Hiroshima grindz!

Happy #TravelTuesday!

I went on a one-day tour to Hiroshima, Japan last fall, and absolutely loved it there. It was a very moving day when we visited the A-Bomb site and Sadako’s statue at the end of the day/tour. My heart went out to those who lost their lives that tragic day. A couple pictures shared below:

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A-bomb site in Hiroshima. Got the chills… It was surreal to be there in-person.

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Sadako Sasaki’s statue/memorial site. Excited that I was there, but felt so sad.

Before we visited those memorial sites, we took a day tour to Miyajima, a small island in Hiroshima Bay. I was excited to try some Hiroshima oysters. Oh my word! That was delicious! I love oysters- raw AND cooked! Mmm, mmm! The line was super long- everyone wanted a taste of those bad boys! Haha! And it was worth it!

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Whoa!!!!

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My mouth is watering! Take me back!!!!

I found an intriguing article about the benefits of oysters: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/oysters.html – it’s not only an aphrodisiac 😉

I also tried the beer that’s brewed in Hiroshima. It was good!

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Before we left the island, I had to get some dessert! Japanese strawberry “shave ice!!!!” Refreshing! Japan is known for their sweets/desserts. There’s stands/shops all over the place!

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“Sadako & the Thousand Paper Cranes,” is a recommended book to read. It’s one of my fave stories growing up. I read this book in elementary school. It’s a touching story- a page-turner for sure!! I’ve never owned a copy of my own, but yet, this story remains in my heart forever… Before leaving Hiroshima that evening, I bought a copy for myself. It’s a keepsake!

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Food of Steel!!!

Happy Monday!

I recently educated myself on steel-cut oats. I was shopping at Target the other weekend and came across Quaker’s Steel-Cut Oats. I was intrigued, as I’ve never seen steel-cut oats before. I always see the old-fashioned oats or instant oats. I seriously thought all oats were the same. What was I thinking?!?!

I’m all for eating healthy. Right then and there at Target, I researched what steel-cut oats were. I recently read an article and was informed that they were healthy. I found a wonderful article that compares the three different oats (steel-cut, rolled, and instant): http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-steel-cut-rolled-and-instant-oats-138355

Basically, it’s all about how the oat groat is processed.

Dr. Andrew Weil, explains in this article why he recommends eating steel-cut oats. He says it slows down the sugar conversion process. Another learning moment!

This past weekend, I made myself a bowl and I liked it very much. The texture was definitely different than the traditional oats (aka rolled). It felt more chewy and grainy. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it! …And if it’s healthier, then I’m all for it!

I get so excited when I do my research on foods. Life is all about continuous learning. It’s a lot of work, but it’s so important to take care of our one-and-only body.

Pokey, pokey!

We celebrated one of my auntie’s birthdays earlier this month. I was researching dessert ideas and I came across a poke cake. I was intrigued and tried it out!

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/gelatin-poke-cake-53184.aspx

Of course, I modified the recipe, as I always do, to make it my own!

You can basically use any type of box cake mix. I choose Rainbow Chip and poke holes in them after the cake cooled.

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See the rainbow chips in the poked holes? Awesome!

Then, I mixed strawberry Jell-O, but instead of mixing the gelatin mix with regular water, I used strawberry sparkling water.

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Hi Dave! He’s my auntie’s fave minion!! Haha!

…And TA-DA!!!! I poured the mix over the cake and refrigerated it overnight.

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Yummy!

We really enjoy it! The sweetness was just right! Time to make more poke cakes with different Jell-Os and cake mixes! I’m excited!

Have a great week!

~FS

 

Who says ozoni can’t be eaten all-year-long?

I say ME! I LOVE ozoni, Japanese good luck mochi soup that’s usually eaten at New Year’s. I look forward to trying different ozonis, and that’s exactly what I did when we went to Sekiya’s. Ozoni was on their menu and I ordered it! I was so excited to try another ozoni. All the ozonis I’ve tried have all tasted very different, which is awesome!

The ozoni at Sekiya’s was made with a fish soup base (and boy was the taste strong!). The soup contained very simple ingredients: Chinese cabbage, green onions, and mochi. Simple as that! I enjoyed it very much!

Read my earlier post on ozoni, below:

Ozoni New Years tradition!

If you like “old school” Japanese restaurants, Sekiya’s is the place!

Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen
2746 Kaimuki Ave.; Honolulu, 96816
http://sekiyasrestaurant.com/index.html

 

Let’s make this a habit!!

Happy Monday! Let the new week begin!

At my girlfriend’s wedding day, they hired a food truck and served the guests burgers/sandwiches. Pretty cool! I’ve never been to a wedding where a food truck was hired. Yet alone, served burgers and sandwiches. Awesome! The food truck was called The Habit Burger Grill. I ordered the tri-tip steak sandwich with onion rings. Yum! It was very tasty! Steak was juicy! And, those onion rings were satisfying! They had just the right amount of batter.

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Their menu looks amazing! The next time I’m in Cali, I’m going to look for them and try their other burgers and sandwiches. What a fantastic wedding reception dinner! Casual, yet classy at the same time!

The Habit Burger Grill
http://www.habitburger.com/

Oodles of noodles!

The other night, my boyfriend made fried noodles with slices of steak and assorted vegetables (green beans, red bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, and celery). It was a very simple and quick dish, made with a parmesan-garlic-butter sauce. It was really good! I enjoyed it very much. My bf told me the entire meal (enough for the two of us, and leftovers for me to bring for my home lunch the next day) costed him less than $20. Amazing deal, huh?

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For Father’s Day this year, we made my dad homemade lasagna. We made two kinds: both with ground turkey, but one with arugula and the other with broccoli.

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First time cooking with arugula. Yum!!!

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Bam! This one was the winner! Lasagna with ground turkey and broccoli.

It’s been a long time since I last made lasagna. I forgot how simple it is to made! It’s all about layering and layering!

I first cooked the ground turkey with the Alfredo sauce and garlic (gotta have the garlic!). I layered the pan with the no-bake noodles (decided to try that) and the turkey-sauce mix, arugula/broccoli, and ricotta/mozzarella/pepper Jack cheeses, and repeated the steps until the pan was full. We topped the lasagna with shoestring fries before popping them into the oven. Yum! It was a yummy Father’s Day dinner!

Flyin’ Hawaiian!

It’s time for another review of airplane food. My fave! Haha! Airplane food is the best! I’ve always enjoyed it! I get so excited. It’s the best part of the flight!

I flew with Hawaiian Airlines (Hawaii, represent!!!) to Cali to attend one of my BFF’s wedding. I used to live in Cali for a couple years several years ago and loved it. I always enjoy visiting and have been thinking about moving back again in the future if a good job opportunity arises.

I love that our airlines has expanded their flights to fly across the world. It’s awesome knowing that Hawaii is being represented and known to the rest of the globe. Yea!

Going to California, I had an egg-and-cheese sandwich. It was amazing! Oh my gosh! My lovely neighbor, whom I enjoyed talking story with, didn’t want hers, so I ate hers too, later in the flight- haha! Totally satisfying!

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On my flight returning home, I had penne pasta with meatballs, mushrooms, and a light marinara sauce and a southwest salad. Wine was complementary, so I had a cup of good ol’ Chardonnay! Yummy!

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Can’t wait till my next adventure! Have a great week, all!

~FS x