Indian Lamb Curry & Self-Love

Happy second week of 2021! It’s only the third and we’re heading into the second week of the new year. The days are going to fly by! This supposedly “long” weekend of 2021 zoomed so fast. I got to hang out with friends I haven’t seen in a while due to the pandemic. It was interesting that the friends I saw this weekend all had a running theme of self-love. I believe it was a sign for me to incorporate more self-love into my life. That’s what I intend to do this week.

Here’s a powerful article I found on self-love: The saying goes, you can’t love others if you don’t love yourself first. Give yourself A LOT of love! You deserve it!

Ethnic foods are simply wonderful. Whenever I’m introduced to a new cultural food, I get super excited. Being from Hawai’i, we’re so fortunate to be blessed with a melting pot of different ethnic foods. This week, I’ll be sharing my love for Indian food, specifically curry (featured image). Indian food is on my top five fave list. I could eat this every day! Plus, the benefits of the spices that make these delicious curries are so healthy for us.

I found this article online that shares the 15 Indian spices and their health benefits:

I’ve had the pleasure of eating Indian food in both Hawai’i and in Japan. The featured image is a lamb curry dish I ate in Tōkyō a few years ago. Believe it or not, there are a lot of hole-in-the-wall Indian joints in Japan. This place was really good. It tasted like the curry I’ve eaten in Hawai’i. Can never go wrong with Indian food. I wish we had more Indian spots here.

Have an extraordinary new full week of 2021. Until next week…


FS x

One of the best ochazukes I’ve ever had!

…Besides the homemade chazuke I’ve eaten countless times at home, this chazuke dish I had in Kyoto was stupendous. It was so gourmet and fancy. Ochazuke is a very simple dish made with hot water, tea, or dashi (soup) over hot rice. Some add furikake (Japanese seasoning) or Tokyō zuke (seasoned/pickled vegetables). I usually use the genmai brown rice tea and pour it over hot rice and sprinkle some Tokyō zuke. Yummy!

Overall, the food in Japan is delicious. It’s so authentic and fresh. I can’t get enough of it. I am so glad that I ordered a simple dish like ochazuke. Who would have thought that it could be so fancy and rich-tasting? Amazing!!

My heart is longing to go back to Japan again…

The cheapest meal deal thus far!

Happy Travel Tuesday!

I came across a Turkish restaurant in Ikebukuro, Japan called Turkuaz. I was so excited that I came across it; it was a hole-in-the-wall. I had to eat there! I love Turkish food. All thanks to my trip to Turkey in 2010. Oh, the wonderful memories and experience.

How sweet is this deal? It was ¥900, which is approximately $8.39 USD or so. It comes with soup, salad, the main dish, and tea. I ordered the spicy beef and lamb set. Where can you find that kind of deal?! Especially in Hawaii? I love how the meals in Japan are reasonable and filling, too. Not to mention, delicious.


Turkuaz is located outside of the West gate exit of the Ikebukuro train station.

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:


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


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!




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

I found an intriguing article about the benefits of oysters: – it’s not only an aphrodisiac 😉

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


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!


You gotta have Indian in Japan!

Happy Saturday and a week before Christmas! Hope y’all are enjoying the holiday season! Make the best of it; it’s flying by so fast!

I’ve got more food to share while on my trip to Japan. We had an array of diverse food while we were there. I love that Japan is so full of diversity when it comes to food. On my last trip in April 2015, I saw so many Indian places, I really wanted to try. I knew that I had to do that on my next trip. …And that’s what my auntie, her friend, and I did! We have about three Indian places on O’ahu. I’m glad we have this wonderful ethnic food. It’s so good!

We came across this Indian curry house in Ikebukuro. The dishes were so reasonable (all curry bowls were ¥680, which is about $5.76 USD). Pretty awesome, right? We had to try it! The restaurant was a small-type dinner, that only fit eight people. Talk about cramped! Thankfully when we got there, it wasn’t crowded just yet. Phew!

I ordered the mutton (aka lamb) masala curry bowl, turmeric rice, and garlic naan bread. There were only two chefs running the entire place. When we were first there, there were a couple other people seated with us, and only one chef was cooking all the dishes. What amazed me is that he made the naan breads fresh. It didn’t take very long to cook. It was an entertaining experience because it was like we were watching a cooking show while we waited for our food and while we were eating.

Some pixs of the kitchen/restaurant:



The awesome chefs!

And now, for the final presentation- the food!


