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11/24/2014 More pizza

Time to get a couple more restaurant reviews out of the way.

Restaurant Review: Pizza Corner
Type: Pizza
Location: Ko'Olina
Pizza corner advertises traditional New York style pizza. While I don't think they quite pull it off (not as well as my favorite New York pizza places on the mainland anyway), their pizza narrowly edges out Russo's, making it my favorite on this side of the island. The crust, sauce, and cheese are all very good, though it lacks that super cheesy oily quality that marks the perfect New York pizza.
Onto the details. Other than a few sides (garlic knots, salad, etc.), pizza is all they serve and they've only got one size (16"), so don't go expecting a lot of options. Most of the pizza toppings are pretty typical, though they have a couple of odd Hawaiian inspired ones too (sooner or later, I'll probably have to try the poke pizza just for the heck of it). Prices are pretty good for Oahu, but the restaurant is entirely lacking in ambiance so you'll probably want take out. One other thing I should mention is their speed. They're fast. Maybe a little too fast for me, since my pizza always seems to have had time to cool a bit by the time I make it from my house to the restaurant...
Anyway, being in Ko'Olina, Pizza Corner isn't in the most convenient location unless you live right there but, if you're not too far away, the pizza may be worth the drive. It's not quite real New York style, but it's still pretty good.

Inferno's Wood Fire Pizza @ The Lounge
Type: Pizza
Location: Honolulu, Ala Moana
I tried this place on a whim thanks to a Groupon. Apparently Inferno's took over for a place called V-Lounge, but I never went there in the past so I can't compare. Anyway, the place is a hole in the wall tucked away behind Ala Moana mall. If you're not looking for it, you'll probably never see it. The interior isn't any more impressive. The Lounge is a small and rather old bar and lounge and that's exactly what it looks like, complete with a couple dart boards.
Fortunately, I went for the pizza, not the ambiance. Inferno's pizzas are all 12 inches, a little bigger than your typical personal pizza but too small to feed two people unless they're really light eaters. I went with my mom and we got a Margarita pizza and a white truffle pizza to split between us, which worked out pretty nicely. Gotta say, the pizza really impressed me. They've got a good thin crust and very melty cheese. The white truffle was the standout, combining garlic and mushrooms to great effect. Service was good too, though we were there early when the place was pretty empty. Our order was taken shortly after we entered, the pizza came quickly, and our waters never got too low.
If you can get past the limited menu and hole in the wall vibe, give Inferno's a chance. While the place may not look like much, the pizza is some of the best I've had on the island.

Josiah



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11/21/2014 Nintendo Day

Click the TWC button and vote to see this week's Blooper Reel strip.

Well, if there was a Nintendo Day it might as well be today. I'm not entirely sure if launching Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Smash Bros. WiiU, and the first set of Amiibo figures on the same day was the best strategy or not from a marketing perspective, but it's going to keep a lot of people playing Nintendo games for the rest of the year. It also makes it that much harder for me to decide what to play next...

Anyway, I ended up going to the midnight launch for all of the above, so I'm going to cut this short and get some sleep.

Have a good weekend!

Josiah

11/19/2014 Family

My parents got in yesterday to spend the winter here in Hawaii. While I like having them around, it's going to be kind of weird. In the past, I always lived with them or very far away (in a different state or, at times, a different country). Having them living half an hour away is a very different dynamic and is going to take some getting used to.

In other news, my schedule is calming down a lot, which means more time to work on side projects, have some fun, and maybe try and make some friends in the area. So yeah, things are (for the most part) going pretty well.

I've got some restaurant reviews and another travelogue entry or two planned, but for now it's getting kind of late. Maybe Friday.

Josiah


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