So I got married 2 Saturdays ago and we immediately left for vacation that Sunday night. Arriving in Hawaii at 4am, we basically started eating immediately and didn't stop til we arrived back in Cleveland. Here's proof of our gluttony...
Breakfast on 1st day

Egg and Cheese Crepe
Mango and Fresh Cream Crepe
They are a chain, but it really started the trip off proper.

Crepe House - Waikiki
(808) 922-2201
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 6
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Just cause.
Poke

Gotta try the Poke Salad...I got it extra spicy and it was slammin'! The inside seating was a bit too Hawaiian cheesy to me (and it stank a bit like mildew and fish sauce)...so we enjoyed our snack outside.

Hawaiiana Cafe - Waikiki
(808) 772-8879
260 Beach Walk
Honolulu, HI 96815
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BACK ALLEY FOOD STAND?! I'm all in!

While we were wondering thru Chinatown, I came across a back alley food court...and I went bonkers on that shit. There were Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Hawaiian and Filipino foods represented. Plastic chairs and tables galore!

Sweet and sour pig knuckles (top left)
Hawaiian chicken stew with carrots and potatoes (top right)
Filipino style adobo pork (lower left)

The food court entrance was on Maunakea St. You have to walk thru a mini bazaar to to get to it. (NOTE: they are mostly open during lunches and close around 4-5pm.)
Vegan/Vegetarian Option

Obviously with my Carni-meal over, we had to find something for Amy for have. On our way back tot he hotel, we stopped by Ruffage Natural Foods, which specialized in organic vegetarian/vegan meals. Amy got the Veggie Burrito. She devoured it...so it must have been good.

Ruffage Natural Foods
(808) 922-2042 
2443 Kuhio Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815

Two days later, we went back for breakfast. Amy and I shared a Vegetable Sammy and a Peanut Butter Smoothie. Both were excellent. The preparation and presentation was simple but packed a ton a flavor. Definitely worth a try!
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JAPANESE BREAKFAST!

I have been craving a proper Japanese breakfast since my last visit to Japan. (8 years ago?!?) So when given the opportunity to try out a decently rated spot near our hotel, I jumped at the chance.

Amy ordered the Japanese Breakfast with only a soft scrambled egg. They gave her a salad as well and she really enjoyed the combination of pickled vegetables and the egg with rice.

I ordered the Grilled Salmon breakfast that is considered pretty traditional. I also added a side of natto with raw egg, so I could really put this baby over the top. The salmon was grilled well and the pickled vegetables added the perfect amount of saltiness and sourness to cut the oily fish. The natto was good. Not great. You could tell it was the frozen type but the with the right amount of green onions and nori, it still came together.

Yoshitsune (inside the Park Shore Hotel)
(808) 926-5616
2586 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Caught a shark, but couldn't keep it.
Got fresh marlin at the dock and made mango/marlin ceviche.
and grilled marlin tacos with home made guac and pickled onions/jalapeno peppers.
 
 
Mexican street food? Hell Yeah!

I have a simple policy...if food stalls have plastic chairs, I'm down to try it.
Fried cheese empanadas with salsa verde....
Goat meat sammiches and cheese quesadillas....and 40oz. of Pacifico...
Mayo, cheese, hot sauce and corn? Elote is always the right choice...
Goat head tacos with grilled peppers....
Tripe tacos with pickled onions and grilled leeks/g. onions...
White menudo, pork tacos and fish/rajas tacos....
 
 
I miss Taipei.
 
 
Bar Thrall - Hong Kong
Congress Bar - Austin, Texas
Le Salon Bar by Joel Robuchon - London, England
Popeye Bar - Tokyo, Japan
Lost Society, Clapham, England
Spitzer's Corner - NYC, New York
Edi & The Wolf - NYC, New York
The Lucky Pig - London, England
The Backyard - Hong Kong
Your bar at home.
 
 
 
 
Sometimes...you just want to get out there and travel.
 
 
In case you do not know what currywurst is...kill yourself. But here's a quick lesson:

Currywurst is a german food truck dish that consists of a grilled pork sausage served with fries and topped with ketchup and curry powder. This stuff is crack. When i was in Germany, i ate it like it was going out of style. Many think that bratwurst is used, but that is incorrect. Honestly, it is more like knockwurst than anything else...which means I do not know what kind of wurst they use in a currywurst stand. (If you know, please tell me!)

The best Schnell-Imbisse (fast-food stands) make their own currywurst sauce, essentially a curry powder–flavored ketchup.  Here's a recipe i found on Saveur.com.
  • Heat 2 tbsp. canola oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add 1 finely chopped large yellow onion; cook until soft, 8–10 minutes.
  • Add 2 tbsp. curry powder and 1 tbsp. hot paprika; cook for 1 minute more.
  • Using hands, crush 2 cups whole peeled canned tomatoes (with juice) into pan.
  • Add 1⁄2 cup sugar, 1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar, and salt to taste; stir well.
  • Increase heat to high; bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 25 minutes.
  • Purée sauce in a blender until smooth.
  • Strain sauce through a sieve. Serve hot over sausage.
  • Makes about 1 1⁄2 cups.
Now grill the sausage, serve with fries and top with copious amounts of said "ketchup" and more curry powder. Oh my god, i am starving! (now where do i get those plastic 2 prong forks...)
 
 
I am hungry, my wanderlust is in high gear and these pics did not help. Thought I would share them and spread the pain around. You know, with it being the holidays and all. Enjoy!