We are entering into a tranquil day….

I love the Ali’i Kula Lavender farm in Kula, Maui. It’s a cool (literally cuz it’s located at a high altitude), peaceful, and serene place to visit. I didn’t always care for lavender, but I’ve learned to like it, as I know it has many good benefits (see featured image above). Lavender essential oils has awesome benefits as well. I use lavender essential oils topically and I also diffuse it. It helps me relax and sleep for those nights where I’m having trouble falling asleep. There are many essential oil brands out there… I use dōTERRA.

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This farm is huge and has a beautiful garden, with different kinds of lavenders and flowers. They also have a cute gift shop that has everything lavender.

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This is lavender lemonade. It was interesting. I’m not sure if I really like lavender in my food and drinks, but it was an experience to try.

Here are some pictures from the farm. It is my favorite place to visit when I go to Maui.

#MemoriesMonday

Happy Labor Day!

I’m reminiscing about my trip to Cali earlier this summer when I went up for my friends’ wedding.

Picture #1: My friends took me to Bar Louie for a late night dinner/happy hour in Northridge. We ordered this delicious dessert called the “key lime ‘shiner.” It’s cake , layered with strawberries, in a moonshine jar. Oh my goodness! That was so good! We really enjoyed it! And I loved how it was served in a jar. So creative! I loved the atmosphere and that it was somewhat busy on a late Tuesday night. The night is alive in Cali!!!

Picture #2: 805, Represent! I tried “805,” a local beer at the wedding rehearsal dinner. 805 is the area code for various cities in SoCal, including Ventura County. It was a pretty good ale! Excited that I tried something local!

Picture #3: Homemade dinner at the rehearsal! Yummy! My friends’ families made steak, Mexican rice, salsa, beans, and much more! It was awesome!!

My friends’ wedding was beautiful. I’m so glad I was a part of their special day! I hope to visit Cali again soon. I miss it there.

Bar Louie
Northridge Fashion Center
9301 Tampa Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324

Happy holiday and new week ahead!

~FS x

Wine, wine, wine!

Happy #WineWednesday!

Last year, my girlfriends celebrated my birthday at Amuse Wine Bar. I loved it there! I got to try a variety of different wines, red and white. It was awesome! And yes, I drank responsibly. Always do!

Top (L-R): 2013 ZD Pinot Noir; 2014 Hānaiali’i Merlot; 2014 Robert Mondavi Moscato D’Oro

Bottom (L-R): 2014 FEL Pinot Gris; 2014 Chronic Cellars Dead Nuts Red Blend; Centorri Moscato di Pavia

I found a cool article that’ll turn you into a wine expert! Haha!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/25/wine-facts-infographics_n_6924512.html

Amuse Wine Bar
1250 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, 96814
(808) 237-5428

 

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 πŸ˜‰

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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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

 

The “Newlywed Specialty Drink!”

My newlywed friends made an awesomely refreshing peach sangria just for their wedding reception this summer. It was so delicious!

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Doesn’t this look amazing? It was so refreshing; I had four of these glasses- haha! Whoo!

I loved this drink so much. So much that I replicated it for my family’s bday celebration this past weekend.

It’s a very simple recipe.

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Missing the Moscato wine bottle and the fruits, but you get the picture of what we need to make this bad boy πŸ˜‰ Haha!

  • Peach sparkling water
  • Peach schnapps
  • Moscato wine (regular or pink)
  • Fresh or frozen peaches
  • Fresh or frozen berries (blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)

For my rendition, I used all of the above, including fresh fruits- white/yellow peaches, strawberries, and blackberries, and pink moscato. I’m a fresh fruits kind-of gal!

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Bam!!! It was a hit! Tasted very close to the original.

Much thanks to the newlyweds and their wonderful creation! I can’t wait to experiment and make more kinds of sangrias soon!

Happy summer! Cheers!

Time for lemonade!!

This place, called Lemonade, at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), is such an adorable place. It’s located at Terminal 5. The food looked great; though, I didn’t get to try it, since I had already eaten something, but I did try their lemonade and cookie- haha! My dessert!

Of the lemonade selection they had that day, I chose to try the strawberry rhubarb. You know me and strawberries. I choose that fruit over all! It was absolutely refreshing! I loved it! I plan to try the food next time I’m in town, but I really wanted to try their lemonade.

I found an informational article on what rhubarb is: http://thepioneerwoman.com/food-and-friends/rhubarb-101/. Rhubarb reminds me of chard. I have yet to find this and try using it in my cooking. I learned something new that day!

Their chocolate-chip cookie was to-die-for! Definitely satisfied my craving!

There’s many locations of Lemonade in Cali. Check it out next time you’re in town!

http://www.lemonadela.com/