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Ko’Olina: My Own Private Beach

January 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Ko’Olina Beach is situated on the spectacular Western shore of Oahu. Just 30 minutes from Honolulu, this beach front oasis is secluded and peaceful. Surrounded by seven lagoons, you will find brilliantly blue water all around you.

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Portland Rose Garden: Blazers vs Clippers

January 24, 2012 Leave a comment

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Portland, Oregon Jan 10, 2012 Trailblazers defeated Clippers 105-97

Gerald Wallace led five teammates in double- figures with 20 points as the Portland Trail Blazers edged the Los Angeles Clippers, 105-97, at Rose Garden.

LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews contributed 18 points apiece, while Marcus Camby added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won two straight and improved to 6-0 at home this season. Raymond Felton donated 17 points to go with eight assists for Portland.

“We shared the wealth on both ends of the basketball court,” Camby said. “Going down the stretch we were able to get the stops we needed and knocked down a few free throws to save the game.”

Caron Butler led the Clippers with 20 points and six rebounds, while Chauncey Billups had 19 points and Blake Griffin contributed a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Paul netted 11 for Los Angeles, which had its three-game winning streak halted.

Chicken Katsu: All Time Favorite Plate Lunch

January 22, 2012 2 comments

Plate Lunches are common in Hawaii. It consist of 2 scoop of white or brown rice and homemade macaroni salad. Here’s one of the all time favorite Chicken Katsu.

What is a Chicken Katsu? It is tender pieces of boneless chicken coated with special seasoning and deep-fried, served with tonkatsu sauce.  It taste so good on any size Mini or Regular and the macaroni salad is out of this world.  Recipe and direction below if you want to try this dish.

  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Japanese-style bread crumbs (panko flakes)
  • garlic salt
  • oil (for frying)

sauce

  • 3 tablespoons applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cooking sherry
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  • For the Sauce:.
  • Add sauce ingredients to a bowl one by one, mixing in between.
  • For the Chicken:.
  • Place flour, eggs, and panko in separate bowls.
  • Lightly salt chicken then dip in eggs, then in flour, then in eggs, then in panko.
  • Deep fry or pan fry at medium heat until lightly brown.
  • Serve with sauce and hot rice.

My Backyard: Bellows Beach

January 19, 2012 1 comment

Bellows Beach, located along the windward side of Oahu offers some of the best beach real estate on the island. And it is owned by the Air Force! During the week, the beach is only open to those with military ID’s. However, on the weekend the beach opens up to the masses, and people flock to Bellows’ gorgeous white sands and aqua water that cannot be competed with anywhere else on the island. During the Summer it is crowded with swimmers, beginning board surfers, body surfers and campers. It has shallow waters and a small consistent shorebreak. Surfing is not allowed in the area between the two lifeguard towers, but this beach is a great place to practice surf boarding and body surfing where permitted.

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Disney Aulani Resort

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Mickey and Company finally arrived in West Oahu with the new Disney Aulani Resort. Walt Disney Imagineers worked hand in hand with locals to create Aulani—a place that celebrates Hawaiian culture, history and traditions. From contemporary Hawaiian art featured throughout the Resort, to myriad recreational activities, culinary programs, excursions and more, Aulani immerses Guests in the legends of the islands so you can experience the true enchantment of Hawaii. I took my wife and son to their character breakfast buffet and the food is pretty impressive as well as the service.

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