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Food, Fun & Games at Twins 3rd Birthday

A friend of ours recently celebrated her twin boy and girl’s 3rd birthday with friends and family, where, as usual with most parties thrown in Hawaii, the spread of food was wonderfully diverse.

Of course, since it was a birthday for toddlers and guests their age, you gotta’ have the kind of foods kids especially enjoy eating.  Oh, like say, hot dogs…

Redondo’s Winner Hot Dog with Diner PM’s Salsa on it (made by and for an adult of course)

And hamburgers, where as in this case, we have sliders…

Now gearing more towards the adults, Diner PM made this salsa, which was EXCELLENT…

Accompanying the salsa and tortilla chips were these also super-duper-delicious Mediterranean Olive Spread and Cream Cheese on Croccantini apps…

Some Gouda Cheese, Grapes and Apples..

For the dads and uncles sucken’ ’em up, gotta’ get da’ pupus, including the protocol Shoyu Ahi Poke…

Shoyu Ahi Poke from Fresh Catch in Kaimuki

and Spicy Ahi Poke…

Spicy Ahi Poke from Fresh Catch in Kaimuki

Where there’s Poke, you’ll usually also find Edamame (boiled or steamed soy beans)…

Pleasing both kids and adults, some Garlic Tempura French Fries…

Complimenting these deep-fried delights, there was Eggplant Katsu and Eggplant Tempura…

One of the most common entrees you’ll find at a typical party in Hawaii is Chicken Katsu…

Another favorite for kids and adults alike, Spaghetti…


What I found particularly interesting about this spaghetti (besides the delicioso scratch-made sauce), is that it appeared they put sprigs of fresh Rosemary in the water while the noodles boiled. Brilliant! I’m gonna’ have to try doing that one day.

Flying back to Hawaii from Italy, there was a huge pot of Kalua Pig and Cabbage…

Along with its usual sidekick, Chicken Long Rice…

If you’re wondering where’s the chicken, it’s at the bottom. You gotta’ scoop for it. lol Was ono!

Of course, a backyard birthday party would never be complete without firing up da’ Hibachi…

These are choice-quality tri-tip and skirt beef steaks: one seasoned simply with Hawaiian Salt and Pepper, and the other with Halm’s Korean Barbecue Sauce (awesome stuff!). Here’s some of them, all pau and ready for kaukau…

Compliments to the grillmaster for perfectly-cooked, medium-rare, onolicious steaks!…

For sweets, there was this Blueberry Jello…

First time trying Blueberry Jello, and gotta’ say, while I’m not a Jello fan, I really liked this flavor!

Finally, feast your eyes on these awesomely-decorated (as Duff on Ace of Cakes would say) birthday cakes for the two keiki from Liliha Bakery…

Little Mermaid Birthday Cake from Liliha Bakery

and for the boy…

Spider Man Birthday Cake from Liliha Bakery

Even cakes are taking advantage of computer technology nowadays. Neat!

Not only did these Liliha Bakery Birthday Cakes look great, they TASTED great as well!…

The cake on the left has Chantilly frosting… my favorite!

Along with the great food was plenty of fun for the keiki, including coloring books…

And this guessing game…

As you can probably figure out, you take an entry sheet  and write down how many pieces of candy you think/guess are in each numbered container and submit it in the empty jar. Which, actually the adults participated in this game too, including yours truly, who won (guessed the closest) in 3 out of the 9 containers of candy. Of course, I gave my prizes to the kids.

Then there was this game that’s like pin the tail on the donkey, except it’s Dinosaurs…

They also had a fishing game and pinata, but my favorite one to watch was the Doughnut-eating contest. It was HILARIOUS!…

Some kids had the whole doughnut in their mouth, looking like a fish that just got hooked. All the adults were practically rolling on the floor! lol

One of the prizes for the games were PEZ Candy Dispensers…

This beautiful young lady was so proud of her “Tiare” of stickers she had placed on her forehead…

This beautiful young lady is half Fijian, half Chinese and a real sweetheart!…

There were plenty of gifts for the birthday twins. This is just a small portion…

Here’s birthday girl Tasia…

Also having a very exotic ethnic mix, birthday twins Tasia and Ryzo are half Peurto Rican, half Japanese. How’s that?!!!

