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~

 

An Indian feast for two!

The other weekend, my boyfriend and I went to one of the best Indian restaurants on the island- Café Maharani. It’s been a while since we last went there. We went there for our second date and I introduced my boyfriend to Indian food. He enjoyed it (yay!). The restaurant is always crowded and parking is sparse. We were fortunate to find parking and get a table right away.

We ordered the combination dinner special for two, which was a great deal! This is what we chose to grind!

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Vegetarian samosas- mmmm! Looks like big won tons, huh?

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Our entrée: lamb masala (similar to a lamb stew or curry) and palak paneer (homemade cheese with a creamy spinach sauce), with saffron rice. OMG! It was so good! The yogurt and sweet/sour sauces were for the samosas.

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Stuffed cheese-garlic naan. Mouth watering!!!

I love Indian food! I could eat it daily! I understand that the spices are healthy.

I found an article explaining the health benefits of Indian spices: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-indian-spices-7060.html

Café Maharani
2509 S. King St.; Honolulu, 96826
5-10pm, 7 days a week
No reservations
https://www.cafemaharanihawaii.com/

Have a blessed Good Friday and Easter weekend. He has Risen!!!

FS~ x