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!

Brunch places are poppin’ up everywhere!

Happy Sunday! Man! Brunch places are popping up everywhere in Hawaii. It’s the new “in” thing! Brunch food is awesome!

I tried Moena CafĂ© with my girlfriend at the new Ka Makana Ali’i Mall in Kapolei. It was really good. I loved the atmosphere. Moena CafĂ© is next to the new Hampton Inn & Suites. I didn’t know that there’s a location in Hawaii Kai as well, at Koko Marina Shopping Center.

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This is the fresh corned beef with eggs (over-easy). It was yummy!

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We shared the sweet French toast. It was to-die-for! I love French toast!

Moena Café
Ka Makana Ali’i
91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy; Kapolei, 96707
808.628.4737

Hawaii Kai location
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy; Honolulu, 96825
808.888.7716

Have a great new week!

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

Dinner date at Piggy Smalls

I love Piggy Smalls. They are the second restaurant of the Pig & the Lady, which is another love of mine! The Pig & the Lady is a Vietnamese-fusion resturant located in Chinatown. They started off at Farmer’s Market at the Neil Blaisdell Center at Ward on Wednesday evenings, Kailua Town Center on Thursday evenings, and at Kapi’olani Community College on Saturday mornings, before finally opening up their physical restaurant. Yay! They are still at Farmer’s Markets on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, which is awesome! Their success is amazing! So thankful for them and the ono food they serve.

Every time I go to either restaurant, I get so excited to see what’s new on the menu. I am always eager to trying something new.

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Slow roasted parsnips, topped with arugula, roasted buckwheat, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and black pepper honey.

This was the first time trying parsnips and it had an interesting texture. Because it looks like carrots, I thought it would taste similar to the veggie, but it reminded me more of potatoes.

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Squash tikka masala- an Indian curry vegetarian dish with kabocha, butternut squash, variety of zucchinis, seeds, cilantro, and seven-grain rice.

This was amazing! I loved it! Whenever I see an Indian dish, I get so excited! I can eat Indian food all-day, everyday! Haha!

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My boyfriend ordered the pho-strami burger. Makaweli beef, crispy smoked brisket bacon, burnt onion, and an argula salad.

He absolutely loved it!

Visit all these locations! Their pho is NOTHING like you’ve ever tasted before! I love their uniqueness of their Vietnamese soup. So, so good!

Piggy Smalls
Ward Centre
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814

The Pig & the Lady
83 N. King St.; Honolulu, 96813

Farmer’s Market:

Wednesdays: Neil Blaisdell Center from 4.30-7pm
777 Ward Ave.; Honolulu, 96814

Thursdays: Kailua Town Center from 5-7.30pm
609 Kailua Road; Kailua, 96734

Saturdays: Kapi’olani Community College
4303 Diamond Head Road; Honolulu, 96816

Happy eating!!!

 

 

Graduation celebration!

It’s graduation season again in Hawaii Nei! Last night, my friend graduated with her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. It seems like only yesterday when she received her Bachelor’s. Two years flies by pretty quickly, even though it may seem like a long time away when you are thinking about it. I remember thinking that two years was a long time when I went to graduate school, but man, I was so wrong! In a blink of an eye, graduate school was over and I was graduating with a Master’s. Crazy!

After the ceremony, my buds and I, and our guest-of-honor, celebrated at Thank Q Pocha, a Korean-fusion restaurant. My girlfriend (the graduate) and I have thought about trying this place a while ago. So glad we finally did with the gang! It was all of our first time there and we enjoyed the food very much! We decided to start with appetizers and would decide to order more after. But after we grinded the appetizers, we were actually pretty full. Haha! The appetizers were quite filling and awesomely delicious!

We ordered popular dishes off the menu, that was recommended by our server.

Two fried bao buns: one with bulgogi and the other with kalbi. O.M.G., so good! They were both delicious!

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Bulgogi bao buns- mouth is watering!

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Kalbi bao buns- oh my! Those cucumbers helped bring out the flavors.

We also ordered the seafood and kimchi pancakes. I enjoyed both, but liked the seafood one more. I loved the flavors of the different seafood in the dish.

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Seafood pancakes- yum!

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Kimchi pancakes- that sauce was bomb!

I can’t wait to go back to try their fried rices and cheese corn. Those are their other popular dishes on the menu.

Thank Q Pocha
1411 Kapiolani Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
https://www.yelp.com/biz/thank-q-pocha-honolulu

Congratz to all those who are graduating this year!!! Also, Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

Homemade meal by two special friends <3

I have two special friends from Nepal- they’re siblings. We went to school together. I miss them very much, as they’ve returned home after living in the US/Hawaii for several years. One day, I was at their house and they decided to make bowls of ramen and have me try their famous Nepali spiced tea (aka chai), which they made. Yummy! I really enjoyed it! It was very comforting.

Here’s a recipe to make this famous tea! http://www.food.com/recipe/nepali-spiced-tea-408093

They loved cooking! They invited our friends over on several occasions and would cook up a storm! It was awesome to eat REAL, AUTHENTIC Nepalese vegetarian food! They were vegetarian, btw. It was so yummy! I love vegetarian food! I don’t always feel the need to have meat with every dish.

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Doesn’t this look amazing?! I miss this! Nothing like authentic cooking!

 

Eat green on Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

To celebrate this wonderful planet we live on, I’ve found this link- eat your greens!

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Cheers!! Pictured is the sashimi salad from Sakura Terrace. The salad contains chunks of raw fish (ahi/tuna, hamachi/yellowtail, & salmon), pieces of shrimp, crab meat, and fish eggs/roe (ikura). Yummy!

Visit Sakura Terrace
1240 S. King St.; Honolulu, 96814
http://www.sakuraterrace.com/

Remember to take care of our beautiful planet- use less, conserve, reuse, and recycle. http://www.earthday.org/

Happy weekend!

FS~