Ono Kine Grinds (Best Places to Eat)

May 27, 2007 by  
Filed under hawaii

I was tagged twice by Kids, Cats & Books – What Else is There? and Bad Jokes and Oven Chips to do a food meme.

Here are the rules:

1. Add a direct link to your post below the name of the person who tagged you.
Include the city/state and country you’re in.

Nicole (Sydney, Australia)
velverse (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
LB (San Giovanni in Marignano, Italy)
Selba (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Olivia (London, England)
ML (Utah, United States)
Lotus (Toronto, Canada)
tanabata (Saitama, Japan)
Andi (Dallas [ish], Texas, United States)
Lulu (Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Chris (Boyne City, Michigan, United States)
AB (Cave Creek, Arizona, United States)
Johnny Yen (Chicago, Illinois, United States)
Bubs (Mt Prospect, Illinois, United States)
Mob (Midland, Texas United States)
Yas (Ahwatukee, Arizona USA)
Alicia(Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA)
Tug (Hell, Colorado, USA)
Bond (Memphis, TN, USA)
TopChamp (Glasgow, UK)
Kailani (Honolulu, HI, USA)

2. List out your top 5 favorite places to eat at your location.

3. Tag 5 other people (preferably from other countries/states) and let them know they’ve been tagged.

So, here are my 5 favorite places to eat on the island of Oahu.

  1. Big City Diner – It’s my absolute favorite restaurant on the island, and not just because my cousin is the Executive Chef there. Just one taste of their sweet bread french toast, kim chee fried rice, or guava bbq babyback ribs will have you hooked, too!
  2. Kincaids Fish, Chop & Steak House – I love Prime Rib and they have the best one in town – slow roasted to perfection. Not to mention the Creme’ Brulee. I used to work part-time there as a Hostess. It didn’t pay much but I could have all the free desserts I could eat. Definitely worth it!
  3. Ono Hawaiian Food – It’s a little hole-in-the-wall place with no parking but you’ll find a long line outside this tiny restaurant at all hours of the day. If you’re looking for great Hawaiian food, this is the place to go.
  4. Sam Choy’s – Not only are his dishes wonderful but the portions are huge! He’s also one of the nicest people around. I see him in the airport terminal a lot and you can always find him “talking stories” with the visitors.
  5. And last but not least, you can’t call yourself a local if you’ve never eaten at Zippys. In fact, we just bought dinner from there last night. They’re especially known for their secret recipe chili which a lot of schools sell for fundraisers. You can also buy their items frozen for shipping – very popular with college students who leave the islands for schools on the mainland. A definite cure for homesickness!

I’m not tagging anyone this time but if you choose to do this, please let me know so I can see what kind of great food you have in your neck of the woods!

Happy eating!


How About Some Free Books?

May 26, 2007 by  
Filed under giveaways

Just wanted to let you know about another offer from Harper Collins regarding free books they have available.

Coming this summer:

Currently Available:

However, you must have a blog and would be willing to do a review of the book. If you’re interested in any of these titles, just drop Felicia line at Felicia.Sullivan@HARPERCOLLINS.com to request your free copy today! Just send her your name, url and mailing address. Supplies are limited.

Also, stop by 5 Mintues for Mom for a chance to win an adorable Fantasy Tutu for your little princess. You have to see these tutus to appreciate how beautiful they are. Hurry, sign-up before it’s too late!


Good Mail

May 25, 2007 by  
Filed under blogging

I was over at The Wilson Six when I first heard about Good Mail.

It’s basically sending someone a little surprise in the mail to brighten up their day. It doesn’t have to be anything expensive or extravagent. Just a little something to let people know you’re thinking of them. I mentioned to Jennifer that I thought it was a great idea.

So, what did I have waiting in my mailbox when I got home from Disneyland?


What a wonderful thing to come home to. Not only was it a sweet gesture but it’s also a thoughtful one since it’s something I can really use! Words cannot express how touched I am! It’s those unexpected surprises that mean the most.

And if that’s not enough, I also received a Mother’s Day card from Stephanie of I’m Married to a King. Well, I didn’t just receive it – I’m just getting around to posting it (sorry!). It’s kind of expected to get a Mother’s Day greeting from my kids and husband. However, when it comes out of the blue like that, it can really make a positive impact on your day.

Thank you Jennifer & Stephanie for your thoughtfulness and friendship. I am so lucky to have met you in my blogging adventures.

As for the rest of you, be on the lookout for some good mail!


Home Sweet Home

May 24, 2007 by  
Filed under my family

As much as I miss being on vacation, it’s sure great to finally be home.

Of course, our favorite place was Disneyland. It’s amazing to see so many people from all over the world and all walks of life come together to enjoy the Magic Kingdom. Not only is it a playground for children, but it also brings out the kid in all of us. Where else would you see grown adults walking around with Mickey hats and riding on a carousel. For some reason, you’re able to let go of all your inhibitions, act like a kid, and not care who’s watching.

Girlie Girl’s favorite thing was getting autographs from all the Disney Princesses and characters. Apparently, the princesses don’t walk around the park like the used to. Now you have to visit them at the Princess Fantasy Faire where you can meet them 3 at a time – you just don’t know which 3 will be there. So of course, we had to stand in line on three different occasions in hopes that there would be someone new.

The most memorable one would have to be Aurora since for some reason, Baby Bug was just drawn to her. Once she saw the princess, she made a mad dash to her and gave her a big hug. Aurora was so tickled by it that she actually let Baby Bug sit in her lap. I was a little surprised since the other princesses tended to be a little more proper and not too keen on the kids getting too close. I guess I don’t blame them – those costumes must cost a fortune. Even when Girlie Girl had moved on to the next princess, Aurora kept carrying and talking to Baby Bug. She just didn’t want to let her go! We saw her again in passing about 5 hours later and she actually asked where Baby Bug was!

Baby Bug’s favorite thing was the Parade of Dreams. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her stand so still for so long. The music and dancing were so awesome that we watched the parade 3 times! I just wish they had a CD available for purchase. I would love to be able to hear the songs again.

The High School Musical Pep Rally at California Adventure Park was really cool! It’s a very upbeat and entertaining performance but you definitely need to know the songs ahead of time to really be able to get into it.

On the last night of the trip, DH took Baby Bug back to the hotel after dinner and Girlie Girl and I had an evening all to ourselves. She got to ride whatever she wanted and we were able to spend some real quality time together . . . just the two of us. As we were leaving the park, I mentioned to Girlie Girl that I felt a little sad knowing that we were going home in the morning. Do you know what she said? “It’s okay Mommy, we have our memories and pictures.” She’s becoming so grown-up. I think that makes me even more sad!

The flight from Seattle to Honolulu went remarkably well. Girlie Girl is at the age where she can pretty much entertain herself. She spent the time coloring and watching the in-flight movie, Charlotte’s Web. Baby Bug either slept or watched High School Musical on the DVD player. I was so proud of their behavior. Even the passengers around us commented on how well behaved they were. It’s always nice to hear good things about your kids.

Of course, not everything went as planned and I even had to write a complaint to the General Managers of both hotels that we stayed at. However, I’d rather just concentrate on the wonderful memories we made. And even though Baby Bug will probably not remember this trip when she’s older, the excitement on her face will be forever in my mind.

What a wonderful way to start the summer!

If you’ve been there before, what’s your favorite attraction at Disneyland?


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