Pink drink calling!

Happy Father’s Day! Hope all you fathers, grandfathers, and uncles had a marvelous day!

Later this week, be on the lookout for a Father’s Day dish posting that I made tonight. It’s going to be great! We had a wonderful celebration!

Over the weekend, I finally tried “The Pink Drink.” It was staring at me, calling me to try it. I’ve heard of the drink before and had been curious to try it one day. That day had come, haha!

Some time ago, I downloaded a free app onto my smart phone, called “Secret Free.” It has the 411 of all the different “secret” drinks at Starbucks. Oooh, la la! According to the app, “The Pink Drink” is rated 4.5/5 stars and consists of: the strawberry açai refresher drink with coconut milk (instead of water), with dried strawberries. It was a pretty good drink! I like the açai refresher drink. I think it would be just as good without the dried strawberries, though! I’m looking forward to utilizing the app more and trying other “secret” drinks. Some of them are very creative.

Here is a website I found on the different “secret” drinks at our famous coffee joint!

https://starbuckssecretmenu.net/

**Please note that this site was created by fans.

Happy new week ahead!

FS~

Ringing in 2016 with sashimi!!

It’s #tbt

Three more days until 2017!! Let’s make the best of our final days of 2016. Happy celebrating!

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Happy New Year!! Wishing my readers a very happy and successful one! Hope all had a wonderful New Years Eve celebration!

Last night, my boyfriend brought hamachi (aka yellowtail) sashimi to our New Years celebration. It was to die for! The fish was tasty and oily (aka fatty)! Not to mention, fresh! That’s the most important!

Sashimi is a Japanese delicacy where the raw fish is sliced into thin pieces. It’s a popular dish during the holidays in Hawaii, especially New Years. Ahi sashimi is the most popular. Costco was loaded with ahi sashimi this past week. I like their sashimi- it’s onolicious!

Please be on the lookout for more postings in 2016! Be safe and happy eating!

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A time for Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving and #tbt! Reblogging an entry I posted last year.

Have a wonderful day, with family, friends, laughter, and TONS of food!

Aloha,
FS
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Happy belated Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with loved ones. This year, I decided to make my first ever cranberry-blueberry sauce to go with our delicious turkey my dad cooked. I added blueberries, some OJ, and a hint of cinnamon to be creative and change up the traditional cranberry sauce recipe. It came out great! My family enjoyed it! This has been added to the annual Thanksgiving menu, along with my stuffing!!! Yay!

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Food for thought: Blueberries and cranberries are high in antioxidants- whoo hoo! And did you know that cranberries bounce? How cool is that?!

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“Walking Dead” birthday party!

Last weekend, we celebrated our friend’s birthday and it was themed “The Walking Dead.” Those cupcakes pictured above are from Sugarlina in Aiea. Our other friend had bought the WD decor from somewhere else. It was adorable. Super creative!

Sugarlina Bakeshop
Pearl Kai Shopping Center
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy.; Aiea, 96701
808-312-3173
http://www.sugarlina.com/

The party was a potluck style. In addition to the wonderful cupcakes, I brought crackers, cheese, and salami for appetizers.

I made a ricotta spread, seasoned with garlic salt/powder, pepper, dill weed, and parsley. It was very light, as ricotta doesn’t have much flavor to it. The spread not only went well with the crackers, but with the other dishes, too!

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Italian cheeses!!! I hear the angels singing above!! I loved all the cheeses, but I especially enjoyed the Asiago cheese. Mmmm!

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…And what paired so well with the appetizer I brought, was my friend’s sangria. It was so refreshing! Those fruits paired so well with the wine and ginger ale blend.

Have a great rest of the week! It’s almost Friday! Yee haw!

Questions? Comments? Share them below! Until next time!! Cya!

Quickie meal!

Tonight, I wanted to try a pasta dish that I’ve been craving. It was also a pretty fast dish to make. Whoo hoo!

