Thursday, December 16, 2010

Lunch @ZPizzaHawaii w/ @MarkTRC & @Melissa808

Yesterday, after an appointment with Mark, we headed to Z Pizza for lunch. We tweeted up with Melissa there around Noon because @ZPizzaHawaii ( had tweeted me, enticing me to have pizza there again.
I had the Mediterranean Rustic Pizza. It has roasted artichokes, olives and pili pili oil. I don't know what pili pili oil is because I haven't Googled it yet, but I'm sure I'll know soon enough. I love this pizza because I love artichokes and olives!
Mark ordered the Thai Chicken Pizza and Melissa ordered the Tuscan Pizza. We also had a couple of little samples brought to our table. It's always a bonus to eat at Melissa's table! (
Anyway, Mark ( is fresh to the blogging world. His first Foodie post is about this Z Pizza experience so I'll let you read the details there- Go check it out and give him the experience of how it is to maintain a blog! Let's see how good he is at keeping up with the hard work! Hehehe.
Ps- I'm sending this from the new Posterous for Android Application. I don't think I care for it. No save as draft options. It's just a fancy email skin. :P

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lunch @LilihaBakery - Hamburger Steak

Today I stopped at Liliha Bakery after dropping by the bulk mail center of the post office to help Mark ( and some other Lanakila Pacific ( volunteers finish up a bulk mailing task. 

I brought my friend Craig with me to help out because I was at Kahala Mall where Craig's office is (he's a loan officer at Pacific Access Mortgage).  Originally, I planned to just see if he was available for lunch, but Mark asked if I could go help them because he felt like there was another couple of hours of work with just the four of them.  Anyway, Craig said he had a couple hours for lunch and he didn't mind helping out so we headed there with bottled water and a requested Cinnabon to help them hold out until a late lunch.

Once Craig and I arrived, there wasn't that much left to complete.  With the six of us there the job was done in about 15 minutes.

We then all headed to Liliha Bakery ( for lunch.  We arrived at about 1230p and managed to get seats for the six of us in 2 groups (4 & 2) at the diner counter.

I had a hamburger steak with a butter roll and their famous florescent pink jelly (ok I played with the photo a little).   

Here's another photo I tweeted while I was there.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Our Potted Christmas Tree (@KanuHawaii #SimplifyTheHolidays)

This year I suggested we get a living potted Christmas tree from Helmano Farms in Wahiawa.  It is partly my effort to support with their "Simplify the Holidays" commitments and the fact that I like trees (see my bonsai posts  I selected several items to commit to and created a profile that can be found here-  OK, I haven't really done much to my profile yet, but one of these days I will and I will post a journal in my profile too.  It's just taking me a little while because I need to work on it from my computer.  I can't just email it in like on Posterous.  ;)
Here is our potted Christmas tree.  Kelli decorated it and made it all nice!
More information about Helemano Farms can be found on their website-
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Sunday Breakfast at Cinnamon's w/@NaneaKalani #FB

This past Sunday we met up with @NaneaKalani and her family in Kailua's popular Cinnamon's Restaurant.  I checked in with the hostess at about 825a and was asked if we'd prefer indoor or out.  I wasn't familiar with the restaurant because this was my first time there so I asked what she recommended.  She recommended I be on the list for either.  This is probably to avoid the long waits that I have heard about, but I barely waited 5 minutes for a table outside in the courtyard area.

While we waited for our table, I was offered self-service coffee from a coffee station set up next to rows of seats that the people waiting for tables can sit on.  I thought this was a nice touch although I am not sure if it's complimentary or added on to your bill if you start drinking while waiting.  I didn't try the coffee from this station, but I did have coffee at the table which was described as 50% Kona Blended coffee.  If the same coffee is used in the coffee station, I'm sure it's not free because it's $2 something a cup on the menu.

