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Grindz of the Day: Trader Joe’s Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter ‘n More

Isn’t this 2013 Triumph Daytona 675R the most beautiful sport bike you’ve ever laid your eyes upon? OMG! Step aside Ducati Panigale R, step aside. And the growl plus high-pitched gear-driven counter shaft whine of that inline triple is INSANE! This Triumph sure makes me proud of my English heritage.

Speaking of heritage, as you know I’m also half Portuguese, where first off we have some Portuguese Bread, done in a cottage style…

Toast it warm ‘n butter ’em up…

It tastes and has the texture between a cottage bread and sourdough. Pretty much like that, albeit with very slight hint of sweetness in it. EXCELLENT!

Still on the Portuguese theme, via Macao, next up, we have a box of Champion Malasadas….

You know the rules around here…

I’m still waiting for someone to do a Malasada Burger. Guess I’ll have to do it myself!

Speaking of which, currently at Yataimura Food Court in Shirokiya, right above my favorite Fine Koa store, is this here  Ryoma Burger….

And what exactly is this behemoth of a Japanese burger you might ask? Here you go…

Next-up, a Sushi Burger and a “Going” Burger…

OK, hold on a minute. “Sushi” Burger? “Going” Burger? Totally, totally MESSED-UP names! What exactly is a “Sushi” Burger? Here…

What exactly is a “Going” Burger? Here…

All that’s missing is a ofuro (a Japanese bathtub), a futon, and a pair of freekin’ CHOPSTICKS to eat it with! Arrgghhhhhh!!!!!! lol No, but seriously, I will try at least a couple of these unusual “burgers” before they leave Yataimura, which will be November 10th.

Next-up, some homemade Chop Steak…

I’ll admit I’m eating more meat lately than I should, and my weight is reflecting that, where I’m back up to 178 lbs, but still in decent shape.I’ll get back on track in the next few weeks and “tighten-up”. Especially important to do before the holiday temptations kick in.

But you gotta’ admit, local style Chop Steak (notice we say it in present tense, like Shave Ice and Smoke Meat) is some dang good eats! My recipe is simple: on super high heat, saute sliced beef and onions with minced garlic, ginger, shoyu, mirin and a dash of vinegar, plus lots of black pepper. . Serve that buggah on some hot steamy rice and BAM!

Not for me, but someone else, a plate of Kalbi and BBQ Chicken from Times Supermarket King Street Moi’ili’ili location…

This is a really good deal at just $7.99, which includes both GRILLED Kalbi and Teriyaki Chicken, plus 3 sides, as seen here with a scoop of rice, KILLLER mash potatoes and brown gravy and steamed veggies, PLUS  an ice cold drink of your choice! Sweet!

Next up, a Garlic Shrimp Plate from a new Food Truck in front of Hilo Hattie on Nimitz Highway…

And? I forgot to ask. Sorry. lol

Next up, while in Ewa Beach once again tending to some business, I happened to drive by this “Manapua Man” Van…

Trust me, I know what a “Manapua  Man” Van looks like, as it’s usually plain white, with no markings, with the most tell tale of all, being the wide assortment of candies on display either on the side or in back like this….

And being the city slicker I am now, I haven’t seen a neighborhood “Manapua Man” Van like this in ages, so I got all giddy! I was so excited, like I was suddenly transported back in time to my “hanabaddah” days!

The manapua itself was all sold out, however they did have a whole pan of pork hash selling for just “fo foh dollah” (4 Pork Hash for a dollar), so I said shoots, uncle, hook me up!

And? Quite honestly, I was STARVED, so these Pork Hash morsels on the cheap and on the go were a God Send that held me out until I could get a full meal. Ono! Ewa Beach Manapua Man, you rock!

 

Finally, the subject that made you click on this post to begin with, Trader Joe’s Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter….

Ah, yes, I finally got my naughty, naughty hands, fingers and tongue on a jar of the one, the only, Trader Joe’s Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter….

You don’t even want to know what’s going through my mind right about now, it’s so inapropriate.

