Tuesday, August 26, 2014

no rain = no rainbows

IMG_7790 What would Hawaii be without rainbows?!

I couldn't imagine it without!

IMG_7602 A little drizzle or passing shower and usually you'll get to see one.

IMG_7811 It is one of the best parts of coming home.

p.s. Just a heads up...Satoshi is here for a short vacay, his schedule is packed (thanks to me!) so it may be quiet here. Have a nice week!

Monday, August 25, 2014


IMG_7809 I am amazed at how time oriented my "niece" is.

She's been on a diet since I last saw her, so she's lighter but seems to be hungrier...

She wasn't too verbal last year, but, has gotten very verbal since.

Everyday when my brother's alarm goes off, she knows that it is breakfast time, so she comes to wake all of us up by meowing loudly.

Then every afternoon at about 4-ish, she and I have this convo...

Malia: "Aunty I'm hungry"
Me: "but it's too early to eat, wait until 6"
Malia: "No, feed me now"
Me: "No"
Malia: "Please?!"
Me: "No, it's too early"
Malia: "C'mon..." (then she brushes up against me)
Me: "No" (then I ignore her)

At about 6, when I eat, I feed her...then when my brother comes home, she meows loudly thinking she'll be fed again.

It's funny because the only way to get her to look straight at the camera is when she is in "feed me" mode.

Cute, yeah?!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

another nice one

IMG_7794 We've had some rainy days, which means some muggy days.

But we've had lots of beautiful sunset days too.

Hope things have been nice where you are.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

tucker & bevvy

Met up with Deb at Tucker & Bevvy.

According to the internet, Tucker and Bevvy is a slang term meaning "food and drink" in Australian.

There are many items on their menu, decisions decisions...

IMG_7801 We ordered the Kale and Quinoa Salad, this comes with kale, quinoa, roasted kabocha (pumpkin), tamari roasted seeds (pumpkin & sunflower) and 2 poached eggs.

The poached eggs I thought could have been a little more oozy.

But the salad...wow! I really enjoyed this. Lots of crunch from the seeds and I think the kale salad was dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette.

I want to re-create this!

IMG_7800 We also ordered a side order of rosti. This is similar to what we call hash browns. So crispy and not mushy in the center...love!

IMG_7799 Lastly we ordered the Tim Tam waffles. Almost everyone we've seen on social media has ordered this.

If you don't know what a Tim Tam is, you can read about it here.

Thank goodness the waffle wasn't sweetened because the Tim Tams and vanilla ice cream made things super sweet. Oh, and if you feel there is not enough sweetness with the ice cream and biscuits, feel free to use the maple syrup that they give on the side...oy!

Even though it was super sweet, this was a nice way to end the meal.

As for beverages, we both ordered their fresh pressed juices.

Deb had their Bevvy Q--watermelon and red apple. While I chose their Sunrise--carrot, orange and ginger. So refreshing and good!

Waitress Sondra made things fun and cheery. And the food was really nice! I'm also glad I got a chance to spend some more time with Deb. I hope she enjoyed this brunch as much as I did...I'll be back.

Tucker & Bevvy
Hee Hing Plaza, #203
Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: 808.732.0050
Open daily 6:30-14:30

Friday, August 22, 2014

cracker jack'd

IMG_7722 I had seen this snack at Wal-Mart and bought some to try.

Not really reading the label, I assumed that there would be popcorn in there since the name was "Cracker Jack'D".

IMG_7724 Upon opening the package, this is what came out.

Nuts and cereal. (I felt a bit "jack'd" pun intended)

I then read the package and it was supposed to be oat clusters. Instead it looked more like a savory "granola".

This was super salty and you seriously need to eat it with a spoon.

I hope the chocolate peanut butter one is better, though I don't have high expectations after this version.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


IMG_7746 So, I took out from La Tour Cafe last week.

I am pretty sure if I had eaten what I had bought at the restaurant, the results may have been better.

Ordering the Crispy Chicken Sandwich. It comes with a slaw on the sandwich...cue a "red flag"

After getting my order, I didn't get a chance to eat right away...

Then as I took the sandwich out, I noticed the "pool" of slaw juices at the bottom of the box...this made the bread a bit soggy and chewy.

And then I spilled my mint water (insert pouty face)

After cleaning things up, I resumed eating, but by then the bread was really chewy.

At least the chicken was still crispy.

I think most items are best eaten in-house...despite this bad experience, I'll be back.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

odds & ends

IMG_7563 Some odds and ends that never made it to a regular posts...papaya (Thanks Aunty!)

IMG_7565 Ba-Le's lumpia. I don't care for their iceberg lettuce, so I just bought the lumpia and put it on top of my own salad, drizzling the nuoc cham as dressing..so good!

IMG_7594 1st time trying Chicken Assagio at Assagio's. This was on an outing with BFF, Wen. The dish was so flavorful with the capers, olives and roasted red bell peppers! (Thanks Wen!)

IMG_7623 Palama Market's kimbap...still $3.50 plus tax but the rolls seem to be getting a little "skinnier".

IMG_7650 Tanioka's bento (teri beef & mochiko chicken) and a bag of their boiled peanuts...yum!

IMG_7653 Nanding's pan de coco (filled with coconut), lup cheong roll and chicken empanada. It was my first time trying the pan de coco and empanada...love them both!

IMG_7663 Homemade fried rice with some char siu and portuguese sausage....mmm!

IMG_7666 Chinese chicken salad...love this salad!

IMG_7668 Zippy's small chili rice.

IMG_7677 Waialua Soda Works' Root Beer.

IMG_7688 Chun Wah Kam's char siu buns. This version's meat to bun ratio beats their manapua (char siu bao), hands down.

IMG_7690 Cold Brew Coffees...when Hurricane Iselle was approaching, I made up a batch of cold brewed coffees. Decaf for my brother and Regular for me...I figured if we didn't have electricity, we'd at least still have coffee for a couple of days...

IMG_7701 Tanioka's poke salad. It's actually just a salad that comes with 1/4 pound of your choice of poke for $6.95 plus tax. Not bad and the salad is huge!

So, some usual suspects as well as some new trys at old favorites...what have you been enjoying?