The Garlicky Lemon Shrimp dish, inspired by this recipe from Delish. The dish required the following ingredients: pasta, butter, lemon, lemon zest, garlic, shrimp, salt, and pepper. Instead of angel hair, as the recipe stated, I used fettuccine. I first cooked the garlic with butter and then threw in the shrimp. I added the seasoning, lemon juice, and zest, and then, the slices of lemon. Lastly, I added the pasta, and voilà- all done!

It was really satisfying! I loved it, a lot! Next time, I’m going to add some white wine! Mmm!

Until next time!

“Chopped” challenge, part 2

We’ve successfully completed our “Chopped” challenge weekend. Friday night was my turn. Same rules: three rounds, appetizer, main dish, and dessert- 30 minutes for each round. Here’s what went down!

Round 1: Appetizer: 30 minutes
Basket items: sea salt and herbs chickpeas, taro snacks, and organic tofu.
Dish: udon and tofu salad, with shoyu and ponzu sauce dressing, topped with chickpeas and taro fries. Supplemental ingredients used: udon, shoyu, and ponzu sauce.

Judge review (the BF): He really enjoyed it; said everything paired well together, especially the chickpeas and taro fries.

Round 2: Main dish: 30 minutes
Basket items: artichoke hearts, Sriracha sunflower seeds, halibut and monchong.
Dish: fish trio stir fry, topped with artichoke hearts and sunflower seeds. Supplemental ingredients used: seasoning, ahi, green beans, Okinawan sweet potato, and Parmesan chips. I didn’t use any sauce for the stir fry. The fishes were so tasty! Didn’t need to make a sauce.

Judge review: My BF loves fish, so this stir fry was off the charts for him! He absolutely enjoyed it!

Round 3: Dessert: 30 minutes
Basket items: pear and blueberry, strawberry, and cherry fruit strips.
Dish: pear slices, with a blueberry/strawberry honey compote, topped with cherry fruit strips and lemon cookies. Supplemental ingredients used: honey and lemon cookies.

Judge review: My BF thought the dish was very creative and loved the compote. He said he could taste both the honey and the fruit strips. I have to say, I was quite proud of this dish! Haha!

And that’s our “Chopped” challenge! It was a fun experience! I think we are going to do this again! We both agreed that it was a blast, cooking outside the box!

Have a great week!

Dad’s birthday!

This is a late post, but wanted to share my dad’s birthday celebration. His birthday was last month. We took him to Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Restaurant Row location. I also had made chocolate pudding cupcakes to bring to the restaurant for dessert!

Let’s start with those cupcakes. My dad’s favorite- chocolate!

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Pudding rocks!

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Boxed cake mix is the way to go!

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Yummy! Love the angle of this photo!

I first made the pudding and mixed some of it in the cake mix. Since my dad doesn’t care for frosting, I topped the cupcakes with the leftover chocolate pudding, and added some organic fruit gummies and fresh blueberries. Yum!

One of my favorite steak houses is Ruth’s Chris. We’ve been there multiple times for special occasions. The staff is very friendly and the ambience is just perfect! We always have a great time there!

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My family and I had shared a Chilled Seafood Tower. That was so good! All that seafood- mmmm! Mouth is watering!

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We also ordered an escargot to start off the birthday celebration dinner! It was delicious! I’ve never had escargot that wasn’t good.

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I felt like having lamb chops that evening. Savory, I tell ya! I love their steaks, too- cooked at medium rare!

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We shared a variety of sides: shoe string fries, roasted brussel sprouts, creamed spinach, and potatoes au gratin. Went perfect with our main dishes.

My dad enjoyed his dinner, and so did we! Everyone enjoyed the cupcakes. We had shared the rest with the manager and our servers. The manager greatly appreciated us sharing dessert with her. She was ecstatic! She didn’t know what to say! She hugged us and was excited to try them! She was the sweetest!

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Waterfront Plaza at Restaurant Row
500 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96813
808-599-3860
Ruth’s Chris Waterfront Plaza

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