That might looks like a lump of grease that’s been petrifying underneath your stove for 10 years, but believe me, it is seriously pure sex in a jar, there’s just no other way to explain it. I don’t care what you spread Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter on, whether its your car bumper, the neighbor’s car engine sitting in the yard, your uncle’s 10 year old rubbah slippahz, or the TV remote, I’d eat it. Of course if you spread it on “something else”, I’d DEVOUR it, but we’ll stop there. lol

I still have yet to do my own full-on Biscoff Spread Love Fest, and it will come soon, believe you, me. In the mean time. Have a great Sunday ya’ all. Toodles!

20 thoughts on “Grindz of the Day: Trader Joe’s Speculoos Crunchy Cookie Butter ‘n More

  • November 3, 2013 at 9:48 am
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    I make chop steak quite a bit. In yours I would add a touch of slant cut celery. My favorite restaurant version is Likelike.
    Roasted or tempura eggplant on a burger sounds like an excellent idea.

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    • November 3, 2013 at 10:15 am
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      pat,

      Like Mac’ Salad, I think the “secret” to a great local style Chop Steak is to keep it simple. Celery sounds good, and perhaps julienne carrots, and no more than that. I think just caramalized onions work just as well, too. MUST have lots of onions! I’d also try mushrooms, however that would certainly change the flavor a bit.

      Regarding the Ryoma Burger, I’m most curious how the bonito flakes will taste along with the beef patty. That sounds VERY interesting! I’ll probably try the Ryoma Burger later today. Only 7 days left, and then it will probably be another new Ramen-Ya. Yeah!

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      • November 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm
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        You know I have tried mushrooms. To keep it oriental I used hydrated shiitake, cut in strips. Was good, but not as good as without, if you know what I mean. The keep it simple thing you said. Celery I use only quarter or so stalk per serving, cut to same size as your onion.

        Yeah The dried bonito flakes. i don’t know about that. If the burger does not kill it, the ketchup will. Then you ask why you bothered?

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        • November 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm
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          pat,

          Exactly, Especially Shiitake, with its strong “woodsy” flavor profile would really change the flavor. Which is why I don’t care for Shiitake in Ramen or Oxtail Soup.For Chop Steak, just beef and onions, ’nuff. But I’ll try adding Celery next time, as I love the stuff.

          I’ll be heading to Ala Moana soon to try that Ryoma Burger. Will blog it later this week.

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  • November 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm
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    Do you have some measurements for that Chop Steak sauce? Don’t you put more vegetables with the chop steak like bell peppers, tomatoes, celery, carrots, etc.?

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    • November 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm
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      Lori,

      Like most local style dishes, I “eyeball” it. I’d say about 1/3 cup shoyu to 1 pound of beef. Mirin and vinegar just a dash or two to taste. You can also try adding a dash of Chinese oyster sauce or a small dab of miso paste. The trick to good Chop Steak, is your pan has to be SMOKIN’ HOT when you first add the onions and beef. And I use water to deglaze the pan.

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  • November 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm
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    Pomai, cool ride reminded me of my late father when he was in Taiwan used own a Harley and Chopper. He was a big guy and need big bike to ride around by then.

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  • November 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm
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    Amy,

    Never been a Harley/cruiser fan. I rode a Harley Softtail once and HATED it. The center of gravity is way too high and rake way too steep. The bike falls into turns like a rock. Especially noticeable if you’re a sport bike rider. I thought when I was 18 that when I turned 40 I’d suddenly be into them, however now that I’m in my 40’s, Sport Bikes are still in my blood. I’m too “techy” to like cruiser bikes. I need a bike that handles well in turns with steep rake, a short wheel base, light weight and gobs of power. I’ve always fantasized starting my own motorcycle manufacturing company, as I have TONS of sport bike design concepts I’ve drawn-up over the years using alternative frame configuration, suspension and steering systems. What I’d really like to see is interactive motorcycle gloves, boots and helmet-to-bike technology, using smartphone-like apps to interact with the rider on location, safety conditions, tire traction status, speed, etc. Pretty much a cyborg rider if you will.

    If I were to buy a bike today, I’d get a used Honda RC51.

    Honda RC51
    Now THAT is my dream machine!

