The “Newlywed Specialty Drink!”

My newlywed friends made an awesomely refreshing peach sangria just for their wedding reception this summer. It was so delicious!

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Doesn’t this look amazing? It was so refreshing; I had four of these glasses- haha! Whoo!

I loved this drink so much. So much that I replicated it for my family’s bday celebration this past weekend.

It’s a very simple recipe.

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Missing the Moscato wine bottle and the fruits, but you get the picture of what we need to make this bad boy 😉 Haha!

  • Peach sparkling water
  • Peach schnapps
  • Moscato wine (regular or pink)
  • Fresh or frozen peaches
  • Fresh or frozen berries (blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)

For my rendition, I used all of the above, including fresh fruits- white/yellow peaches, strawberries, and blackberries, and pink moscato. I’m a fresh fruits kind-of gal!

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Bam!!! It was a hit! Tasted very close to the original.

Much thanks to the newlyweds and their wonderful creation! I can’t wait to experiment and make more kinds of sangrias soon!

Happy summer! Cheers!

Night Market din din

The other weekend was Honolulu Night Market. It’s a quarterly community event that takes place in the Kaka’ako area. They have various food vendors, shopping vendors, and entertainment. It’s an awesome time out!

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There’s a unique theme with every event. June’s event was entitled “Home,” in relevance to the Hõkūle’a returning home that day, after being at sea, traveling the world for three years.

I was so excited to finally try Turkish food from Istanbul Restaurant food stand. They’re in the making of opening a restaurant and bar soon. I can’t wait until they open!

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The döner plate. Slices of lamb, with rice and salad, and a tzatziki yogurt sauce. Yummy! Tummy was happy!

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I grew my love for Turkish food when I had traveled to Turkey many years ago. It has become my top five favorites! That yogurt sauce is what makes it SO BOMB! Whenever I have red meats and pork chops, I always make a yogurt sauce to pour over. I have a thing for yogurt.

I can’t wait to try more of Istanbul’s food. I’m so happy that we have a Turkish joint on the island!

I was craving dessert and was eyeing the chocolate-banana scone from 9Bar Hnl. I had to try it, and it was soo good! This place is a physical joint at Salt (see map above). They have “real food,” coffee, and baked goods. Great place to chill!

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http://9barhnl.com//

http://www.saltatkakaako.com/stores/9bar-hnl/

Check out Night Market. Next event will probably be in September.

http://www.honolulunightmarket.com/

The weekend is almost here! Yay!

Time for lemonade!!

This place, called Lemonade, at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), is such an adorable place. It’s located at Terminal 5. The food looked great; though, I didn’t get to try it, since I had already eaten something, but I did try their lemonade and cookie- haha! My dessert!

Of the lemonade selection they had that day, I chose to try the strawberry rhubarb. You know me and strawberries. I choose that fruit over all! It was absolutely refreshing! I loved it! I plan to try the food next time I’m in town, but I really wanted to try their lemonade.

I found an informational article on what rhubarb is: http://thepioneerwoman.com/food-and-friends/rhubarb-101/. Rhubarb reminds me of chard. I have yet to find this and try using it in my cooking. I learned something new that day!

Their chocolate-chip cookie was to-die-for! Definitely satisfied my craving!

There’s many locations of Lemonade in Cali. Check it out next time you’re in town!

http://www.lemonadela.com/

 

Homemade Taco Tuesday dinner

It’s Taco Tuesday, baby! Let’s get excited! Whoot!

My sister and her BF cooked up a marvelous taco bar for my family on a Tuesday night for dinner. W.O.W.! It was amazing! We enjoyed dinner very much! We had a selection of different tacos to create and grind: soft or crunchy; ahi (fish), shrimp, ground beef, and steak. I tried ’em all, haha! My tummy was very satisfied!

Homemade taco nights at home are the best! I get SO excited. I literally do! Haha! I usually create a salad with tortilla chips or break my taco shells into pieces, and then add the ingredients. Yummy! My mouth is watering- every time I think of tacos! I think it’s time for another taco night soon! Hehe!

Enjoy your week!

FS~

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~

Breakfast for dinner! Yay!

Happy Sunday! I went to Real Food Café again! This time I ordered the breakfast panini, which was a very simple sandwich. It just consisted of cheese and bacon. Yummy! Nothing like a simple breakfast for dinner.

I had blogged earlier about Real Food Café and the chef behind the ono food. I still find Chef Heidi amazing! She’s a private chef/caterer, teaches classes, runs her own café in the condo she resides in (which it so awesome), a photographer, and blogger. I’ve never been to a (typical) condo complex with its own café. It’s awesome! I think maybe now it’s more common to build restaurants and cafés in an apartment complex. I’m seeing it more and more.

This is her blog site: http://swigsandgrinds.blogspot.com/

Have a happy, relaxing Sunday! Summer’s almost here!

~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!