A food-filled anniversary weekend

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

The last four days for us were pretty much spent…eating. Since Justin was at work on our actual anniversary (Wednesday), we decided to eat locally for dinner that night. The destination: Besa Grill. On Wednesdays, they offer $5 margaritas…including all of their specialty flavors as well! It’s such a good deal, so we couldn’t resist. Justin didn’t realize that when he ordered his cactus pear margarita that it would be pink…and served in a martini glass. Haha!!!

We started off with an order of calamari: one of Justin’s favorites.

I like that they serve their calamari lightly fried…and they include some slices of fried jalapeno as well! The sliced peppers and a light sprinkling of cheese on top make them unique.

Justin and I were really in the mood for tacos that night, and we both ended up ordering Besa Grill’s chicken tacos. They come in a set of three toasted flour tortillas, stuffed full with chicken, poblano peppers, pico de gallo, onions, cilantro, cotija cheese, and sliced radish on top. I know you might think that radishes sound strange, but they give you a crunchy, crisp texture, and a bit of a zippy flavor. I feel like from now on I need to add some radish to tacos when I make them at home…

We finished off the evening with what else…churros! And whipped cream.

Am I the only person out there who didn’t eat churros as a kid? I guess they never called to me, but I was missing out. I mean, crispy fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar? How can you go wrong with that???

Besa Grill on Urbanspoon

After such a nice evening at Besa Grill, we were really looking forward to getting a bit dressed up for our “fancy” anniversary dinner on Thursday night. We made reservations at Roy’s this time. We’d eaten there once before, and I absolutely loved the Asian/Hawaiian fusion they offer. Justin and I arrived a bit early to partake in their Aloha Hour at the bar. From 4:30-6:30, they offer a selection of small plates, wine, and all of their specialty cocktails…for just $5! We couldn’t resist being able to experience a few things off that menu. We started off by trying out their signature martini: The Original Hawaiian Martini – Maui pineapples are drenched in SKYY Vodka, Stoli Vanil Vodka & Malibu Coconut Rum. It is shaken and served with fresh pineapple.

Let me tell you: this martini packs a punch…with flavor and liquor. I decided to slow down and stick with wine after sipping on this bad boy. The first small plate we ordered were the Waygu beef sliders with sweet potato fries.

Aren’t they adorable?!?! The sliders were the perfect size, and came on a beautiful slider bun with lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions and chipotle aioli. The slider was incredibly juicy and flavorful, and it totally satisfied my craving for a burger (and my body can handle eating a small portion of lean red meat like this). And the garlic sweet potato fries? Amazing. They were crispy (rare for a sweet potato fry), and covered with a light sprinkle of a tangy cheese. They didn’t even need ketchup…they were that good.

Next, we sampled the Big Island Ebi Roll, which contains shrimp tempura, coconut, cream cheese, avocado, and habanero aioli. I actually quite enjoyed these with some soy sauce on top: I appreciated the fact that they weren’t wrapped in seaweed (not a huge fan of that), and the fish inside was cooked. I keep hoping that one day I’ll really love sushi, but for now it is baby steps with me, and this option was a great “starter sushi,” so to say!

Honestly, we could have continued eating small plates off the Aloha Hour menu, but instead we sat down to eat a full meal at that point. Selecting our main courses that evening was difficult: there are so many tasty options, and Roy’s features certain varieties of fish you might not normally see in restaurants. I settled on the Shutome, which is a marlin/swordfish…firm texture but mild flavor. It was served with asparagus, mashed potatoes, and a ginger scallion ponzu sauce. I happily devoured every single bite!

Justin selected the Hawaiian Ono for his dinner (Ono is also known as Wahoo). It was such a gorgeous plate, with Israeli cous cous, rainbow carrot, asparagus, and mint salad, and a tomato ginger jam.

Roy's on Urbanspoon

Finally, we spent the rest of the weekend lazing around and eating pizza I made. Fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil, prosciutto, and arugula: need I say more?


So – what did YOU eat over the weekend? Anything delicious?


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