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Monday, June 13, 2016


Steak and Eggs Sloppy! When I'm cooking in the house, forget about presentation, it's just cook it, and eat it! As we say in Hawaii, "Grine cuz!"

If you frown on the presentation (Nay), or you don't care, you're like me, just make it sloppy, you're happy (Yay)! If you're all Yay with this post, we are friends! Alright.

I used 2- 4 oz. strips of beef short ribs, boneless, this type of meat is somewhat soft chewy, great for searing like I did.

Then I seasoned it with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and heat up some oil in a pan, and began searing it.

After 2.5 minutes, I flipped it, and cooked it for about 2 minutes, for medium rare.

Then I let it rest for a few, then sliced it across the grain, to ensure soft chewing, I like my beef on the bloody side, really happy, Yay!

As you can see, my Nay sayers will rip me for this somewhat uncalled for presentation, but we sloppy home cooks are all "Yay!"

Two eggs ready to be flipped for over easy, this goes great with beef.

Now this won't fly, you see the sloppy presentation? Now all the Nayers, you got a point, but since this is just for in the house scarfing, hey it's the taste that counts because when you're hungry? It's all about the taste.

So our conclusion is this, if you are cooking for yourself, or family, who cares what it looks like. Heck if you cooked for me in your house, and you put all of this in a blender, I'd drink it! Hahaha!

Until next time.

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Monday, June 6, 2016


This is a very simple recipe for searing a strip steak. All you'll need is a very good pan, a cast iron pan works great, because it just retains the heat perfectly because of the thickness.


1 7 oz. boneless strip steak (1 inch thick), seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic.

1 tbsp. unsalted butter

That is it!

NOTE: Now you can get crazy, and make a pan sauce, but with a good quality strip, with well marbling, all you will need is simple ingredients to NOT mask the flavor of the beef. 


1. Heat the pan up over high heat, that's right get it smoking hot. Turn on your vents.

2. Put your butter in the pan, swirl it around so the fat covers the bottom of the pan.

3. Turn heat to medium high. 

4. Place the strip steak on to the pan, and sear it for about 2 minutes, then flip it and cook it for two more minutes. 

Remove from pan, and let it rest. Serve with any starch you like. Trust me, you won't need any sauce for this, it will be medium done. 

I got a question recently, a dude asked me why I didn't place a steak this size into the oven. Well, for one it wasn't thick like a nice filet mignon, that usually is thick, 2 inches plus at times. If you want a thick steak to cook on the inside, an oven finish works well, or how we did it outdoors, just cover the pan with a lid, and turn the heat down, yay!




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Sunday, June 5, 2016


Hey guys, back on the blog once again. Someone asked me about whiskeys, and what do I know about it. Well to be honest, I'm not the guy to ask about the ins and outs of the popular booze that made real men in the west look tough. "Hey bartender, just gimme a bottle of whiskey before a put a bullet in your skull!"

I'm more of Pepsi over crushed ice guy. So I searched some blogs, and I'll give you this. Enjoy.



6th July, 2015 by Amy Hopkins

Demand for American and Japanese whisk(e)y continued to boom in 2014, boosting the sales some of the largest world whisky brands.

Looking across the American, Canadian, Japanese and Irish categories, these are the top 10 best-selling world whisky brands
However, the same level of success could not be repeated by the categories’ Canadian cousins, which was plagued by stagnant and declining figures.
Jameson remains the only Irish whiskey brand shifting more than 1m cases, however it could soon be joined by Tullamore Dew and Bushmills.
Not a single American or Japanese whisky powerhouse declined 2014, though a few did report non-moving figures – a sign of the never-before-seen success of the sectors.
Following our recently published Brand Champions 2015 – our pick of those brands selling over one million cases annually that are performing exceptionally within their category – we run through which are the world’s best-selling world whisky brands on the market today, looking at the North American, Canadian, Japanese and Irish sectors.
Click through the following pages to discover the top 10 best-selling world whisky brands, listed in order of their nine-litre case sales.

8 Responses to “Top 10 best-selling world whisky brands”

  1. Liquor Hunt says:
    What’s not to love about these brands? Great selection (
  2. andy says:
    Walker ships over 20mm cases dont they?
  3. Gary Turner says:
    Why would you title a list “best selling world whisky brands”, but then totally leave out Scotch? Shouldn’t this be “Top 10 Best Selling Non-Scotch Whisky Brands”? Otherwise your title is downright misleading.
  4. Bobby says:
    The only reason a person would leave Scotch off of a list is because they tasted it.
  5. Ben says:
    Yup Bobby. Quite often when somebody isnt very good at something, but wants to be, they invent their own version of it and call themselves the worlds best at it. American football for example and pretend whiskey’s
  6. jock anderson says:
    Hi, just wondering why Jack Daniels sells 11 to 12 million cases, but Johnny Walker sell around 17 million, and Jack Daniels is No.1?
  7. jock anderson says:
    Hi, can i ask, if Johnny Walker sells around 17 million units, and Jack Daniels sells around 11 or 12 million, how is Jack Daniels the biggest seller?




