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Brick Oven Pizza Kapolei

Brick Oven Pizza is tucked away in a corner of the same strip mall as Simply Organized and Chun Wah Kam in Kapolei.

We got in for an early dinner but the place was crowded with a Happy Hour crowd celebrating pau hana on Friday. The restaurant is kid-friendly though, and gave Nomz a piece of raw pizza dough to play with (with instructions to not let her eat it) – how delightful! It turned out to be way more entertaining than crayons and paper. D sculpted “Olaf”- for Nomz and later made her a dough bracelet.

The Happy Hour (~6pm) menu offers way more pupus than what you’d expect from a pizza parlor. There’s tofu, edamame, poke and wings. We ordered a few items from the Happy Hour Menu:

Oysters on the half shell ($2.00/ea Happy Hour /$2.50/ea regular price): I’m glad to know of at least one place now that serves them in Kapolei.


French Fries ($? Happy Hour /$6.25 regular price)


And the rest off the regular menu. Small Veggie Salad ($5.20)


Garlic Cheese Bread ($2.50): this was sooo yummy.


And a medium size “Super” Pizza ($24.45). Your choice of regular or whole wheat crust, served piping hot.


The food is good and it’s family friendly and so it immediately became one of my top eat-in choices in Kapolei.

View the menu on their website.

Brick Oven Pizza Kapolei
889 Kamokila Blvd. #206
Kapolei, HI 96707

Daily 11a-9p (Happy Hour 2-6p)


Lunch at Mariposa

I had lunch at Mariposa the other day. It’s always crowded for lunch here, but at 11:30am we were lucky to be seated right away. Every lunch at Mariposa begins with the signature popovers served with strawberry butter, followed by a demitasse cup of chicken consomme, a teaser to stimulate the palate.

My friend chose the Lobster Bruschetta off the daily special menu,

and I chose the Ribeye Roast Beef Sandwich ($18.00) with brie cheese and arugula, served with au jus and sweet potato fries. This was a very filling dish.

The view of Ala Moana Beach combined with high ceilings and open air make the dining room at Mariposa a relaxing setting for lunch. It was the perfect place to catch up with a dear friend and the lunch ended up like a private baby shower, as she helped me celebrate the last hurrah of my pregnancy and upcoming birth.

MENU: You can download menus on their website here.

Third Level, Neiman Marcus
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Daily 11:00a-9:00p

Koa Pancake House

We’re enjoying getting to know our new Kapolei neighborhood, one meal at a time! Breakfast is my favorite meal to eat out and Koa Pancake House had been on my mind since I kept hearing about it and seeing it all over. There are currently 7 locations on Oahu, including one in my new neighborhood of Kapolei, much to my delight. Since moving here a month ago, I’ve already eaten there twice.

Simply put, Koa Pancake House is cheap, fast and casual. Which is perfect because who wants to spend lots of $ on breakfast, and who wants to get dressed up first thing in the morning? At Koa Pancake House, you won’t find fancy china (it’s all paper plates and plastic utensils) or fussy service (you order at the counter) but you can stroll in with yoga pants and slippers and enjoy a satisfying breakfast. The menu is simple, consisting of savory breakfast classics (omelettes, eggs and various meats) and sweet classics (pancakes, waffles, and crepes). Yes, they have crepes!! They also have loco moco, eggs benedict, and a pretty standard lunch menu.

Here’s the Ham & Cheese Omelette ($7.50) which includes a short stack of pancakes. All omelettes and egg/meat entrees include your choice of rice, home fried potatoes or pancakes.

The Denver Omelette ($7.95) with ham, bell pepper, onion, with pancakes, and side order of Fried Rice ($2.95).

Corned Beef Hash & Eggs ($5.95) with pancakes.

Scottish Bangers & Eggs ($6.25) with home fried potatoes. Bangers are basically thick sausages, served sliced and grilled here.

Waffles with Strawberry & Whipped Cream ($6.50).

Coffee is only $0.95 and a small orange juice is only $1.00 y’all!

Honestly, the food is pretty average. The pancakes and omelettes are nothing you can’t make at home, and the corn beef hash is probably the canned kind,  but that’s OK by me. Breakfast is one of those meals that tastes good no matter what. To me, there’s something about going out for breakfast that’s special, because it usually means that it’s your day off and it signals the start of a whole day that you get to spend with the people you love. You could say Koa Pancake House is a favorite date spot for my husband and I.

MENU: View the menu on their website.

Koa Pancake House Kapolei
91-590 Farrington Highway
Kapolei, HI 96707

Breakfast Daily 6:30a-2:00p
Lunch Daily 11:00a-2:00p

Back at The Counter

Hubby’s cousin was in Honolulu with her husband during their Golden Week vacation so the family gathered at the Counter in Kahala Mall for a reunion. Including 4 kids, we were a large group of 12!

An order of the Fifty Fifty – sweet potato fries and regular fries ($6.50) to share. The fries here are super thin and delicious.

The kids each had their Mini Burgers with Fries ($5.95) off the kids menu.

Hubby’s 2/3 lb burger ($11.50) with eclectic choice of toppings: kimchee, blue cheese, grilled onions and garlic aioli. When asked what the inspiration was for his choices, he replied, “stinky things”.

