Get some healthy pesto pasta!

I miss cooking! It’s been so busy lately, I just haven’t had the time to cook. But last weekend, I finally did! I’m so proud! Yay! I bought all my ingredients at Whole Foods and made some healthy pesto pasta.

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I boiled the whole wheat Fusili pasta in Chardonnay, water, garlic salt, and extra virgin olive oil. I thought I would be able to taste the wine, but I didn’t.

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I found this chia seed pesto sauce, which looked every interesting. I, of course, added pine nuts to the pesto sauce. Gotta! I even added wine! Haha! That was some good pesto sauce. Tasted very similar to my homemade recipe. Couldn’t even taste the chia seeds. I wouldn’t have known otherwise!

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Saw these and they looked interesting to add to the pasta. Plus, they were on sale- whoo hoo! They sausages were pretty good, and they were organic! Yes!

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Gotta have cheese! Crumbled Parmesan cheese and Halloumi cheese. Mmmm! The Halloumi cheese had more of a mozzarella texture.

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Bam! What a healthy creation!

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Made a side of broccoli with sharp cheddar cheese. Mmmm!

Until the next cooking adventure! Yee haw!

I scream for oysters!!

I love oysters!! Raw and cooked! I prefer them cooked, but I’ll eat them raw, too. I am reviewing raw oysters from Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill and Arancino at The Kāhala. But first, did you know oysters has some health benefits? Of course we know oysters to be an aphrodisiac. Ooh, la la!! Below are health benefits to this awesome seafood!

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This pretty oyster was from Arancino at The Kāhala Hotel. I loved it! It was so beautifully presented. I didn’t want to eat it! Yes, that’s gold specs!!!

Arancino in Kāhala was a beautiful restaurant. Delicious Italian food for sure! I will post another entry on the entrée dish I ordered when we went there for my dad’s bday this year. There’s three locations on the island, but I think their menu differs in some way. I’ve been to the Beachwalk location in Waikīkī and it was a more casual setting, compared to the Kāhala location. Nonetheless, I enjoyed both locations and the food is awesome!

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Chef’s choice oysters from Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill. Served with ponzu sauce, daikon, and tobiko. Oh, man! Winnah, for sure!

I always enjoy going to Uncle’s. It’s a casual place, but the food is on the fancier side. I love it! They have a variety of different seafood dishes. Mmm!

Arancino at the Kāhala
5000 Kāhala Ave.; Honolulu, 96816
808.380.4400
http://www.arancino.com/
**NOTE: there’s three locations on the island

Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill
1135 N. Nimitz Hwy; Honolulu, 96817
808.275.0063
https://www.unclesfishmarket.com/

Have a great week!

~FS x

 

Korean BBQin!

Happy Social Saturday!

My girlfriend and I (August babies) celebrated our bdays at Gen Korean BBQ House at Ala Moana with our friends. We’ve been wanting to try this place and we were glad we finally did! It was pretty good! All-you-can-eat with a set price for lunch and dinner. However, if you don’t finish what you’ve ordered, the restaurant will charge you for anything that wasn’t eaten. Oooh! That’s good, though. Food should NOT be wasted! So, we made sure we didn’t leave anything left- haha!

Gen Korean BBQ House is located where the old Tsukiji Fish Market used to be. I loved the new atmosphere. It was very “club-like.” When we got there, it wasn’t too crowded- they don’t take reservations. But in the nick of time, the restaurant was filled!

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We ordered garlic chicken, bulgogi, brisket, and boneless kalbi. We LOVED the brisket and kalbi. We ordered multiple rounds of those dishes! Whoo hoo! My mouth is watering just thinking about it! The side veggies were delish! I look forward to that when dining at Korean restaurants. So good! And I love that you can have more if you want!

They provided three different sauces: shio (salt), sesame, and ponzu. I liked the ponzu sauce the best. It paired well with all the meats. Yum!

Check out Gen at Alaz!
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
(808) 944-5227
http://genkoreanbbq.com/

 

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/

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

 

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 Café with my girlfriend at the new Ka Makana Ali’i Mall in Kapolei. It was really good. I loved the atmosphere. Moena Café 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!