A simple soup, with some experimenting!

Happy Veteran’s Day weekend! Mahalo to all of our troops, active and retired, for their sacrifice to this Nation!

I was asked by one of my besties to make a simple soup on her wedding day to have for lunch, as her family and I were prepping for the evening’s ceremony and reception. The plan was to boil chicken broth and throw in some frozen mixed vegetables. But as I was mixing the soup, seasoned with pepper and garlic powder, I decided, “hey,” let’s see what it would taste like to add a few eggs, along with some lemon juice to give it a kick! You know me and experimenting! Well, the soup turned out pretty good! I enjoyed it and so did those who drank it. Mmm mmm! I am so making this again this weekend, and experiment even more!!!!

Happy weekend!

Oh, oui for yogurt!

I love yogurt and get super excited to try different types- Greek, Australian, Icelandic, etc. Last weekend, I saw the new Yoplait® French yogurt, Oui, at the store. I had to try it- and it comes in a GLASS bottle. How cool is that? You don’t see that these days. I’m excited to save the bottle and use it for decoration.

Here is an article I found about French-style yogurt: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/07/06/what-french-yogurt-and-new-greek/439935001/

This yogurt was not as sweet compared to the Greek yogurts I’ve eaten, and had a much more smoother, creamier, and lighter texture. Yum! And that glass container that it’s served in, is the right amount to consume- not too much, not too little.

Pick up a glass of Oui at your supermarket!!!

Escargot-go!

I love snails! Well, escargot, the French appetizer! Not so much the animal. Haha! We once had a family friend’s uncle who used to give us a huge bag of escargots every so often and my dad would prepare it for dinner. Memories! That was awesome! That was the only time I had escargot at home. We usually just order them at a restaurant. It’s hard to find escargot in the markets. I’ve only seen them sold at Whole Foods.

I always seem to classify this dish as part of the seafood family, but I have to remind myself again and again that it’s not. Haha! It’s a snail; it lives on the land, not the sea!

I found this cool article about the benefits of eating this wonderful dish: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-escargot-2364.html

In the last couple months, my BF, family, and I ordered various escargots off the menu from three different restaurants. When we see it on the menu, we just got to have it!

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Escargot from Le Bistro’s. A French restaurant in Aina Haina.

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Escargot from the Chart House in Waikiki.

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Escargot from Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Restaurant Row.

I have to say that all the escargots tasted delicious and very similar, with that garlic butter sauce. Mmmm! I liked Ruth’s Chris’s take on all that cheese covering the escargots. Yum! Having the bread on the side is a perfect pair, so we can soak up the sauce. We definitely can’t let that go to waste!

Le Bistro
5730 Kalanianaole Hwy.; Honolulu, 96821
808.373.7990
http://www.lebistrohawaii.com/

Chart House Waikiki
1765 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96815
808.941.6669
http://charthousewaikiki.com/

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Waterfront Plaza
500 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96813
808.599.3860
https://www.ruthschris.com/restaurant-locations/honolulu-oahu/

Happy weekend, y’all!

~FS x

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

 

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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Dinner date at Piggy Smalls

I love Piggy Smalls. They are the second restaurant of the Pig & the Lady, which is another love of mine! The Pig & the Lady is a Vietnamese-fusion resturant located in Chinatown. They started off at Farmer’s Market at the Neil Blaisdell Center at Ward on Wednesday evenings, Kailua Town Center on Thursday evenings, and at Kapi’olani Community College on Saturday mornings, before finally opening up their physical restaurant. Yay! They are still at Farmer’s Markets on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, which is awesome! Their success is amazing! So thankful for them and the ono food they serve.

Every time I go to either restaurant, I get so excited to see what’s new on the menu. I am always eager to trying something new.

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Slow roasted parsnips, topped with arugula, roasted buckwheat, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and black pepper honey.

This was the first time trying parsnips and it had an interesting texture. Because it looks like carrots, I thought it would taste similar to the veggie, but it reminded me more of potatoes.

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Squash tikka masala- an Indian curry vegetarian dish with kabocha, butternut squash, variety of zucchinis, seeds, cilantro, and seven-grain rice.

This was amazing! I loved it! Whenever I see an Indian dish, I get so excited! I can eat Indian food all-day, everyday! Haha!

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My boyfriend ordered the pho-strami burger. Makaweli beef, crispy smoked brisket bacon, burnt onion, and an argula salad.

He absolutely loved it!

Visit all these locations! Their pho is NOTHING like you’ve ever tasted before! I love their uniqueness of their Vietnamese soup. So, so good!

Piggy Smalls
Ward Centre
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814

The Pig & the Lady
83 N. King St.; Honolulu, 96813

Farmer’s Market:

Wednesdays: Neil Blaisdell Center from 4.30-7pm
777 Ward Ave.; Honolulu, 96814

Thursdays: Kailua Town Center from 5-7.30pm
609 Kailua Road; Kailua, 96734

Saturdays: Kapi’olani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road; Honolulu, 96816

Happy eating!!!

 

 

Eat green on Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

To celebrate this wonderful planet we live on, I’ve found this link- eat your greens!

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Cheers!! Pictured is the sashimi salad from Sakura Terrace. The salad contains chunks of raw fish (ahi/tuna, hamachi/yellowtail, & salmon), pieces of shrimp, crab meat, and fish eggs/roe (ikura). Yummy!

Visit Sakura Terrace
1240 S. King St.; Honolulu, 96814
http://www.sakuraterrace.com/

Remember to take care of our beautiful planet- use less, conserve, reuse, and recycle. http://www.earthday.org/

Happy weekend!

FS~