I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Hilo day! After all that rain, we deserved it!
Today I found myself in the mood for some Mexican food, so after finishing up the grocery shopping, I headed over to Lucy's Taqueria for some take-out lunch. They are located at 194 Kilauea Avenue. I arrived around 11:30, and it was filling up quickly.
Pictured above: My Fish Tacos (absolutely wonderful flavors). I wholeheartedly recommend them. Mr. L had the Fajita Burrito with Chicken. Although he tried hard, he couldn't finish the burrito -- not because he didn't like it, but because they are huge! There is parking. Bathrooms are clean. The place is kid-friendly (including a play area) and there is also a bar area. Staff is friendly and helpful. Ordering is self-serve - you order, pay, and pick up at the counter, and then seat (and eventually bus) yourself.
After that big lunch, I figured we'd better have a light dinner (and take a walk beforehand).
Sunday: Shrimp Cocktail with Celery and Cocktail Sauce; Crackers and Red-Pepper Hummus
Monday: Mushroom Burgers with Tomatoes and Lettuce; Fries
Tuesday: Kalua Pork (homemade) with Cabbage and Rice
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken; Yukon Potatoes with Herbs; Sliced Tomatoes
Thursday: Pasta with Pesto and Leftover Chicken; Spaghetti Squash; Tossed Salad
Saturday: Salmon and Mushroom-Pea Risotto
Have a great week, everyone! -C. Ironing
Aloha! Before we get rolling, check out today's lunches, above. First up is Mr. L.'s tempura shrimp roll. I had the Cobb Salad. Pretty spiffy, eh? True confessions: Both came from Sack N'Save. I added the avocado and plated them, since I'm not crazy about eating out of plastic boxes. They came to $14.98, which is a good deal when you consider the rather spendy ingredients in these (bleu cheese, shrimp, bacon, etc.). I'm not usually much of a "joiner," but I did join SNS's Meal Club. Once I fill up the seven little boxes on my card, I get a free meal of my choice.
Yesterday, we were headed to Kona, but were thwarted from our usual Saddle Road route due to a power pole being down. So, we turned around and decided we'd take the Hamakua route, instead. We hadn't been that way in about two years. It's very pretty -- lots of greenery, ocean, and then, closer to Waimea, bucolic pastureland. I'll pop a slide show in, below. From Hilo, it took a half-hour longer than the Saddle, but the sights made it enjoyable. Here is the slideshow. Menus will be posted below.
A good place to stop along the way: Tex Drive-In for malasadas.
Sunday: Corn Chowder with Chicken, Red Peppers and Potatoes; Popovers
Monday: Brown Sugar and Balsamic Pork Loin, Italian Potatoes, and Tomato-Mozzarella Salad
Tuesday: Mediterranean Crepes filled with Langostino, Feta, Olives, Green Onion, and Artichoke Hearts
Wednesday: Tortilla Soup with Chicken, Black Beans, Corn, and Tomatoes topped with Avocado and Sour Cream; Tortilla Chips
Thursday: Salmon, Zesty Fries, and Coleslaw
Friday: Pasta Bake with Meatballs, Peppers, and Mushrooms
Saturday: Split-Pea Soup and Crackers
Let's hope we get a break from this rain, soon. Have a great week, everyone!
Pictured above: The Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art. At some point, we used to call this the East Hawaii Cultural Center, but I wasn't paying attention and the name was changed. I will probably continue to call it the East Hawaii Cultural Center, because I'm getting older, and that's what we do -- call locations by their original names. Really old folks around here call KTA "The Tokeshi Store" which can also be confusing. Comedian Frank DeLima tells a very funny story about that, if you ever get a chance to see his show.
Anyway, thank goodness for Mr. L, without whom I would be devoid of culture. He drags me occasionally to art exhibits, concerts, and generally keeps me from spending all my free time on Twitter. Yesterday we viewed the 28th Annual Trash Show at the Museum of Contemporary Art (see, I am practicing). First amazing thing: 28 years. That's impressive. Second amazing thing: IT WAS SO COOL. The show's title kinda put me off ("trash") but one man's trash . . . right? And I would be thrilled to own some of the pieces. I made a slideshow of my favorites, below. The museum is located at 141 Kalakaua Street in Hilo. This show runs until October 28th.
Back to food. Here is how the menus are shaping up for the coming week.
Sunday: Grilled Pork Chops, Potato-Mac Salad, Sliced Tomatoes and Peas
Monday: Chicken in Sun-Dried Cream Sauce (from the Damn Delicious blog), Rice, and Salad
Tuesday: Roasted Red Pepper Soup; Hawaiian Sweet Bread Rolls
Wednesday: Sausage and Pepper Turnovers; Salad
Thursday: Shrimp in Newman's Own Alfredo Sauce over Angel Hair Pasta; Zucchini
Friday: Chicken Salad with Celery; Popovers
Saturday: Tomato Beef and Mashed Potatoes
Ironman participants and visitors, you can thank me later for this recommendation and frankly, you should. Just kidding.
The above pictures were taken at The Rebel Kitchen, 79-7399 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kealekekua, Hawaii. (808) 322-0616. Pictured above are the BBQ Chicken Salad and the Blackened Ono Sandwich.
Y’know, I really like it when I eat something that is delicious and I don’t feel guilty, afterward. That salad made me feel that way. Ingredients were very fresh and simple. Think “clean eating” without sacrificing any flavor. The chicken in the salad was warm and very moist; the avocado was perfect. He shredded the lettuce in a “chiffonade” style which made it very light and fluffy. I thought it was a really big salad when it was brought out, but you know, I ate it all. Mr. L loved his Blackened Ono Sandwich. He let me have a bite. I’m having that, next time. He was worried but about being too spicy but it wasn’t, at all – just right. It came with their mustardy potato salad which was also outstanding. We washed it all done with Kona Brewing beers. There is both inside and outside seating. We were hot so we opted for inside, which was cool and quiet. Parking is on the street, and it’s usually crowded in the little town of Kainaliu, so just park where you can find a spot and walk. We went later (about 1:30) and there was a lot of room available.
Back to this coming week’s menus. You will see the chicken breast thing is on the plan, again, as is the Caprese Pasta Salad. Sorry about that; feel free to substitute from an older menu plan. Sometimes, I am just too tired to cook (and I know myself well enough to know that attempting it brings disastrous results).
Sunday: Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Cream Cheese, Bacon, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes (yes, I am going to play around with that recipe); Rice Pilaf; Broccoli
Monday: Caprese Salad
Tuesday: Kabocha Soup with Shredded Chicken, Cilantro, and Chopped Peanuts
Wednesday: Potato-Kalua Pork Fried Tacos with Guacamole and Salsa
Thursday: Leftover Lasagne (hurray for freezers); Tossed Green Salad
Friday: Kalua Pork Bowls over Rice with Corn, Black Beans, Cheese and Cilantro Dressing
Saturday: Roasted Chicken Thighs, Carrots, Popovers and Gravy
P.S.: I rarely throw in a cookie recipe, but these are really great, and I had to buy corn flakes for the aforementioned chicken recipe. Here is a link to an older WiseBread post when I mentioned them.
If you are on-island for the Ironman, welcome, and have fun!