Tag Archives: Hawaii

It’s Been Awhile, Hasn’t it?

First, let me apologize for being absent for so long, but, we’ve been awfully busy.  To start with, we spent the month of May on Oahu Hawaii to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary… we had the best time!  I mean, who wouldn’t?

I brought back a 50 pound suitcase FULL of goodies that can only be found in Hawaii.  One of the items  was from Zippy’s Restaurant, Fried Chicken Mix.  Yeah, so what you’re probably saying to yourself… oh no my friends.  Zippy’s Fried Chicken is some the best both DH and I have ever had.

I guess about December of last year, Zippy’s came out with Fried Chicken Mix, as well as Mochiko Chicken Mix, Pancake Mix and their own blend of Coffee.  WELL!  As soon as we got ourselves going in Honolulu, we had lunch at Zippy’s, and what do you think I bought?  That’s right… two packages of their Fried Chicken Mix.

For dinner tonight, I made us what some might call a Zippy’s Mini Fried Chicken Plate

Oh my gravy all over my two scoop rice (that’s OMG! in my world)!! That was just like having dinner at Zippy’s, and I’m not kidding you!

This was a test run to see if I could replicate this meal that we love from back home and I hit this one out of the park!  So … next time we’ll make a Chicken and Chili Plate !!!

Lunch at Zippy’s, back in May 2018

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Aloha From Waikiki

No, this lovely tray of assorted Tropical Drinks was not all for us! HA!   😀

We went over to our favorite place to listen to live Hawaiian Music, the Kani Ka Pila Grille in the Outrigger Reef Hotel and there was a very large group of Japanese visitors having the best time.  It turns out they were a Halau, or Hula Dance Troop from Kobe Japan who were on Oahu to preform.  Anywhos, I say this large tray come over to their table and I thought, geez, that’s so beautiful, all of those colors and different aromas.  Maybe the next time we order a cocktail, I’ll rethink my standard glass of wine   😉

ALOHA!

Beautiful Day In Paradise, This Is Where I Come From, Hawaii

I’M HOME!

This is the Hilton Hawaiian Village  Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Lagoon, ONE  of our favorite places for catching some rays, relaxing, swimming, visiting with family and just generally hang out.

ALOHA!

The Weekend’s Here, Happy Aloha Friday!

Back a few years ago, on one of our trips back home to Hawaii, we went to the Honolulu Fish Auction, what a blast!

Palate after palate of the freshest fish, I mean just brought out of the Pacific Ocean fresh, kept coming out from the fishing boats.  Eat more fish!!

ALOHA!

Aloha Friday Cocktails Overlooking Diamond Head

Happy Weekend,

 

ENJOY!

Happy Aloha Friday Again!

It’s Aloha Friday and I’m dreaming of the BEACH!!

Enjoy your weekend

The Honolulu Fish Auction

This seems an appropriate post for Aloha Friday!

One of the most exciting things that my husband and I did while home in the Islands back in 2012, was to go to the Honolulu Fish Auction.  I was really looking forward to this!

Honolulu Fish Auction

I had known about it, but I had no idea that anyone could just walk in off the street not only to watch the action, but participate and purchase any fish that you like, for the right price of course. Prior to leaving to go back home to Hawaii, we had seen brochures offering day trips available through tour companies to the Auction.

We figured we knew our way around our own hometown, why pay to be led by the hand down to Pier 38 or The Honolulu Fishing Village.

The opening bell at the Honolulu Fish Auction

We set our alarm clock for EARLY AM and gulped down very strong coffee; we were off.  I wanted to get down there long before the opening bell and be able to look freely at the days catch as well as chat up the crews.

The Crew at the Honolulu Fish Auction

I was impressed that the Hawaii Seafood Council had representatives there, handing out printed information not only about the Auction, but also sustainability.

Only a small portion of what is caught commercially in Hawaii actually stays in Hawaii.  There are many different countries buying fish and then shipping the product out.

Why?  

Because of the quality and seafood safety.

I watched as a load after load were brought in from the boats and inspected, some fish had to be rejected.

I was fascinated; to be able to interact with the guys and ask a boat load (pardon the pun) of probably stupid question in their eyes.

Not so great fish at the Honolulu Fish Auction

A small catch of Tombo or Albacore Tuna didn’t sell because there was no call for this fish on the market that day; it didn’t look too nice either, not that the fish was bad, “just not worthy” as the guys put it to me.

Let's GO! at the Honolulu Fish Auction

*Please take notice as to how everyone is dressed, it’s dang cold in there!!

So the bell rings and we’re off to the races! It was nothing like I thought, it’s very subdued. There’s no yelling, no shouting, but then folks in Hawaii aren’t like that.

"Markers" at the Honolulu Fish Auction

It was mostly nods of heads, guys throwing down their markers, slips of paper with their company or just their names on it.  I was looking at some of them after the crowd moved over to the next row of fish, and who’s standing next to me? Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa.

What a nice guy!

He asks me where I’m from, if I had been to the Auction before, explaining what he was looking for in the fish that he wanted for that night’s catch of the day at his restaurant.  WOW! No really, WOW!  I’m just a little girl from Kaneohe who’s now living in the middle of the desert…

Beautiful fish the the Honolulu Fish Auction

I had read that as the fish are prepared, a small portion is cut away so that perspective buyers can inspect the meat quality.  As the group of perspective buyers moves on, behind them is a small army of worker bees.  Two guys have handheld receipt type machines is the best way that I can explain it.  They’re tagging each fish that was purchased with the buyer’s name, and all of the particulars, total cost, weight etc.

After them, is this nice man with a bucket, collecting those bits of tail meat.

I asked him what he was going to do with all of that; he tells me he makes Poke or Raw Fish Salad and sell it at the local markets.

No waste Braddah, right on!

Opah or Moon Fish at the Honolulu Fish Auction

Some types of fish I had never seen, other than on my plate.

Above is Opah or Moonfish.  What a beautiful fish, not to mention delicious too.

Can you read the tag? 138 pounds!

That’s my shoe next to it, I wear a size 5 ½ US !!

Monsters,  some of these fish.

And you know there was no fishy smell, well of course not.

These beauties are kept on ice from the time they are landed just a few short hours prior to the Auction, up until they are carted away.

It’s spotless in there too!  As you walk in the door, you have to wash your shoes in a shallow trough filled with some type of disinfectant.  There’s a big handwritten sign, “NO SLIPPERS” (flip flops) over the doorway.  Well YEAH, it was too dang cold for those!

Pallet upon pallet of the Oceans bounty at the Honolulu Fish Auction

As one row of fish was sold, processed for the customer and taken off the floor, it was back filled by handcarts and small forklifts of more pallets of fish.  We were already a couple of hours into it, and it was clear that they were no where near to being done for the day.

My husband had given up long ago and went to take a nap in the car;  I hadn’t even noticed he was gone. HA!

I was starting to get cold though, so I stepped outside to watch the buyers make off with their bounty from the Sea.  One local family had bought an Ahi or Big Eye Tuna for the Graduation Party they were having at their home.  They invited us to join them, but we regretfully declined.

This was really a treat!

This was in my old backyard, there it was and I had never known it, because I was too busy with my own wrapped up world.  There’s so much more to life, so don’t let it pass you by.  

Get out there and explore your culinary backyard.

Happy Aloha Friday, Have A Great Weekend!