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  • November 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm
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    Local Stop does Malasada burgers! They’re pretty delicious, albeit a once-in-a-few-months treat for me, haha :)

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    • November 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm
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      Mrs. Landrum,

      Mahalo for the tip! I had to Google where Local Stop is and see it’s in Ewa Beach. Great. Just great (don’t mind me, it’s a personal thing).

      I can’t help but think I’m talking to my grade school teacher by your name “Mrs. Landrum”. Didn’t everyone have a grade school teacher named after you? lol Just kidding of course, but seriously! :-)

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      • November 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm
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        Haha, it was my first blog title a few years ago and I just ran with it! :) And Local Stop is actually a food truck, so if you’re ever at Eat the Street they’re normally there. I love them!

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  • November 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm
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    I just don’t see the appeal of the Speculoos cookie butter. My friends have been talking about it for a year now, and… just ick. I probably should state that I don’t like Speculoos to begin with. If you get tired of it and are looking for another spread, I do love that new Jiff whipped PB with chocolate. It’s heaven.

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    • November 3, 2013 at 8:43 pm
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      h,

      I totally see your point. Ground cookies mixed with oil is certainly not the greatest sounding concoction, however, this is surely something that strikes up well upon initial taste, at least if consumed with reservation.

      I know I’d probably get over-sugar-rushed from it after a couple jars, as I will be on that Biscoff Spread Love Fest post I have, coming soon. However, for what it’s worth, it’s a handy ingredient for baking desserts, and an easy “fix” for “munchies” cravings.

      I saw that Jiff whipped PB TV commercial, and it sounds interesting, reinforced by you. I’ll get a jar and try it. Mahalo for the tip!

      I still have yet to try Nutella. Never have yet! My bad.

      Now I’m just thinking some crazy dessert pie, or cheesecake made using layers of Jiff Whipped Peanut Butter, Chcolate, Haupia, Nutella and Cookie Butter. OMG!!!!!!

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  • November 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm
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    I used to be a huge nutella fan, well, i still am. However, the texture of the whipped Jiff (with or w/o chocolate, I just prefer the one with chocolate) is amazing. Just one spoonful is light, but satisfying (it’s also good spread on apples or orange segments). If only they made whipped nutella, that would be ideal.

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  • November 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm
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    Oh, a good nutella baking tip, if you stir a swirl into muffins or cupcakes before they’re baked, it results in a sort of self-iced cupcake. It’s delicious.

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    • November 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm
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      h,

      “Self-iced” cupcakes swirled with Nutella (and now perhaps with Cookie Butter) sounds DELISH!

      A note on that, I don’t know what it is, but something really peeves me about the name “Cupcake Wars” on the Food Network. That’s like saying “Hello Kitty Wars”. Or “Smurf Wars”. Ya’ know? LOL!!!

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      • November 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm
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        I’ve never seen the show, but the name does sort of conjure up images of a food fight or something. Smurf wars sounds funny. When I was a kid, I thought The Snorks was a far superior cartoon, but nobody ever remembers The Snorks. Maybe it was a dream.

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        • November 4, 2013 at 11:41 am
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          Come along with the Snorks, swim along with the snorks…

          I remember the Snorks too and enjoyed it along with the Smurfs.

          But I digress, before Cookie Butter, one of our guilty pleasures was Nutella. But now that we have Cookie Butter in our pantry, the half empty bottle of Nutella just sits there. I did try a bite one day after eating Cookie Butter and it didn’t taste as good as it usually does. Maybe it was all in my mind, hmmm?

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  • November 5, 2013 at 1:25 am
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    POMAI, when will you do a Thanksgiving review? Instead of the big hotels,
    see if you can find the mom and pop old plantation days. My wife’s grandfather
    back in the days cooked his turkey in a karosene oven, and mmmm it was good.
    Flavored with lemon grass, green onion, salt, pepper and green papaya with the seeds.
    Of course after cooking you throw away the lemon grass. And no karosene taste.

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  • December 1, 2013 at 11:33 pm
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    I must say, my favorite part of this article was the “Manapua Man” Van. That is serious old school right there. Totally dig it, big time!!

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