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.

…And the bday celebration continues!

Tonight, my girlfriends took me out for my very belated bday! We tried Scratch Kitchen & Meatery at South Shore Market at Ward Village. I heard of Scratch Kitchen & Bakeshop in Chinatown, but never tried it. I learned tonight that that location closed.

Scratch Kitchen & Meatery is the place to be at South Shore! When we were seated, it wasn’t too crowded, but soon after, in the blink of an eye, the entire place was packed. The menu was fancy and there was no distinction of what was considered “pupus,” or appetizers and what was an entreΓ©. The staff encouraged sharing/family style.

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I ordered the Southern Hot Chicken: TWO spicy chicken with buffalo-type spicy sauce, that sat on a French toast, topped with sprouts and arugula. Wasn’t bad! It was pretty spicy, and tangy, too!

After dinner, we were excited to have some ice cream from Lucy’s Lab Creamery next door. I love their ice cream flavors. They got some interesting ones, like Fruit Loop vodka. Really?! I got the lychee vegan ice cream, which was made with coconut milk. It was interesting. Had the taste of both lychee with coconut. It was a little too rich for my tummy, if ya know what I mean. Haha!

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Scratch Kitchen & Meatery
South Shore Market- Ward Village
1170 Auahi St.; Honolulu, 96814
808-589-1669
http://www.scratch-hawaii.com/ward-village-1/

Lucy’s Lab Creamery
South Shore Market- Ward Village
http://lucyslabcreamery.com/

Enjoy the weekend!

~FS xx

#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

Now, this is a fruit cake!

My sweet co-workers celebrated my boss’s and my birthday this week with an ono cake covered in fruits from Whole Foods. Whoo hoo! I appreciated their thoughtfulness so very much.

I love Whole Foods and this was the first time I tried their cake. The yellow cake was so moist; it just melted in your mouth. My goodness! Loved it so much! And those fruits that topped the cake was awesome! What an assortment! It sure made it look healthy, haha! Even the frosting that layered the cake had blueberries and strawberries mixed. Very creative!

I want to try more of Whole Foods’ cakes and other desserts. Yummy!

It’s almost the Labor Day weekend!! Yay!

~FS

Birthday flashback!

Happy #FlashbackFriday!

Last year, my bf took me to Aunty’s Ramen for my bday luncheon. I’ve always wanted to try that place, as the owner used to own Sweet Home Cafe, a Taiwanese hotpot joint. Aunty’s Ramen is pretty similar to Sweet Home, but you’re not cooking your own ingredients in your soup. It’s already made and served to ya. However, you still get to pick a variety of ingredients to your soup, then pick your noodles and soup base. Meats is optional.

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Unfortunately, Aunty’s Ramen does not offer complementary shave ice like Sweet Home did. But we love shave ice so much, that we ordered it for our dessert. They have a bar, with a variety of toppings to choose from. Taiwanese shave ice rocks!

Oh yea!! My mouth is watering!! So good!

Happy weekend y’all!

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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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