My Christmas List: Presents Under $100 For the Connoisseur


Every year I share my wish list with you. ¬†Here it is… Everything available at Amazon.com

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Dean and Tyler Leash and Collar $19.76

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Coldbroo Coffee Maker (my roommate exploded mine when he turned the temperature down and everything froze over) ūüė¶ ¬†My favorite! ‚̧ $40

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Water Lilies by Monet $69

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Simple to Spectacular: How to Take One Basic Recipe to Four Levels of Sophistication by Jean Georges $30

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Asian Flavors of Jean Georges $28

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Ball Mugs $10

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Alo Womens Luna Sweat Pants $78

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Alo Yoga Mesh Goddess Ribbed Leggings $79

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High Frequency Skin Care Machine $40

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Ultrasonic Skin Care Machine $55

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PS4 Charging Station $16

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Riedel Stemless Cabernet Glasses Set of 8 $56

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World Atlas of Wine $3

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White Nike Free RN Fly Knits $88

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Teal Cotton Oversized Knit Throw $45

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Neocutis Bio Gel Hyrdrogel $73

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Art, Fashion, Globalism, Strippers, Politics: We are all Connected.


How would you put art, fashion, globalism, strippers and politics all into one sentence? ¬†I just did. ¬†You’d be surprised how many strippers know anything about these subjects. ¬†I’m that pink deer, that rare diamond that could school you while you drink your $1800 bottle of wine and enjoy a $500 lap dance… you might get a topless straddle and a politics lecture instead. LOL! ¬†Hey, I got great boobs.

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I’m an art major and I studied fashion design, merchandising/marketing AND media and journalism at the International Academy of Design and Technology for 2 years, and Academy of Arts University San Francisco for 4 years. ¬†In one of my classes: Art History, We often discussed the interconnectivity of the influence of religion and politics on art beginning with ancient Egypt and transitioning through Greek, Roman Empire, Byzantine, Constantinople, Midevil and Renaissance times. ¬†It’s interesting how many modern designs are influenced from ancient history. ¬†History gives fashion depth. ¬†It gives it intelligence and a voice. ¬†Intelligent art is identified only by the intelligent and a small group identifies with the subtle brilliance in pieces where others may miss it.

Fashion is an ever changing world. ¬†The 5 major fashion cities use to be New York, London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo. ¬†Today China and India are emerging as fashion capitals and the United States has lost our industry, despite the famous New York Fashion Week. ¬†Our textile industries and manufacturing have been outsourced by cheaper laborers like China. ¬†However, the quality of technology in our products, faster turn around, honest service protecting us from stealing patents and keeping American money pumping into our economy are the upsides of keeping your fashion business in America. ¬†At the end of the day we pay a premium for those luxuries that don’t always price position our end product in a competitive market. ¬†The smart business men are outsourcing to China, however, they are often criticized by people who do not support global markets or products made in China.

Look at companies like Banana Republic. $100 average price for a garment or dress. ¬†Banana Republic a part of GAP has had many controversial raids in India and other Asian countries getting busted for child labor and employee deaths. ¬†A parallel in comparison ¬†company to Banana Republic… Zara. ¬†Average price for a garment is $50. ¬†Zara is a Spanish co. and with self owned warehouses in Europe including countries like , Portugal, Turkey and Morocco, they keep costs down by having a zero advertisement policy and outsourcing some of their shirts to Asian countries like China, Indonesia and Vietnam. ¬†Another company equal to Zara and Banana Republic would be Armani Xchange. ¬†The average jacket or dress could be $100-$150 and is of similar¬†quality. ¬†They are manufactured in¬†China, Hong Kong, Macau and Peru; however, some pieces are made in the US or in Italy, thus high prices on some garments ¬†like blazers and cocktail dresses with finer detail and cheaper prices on simple garments like t shirts and tank tops.

American Apparel is an American company which demonstrates a low volume operation, however it has still been under the radar for unethical work environments, abusing illegal latino immigrants in California. ¬†The more I searched online to find a popular American company that manufactures in the US, the more I realized there aren’t any names. I ¬†was unable to find anything in the mainstream. There are a lot of small clothing brands that are high in quality and made in small production, however the companies are small, profit margins are low, and costs are high. ¬†It is a fashionable thing to buy “Made in America” just like it is to buy “Made in France” or “Made in Italy.” What happens in the fashion world is a reflection of what is happening in the world with globalism, politics and all business. ¬†It doesn’t matter if you’re making Victoria Secret panties in China or bottle caps for Coca Cola. ¬†The business practices are the same across the board. ¬†Cheap labor, tariffs and import/export taxes.