For breakfast I had the Portuguese Sweet Bread French Toast with Ham and 1 Over Easy Egg.  The French Toast was light with a crisp outer layer.  The ham was very tender I barely needed to use the knife to slice it.  My over easy egg was a little more than over easy; probably more like plain over, but it was ok.  I found I had to use a lot of syrup.  I don't know what kind of syrup it was, but it seemed watery and lacking sweetness.  And, I'm usually not one that prefers sweet things.

I also took some photos of everyone else's food, but I didn't try them all.  The other dishes are Half Order Traditional Eggs Benedict, Blueberry Pancakes and a giant omelet!

Cinnamon's Restaurant is found on the web at

Thanks for the breakfast treat Nanea! 

PS- if you enjoy keeping up with news discussions, follow  She is a reporter for (

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Flat Bread Lunch at Mix Cafe on Alakea w/@PrincessTara459 #FB

I headed into downtown for lunch today because I needed to get an address change form into the DCCA (licensing office).  Since I was going to have to be in the downtown craziness, I decided to have lunch with a downtown friend, @PrincessTara459. 

I parked my car at Iolani Palace for $1 an hour paid by quarters into a parking meter.  This is a photo I tweeted at the beautiful Iolani Palace - @RickNakama: just posted a pic: (@ Iolani Palace)

Anyway, @PrincessTara459 took me to eat at one of her favorite downtown spots, Mix Cafe.  We got there a little later in the lunch hour (about 1245p) so the selections were slim.  There was a choice of a portobello sandwich, chicken sandwich or the flat bread with pesto tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.  We both had the flat bread.

The flat bread is toasted on a hot stone oven. It's nicely browned in a couple of minutes and served with cool mixed greens and a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing.  Very delicious and not overwhelmingly filling; perfect for lunch!

Here is there website.

When I walked back to my car I still had about 40 minutes left in my meter so I decided to take a look at the Honolulu City Lights Christmas display.  If course this was in the early afternoon so the sun is brightly shining and I can't see the lights,  but it's still interesting.  Here's the photo I tweeted- RT @RickNakama: since I'm across the street may as well do my Honolulu City Daylights Tour (@ Honolulu Hale)

I also took a photo of the YWCA (@YWCAOAHU) because I seemed to have just missed a couple of tweeps (@TrulyJoannies & @Melissa808) that were right there when I was so near by!  Here is that tweet- RT @RickNakama: .@trulyjoannies here's a pic of @ywcaoahu for you. ;) hehe (@ YWCA of Honolulu)

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tacos from @EatGogi Korean Taco Truck #FB

Today, the Korean Taco Truck Eat Gogi (@EatGogi) Tweeted a special.  The special was "Tweet a pic of the truck and get 2 free tacos!".  Since I saw the tweet, I thougth it would be a good opportunity for me to finally check out what a Korean Taco Truck is all about.
Here were my tweeted pictures to qualify me for the 2 tacos:
"RT @EatGogi: Tweet pic of truck get 2 free tacos! Today 1637 Kapiolani Blvd 11:30-2pm! #FB /"
"@eatgogi RT @RickNakama: just posted a pic: "
Yes, I sent out 2 photos and tweets.  May as well since I got 2 free tacos.  They did this promotion to try to reach 1000 followers on their Twitter account.  Doesn't look like they reached it just yet so I wonder if another promotion may be coming up tomorrow?
Anyway, on to the tacos...  I tried one of each taco.  They have four varieties of tacos on their menu and each taco costs $2.  They are, obviously, Korean flavored ingredients: Beef Short Rib (Kalbi), Spicy Pork, Chicken and Tofu.  They definitely all tasted somewhat Korean-ish.  They were not really spicy; even the Spicy Pork.  Each taco is about 2-3 bites worth of taco so four tacos was just right for my lunch.  
It does take a little while to get your food because each order is made when placed, but the truck still appears to have quite a following.  I was probably at the truck for about 20 minutes and the crowd eventually grew to about 15 people standing around for their lunch.  Interestingly, most of them didn't seem to know about the "Tweet a pic" special or maybe they just didn't want the free tacos.   
Thanks for the two free tacos to go with my two paid tacos! 
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