try any of the great things people are raving about, but after the experience, I'm not in too much of a hurry.