I learned a lot about business and parallel industries dancing in Vegas for a decade. ¬†Every year I meet people in town for the bi-annual fashion “Magic” show. ¬†I attend the AVN adult awards and Nascar and get to meet all the adult porn stars. That is always fun and brings out an eclectic variety of personalities. ¬†I meet a lot of wealthy doctors and pharmaceutical reps during pharm conventions. ¬†More intellectual classy types taking their ladies out for some debauchery. ¬†The jewelers come every year to the jewelers convention. ¬†Lots of middle eastern, Jewish and Lebanese friend’s I’ve made. ¬†Middle Eastern guys are horny. ¬†More than the rest. ¬†I especially love the World of Concrete. ¬†Bearded contractors are always generous, and extra cuddly, but kind. ¬†They don’t talk to you like a piece of trash they just bought, like some customers. They can be kind and treat you like a human being. ¬†(: ¬†They’re generally the nicest guys. ¬†Even the cunts that show up during electronics conventions esp. the tight wallet Chinese guys that shoo you away like a pigeon and the cheap asses after a UFC fight all drunk trying to get free attention without spending a dollar on a single girl; all these surroundings offer me perspective into different markets. ¬†Sometimes a big fight like Holly Holm and Rousey enticed me to come to work and I’d kill $1500 between 5 pm and 10 pm because the turn up was so good and there were no girls smart enough to show up to work.

What interest does a stripper have in politics? ¬†Plenty. ¬†If you’re a ghetto girl, then you gotta hustle hard to get volume in customers. ¬†If you’re resourceful, intelligent¬†and beautiful, you work smart, not hard. ¬† You are able to pull those high end clients that go for a VIP or throw you a couple grand to miss work over the weekend and hang out, go gambling and shopping and be entertained w dinner and lounging for the weekend. ¬†Chances are those upper bracket clients are Republicans. ¬†Throughout Obama’s administration I saw my entire income deplete by over 50% within those 8 years. ¬†I look forward to see my income rise during Tump’s administration. ¬†I saw many of those clients lose their lifestyle and income. ¬†Clients who once spent regularly were more frugal with their money. ¬†Many people changed jobs and industries and opened new businesses catering to new markets. ¬†An entrepreneur will always be an entrepreneur and in changing markets will always evolve. ¬† To be honest… the strip industry is DEAD, even in Vegas, the hosts are scrambling to pimp girls ¬†for their 40% “tips” and stamp out the competition because they are desperate for survival. ¬†It’s no longer a prosperous industry unless you’re a high end prostitute that can pull $10,000 clients regularly.

I’ve noticed the older strippers leave the club to become high end prostitutes and many women of international origin, who are less desirable in appearance become prostitutes in the strip club. My old roommate and I sat at the stage at 5 am trolling strippers. ¬†Within an hour he got 5 girls numbers. 4 out of 5 girls propositioned him for sex ranging from $200 to $400. ¬†To his credit, my roommate was an extremely good looking guy, nonetheless… they offers were extremely low, devaluing the marketing of the strip club. ¬† They said they were desperate and rent was due. ¬†Working at Spearmint Rhino, it is $400-$500 for a VIP hour dance. ¬†Prostitutes usually on the high end cost $1000-$3000. ¬† Is the market so bad now that strippers are willing to go home with you for $200?

How does globalism affect this all? America is being outsourced in prostitution, manufacturing, even skilled laborers. ¬†Over 45% of highly educated doctors are from international waters. ¬†Prostitution in countries like South America and Asia are so cheap that nobody wants to pay $3000 for a hooker in Vegas. ¬†Manufacturing is clearly cheaper in countries with unethical environment and labor practices than America. ¬†We have no choice but to assimilate with the ways of global markets. ¬†But how does America stay competitive? ¬†I’ve been asking myself this for a long time. ¬†The world does not care about ethics. ¬†American companies thrive with quality, but it is only American’s who mostly buy American products. ¬†The world does not like imported American products. ¬†Why would Asia and Europe import electronics or cars when they have better ones? ¬†Why would they import Budweiser when they have Kirin and Scotch? ¬†They often don’t and we lose on all planes of trade. ¬†America needs better brands that can stay competitive, but we can’t without globalizing our markets. ¬†So we’re at a stalemate.

