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.

Kihei kickback

Hanging out in Kihei, HI, today and working on the TdF Euro 2010 slideshow and maybe even going to get the ‘blog’ done. Hard to belive it’s been two months since the Grand Departure from Rotterdam. I could use some frites avec mayo.