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A Mixed Drink Concoction

Here's a mixed drink using Sake as the main liquor. Sharing this one from a well known source on the web. Enjoy.

2. Yogurt & Sake

Sweet, healthy and skin-friendly. Ideal for female drinkers!
yogurt sake cocktail recipes
  • Sake 100 ml
  • Plain yogurt 200 g
  • Honey 1.5 tbs
  • Salt 0.5 tsp
  • 1 Strawberry for garnish (optional)
Method: (Just mix!)
Add all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix them. Put it in a fridge for 30 mins. Strain it into a glass and garnish with a strawberry.
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Diabetic Shakes

45-60 grams of carbohydrates is what the American Diabetes Association recommends for each meal. Shakes, or smoothies is a very good way to pack your proteins, fiber, vitamins, iron, and carbs into one drink.

Bananas are a good source for carbs, and a medium banana provides 27 grams of carbs, and will thicken the drink. And has potassium.

To make an 8 oz. Banana Smoothie, you can use low fat dairy products to help liquify. Or soy milk, and crushed ice will help. 

Also a cup of frozen strawberries will provide 13 grams of carbs, as well as important antioxidants. Smoothies can be a dessert as well. These are all good to consume, and always make sure you talk to your dietician and check your sugar levels. Learning to eat properly for diabetes will take time, however once you are on the right track, you will probably never go off of it. 

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Diabetic Friendly Korean Style Chicken

This dish is diabetic friendly, it has only 9 grams of carbs. So it should be OK. Just remember to eat more greens, stay away from the simple carbs. And listen to your medical provider. Oh yeah, drink lots of water!


3 tbs sesame seeds

2 tbs reduced sodium Aloha Shoyu

2 tbs. organic honey

1 tsp. sesame oil

1 tsp. minced ginger

1 minced garlic clove

Black pepper to taste

4 skinned chicken thighs (medium large size) * Locals like grine!

Any green leaf veggie to garnish if you like.


1. Mix the sesame seeds, shoyu, honey, ginger, garlic, and black pepper, mix it well. Put 2 tbs. of marinade to the side. Toss the chicken into the bowl of marinade and coat well. Cover it with foil or plastic wrap, and chill for about 45 minutes to an hour.

2. Heat up your oven to 400 degrees F. Place chicken on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, or spray nonstick. Bake the chicken for about 25 minutes on center rack, or until the chicken starts to have the juices running out. Check if inside is not pink, and then you're good to go.

Garnish if you like.

Tips on plating.

1 chicken
1 scoop brown rice
1 1/2 handful of veggies, use an olive oil based dressing with vinegar. 

Per serving: 1 thigh, Calories 183, Carbs 9g, Portein 27g, Sodium 300mg, Fat 4g, Cholesterol 66mg.

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Sunday, May 15, 2016


Aloha from Lahaina, Maui my foodies, and it's been a while. I said I was going to be gone for months, but today I got a chance to do a local style blog with a local foodie named, Kaipo Da Foodie.

Kaipo is a local cat, hard working and loves to eat some serious local style food. I asked this cat what did he eat in the past week, and this is what he ate.

Kaipo holding a bottle of Wesson Oil, and Aloha Shoyu

1. At his house he remembers eating some pork & peas with hot dogs. Locals eat simple, and I myself love to eat this. It's simple, and onolicious.

2. Then he had a hamburger steak plate, complete with 2 scoops of rice, mac salad, and lots of gravy. A true local foodie.

3. Adding to the list of local favorites, he went to a local convenience store to whack a plate of chicken katsu with 2 scoops of rice, and mac salad. Feeling hungry now folks?

4. Then he trekked to L&L Drive-Inn to nail a chicken katsu curry plate, again with 2 scoops of rice, and mac salad, with lots of that curry smothered all over his plate. 

5. Feeling like a need for pizza, he bought himself a frozen Safeway Supreme Pizza, stuck it in the oven, and ate that! And of course playing some serious Xbox!

6. Feeling like a chef, he decided to cook some mushrooms wrapped with bacon, and some asparagus. This guy's a foodie for sure!

7. Then he tells me his grandma made him some salmon, said she battered the salmon with mayonnaise and some breadcrumbs, and fried it up in the pan. If it works it works.

8. Get this, he went to Casa Maya's a local Mexican joint, and got himself a 1 pound chicken burrito! This kid does not fool around on food!

9. To Teddy's Bigger Burgers where he said he woofed down a Teddy's Bigger Burger meal, a 9 oz. burger with special sauce, lettuce, onions, and tomato, side of fries and a Coke. Man he can eat!

10. Taco Bell called his name, he answered and mopped up their Fritto Steak Burrito with a Coke! Nuts man, nuts!

So this is Kaipo's foodie wisdom folks. "Try eat healthy, don't eat like me. And stay away from GMO foods." Great Kaipo Da Foodie, we'll remember that one for sure.

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