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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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 😉 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/

 

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~