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Olino by Consolidate Theaters – Luxury in Kapolei!

 Yeah, yeah, I know Olino “By Consolidated Theaters” opened way back in October of 2016. It was a month later before I made it out to Kapolei, to watch “Fantastic Beasts” and check out the new luxury theater with power recliner seats. I do have a seven-year-old son so the family has have traveled to the Leeward Coast, more than a few times, to take in a new movie(s):

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them – Nov 18, 2017
Moana – Nov 23, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Dec 16, 2017
Sing – Dec 21, 2016
Kong: Skull Island – Mar 10, 2017
The Boss Baby – Mar 31, 2017
The Fate of the Furious – Apr 14, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017
Wonder Woman – Jun 2, 2017
Pixar’s Cars 3 – Jun 16, 2017
Despicable Me 3 – Jun 30, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming – Jul 7, 2017
 I like that you can order your tickets and seats online so you don’t have to worry about arriving early for first come, first serve seating. The reclining seats are leather and very comfortable. You can vary the settings to find that perfect comfort zone for your body.

The seating layout is stadium style and there is plenty of space between patrons in front and behind you. My child had no problem viewing the screen even while in the supine position. There is also a food tray (with drink holder) that swings in and out.

Food

There is a wide assortment of food items…not just the usual popcorn & nachos. There are different styles of burgers, hot dogs (Kim Chee Dog anyone?), pizza, local craft beer, wine, coffee (you gotta try the coconut latte) and tea.

If I’m hungry, I usually go for the Olini Burger which features a thick all-beef patty, caramelized onions, sharp cheddar, crispy fried onions and roasted garlic mayo. Of course, I have to save room for hot buttered popcorn along with a mega sized soft drink.

Conclusion

What better place to have both a movie and dining experience than at Olino. My family has been here many times and we have never been disappointed. Good food, reserved seating…what more can you ask for? We also went to other luxury theater in Kapolei, Regal Kapolei Commons 12, but did not enjoy the seats or food as much.

Kountry Kitchen – Old Kapaa Town, Kauai

Kountry Style Kitchen Restaurant
4-1485 Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI 96746
808-822-3511

If you’re visiting Kauai, wake up hungry and are near Old Town Kapaa, then stop on by Kountry Style Kitchen Restaurant. You won’t be disappointed as the food is excellent and the portions large and I mean LARGE! There will be leftovers and if you’re old enough to remember, you will need a “doggie bag”!

As for parking, there is limited parking in front and on the street. I found out later that here is a private lot, next to Coconut Coast Gifts where restaurant parking is allowed.

We had a very friendly waitress who told us that there was also a Kountry Kitchen location, in Ewa Beach, on our own island of Oahu. Wow, we were surprised though there are so many eateries, just in Honolulu, Okay, time to order!

Having an affinity for Mexican food, I ordered the Spanish Omelette which is filled with sour cream, onion, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and salsa. The side dishes were hash browns and thick toast which tasted delicious with butter (didn’t try the jelly).

As much as I tried, I could not finish my dish! The omelette hit the spot as I love sour cream and salsa. The hash browns were nice and crunchy, just how I like ’em, but not greasy. Toast is always a good filler but I was stuffed! Looks like I’m taking tomorrow’s breakfast back to the hotel!

Lucky Belly Mini Review – My Belly Says, “Yum Yum”


Lucky Belly
50 North Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808)531-1888

Lunch                                        Dinner
Monday – Saturday                 Monday – Saturday
11am – 2pm                             5pm – 12am

Lucky Belly is a smallish restaurant will limited seating. I came during lunch time and parked in one of the paid garages. Rarely do the metered parking thing cuz they’re always full! All tables were full, when arriving, so I sat at the bar.

The place, on Hotel Street, is known for their excellent ramen but I wasn’t very hungry so I just ordered the Beet & Spicy Greens salad. The salad includes goat cheese, candied pumpkin seeds & pomegranate dressing. The salad presented very well, the ingredients were fresh and the taste unique but…it wasn’t, in my opinion worth $12 (portion was small also).