Mutton masala


Turmeric rice (using Japanese rice;)


Garlic naan- the BEST naan I’ve ever had!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

A BIG SHOUT-OUT to one of my besties on her upcoming graduation from UNLV this morning! Yea!!! Go REBELS!



I came across oden when I first walked into two of the biggest convenience stores in Japan, 7-Eleven and Lawson. I wasn’t very familiar with the dish, but it looked really yummy and I HAD to try it! I am a HUGE soup fan! I could drink soup for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner!

I tried oden at Lawson the second day I was in Japan. I also grabbed a natto roll and strawberry yogurt drink, to complete my meal for lunch.


The dashi, or broth, was amazingly delicious! It was the perfect comfort food. I added the following ingredients to my soup: daikon (radish), shirataki (aka konnyaku (Japanese potato noodles)), boiled eggs, and assorted fishcakes. I loved the daikon, konnyaku, and boiled egg. I didn’t care so much for the fishcakes. The natto roll was the BEST I’ve ever eaten!! I usually put shoyu, but this roll didn’t need any at all. The yogurt drink was refreshing to drink. Yum!

I had to have oden again before leaving Japan. I decided to try the one at 7-Eleven on our last night.


This time, my oden was very simple. Just two ingredients: daikon and shirataki (aka konnyaku). Yum! The dashi was delicious once again!

Here’s an interesting article about oden:

If you love soup, try the oden when you visit Japan. It’ll make you feel warm and happy! Also, check out these three famous convenience stores while you’re there. They’re all over the place. You can’t miss it!




These stores are DA BOMB!!!! Their food does NOT disappoint!

Enjoy the rest of the week!

FS x

Airplane grindz review!

This is something new! Reviewing airplane food, haha! Most people I know dislike airplane food. I’m one of those weirdos who actually likes it…well, most of the time.

Today, I’m reviewing Japan Airlines’ (JAL) food. I was so excited to try their food. In general, I’m usually pretty excited to eat airplane food, especially when flying internationally.

From Honolulu-Narita:


Grilled miso pork with bay shrimp and cucumber salad with sesame seed dressing, and tofu poke with sea asparagus.

Yummy! I enjoyed my lunch. The main dish was delish!

From Narita-Honolulu:


Our dinner was from the Shiseido Parlour in Ginza. Beef stew with turmeric rice, served with salad and French dressing, bacon quiche, potato salad, dinner roll, and pineapple cheesecake. My drink: kiwi juice.

That beef stew was so good! The sauce tasted more like gravy than stew sauce I’m familiar with. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it very much. Yay for turmeric rice- very healthy! The potato salad was really tasty. However, I did not care for the bacon quiche and cheesecake. It’s all right. The most important thing is that the main dish was delicious.

The kiwi juice was amazing! I’ve never had kiwi juice before. It tasted very similar to apple juice (in Japan). The apple juice in Japan is WAY better than the apple juice in the U.S.

Have a great brand new week!


A lil bit of Hawai’i in Japan!

Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and found some awesome deals on Black Friday.

On our trip to Japan, we came across an Eggs ‘n Things in Ōsaka, Universal City Walk. We were excited to try!!!

They had a Thanksgiving/seasonal menu, which is something I found very common in Japanese restaurants.


I had to try something off this menu since the main menu looked very similar to ours in Hawai’i.

I ordered the turkey and smoked salmon eggs benedict…with hibiscus tea.


It was really delicious, especially the turkey benedict. That cranberry sauce was amazing, and I’m not a huge fan of cranberry sauce. It was a great pairing.

I loved the atmosphere. It felt like I was at a calm, clean beach, haha!

When in Japan, visit Eggs ‘n Things, and have some local breakfast from Hawai’i.

Eggs ‘n Things is located in front of the Park Front Hotel, along the path to the entrance of Universal Studios, Ōsaka (USO).

Happy Sunday!





Foodnista meets Japan! 

Foodnista is traveling through Japan!! It’s one of my favorite countries to visit. So great to be back!! It’s been awesome trying the different Japanese foods, as well as other ethnic foods. There’s so many places to choose from, and the food is always delicious!!! Yum!

I came across a donut joint, very similar to the US Mainland’s, Krispy Kreme. It’s called Mister Donut. They have an assortment of donuts, as well as entrée dishes, such as pastas, hot dogs, and soups.

I ordered the strawberry cream-filled donut. It was pretty good; it wasn’t too sweet. There are tons of dessert places all over Japan, and surprisingly, their desserts aren’t super sweet, as the displays or pictures may look.

Mister Donut, various locations in Japan.
More entries to come!