What is America’s industries? ¬†War. Acquisition. ¬†Investments. ¬†Do you see how we profit from keeping the world at war and monopolizing commodities? ¬†IDK Food for thought. ¬†I have a lot going on in my mind.

I am an entrepreneur… I’ve never had a job in my life. ¬†My savings has depleted and even now I refuse to get a job. ¬†I’m hustling my side gigs and getting clients right now. ¬†I think my entrepreneur mindset gives me an outlook into the business world. ¬†Being a fashion major, I’ve studied the complexities of globalism and understand how politics, religion and history play a role in business. ¬†I see how we are all interconnected, how art is influenced, how markets influence each other and it gives me a deeper understanding of the world we live in today.

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Food Prep without the Food Prep


I’ve been an NPC bikini competitor since 2013. ¬†Over the years I’ve done my own experimenting with diet. ¬†My conclusion is… they all work. ¬†But at the end of the day I have to choose the one that is most appealing that I will stick to in the long run. ¬†And for this reason, I picked the IIFYM macro diet.

When I first began to seek out professional help, I was provided with a 6 meal a day meal plan with clean eating, lots of lean proteins such as egg whites, white fish, chicken breast and carbohydrate sources such as sweet potato, brown rice and quinoa with a variety of vegetables. ¬†This is the standard basic body builder diet. ¬†I purchased a $150 6 pack bag to carry all my meals, followed by an $80 Iso Bag. ¬†On Sunday’s I’d spend hours prepping all of my food and weighing them out into zip lock baggies for the week. ¬†During the week I would prepare all my meals into tupperwares from ziplock baggies and carry around my meals in my 6 pack cooler bag. ¬†Later on, I got tired of cleaning tupperwares and carrying around a bag so I simply threw ziplock bags into an iced cooler which became easier. ¬†The novelty idea of having a bag to carry around my meals became annoying and cumbersome. ¬†When friends wanted to go out to eat, I would always decline. ¬†I had no life. ¬†And after months of dieting I would have breaks and go on binge eating. ¬†Basically, I gave myself a minor eating disorder because I was so obsessed with my food. ¬†And the sad thing is that I didn’t ever enjoy it.

I’ve seen some fitness professionals posting about the kim chee ramen they eat daily, the chocolate cakes and pop tarts. ¬†Their physiques were phenomenal. ¬†I was skeptical and thought, that person has good genetics, they are lucky! ¬†The same thing I have been accused of¬†by skeptics. ¬†The truth is, weight management is hard for a 30 year old mother and I too, regardless of genetics, have to watch what I eat. ¬†I went from a 105 lbs McDonalds cheeseburger, fried kim chee ¬†rice eating skin and bones to over 154 lbs over the years. ¬†Although some of that is muscle, I will admit that there were times I allowed my weight to plummet out of control with my wine drinking and dining. ¬†I LOVE fois grois, Buffalo Wild Wings and Angry Orchard Apple Cider, and while in Japan it was non stop sake, rice and tonkotsu pork ramen noodles.

So, I decided to give this macro diet a chance. ¬†Basically you are allocated x amount of carbohydrates, x amount of protein, and x amount of fat per day. ¬†It doesn’t matter if you eat 10 g. of fat from a serving of coconut oil, or if you get 10 g. of fat from a bowl of ice cream. ¬†It will serve your physique and body the same. ¬†Of course, there are more nutrients when it comes to coconut oil vs. ice cream, but if you are concerned about your physique then it doesn’t matter.

I am writing this blog to show you that you don’t have to prep 10 lbs of chicken and fish and eat boring. ¬†I have incorporated a few of my favorite food items that are convenient. THERE IS NO COOKING in this meal plan (except maybe one piece of bacon). ¬†It’s so easy my 10 year old ¬†daughter can make these meals on her own. ¬†At the end of the day, I am so much happier because I get to eat things I enjoy, it is at my convenience and I see results. Don’t believe me? ¬†Check out my¬†photos.

So here is a break down of MY macros on a HIGH CARB DAY. ¬†Don’t try to copy mine, because everyone’s is different depending on their weight, height, age, goals and activity level. ¬†I have 325 g of carbohydrates. 50 g of fat. between 135-155 g of protein depending on my current weight and how much muscle I want to maintain.

