14 Hands – Hot To Trot

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Varietal: Red Blend

Vintages: 2010

Country:  Columbia Valley, Washington State

Essence of: Easy drinking red wine with dark fruit flavors & rich aromas of berries, cherries and currants. The wine has light tannins and subtle notes of spice and cocoa which give it a smooth finish.

Best Served With: Enjoy with grilled meats, Pizza, Pasta

Price Range: Under $15 per bottle


Kona Rub Coffee Pork Loin

Serves: 4-6 people
Total Preparation Time: 1:30 with marinating time

2.5 LB Pork Loin

Rub Ingredients:
1 Tablespoons 100% Kona Coffee Freeze Dried Instant
1 Teaspoon of Chili Powder
1 Teaspoon of Cumin
1 Teaspoon of Granulated Garlic
1 Teaspoon of Chinese 5 Spice Blend
1 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
2 Teaspoons of Hawaiian Salt
1 Teaspoon of Sugar

Remove pork from bag and rinse under cold water. Take a cooking sheet and cover with heavy duty tin foil. Place the pork on top of the sheet and generously code the pork with the rub on both sides. Use your hands to make sure its rubbed into the meat well. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator for one hour. Preheat the grill on high and grill pork for 10-12 minutes on each side. When pork is done cooking let it rest for about 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy with vegetables, roasted potatoes, rice or quinoa for dinner.

Kona Rub Pork Loin

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Covert Ultimate Cheeseburger

Serves: 4 People
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Meat Mixture:
1.5 lb of Lean Ground Beef Sirloin
½ Small White Sweet Onion, Small Diced
½ Cup of Cilantro, Chopped
4 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
2 Tablespoon of Oyster Sauce
1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
2 Teaspoon of Aloha Soy Sauce (Low Sodium)
2 Teaspoon of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
¼ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
¼ Teaspoon Garlic Salt
Cheddar Cheese, 4 Slices (or favorite cheese)
1 package of Hamburger Buns, Whole Wheat

Condiments: (Recommended but Optional)
1 Avocado, Sliced
1 Tomato, Washed and sliced
1 Small Red Onion, Sliced
4 lettuce Leafs

Preheat Grill. Combined all the meat ingredients into a bowl and mix with your hands until ingredients are evening blended together. Divide the meat into four equal parts and form patties with your hands. Place each patty onto the grill and cook to desired temperature (it’s recommended to cook meat all the way through). Meanwhile wash and slice your favorite condiments such as avocado, tomato and red onion and set them aside. Place the slice cheese on top of each patty about 2 minutes before they are cooked while also placing the buns on top of the grill to heat up the bread. Compile burger and enjoy with potato chips and salad.

Ultimate Covert Hamburger recipe

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Blue Water Grill

Overall Review: Cork

Service: Yikes…. the service was terrible at Blue Water Grill in Hawaii Kai. The evening started out with us calling and booking a reservation at 7:30pm that night. When we arrived we where informed that it would still be at least 30 minutes before we could be seated. I inquired why they didn’t tell us to come at 8pm if there where busy and the hostess was frazzled and didn’t really have an answer… hummmm get it together guys! Then once we where finally seated an hour later not only was the restaurant empty (like tables everywhere) but our waiter was less than impressive and kept forgetting things or was MIA for most of the evening.

Food: The disappointments kept on coming when we received our food. By the time we where seated both the local fresh fishes dishes they where out of as well as the lamb. They blamed all the issues on the Groupon deal they did but we felt that they should have been more “on their game” knowing that their deal was expiring July 4th and that MAYBE this weekend people would come and use the GC before it expired!! The food was lack luster, under seasoned and overall pretty bad. The salmon came with mushy and overcooked rice, the ribs where dry and served over a watery slaw which made all the french fries wet, the Filet Mignon was cut into two thine pieces of meat (not a thick piece like it should be) and even our friends hamburger which is impossible to screw up wasn’t so great. 

