2017 23rd Honolulu Festival recap!

Last weekend was the 23rd Annual Honolulu Festival. It was a wonderful event, that ended with a BANG- literally! Here are some highlights.

I tried and bought cookies from Kava Kookies. I tried her: chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies, cornflake cookies, peanut butter cookies, and almond cookies. They were all SO, SO yummy and addicting. I love cookies. I should call myself the next cookie monster- haha!

I also participated in a traditional tea ceremony for the first time. I was so excited! I learned a lot from that 10-minute demonstration. Initially, we are presented with Japanese sweets that we are to eat first. Then, the tea ceremony begins. There are a lot of rituals involved in a traditional tea ceremony. See a clip below.


Before they served us the tea to drink, we had to rotate the bowl three times, admiring the beautiful designs, before drinking it, and doing the same ritual after we finished drinking the tea. It was so good and refreshing. I loved that it was organic.

There was also sake tasting at the festival.


L-R: Kubota Koujyu: Junmai Ginjo; Yoshio-no-Gawa: Junmai Ginjo; & Yoshio-no-Gawa: Echigo Junmai.

I didn’t know there were different types of sake! It’s like a whole new world! Below are descriptions of the sakes I tried.

Junmai Ginjo : Sake that is made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice milled 40% with 60% of each grain remaining.

Junmai : Sake that is made up of water, koji mold, yeast and rice that has been milled 30% with 70% of each grain remaining.

Here’s the website that explains the other types: http://www.truesake.com/pages/sake-types.

I enjoyed the sakes. They were all very smooth, and the blue bottle was slightly sweeter than the other two.

The Honolulu Festival is a great event to explore and learn about different Asian cultures. I can’t wait to attend next year’s festivities.

Have a great rest of the week!


These store-bought/pre-made cookie dough taste like homemade kind!

This week I started baking cookies. I started with these easy ones- the pre-made dough! The Toll House Chocolate Chip and Reese’s Pieces are my top faves!

I love how the dough is pre-cut and ready to bake! Just our little secret, I did not follow the instructions on the package. I left them in the oven for a bit longer to make them crispy. I was very careful not to burn the bottom. Success!!

Baking is so different from cooking. You have to be precise in measuring the ingredients. Whereas cooking, you can improvise and not always stay true to the recipe.


Next baking project is baking cookies from scratch! The challenge! Bring it on!!

Two more days till Christmas Day! Enjoy the season!