Eating for charity!

Last weekend, my girlfriends and I attended the 40th Annual Charity Walk. We love this walk because while you’re getting your walk on, you get to eat some good food along the way, provided by the various hotels. The Charity Walk’s donations benefits the Hawaii Visitor Industry. It’s super fun! Food really drives your motivation to walk and cross the finish line. Though, I swear the walk is getting shorter and shorter every year- haha! This year’s walk was 5.25 miles. The first time I participated in this walk was in 2012. It was around 10 miles then. Holy moly! That was a workout! My feet and legs were extremely sore the next day, but it was worth the workout! This year, the Charity Walk raised over $2.5 million! Whoo hoo! Beats their record in 2017, which was over $2.27 million. Way to go!

See website for more details: http://www.charitywalkhawaii.org/oahu.html.
The Charity Walk also occurs on the neighbor islands. The walk usually occurs in mid-May on Oahu. Look out for next year’s event. Form a team to raise money, walk individually, or walk with a small group.

Here are some of the foods we enjoyed.

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Spam musubi from Alohilani Resort. Mmmm!

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Crab slider with a fried coconut-cake dessert, topped with a fire-roasted marshmallow topping from the Halekulani & Waikiki Parc Hotels. This was amazing!!!

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Yummy fried rice from the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

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Kalua pig (aka pork) with a hint of lime over tortilla chips from Price Waikiki.

I was so full after the we crossed the finish line. They provided a free lunch after, but I was too full. I happily gave my ticket away to someone who could have used another lunch plate.

Does this food make you inspired to join next year? Haha!

Have a great week!

x

A perfect dish for Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! In honor of today, a posting on the perfect dish- a Burmese salad from Piggy Smalls, sister restaurant of The Pig & the Lady. I love both restaurants. Their cuisine is Vietnamese-fusion. The Pig & the Lady started out at a couple Farmer’s Markets on the island. After taking off, they decided to open a physical restaurant, which my girlfriend and I were so excited for! Finally!! Their phở is unlike no other. It’s different and so tasty. A few years later, Piggy Smalls opened. Yay! Love that there’s so many options now. The Pig & the Lady still appears at Farmer’s Markets and community events.

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Doesn’t this look refreshing? Lots of variety.

The “Weekend at Burmese salad” consists of the following ingredients: green papaya, tomatoes, garlic, sesame, various toasted nuts & sprouting seeds, preserved lemons, and Serrano peppers, with fermented lahpet dressing.

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This is the salad, mixed together. Mmm!

Here’s some facts about Earth Day: https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-earth-day.

If you haven’t tried one of the Piggies, you got to!

Piggy Smalls
Ward Village
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu 96814
http://thepigandthelady.com/piggysmalls/

The Pig & the Lady
83 N. King St.; Honolulu, 96813
http://thepigandthelady.com/welcome

 

 

 

Hard core balsamic vinegar!

Boy, oh boy! Balsamic vinegar is where it’s at! It’s potent, but oh-so-good, and healthy for ya. Did you know it’s made from grapes?! I had no idea! Where was I? Haha! Makes me think of wine.

I was inspired by our Easter luncheon to make a dish with balsamic vinegar. I also learned how healthy it is for you. Time to use this ingredient much more often.

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I made a honey-balsamic chicken dish, courtesy of AllRecipes.

It was a very simple dish. I, of course, added onions and garlic to my dish. My must-haves!

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I baked the chicken for an hour and 10 minutes at 375 degrees. It was really good! Best to marinate the night before- not required, though.

I also made a spinach, quinoa, and strawberry salad with homemade oil and vinegar dressing. Oh, to-die-for!

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Ingredients for the dressing. I measured 1/3 c oil and vinegar and 2 tsp. sugar. The garlic powder and pepper are bonuses! Hehe!

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Beautiful salad; beautiful colors. You can cook the quinoa in a rice cooker or on the stove. I cooked it in the rice cooker- one cup of quinoa and measured two cups of water, as instructed, but the quinoa came out a bit mushy. Next time, I’ll put 1.5 cups of water instead. Can’t always trust the instructions. That’s why I always cook by taste, rather than following a recipe to-the-tee. I use recipes as a guide.

Happy Friday and upcoming weekend! Relax and unwind…

 

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)
https://souplantation.com/

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