Saturday, August 02, 2014


IMG_7609 These pinks and blues are usually seen at sunrise in Hawaii.

I was surprised and amazed to see them during sunset the other night.

This was actually facing in the opposite direction of the setting sun.

Thanks for today.

Friday, August 01, 2014

la tour cafe (pearl city)

IMG_7606 Last year I tried La Tour Cafe on Nimitz.

Then the other day, BFF, Wen and I had stumbled across their new location, right in our neighborhood!

We checked them out for dinner one night.

Wen had their french dip. She loved this. Ba-Le owns this place and makes the bread so you know sandwiches are delicious.

I had their goat cheese and beet salad.

Deep fried balls of goat cheese, with beet cubes, frisee lettuce mix, grated carrots, some sliced almonds, a balsamic vinaigrette and two crunchy slices of walnut cranberry bread.

Loved the flavors of this salad (tangy, sweet and sour) but would have wanted the lettuce to be more bite sized.

IMG_7605 We both had mint water to drink.

And for dessert we each had macarons...coconut and salted caramel.

There are other items on the menu that we want to try, we'll be back!

La Tour Cafe
Gateway Shopping Center
1140 Kuala St #108
Pearl City, Hawaii
Phone: 808.369.7317

Sunday-Thursday: 10:00-21:00
Friday-Saturday: 10:00-22:00

Thursday, July 31, 2014

il lupino

IMG_7599 Met up with my friends Val & Greg for lunch the other day and we tried out Il Lupino.

This is actually owned by Wolfgang Zweiner.

Previously, Val, Greg and I had burgers for lunch at his other restaurant, Wolfgang's.

The reason we had the burgers at Il Lupino was because their lunch special menu seemed kinda lacking and the burger seemed the only thing with sustinance.

The burger was cooked to order and came with garlic fries and a garlic aioli mayo.

The fries were pretty limp, but the burger was juicy.

It is always nice catching up with Val and Greg! I hope they enjoyed their lunch as well.

Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center Bldg. B, Level 1

2233 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 110
Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: 808.922.3400

Breakfast 7:00-11:00 (Monday-Thursday) (Fri, Sat & Sun to 12 pm)
Lunch 12:00-17:00(Daily)
Happy Hour 16:00-18:30
Dinner 17:00-22:30(Fri & Sat to 23:30)
La Dolce Vita (Late Night Happy Hour) Thursday~Sunday, 22:30-0:30

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

scratch kitchen & bake shop

IMG_7596 While Rex and I were having lunch, he was telling me about his architect friend that had designed and had just opened Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop.

He mentioned that everything he had there was good, especially the bacon chocolate chip cookies.

On the way home after lunch, I had stopped in to see if they still had these cookies, but they were all sold out.

IMG_7597 So, while on the way to an appointment, on another day, and while riding the bus, I stopped off, picked up some cookies, then hopped back on the bus and was off to my appointment.

3 cookies for $4 plus tax. The guy working there mentioned if I was going to eat them later, I should warm them up in the toaster.

IMG_7603 So, the next morning, that is what I did.

They are the chewy type. I think it could've used a tad more bacon, but overall I enjoyed these.

I hope to go back there to try their brunch or lunch...I'll be back!

Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop
1030 Smith Street
Honolulu, Hawaii
Day: Tuesday-Sunday 8:30-14:30
Nite: Thursday-Saturday 17:30-21:30

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

cheap eats

IMG_7590 I think I've told you about Lee's custard pie...well, the other day while I was in Chinatown, I went to see if they had something smaller than a whole pie.

And they did!

Custard tarts and only $1 each!

Ice cold from the fridge, this was nice for breakfast, though I wish I had bought a couple more...

Monday, July 28, 2014

padovani's chocolates

IMG_7581 A friend recently gave me these chocolates by Padovani's Chocolates.

IMG_7582 Loved the chocolate "map" that comes with the different bon-bons.

IMG_7583 Inside was (top) mojito, ginger, macadamia nut (bottom) coffee, champagne, kalamansi.

All were delicious, but my favorites were ginger and macadamia nut (caramelized them coated with chocolate).

Such a pretty and delicious gift. Thank you!

Padovani's Chocolates
The Shops at Dole Cannery
650 Iwilei Road, Suite 280
Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone: 808.536.4567
Monday to Friday 7:00-17:00
Saturday 10:30-16:30
Sunday Closed

Sunday, July 27, 2014


IMG_7589 I love riding the bus here.

Especially when it saves me the stress of looking for parking in some areas of Honolulu.

They recently changed how the transfer system works. Instead of only being able to transfer once, now you can transfer twice within the two hour period that they give you on the transfer ticket.

I also love how the google maps app on my smartphone will tell me the bus schedule here in Hawaii.

Super convenient and accurate too!