My 1/3 lb turkey burger ($9.50) with brie cheese, dried cranberries and dijon balsamic sauce. I’m hooked on the savory sweet combination of turkey + brie + cranberries ever since the Australians turned me on to it.

The Counter is always a fun place to enjoy a burger, any way you like it. The one thing that would have made it better is a celeb sighting!

MENU: View the SAT-test style menu on their website. 

The Counter
Kahala Mall, by Whole Foods
4211 Waialae Avenue E-1
Honolulu, HI 96816
Sun-Thu 11:00a-9:00p
Fri-Sat 11:00a-10:00p

Anna Miller’s

Today I was overcome with a sudden craving for strawberry pie so I asked hubby to take me to Anna Miller’s. Last time I went there was maybe in college, but I was so happy with my meal today I vowed to go back more often. Once in a while, a nice old-fashioned American meal really hits the spot.

I always assumed Anna Miller’s was a huge US chain since it’s so famous in Japan, but it turns out it started in Hawaii and expanded only to Japan (source: Wikipedia). Their menu features 24 hour breakfast, burgers, spaghetti and diner favorites like club sandwiches and chili. And of course, every kind of pie for dessert!

Imagine my delight to see this sign upon entering:

Hubby’s entrée came with warm cornbread and choice of salad or soup (corn chowder here).

His Chicken Katsu ($12.99) with choice of sides mashed potatoes and mac salad. You could also choose from rice, fries, vegetables, cole slaw, potato salad.

My Hot Turkey Sandwich ($9.99) smothered in gravy with my choice of potato salad and coleslaw on the side. I remember growing up in Connecticut, hot turkey sandwich was my absolute favorite school lunch menu. One slice of white bread, slice of  deli turkey breast, scoop of mashed potato, gravy on top. I had never seen anything constructed with bread like this until then, and to me it was an eye-opening, genius combination of all things good. I still get excited thinking about it. You rarely find this dish in restaurants these days, so I was so happy with my dinner tonight.

And of course, pie for dessert! Hubby’s cherry pie ($0.39 + $1.99 for à la mode) and my fresh strawberry pie ($0.39). Large whole glazed fresh strawberries on top of a shortbread like crust, with just a bit of pastry cream, and a generous squeeze of whipped topping. Ooooh yeah.

MENU: View the menu on their website

Anna Miller’s
Pearlridge Center, by Bed Bath & Beyond
98-115 Kaonohi Street
Aiea, HI 96701

24 Hours daily

Lunch at House Without A Key

Met up with some friends to catch up over lunch at one of my favorite spots in Waikiki! A lovely view of Diamond Head from our parasol-covered table.

My Garden Burger ($16.00) with avocado and provolone on parmesan bun, served with a green salad.

The Turkey Club ($18.00) with bacon and fried egg on sourdough toast. This unfortunately did not get a good grade from my friend, who said it was dry and stacked too high, making it difficult to eat.

Catch of the Day ($25.00) – Mahi Mahi served with rice.

Every time I come here I feel refreshed and re-energized, like after a mini vacation. Many of us living in Honolulu hardly venture into Waikiki, but some of the most beautiful restaurants are tucked away in Waikiki hotels. With the friendly service, reasonable prices, and complimentary validated parking, there’s no reason not to come visit House Without A Key at Halekulani more often.

MENU: View the menu on their website

House Without A Key
2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815

7:00a-9:00p Daily

‘Ama ‘Ama at Aulani Resort

On a recent outing to Ko Olina, we enjoyed lunch and a stroll through the impressive grounds of Disney’s newly built Aulani Resort. It’s no theme park, but with a waterpark-like pool area, cheery cast members and the occasional Mickey Mouse sighting, you can still feel a bit of Disney magic in the air.

‘Ama ‘Ama is a beachfront restaurant combining breathtaking views, a laid-back retro interior and standard but tastefully done menu offerings. As soon as you enter the restaurant, your eyes are guided straight through to the panoramic ocean blue:

For lunch we enjoyed a fun presentation of Kahuku Corn Chowder ($9.00): the potage is poured into a bowl over bacon powder, lomi salmon, and taro chips, to be stirred together.

Chargrilled Vegetable Sandwich ($12.00): portabello mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini on focaccia with basil aioli. Served with field greens.

Today’s Hawaiian Sustainable Catch (Fish) Tacos, $19.00, with slaw and salsa, served with sweet potato fries. This was refreshing and light, with fresh cilantro. The sweet potato fries were addictive.

Grilled Sirloin Steak ($24.00) with sauteed mushrooms and sweet potato fries.

Lilikoi Meringe Mousse with Caramelized Bananas ($10.00): this was delicious and just the right size!

Spacious Ko Olina Resort is a nice escape from the usual where you can experience a neighbor island feel without having to hop on  a plane. Whether you go for lunch or for the weekend, you’re sure to go home feeling refreshed and relaxed.

MENU: View the menus on their website
PARKING: Complimentary self-parking for up to 4 hours with dining validation (minimum $35.00 purchase)

‘Ama ‘Ama
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
92-1185 Ali’inui Drive
Kapolei, HI 96707

Breakfast 7:00a-11:00a
Lunch 11:30a-3:00p
Dinner 5:30p-10:00p

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