Mother’s Day weekend grinds!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers, grandmothers, and aunties out there! Hope your day is full of relaxation and happiness.

This weekend, my boyfriend, sis, her boyfriend, and I cooked dinner for my family, as we celebrated Mother’s Day last night. We made ground turkey pot pies, cornbreads, and strawberry butter. Yum!

I’ve made chicken pot pies from this recipe in the past, but we’ve altered the recipe last night. We used ground turkey, sweet potatoes, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and frozen mixed vegetables for the pie filling. It was very good. We used a lot of potatoes, which helped sweeten the flavor. It didn’t need much seasoning, like salt. The potatoes’ sweetness was a perfect substitute.

Next, we made strawberry butter and two different types of cornbread to pair with the pot pies.

We whipped a block of unsalted butter and strawberries to make the butter.

We used two recipes to make the cornbreads: left picture and right picture in animal shapes. Cute, huh?

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Our feast!!! The filling made four pies- whoo hoo!

My cousin, who couldn’t make it last night, made my late auntie’s famous pound cake. O.M.Gosh! It was awesome! Tasted exactly like hers. He’s got her baking touch/gift! Yea!

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Today, we had our Mother’s Day luncheon with my boyfriend and his family at his mom’s favorite restaurant, Palazzo!

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Linguine with meatballs, mixed with white wine butter sauce.

Palazzo Ristorante Italiano
99-080 Kauhale St.; Aiea, 96701
https://www.yelp.com/biz/palazzo-ristorante-italiano-aiea

Homemade meal by two special friends <3

I have two special friends from Nepal- they’re siblings. We went to school together. I miss them very much, as they’ve returned home after living in the US/Hawaii for several years. One day, I was at their house and they decided to make bowls of ramen and have me try their famous Nepali spiced tea (aka chai), which they made. Yummy! I really enjoyed it! It was very comforting.

Here’s a recipe to make this famous tea! http://www.food.com/recipe/nepali-spiced-tea-408093

They loved cooking! They invited our friends over on several occasions and would cook up a storm! It was awesome to eat REAL, AUTHENTIC Nepalese vegetarian food! They were vegetarian, btw. It was so yummy! I love vegetarian food! I don’t always feel the need to have meat with every dish.

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Doesn’t this look amazing?! I miss this! Nothing like authentic cooking!

 

Going smoothie crazy with my newest food gadget!

It’s #WellnessWednesday, and I am so excited to share this post with y’all!!

Last Christmas, my boyfriend got me this multi-purpose Nutri Ninja®/Nutri Bowl™ DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost™ (ooh, fancy, huh?). I finally started using it- three-and-a-half months later, haha!

My new food gadget consists of:

One base and two interchangeable vessels, the 1200-watt DUO™ with Auto-iQ Boost™ easily switches between Nutrient & Vitamin Extraction** and Nutrient Fusion*** in single serve or 4-cup Nutri Bowl. (http://www.ninjakitchen.com/store/)

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Wow! It’s an all-in-one blender and food processor, if you ask me! I can just use this one base to make my drinks and food!

For the past two weeks, I’ve gone crazy making all different kinds of smoothies. The featured image above is a carrot-strawberry smoothie, with the “Essential” flavor Vitamin Water® drink.

Here’s a list of the different (protein) smoothies I’ve made with my new gadget. It’s truly amazing!! It’s so easy to use and I can make multiple batches to last an entire week!

The ingredients in these smoothies are adjusted by your taste buds =D

Apple-banana smoothie:

  • Apples
  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • “Essential” flavor Vitamin Water® drink
  • Ice (optional. I use ice to make my drinks colder and slushy)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Strawberry-banana-blueberry smoothie:

  • Strawberries (frozen ok)
  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • Blueberries (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (you can use fruit juice if you prefer)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Peanut butter-banana-grape smoothie:

  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • Grapes (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (I use both- I use lactaid milk since I am lactose-intolerant)
  • Peanut butter
  • Ice (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Carrot-strawberry smoothie (yes, carrots):

  • Fresh carrots (fresh carrots frozen ok)
  • Strawberries (frozen ok)
  • Any kind of orange juice (I used the “Essential” Vitamin Water®)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Fiber powder (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Carrot-strawberry-banana-blueberry smoothie:

 

  • Fresh carrots (fresh carrots frozen ok)
  • Strawberries (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (or fruit juice if you prefer)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Fiber powder (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

Carrot-apple-banana-blueberry smoothie:

  • Fresh carrots (fresh carrots frozen ok)
  • Apples
  • Bananas (frozen ok)
  • Blueberries (frozen ok)
  • Soy milk and/or regular milk (or fruit juice if you prefer)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Fiber powder (optional)
  • Unflavored protein powder (optional)

The blender did a fine job blending the carrots well into the smoothie, with the other ingredients because of the auto-iQ boost™ feature. If you like your smoothies with more texture and “grittiness,” you can turn the feature off.

