We are entering into a tranquil day….

I love the Ali’i Kula Lavender farm in Kula, Maui. It’s a cool (literally cuz it’s located at a high altitude), peaceful, and serene place to visit. I didn’t always care for lavender, but I’ve learned to like it, as I know it has many good benefits (see featured image above). Lavender essential oils has awesome benefits as well. I use lavender essential oils topically and I also diffuse it. It helps me relax and sleep for those nights where I’m having trouble falling asleep. There are many essential oil brands out there… I use dōTERRA.

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This farm is huge and has a beautiful garden, with different kinds of lavenders and flowers. They also have a cute gift shop that has everything lavender.

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This is lavender lemonade. It was interesting. I’m not sure if I really like lavender in my food and drinks, but it was an experience to try.

Here are some pictures from the farm. It is my favorite place to visit when I go to Maui.

Noodle freak to the core!

I LOVE noodles/pasta! I could eat it every day. With a sauce, in soup, dry, or even plain… Mmm mmm!

Here are a few reviews of some of the yummiest noodle dishes I’ve eaten recently.

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Noodle dish #1: Saimin at Moku Kitchen in Kaka’ako. The saimin dish contains: “Iwamoto family noodles,” Kalua pork, and veggies. Yum! It was a pretty gourmet saimin.

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Noodle dish #2: Thee famous dry noodles and saimin at Sam Sato’s in Wailuku, Maui. Most popular dishes there. The dry noodles was off-the-charts! The broth is served on the side. Ah, I want more! Oh, and the cheeseburger and BBQ beef stick were ono, too!

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Noodle dish #3: Kamo nabe- duck breast with udon in vegetable based soup at Rokkaku Hamakatsu at Ala Moana. The broth was hot (temp.-wise) till the end. Just the way I like it!

Oh man! Looking at these pictures makes my mouth water! So, so good!

Moku Kitchen
Salt at Our Kaka’ako
660 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
808.591.6658 (MOKU)
https://www.mokukitchen.com/home

Sam Sato’s
1750 Wili Pa Loop
Wailuku, (Maui) 96793
808.244.7124
Article on these popular dry noodles

Rokkaku Hamakatsu
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
808.946.3355

 

Orzo bake!!!!

A couple weekends ago, I made a random dish with orzo pasta. I’ve never had orzo before and was curious to make this Greek Chicken Orzo Casserole dish by Betty Crocker. However, I, of course, changed the recipe, a tad bit. Ok, maybe by a lot! It turned out really delicious! I couldn’t stop eating it!!!!

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BAM! Another success!

I altered the recipe:

  • 1 package (16 oz) uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 bag (5 oz) baby spinach
  • 8 oz feta cheese, crumbled- I used two 8 oz feta cheese containers
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup Progresso™ reduced sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)- I used Swanson’s reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lb chicken tenders, cut in 1-inch pieces (about 11 tenders) I used ground chicken and turkey
  • 1 teaspoon Greek seasoning I used authentic balsamic vinegar from ITALY!!! That was some thick vinegar!
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel- I zested the lemon
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions
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I need to find this the next time I am in Italy!

Happy new week!

FS

…And the bday celebration continues!

Tonight, my girlfriends took me out for my very belated bday! We tried Scratch Kitchen & Meatery at South Shore Market at Ward Village. I heard of Scratch Kitchen & Bakeshop in Chinatown, but never tried it. I learned tonight that that location closed.

Scratch Kitchen & Meatery is the place to be at South Shore! When we were seated, it wasn’t too crowded, but soon after, in the blink of an eye, the entire place was packed. The menu was fancy and there was no distinction of what was considered “pupus,” or appetizers and what was an entreé. The staff encouraged sharing/family style.

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I ordered the Southern Hot Chicken: TWO spicy chicken with buffalo-type spicy sauce, that sat on a French toast, topped with sprouts and arugula. Wasn’t bad! It was pretty spicy, and tangy, too!

After dinner, we were excited to have some ice cream from Lucy’s Lab Creamery next door. I love their ice cream flavors. They got some interesting ones, like Fruit Loop vodka. Really?! I got the lychee vegan ice cream, which was made with coconut milk. It was interesting. Had the taste of both lychee with coconut. It was a little too rich for my tummy, if ya know what I mean. Haha!

