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

Good ol’ shave ice!

I love shave ice- it’s so refreshing! Can’t beat the top three flavors that make “the rainbow-” strawberry, banana, and vanilla. It makes such beautiful colors. What makes shave ice even more exciting to eat is the cool toppings you can add on top, such as tapioca balls, mochi balls, fruit, fruit jellies, custard, pudding, ice cream, azuki beans, condensed milk, taro, and get this, strawberry jam! Yes, you read me right- jam! Tried that with our shave ice and it was AWESOME! It paired so well. I thought it would be weird, but it wasn’t. It was really good! Genius!

Ordered this shave ice from Coffee or Tea? at Pearl Kai Shopping Center. They have two locations. The first location is based at McCully Shopping Center. This joint has amazingly delicious milk teas, and all different kinds of varieties to choose from!

Coffee or Tea?
Pearl Kai Shopping Center
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy.; Aiea, 96701

Coffee or Tea?
McCully Shopping Center
1960 Kapiolani Blvd.; Honolulu, 96826

Here is an article of the best shave ice joints on O’ahu: http://www.best-of-oahu.com/hawaiian-shave-ice.html. It’s all about the fine, smooth ice, that melts in your mouth, and the variety of flavors and toppings, too!

Happy new week!

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~

Today calls for π!

It’s 03/14- Happy Pi Day!

Pi, 3.14 (π), the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. This brings back memories of grade school… Haha! Oh, math… how interesting and complex you are…

There’s a website for Pi Day! http://www.piday.org/learn-about-pi/

Well, to celebrate, this day calls for PIE!!! Yum! I made a no-bake strawberry-cheesecake pie, topped with strawberries, blueberries, and grapes. Oh.my.goodness! It was so good! I made it for my boyfriend’s birthday the other month (can you read the blueberries above? Haha).

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The ingredients needed for this FAB dessert!

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Ta-da!!!!

Here is the recipe that inspired me to make this marvelous dish. I didn’t follow the recipe to the tee. I went by taste. That is the true secret to cooking and some baking.

Celebrate Pi π Day with pie!!!! Happy eating!

FS~