Bring on 2018!

It’s almost 2018 in Hawai’i Nei! This year flew by so quickly, including tonight, New Year’s Eve! But I am ready to start fresh and begin a new year. I am grateful that we have an opportunity to start new again every January 1st. We can create new goals and improve ourselves. Be better than the previous year. I’m excited for what 2018 will bring us. It is going to be a great year.

We’re ringing in 2018 with these:


Mmm, mmm! Can’t wait to cheer with these awesome drinks! They’re non-alcoholic, too!


We had this moscato for dinner with my family. Not bad! The tropical passion fruit has a real kick to it!


Bam! Dessert for my bf’s family. Made a peanut butter ice cream pie. Was super simple!

rice dream organic vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert rice pint 2015

Since I’m lactose, I tried this ice cream. Not bad! It’s rice-based. Interesting.


And added a few scoops of this. Mmmm! I love PB! This powder is awesome!

I blended the softened ice cream, added the PB powder, and blended it all together. I poured the mixture in the graham crust and sprinkled walnuts on top before freezing it. So simple and quick! I think these ice cream pies will be my go-to desserts when I need a to make quick desserts.

I made the same pie for my family, but with soy ice cream. We’ll be having that tomorrow evening.

Wishing you and yours a prosperous 2018! Bring it on!!!

New Years Eve grindz!

We survived the first week of 2017! Yahoo! Hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year!

The food we consume during the New Year is awesome! I get excited for all the wonderful, ono food, as we only get to eat them once per year! I find myself eating more on New Year’s Eve and Day, than any other holiday.

For the entire life, we’ve eaten homemade saimin on the Eve. “Saimin” is a local term we say in the islands. It is very similar to ramen. My grandmother used to boil the broth for hours on the Eve and then serve it at night. After she passed, my dad took over. One of my aunts prepares the sides to add to the saimin (i.e., Chinese cabbage, fishcake, and cha siu pork). We also prepare soba, buckwheat noodles, as it symbolizes good luck in Japanese.


Doesn’t this look mouthwatering?!

My boyfriend prepared fresh ahi blue fin and hamachi sashimi. It was so good! Especially the hamachi, since I don’t have that too often. Our family whacked it out of the park!


Oh man! Look how shiny that looks!

One of my other aunts makes her homemade mochi and manju, a Japanese confection made with flour, rice powder, and buckwheat, and filled with azuki beans. She even added butter mochi to the platter this past year! She also leaves some kinako powder, roasted soy bean flour, mixed with sugar to dip the mochi in. Yum!


Ahh, it’s almost gone! It’s THAT ono!


But not to worry! There’s another platter that a family friend gave us to enjoy! Yummy!

And there ya have it! Our New Year’s Eve tradition!