#MemoriesMonday

Happy Labor Day!

I’m reminiscing about my trip to Cali earlier this summer when I went up for my friends’ wedding.

Picture #1: My friends took me to Bar Louie for a late night dinner/happy hour in Northridge. We ordered this delicious dessert called the “key lime ‘shiner.” It’s cake , layered with strawberries, in a moonshine jar. Oh my goodness! That was so good! We really enjoyed it! And I loved how it was served in a jar. So creative! I loved the atmosphere and that it was somewhat busy on a late Tuesday night. The night is alive in Cali!!!

Picture #2: 805, Represent! I tried “805,” a local beer at the wedding rehearsal dinner. 805 is the area code for various cities in SoCal, including Ventura County. It was a pretty good ale! Excited that I tried something local!

Picture #3: Homemade dinner at the rehearsal! Yummy! My friends’ families made steak, Mexican rice, salsa, beans, and much more! It was awesome!!

My friends’ wedding was beautiful. I’m so glad I was a part of their special day! I hope to visit Cali again soon. I miss it there.

Bar Louie
Northridge Fashion Center
9301 Tampa Ave.
Northridge, CA 91324

Happy holiday and new week ahead!

~FS x

Pizza, all around!

I smelt pizza in the elevator this evening and it triggered my craving senses- haha! I thought I’d post a blog entry about good ol’ pizza!

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Because of my craving, I ordered a chili-lime chicken pizza from La Tour CafΓ© tonight for dinner. Yum! Talk about spicy! Yowzers! That pizza had a kick! …An awesome kick to it!

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Ooey, gooey for cheese pizza from La Pizza Rina. Yummy!

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How’s about some pepperoni and anchovies? Also from La Pizza Rina. That was VERY fishy!!!

I always drive by La Pizza Rina on South King Street, but never got a chance to try it, until recently. I’m glad I finally did. Their pizza is really tasty, and their crust is crazy good!

La Pizza Rina
1425 S. King St.; Honolulu, 96814
808.941.6634
**Parking in the rear of the building
La Tour CafΓ©
Various locations on-island
http://latourcafe.com/

Happy Labor Day!

Now, this is a fruit cake!

My sweet co-workers celebrated my boss’s and my birthday this week with an ono cake covered in fruits from Whole Foods. Whoo hoo! I appreciated their thoughtfulness so very much.

I love Whole Foods and this was the first time I tried their cake. The yellow cake was so moist; it just melted in your mouth. My goodness! Loved it so much! And those fruits that topped the cake was awesome! What an assortment! It sure made it look healthy, haha! Even the frosting that layered the cake had blueberries and strawberries mixed. Very creative!

I want to try more of Whole Foods’ cakes and other desserts. Yummy!

It’s almost the Labor Day weekend!! Yay!

~FS

Wine, wine, wine!

Happy #WineWednesday!

Last year, my girlfriends celebrated my birthday at Amuse Wine Bar. I loved it there! I got to try a variety of different wines, red and white. It was awesome! And yes, I drank responsibly. Always do!

Top (L-R): 2013 ZD Pinot Noir; 2014 Hānaiali’i Merlot; 2014 Robert Mondavi Moscato D’Oro

Bottom (L-R): 2014 FEL Pinot Gris; 2014 Chronic Cellars Dead Nuts Red Blend; Centorri Moscato di Pavia

I found a cool article that’ll turn you into a wine expert! Haha!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/25/wine-facts-infographics_n_6924512.html

Amuse Wine Bar
1250 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, 96814
(808) 237-5428

 

Birthday flashback!

Happy #FlashbackFriday!

Last year, my bf took me to Aunty’s Ramen for my bday luncheon. I’ve always wanted to try that place, as the owner used to own Sweet Home Cafe, a Taiwanese hotpot joint. Aunty’s Ramen is pretty similar to Sweet Home, but you’re not cooking your own ingredients in your soup. It’s already made and served to ya. However, you still get to pick a variety of ingredients to your soup, then pick your noodles and soup base. Meats is optional.

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Unfortunately, Aunty’s Ramen does not offer complementary shave ice like Sweet Home did. But we love shave ice so much, that we ordered it for our dessert. They have a bar, with a variety of toppings to choose from. Taiwanese shave ice rocks!

Oh yea!! My mouth is watering!! So good!

Happy weekend y’all!

Hiroshima grindz!

Happy #TravelTuesday!

I went on a one-day tour to Hiroshima, Japan last fall, and absolutely loved it there. It was a very moving day when we visited the A-Bomb site and Sadako’s statue at the end of the day/tour. My heart went out to those who lost their lives that tragic day. A couple pictures shared below:

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A-bomb site in Hiroshima. Got the chills… It was surreal to be there in-person.

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Sadako Sasaki’s statue/memorial site. Excited that I was there, but felt so sad.

Before we visited those memorial sites, we took a day tour to Miyajima, a small island in Hiroshima Bay. I was excited to try some Hiroshima oysters. Oh my word! That was delicious! I love oysters- raw AND cooked! Mmm, mmm! The line was super long- everyone wanted a taste of those bad boys! Haha! And it was worth it!

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Whoa!!!!

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My mouth is watering! Take me back!!!!

I found an intriguing article about the benefits of oysters: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/oysters.html – it’s not only an aphrodisiac πŸ˜‰

I also tried the beer that’s brewed in Hiroshima. It was good!

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Before we left the island, I had to get some dessert! Japanese strawberry “shave ice!!!!” Refreshing! Japan is known for their sweets/desserts. There’s stands/shops all over the place!

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“Sadako & the Thousand Paper Cranes,” is a recommended book to read. It’s one of my fave stories growing up. I read this book in elementary school. It’s a touching story- a page-turner for sure!! I’ve never owned a copy of my own, but yet, this story remains in my heart forever… Before leaving Hiroshima that evening, I bought a copy for myself. It’s a keepsake!

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Food of Steel!!!

Happy Monday!

I recently educated myself on steel-cut oats. I was shopping at Target the other weekend and came across Quaker’s Steel-Cut Oats. I was intrigued, as I’ve never seen steel-cut oats before. I always see the old-fashioned oats or instant oats. I seriously thought all oats were the same. What was I thinking?!?!

I’m all for eating healthy. Right then and there at Target, I researched what steel-cut oats were. I recently read an article and was informed that they were healthy. I found a wonderful article that compares the three different oats (steel-cut, rolled, and instant): http://www.thekitchn.com/whats-the-difference-between-steel-cut-rolled-and-instant-oats-138355

Basically, it’s all about how the oat groat is processed.

Dr. Andrew Weil, explains in this article why he recommends eating steel-cut oats. He says it slows down the sugar conversion process. Another learning moment!

This past weekend, I made myself a bowl and I liked it very much. The texture was definitely different than the traditional oats (aka rolled). It felt more chewy and grainy. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it! …And if it’s healthier, then I’m all for it!

I get so excited when I do my research on foods. Life is all about continuous learning. It’s a lot of work, but it’s so important to take care of our one-and-only body.