MACROS

FAT: 48
CARBS: 316
PROTEIN:  140
FIBER: 35

BREAKFAST

Protein Cheerios 1.5 C
Skim Milk 3/4 C
Greek 100 Cal Key Lime Yogurt Cup
1 T Barleans Omega Swirl Fish Oil-Key Lime

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LUNCH

Mission Low Carb Wrap
Spinach 2 C
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast (Colombus) 2 oz.
1 T Cabo Guacamole
1 T Island Salsa

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DINNER

1 C White Rice ( I just buy microwavable bowls)
Kohala Kim Chee 4 oz
2 Sheet Japanese Nori
2 oz Salmon Sashimi (or smoked salmon from Costco)
1 T Kikkoman Soy Sauce
1 T Wasabi

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SNACKS

Jack in the Box Spicy Chicken Sandwich with no mayo or cheese

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Protein Shake

1 C Silk Coconut Milk
2 C Spinach
2 oz Cucumber
4 oz Pineapple
1/2 scoop Oatmeal Cookie Lean Active 7 Protein Powder
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Protein Elvis Sandwhich Open Face

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1 T Nuts N More Toffee Protein Peanut Butter
1/2 T Creamy Clover Honey (Millers)
1/2 7″ banana sliced
1 piece of Bacon (Kirkland aka Costco)

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4 oz Tart Froyo
1 oz Strawberries
1 oz Mochi

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As you can see I have fit all my macros in for the day and I have room for some desert, snacks, a little bit of guilty pleasures ie. Jack in the Box, bacon and you can play around with your proteins and vegetables. ¬†I love cucumber kim chee and Japanese ocean salad. ¬†Sesame Oil with some seaweed and chili flake is always good. ¬†Sashimi, smoked salmon, fat free cottage cheese, eggs and bacon and spam musubis are some of my favorites to also incorporate. ¬†Don’t starve yourself. ¬†Eat and enjoy.

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I do meal plans for only $99 and I can incorporate your favorite food items.

 

Hawaii the Local Way and Places to Visit if you Plan on Vacationing in Honolulu


If you’ve vacationed to Hawaii, chances are you spent $3000 for a week for overpriced water, expensive ocean front hotels in Waikiki and mediocre food at fine dining costs and inflated spa rates. ¬†While this is the experience Hawaii wants to sell you to maximize the profits of the tourism industry Hawaii relies on, this is no representation of Hawaii.

Make a local friend or have a local tour guide. I mean don’t hire one from a tour agency. ¬†Find a genuine local friend who will show you the sites.

Don’t stay in once place. ¬†IF you plan on staying in Waikiki, try just to go for 2 or 3 days on the weekend so that you are close to nightlife, beaches and shopping. ¬†Seeing Koolina, the North Shore and Kailua are all beautiful options. ¬†Check Airbnb for houses to rent instead of expensive hotels. ¬†I generally would avoid waikiki but it doesn’t hurt to stay a couple days.

Avoid touristy stuff that street hustlers sell you like luaus, parasailing, pub crawls, canoe rides, etc.

You can rent a car which is convenient, but if you are on a budget, the bus system is efficient to get everywhere you need to.  Renting cars in Hawaii is more expensive than other states.

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Eat Hawaiian food. ¬†“Ono’s” is rated as one of the top places to eat at, but I prefer the Lava Rock Special at “People’s Cafe” downtown, and you can order side orders ala carte. ¬†The curry and squid luau is also particularly really good (luau leaf cooked with coconut milk) and if you want something a little more local try “Highway Inn.”

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Go snorkeling. ¬†At 6 am at Electric Beach there are always dolphins here every morning and it is one of my favorite snorkeling spots. ¬†Get passed the shore break and you’ll find a surplus of marine life among the water pipe exiting out into the ocean. But be sure not to swim in front of the pipe where the water exits, as it will push you out to sea. ¬†People will warn you there are reef sharks but I have never seen any and there have never been attacks. ¬†Besides, reef sharks are generally harmless. ¬†It’s great whites and tigers you have to watch out for. I say avoid Sharks Cove as it is touristy. ¬†I’ve enjoyed snorkeling Waimea Bay but have been told it’s a dangerous spot. ¬†It had really beautiful reef life when I went. ¬†Just stay away from deeper waters and past pinballs (the surf spot.) ¬†Although Hanauma Bay is a tourist spot as well, it isn’t too bad of a snorkel spot. ¬†Try to go at 10 am when the sun is nice before the crowd on a less busy day like a Tuesday and go outside the reef with an experienced diver. ¬†The insides have been damaged over the years by mass tourism. ¬†The outside of the reef is untouched. ¬†I’ve seen turtles and seals and sharks here. ¬†Because sealife is so abundant, I believe it attracts sharks. ¬†Just stay close to the rock wall and you will be fine. ¬†If you go on a day when there is waves, it will be too murky to see anything, as the dusty sand is fine at Hanauma Bay and clouds the water.

