Well let’s see if I can quickly recap a few things from 2012, which I have wholly ignored…not really, life just got in the way of blogging. I am also managing a few FB pages and a couple of other blogs besides working fulltime and also coffee farming. Okay, now that I got that off my chest, you get it that I’m not one to sit around idle. : )
Soooooo….in summation, I offer a brief account of various Kona Babe outings and photos that I missed in 2012:
BUBBA GUMP’S KONA: We occasionally forgo our Wednesday lunch to share Saturday brunch! And who among you can report that dining on the ocean while enjoying banana pancakes is a normal occurrence? Not many, I can tell you that!
Terri, our constant traveler, came bearing gifts from Penzey’s Spices…
Girls bearing gifts is a welcoming sight, and a smiling waitress delivering hot Kona coffee and savory breakfast dishes is even better!
Bubba Gump’s for breakfast! We have returned a few times since this post. YAH!!
75-5776 Alii Drive
Kailua Kona, HI 96740
TRACEE’S TASTEEZ DELI: Back in September, 2012, Tracee’s was located next to Lemongrass on the corner of Kuakini and Hualalai Rd. They have a history of moving around a bit and right now are located in Kaloko Industrial Park above Home Depot, right in the grass shack formerly occupied by Ceviche Dave’s. Tracee can be seen occasionally at Costco shopping for product while pushing a huge orange flatbed around. Both Cindy and Terri shared the Pesto Chicken Wrap, which was described as HUGE, containing “…Pesto chicken in a wrap with avocado, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions & sprouts..” for $10.95
Mei enjoyed a Grinding Gyro that included chicken, lettuce, tomato, hummus, cucs, and creamy Tzatziki dressing all wrapped in flatbread for $9. Iced tea, which was reported as delicious, was $1.75.
Tracee, who is ALWAYS in her kitchen, when she’s not at Costco, came out to say a brief hello and survey the dining room, which is always a good sign in a restaurant. Even though Tracee’s has moved yet again, and will probably do so in the near future, it’s worth the GPS power to find her and enjoy the fruits of her hard working labor! GO TRACEE!
ANTHONY’S BY THE SEA: Formerly the site of Jameson’s By the Sea, Anthony’s is rumored to be owned and staffed by former Jamesonians, and according to rumors and innuendo, are still trying to find their niche in the notoriously ephemeral restaurant world of Kona. The most important certainty going for them is location: There’s nothing more satisfying than watching body surfers getting pounded by large shorebreakers on the neighboring Magic Sands (White Sands, or Disappearing Sands) Beach while sipping an icy mojito.
A few Babes visited Anthony’s soon after their opening for lunch and approved the recent renovations. On that day, their server, Sarah, was spot on with lunch recommendations of crab cake (special, price unknown), quesadilla ($10) and hamburger ($12).
My hubby and I plan to visit soon and I hear a Happy Hour (3-5PM) ringing in the near future. Anthony’s is located at 77-6452 Alii Drive, in the Magic Sands Condo building. There is parking out front, and thanks to the County of Hawaii, across the street in the beach parking lot next to the …ahem…sewer lift station, that thankfully, handles the previous, noxious odors that used to permeate the area.
JACKIE REY’S: What other good things can I possibly say about Jackie Rey’s that have not already been said?? Please check my grammar on that one. But it’s true! Jackie Rey’s is a big favorite of the Babes, and we dine there often, and even run into each other at dinner with spouses, other friends (are there really any others?), and revel in the friendliness that is a part of going there. Owners Paul and Angie have undoubtedly taken the word “Ohana” and made it a Jackie Rey commodity, drawing locals and visitors alike with the bright and cheery attitudes of their staff plus a reasonably priced and tasty island influenced menu. Recently, Jackie Rey’s went through a major overhaul and exacted a big and colorful upgrade in the venue.
Aside from the usual brunches, lunches and dinners, there are special events such as the very popular wine tastings, community Thanksgiving (where everyone in town volunteers to cook for and serve those less fortunate), and many community based non-profit event sponsorships.
I have dozens of foodie photos from our various meals there, but here are a few memorable ones:
If you haven’t been…don’t hesitate. Jackie Rey’s at the Pottery Terrace. 75-5995 Kuakini Hwy. Phone 327-0209 for info and reservations.
Of course, we have enjoyed many more Wednesday lunches but I wanted to catch up on some that have not previously appeared on our website. Now I need to get to the business of writing about our holiday events in another blog so bear with me…thank you for reading!