A rosy, orange beery chicken

Happy Monday! I always wanted to cook with beer and I finally did! It was exciting! It was a simple, easy dish! I call it “rosemary-orange-beer chicken.” I also roasted red potatoes, Okinawan sweet potatoes, and onions, with some rosemary sprigs.


The ingredients: orange, potatoes (any of your choice), rosemary, chicken broth, beer, onions, and chicken


The seasonings: olive oil, black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, and garlic salt


Ready to go into the oven! It looks good already! This was drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, and garlic salt.


Ta da!!! It was so good, especially those Okinawan sweet potatoes!


Ready to bake! Let’s do it!


Ooh, mouthwatering!

You can use any kind of chicken. I decided to use small wings and drumsticks. I drizzled the chicken with olive oil, seasoned them with black pepper, Himalayan pink salt, and garlic salt. Then, the beer was poured. You can use any beer of your choice. I used Bud Light Platinum (one pint because I made two trays of the dish). I mixed it with some chicken broth. Topped the marinade with orange slices and rosemary.

The dish turned out great! Got to make it again, with just the beer, haha!

Have a great week, y’all!



Thee BEST soup/salad buffet ever!

I love Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation. They are, hands-down, the BEST soup and salad buffet EVER! Their food is so good; so refreshing, and healthy.

It’s been several years since I last ate there, in California. I got to dine there recently in Arizona. My friends took me there when I went to visit them. Yay! I was so stoked! It was well worth it! The quality of the food never changed!

There were too many selections to choose from, so I took pictures of all the food- haha! It was overwhelming for sure! My top faves were the toss salad with pickles and red wine vinaigrette dressing, spicy cucumber quinoa salad, the garlic cheese bread, the blueberry muffins with honey-whipped butter, and the vanilla/chocolate soft serve frozen yogurt. Oh my gosh! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I want to go back! I wish we had a Sweet Tomatoes here in Hawaii. I would be there ALL THE TIME!

Sweet Tomatoes/Souplantation (various locations)

Breakfast of champions!

Yay for the weekend! I don’t always cook breakfast (cuz I don’t always eat breakfast, even though it’s the most important meal of the day- I know…), but I was in the mood to whip some some good ol’ hash browns, over-easy eggs, Canadian bacon, and toast some blueberry bagels for my family. Yum!


These hash browns were bomb and so easy to make!


I haven’t had Canadian bacon is so long. It was so good! Brings back memories of when I ate them growing up. Forgot to capture a snapshot of those bad boys. Shucks!


Another food item I wanted to share since we’re on the topic of breakfast, is this sausage biscuit sandwich from Wendy’s. It was so, so good! I didn’t know Wendy’s had a breakfast menu until recently. There were so many yummy items to choose from, but I went with this and have no regrets! The biscuits is what makes this sandwich hearty!

Happy weekend!


Excited to try a new cuisine in Hawaii!

I am always so excited to try new types of foods. A few months ago, I came across a Uzebek joint in Downtown, called Silk Road Café. The first of its kind in Hawaii.

I didn’t know what to expect! I didn’t know what kind of dishes they would have.


This is fried lagman. It reminded me of spaghetti. It’s a ground beef, veggie, noodle stir-fry. I liked it! The bread was amazing! The noodles reminded me of udon. Very similar.


This is the lagman soup. Same ingredients, just in a soup style. Mmm! You know me and soup.

I want to make my way back there again to try their other dishes very soon. They have some interesting items on their menu. I love their place. They sell a lot of imported food products, too. Very interesting. I had no idea what half of those items were, haha! I think they were labeled in Russian.

So where is Uzbekistan, you say? It’s in the middle of the “stan” countries: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, & Pakistan. Too many “stans.” Haha!


Silk Road Café
212 Merchant St. (inside the Arcade Building)
Honolulu, 96813

My fave kind of stir-fry

Happy Sunday! Is the weekend over already? Where did it go? Hope y’all had a great one!

I made my favorite stir-fry tonight, with ground turkey breast. It’s very simple and oh-so-good! I can’t get enough of it! Once I start eating it, I can’t stop. It’s THAT addicting!


These are the seasonings I used: Mrs. Dash salt-free garlic and herb seasoning, fresh black pepper, garlic powder, and Himalayan pink salt (just a dash- get it? Haha!)


The ingredients: udon, ground turkey breast, soft tofu, onions, won bok (Chinese cabbage), mixed frozen veggies, and the Kikkoman stir-fry sauce (the magic sauce).


Ta-da!!! So delicious, and very healthy!

The best katsu in town!

Happy Hump Day!

If y’all haven’t been to Tonkatsu Tamafuji in Kapahulu, you got to try their tonkatsu- if you don’t mind waiting a while, that is. I’ve been there twice and we had a wait a while to be seated. BUT- it was worth it- BOTH times!! The batter, surrounding the pork loin, is so light and fluffy. It melts in your mouth. Their servings are very generous, too. It’s a deal for sure!

There’s two types of katsu sauces to choose from: spicy and sweet. Both are good, separately and together. The server gives you a bowl of sesame seeds to grind- that’s so much fun! Then you pour either or both sauces into the bowl.

There’s complementary assorted pickled vegetables: (L-R) ume (pickled plum), takuan (pickled daikon (or radish)), and tsukemono (pickled cabbage). Mmm mmm mmm!

When I dined there the first time, I ordered the 180g of the Jyukusei tonkatsu (pork loin) set. That was a lot! I couldn’t finish it. Next time I dined there, I ordered the 160g of the same set and that was more manageable. Mind you, I went there for lunch the first time and dinner the second time.

There’s three different types of rice to choose from, as well as two different types of miso soup, too. The first time, I tried the five-grain rice. Anything that is multigrain always catches my eye! It was interesting. Had a wasabi-like flavor to it. The second time, I tried the seasoned mixed rice, which was very, very tasty. That one was my favorite. I’ve tried both the white and red miso soups. I enjoyed both! Love that there’s clams in there.

The following dishes are all-you-can eat, at no charge- the assorted pickled vegetables, the bowls of rice (you can even try different rices), and the shredded cabbage that comes with the katsu. With the cabbage comes two different dressings: sesame and ponzu. Both pair well with the cabbage. Yum!

Check out Tonkatsu Tamafuji and be prepared to wait a while before being seated. In the end, though, it’s so worth it!

Tonkatsu Tamafuji
449 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, 96815


I got a nitsu-kick out of this dish!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

I love Utage- it’s a local, Japanese, and Okinawan family-friendly restaurant. Their food is delicious! I ordered the ahi belly nitsuke, which was one of their specials of the day. I order the last of that dish, and I’m so happy I did. That dish was amazingly good! I’ve never had nitsuke before. It’s a Japanese simmering sauce that’s sweet and salty at the same time. I LOVE ahi belly, too. The meat was so tender and soft. Perfect pairing!

Here’s a recipe for this amazing sauce: Yum! I would love to make this sauce with something. It’ll be onolicious! I can’t wait!

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday! Wasn’t Justin Timberlake’s halftime show pretty cool? I enjoyed it!

Utage Restaurant & Lounge
1286 Kalani St.
Honolulu, 96817