Diner EB’s Aloha ‘Oe Potluck Luncheon

This past week we held yet another potluck luncheon, this time to bid a warm farewell and aloha to one of our beloved executive officers leaving the company, who have been with us for a long time and contributed immensely to our success.

That said, it’s no surprise at not just the team turnout, but also the grindz that showed up, all of which being truly AMAZING! This was certainly one of the most EPIC potluck office luncheons we’ve ever had in my opinion, to which those peers I’ve discussed it with in retrospect agree.

It was also a great “initiation” for the new blood we have on board, who were clearly impressed at how “hard” we have fun — as in bustin’ out da’ ONO ‘KINE GRINDZ ‘kine fun — when we’re not hard at work. You know da’ rules!

Without further ado, let’s check out the spread!…


Maki and Nigiri Sushi Platter from Ahi & Vegetable, c/o Diner CAM & SA


Gandules Rice (homemade) by Diner FS


Bangkok Chef trio, c/o Diner TA


Bangkok Chef Crispy Noodles


Bangkok Chef Mango Salad


Bangkok Chef Green Papaya Salad


Chinese Chicken Salad from Royal Kitchen (downtown Honolulu Chinatown district), c/o the HR gals

Potato Salad (homemade) by Diner WT


Charsiu Noodles, c/o Diner CC


Oriental Stew (think Nishime), with Lup Cheong, Bamboo Shoots & Shiitake Mushrooms (homemade) by Diner CH


Pita Bread ‘n Hummus (homemade) by Diner DB


Tabbouleh (homemade) by Diner DB


Cold Vegetable Pizza (homemade) by Diner LN


Smothered Enchiladas with beef, refried beans and sharp cheddar (homemade) by Diner SH


Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas (homemade) by Diner VL


Zippy’s Teriyaki Beef Platter, c/o Diners AC


Chicken Katsu c/o Diner DM and CT


Pongo’s Hamburger Steak c/o Diner TH


Wing Stop Chicken Wings c/o Diner SKM


Wing Stop Chicken Wings


Wing Stop Chicken Wings


Pork Adobo (homemade) by Diner EE


Pork Guisantes (homemade) by Diner JL


Fong’s Crispy Roast Pork c/o Diners ADVIT


Fong’s Charsiu c/o Diners ADVIT


De… Onaka ga suita!


Brownies (homemade) by Diner ChCh


Maunakea Cake (homemade) by Diner EI

Note, the Maunakea “cake” was layered in a massive crack seed store sized glass jar, where it looked like this (as an example) from the side…


Cake in a Jar ~ image source: RedWhiteandBlueBerries.com


Maunakea Cake – aftermath view


Fresh Strawberries and Blueberries with Honeyed Greek Yogurt by Diner ST


Fruit Salad (homemade) by Diners K, R&JM’s


Fruit Salad (homemade) by Diner EA


Jello (homemade) by Diners K, J&RM’s


Pineapple Cherry Cupcakes (homemade) by Diner JP

Dang! Now THAT is what you call BIG TIME POTLUCK! Now the fun part: seeing how folks plate their dish, showcasing not only personal tastes, but also personality! Check it out…


Diner EB, we LOVE YOU!

And? First of all, if you think the expansive menu at New Eagle Cafe in the previous post causes “counter freeze” (inability to choose what to order due to too many options), almost everyone at this potluck suffered “counter freeze”. It’s like you want to try everything here, yet you KNOW both your plate and tummy can’t accommodate it. Dang it!

Not to mention your palate becomes confused, because you’re going from say, rich and spicy mexican, to light and “umamified” Japanese. Know what I mean?

Yet it’s ALL GOOD! I mean, everything here was “good” to absolutely broke da’ mout’ winnahz!

My favorite savory dish was by far Diner CH’s Oriental Stew, which was like a “Lup Cheong-i-fied” version of Okazuya style Nishime. Dude, I ate like 3 bowls of the stuff that same day, PLUS I stashed another bowl for the next day, as there was that much left in the pot, being most folks at this luncheon were more interested in the other dishes. I will DEFINITELY get the recipe!

Diner EA’s wife’s creamy Filipino style Fruit Salad was also THE BOMB DOT COM, as you see I had a second MASSIVE bowl of the stuff for dessert the next day. Hopefully I can coax his wife to give that recipe as well!

Summing it up, TOTALLY, TOTALLY FANTASTIC GRINDZ, for an absolutely wonderful person! Aloha ‘Oe Diner EB! We love you!