We begin today’s “Grindz of the Day” at Wailana Coffee House, where on the evening of, I picked-up several Thanksgiving Turkey and Smoked Ham individual complete meals to-go.
Which was a GREAT deal, costing just $15.25 each, including roast turkey & smoked ham over a bed of Macadamia Nut Stuffing, all smothered with Giblet Gravy, and a Grilled Pineapple to boot. Starch of choice being mash potatoes, however you could also choose rice or a baked potato. It also included half a corn-on-the-cob, cranberry sauce and a side of either salad from the salad bar (if you dine-in), soup of the day, which on this day was Corn Chowder, or Fruit Cocktail, PLUS, a slice of house-made Pumpkin Pie.
Sweet deal, indeed! Sure beats cooking and cleaning up, especially in my small household. In my case, that’s also a relatively better deal than most complete, fully-cooked Turkey-to-Go meals, which I notice have really gone up in price this year.
And the portion and choices in the spread was perfect, being just enough to satisfy that Thanksgiving Day feast craving (you know what I”m talkin’ ’bout), yet not leave you all “turkey’d out”, as I quickly become, even after the second day of TKD leftovers, lilkely having made a Turkey & Gravy Sandwich. After the third day? If I haven’t made Jook by then, I don’t even want to SEE turkey for a whole year! Fuggetaboutit!
And Wailana totally nailed this, where the turkey and smoked ham was decently moist and tender, while that Macamadia Nut Stuffing and Giblet Gravy was total “Bomb Dot Com”! The Corn Chowder also was spot-on, with that “restaurant quality” taste, while the Pumpkin Pie rounded out the meal perfectly. Overall 5 SPAM Musubi in my book, especially factoring in the work it saved me in the kitchen, not to mention wallet!
Here’s Wailana Coffee Shop’s most current dine-in restaurant menu…
For those of you who never heard of it, Wailana Coffee House is a very popular, super old school local & American style 24 hour diner that’s been in Waikiki (across the Hilton Hawaiian Village) since 1970. Truly a gem!
Next up, we’re at Sam’s Club on “Koreamoku” Street to sample their take on the $1.50 jumbo hot dog and drink deal that Costco is also famous for. Like Costco, you can choose either Polish or all-beef, which on this visit I sampled their all beef dog. What sets Sam’s apart from Costco is Sam’s use of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, popularized by their national Hot Dog Eating Contest.
When it comes to hot dog condiments, I’m a “The Works” kinda’ guy, givin’ it a single line squirt of ketchup and mustard (not too much of each), a good dose of relish and as much chopped onions as I can possibly pile within what space is left in the bun. CHOKE da’ onions!
And? Well to tell you the truth, as long as Sam’s Club has been here, this was the first time I’ve tried their Nathan’s Jumbo All-Beef Hot Dog, and I must say, I think it slightly beats out Costco’s Kirkland brand Jumbo All-Beef Hot Dog from their food court. Mainly because I think the texture of the Nathan’s dog is just tad more course, while the flavor is slightly more savory and “umami-fied”. The buns between Costco and Sam’s are about the same, with no clear advantage to either, being they’re both steamed warm, not toasted.
Here’s Sam’s Club food court menu at the “Koreamoku” Street location (top level, above Walmart)…
Finally, we’re back in Ken’s Kitchen, where for prior to and for Thanksgiving he prepared Leberkäse, which is a German style “Meatloaf”, along with his mother’s Sausage & Sage Stuffing…
Leberkäse from Ken’s Kitchen
Ken notes, “This Leberkäse tastes like a mild baloney. Fried it up for breakfast. Could glaze it with Teri sauce and make a musubi, or dice it up and make a breakfast omelet, while also good for making sandwiches. Probably will be good on top of saimin, or added to fried rice. I might try breading it and deep frying it.”
Here’s the recipe Ken follows for his Lebekase: http://kitchenproject.com/german/recipes/leberkaese/index.htm
And this is Ken’s mom’s Sausage & Sage Stuffing he prepared this past Thursday…
Sausage & Sage Turkey Stuffing
for a 12 lb turkey
- 2 lb. Sausage
- 4 diced onion, 5 diced celery
- 3 tbs unsalted butter
- 1 pkg. LOVES BREAD STUFFING
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 1/2 – 2 tbs Bell’s seasoning
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp black pepper
Saute sausage till brown, add onion and celery and sauté till they give up water turn translucent, add butter, pepper, stir to combine, remove from heat, scramble eggs, combine sausage mixture, eggs, and bread together, sprinkle Bell’s over mixture and add chicken stock to adjust thickness. Stuff turkey with stuffing mixture at appropriate roasting time.
According to Ken, Bell’s Seasoning is THE SECRET “ingrediment” to his mom’s amazing Stuffing recipe…
Palolo Valley’s famous Pork Bowl with panko-crusted soft-boiled egg from Your Kitchen
Before signing off (kind of), just want to let you fans of the place know, as I discovered today, that Your Kitchen in Palolo Valley is currently CLOSED for an extended period of time until the “middle of December”, whenever that happens, while the owners are out on personal business (likely Japan).
P.S. Check out this $800 valued “downed” DJI Phantom Drone some diver recovered from the reef off Diamond Head Beach last weekend…
Oh man, I feel the PAIN the owner of this drone must have went through when it “hit the drink”. Ouch!
Finally, me and the guys were hangin’ out ‘n chattin’ at Mai Tai’s Ala Moana the other weekend, when two attractive gals decided to sit by us. One of the fellahz ended up talking with them, where it turns out one of the gals once worked as a scene double for Grace Park as “Officer Kono Kalakaua” in a Hawaii Five-0 episode. She let me snap a picture of her, which here she is on the right…
Yup, she could totally pass on camera as Grace’s double! Pretty much same hair and facial features. IIRC, her name is Michelle, which to note, she’s Japanese, while Grace Park is ethnically Korean.