This morning on the way to work we executed our super smart football parking plan for the second week in a row. I don’t need to go into details but I would like to boast that there will be no more parking at Radford and beyond for us! Tomorrow we play Utah State and I hope Colt’s foot is better because I cringed hard during each of his career high 5 interceptions last week against Idaho. I’ll try my football food thing again, but this time I’ll make much less.
Last night I fully intended to have a small, healthy dinner again but when we got there it was spare ribs. My mother in law’s spare ribs are by far the most onolicious things you ever tasted. For the mainlanders, “onolicious” (oh-no-licious) is the Hawaii way of saying delicious. The word “ono” by itself means delicious, but onolicious is just one of those words that people here have merged together and become common after a while.
Since there are tons of bones and I love this stuff, I took a stupid amount of meat. There was a lot left in the pot, so I used that excuse as a justification to pig out two meals in a row. To try to make up for it, I packed very little rice and a lot of broccoli. Boy, did I have an adventure trying to smash the cover onto this bento! There’s a little area in the middle of the cover for the utensils and this means there’s this long thing that goes into the box when you cover it. A bit frustrating design wise, but its still a really pretty box. I added takuan and carrot flowers to add color.
Voting for the Bloggers Choice Awards ends on October 19th and while I am very grateful for the 90 votes I’ve gotten from kind readers, the highest bento blogger on the Food Blog list is still Biggie. The vegan blogs are all still tops, so let’s band together and boost her up! This is our last chance to get a bento blogger in the top 5 and I can’t think of any other bento blogger out there who deserves the recognition more than her. You have to register, but its very quick. If you’ve already registered to vote for me, it’s even easier because you can vote for more than one blog! Vote for Biggie!
Also, I got more work done on my costume last night! I’ll update my LJ in a bit. Fan Festival is already next month!!!
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No bento for me today as I took the day off so that I could drop the in-laws off at the airport and so that I can pick up the kids this afternoon. I have a lot of stuff to do today including stops at Fabric Mart so that I can find more material for my White Mage costume I’m making for the FFXI Fan Festival in November, the post office to mail out orders, Costco to buy fruits, Foodland or Marukai to buy food, and maybe the post office in town if I feel like going all the way down there to pick up my newest eBay purchases. What I’m looking forward to the most though is lunch.
Before I get to that though, I went to Marukai yesterday since Mr. Pikko was held up at work and said I was free to go if I wanted to so of course I had to go. They had new inventory in and had tons of this box similar to the Fine Will one everyone wanted:
I realize it doesn’t look as stunning as the Fine Will one, but I still think it’s a great color and a great box in general. This box is in the AIB store right now, so if you want to purchase one better grab it up soon! I don’t have that many. (4) +_+ The good news of this new arrival at Marukai is that it means Marukai is buying the junk discontinued stuff from Skater, who makes awesome boxes. At least, that’s what I assume happens with dollar store merchandise… I guess green isn’t a very popular color in Japan? That’s great news for me because I do think green is my favorite color bento box!
I had mentioned I was going to sell my Fine Will one on eBay to hopefully make a bit more money and I finally got around to doing so today. The listing can be found here.
Anyway, I mentioned lunch. Since I’m going to be at the airport, that’s just a bit away from Kalihi so I’m definitely going to make a stop at Monarch Seafood. A few years ago I used to work in Kalihi and though as a little Japanese girly I was at first scared of working in what I’d only heard of as a “rough” neighborhood, I found that the plus of working there is all the great places you can eat lunch. There are tons of okazuya shops there. To the people who haven’t heard of it, okazuya places are basically bento food stores where you go in and pick individual items to build your own bento lunch. You can read an article about it here.
If you look at the list at the bottom, there are 4 places in Kalihi! I’ve eaten at Gulick Deli and it’s a bit oily for my tastes and I went to Mitsuba once but I got there at the tail end of lunch so there wasn’t much left. I tried on several occasions to get the infamous Garlic Chicken from Mitsu-ken across the street from Mitsuba but since my tightass boss then was under the impression that lunch could be inhaled in 15 minutes and the line outside that place is always ten kinds of nuts, I never did get to eat there. In fact, that’s how I ended up eating at Mitsuba.
Anyway, I’m not eating at any of these places though. Monarch Seafood is this small little fish market on a corner right across from the Kalihi Bank of Hawaii that sells the most awesome plate lunches. And while you’re waiting of course you drool over their big selection of poke. I haven’t eaten there in several years, so that’s where I’m going today. The part that sucks is that their parking is as great as Waiola Shave Ice by the zoo: they have none. I’ll post pics later or tomorrow!
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