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Kailua Restaurant: Prima

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Having missed out on Prima the last time I was on Oahu, it was on my "must do list" on this trip. Prima is a modern Italian restaurant, on the other side of the Pali in Kailua, they use local meats and produce.
With my crazy Hawaii schedule, I need to find another assistant, lunch was the only time that I had to visit Prima. One of my friends is a huge fan of Prima's pizzas, so I knew that ordering one was a "must have."
Met up with Nathan Kam, always enjoy meeting up with him for good food. Although Chef Ed Kenney was supposed to join us too, that's what happens when you own a restaurant or two. No food went to waste tho, I ate Ed's portions...
A Past Food Adventure with Nathan and Ed Click Here

Our local Italian lunch at Prima is served...

See What Jay Eats...

Prosciutto Rucola Pizza
tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula, parmesan
I love wood-fired pizza and this one is Keawe wood!
Excellent!


Fried Chicken
Nicely seasoned and crispy without being greasy


Mashed Pot…

Recipe: Ahi Masago Poke - May 2012

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Where do you get good poke in Southern California? If there is a place, I haven't found it yet. I'm really picky when it comes to poke, so I make my own.
Having competed in the Sam Choy Poke Festival on the Big Island in 2003, I got to try all kinds and some with imitation crab and tofu. But, I prefer the simple kine, like in my Ahi Poke recipe.


Ahi Masago Poke
This is my version of Alicia's Market "Wasabi Ahi Masago Poke"
Alicia's Market is my first stop in Honolulu after I leave the airport. First Stop Honolulu: Alicia's Market


Yellowfin Tuna
I start with 1.5 lbs of chopped sashimi grade tuna



My Ingredients
Low Salt Soy Sauce White Sesame Oil
I start with 4 TBS of soy sauce and 2 TBS of white sesame oil.
As you mix in, the tuna will absorb the liquid, you can add more in later.


Add in a sweet white onion and green onions
The secret is washing the onions with water and drying throughly before mixing in.
I love using Maui Onions, but can't always get them here, so Walla …

Los Angeles Restaurant: Honey Pig

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A couple of years ago I was having dinner with friends from Hawaii (@Melissa808 & @dkMOMUS) and Jeff Nitta mentioned a Korean BBQ place called "Honey Pig" in Koreatown. He said the pork belly was incredible, all I could think about was BACON!


Pork Belly "Their Specialty"
When it comes to food, I usually don't wait to try a recommended place. But this time I waited for @Melissa808 and @dkMOMUS' next visit to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, @dkMOMUS' schedule didn't permit him to be in LA the same time as Melissa, so we took lots of pictures to send to him. I won't reprint his comments... LOL!



See What Jay Eats...

The Kim Chee was already on the grill when we were seated
The bean sprouts are my favorite!


YES! They have rice papers... (dduk bo sam or dduk bosam in Korean) or wrappers (depending where you are)
It's a thin rice noodle to wrap the meat in AND one of the reasons why I love Korean BBQ


Chadol (brisket)


Pork Belly sizzling away


As the meal is winding do…

Maui Restaurant: Sea House at Napili Kai Resort

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On the Northwest shore of Maui, just south of the Kapalua Resort, lies the Napili Kai Beach Resort and Sea House Restaurant. This oceanfront property is located on one of the best beaches on Maui.

Beautiful Napili Bay*


Incredible Studio Unit*

Awesome Afternoon View
I had a really hard time getting any work done with this view...


Full Kitchen in the Studio Unit
Since I've been away from home for awhile, I was ready to prepare dinner and enjoy the great view.
But the resort had other plans for me...


Sea House Executive Chef Craig Erickson invited me to dinner


Located right on the water, a great place to watch the sunset.
Locally sourced ingredients and creative menus. Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

I suggested that Chef Craig select the starters,
see what Jay Eats...

Poke Nachos Sashimi grade Ahi diced and tossed with red onions, tomatoes in a Thai citrus dressing on a bed of limu, crispy wonton chips with wasabi aioli, sweet soy and sriracha cream
A great starter,<

Maui Restaurant: David Paul's Island Grill

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**Please Note, David Paul's Island Grill is Closed**

A small group of judges from the Maui County Agricultural Festival were invited to a special tasting at the award-winning David Paul's Island Grill in Lahaina. I had met Chef David Paul Johnson about 6 months prior (Hawaii Food Adventure: Day 7) and was fortunate to be invited back for this Spring tasting.
This restaurant was part of My 8 Restaurant Day!


I became familiar with Chef David Paul at his first Lahaina restaurant, "David Paul's Lahaina Grill" on Lahainaluna Road. I had dined on New American Cuisine dishes such as Tequila Shrimp with Firecracker Rice and the Deconstructed California Roll.
Today, we're here for a special treat as he presents his 2012 Spring Flavors - Tasting Menu:
Before we sat down, he gave us a tour of the restaurant Photo by @Ayngelina


Local artwork displayed around the restaurant.
In addition to using local ingredients on his menu, Chef David Paul features local artists on the second F…

SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa Opens in Studio City

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One of my favorite sushi places is Sushi Nozawa, it's all about the fish. Over the years, I've gotten to know Nozawa san and his wife Yumiko san. After 25 years in Studio City, I was sad when he retired and closed his namesake restaurant at the end of February 2012.
"Famed Studio City sushi joint closes its doors" ABC7 News video

Chef Kazunori Nozawa*

BUT, he's partners in "SUGARFISH by Sushi Nozawa" and this Studio City location was converted to his partnership's namesake. Scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, May 17th, the Nozawas were kind enough to invite me to the pre-opening tasting.
Although the sign is still reads "SUSHI NOZAWA", the front of the restaurant has a new look... Inside, the interior and layout has changed. It's a much different place than when I first walked in the doors 12+ years ago. I was greeted warmly by Nozawa san and Yumiko san as we were seated in the dining room.


SUGARFISH opens in the old Sushi No…