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!


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


This was a deal! …And so much food!

Went strolling in Waikiki the other weekend and ended up eating at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka at the new International Marketplace, in the back of Mitsuwa Marketplace, a nationwide Japanese market. I’ve been to their other location at the Don Quijote on Kaheka Street. Their food is sooo good! They had these sets that were less than $15. It was A LOT of food! I struggled to finish everything. We tried the shoyu ramen with salmon and ikura (fish eggs) with rice and natto (fermented soy beans) and rice- my fave! So, so good! I.LOVED.IT! Both sets came with a boiled egg. Mmm!

While cruising the International Marketplace, you got to check out the Mitsuwa Marketplace. It’s an awesome Japanese market. It reminded me of the stores in Japan. You can find everything in there- food, drinks, products, etc. Amazing store! It’s the perfect convenience store. I wish they had more locations on the island.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
inside Mitsuwa Marketplace
International Marketplace in Waikiki
2330 Kalakaua Ave.; Honolulu, 96815
Cheers to ramen!

The Rice Place

Happy Hump Day! In one week, the first month of 2018 will be over. How fast!

My gf and I dined at The Rice Place on Kapi’olani Blvd. a few months ago. Every dish is made with rice there. We ordered an appetizer and main dish, and it was more than enough! Just two dishes, and we were so full. We had leftovers to bring home. We enjoyed the food very much. The place is very small and cozy. Reservations is advised.


Lettuce wrap rice flour crepe


Look at the inside of this beauty. Mmmm! I’m not so much of a fan of crepes, but this was amazing! So crispy. We savored this till the end of our dinner.


Pesto boat noodles with chicken. Their pesto sauce is homemade- nut and dairy-free!

I love pesto, especially homemade. That’s the best kind. I can’t wait to dine here again and try more dishes!

The Rice Place
725 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, 96813

Merry Christmas Eve- a perfect posting for the season!

Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Sunday! Almost two months ago, one of my dear friends got married at her dad’s cabin on the lake in Minnesota. We had a lovely, delicious dinner amongst family that I wanted to share. Perfect for the Christmas season.


On her wedding evening, we had prime rib, with homemade mash, green beans, carrots, and sauteed mushrooms. Yummy! That piece of meat was HUGE! I tried my best to finish it all, but couldn’t. I was way too full. Too bad I couldn’t bring it home as leftovers to finish. Haha, back home to Hawaii.


Carrot cake for dessert/their wedding cake! Yummy! Haven’t had carrot cake in so long!

What a coincidence, tomorrow we will be having prime rib for our Christmas dinner. Can’t wait! Be sure to lookout for another posting of that soon.

Have a beautiful Christmas with your loved ones. It’s my most favorite time of the year to celebrate with family.