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25 October 2008 @ 04:04 pm
More Adventures In Food - Musubi Edition! :)  
So, after the disappointment last weekend of trying (and failing miserably) to go to Mana Bu's on King Street for what we had heard was the best musubi (rice balls) in town, Mark & I got brave and decided to try again, only this time, earlier. We figured that if they opened at 11am, we should try to get there by at least 10:30am - AND it was storming - who in their right mind would go out in awful weather like that for musubi?? (I mean, besides us, anyway...)

We got there at 10:30am, despite the rain and the traffic and there was already a line out the door and no parking in the lot! :( Mark went around the block twice looking for street parking (we were determined this time to try the famous musubi!) We finally found parking along King Street and walked a block (in the rain) to stand in a long line of folks waiting for a chance to taste the musubi too...

One man in line behind us was from Lanai and had tried to come the week before, but he showed up at 11am and they were already out of stock. The thing about this musubi place is that they handmake a quantity of musubis, and once they sell out, they close for the day. The shop is own and run by a couple from Japan - and anyone familiar with Japanese culture will tell you - the Japanese love to make small quanities of really good food, rather than mass quantities of mediocre food.

So we stood in line and got to know some of the people around us... One lady had come on Friday, but was disappointed to reach the inside of the store, only to find that everything had been sold out by the people standing in line in front of her... It was a neat experience. Everyone talked and shared missed-musubi opportunity stories. :)

When we finally got INSIDE the store we saw that there was one line that snaked from the register to the musubis, out the door. There were three shelves of musubis, a refridgerated case of stuff, and the register inside - that's all there was. People stood patiently in line even after making it into the store. If you were in line, but couldn't reach the musubi you wanted, you'd have to wait...

So by the time we got in the door, the entire first shelf display of musubi was sold out... that was the yaki musubi, and all the regular white rice varieties of the flavors. We were encouraged to see some still left on the brown rice and 10 grain rice shelf, though... :)

Thankfully we were able to try several varieties of musubi and I even got to try some tsukemono type stuff in the last refridgerated case, but there are so many things that sold out even before we got there that we want to go back to try.

Here are some photos of our experiences! :)

Mark and I waiting outside Mana Bu's at about 10:45am... They were already selling out...

I was so thrilled to get a chance to try the musubis!!!
(Excuse the awful photo of me - I was walking and standing in the rain - my hair was toast by then!!)

Mark with his basket FULL of musubi!!

First, the Konbu 10 Grain Musubi was delicious!! At first I was a little disappointed that the regular white rice Konbu Musubi was all sold out, but I enjoyed the 10 Grain variety... It added a sort of nutty flavor to the rice which I liked. :)

This was the Veggie Curry Pilaf Musubi which I really think ended up being my favorite. It was VERY tasty, but not over-powering on the curry flavor. Plus it had peas, carrots, and corn in it, which I loved. :)

This was one of the specials today. It was a musubi made with sweet rice (mochi rice) with peas and sesame. :) Quite good, but a little too subtle in flavor after eating the veggie curry one above.

And finally the Shiso-Wakame 10 Grain Musubi. Very tasty and filled with flavor. :) I really liked it, even though the veggie curry is still my favorite. :)

I also bought this curry macaroni, potato, and edamame salad. YUM!! I must get this again! It was way too good! Again the curry was very tasty, but not overpowering, which was so nice!!

Finally, I bought this tsukemono thingy which was the special of the day. It was white squash in ume and shisho. SOOOO yummy!!

Quite a good musubi experience! Next weekend Mark & I are going to the Halekulani Hotel with the in laws for brunch - so THAT will be our food experience next weekend. :) It's kind of nice to do this every weekend,... it allows Mark & I to spend some nice time together doing what we both love to do -- eat!! :)
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msgrumpybearmsgrumpybear on October 26th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
How do they make those? I have honestly never seen or tasted them. :)
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 013007shutterbug93 on October 26th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
Musubis are basically just rice balls, but these are special. They use 10 grain rice in some of them, all the best ingredients, and handmake each one. What I loved about it was that there were totally LOTS of veggie options for me. :) Plus they sell steamed vegan muffins and fresh fruit mochi (which sadly were sold out by the time we got there...) All great stuff that I can eat!!

Mark and I are definitely going back, but this time... MUCH EARLIER! :)
the girl who's a goddessvsprtn on October 26th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
Fresh fruit mochi? OMG.

AND all the cutest little musubi?

I have GOT to go to Hawaii.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 26th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)
I know!! You do have to come to Hawaii!! :D

I REALLY wanted to try the fresh fruit mochi - it looked SO good! Too bad I was too far back in line. :( Next time!! :)
zortrana: Teazortrana on October 26th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Yum, yum, yum!!!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 26th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
It was SO delicious!! I think we ate too much, though!! And we definitely want to go back!! :) Thanks for your comment!
UnderWorldFayunderworldfairy on October 26th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
wow they all look so yummy!
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 013007shutterbug93 on October 26th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
They were!! :) And the best part is that they're pretty healthy as well! :) Mark & I definitely need to go back - but next time we're going MUCH earlier!! :)
carush_girl on October 26th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
I am now ridiculously hungry now...
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on October 26th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Haha!! The food there was really good and made with all the best ingredients! Their muffins were vegan and steamed - supposedly very tasty and healthy too! Next time I hope we get in early enough to try them! :D
Markmarkbuster on October 26th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
I am so spoiled living near San Francisco. Musubi is fast food for me :)
But it is excellent!
They make a weird fusion one here with plantane and seaweed. Salty, and yummy.
I just need to work on my language skills to make sure I don't end up with any dead critters in mine.

But see-- this is why I think that the recession is BS. It's not that there is less money or less need, just less for walmart and mcdonalds.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 26th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Ah! San Fransisco must have some killer musubi places!! :) Lucky you! :D

But see-- this is why I think that the recession is BS. It's not that there is less money or less need, just less for walmart and mcdonalds.

Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on October 26th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I will click on the cut next time when there is food again behind it. ;) Of course, I'll click just to see all the delicious looking food and to feel hungry again! :) That all looks and sounds very good but especially tempting sounds to me that salad.

I'm glad that you made a good experience and that you both had a nice time. I think you know that the first sentence is not meant serious - please go on to post pictures and a short explanation, I really like to see and to hear about it! Big hugs to all of you! :)
Sheri: Sheri Mangashutterbug93 on October 27th, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
Haha! :) The musubis were really good, but the best part is that they're really healthy!! :) And the salad ended up being one of the best things I bought there! Mark & I really need to go back earlier so we can try different things! :)

I love these weekend eating-fests, but they are really hard on my diet! ;)

Big HUGS and much love to you!!
Smithasmittenbyu on October 27th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
this is awesome that they are getting more vegie options! yum yum
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on October 27th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
I was happy about all the veggie options too!! :) Next time you visit, Smitha, you should give this place a try! :)