Well once again, happy birthday, hau’oli la hanau, compleanos, Otanjou-bi Omedetou Gozaimasu, Ryzo-kun and Tasia-chan!

10 thoughts on “Food, Fun & Games at Twins 3rd Birthday

  • November 14, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Pomai, that some spread of a birthday party. My nephew had his last month also 3 year old. We had chow mein, Chinese style fried chicken, homemade dim sum, and sister made the cake. Mom made salt and pepper prawns and potstickers, sushis. Roast duck, and roast pork was there too along with mac salad and almond pudding.

  • November 14, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Wow, pomei, the liliha bakery just reminded me of one of my favorite early morning/late clubbing diners. Have you ever done a piece on the diner in liliha? Their buttered rolls and red jelly are to die for!

  • November 14, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I love the picture of the doughnut eating contest. It made me think of Checkers and Pogo! What about the “whistle after eating the crackers” contest? LOL. I also laughted when I saw the little boy’s very blue tongue :)

  • November 14, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Karen, the Doughnut-eating contest was an absolute RIOT! Wish I took video of it. As it stands, just got stills. That little boy with the very blue tongue is Ryzo, the birthday boy. A keeper photo!

    Dan, my girlfriend and gang goes on late-night diner-grinds hunts often, where she swears Liliha Bakery as being THE BEST on the island for late-night 24-hour grinds. This is coming from folks who all works in the industry. Serious kudos!

    Kelike, wow, what a spread! Especially the Almond Pudding!

  • November 15, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Pomai, my sister’s daughter just turn 2 last week and we had a home party also. Chinese love chow mein which mean for birthday Long Life Noodle and Chinese Fried Chicken, sweet and sour pork, all kind of dim sums (like Kelike) roast ducks and deep fried lemon fish whole. Spring rolls, potstickers, chocolate doubash cake made by mom steamed Malaysia Cake and of course like most Chinese almond pudding and mango pudding.

    Can’t beat home party and get together.

  • November 15, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Yeah, looks good! One of my favorite things to do is to bring along my mainland friends and family when I’m invited to a local style party… and watch their eyes pop when they see the food! :)

  • November 15, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Pomai, I forgot to write about the what I did with the roast ducks and that I slice the skin and meat off the bone of the duck for Beijing Duck the Quick and Easy Way serve with Mandarin Pancakes with hoy sein sauce and green onion slices for the party. The bones we save for jook or soup later.

    I make sure to tell counterperson not to chop up ducks just wrap it up so later at home make Beijing Ducks.

  • November 15, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Patty, that’s what I admire so much about asian culture, such as how they assimilate symbolisms with food. Chinese Gau is a perfect example, where its sticky texture resembles family cohesiveness, the sesame seeds resemble fertility and the red date as good luck.

    I’ve never had Duck Jook before. Than again, I’m not a duck fan.

    Marcus, it’s always fun watching the reaction by folks who’ve never seen a given dish before. I’m pretty good at encouraging out-of-town folks to try the more unusual ethnic dishes. Poi is still one of the hardest ones to “sell”. lol

  • November 18, 2009 at 6:42 am

    wow! a terrific spread, kids look happy and twins are so adorable, pull
    the puerto rican side, what a great mix…even the hotdog is fancy!
    mahalo for sharing, you are a great writer pomai, enjoy all your blogs!
    maui mom

  • November 19, 2009 at 2:27 am

    wow! all varieties of food are really good and all are favorite food of kids .I will definitely bring this in incoming occasion and eager to see the reactions of others……………..!!!!!


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