eat the street

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Macarons
Deep fried spam Musubi
Dinosaur bones

lilikoi lemonade, pineapple li hing lemonade, strawberry lemonade, and blueberry and lavender lemonade from wow wow waffle || ¬†lilikoi macarons, hawaiian salt caramel macarons, red velvet macarons, and strawberry guava macarons || spicy ahi poke fried musubi from hawaii’s fried musubi|| fried spam and bacon musubi also from hawaii’s fried musubi || red velvet cheesecake malasadas from the local stop || dinosaur bones

Eat the Street is a monthly food truck event here in Hawai’i. We went to the one in Mililani after hearing from my coworker that the theme was bacon. This event was absolutely packed! There were so many food trucks and food vendors and after 4 mason jars of lemonade, we were too full to try everything. Lilikoi lemonade was my favorite. So was the strawberry guava and red velvet macarons (and it’s extremely hard for me to like macarons after trying Ladur√©e in New York City). The red velvet cheesecake malasadas weren’t too bad. I really enjoyed both fried musubis and the dinosaur bone was pretty delicious (or so I heard).

Check out their website for the next Eat the Street event. I’m pretty sure I’ll be there! Eat the Street.

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Opal Thai Food in North Shore is Haleiwa goodness

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Opal

Opal Thai Food
66-197 Kamehameha Highway
Hale’iwa, HI 96712

Opal Thai Food has been one of the places that I’ve wanted to try in the North Shore even when it was a food truck. Although I have had this place bookmarked for awhile now, Thai food isn’t really what we crave when we came here to visit but after seeing this restaurant on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and after craving and missing Thai food since we’ve moved here and other failed attempts at other Thai restaurants, we had to visit! First thing: they are closed on Sundays! That was our mistake so it took us awhile for us to try this place out.

When you go in, they will hand you a menu. You can go over it and see what they have but as soon as Opal (the owner) comes over, he will take away your menu. He then asks you to name five Thai dishes. I already knew from reading reviews on Opal that he was going to this so we strategically said Thai dishes that we loved: crying tiger, pad see ew, curry, tom yum, and pad thai. Then he asks if we are okay with cilantro, green onions, red onions, lime, and I think fish sauce (?). He also asks about your spice tolerance. One thing we learned after moving to Hawai’i is that food here aren’t as spicy as food back in California. My favorite Thai dish everrrr is crying tiger so when we went to other Thai restaurants in Hawai’i and asked for crying tigers, it wasn’t as spicy as I hoped it would be. We were crossing our fingers that this time around, he was going to make our food spicy.

We got most of the dishes that we named to Opal. Not sure what the names are for the dishes unfortunately but we ended up with these dishes: some kind of lettuce wrap that was my favorite. I believe it was called larb. It was similar to crying tiger and the spice level was PERFECT! We also got a tofu dish that my boyfriend love, curry, pad see ew, and pad thai. Let me say first that I am not a fan of pad thai but his pad thai wasn’t as peanut-y and sour as other places I’ve been to and it was so good! The pad see ew was also good and I didn’t get the chance to try the curry but the boys enjoyed it. For dessert (I didn’t get to take a picture), we had cheesecake with a ginger crust and it was one of the best cheesecakes that I have ever had.

Overall, the food here definitely hit the spot! We have been deprived of really good Thai food like they have in California. Can’t wait to try this place again! Oh! and Opal is pretty awesome!

pad see ew || curry || pad thai || larb || and tofu

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Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant

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98-150 Kaonohi St #C-216
‘Aiea, HI 96701
I am a huge, HUGE, fan of shabu shabu and when my boyfriend found this place while looking for places to eat near his work, we HAD to try it and so we did after a hike. Although this place serves shabu shabu, they specialize in nabe which is Japanese hot pot. Not sure what the difference is other than nabe has a flavorful broth while all the other shabu shabu places that I’ve been just uses water (but not sure if that is the difference…. I’ll find out one day!).
For our broth, I ordered the pirikara (spicy shoyu) and my boyfriend chose the angry goma (spicy sesame broth). Personally, my favorite is the one my boyfriend chose and his favorite was the one I chose! We each got a platter full of meat, salmon, meatballs, vegetables, mushrooms, and noodles. The waiter mentioned that we should cook the meatballs first (they’re in the bamboo stick) because those take a while to cook!
Overall, I enjoyed the food! I love shabu shabu and nabe was just as good especially with the angy goma broth! Will definitely return since my brother has yet to try this place!

 

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