JINX (J!NX) Clothing Company + Ridiculous Shipping

I love me a good T-Shirt. I love T-Shirts so much that I have a closet filled with T-Shirts. Plain T-Shirts, Bright T-Shirts, T-Shirts that scream ME, Odd T-Shirts and Old Skanky Stinky Filled with Holes T-Shirts (not so much). I even have a stack of unused virgin T-Shirts.

Needless to say, when I see a cool T-Shirt, I buy it. So it really irritates me when there’s a T-Shirt that I want and the price that I have to pay to get it is ridiculous, especially when it doesn’t need to be. First of all, I’m more than happy to pay $20-$25 for a custom designed indie T-Shirt. What I’m not happy to pay is $10.49 (or $17.49) for …. wait for it … shipping on a single T-Shirt that cost $14.95! 

The culprit here is JINX (J!NX) Clothing Company. They make and sell specialty geek inspired T-Shirts. A lot of awesome stuff indeed. They also make the official Diggnation and Totally Rad Show T-Shirts. I love Diggnation and am an active (addicted) Digg user. I love the Totally Rad Show and I watch on a weekly basis. I would love to have T-Shirts for these two shows but the damn shipping is ridiculous! I really don’t understand why, as a Hawaii resident, I need to pay over 10 bucks for shipping! Do they tack on an extra 5 bucks for “handling?” I’ve ordered tons of shirts online and they usually charge no more than 5 bucks for shipping and handling costs. 

Boo to you JINX! Boo to you.

Vintage Jordan Jersey

Vintage and Jordan seem weird to me when used in the same sentence since I grew up in the Jordan era. In any case I was ecstatic the other day when I came home to find a package for me in the mail. I immediately knew what it was as I felt the softness of the packaging. Tearing open the package and exposing the Chicago red, black and white brought back some astounding memories of the man I so followed in my youth. 

You would think that I would have a Michael Jordan jersey. I would think so to. But the thing is, I never did. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t own a variety of basketball jerseys growing up, because I did. It just means that I never received one as either a birthday present or Christmas gift. I did receive a variety of other flavors like that black and white Hardaway Magic jersey (remember lil’ penny), or that blue and red Hill Pistons jersey (wasn’t he supposed the next Jordan), and even that red and white Stackhouse Sixers jersey (no wait, he was supposed to be the next Jordan). In any case, I never had a Jordan jersey of my own.

By the time I was old enough to have my own job and potentially buy my own Jordan jersey he had already retired from the game of basketball. Just my luck. Two years later, to my chagrin, he returned to play for the Washington Wizards. Sporting a caricature of a little wizard man on my chest was not my style. So, Jordan was back playing ball. And I was still without a Jordan jersey. 

Flash forward to 2008. Something triggered my sudden desire to get myself a vintage red, black and white Jordan jersey. I’m not sure what it was, but that trigger was pushed. Being the tech maven that I am there was only one place to look to solve all of my Jordan jersey problems. eBay. Within minutes I found myself the perfect Jordan jersey from yesteryear. A  throwback jersey of my favorite basketball player of all time. 

Needless to say, I was quite excited when I opened that jersey containing package today. I proudly showed off the jersey to my sister and mom. They didn’t share in my enthusiasm but who cares, I was on cloud nine, as people say. I was in a state of blissful happiness. I was complete. And then a few minutes later, I was back on eBay hunting for his home jersey (White) and alternate road jersey #2 (Black).

California Wok

I first ate at California Wok about four years ago. For some reason, I didn’t return back to this little food establishment until maybe a month ago, and I’ve been back at least five times since then. I’m a bit addicted to the Chicken plates.

California Wok bills itself as being a healthy and low fat Chinese food alternative. This was incentive enough for me to try this place out once again since I love to eat Chinese food (luckily for my waist, I don’t eat typical Chinese food too often). My favorite dishes at California Wok include the Chicken and Broccoli and the Cha Cha Chicken. As you can see, I love my chicken! The Cha Cha Chicken is a mixture of Chicken, mushrooms and spinach. Both dishes are absolutely wonderful. If you order the Chicken with Broccoli, I would recommend ordering a full plate as the broccoli is pretty bulky and will take up most of the portion. On the other hand, the half-plate of Cha Cha chicken is pretty filling.

