I know it’s not Hawaii, but this will have to make do, for now anyways!
DH and I went to Newport Beach California awhile back to get our fix of the Pacific Ocean; what a great trip! We sure did need this, let me tell you.
We have been on another road trip; this is why there has been a lapse in my blog.
This trip was multifaceted. Our first stop was out to California to visit with my Mother again. The San Joaquin valley was in full bloom and gorgeous! I thought that today would be a great day to show and tell.
The peaches and nectarines were just beautiful with their pink blossoms; the nut trees weren’t too shabby either adored in white.
And the blueberries, wow, I can’t say that I’ve seen blueberries in flower before.
The best part was that the water is flowing once again in the World’s Food Basket and this gladdened my heart. Thankfully, there is a good snow pack up in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and it’s already started to melt, sending life-giving water down into the valley, AMEN!
We took my Mother on an excursion into the Sequoia National Park and we got to use our “old person” card for the first time. Once you pass your 62nd birthday, you can purchase a life-long entrance card for just $10! This Senior Pass will get up to 4 adults in your car, into any National Park, wahoo!
So to make a long story longer, we stopped in one of the shops and I found this really cute tee shirt on the clearance table, so I scooped it up as a souvenir. Once we got back home, I went to throw it in the wash and thought twice. Hmmm, pretty bright, vivid blue color there, I’d bet any amount of money it’s going to “run” like mad… YUP!
If you are one of my followers, then you may have noticed that I have been absent, that’s because my husband and I took off on another road trip out to California to visit with my Mother.
My Mom likes to go on field trips, and on this occasion we all went to Bravo Farms in Traver. What a quaint place!
After we had our fill of fun and BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwiches for lunch, we sauntered into the shop and I found this:
I remembered a post not long back by PoTP on Miners Mix and I had to try one of their varieties. The XXX-Garlic Seasoning & Rub is a winner! I gave a New York Strip Steak as well as some Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes a health shake, along with a splash of Olive Oil and off to the grill we went. Well, to be honest the taters got roasted in the oven.
We got ourselves a home run with this one. Next time, I’ll try the Miners Mix XXX-Garlic Seasoning & Rub on some chicken for the grill, MMM.
Oh my gravy all over my two scoop rice! That’s OMG! in my world…
One just MUST go to any Zippy’s on Oahu while there. We had one just up the block from where we were staying in Honolulu.
We could have eaten here every day, for every meal, but we didn’t. These photos are of some of our favorite dishes, taken on multiple visits. Gotta say though, hands down, our fav is the Chili & Chicken Plate! Both DH and I had been sooooo waiting for that. There are so many choices of local yumminess at any Zippy’s location.
I’ll stop now.
Before you decide that you want to live full time the 50th State, think about what it’s going to cost you to eat. When we lived in Kaneohe, I would just cringe every time I went shopping for food.
On our first expedition while on our month long stay back home, we sought out Walmart. Now I know some folks are dead set against that brand, but when you can save a buck here and a few coins there, you do it.
Here’s what floored me on this trip, EGGS! Most fresh eggs are shipped in from the mainland. Can you see the farm name? Hickman’s Family Farm, and do you know where that is? ARIZONA! YEP!
You can find all sorts of treats in the supermarkets, like one of my favorite candies, Sesame Seed Candy, MMM! Usually these goodies are made with peanuts, but these are the bomb-diggity with Macadamia nuts. Note to self: need to figure out how to makes these. They’re ooey-gooey-chewy (watch your dental work) with that crunch from the sesame seeds and nuts. AND, can you see where these are made? My hometown.
Some other finds that I can’t get in the middle of the desert: Miko brand Scottish Bangers, Diamond Bakery Crackers and Cookies and Hinode Rice (no meal is complete without rice in Hawaii). I must admit, in less than 3 weeks, we blew through that 5 pound bag of rice.
My husband would eat at Choi’s a lot when he was still working, due to a multitude of reasons, but the main was the proximity to his old office location. He would take me there on our days off together, which weren’t often, but we never had a meal we didn’t like, nor could finish. We love Korean food!
On each of our visits back home, we make a point of stopping in for a bite and a chance to say hello to Momma Choi, the owner-chef, she always remembers us. “Eh, where you been?” And the feast begins. Momma brings out the typical Korean accompaniments: a tofu and seaweed soup, kim chee, a bowl of steamed rice, daikon, my husband’s favorite, and Spinach Tofu Salad with this wonderful sweet-spicy Korean pepper dressing, WOW! I eat the tofu and DH eats the spinach (sorry I didn’t get a photo of it, but you get the idea).
We ordered a #4 (Kalbi, Meat Jun, Fried Man Doo) and #5 (Kalbi, Chicken Katsu, and Fried Man Doo) plates that we shared.
Okay, so, now you’re asking yourself, what is all of that?
Kalbi is Korean BBQ Beef Short Rib, with the ribs cut flanken rather than English style. Meat Jun is super thin beef dipped in an egg mixture and then pan fried, oh and a lovely dipping sauce too. Chicken Katsu, we’ve talk about here in the past, it’s chicken cutlets breaded in Panko Crumbs and shallow fried. The Fried Man Doo is simply a pork dumpling that’s fried, but Momma makes her own wrappers nice and thick, they have a great bite to them, also dipped in its own sauce, MMM. Each plate is served up with Bean Sprouts and Cabbage, both are blanched and seasoned, think of them as your salad.
This visit to Choi’s was no different than any of our others, we had almost enough food left from our two plates to make another meal for both of us, OH WAIT, we did! I just made a fresh pot of rice and that’s dinner.