It was a hot day so the Hibiscus Lemonade I ordered was a sweet thirst quencher…no free refills though 🙁 The service was terrific and I noticed that those handling food were constantly washing their hands. All in all, a nice light bite to eat. I gotta come back next time and try the ramen!

GEN Korean BBQ House – Hawaii Restaurant Review

1450 Ala Moana Ste 4250
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808)944-5227

Another Hawaii restaurant review! GEN Korean BBQ opened at Hookipa Terrace, in Ala Moana Shopping Center, less than a month ago. The Los Angeles based business is one of the largest all-you-can-eat restaurants in the United States. We tried dining there last weekend (7pm) but the wait was 1 hour, thirty minutes. With a six-year-old in the party, we had to find somewhere else to eat (Macaroni Grill).

Finally, on Easter Saturday we tried again and were rewarded with a manageable 15 minute wait. Walking in, I definitely noticed the Astro blue theme going on. Sitting down I saw the small grill, in the middle of the table, and thought, “Oh man, we gotta pay to cook our own meal!” Even though it was only 1:45pm, only the dinner menu was offered which was priced at $26.95 per person (my son only had to pay half price😐).
If you’re a vegetable lover it’s pretty slim pickens. There were some little side dishes with kimchi, mash potatoes, and some other pickled or fermented items (I just noticed fresh vegetables were offered, on the menu, after the fact😟). This a place to get your meat on! All you can eat meat but with a catch! You can only order four dishes of meat at a time and…if you order more meat than you can consume, you are charged extra!

You only get a small bowl of rice so you had better conserve it. Your waiter brings you the different types of meat ordered and you get to cook it! We ordered a variety of meat such as Hawaiian steak, spicy pork bulgogi, premium pork belly, garlic chicken, Gen signature pork chop, et cetera.
Your only utensils are chopsticks, scissors and tongs. If you want your meat in smaller bite size pieces, it is best to cut it before cooking. My mother-law tried, with much difficulty, cutting the pork chop after it was cooked (where are the dang steak knives?!?!).

In conclusion, the meat was tasty, with a lot of variety. For us, the dinner was over priced since none of us are big eaters. I would have liked more rice and my soda refilled but the waiters were focused on our meat orders only. I could of asked but I take a waiter’s attentiveness, into consideration, when it comes to tipping time.

Best Mexican Restaurant in Kauai? Pacos Tacos!

pacos tacosPaco’s Tacos House
4-1415 Kuhio Highway Kapaa, Hawaii 96746
(808) 822 – 9944
http://pacostacoskauai.com

Best Mexican restaurant in Kauai? Well…The fam and I were walking through Old Kapaa Town looking for dinner! We saw House of Noodles but my wife nixed that idea after informing me that the restaurant only had 3 starts (yes, she is a hard core Yelper!). We kept on walking down Kuhio Highway when I noticed Paco’s Tacos across the street and pointed it out to my wife (yes, I looooove Mexican food!). She checked Yelp and said, “4 stars, let’s try it.”

We sauntered out way in, sat down and checked out the menu. I was pleasantly surprised that breakfast is served all day. So the Huevos Rancheros or Huevos con Chorizo were tempting. Being an enchilada guy, I went with the chicken enchiladas covered in special sauce and cheese. My wife tried the beef enchiladas plate.
pacos tacos
The service was fast and friendly. Our waters were kept filled. The enchiladas platters were a little pricey at $14.00 but this is Hawaii and even Taco Bell is expensive. I have to admit that my meal was worth every cent of the $14.00 price. The secret sauce was very tasty and I would have licked my plate if it was socially acceptable. My wife in not a fan of Mexican food but she finished her entire plate (first time that’s happened) and held up 5 fingers (5 Yelp stars!)

Even my son, who is a SUPER picky eater, enjoyed sharing our enchiladas. I will definitely try the tacos next time! So if you’re ever in Kauai, make your way to Kapaa and give Pacos Tacos a try. Your taste buds will be so thankful

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