52 - Nine

HH and I just took a trip to Oahu and Maui, here are some of the local highlights:


Shave Ice at the base of Diamond Head, a treat after a hike to the top.  HH waiting in line.


Shave Ice at Matsumoto’s at the North Shore before watching some surfers during the off-season.  HH had ice cream at the bottom.


Banana Pancakes with Mac Nut Sauce at a local harbor restaurant, Spinners, in Makaha.  HH had the Breakfast Plate with rice, eggs and Portuguese sausage.


Everything was delicious!


52 - Eight

My new favorite neighborhood eatery, The Hills.  The Hills is an old, dark bar converted to a friendly, neighborhood pub.  The owners opened the place up with large open windows to the street, and a great patio in the back.  The Hills has lots of TV’s with every sport event to view, stadium seats and a great bar counter.

The first time HH and I stopped by, it was the first game for the US team in the World Cup.  We enjoyed great southern-style pulled pork and The Hills burger.  Our second trip, we shared the chipotle carne fries (so good and so decadent), carnitas street tacos, and a side of superfood salad that has shredded Brussels sprouts, kale, shredded parmesan, toasted almonds, craisins and tossed with a citrus avocado dressing.  The good definitely balanced the bad on this visit.  The best thing on our second visit was the discovery of the hard apple cider.  The Hills serves craft beer and wine exclusively, so when I discovered the hard appel cider on the menu – score!!

HH and I invited a friend, TT, on our most recent visit for another round of delicious pub grub – the bbq bacon cheese burger with awesome fries – and hard apple cider, of course.  HH and I will be back again and again.


52 - Seven

I found this recipe a few years ago in Fire in My Belly, a great cookbook by Kevin Gillespie.  This is Sunday Chicken Sandwich, a nod to Chick-fil-a and the fact that they are closed on Sundays to give all their employees a day off.

 This is a delicious flattened, fried chicken breast, served on a Hawaiian bread bun with lots of creamy mayonnaise.  It is even better with a side of sweet potato fries!


52 - Six

HH loves chocolate cake, and there is nothing better than his Grandma Baker’s recipe with mayo.  This cake is from scratch and there are no eggs or oil, just mayo (Best Foods, of course.)

Chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and a big glass of milk, HH will tell you there is nothing better.

My only adjustment – add a little vanilla bean paste to the vanilla frosting to give it a better flavor, and those lovely flecks of vanilla throughout.