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Scratch Kitchen & Meatery
South Shore Market- Ward Village
1170 Auahi St.; Honolulu, 96814
808-589-1669
http://www.scratch-hawaii.com/ward-village-1/

Lucy’s Lab Creamery
South Shore Market- Ward Village
http://lucyslabcreamery.com/

Enjoy the weekend!

~FS xx

Get some healthy pesto pasta!

I miss cooking! It’s been so busy lately, I just haven’t had the time to cook. But last weekend, I finally did! I’m so proud! Yay! I bought all my ingredients at Whole Foods and made some healthy pesto pasta.

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I boiled the whole wheat Fusili pasta in Chardonnay, water, garlic salt, and extra virgin olive oil. I thought I would be able to taste the wine, but I didn’t.

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I found this chia seed pesto sauce, which looked every interesting. I, of course, added pine nuts to the pesto sauce. Gotta! I even added wine! Haha! That was some good pesto sauce. Tasted very similar to my homemade recipe. Couldn’t even taste the chia seeds. I wouldn’t have known otherwise!

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Saw these and they looked interesting to add to the pasta. Plus, they were on sale- whoo hoo! They sausages were pretty good, and they were organic! Yes!

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Gotta have cheese! Crumbled Parmesan cheese and Halloumi cheese. Mmmm! The Halloumi cheese had more of a mozzarella texture.

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Bam! What a healthy creation!

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Made a side of broccoli with sharp cheddar cheese. Mmmm!

Until the next cooking adventure! Yee haw!

I scream for oysters!!

I love oysters!! Raw and cooked! I prefer them cooked, but I’ll eat them raw, too. I am reviewing raw oysters from Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill and Arancino at The Kāhala. But first, did you know oysters has some health benefits? Of course we know oysters to be an aphrodisiac. Ooh, la la!! Below are health benefits to this awesome seafood!

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This pretty oyster was from Arancino at The Kāhala Hotel. I loved it! It was so beautifully presented. I didn’t want to eat it! Yes, that’s gold specs!!!

Arancino in Kāhala was a beautiful restaurant. Delicious Italian food for sure! I will post another entry on the entrée dish I ordered when we went there for my dad’s bday this year. There’s three locations on the island, but I think their menu differs in some way. I’ve been to the Beachwalk location in Waikīkī and it was a more casual setting, compared to the Kāhala location. Nonetheless, I enjoyed both locations and the food is awesome!

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Chef’s choice oysters from Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill. Served with ponzu sauce, daikon, and tobiko. Oh, man! Winnah, for sure!

I always enjoy going to Uncle’s. It’s a casual place, but the food is on the fancier side. I love it! They have a variety of different seafood dishes. Mmm!

Arancino at the Kāhala
5000 Kāhala Ave.; Honolulu, 96816
808.380.4400
http://www.arancino.com/
**NOTE: there’s three locations on the island

Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill
1135 N. Nimitz Hwy; Honolulu, 96817
808.275.0063
https://www.unclesfishmarket.com/

Have a great week!

~FS x

 

Korean BBQin!

Happy Social Saturday!

My girlfriend and I (August babies) celebrated our bdays at Gen Korean BBQ House at Ala Moana with our friends. We’ve been wanting to try this place and we were glad we finally did! It was pretty good! All-you-can-eat with a set price for lunch and dinner. However, if you don’t finish what you’ve ordered, the restaurant will charge you for anything that wasn’t eaten. Oooh! That’s good, though. Food should NOT be wasted! So, we made sure we didn’t leave anything left- haha!

Gen Korean BBQ House is located where the old Tsukiji Fish Market used to be. I loved the new atmosphere. It was very “club-like.” When we got there, it wasn’t too crowded- they don’t take reservations. But in the nick of time, the restaurant was filled!

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We ordered garlic chicken, bulgogi, brisket, and boneless kalbi. We LOVED the brisket and kalbi. We ordered multiple rounds of those dishes! Whoo hoo! My mouth is watering just thinking about it! The side veggies were delish! I look forward to that when dining at Korean restaurants. So good! And I love that you can have more if you want!

They provided three different sauces: shio (salt), sesame, and ponzu. I liked the ponzu sauce the best. It paired well with all the meats. Yum!

Check out Gen at Alaz!
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
(808) 944-5227
http://genkoreanbbq.com/