Who says ozoni can’t be eaten all-year-long?

I say ME! I LOVE ozoni, Japanese good luck mochi soup that’s usually eaten at New Year’s. I look forward to trying different ozonis, and that’s exactly what I did when we went to Sekiya’s. Ozoni was on their menu and I ordered it! I was so excited to try another ozoni. All the ozonis I’ve tried have all tasted very different, which is awesome!

The ozoni at Sekiya’s was made with a fish soup base (and boy was the taste strong!). The soup contained very simple ingredients: Chinese cabbage, green onions, and mochi. Simple as that! I enjoyed it very much!

Read my earlier post on ozoni, below:

Ozoni New Years tradition!

If you like “old school” Japanese restaurants, Sekiya’s is the place!

Sekiya’s Restaurant & Delicatessen
2746 Kaimuki Ave.; Honolulu, 96816
http://sekiyasrestaurant.com/index.html

 

Let’s make this a habit!!

Happy Monday! Let the new week begin!

At my girlfriend’s wedding day, they hired a food truck and served the guests burgers/sandwiches. Pretty cool! I’ve never been to a wedding where a food truck was hired. Yet alone, served burgers and sandwiches. Awesome! The food truck was called The Habit Burger Grill. I ordered the tri-tip steak sandwich with onion rings. Yum! It was very tasty! Steak was juicy! And, those onion rings were satisfying! They had just the right amount of batter.

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Their menu looks amazing! The next time I’m in Cali, I’m going to look for them and try their other burgers and sandwiches. What a fantastic wedding reception dinner! Casual, yet classy at the same time!

The Habit Burger Grill
http://www.habitburger.com/

Oodles of noodles!

The other night, my boyfriend made fried noodles with slices of steak and assorted vegetables (green beans, red bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, and celery). It was a very simple and quick dish, made with a parmesan-garlic-butter sauce. It was really good! I enjoyed it very much. My bf told me the entire meal (enough for the two of us, and leftovers for me to bring for my home lunch the next day) costed him less than $20. Amazing deal, huh?

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For Father’s Day this year, we made my dad homemade lasagna. We made two kinds: both with ground turkey, but one with arugula and the other with broccoli.

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First time cooking with arugula. Yum!!!

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Bam! This one was the winner! Lasagna with ground turkey and broccoli.

It’s been a long time since I last made lasagna. I forgot how simple it is to made! It’s all about layering and layering!

I first cooked the ground turkey with the Alfredo sauce and garlic (gotta have the garlic!). I layered the pan with the no-bake noodles (decided to try that) and the turkey-sauce mix, arugula/broccoli, and ricotta/mozzarella/pepper Jack cheeses, and repeated the steps until the pan was full. We topped the lasagna with shoestring fries before popping them into the oven. Yum! It was a yummy Father’s Day dinner!

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

 

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!

Homemade Taco Tuesday dinner

It’s Taco Tuesday, baby! Let’s get excited! Whoot!

My sister and her BF cooked up a marvelous taco bar for my family on a Tuesday night for dinner. W.O.W.! It was amazing! We enjoyed dinner very much! We had a selection of different tacos to create and grind: soft or crunchy; ahi (fish), shrimp, ground beef, and steak. I tried ’em all, haha! My tummy was very satisfied!

Homemade taco nights at home are the best! I get SO excited. I literally do! Haha! I usually create a salad with tortilla chips or break my taco shells into pieces, and then add the ingredients. Yummy! My mouth is watering- every time I think of tacos! I think it’s time for another taco night soon! Hehe!

Enjoy your week!

FS~

Breakfast for dinner! Yay!

Happy Sunday! I went to Real Food Café again! This time I ordered the breakfast panini, which was a very simple sandwich. It just consisted of cheese and bacon. Yummy! Nothing like a simple breakfast for dinner.

I had blogged earlier about Real Food Café and the chef behind the ono food. I still find Chef Heidi amazing! She’s a private chef/caterer, teaches classes, runs her own café in the condo she resides in (which it so awesome), a photographer, and blogger. I’ve never been to a (typical) condo complex with its own café. It’s awesome! I think maybe now it’s more common to build restaurants and cafés in an apartment complex. I’m seeing it more and more.

This is her blog site: http://swigsandgrinds.blogspot.com/

Have a happy, relaxing Sunday! Summer’s almost here!

~FS x