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Mountain View Stone Cookies

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

Mountain View Stone Cookies

I don’t understand why people love these so much. They are hard, bland and stale.

Stone Cookie with Coffee

They do taste really good with coffee though. Maybe it’s the Hawaiian version of biscotti?

Well, maybe I do understand them after all. Good cookies these are. :)

Mt View Bakery Inc
18-1319 Old Volcano Rd
Mountain View, HI
(808) 968-6353

Sputnik’s Burgers

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Sputnik’s Outside

I’ve posted before about Sputnik’s wonderfully soft butter rolls and delicious buttermilk rolls, but never actually went inside until recently. They are also famous for their special burgers. Looks like a research job for Big Island Grinds!

Sputnik’s Inside Sputnik Menu

The menu was written on a dry erase board and had a small selection of plate lunches along with “Sputnik Burgers”. There were a lot of people inside, but mostly waiting for their orders, so I didn’t have to wait long to order.

The sputnik burger selection was Teri Beef, Turkey Ham, and Tuna. We chose a Teri Beef and Turkey Ham. We also ordered a chili bowl just in case the burgers weren’t enough to fill us up.

Sputnik Burger Inside da burgas

Pretty interesting burgers huh? It looks sort of like a baked manapua, but it feels much softer and the filling is spread out more evenly rather than it being all in the center. What a clever idea! It also tasted great. I think the bread made it happen — it was so soft and had a sweet “fresh baked” taste, maybe a little like sweet bread. The fillings also complimented the bread. The teri burger had a filling of finely ground hamburger with a sweet and tangy flavor. The turkey ham one had a nice strong salty ham flavor, finely chopped. Very easy to eat, but not enough! I would need 2 or 3 of these to make a meal. :D Bev did fine with just one though.

I must also note that these burgers also make wonderful omiyage (gifts). You can purchase them in bulk chilled to bring on the plane.

Sputnik’s Chili

We also shared a chili bowl. It was pretty bad actually. Way too sweet — it tasted like sweet relish mixed with meat and beans. It also had way too much rice and just a thin layer of chili. I hate it when places make the chili to rice ratio like 1 part chili 10 parts rice.

While waiting for our order, most people were ordering their plate lunches. They seemed pretty popular. I would come back again to try their plate lunches and definitely come back for more Sputnik Burgers and Butter Rolls! Be warned though, the butter rolls are only available on Friday.

Sputniks
811 Laukapu St. B-10
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-2066

Strawberry Mochi

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

Strawberry Mochi from Two Ladies Kitchen

This is from Two Ladies Kitchen, given to me as a small gift. *smile*

Merry Christmas everyone!

Two Ladies Kitchen
274 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720
808-961-4766