I can’t wait to incorporate different veggies and fruits together to create more yummy smoothies. It’s not just about the fruits these days! Veggies are included, too!

http://www.ninjakitchen.com/ (you can find yummy recipes here)

Cheers, till next time!

FS~

 

 

2017 23rd Honolulu Festival recap!

Last weekend was the 23rd Annual Honolulu Festival. It was a wonderful event, that ended with a BANG- literally! Here are some highlights.

I tried and bought cookies from Kava Kookies. I tried her: chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies, cornflake cookies, peanut butter cookies, and almond cookies. They were all SO, SO yummy and addicting. I love cookies. I should call myself the next cookie monster- haha!

I also participated in a traditional tea ceremony for the first time. I was so excited! I learned a lot from that 10-minute demonstration. Initially, we are presented with Japanese sweets that we are to eat first. Then, the tea ceremony begins. There are a lot of rituals involved in a traditional tea ceremony. See a clip below.

 

Before they served us the tea to drink, we had to rotate the bowl three times, admiring the beautiful designs, before drinking it, and doing the same ritual after we finished drinking the tea. It was so good and refreshing. I loved that it was organic.

There was also sake tasting at the festival.

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L-R: Kubota Koujyu: Junmai Ginjo; Yoshio-no-Gawa: Junmai Ginjo; & Yoshio-no-Gawa: Echigo Junmai.

I didn’t know there were different types of sake! It’s like a whole new world! Below are descriptions of the sakes I tried.

Junmai Ginjo : Sake that is made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice milled 40% with 60% of each grain remaining.

Junmai : Sake that is made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice that has been milled 30% with 70% of each grain remaining.

Here’s the website that explains the other types: http://www.truesake.com/pages/sake-types.

I enjoyed the sakes. They were all very smooth, and the blue bottle was slightly sweeter than the other two.

The Honolulu Festival is a great event to explore and learn about different Asian cultures. I can’t wait to attend next year’s festivities.

Have a great rest of the week!

FS~

Last Saturday night

Like Katy Perry’s song, “Last Friday Night,” let’s talk about last Saturday instead.

My boyfriend, sister, her boyfriend, and our cousin, chilled at Dave & Buster’s for a game night out together. It was a blast! So many good memories and laughs.

My sis and I ordered D&B’s new blue raspberry snow glowb drink. It looked super cool and I love Jolly Rancher®. The blue raspberry is one of my fave flavors. The drink wasn’t bad. Tasted like the candy. The syrup was mixed with Sprite®. I love that we got to keep the color-changing ice cube that made the drink glow. It also came with a color-changing straw, which I forgot to take home. Shucks! I was so surprised that this drink did not contain alcohol. I know, shocking, right?!?!

D&B’s has some pretty awesome drinks and new food items that I’d like to try the next time I return. Yea!!!

Dave & Buster’s
1030 Auahi St.; Honolulu, 96814
808.589.2215
http://www.daveandbusters.com/

Get out, and get your game on!!

FS x

Foodnista meets Japan! 

Foodnista is traveling through Japan!! It’s one of my favorite countries to visit. So great to be back!! It’s been awesome trying the different Japanese foods, as well as other ethnic foods. There’s so many places to choose from, and the food is always delicious!!! Yum!

I came across a donut joint, very similar to the US Mainland’s, Krispy Kreme. It’s called Mister Donut. They have an assortment of donuts, as well as entrée dishes, such as pastas, hot dogs, and soups.

I ordered the strawberry cream-filled donut. It was pretty good; it wasn’t too sweet. There are tons of dessert places all over Japan, and surprisingly, their desserts aren’t super sweet, as the displays or pictures may look.


Mister Donut, various locations in Japan.

http://www.misterdonut.jp/sp/
More entries to come!
じゃまた!