A Thank You Gift From Back Home

A couple of weeks ago we had our very first house guests; we were so thrilled to have long time friends from Hawaii come to stay with us.  It was for just one night, but we all had a great time.  DH and I showed them around our new town and we even took them house-hunting.  They are considering buying a home here and living in Arizona part time, that would be AWESOME!

A few days ago, this arrived

Oh my gravy all over my two scoop rice (that’s OMG in my world)!!

A goodie box from Hawaii, how’s that?  That was so sweet and considerate of them to remember all of the local kine grindz that we like.  And can you see on the box itself, “Aloha from Hawaii”, perfect!

Mahalo Aki & Leah, come back soon!

Another Girlies’ Lunch Date At Gabby’s Grill

Missus Dear Friend and I try to get together every so often and it’s just us, no boys!  Sometimes we do some retail therapy first and then go to lunch, on this occasion we went over to Gabby’s Grill (the four of us have breakfast over at their sister restaurant Gabby’s Kitchen).

A glass of wine was the first order of business; aren’t these glasses cute?

Mrs. DF said that we simply must try their Crispy Avocado Egg Rolls.  Howdy Doody!  I’ve got to find a recipe for this.  It seemed pretty straight forward, sliced Avo, some diced Tomatoes and a bit of Cilantro, Lime Juice and maybe chopped Jalapenos…  and that dipping sauce was outta sight!  Not sure what it was but it was really good.

On to our entrees.  My friend had the Fresh Strawberry and Spinach Salad, asking that it be Dairy-free as well as Gluten-free.   I can’t recall what all was in it but it sure looked tasty, and that dressing!

I had the Smoked Chicken Salad Sandwich with my side being a Garden Salad.  WOW!  That was a lot of food!  I wound up taking the salad home.

We lingered for awhile over our lunches, chatting and sipping our wine.  What a lovely way to spend on afternoon.  Thank you Dear Friend.

The Best Coconut Pound Cake, NOT!

I love anything Coconut, so I ordered a small bottle of Coconut Flavoring from King Arthur Flour, along with a new Bundt® Pan.

I found this recipe, “The Best Coconut Pound Cake”, on a social media site and figured I’d give it a go.

It sure smelled good and looked okay I guess.

I made the icing and toasted some Shredded Coconut to go on top.

I can’t say exactly why we didn’t care for this cake, we just didn’t.  One bite and unfortunately, it got chucked into the garbage can… it wasn’t even good enough to share with the next door neighbors, I didn’t want to subject them to this cake.

I’m not going to post the recipe nor the author of it, but I will say that this is the second recipe that I’ve tried of hers and both were FAILS!

Disappointing

Happy Aloha Friday!

It’s pretty dawg-gone HOT out just about now, so here, have some Shave Ice from Matsumoto’s in Haleiwa, Hawaii.  Mines one is the Rainbow with Ice Cream and Azuki Beans on the bottom!

ALOHA!

Mod Pizza

We had heard about Mod Pizza and it looked like they get pretty decent reviews, so let’s go.

The premise is you can order an 11 inch, individual artisan pizza and choose any toppings that you like, as much as you like and get it super-fast.

It seemed to me that the crusts had been par baked and were stacked on screened pizza pans at the ready.

Then it was kinda like Subway, they take you down the line of prepped goodies in hotel pans, even nice thick Anchovies.

So that was DH’s choice, 1/2 Anchovy and 1/2 fresh Mushrooms.

I went for the “deluxe”… Sweet Italian Sausage, fresh Mushrooms, Green Bell Peppers, Black Olives and Onions.

Ya gotta have something to wash it all down with!  We hadn’t had a Birch Beer in years and it was very good.

Now as for the pizzas, well, not so much sadly.  We both thought that they were tasteless and bland. We also agreed that had we ordered our usual plain Cheese Pizza, we would have made a big mistake. At least the toppings helped make these at least an edible pies.

So to summarize, neither DH nor myself can recommend Mod Pizza, sorry guys.

Lucky’s BBQ & Burgers

For over a year now, every single time that we’ve driven past Lucky’s BBQ & Burgers I’ve exclaimed, “We HAVE to try this place!”

We finally did.

We decided that we had had a long and busy day so what better way to end it than to do a take-out from Lucky’s.


We chose two Big Plates, which is your choice of 2 meats and 1 sidekick. So it was Chicken, Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork, Baked Beans and lastly Coleslaw; each plate came with a hunk of Corn Bread too. The sweet gal who took our order asked which BBQ Sauce we’d like and I said a little of each please (Scratch made Original, Spicy, Mustard and Sweet).
We shared everything between the two of us and it was more than enough food. For a little over $30, we thought it was very reasonable. I mean look at those plates, that’s alot.
We would have given Lucky’s an excellent rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ , but the Chicken and the Pulled Pork just weren’t to our personal liking (to each their own, right?). Everything else that was on our plates was superb!!  That was a great way to sample a bit of the high points from any ‘Q joint.
We plan on going back for sit-down-table-service to try the Burgers with an Adult Beverage to wash it down.  😉

*Note: On their menu, it’s Lucky’s Bullseye Barbeque, on Face Book it’s just Lucky’s BBQ. We took a couple of menus home so that we’d know what to order for our future take-out orders. ^_^

Baked Chocolate Donuts

I’ve been eyeing up this Wilton 6-Cavity Donut Pan for, well, ever.  Not long ago, I was out and about with Missus Dear Friend on one of our “Girlies Day Out”.  We went into Bed Bath & Beyond and what was calling my name?

What the heck, it’s only $9.99, I should be able to make a decent baked, rather than fried donut, right?  I followed the directions that came on the pans sleeve…

The first batch, I think I filled the pan a bit too much, there isn’t a hole.  Maybe the icing would hide that.

The next batch looked pretty, but the texture was off, they were too airy (can you see those huge pockets of air?).

This Sunday’s Brunch was disappointing.   It’s a good thing a made a BIG pan of Bacon too.

Conclusion:  We’ll need to look for a different recipe maybe, but we will try again.