Blog Archives

Hula Grill (Hawaii 2017): Breakfast at the Beach

Breakfast and Hawaii are two of my favourite things… put them together and I’m a very happy camper. Hula Grill is located in the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, directly above their popular sister restaurant, Duke’s Waikiki.
Read the rest of this entry

Goma Tei Ramen at the International Marketplace (Hawaii 2017): Char Siu Ramen and Curry Loco Moco

Goma Tei Ramen is a Japanese noodle house that’s located on the top floor of the newly renovated International Marketplace in Waikiki. For those that remember the former International Marketplace as a dizzying array of Hawaiian trinket and souvenir shops, you’re in for a big surprise when you come back here. While they’ve saved the large banyan tree, the marketplace itself is quite modern now and resembles many of the other upscale outdoor shopping malls in Hawaii.
Read the rest of this entry

Cinnamon’s at the ‘Ilikai (Hawaii 2017): Guava Chiffon Pancakes

When we were planning our trip to Hawaii, the one place that I really wanted to try was Cinnamon’s. You just have to take one look at their pancakes and you can’t help but start to salivate… and I’m not even a real fan of pancakes usually.
Read the rest of this entry

M.A.C. 24/7 (Hawaii 2017): Ahi Poke Stack and Eleven-Spiced Chicken Wings

One of the drawbacks of flying into Hawaii late at night is that many of the popular restaurants in Waikiki are closed by the time you clear customs, pick up your luggage, and finally get picked up by your shuttle from the airport (yes, I’m talking about you SpeediShuttle – you should really change your name).
Read the rest of this entry

Heavenly (Hawaii 2016) – Pitaya Bowl

We first came across Heavenly during our 2015 vacation. Their use of local, organic ingredients stood out to me and I knew that if we came back, I’d want to try their breakfast again.
Read the rest of this entry

Longs Drugs (Hawaii 2016) – Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cream Pie

During our recent visit to Oahu this year, we decided to stay mainly in the Waikiki area since we had previously done the North Shore a couple of years ago. There’s a lot of great food on the North Shore (garlic shrimp, shave ice and the chocolate macadamia nut cream pies from Ted’s Bakery to name a few). Well, as we found out with Pacific Garlic Shrimp, you don’t need to go all the way to the North Shore to enjoy these things.
Read the rest of this entry

T Galleria (Hawaii 2016) – Cookies and Dole Whip

Okay, so… when you think about food in Hawaii, you probably wouldn’t associate it with a Duty Free Shop. But you’d be wrong.
Read the rest of this entry

Duke’s Waikiki (Hawaii 2016) – Hula Pie

There is a reason why Duke’s is a staple in Waikiki. Much like their namesake, Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s Waikiki seems to epitomize the tourist’s idealized image of living in Waikiki, right down to the performers serenading you at your table. That’s not a bad thing either.
Read the rest of this entry

The Cheesecake Factory (Hawaii 2016) – Bacon Bacon Cheeseburger

I like The Cheesecake Factory just as much as the next guy but the lineups here is very off-putting. I guess the appeal is partly due to the large number or tourists looking for something familiar. The other reason is probably due to the value you get here. They don’t skimp on portion size and you’re sure to walk (or waddle) away with a full belly.
Read the rest of this entry

Sansei Seafood (Hawaii 2016) – Oishii!

As I mentioned on our recent post of d.k. Steak House, sister restaurant Sansei Seafood was super busy when we first tried to get in to their 50% off happy hour. We wound up eating next door at d.k. instead, which was still a really great meal. However, we knew that we wanted to revisit Sansei eventually during our trip so we came back later in the week for their regular menu.
Read the rest of this entry

d.k. Steak House (Hawaii 2016) – Boneless Beef Short Ribs

Two of our favourite restaurants in Waikiki are Sansei Seafood Restaurant and their sister restaurant, d.k. Steak House… both located on the third floor of the Waikiki Beach Marriott. We had initially planned on visiting Sansei for their happy hour but it was so busy that we wound up going next door to d.k. Steak House.
Read the rest of this entry

Marukame Udon (Hawaii 2016) – Oodles of Noodles

Ever since our first visit to Marukame Udon, we’ve made a point to come back to this udon joint every time we come to Waikiki. This isn’t your ordinary udon… line ups for Marukame is legendary.
Read the rest of this entry