Sunday funday full of yummy treats!

Happy Sunday Funday!

I enjoyed a couple of yummy treats at a Baby Expo today. I love these fairs! They have such awesome food vendors.

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Yummy! I got bubble gum! My ultimate favorite flavor, next to strawberry!

It was really good! There was even a purple gumball in the Popsicle! My mouth of all blue in the end. Haha!

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Uncle Lani’s poi mochi. Soo good!

I love poi mochi. My sister sometimes makes this yummy dessert. It’s not too difficult to make. Here is a simple recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/hawaiian-poi-mochi-237372

Franny’s Hawaiian Ice Pops
http://frannyshawaiianicepops.com/
Check them out- they have TONS of yummy flavors
**No physical location**

Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi
Ka Makana Ali’i- the new mall on the west side of O’ahu
91 Kapolei Pkwy; Kapolei, 96707
https://www.yelp.com/biz/uncle-lanis-poi-mochi-kapolei

There’s Indian food at Shirokiya!

I am so excited! Finally! Indian food at Ala Moana Shopping Center!!! Bombay Grill is located at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk’s extensive food court. I love the diversity there! So many different ethnic foods to choose from!

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This is the chicken biryani rice. One of my faves! It was so good, especially with the yogurt raita sauce. Perfect pairing!

I love yogurt with certain meals- Greek, Indian, and with most of my meats (i.e., lamb, steak, pork chops, and even chicken). Yummy!

I’m glad to know there’s another Indian joint on the island, and at the mall- how convenient!

Bombay Grill at Shirokiya Japan Village Walk
Ala Moana Shopping Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, 96814
http://www.japanvillagewalk.com/

Mexican fancy dancy!

Happy #tbt!

This Mexican restaurant looks so fancy, doesn’t it?

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TropisueƱo Mexican Kitchen is located in San Francisco, California. My boyfriend went on a business trip and dined at that restaurant. He ordered the Chile Verde, which consisted of: tender pieces of pork simmered in tangy tomatillos, green peppers, chiles, and herbs. Supposedly, this dish is a house favorite. Looks amazing! He really enjoyed it! A different touch to the traditional Mexican food! He mentioned he had a Mexican Coke in a traditional Coke bottle. Cool!

I’d like to visit this place whenever I’m in SF. The menu sounds delicious!

TropisueƱo Mexican Kitchen
75 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.243.0299
http://www.tropisueno.com/

 

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!