Yesterday I took the afternoon off to join my parents on the
Hole-In-The-Wall Hawaii Food
Tour - a exploration of what half a dozen of the best ethnic restaurants in
have to offer. You may recall that my
parents in law took
this tour in March, and I've wanted to go ever since. It was captivating, as expected. At the end of the tour, as we munched on hot
malasadas from Leonard's Bakery, we each discussed our favorite stops of the
To celebrate our lack of a Monday morning this week, we had
a fun dinner party Sunday night. Our
impromptu menu included the following:
Clams in the Shell with Serrano Ham
Labor Day 2009 is having quite a powerful pull on my workload - I woke up this morning to find our server is down at the office,
which makes working almost
impossible. The Federal day of rest
apparently got a little impatient. But I
don't need Outlook access to post my blog, so here is my scrumptious grilled
shrimp salad (over brown rice) from last night...
Let's be honest - I'm not getting much of an autumn or a winter
this year - but that doesn't mean I won't cook according to the season. Yesterday was September 1, so I made a
comforting salmon chowder. I cranked up
the ceiling fan to give the impression of a chill in the 79 degree air...a bit of
a stretch, but the soup was full of creamy, delicious flavor either way.
Our whirlwind weekend in San Francisco
and South Lake Tahoe, California is over, and as usual after
traveling, we're in the mood to eat especially healthfully this week. It's been a loooooong time since I've eaten a
hotdog (mini hotdogs were served at the wedding to represent the groom's
hometown, Chicago) and a hamburger (gotta hit up
In-N-Out Burger on any California
road trip) in the same weekend. So today I had a light lunch of pouch tuna (lemon pepper) with pesto on a whole wheat English muffin.
As we get closer and closer to our departure tonight, I'm
getting more and more creative with cleaning out the fridge. It's a little bit like the Food Network show,
Chopped, if you've
ever seen it. Last night my mystery
ingredients were.....salmon sausage, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes. Go! Here's
what I came up with...
Salmon sausage sauté
and I tried to take advantage of Oahu over the weekend, because we are going to be
off-island three of the next four weekends (two weddings in California
and a relay race on Maui). So Saturday we spent a good five hours on a spectacular
hike called Manoa Cliff Trail to
Nuuanu trail to Judd/Jackass Ginger Pool.
I'm only sharing the long and complicated name because if you ever get
the chance to go, this is the best hike we've done on Oahu.
I went walking with a friend yesterday, and as is often the
case with casual conversations I find myself in, the subject of tuna fish
sandwiches came up. My friend shared her
secret of adding a little balsamic vinegar to the usual tuna and olive oil
mixture, so I gave it a try today for lunch.
Tangy and yummy! I also adding a handful of tiny
sweet tomatoes that I oven-roasted this week and have been including somehow in every meal ever since because they're so tasty.
Last weekend started off with Friday evening cocktails and
calamari steak from one of our favorite relaxing spots, Buzz's on Kailua Beach.