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Oahu’s Triple D – Home(Hotel)made Meal

After a trip to the farmer’s market, we dedicated a night to make use of our hotel kitchen and make a home cooked meal (and save some $$).   Here’s something that Patch and I whipped up for our friends.

The ever popular Miso Butterfish ($15 from the market). Baked in the oven. The miso paste was thick enough that it overpowered the flavour of the butterfish.

Ribeye steaks from trusty Costco... seasoned with Dole's Original Seasoning. A little bit of salt rub goes a loooooong way. They were cooked at the hotel's BBQ grill.

Fresh abalone sauteed in locally made garlic and herb butter.

Abalone ready for picking.

Salad with fresh mango, blueberries and avocadoes mixed with Dole's Pineapple dressing. Corn grilled using the lounge's BBQ. You will need to supply your own aluminum foil unless you got our room, we left the leftovers in the kitchen. 😉

Our homemade meal with beer and bottles of plum wine!

Hotel Review – Aston at the Waikiki Banyan

This hotel is one of the many hotels in the Aston chain and also goes by Aston Banyan Waikiki. On Trip Advisor, it is rated as 3 stars.  This is the second time that I’ve stayed at the Banyan.

One thing I learned about Oahu hotels is that is doesn’t matter if it’s 4 stars or 5 stars, the hotels are out dated and old.  Turtle Bay Resort, Royal Hawaiian, Hilton, etc. are 4 stars and above and I can tell you that their standard rooms are similar to 3 stars hotels along the strip.  Only exception is the Halekulani… hope to one day be able to stay there but I was lucky (and gutsy) enough to sneak in and catch a glimpse of the hotel.

There are many reasons to why I returned to the Banyan.  They are:

  • super kid friendly – playpens, cribs are available to rent at no charge (please tip though!).  Upon arrival, kids get a sand bucket/shovel and a Kids Eat Free card at participating restaurants.
  • parking – no valet, parking is charged by the day or week with in/out priveledges.
  • kitchen – fridge, kitchen utensils, there are even BBQ grills in the lounge area to use.
  • fast elevators – I’ve heard complaints about how slow the elevators for Tower I are but I’ve stayed at the rooms in Tower II and their elevators get me to my floor quick… even when I’m on the 36th floor.
  • free internet – it’s not wi-fi, but there’s a cable included.

Booking for both trips had its own hiccups.  But it wasn’t anything that couldn’t be resolved.  Both times, I asked for King size beds and was given Queen size which I swear it’s a bit smaller by Canadian standards (closer to full/double).  Both times, we had to switch rooms to get the bed that we wanted.  The staff are friendly but they work on Hawaiian time and very chilled. Read the rest of this entry