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Experience Hawaiian fine dining. ¬†I recommend Hokus for Sunday Brunch. The whole fried fish for dinner is also one of my favorites and for $150 can feed 4 people with all the sides. Although it is a bit pricey, all brunch’s in Honolulu are generally expensive and this is one of the best apart from Orchids at the Halekulani, so budget for a nice ocean front Sunday experience. ¬†Alan Wong’s is a MUST HAVE and also one of my favorite restaurants. ¬†A new restaurant I especially love is the Vintage Cafe at Alamoana Mall. ¬†It is a “secret society” themed restaurant I would budget $300 per guest for dinner. ¬†Inside the restaurant are millions of dollars of priceless art work, including 18 original Piccasso’s.


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Do the local hikes. Some popular local hikes are¬†Aiea Loop Trail, Pill Box, Koko Head, Ice Ponds, Olomana, Maunawili Wili and the Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike. ¬†I also recommend driving Tantalus drive as it is beautiful drive and don’t forget to take a drive around the island to the North Shore to hike the Boy Scout trail in Pupukea. ¬†Koko Head is appx 30-60 minutes of non-stop uphill track. ¬†This is popular among fitness enthusiasts. ¬†If you have time for an all day I hike I would to the Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike. ¬†Often I hike 1-2 hours upwards and turn around as it is a 6 hour hike. ¬†But if you have all day it’s a beautiful ridge that starts on one end and you finish by peaking the ridge and following the trail down to the other end of the mountain. ¬†Aiea Loop trail is appx. 4 miles but easy enough for small children. ¬†Olomana can be vigorous, as you have to climb to get to the first peak. ¬†I haven’t done all 3 peaks because my friends always slow me down unfortunately. ūüė¶ ¬† Ice Ponds is a great hike for kids. ¬†It’s only 15 minutes on a paved trail then another 10 minutes climbing through mud with ropes down into a valley where the waterfall is located. ¬†Check out “Island Trails” for some secret advanced trails on YouTube.


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Go to the sandbar.  Make some local friends and make your way out to Kaneohe for drinking on the water.  If you are military you can rent boats for $50 a day.

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Hit shore break for some body boarding or some body surfing. ¬†The 2 best shore break spots are Waimea on the North Shore and Sandys on the East side. ¬†If you’re not an experienced swimmer please be cautious, these waves are unforgivable. ¬†The first time I did shore break I was with my 7 and 8 year old nephews. ¬†If they can rush overhead shore break, I guess so can I. ;/

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Experience the local cafes. Some of my favorite cafes are Yogurstory on Keeaumoku. ¬†Some of the best dishes are their specialty waffles, but I especially love their adobo big fat pig fried rice, and their prime rib loco moco. Bogarts Cafe in Diamond Head, always has a line outside, and has a large menu from bagel breakfast sandwiches to specialty waffles and pancakes to shrimp plates and strawberry salads and acai bowls. ¬†Something for everyone. ¬†Fresh Cafe on Queen St. is a great healthy spot with a wide variety or teas and salad and bagel sandwiches. ¬†My favorite is the pesto pasta with a pesto turkey bagel sandwhich. ¬†Kalapawai in Kailua is amazing if you’re going for breakfast deli style or the evening for dinner specials and wine tasting. ¬†My favorite is the crab cakes with spiced marmalade and the ricotta spinach stuffed chicken.¬†If you’re bugging for Korean plate lunches I would go to Dong Yang all the way in Wahiawa, perhaps on a drive home from the North Shore. ¬†For $6 the giant plates are enough to feed 2 and this place is a local favorite spot for most.

