Cheers to a Chilean wine!

It’s Wine Wednesday!

When I went on my South American cruise in 2014 with my travel gang, we went to the Concha y Toro winery in Santiago, Chile. I bought the Shiraz Rosé blend wine from their collection. It was pretty good. I liked the combination of red and rosé.

I’ve attached some pictures of their beautiful winery campus. It was serene and peaceful. I would love to go back one day.


This winery was beautiful and HUGE!


So serene. This reminded me of my old college campus in California. Like a walk in the park.


Av. Nueva Tajamar 481, Torre Norte, P 15, Las Condes, Santiago de Chile

A rosy, orange beery chicken

Happy Monday! I always wanted to cook with beer and I finally did! It was exciting! It was a simple, easy dish! I call it “rosemary-orange-beer chicken.” I also roasted red potatoes, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and onions, with some rosemary sprigs.


The ingredients: orange, potatoes (any of your choice), rosemary, chicken broth, beer, onions, and chicken


The seasonings: olive oil, black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, and garlic salt


Ready to go into the oven! It looks good already! This was drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, and garlic salt.


Ta da!!! It was so good, especially those Okinawan sweet potatoes!


Ready to bake! Let’s do it!


Ooh, mouthwatering!

You can use any kind of chicken. I decided to use small wings and drumsticks. I drizzled the chicken with olive oil, seasoned them with black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, and garlic salt. Then, the beer was poured. You can use any beer of your choice. I used Bud Light Platinum (one pint because I made two trays of the dish). I mixed it with some chicken broth. Topped the marinade with orange slices and rosemary.

The dish turned out great! Got to make it again, with just the beer, haha!

Have a great week, y’all!



Thee BEST soup/salad buffet ever!

I love Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation. They are, hands-down, the BEST soup and salad buffet EVER! Their food is so good; so refreshing, and healthy.

It’s been several years since I last ate there, in California. I got to dine there recently in Arizona. My friends took me there when I went to visit them. Yay! I was so stoked! It was well worth it! The quality of the food never changed!

There were too many selections to choose from, so I took pictures of all the food- haha! It was overwhelming for sure! My top faves were the toss salad with pickles and red wine vinaigrette dressing, spicy cucumber quinoa salad, the garlic cheese bread, the blueberry muffins with honey-whipped butter, and the vanilla/chocolate soft serve frozen yogurt. Oh my gosh! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I want to go back! I wish we had a Sweet Tomatoes here in Hawaii. I would be there ALL THE TIME!

Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation (various locations)

Breakfast of champions!

Yay for the weekend! I don’t always cook breakfast (cuz I don’t always eat breakfast, even though it’s the most important meal of the day- I know…), but I was in the mood to whip some some good ol’ hash browns, over-easy eggs, Canadian bacon, and toast some blueberry bagels for my family. Yum!


These hash browns were bomb and so easy to make!


I haven’t had Canadian bacon is so long. It was so good! Brings back memories of when I ate them growing up. Forgot to capture a snapshot of those bad boys. Shucks!


Another food item I wanted to share since we’re on the topic of breakfast, is this sausage biscuit sandwich from Wendy’s. It was so, so good! I didn’t know Wendy’s had a breakfast menu until recently. There were so many yummy items to choose from, but I went with this and have no regrets! The biscuits is what makes this sandwich hearty!

Happy weekend!


Excited to try a new cuisine in Hawaii!

I am always so excited to try new types of foods. A few months ago, I came across a Uzebek joint in Downtown, called Silk Road Café. The first of its kind in Hawaii.

I didn’t know what to expect! I didn’t know what kind of dishes they would have.


This is fried lagman. It reminded me of spaghetti. It’s a ground beef, veggie, noodle stir-fry. I liked it! The bread was amazing! The noodles reminded me of udon. Very similar.


This is the lagman soup. Same ingredients, just in a soup style. Mmm! You know me and soup.

I want to make my way back there again to try their other dishes very soon. They have some interesting items on their menu. I love their place. They sell a lot of imported food products, too. Very interesting. I had no idea what half of those items were, haha! I think they were labeled in Russian.

So where is Uzbekistan, you say? It’s in the middle of the “stan” countries: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, & Pakistan. Too many “stans.” Haha!


Silk Road Café
212 Merchant St. (inside the Arcade Building)
Honolulu, 96813

My fave kind of stir-fry

Happy Sunday! Is the weekend over already? Where did it go? Hope y’all had a great one!

I made my favorite stir-fry tonight, with ground turkey breast. It’s very simple and oh-so-good! I can’t get enough of it! Once I start eating it, I can’t stop. It’s THAT addicting!


These are the seasonings I used: Mrs. Dash salt-free garlic and herb seasoning, fresh black pepper, garlic powder, and Himalayan pink salt (just a dash- get it? Haha!)


The ingredients: udon, ground turkey breast, soft tofu, onions, won bok (Chinese cabbage), mixed frozen veggies, and the Kikkoman stir-fry sauce (the magic sauce).


Ta-da!!! So delicious, and very healthy!

Lobster mobster!

Lobster is awesome! It’s also expensive. I found a picture with some interesting facts of a lobster.


There were two places where there were lobster dishes that were absolutely reasonable- just had to order it!


Lobster pad Thai at JJ French Pastry & Bistro, in Kaimuki, which recently closed at the end of January. Boo! I loved that place. They always had interesting dishes, and their desserts were delicious and so cute!


Garlic butter lobster ramen at Sakura Ramen near Ke’eaumoku Walmart. Yummy! It was a very tasty ramen.

I hope that JJ’s opens again at another location…

Sakura Ramen is located at:
808 Sheridan St.
Honolulu, 96814