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Shakanack Review: Anna Miller's

December 11th, 2015
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We all know if and when there is anything to do with da 808, we all kinda fill up with pride. We have a certain "expectation" such as Zippy's with their locally infamous chili, Zip Min or fried chicken.

Then get da kine "haole" version's of local kine stuff. Das wat Anna Miller's is, da haole version of Zippy's.

Anna Miller's get all da kine haole comfort foods along with local favorites and desserts - specifically pies - as well. They also are equally busy but if you've evah been to both, you know right away dat da "clientele" for both are noticeably different. There's absolutely nothing wrong with dat but it is readily recognizable.

A few month's ago, Da Wife and I took Da Ohana out for breakfast on a Saturday morning.

Disclaimer:
I no get "invited" to sample these places. I no get reimbursed for meals eaten. I no get asked/told by The Honolulu Star-Advertiser to check these places out so wat you get is a legit, straight up review from a local braddah who loves ono kanack kine grindz as much as he loves his beer. :mrgreen:






Da Baby had just regulah buttermilk pancakes. You can see him hovering ovah it cause I told him wait.... so I could do dis review for da WWD! Hui. πŸ˜†





Da Keiki had her standing order chocolate chip pancakes. As da waitress said, "no worry, there's plenty more chocolate below" and she nevah lie, had choke. Da chocolate chips weren't cooked in but rather sprinkled on each pancake instead.





Da Wife had an omelette with fried rice and came with hash browns cooked with lots of butter on both...... soooooo bad but oooooohhhhh so good. πŸ˜€





I had da loco moco with brown rice.... pretty surah da gravy was from a powder but not 100% positive but it did have a good flavah.





It wouldn't be WWD! if nevah have one "aftah" pic........ you would think dat a cracked bowl wouldn't pass quality control no? Wassup Wit Dat!




So hea's da breakdown:



ATMOSPHERE

Four Shakas and Auuu'right!

It's a unique building in dat it is round and depending wea you sit, has panoramic views of Lex Brodie's, Al's Tinting, Chevron, Starbucks or da deteriorating Kamehameha Hwy. πŸ˜† Da waiting area inside and out is comfortable but da dining area has a certain charm in dat it is "diner-like". Da kitchen is exposed, it's loud and you know it's not a place for an intimate meal so no compare dat. Booth seating was comfortable in dat da seat backs are high and cushiony enough and da waitresses were "seasoned". Basically eat, talk story and noise - good stuff.



KANACK VALUE


Three Shakas and Bumbye


Compared to their "local" counterpart, both their prices are around the same range but I certainly have to side with Anna Miller's because their portions seem biggah. Not just da portions but da size of da actual food. I know da pancakes were thicker, da omelette wasn't "flat" and da hamburgah was "tall". For da price, it fit da average bill to portion ratio for a sit down meal.



OVERALL

Four Shakas and Auuu'right!

More like a Three and a half Shakas but no mo' half. πŸ˜† Simply put, if you going for a Zip run but want more haole food, dis da place for you. Da food is tasty and portion's are just right especially aftah an adult beverage event. They even offer a 24hr breakfast menu for those who love breakfast foods. Da only drawback is da waitlist... and da occasional dishware dat should be retired. If you plan on eating at da "normal" times for breakfast, lunch or dinnah, be prepared to be wait listed. It really isn't too bad but just seeing your name below a dozen above you won't make your grumbling tummy happy. It's definitely a place to think about going to if you evah have gone around asking everyone wea they like eat and somebody says, "let's go someplace different". Actually, it was Da Wife and I's first date there many, many moons ago..... some place "different". 😯

Check out their menu at:










Never Forget

December 7th, 2015
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In all dis holiday madness and rush, today will seem like any oddah day for da current - and future - generations.

But for those who are still around and makule enough, have dis day stamped in our coconut shells. It's something we all can share with future generations but as history shows, it diminishes with every passing year and becomes nothing more than a chapter you have to read about in high school World History class.

