Kamemeha Bakery – large box of assorted pastries
“Onslaught”, as in full scale attack on the bulge!
Arriving on the office snack table in just one day alone, are not only a big box of pastries from Kamehameha Bakery, courtesy of Diner C, but also another full box of Peanut Butter and Chocolate-dipped Peanut Butter Cookies from The Cookie Corner, courtesy of Diner JM. Then on Friday, not just a small box of Nanding’s buttery Spanish Rolls land on the table, but, courtesy of Diner JM again (who’s very skinny BTW), a warehouse club sized “Bombucha” box! Then on Monday, two trays of Baked Manapua (actually Charsiu Bau) from Fook Lam. Amongst many more goodies to come that will surely challenge us folks counting caloires. NO!!!!!!!!
“Resist. Must. Resist!”
Like your workplace probably experiences throughout the year, we’re showered with all kinds of goodies. However during the holiday season, it goes into “bombardment mode” as vendors and fellow coworkers get into the Christmas cheer.
Whether it’s candy ‘n snack gift packs, boxes ‘n baskets from appreciative vendors, Manapua, Half Moon ‘n Pork Hash from the boss, or everyone’s favorite Pumpkin Butter Pecan Cheesecake recipe from Nancy in accounting, there’s just no end in immediate sight – up until at least New Year’s Day – for those of us counting calories carefully, constantly having to put both our foot and spoons down.
But tell me if you could resist trying at least a BITE of one of these fresh-baked Peanut Butter Cookies from The Cookie Corner, all the while it sits there TEMPTING you as you grab that cup of tea or coffee?…
Ha ha. I didn’t think so! So what I do is, instead of eating a whole one of whatever it is, I just cut off enough a piece to “sample” it, and that’s it. At least I got to taste it, which leaves me more than satisfied, as it would EAT ME UP having not at least doing that. Especially after everyone’s saying “Mmmmm, this is so ONO!”. ***Plugs ears with fingers and sings loudly “La-la-la… I can’t hear you!… la-la-la”*** lol
However, now THIS, I couldn’t eat just half, but HAD to eat the whole thing….
I really did try to convince myself after cutting KB’s Poi Glazed Donut in half for that photo op’ that’d I’d only eat half, but NOPE. No way. It’s just way too ONO to not eat the whole thing. OMG, this is SO good!
In fact, of all the times we’ve gotten pastries from Kamehameha Bakery over the years, this is the first time I’ve tried this particular pastry… and WOW. My word. Winnahz!
Kamehameha Bakery – Poi Glazed Donut
I don’t know if there’s real taro in there, but whatever it is that gives this Poi Glazed Donut its dark brown crust and deep purple color inside; that’s the ticket right there.
With that, inside is so supple, with just the right balance of glutenous chew and airiness. Then you get that semi-hardened crystalized glaze that’s sort of broken apart on that dark-brown delicious crust and POW! In it to win it! This right here is THE perfect donut.
I swear, if you want to take a great box of omiyage to someone on the neighbor island or abroad, hit-up Kamehameha Bakery and buy them a box of these Poi Glazed Donuts. They’ll thank you over and over. I’d also highly recommend their Haupia Malasadas as well. In fact, go half Haupia Malasadas, and half Poi Glazed Donuts. Can’t go wrong with that simple combo.
From a previous post…
A few more Kamehameha Bakery goodies in the box…
A few Filipino favorites here, including Hopia, Pandecoco and this here Ensemada…
Here’s Kamehameha Bakery‘s current price menu (as of 12/12/12)…
For Aloha Friday yesterday, Diner JM was so kind enough to share this massive box of Nanding’s buttery Spanish Rolls, this being from the Gulick Avenue location in Kalihi, a.k.a. “the center of Hawaii’s food universe”, a.k.a. “God’s Country”….
Da’ kine, where when you go around the office to share this, you don’t say “Please have a Spanish Roll”, you say, “Please grab a handful of Spanish Rolls”. LOL!!!
They don’t look that buttery in this shot…
Ah, that’s buttery better!..
Goodness, I had to loosen my belt buckle one puka just posting those buttery Spanish Roll photos. But oh, are they oh-ho-ho-ho so masarap-sarap!
The holiday season “dieter’s nightmare” continues with yet more ono kine grindz in the form of Baked Manapua from Fook Lam, the dim sum restaurant in the Chinese Cultural Plaza, right across the river from my favorite credit union…
Sorry, but I didn’t eat the baked manapua. Can’t.
Then there’s these two tins of “Twix” like Delacre Chocolate Biscuit Crisp Sticks…
And then we have, of all things, KHON2 News logo cookies…
The holiday season “dieter’s nightmare” never ends. What a sweet fright!
Not to fret, as countering them absolutely delicious, yet mostly empty calories from all these festive holiday treats, presenting my Pak Choy Tofu Salad that’s part of my daily work week “Revolution 2012” lunch regimen…
I actually have renamed this a Tofu Caprese Salad, as this time I used Mrs. Cheng’s Nigari Tofu, which turns out being even firmer than the Aloha Tofu brand and a bit creamier, loosely having the same characteristics as Mozarella cheese when incorporated in a salad…
Mr.s Cheng’s Nigari (firm) Tofu block, patted dry and ready for serving…
Along with the extra firm tofu, my simple salad ingredients are raw Pak Choy (the shorter version of Bok Choy), Cilantro and Green Onion…
That particlar stalk of Pak Choy looks a little wilted and old, because it is in fact almost two weeks old, but still good! One of my biggest peeves is wasting food, and I’ll use whatever I have until there’s absolutely NO life in it (or turning rotten), and this Pak Choy stalk is definitely still crisp enough to be enjoyable (and safe to consume).
