Tiki Town

Burgerology: Tiki Town

*This restaurant has closed. A similar venue can be found nearby called Cuckoo Coconuts. Tiki Town

Welcome to our new occasional series, Burgerology. I have repeatedly proclaimed my love of cheeseburgers, so I’m on the hunt to share with you the most awesome burgers on the island of Oahu. 

Our first burger is from Tiki Town, which is tucked away in my favorite den of nostalgia in Waikiki, The International Marketplace. This joint is exactly as tacky as it’s name implies, which makes it deliciously fun. I don’t care how big their plastic volcano is, I’ll try anywhere that serves a $3.95 mai tai.

Volcano Bar

We’ve only been here during the day, but the atmosphere has always been fun and relaxed. The service is fast and accurate, considering the wait staff all have Japanese accents. They get it right the first time, and quickly. It’s the kind of place where you can laugh as loudly as you want, and no one will care.

Mai Tai

The mai tai is potent and tastes good. It appears to come from a mix rather than freshly squeezed organic pineapple juice and other such nonsense, but for $3.95, I’m not complaining. I also love that they bring you peanut butter stuffed pretzels while you wait for your food, or just to snack on if you’re only having drinks. That’s one of my favorite snacks, so getting them for free is sweet. It’s especially awesome that they’re served to you in a coconut.

Volcano Burger

The burgers are cooked on essentially a big backyard gas grill, so they taste homemade. It’s a good size burger, and mine has always been cooked perfectly with gorgeous grill marks that lend the flavor of flame. I get the classic burger with cheese, and Geoff usually orders the volcano burger with plenty of hot sauce and jalapenos. My only complaint is that they use processed cheese, rather than the real thing. It’s not a big deal, I just prefer cheddar.

Tiki Town Burgers

Another great feature is that they bring you a literal bucket of condiments with your food. I got to put mustard, ketchup, and mayo on my burger just the way I like it, and even better, there was a bottle of ranch dressing for my fries. Genius.

The price is about mid-range at around $9, cheap for Waikiki, and if you only order one round of drinks, you can definitely get out of there for less than $20 per person. It’s a great place to stop into for a midday drink or a quick lunch. 

Tikis

We’ve never been here for dinner or late night drinks, and it’s usually not that busy when we go in. It’s not gourmet. It’s a tacky tiki bar. They have good simple food and cheap drinks, so if you know what you’re getting yourself into, and you don’t take yourself to seriously, you’ll quite enjoy it. We’d definitely go back again.

Geoff at Tiki Town

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Awesomest Cheap Date

We had a most fantastic mid-week date night for about $25. Get this. One of our local movie theaters, Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX, has $6 movie tickets all day Tuesday. And, it gets better. This movie theater happens to be right next to Costco, where you can get the cheapest dinner ever. Here’s the plan. I meet my husband straight after work, he buys turkey paninis that we stash in my purse, we buy tickets for a 4:30 show before the crowds arrive, and we’re home by 7. When was the last time you had dinner and a movie for that cheap? I think we’re going to do this every week.

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What movie did we see, you ask? We finally saw Iron Man 3. I realize everybody in the world has already seen it, but we don’t like crowds, so we don’t mind waiting. I was thoroughly entertained, as always, by Tony Stark, and I was pleased to get to see a bit more of Robert Downey Jr.’s face. He’s an excellent actor, even when he’s not busy punching people in the face. I’ll also watch anything with Don Cheadle. What did you think? I love to talk movies. Let’s get into it.

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Are you absolutely in love with Arrested Development? Have you been excited about the new episodes ever since the rumors started flying a few years ago? Did you geek out when they started tweeting photos of the cast filming the new stuff? Yeah, me too! I’m so glad I have Netflix. Honestly, we haven’t even gotten to the new episodes yet because we decided to start from the beginning. But just the joy of watching the old episodes again has already made my month extra awesome. I’ve heard mixed reviews, but I’m excited to make it to the new stuff either way. It will be like catching up with old friends.

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Not having cable or a radio, I’m usually not up on the latest thing. It doesn’t bother me at all. My vocabulary, though, is riddled with outdated references. I need everybody to know about Strong Bad. It’s often essential to understanding the words that are coming out of my mouth. Spend some time. And don’t skip Teen Girl Squad. Some things are funny forever.

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Having another month of work is super awesome. I need cheese and chocolate. Which means I need a paycheck. I’m grateful for a boring office job.

By far, the most awesome thing in May was launching this very blog. You are so awesome for being here. I don’t think I can say how excited I am without sounding horribly cheesy. But yeah, it’s awesome! So way very awesome!!!

Bacon and Egg Salad
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Bacon and Egg Salad

Bacon and Egg Salad

Bacon and Egg Salad

I have a problem. I eat like an eight year old. It’s wonderful and terrible all at the same time. It’s pretty much cheeseburgers and ice cream around here all the time. After all, the four food groups of awesome aren’t exactly designed for bikini season. This is especially ironic since I live in the land of endless summer. But regardless of imminent swimsuit wearing possibilities, I’ll always go for another slice of pizza. I like to enjoy myself

And yet, sometimes even I can start to feel weighed down by all the cheeseburgers, cookies and pizza. Oh and one too many ciders. Unfortunately, even my attempts at “healthy” eating end up with bacon in them.

Bacon and Egg Salad

Look, I just don’t like vegetables. If I could be hypnotized into believing that broccoli and kale were delicious, I’d do it in a second. It just doesn’t make me happy. In fact, it kind of grosses me out. I have issues. I don’t mind the occasional simple salad, provided it doesn’t contain frisee. This, however, is a salad I actually look forward to.

The dressing is made from Dijon mustard whisked right into the bacon grease, and it’s topped with tender lovely boiled eggs. And bacon. Did I mention bacon?

Bacon and Egg Salad

Life is too short to eat bad food. This salad is delicious and is bound to have fewer calories than a bacon cheeseburger. Maybe it’s not clean or skinny, but it definitely tastes awesome. Do it!

Bacon and Egg Salad
Serves 4
A salad that's not so light, but full of flavor
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 eggs
  2. 1 head of your favorite lettuce (I pick whatever's second cheapest after iceberg, but never ever frisee)
  3. 1 garlic clove (or garlic infused oil)
  4. 4-6 slices of bacon (whatever's leftover in your fridge)
  5. 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  6. 4 teaspoons cider vinegar
  7. dash of Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. Put your eggs in a small saucepan and fill with water just until your eggs are submerged. Put this over high heat and bring to a boil. Allow the water to boil for one minute and then turn off the heat. Leave everything alone for ten minutes. Pour cold water over the eggs, then park them in the fridge until you're ready for them.
  2. Chop or tear your lettuce and throw it in your salad bowl.
  3. Crack a clove of garlic by placing it under the flat of your knife and giving it a good whack. Peel the garlic and put it in your frying pan with just a touch of oil if you have it. Turn the heat under your frying pan to medium
  4. Using scissors, cut your bacon into small pieces over your frying pan. Stir frequently and cook until the bacon is crisp.
  5. Drain the bacon on a paper towel lined plate, and discard the garlic. (Or not, if that's your thing.) Remove the frying pan from the heat.
  6. Add the Dijon mustard to your bacon fat and carefully whisk these two together until combined.
  7. Whisk in the vinegar and Worcestershire.
  8. Season your lettuce if you like and add your bacon and dressing. Toss lightly.
  9. Peel your eggs, then cut them into quarters and add these to your salad. Give it a final gentle toss, then try to convince yourself you're having a healthy meal whilst eating lettuce coated in bacon fat. It's gonna be so awesome!
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella
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