Personally, I'll never forget da experience I had with a fellow Kwonic, NEO, who blessed us with a personal tour of the USS Missouri. It was surreal like and many a chicken skin moment was had as we took in all da mo'olelo's he had to share and da vast massiveness of da ship. NEO was recently lucky enough to share his mana'o with da NFL which he was giddy about. πŸ˜€

Can't believe it was more than five years ago but click hea to revisit our amazing journey (History You Take For Granted..... Right Under Our Noses).

Also, if you get a chance, check out da Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade which will start at Fort DeRussey and go along da famed Kalakaua Avenue all da way to da Waikiki Shell. One of our faithful Kwonic, King Katonk, has one of his keiki participating all da way from California! Check out da acclaimed Arcadia High School Marching Band (tentatively #57 out of 59 groups).

For those who are unable to make it but still wanted to check it out, it is streaming live at 6pm on www.pearlharborparade.org. Check it out.

Dis date will live in infamy..... as long as we keep it dat way.








Foodie Kokua

April 21st, 2015
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Howzit Howzit!

So hea it is, a friend of mine who has defected to da "main rock" is back in town to help take kea of his mom. He's been ono for some local kine grindz but not plate lunch kine cause we get a bunch of us getting together for dinner but we have no idea wea.

Sorry but Zippy's and and da like are out and I'm asking Da WWD! Hui for any suggestions - anywea between Mililani and Town is game. C'mon, you guys have got to know at least ONE 'nice' place no? Or you just like me and only go to da 'safe' places? πŸ˜†

I'm hoping dis time da foodie's will come out of Lurkahville and post cause da last couple times I asked for Da WWD! Hui's help in dis area, it was like no one evah ate out.

Wassup Wit Dat! πŸ˜†

And I know you guys da ones to buss out da phone and take pics of even just da french fries so no ack eh. πŸ˜€

We're thinking Side Street Inn as our fall back but would be great to try some place different even if you nevah try 'em before...... and get a Shakanack review too. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

Mahalos in advance to those who eat out a lot. πŸ˜›








You Nevah Need It Till You Need It

March 9th, 2015
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It's one of those things you kinda knew was going to happen eventually but just not when you expected it to and naturally of course, when you stay in one rush.

I load Da Baby and Da Keiki in their car seats to be dropped off at da sitter and preschool respectively, and hop in my trusty Tacoma steed as daylight starts to inch ovah da darkness enjoying da crisp 64 degree morning chill, turn da key and got da dreaded clickty-click-clickty-click-clickty-click.

Wassup Wit Dat!

Damn! Da Wife is gone and I no think she would approve of me taking them on da bike.

At dis point, I'm just praying dat it's just da battery and nothing else so I pop up da hood and then realize dat my charger is buried in da garage. And I mean buried. $h!t!

Then it dawn on me dat I actually had prepared myself for dis exact moment and bought dis exact "backup" tool about six months ago for dis exact emergency. Well, it's actually a "multi-tool" and a damn good one too!

So I dug through my backpack and pulled it out.......





Aftah reading about dis type of device and doing my homework, I still remembah I had to "convince" Da Wife dat we "needed" it. Well, it was a man-tool and she wasn't going to win on dat one but boy has it paid itself ovah and ovah again and again in which she has benefited from as well.

It's called a "personal power supply" (PPS) and there are many different variations and types out there so it's not like it's a one size fits all. One of da biggest - and most common - reason for a PPS is to recharge your phone's energy consuming battery on da fly wen you can't stop and find an outlet.

This particular model by Antigravity Batteries (XP-1) is kinda like a MacGyver of PPS's. It not only can charge multiple devices at once with the multitude of attachments, it can also power your laptop, jump start vehicles (and trucks) and to make it da MacGyver of tools, has a flash light to top it off.

We've used it on many occasions to charge our phones and tablets on da go but dis was da first time I've evah used it to jump start a vehicle. I was a little skeptical at first to see if it could power up a V6 with an AGM Optima battery but she fired right up da first time! Cheeeee-huuuu!

Granted, da battery wasn't fully depleted which helped it crank ovah but it still worked. I still couldn't believe da little $h!t worked! Ha ha ha πŸ˜†

Hea's wat da full package looks like:





It comes with a multitude of connectors via USB including iPod, micro-usb, a car charger and various oddah connectors via "socket type" all conveniently packed away in a zippered bag. Da unit is just six inches wide and about a few pounds so lugging it around is probably not one of da best things to do unless you anticipate in using it knowing you'll be away.

