Manhattan Beach, CA: Homie Restaurant


Homie is a restaurant I want to root for but there are some shortfalls in one major area…the food.   The cuisine by no means is bad or offensive but blah.  It doesn’t have a wow factor.  And a restaurant’s decor should not overwhelming exceed the core, the actual culinary dining experience.  My friend said his sandwich was bland and he would never dine here again.   So why would I want to root for this restaurant?   The location, location is great and the decor is eye-catching with the menu on the wall that even a 90-year-old could read the bold big letters.   The menu ideas are as ambitious as the beautiful decor and warm environment.  But no matter how chic the restaurant may be or how friendly your staff may be, the food has to be the best thing going in a restaurant.  Homie is riding in the mediocre lane. If you want a basic salad, a healthy sandwich and if you think healthy means no flavor then Homie is a safe choice.

Now on a more decadent menu item, dessert.   I ordered an $8 ice cream sandwich called “The Buddy”.  This classic treat takes on a not so classic spin covered in bacon and chocolate sauce.   Vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two perfectly soft chocolate chip cookies.    The dessert did not fail visually but the bacon choice needed to pop it didn’t offer much to the dessert but calories.   Perhaps a more smokey or salty bacon might have added to the flavor profile.   39501077_10156137043491865_6786184868985307136_n.jpg

The next item I tried was the Lavender latte.   The latte had a perfect foamy heart but the lavender notes didn’t shine through so the beverage came across as no more than an unflavored latte.


If I wanted to simply hang out and pass the time then Homie is a great spot.   But if I wanted to dine on great food, I would go somewhere else.   I hope the restaurant can elevate their flavor and seasoning to help Homie be an amazing experience.   I haven’t met more obliging and friendly staff than the people there so I hope they continue with great servers.

The website for Homie:

Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.  They also have a coffee bar.


1140 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach

310-546-4663 (HOME)

Hawaii: Aloha Festivals

Wikipedia-The Aloha Festivals are an annual series of free cultural celebrations observed in the state of Hawaii in the United States. It is the only statewide cultural festival in the nation. It features concerts, parades, street parties called ho’olaule’a as well as various other special events planned for resident and tourist families. The Aloha Festivals are celebrated on six islands — Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and the Big Island of Hawaii — over the course of six weeks between August and October. READ MORE

Profiles of the Iron Chef Hosts We Love

 Takeshi Kaga is most famous role would be that of “Chairman Kaga”, the eccentric and flamboyant host of Ryōri no Tetsujin, a cooking competition show (1993–1999). It became very popular, not only in Japan, but around the English-speaking world. Previously broadcast on the Food Network in the United States and on SBS in Australia, under the name Iron Chef, the show is now carried on the Fine Living network in the US as “Iron Chef Japan.” The host of Iron Chef America, Mark Dacascos, is claimed on ICA to be Takeshi’s nephew, though the stated relationship is actually between the fictional characters played by the two men.-(Wikepedia).  Takeshi Kaga is Japanase.

Mark Dacascos

Mark Dacascos, born in Hawaii and his mixed heritages includes Filipino, Japanese and Irish.   Dacascos, has been featured on Dancing With the Stars and a number of films. 

MCCN Editor Takes U To Hawaii

Island of Oahu: Photo by Crystal A. Johnson

MCCN Editor in Hawaii

Much of our talent has been sharing their photos from trips, family food photos and more.  One of my favorite trips ever was to the island of Oahu in Hawaii.  There is so much to do and see in this beautiful place where the beach meets metropolis.   Enjoy these photos and I hope you are inspired to visit. –Crystal Johnson, MCCN Editor

Hawaii: Shoyu Chicken Recipe

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3 to 4 lbs. chicken fryer
3/4 cup shoyu
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp. sugar (or brown sugar)
1 1/4 tsp. sherry wine
1 tbsp. oil
1 slice ginger, crushed
1 lb. won bok (Chinese cabbage)
1/4 tsp. salt
Cornstarch to thicken sauce


Bring shoyu, water, sugar, sherry, oil and ginger to a boil. Add whole chicken to this mixture and simmer slowly for about 20 minutes. Tuen chicken over and simmer about 15 minutes on other side to brown. Remove from pot and chop into small pieces.

Parboil won bok slightly in boiling water with salt. Cool under running water and squeeze out water. Cut into 1 inch size lengths and arrange on serving plate. Put chicken over won bok. Heat and thicken the sauce with a little cornstarch mixed with water and pur over chicken and won bok.

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Kelly Preston( John Travolta’s wife) grew up eating Shoyu Chicken.  She was born and reared in Hawaii.  See what other celebrities are Hawiian born or of Hawiian descent:

Hawiian and Hawiian Born Celebs

In the pop music and pop star scene, there is Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls fame. Dark, lean and lovely, she was born in Hawaii and is part Hawaiian. She sports a Hawaiian middle name “Elikolani,” which can be translated to mean “heavenly child.”   Scherzinger shared with the Hawiian newspaper Ka Wai Ola about her favorite foods of her heritage,  “I love dried aku and poi, kālua pig and cabbage, lomi salmon. … I come home and I eat so much poi, mac salad and rice. … I love my plate lunches!”

Also from Hawaii is actress Kelly Preston. Born Kelly Smith and raised and schooled at the prestigious Punahou School on Oahu, she still makes frequent trips to Hawaii to visit friends and family and to satisfy her local food cravings.   Preston grew up eating a Hawiian dish called Shoyu Chicken.

Another very popular actress from Hawaii is Bette Midler. Born and raised on Oahu, she attended Radford High School. Midler became a very talented actress and singer and has gone on to be one of the most notable talents from Hawaii.

Everyone knows Kelly Hu from her roles in Scorpion King and X-Men. This Hawaiian-blooded actress was born and raised in Honolulu and attended Kamehameha Schools. She won the Miss Teen USA title and has pursued a fertile career in Hollywood that has included commercials, television series and movies.

Tia Carrere of “Dancing With The Stars” was also born in Honolulu and is of Filipino/ Chinese descent. She attended Sacred Hearts Academy on Oahu and is known to be the voice of Nani in Lilo and Stitch, Relic Hunter and more.

Matrix fans are familiar with Keanu Reeves, born in Lebanon and raised in Toronto. This superstar has Hawaiian blood running through his veins. Uniquely Hawaiian, Keanu can be translated to “the cool one.”