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Old 03-26-2011, 10:54 PM
 
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I have an obsession with Sushi and my hubby H-A-T-E-S it (and the little ones aren't old enough to learn to love it yet). Sooo...are there any places that do great sushi and cooked foods at the same location? Even a good variety of great Cali rolls would probably appease the man.
Also, I saw on the Travel Channel there are such things as Kava Kava bars. I take the supplement but have never had the actual tea - has anyone actually tried it, and if so, what was your experience?
What about healthy take-out options? We are likely to be in a hotel for 45 to 60 days and have booked a suite to at least have a small fridge/micro, but that'll only get you so far. I don't do well w/fast foods or the like - are there good options out there that aren't going to set you back a heap financially?
And finally - I've heard you can get great produce at the farmer's markets for less than at the grocery store, but does anyone know how it compare quality and price wise to the commissaries? I know our commissary stinks for produce and meat products, what about the ones there?
Thank you

Maria
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:11 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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We would probably be able to give you better advice if we knew which island you are going to be on. Giving you a great sushi bar in Honolulu will do you no good if you are in Maui.

Kava-kava tastes nasty, at least to me. Kinda dirt flavored when I met it, but I've only tried it once so perhaps the one I tried wasn't typical.
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Old 03-27-2011, 12:44 AM
 
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We would probably be able to give you better advice if we knew which island you are going to be on. Giving you a great sushi bar in Honolulu will do you no good if you are in Maui.

Kava-kava tastes nasty, at least to me. Kinda dirt flavored when I met it, but I've only tried it once so perhaps the one I tried wasn't typical.
Oh, duh! Sorry about that - I've been posting so much, I guess I just stopped remembering to let people know where we're going. We'll be on Oahu.

Ew...I remember the person having a tough time getting it down but I was like that my first time w/Sashimi so I didn't know. Dirt is definitely not high on my list of things to eat/drink.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:25 AM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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Poke is everywhere - its the Hawaiian version of Sushi, but with various ingredients added. (Tough to describe) Every grocery store sells all kine poke. They usually give sample tastes too.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:27 AM
 
Location: Volcano
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I have an obsession with Sushi and my hubby H-A-T-E-S it (and the little ones aren't old enough to learn to love it yet). Sooo...are there any places that do great sushi and cooked foods at the same location? Even a good variety of great Cali rolls would probably appease the man.
The word "sushi" actually refers to the cooked, vinegared rice, and there are many kinds of toppings for that rice. Some of them are raw, some of them are cooked. Some of them are fish, some of them are meat, egg, vegetable. There is literally something for everyone.

Most places that serve sushi also serve other kinds of Japanese food, mostly cooked, such as tempura (batter fried food), sukiyaki (stews), udon (noodle soup), grilled teriyakis, etc. Tell hubby to man up.

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Also, I saw on the Travel Channel there are such things as Kava Kava bars. I take the supplement but have never had the actual tea - has anyone actually tried it, and if so, what was your experience?
It tastes like soapy dishwater. Your lips get numb, you get happy. It's mild.

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And finally - I've heard you can get great produce at the farmer's markets for less than at the grocery store, but does anyone know how it compare quality and price wise to the commissaries?
Eliminating the middleman and dealing direct with the farmer at a farmers market means you get better freshness and better prices than you normally will in any store. And 85 percent of Hawai'i's food is shipped in, so most of the food in the supermarket and commissary and food service supply chains is imported from the mainland. I've heard from knowledgeable friends that the KTA chain on the Big Island makes a significant commitment to buying local produce. The rest are looking for more predictable supply, larger orders than small local farms can fill, etc.
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Old 03-27-2011, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Hawaii-Puna District
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Comparing Big Island farmer's markets to Oahu's is pointless. More food is grown on the Big Island because we have more SPACE to grow food. OpenD should know better.
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:33 AM
 
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genki sushi might be a place to check out. they serve cooked dishes as well as regular sushi.

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And finally - I've heard you can get great produce at the farmer's markets for less than at the grocery store, but does anyone know how it compare quality and price wise to the commissaries? I know our commissary stinks for produce and meat products, what about the ones there?
like everyone said, you cant compare the farmer's market to grocery stores. it beats freshness every time. however, it depends what types of fruits and veggies you're looking for. they have a lot of asian and local fruits and veggies. for example, i don't think i've ever seen apples or oranges there. it's definitely worth the look, as they also sell fish too.

here's a link to the oahu locations.
http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/add/farmers-m...awaii/Oahu.pdf

as far as commissaries go, you will likely be shopping there otherwise. the only place that i've seen come close to their prices is costco. i've heard ppl say that they never really depended on the comm, until they were stationed here.
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:23 AM
 
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After all these years of eating sushi, I didn't know that sushi is the rice - that's crazy! I've learned something new every day for the last couple of weeks It sounds like Poke is something I'll really like and Kava tea is something I probably won't.

Thank you all
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Old 03-27-2011, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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like everyone said, you cant compare the farmer's market to grocery stores. it beats freshness every time. however, it depends what types of fruits and veggies you're looking for. they have a lot of asian and local fruits and veggies. for example, i don't think i've ever seen apples or oranges there.
Yeah, you won't typically see apples at a Hawaiian farmers market, because very few apples are grown in Hawai'i. Some oranges, yeah, but typically the usual Hawiian kind that taste so sweet but don't look nice because of the brown scab. Limes and lemons like crazy, papayas for sure, and lots of fun tropical fruits like longans and lychees and rambutans.

The point about farmers markets is that they usually have rules that call for vendors to have grown or harvested or prepared in some way the food they sell or at least the majority of it. They can't just load up at a produce wholesaler and sell whatever came off the boat. At least that's the spirit of the movement, and although markets vary on how strictly they follow those guidelines, it seems to be fairly well followed. A few things do seem to be cheated on more frequently than others, like mangoes and pineapples, so you do need to be a little discerning... ask questions, see what the empty cartons in the back say, etc.

And yes, of course the Big Island has more markets and more choices in local produce than does Oahu, obviously, because it has far more land devoted to agriculture, but that wasn't the point at all. The point was that when you can buy directly from the farmer you both win. You get lower prices, they get higher prices, and the food is fresher. So it's worth seeking them out, even if they are not so convenient there on Oahu as they are here on the Big I.

On a separate note, if you like raw fish, try a chirashi next time you are in a sushi bar. Most will make it for you, although many don't have it on the menu. It's made in a bowl or bento box, with a thick layer of sushi rice at the bottom, and the top entirely covered with sashimi - slices of mostly raw fish, plus other typical sushi toppings, maybe a dozen different kinds in an order. I like to order chirashi for several reasons... It's chef's choice on what goes into the bowl on any given night, and chef usually makes better choices than I would make. Second, I can regulate the balance of rice to fish in a bite to suit myself. (Sushi balls are sometimes too big for me, but it's impolite to bite them.) Second, it is often priced at a bargain price from ordering the equivalent in individual sushi items.
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Wildside of Oahu
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My personal favorites for Farmers markets on Oahu are the one in Kailua on Thursday nights, behind the Longs drugstore and the one at the Windward mall on Wed afternoons. I don't like the one at the Blaisdell center. If you go to KCC on Sat., go early, as most of the good stuff is gone by 9:00 am.
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