We always have a stroller or baby bag so it doesn't bother us to lug it around constantly and I keep it on me wenevah I ride da motorcycle. There are definitely oddah models which are smaller and lighter but da trade off is dat da "power" would be less so it all depends on wat you need it for.

With hurricane season just a few months away, it truly is one of those things dat I would suggest everybody should have in their home especially in dis power hungry world. If you one Tim Allen type like I am, it's a definite must have.

How else you going check WWD! if you no mo' power? πŸ˜€








Shakanack Review: Koa Pancake House

March 2nd, 2015
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Dis time I did it right - eat breakfast at a breakfast joint.

Having done a review about a year ago (Shakanack Review: Koa Pancake House) and ordering lunch instead of breakfast, it was da least I could do to at least order wat made them a popular breakfast place.





Da Wife and Da Baby shared a Koa Omelette in which Da Baby nevah waits wen food is placed in front of him





Da Keiki had her go to pancake option: chocolate chips





I had da Eggs Benedict with breakfast potatoes





Da damage



Disclaimer:
I no get "invited" to sample these places. I no get reimbursed for meals eaten. I no get asked/told by The Honolulu Star-Advertiser to check these places out so wat you get is a legit, straight up review from a local braddah who loves ono kanack kine grindz as much as he loves his beer. :mrgreen:





So hea's da breakdown:

ATMOSPHERE

Two Shakas and a Go Figgah

Same as last time: typical no flash, sit your okole down, grind your grindz and pau. Da décor is not a let's take it easy and talk story and for wat it's worth, you won't feel like staying long anyways. It is busy in da morning - as expected - but da tables were still "sticky" and we had to ask for it to be wiped with a rag dat I know wasn't in da most sanitary condition. There isn't a person to seat you and it's almost like you have to call dibs on seats cause you don't know if people standing around are waiting for their food, waiting to order or waiting for a table. Plus, there are people who'll stalk you for a table. 😯



KANACK VALUE


Three Shakas and Bumbye


Their prices are in line in today's market although I personally think any plate lunch - whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinnah - at $9+ is pricey.

Da Koa Omelette was stuffed pretty good with spinach, mushrooms and meat (portuguese sausage I think). Da Wife did enjoy her choice and Da Baby wasn't complaining either. Simple kine served with two scoops rice but worth da $9? Depends who you talk to and I would only agree if da omelette was biggah or it came with anoddah side.

Da chocolate chip pancakes, well, they are wat they are. At least da chocolate chips was spread out unlike da last breakfast place, pancake & waffles bld. It was also fluffy and light which made it easier to eat considering it's "bread". If you a fancy kine syrup person, bring your own cause they only get one flavah.

Da eggs benedict was surprisingly pretty good. Normally I reserve da benny for da kine fancier kine restaurants as I know they put a little more effort into da hollandaise sauce but aftah glancing at da menu and its prices, thought I might try something different. And yeah, da whole time I was telling myself I was going to regret going "different" but au contraire mon frere, it satisfied my taste buds. It also pleased me dat they weren't frugal with da sauce too as I was able to dip da bland breakfast potatoes in which was da saving grace. For $8.65, it seemed like a good balance of price to portion ratio.

I will say one thing for certain though, I was contemplating da steak and eggs too and totally glad I didn't. I saw it being delivered to two separate tables and talk about manini! You would be sorely disappointed should you be a meat lover.



OVERALL


Three Shakas and Bumbye


I said it in da review last year, stick with da breakfast stuff and you'll definitely fare bettah thus da one bump up from Two Shakas and a Go Figgah to Three Shakas and Bumbye. I still think it'll be a hit or miss with their menu but at least dis time around da choices we made were more on da hit side. Da food is palatable and nothing spectacular to rave about but it's diner kine food. It definitely is not a Kanack type of establishment as aftah I was pau with my plate, I ended up eating a couple more bites of da omelette and finishing off three full pancakes as well and still could have eaten anoddah plate...... but just remembah to order breakfast eh? πŸ˜€