Three Day Weekend!

Hi guys. Things have finally settled just a bit. Things aren’t completely settled yet but I am a lot less stressed than I was before. This was a crazy week so I was totally stressed. I fell asleep at 8:30 last night…lol. Hope you folks will have a great weekend. Not sure how many of you have all three days off, but have a great weekend either way. I’ll try to work on some posts while I have some time! Today, I just wanted to share the Spinach, Mushroom and Garlic pasta I got from Pizza Hut a few weeks back. ¬†Very good but we all know that the name is deceiving, this ain’t gonna be good for you. ūüôā

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The Cheesecake Factory – Waikiki, HI

I don’t have to tell you about The Cheesecake Factory do I? Of course I don’t. ¬†I don’t have to tell you that this place is busy all the time with a line stretching across Waikiki. I don’t have to tell you that an hour and a half wait time is normal. So why is this place so popular? Must be the cheesecake. Well, it is mighty good cheesecake. The food is not bad either but it can be a bit pricey. I came for lunch on a weekday and hallelujah, we didn’t have to wait at all. First time ever. Let’s look at the pictures!

140201-01This. is. it. Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake.  Delicious!

140201-02The bread. They usually serve two breads, a sourdough bread and this sweet honey wheat bread. I don’t eat the sourdough so I just asked for all wheat. ¬†Was gooood.

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140201-04Fried Calamari Рit comes with a garlic aioli and cocktail sauce.  Delicious!

140201-07Ahi Poke – market price! Umm..market price always scares me. Hahaha but had to get em cause it was a special meal. It was very good and the guest of honor enjoyed it so it was well worth it.

140201-05140201-06Spicy Chicken Chipotle Pasta – Lunch Portion. ¬†I took a chance on this dish, haven’t tried it before and wow was it good! ¬†I could do without the deep fried stick thingies…but the actual pasta was so good. ¬†The vegetables, chicken, sauce and pasta just worked so well together. We were both sooo stuffed at the end of this meal. Great lunch though.

Park in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center garage and you can get validation when you dine here. Make sure you pay at the parking machines by the elevators before you go to your car. They don’t have live attendants collecting money at the end anymore.

Recipe: Autumn Pasta

I went to TJ Maxx the other week and I love browsing through the home section.  They have some great kitchen tools and some good food items too!  I spotted a bag of autumn shaped pasta and just had to get em!  It gave me great inspiration for a recipe!  Check it out!

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Cafe Sistina – Honolulu, HI

Sometimes, I think Cafe Sistina gets a bad rap. ¬†I wouldn’t recognize the restaurant as the best Italian restaurant out there but it certainly isn’t bad! ¬†Some people are a bit ruthless in their critique. ¬†I had dinner here last week and I had a great meal. ¬†Let me share with you the pictures of the food.

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Fresh bread served with pesto flavored butter – yummy

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Favorite Pasta Dish

For the longest time, I’ve been telling my friend about my favorite dish from Assaggio’s. ¬†It’s not technically on the menu but I learned of this dish a few years back. ¬†They have an appetizer called Hot Antipasto. ¬†This hot antipasto is comprised of huge luscious pieces of seafood in a wonderful sauce. ¬†It must have been the waitress who served us who said this is the best antipasto and that you can get it on pasta! ¬†I took her word for it on my next visit and haven’t turned back since. ¬†So the next time you go to Assaggio’s or Paesano (same menu!), order the Hot Antipasto on linguine. ¬†Or whatever noodles you want but I like it on linguine. ¬†Well after many suggestions, she finally ordered a few weeks ago and LOVED it! ¬†She even sent me a picture so I’ll post it here. ¬†All credit goes to her. ¬†ūüôā

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Tell me that doesn’t look amazing…