I thought the food was tried and true American/French fare. We got Bone-In Veal Chops that were amazing. The Duck Confit and Steaks were good. Sauces were heavy but not overly salty. Great wine list, except the first two choices were sold out. Appetizers were a little skimpy. For the price, I kinda wished for an extra crab cake. Otherwise, the Steam Mussels, Crab Cakes and Seared Scallop appetizers were good. Nothing new here...but that's kind of the charm. They make a strong Manhattan. Also, great view of the lake!
I love this place. I have never seen it nor do I even have an inkling of an idea of where it's at....but I love this place. The cakes are consistently great. My wedding cake was from here. My birthday cakes are from here. My wife's birthday cakes are from here. My mom's birthday cakes are from here. My ____'s ______ cakes are from here. This place has NEVER failed me in the cake department. It's always good. Always moist, delicious, and problem-less.
Lorain is not known for a lot of things...but it should be know for El Kefon. This place is seriously amazing. Located in the "bad" part of Lorain, this place of epic eats is seriously good. We all need to get there. In fact, let me know and I will get people together and we will all go...in a bus. Seriously good.
This place will rock your world. I got the stewed chicken with sweet potatoes and some braised beef. It rocked my world.
The red beans and rice were good too...and the chili soaked in oil and vinegar made things better too. DAMN, this place did it right!
Honestly, I forgot what this was...but this fried pocket of meat was friggin' delicious too!
I have sworn to myself to not use the ALL CAP/SCREAMING method of typing. It just looks so ridiculous...but this case is different. YOU HAVE TO CHECK THIS PLACE OUT! Marukame Udon in Waikiki is so good, I want to scream it from the roof tops and do somersaults and marry it.
The restaurant is cafeteria-style. So you get in line at the door and wait to grab a tray and order from them limited (but insanely good) menu. All of the udon for the dishes are made fresh. Amy opted from the standard with dashi broth and egg. I had to pig out and order the curry udon and the cold udon with tempura. After the udon station, there is a tempura bar and onigiri bar. Where if you look past the security glass into the tiny kitchen, you see two people frying their asses off.
As you can read by now, I was enamored with how good the food was. Amy and I both proclaimed this the best udon we've ever had. Simple as that....you have to go. It's easily the best meal we ate on our honeymoon and one of the cheapest.
Honestly, my first memories of Cleveland were a blur. Between moving continents at such a young age and generally being obtuse to the general world, I can't remember much. There is however, one movie scene - not even an entire movie, that I do remember. It's the silhouette fight scene from Forced Vengeance. While on a 45 minute hold today, I came across the picture above and a bunch of childhood memories came flooding back.
Anyways, I then found the scene on youtube. Check it out...it's pretty badass considering it's 30 years old. The music doesn't suck either. Oh, and I love Vitasoy.
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Place mint leaves in a small bowl; add sugar syrup, orange juice, lemon juice, and grated orange peel. Cover and let steep for 1 hour.
Strain into a 1-quart container. Cover and keep refrigerated.
To serve, mix 1 part lemon mint mixture with 2 parts water. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon or orange slices and sprigs of mint if desired.
Makes about 1 quart syrup, or 3 quarts of lemonade.
Feel free to add your favorite chilled vodka and/or rum to inebriate.
Maui Brewing Co.
4405 Honoapiilani Hwy
Lahaina, HI 96761
First stop after a flight and checking into the hotel...Amy and I looked for a place to grab a cold one. At the pool bar, we tried a great beer and asked where it came from. The bartender educated us about the Maui Brewing Company. We vowed to check it out...both due to it's proximity to the hotel and the quality of beer.
We seated ourselves, as indicated on the signage. Then were promptly ignored by the 2 bar backs and 2 waitresses for a good 10 minutes. I was annoyed by this, but Amy did point out the coolness of the interior (very industrial/brewery vibe). After our initial wait, the server came over and took our order. She did apologize, so I let it go. I ordered a Macadamia Nut Porter that was good. Amy had a Pineapple Wheat Lager that she liked. We also got a salad and some wings.
Amy's salad was okay. My wings were bland. The wing sauce was made with the blonde beer on tap...good concept, but the sauce was really lacking.
I agree with the posts I see on Urbanspoon...go check out the beers and skip the food.
Hali'imaile General Store
900 Haliimaile Rd
Makawao, HI 96768
Amy and I were very excited to check this place out. We had heard nothing but good things about this shop and Bev Gannon is kind of a big deal. We drove about an hour to get to Upcountry and were shocked at how nice/polished this restaurant looks. Inside and out...it definitely looked the part of a James Beard nominated chef's restaurant. The inside even had merchandise for sale like a general store. It was cute.
They even had a vegetarian menu...which normally means that Amy and I are in for a gorge-fest. And after the Hawaiian meals of meat with a side of meat and gravy, we had our hopes waaaaay up there. Amy ordered the Vegetable Slaw Tostadas and the Grape/Brie Quesadilla. I ordered a Sashimi Pizza for starters.
The vegetable slaw tostadas were inedible. It was simply sliced cabbage and carrots on STALE chips with a drizzle of hoisin sauce for decoration. Very dated Asian fusion vibe and it definitely wasn't good.
The grape/brie quesadilla was probably the best item we had. The brie and the grape worked well together and Amy and I both enjoyed it. The amount of cheese was overpowering creating a drastic strength in brie flavor that towered over the grape. In the end, it was a bit one-note with brie flavor.
The sashimi pizza was a hot mess...well, not hot, so more of a cold mess. The thin crust pizza was topped with fresh tuna and dressed with fried onions, a pink mayo sauce, fresh sprouts and masago caviar. For some reason, when combined, the flavored tasted like Chinese "thousand year egg"...otherwise known as Pi Dan. It was just weird. I tried all the pieces individually and it was okay. But when eaten as a pizza...BAM! Pi Dan flavor. I like Pi Dan, but the whole sensation and expectation threw me for such a loop that I could not eat it. (Also, I cannot eat an entire pizzas worth of Thousand Year Egg.)
In the end, Amy and I decided to skip entrees and left. We were disappointed at the meal. But to be fair, the service was great and the restaurant itself was very clean and neat.