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Grab some¬†Japanese Food and sushi. ¬†Hawaii has some of the best Japanese influences and it shows in the variety and quality of restaurants available. ¬†3 of my favorite spots are Naru Izakaya, Morio’s and Nobu if you are willing to spend the buck. ¬†Nobu is higher in quality in Honolulu compared to their sister restaurants in San Diego, LA and Las Vegas. ¬†For late night quality sushi, Evergreen Korean Hostess bar offers bomb sashimi plates + they have karaoke (:

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Hit the ramen bars. ¬†3 best ramen spots are Agu if you like tonkotsu rich broths, Nakamura if you are in for oxtail, and one of my favorite late night spots is Korean fusion Taiyo. ¬†Kai use to be my favorite until they shut down. ¬†The owner and cooks were all from Japan. ¬†I think poor marketing and location did them in. ¬†Don’t forget to get some ramen nabe @ Ichirki one of my favorite restaurants around. ¬†They have 3 locations in Alamoana, Pearlridge and now Kaneohe.

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Hit the LOCAL bars. NOT the tourist bars. ¬†There is a beer brewery owned by the former bartender at Nobu’s called Pint and Jigger. ¬†It’s over in Makiki and has a cool hipster crowd, delicious culinary appetizer bites and an amazing selection of beer. ¬†Hideaway Bar is one of my favorite dive quiet spots if you are looking for rock music, pool, tattoo’d and bearded men and pin up and rocker chicks, and cheap beers. ¬†Kelly Oneil’s is open late and is one of the few bars that has live rock bands. ¬†You can smoke in here as well, and they serve really great pulled pork sandwiches outside late night. ¬†A local favorite is Mai Tai bar at Alamoana if you want to hear live music in an open rooftop atmosphere.

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Get a polynesian tribal tattoo… from Q @ House of Ink

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My Foodie Trip To Japan


Ok, Japan was interesting. ¬†I hated that walking was involved and many stairs. ¬†By the time I would get lost, get on the right train and walk down to Ginza to shop, I’d be tired and head home for a 3 pm nap. ¬†The shopping was great, but I could do that shopping in New York, Honolulu, Vegas, etc. ¬†The Japanese and their toy breed dogs was adorable. ¬†I stayed at the Roppongi Hills Residence, and right downstairs on the corner was a Starbucks where many liked to hang out with their dogs. ¬†The pet stores that frequent the area had the cutest dogs ever! I couldn’t resist going in.

The Japanese culture is very reserve, and strange to me, but I get it. ¬†I got kicked out of a spa for my tattoos, and got a lot of looks, but that’s ok. ¬†It annoyed me out how OCD the culture as a whole is, maybe since I don’t give a fuck. ¬†Maybe now I understand why my Japanese grandmother is the way she is. ¬†Everything is perfect and clean cut and has to be a certain way. ¬†Japanese are the perfect micro-managers.

The one thing that I will come back to Japan for is THE FOOD. ¬†Oh my god it was amazing! ¬†I notice that Japanese like pizza and pasta a lot, mainly carbonara. ¬†Pretty much everywhere I went carbonara was on the menu. ¬†So I enjoyed trying it. ¬†Their bacon and sausage tastes very different, as it is kurubota, but it is delicious and has a unique flavor! ¬† Spajiro is a place nearby Kai liked to eat it. ¬†It doesn’t taste anything like what the Italians make but it has a nice little Japanese flavor to it.

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Oh toro, the fattier and tastier part of the tuna is easily available everywhere, whereas is a delicacy that sells for $35+ a lbs in Honolulu.  Downstairs from my apartment was a Lincos, a grocery store so it was yummy to go down there in the evening and get everything 50-70% off from the day time.  This tray of oh toro was only $2.  You can get tempura, yakitori, among other things.

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Downstairs from the back of my apartment if I walk through the garage and up an elevator is Keyakizaki Dori, a shopping complex that connects to Mori Tower and more high end shopping, there is a small fresh udon shop tucked away in the corner called Hashida Honten. ¬†It was busy several nights, but I came in early at 5 pm at opening and snuck in. ¬†They don’t really speak english. ¬†One of the cooks did. ¬†The noodles were delicious, but they were kind of rude. ¬† Most people in Japan are generally very nice, but I guess everywhere you find rude people. It’s a small restaurant, all light wood and opens to the kitchen so you can see the cooks prepare around a bar like structure

I stole Kai’s goma (sesame) sauce and also had a plain ginger with kaki (tempura flakes.) ¬†It was delicious!