Favorite Dishes: Seafood-Artichoke Dip, and our drinks.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is the best thing going for the Blue Water Grill. The restaurant is overlooking the water / harbor of Hawaii Kai and has a beautiful view. The is an ideal place to go for drinks and to watch the sunset. The decor is warm inside with high ceilings and light wood floor and fixtures.

Consistency: We have only been once so far and will never go again. If we do for some strange reason we promise to update this section.

Parking: Blue Water Grill has free parking out front if you are lucky enough to find a spot. The parking lot is in the Hawaii Kai shopping center and is shared with all the other restaurants & vendors including Safeway, The Shack and many others.

Price Range: High ($20-$30) per Entree
Corkage Fee $20 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted (but even if you have one you may still have to wait!)
Take Out Available

377 Keahole St
Honolulu, HI 96805
Tel: (808) 395-6224

Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner:
Mon-Thu: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Happy Hour – Monday to Fridays 3:00-6:00 p.m. daily.


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Seafood-Artichoke Dip

Blue grill mango-guava baby back ribs

Baby Back Ribs

blue grill hawaii kai salmon




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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages: 2008

Country: Columbia Valley, Washington

Essence of: Notes of black cherries, plum, currant, cocoa and leather with lingering cedar notes. This full structured wine is supported by ripe tannins, providing a long and smooth finish.

Best Served With: Pepper Steak, Grilled Meat, Pasta and Pizza

Price Range: Under $15 per bottle

Sockeye Cabernet Sauvignon


Cartlidge & Browne

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages: 2008

Country: California, USA

Essence of: When I first open this wine I had aromas of dried strawberries and tons of alcohol, it was overwhelming. I took a sip and was disappointed. The tannins are very harsh and overpowered the fruit in the wine, not well balanced at first / Bits recommended to let this wine sit and breath for 15 to 20 min the flavors begin to settle down and the fruit comes into place. / Notes of cedar and bits of vanilla and spice come out once the alcohol subsides, but the tannins remain very apparent with a lingering long finish.

Best Served With: Gamey & Grilled Meats

Price Range: Under $15 per bottle

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Grilled Citrus Chimichurri Flank Streak

Serves: 4-6 people
Cooking Time: 1 hour

1 large Flank Steak (2-3lbs)
Chimichurri Marinate:
1 cup Olive Oil
1 bunch Italian Parsley
1 bunch Cilantro
1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
8 tablespoons Kikkoman Tempura Sauce
6 large garlic cloves
1 medium size lemon (zested and juiced)
1 medium size lime (zested and juiced)
1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

Combine all marinate ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix together well. Set aside ½ cup of marinate to complete the dish. Place remainder of marinate into a bowl with flank steaks. Marinate for at least 30 minutes (or as long as you can) in the refrigerator. Remove steaks 10 minutes before grilling. Grill on high heat until desired temperature. Rest meat for 10 minutes, then pour remaining marinate over cooked steak and enjoy with favorite side dishes.

Citrus Grilled Steak Recipe

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Bogle Wine Yards

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages: 2008

Country: California

Essence of: Ripe cherry and plums get your attention, while vanilla and spice lure your palate / This Cabernet is structured very well and has incredible balanced / The tannins are silky and luscious with a long pleasant finish.

Best Served With: Enjoyed this wine with a variety of meat dishes prepared in light or rich sauce or simply grilled, also good with aged cheeses.

Price Range: Under $12 per bottle

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Greg Norman

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages: 2007

Country: Limestone Coast, South Australia

Essence of: Vibrant and complex aromas of spicy, red berry fruit, cinnamon and clove spice / The same abundant, vibrant fruit is reflected on the palate which also shows a hint of licorice, sweet cinnamon spice, and subtle cedar French oak

Best Served With: Grilled Meats, Chicken Dishes, Pizza, and Pasta

Price Range: Under $15 per bottle

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