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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Pokey, pokey!

We celebrated one of my auntie’s birthdays earlier this month. I was researching dessert ideas and I came across a poke cake. I was intrigued and tried it out!

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/gelatin-poke-cake-53184.aspx

Of course, I modified the recipe, as I always do, to make it my own!

You can basically use any type of box cake mix. I choose Rainbow Chip and poke holes in them after the cake cooled.

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See the rainbow chips in the poked holes? Awesome!

Then, I mixed strawberry Jell-O, but instead of mixing the gelatin mix with regular water, I used strawberry sparkling water.

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Hi Dave! He’s my auntie’s fave minion!! Haha!

…And TA-DA!!!! I poured the mix over the cake and refrigerated it overnight.

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Yummy!

We really enjoy it! The sweetness was just right! Time to make more poke cakes with different Jell-Os and cake mixes! I’m excited!

Have a great week!

~FS

 

Night Market din din

The other weekend was Honolulu Night Market. It’s a quarterly community event that takes place in the Kaka’ako area. They have various food vendors, shopping vendors, and entertainment. It’s an awesome time out!

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There’s a unique theme with every event. June’s event was entitled “Home,” in relevance to the Hõkūle’a returning home that day, after being at sea, traveling the world for three years.

I was so excited to finally try Turkish food from Istanbul Restaurant food stand. They’re in the making of opening a restaurant and bar soon. I can’t wait until they open!

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The döner plate. Slices of lamb, with rice and salad, and a tzatziki yogurt sauce. Yummy! Tummy was happy!

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I grew my love for Turkish food when I had traveled to Turkey many years ago. It has become my top five favorites! That yogurt sauce is what makes it SO BOMB! Whenever I have red meats and pork chops, I always make a yogurt sauce to pour over. I have a thing for yogurt.

I can’t wait to try more of Istanbul’s food. I’m so happy that we have a Turkish joint on the island!

I was craving dessert and was eyeing the chocolate-banana scone from 9Bar Hnl. I had to try it, and it was soo good! This place is a physical joint at Salt (see map above). They have “real food,” coffee, and baked goods. Great place to chill!

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http://9barhnl.com//

http://www.saltatkakaako.com/stores/9bar-hnl/

Check out Night Market. Next event will probably be in September.

http://www.honolulunightmarket.com/

The weekend is almost here! Yay!

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/

 

Korean delight & a lil bit of snow!

I love Korean food, especially the Soon Du Bu Chi-Ke (sometimes spelled Jigae), or better known as the soft tofu stew. Mmm, mmm! It’s so good! My ultimate favorite Korean soup ever!!! The best part of Korean dining is the kim-chee and unlimited side dishes!! Oh, gosh! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

I went to Millions Restaurant in the Ke’eaumoku area. I was originally set on ordering kal-bi (my usual go-to Korean dish), but I decided to order the tofu stew instead.

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This was DA BOMB! It had a good amount of soft tofu, clams, beef, and vegetables. Yummy! Just the right amount of spiciness, too.

Million Restaurant
626 Sheridan St.; Honolulu, 96814

Here’s a recipe of the famous soup: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/151006/korean-soft-tofu-stew-soon-du-bu-jigae/

After our dinner, my bf and I decided to grab dessert at Snow Factory at McCully Shopping Center. We love the dessert there. It’s a combination of shave ice and ice cream. They have a ton of different flavors and set desserts to choose from.

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We ordered random flavors: Hawaiian punch, banana, and peanut butter with gummy bears, mochi balls, and strawberry boba (pops). They were all excellent. I want to go back to try more flavors!

Snow Factory
McCully Shopping Center
1960 Kapiolani Blvd.; Honolulu, 96826
https://www.snowfactoryhawaii.com/

According to their website, it looks like Snow Factory is a Korean company since they have a branch located in Korea. What a coincidence! Korean for dinner and Korean for dessert. Haha!

Sunday funday full of yummy treats!

Happy Sunday Funday!

I enjoyed a couple of yummy treats at a Baby Expo today. I love these fairs! They have such awesome food vendors.

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Yummy! I got bubble gum! My ultimate favorite flavor, next to strawberry!

It was really good! There was even a purple gumball in the Popsicle! My mouth of all blue in the end. Haha!

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Uncle Lani’s poi mochi. Soo good!

I love poi mochi. My sister sometimes makes this yummy dessert. It’s not too difficult to make. Here is a simple recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/hawaiian-poi-mochi-237372

Franny’s Hawaiian Ice Pops
http://frannyshawaiianicepops.com/
Check them out- they have TONS of yummy flavors
**No physical location**

Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi
Ka Makana Ali’i- the new mall on the west side of O’ahu
91 Kapolei Pkwy; Kapolei, 96707
https://www.yelp.com/biz/uncle-lanis-poi-mochi-kapolei

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