Weekend Dish: Deep-fried PB&J

By September 5, 2011 Food, Weekend Dish

The other day I had the most amazing breakfast — made by the head chef at Rainbow Drive-In, no less.

And no, it didn’t involve two scoops of rice and mac salad.

He served us peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — on white bread, this is key — dunked in pancake batter, deep-fried, then doused in sugar.

Oh, I can’t tell you how good it was.

So my mom and I — with the help of my dad, who manned the sugar — tried to recreate this breakfast sensation. In the process, I think we improved on it, changing up the fillings and realizing there’s so much more we can do with this recipe.

Here’s what we did:

Pancake batter

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We used a batter for instant malassadas (see below) to coat the sandwiches. It was easy enough and the batter, when fried, really puffed up.

Used to make instant malassadas


1 1/2 cups Bisquick
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk


Mix. Coat pieces of white bread — filled or not — with batter and place into deep fryer.

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Scenes from this weekend’s Okinawan Festival

By September 3, 2011 #CatTravels, Food

OK, I’m not Okinawan.

But whenever I go to the annual Okinawan Festival at Kapiolani Park, I feel the uchinanchu spirit come over me.’

And it’s usually at the food booths.

Okinawans know how to eat. And this year’s offerings proved it, with a lineup that included shoyu pork, yakisoba, sōki soba (ソーキそば) and, of course, andagi. More than 100,000 of them.

This year, though, there were a couple of new items: taco rice — a popular Okinawan dish that combines rice with taco-seasoned beef, shredded lettuce, cheese and salsa — and fundagi — a combination of andagi with funnel cakes.

There’s so much to do — and eat — it’s no wonder the festival is held over two days.

Here’s what the first day of this year’s festival looked like:

Welcome to the Okinawan Festival

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What started as a one-day cultural event at McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park has become a two-day festival that attracts more than 50,000 people and involves more than 2,000 volunteers at Waikiki's largest park.

The 29th annual Okinawan Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Kapiolani Park.

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