So nice to be back at the Willows.

This time last Sunday, I was enjoying a second pass by the crab legs and sashimi at the Willows on Hausten Street in Honolulu. I haven’t been there in years and it was so nice to be back.

Of course, it’s not quite the same as back in the days of Randy Lee, but it’s still a wonderful Oahu spot and now it’s the new home of Pakele Live on Thursday nights, so my visits should be a bit more regular.

Aston Executive CenterAlso, we had another delightful stay at the Aston Executive Center. I’ll admit it, I’m in a Friday HNL rut—happy hour at Indigo, a stop to see what’s going on at Hank’s and then off to catch Olomana at the HHV. Nice rut.

Did Du Vin on Saturday, and this time, I will say I was not impressed with the food. Fortunately though, Ginai’s jazz vocals made the evening a great night out.

I always get looks of puzzlement when I tell them it’s so nice to go from OGG to HNL because, among other things, the airport is so much more serene.

Stale bread

The big Saturday farmer’s market/swap meet on Maui is now held in the parking lot of Maui Community College (it’s no longer officially called that, but being of Viking heritage, I’m hard to re-train.) These days, the MCC culinary school has a small booth in the market selling items baked by students and last Saturday I stopped by and picked up a fresh, albeit obviously slightly over-baked baguette—great structure and texture, but that puppy had been in the oven just a few minutes too long. Anyway, it sat in the bread drawer and by tonight, its usefulness for other than as building material or as a club was pretty minimal. That is, with the exception panzanella aka Italian Bread Salad. The bread, soaked for a bit in water and then tossed with tomatoes, basil, garlic, cucumber and onion and finally mixed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar made a fantastic dinner salad.