So what I do is cut the leaves using a scissors, all the way down to the very base of the white part of the stalk, wasting NOTHING…
I’m pretty sure the highly fibrous white part of the stalk is where all the fat-burning digestive weaponry are stored…
I use MOST of this part, except for the very base part, that’s too tough to chew, at least in raw, uncooked form.
And voila, here’s my now what I’ll call Tofu Asian Salad, ala Caprese…
And what kind of dressing is that on there? Why my Costco fave’ of course, the Feast from the East “All Natural” Sesame Dressing (intended for the “classic” Chinese Chicken Salad)…
Plus, since I still have some left, an extra drizzle-zip-zappity-fizzle of this here Hawaiian Kine Ono Pineapple Drizzle (also from Costco)…
Hawaiian Kine Ono Pineapple Drizzle – www.hawaiiankineflavors.com
As briefly mentioned previously, the reason I’m now adding Caprese in the name, is that Mr. Cheng’s tofu is noticeably more firm than the Aloha brand, while also being a bit more creamy in flavor, almost giving the impression of a soft cheese such as Mozzarella, especially when it’s masked by the dressing. Which as you know fresh Mozzarella is one of the main ingredients, along with tomato, basil and olive oil in the traditional Italian Insalata Caprese (salad).
Let’s have a bite…
I’m tellin’ ya’, this is truly like an Italian Caprese salad with an asian twist. A VERY asian twist. Oishii!!!! Sugoi Oishii yo! The sweet-meets-acidic sesame oil dressing, which coats every leaf of the Pak Choy and herbs so evenly, along with the kick from the heat in the spicy Pineapple Drizzle, plus that citrus flavor from the Pineapple, all compliment the aromatic, distinctive flavors of the chinese parsley and pak choy. Then you have the tomato wedges working so well with the extra firm and creamy cubes of tofu, which totally twists this up in a GREAT WAY.
With that, I firmly believe that this simple salad, plus the Japanese green tea and extensive exercise are the essential key factors that’s helped me lose substantial weight, which my numbers have proved.
P.S.Time for weigh-in numbers again..
Ha ha. You can see my boxer “shorts” in the reflection of the scale’s glass deck. Eh, no look! lol Actually, this one’s for reader Kiyo, who said she misses my “socks on scale” photos. So here ya’ go!
Let’s look at the numbers…
Pomai’s “Revolution 2012″ weight log**
5.05.12 – 207.0 lbs.
5.27.12 – 195.8 lbs.
6.02.12 – 194.6 lbs.
6.03.12 – 194.0 lbs.
6.09.12 – 191.4 lbs.
6.16.12 – 188.6 lbs.
6.23.12 – 189.8 lbs.
6.30.12 – 188.5 lbs.
7.05.12 – 187.5 lbs.
7.22.12 – 183.0 lbs.
8.27.12 – 180.9 lbs.
9.09.12 – 177.0 lbs.
10.17.12 – 178.5 lbs.
10.27.12 – 176.4 lbs.
11.04.12 – 176.1 lbs.
11.10.12 – 174.7 lbs.
12.03.12 – 170.6 lbs.
12.06.12 – 170.3 lbs.
12.13.12 – 170.1 lbs. (BMI score = 25.1)
Total weight loss: 36.9 lbs.
Final target weight for December 31, 2012 – 165 lbs. (24.5 BMI = “normal body weight”)
**5’9″ height, male
5 lbs. in 18 day? I dunno’. If I can at least get close, like 167, I’d be satisfied with that.
Here’s a shot of yours truly in the office this morning (12.13.12, weight 170.1 lbs.)…
Same loose-fitting, now-oversized slacks, however a better-fitting, albeit kinda’ wrinkled lookin’ dress shirt. So I think you all know what I want for Christmas.. and no, it’s not an Iron. lol
P.P.S. A travel industry publicist who’s been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC and CW affiliates across the country, recently contacted me, interested in contributing as a guest blogger here on The Tasty Island, wanting to share her research & knowledge on Hawaii cuisine and cocktails, along with some easy-to-make Hawaii-themed recipes she’s come up with. I told her I’ve had a guest blogger featured here before, that I’ve since put a stop to due to a few loyal readers who protested it. Personally I ENJOYED having a guest blogger, as it helped fill “writer’s block” periods I’ve gone through, while also adding another perspective to what this blog covers, which is all about the food and culture of Hawaii.
You readers are most important to me, so I’d like YOUR opinion through a poll on whether or not you approve of having a guest blogger featured here on The Tasty Island. This poll will end in one week, on December 20, 2012, and the results will be announced soon after. Your vote will be highly appreciated. Mahalo!
P.P.P.S. I was at the Apple Store in Ala Moana yesterday afternoon picking up a repaired work computer, when while chatting with the service manager about yesterday being 12/12/12, he showed me a text message his buddy sent him on his iPhone, sent exactly at 12:12pm on 12/12/12, with a note “End of the world!” LOL!!!….
It’ll be neat for someone born yesterday to carry 12/12/12 as their birth date. I hear there were also a bunch of weddings yesterday. That’s smart planning.
I have an “acquaintance” who’s birthday is today? (Hau’oli la haunau to you!), however, of course there isn’t going to be a 13/13/13 next year. Perhaps with the “New Mayan Calendar”, there just may be!