Entrée dishes can be ordered as either half or full plates. Half-plates cost about seven dollars, whereas full-plates are a little over nine dollars each. A little pricey considering you can get larger portions at your favorite (and traditional) Chinese restaurant for about 6 bucks. You pay the extra three bucks at California Wok for the “healthy” factor. All entrée plates come with a side of white or brown rice and a fortune cookie for good luck!    

If you’re in the during lunch time than I would highly recommend ordering from their lunch menu. At about $6 you get an entrée (about half-plate in size), salad, side order of rice and a drink. Pretty good deal, don’t you think?

According to the California Wok website, they use “fresh vegetables, low sodium soy sauce, 100% cholesterol-free canola oil and by preparing each dish to your dietary preference.” They had better be using healthy ingredients if I am going to pay that three-dollar premium! 

If you’re in the Ala Moana area and want a healthy alternative to Panda Express than I would recommend checking out California Wok. It is located near Assagio’s and is right next to the American Saving Bank Ala Moana Branch.

California Wok
1450 Ala Moana Blvd # 1251
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 947-1332

Madness is Over, Favre to Jets

Thank goodness the madness is over. Listening to nonstop ESPN coverage of Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers was becoming very stale very fast. Gary Vaynerchuck must be happy but not so much Kevin Rose. Nonetheless, it is going to be a touch season for Aaron Rogers, poor kid. Expectations are a bitch.

Nutella and Pretzels

If you live in Hawaii then you most likely have not heard of Nutella. Made by the same company that produces the delectable Ferrero Rocher treats, Nutella is an internationally popular a hazelnut based spread.

I recently had a chance to get my hands on this nutty delight from a buddy (HARYAN) who brought some back for me from Boston. It is often used as a spread on breads but being the bread deprived grad student that I am I had to improvise with what I had available. Utz Organic Pretzels were available so that’s what I decided to use as my Nutella dipping device. To my surprise the combination of the slightly salted pretzel complimented the sweetness of the Nutella.

If you’ve got some Nutella and a few pretzels on hand then I recommend that you give this combination a try! But be careful, the calorie count from the Nutella will be killer!

Tasty Crust

We didn’t plan on going to the Tasty Crust but because of some changes in the itinerary we found ourselves on Mill St. in Wailuku at this little old diner of yesteryear. And what a pleasant surprise this unexpected visit was. The first thing you think of when seeing the Tasty Crust is old school diner. And old school it is. From the tattered building to the worn out interior this place screams vintage.

 

I had a short stack of banana pancakes to supplement a traditional breakfast (2 large eggs and 5 pieces of linguesa) and a side order of hash. You get to choose form six different meat items (linguesa, bacon pork sausage, Spam, luncheon meat, Vienna sausage, or corned beef) when ordering the traditional breakfast. Having no idea what linguesa was, I decided to go for that as my meat. My curiosity got the best of me and I asked the waitress what linguesa was and she said that it is just Portuguese sausage. I didn’t feel too bad once she sad that most people ask what about the mysterious linguesa dish. The over-easy eggs were cooked to perfection, the hash was ono’ and according to Ryan was “buttery but so good!”

Mark had the veggie omelet stuffed with mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and potatoes. He also had a side order of corned beef hash and a short stack of banana pancakes. Mark, being the pancake connoisseur of the group, proclaimed the banana pancakes at the Tasty Crust as the “best banana pancakes” he ever had. I’d have to agree with Mark, the pancakes were out of this world good. These aren’t just the basic pancakes topped with bananas, instead, they incorporate the bananas into the batter at the Tasty Crust leaving your with an ordinary looking pancake that packs a banana punch with each bite. 

The prices at the Tasty Crust were very reasonable, in other words, cheap! The traditional breakfast only cost $4.25 and the banana pancakes were $2.25 for a short stack. The omelets range from $5.35 to $6.75 and you can even make your own omelet starting from $4.85. If I ever go back I’m ordering a regular order of banana pancakes, no short stack for me!

The Tasty Crust is definitely a must visit if you’re searching for cheap eats in the Valley Isle. It makes for a great early morning stop if heading to Iao Needle (we were the first customers at 6:00 am). The food is cheap, the pancakes and linguesa are tasty and the service is very friendly. The Tasty Crust is definitely worth checking out!

Tasty Crust
1770 Mill St.
Wailuku, Maui
808-244-0845