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We decided to walk up Roppongi one evening and stumbled across a ramen place. It wasn’t very busy but the tonkotsu ramen looked very good, so we gave it a try. ¬†The basil gyoza gave it a unique twist. ¬†I really liked the gyoza a lot! ¬†And the tonkotsu brother was very rich and flavorful, but the basil gyoza, I would return for again. And for desert.. we had almond pudding. ¬†Desert is always simple in japan and often a slice of fresh fruit or something simplistic.

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I ate at Sarashina Horii.  This was also near my apartment.  I was so lucky to have such a great location.  This is a famous zaru soba restaurant and always has a line outside.  I came one afternoon when it was cold for the hot duck udon.  But the first time I went, I tried 3 different types of noodles, pork belly and teri chicken.  Everything was delicious, but the soba is something you definitely have to come here for! They have several variations of soba, white, buck, green and a flavored noodle.

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Ikspiari specializes in Hakata ramen. ¬†I found this place inside the shops, outside of disneyland on the 3rd floor. ¬†It had a huge line in the evening, as it was a cold night. ¬†So ¬†I checked out of the Hilton early to get there for lunch. ¬†I’m glad I got there when I did because there was no line and I was seated immediately. ¬†As I left, there was a line of about 15 people waiting to eat. ¬†I don’t think I could get sick of ramen, I think I could eat ramen everyday!

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I don’t remember this place’s name, but my host took me here. ¬†It is a very small shop on the main drag. ¬†After a night of drinking at Oak Door at the Grand Hyatt we came here for ramen at 1 am. ¬†This was my favorite gyoza in Japan. ¬†It was so simple yet so delicious! ¬†I tried so hard to find it again and was unable to ūüė¶ so sad.

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Oak Door was my favorite place to order a bottle of wine and listen to music.  Affluent clients, Japanese business men, celebrities, high end hookers that look like supermodels and generally a beautiful crowd hang here.  I sit at a bar and listen to the live music for the evening.  Mr. Mori, the owner of the Mori buildings was sitting right next to me and frequents his own establishment.

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Had yakitori with my host one evening. ¬†Don’t remember the name of the place, but everything is delicious and simple as always. ¬†The whole snapper was my favorite. ¬†I especially love snapper as it always has a light flavor and delicate tenderness to it. ¬†The crunchy skin on the outside is the best part!

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Down the road there was a yakitori spot that had open windows and as often loud with patrons of the drinking sort. ¬†This place looked fun but always had a long line. ¬†So as usual, I come at opening and sneak in. ¬†Bacon wrapped shiso pinwheels and ochazuke were my favorite. ¬†I got Kai to try some beef tongue (but I didn’t tell her it was tongue) and she loved it! The crab cream karokke was my favorite that I’ve ever had! ¬†It is a potato deep fried with a creamy crab filling with lots of crab on the side. ¬†In America they call it a croquette.

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Sweet potato pocky sticks?  Need I say more?

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Japanese candy is the best! For $1.20 ( just as much as a snickers or twix ) you can get dark chocolate with dried strawberries and raspberries on it.  This brand is everywhere in every store.  I had several of them.

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Saizen is located on the 5th or 6th floor of Mori Tower at Roppongi Hills. ¬†It was a random stumble upon and I’m glad we ate there TWICE. ¬†My host told me the quality of the fish was better than what you can get down at Tsukiji. ¬†They had great unique specials too that we were trying left and right. ¬†Oh toro is my favorite! ¬† For 3 people it was about $200. ¬†I can think of some high end places that would cost a lot more for high quality sushi. ¬†However, the atmosphere is very casual as it is in the middle of the dining area of a shopping complex. ¬†The green tea warabi azuki mochi at the end in a very small portion ended the meal with a nice slightly sweet touch. ¬†Deserts I notice in Japan aren’t always too sugary. ¬†I guess you need to balance for the carbs from the noodles and rice!

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Joelle Le Robuchon was nearby and I’d frequently pick up pastries. ¬†I loved the fruit tarts specifically. ¬†I tricked Kai (my 9 year old daughter) into trying foie grois and she LOVED it. ¬†She said “mmmmm it’s so buttery,” ¬†Then when I explained to her what it really was, she freaked out! ¬†Come on!!! You loved it! LOL

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Jean Fuckin George.  The Roppongi Hills location shuts down the Vegas location.  This was literally right outside the door of my apartment.  So I went not once, but TWICE.  The first experience was so amazing that I had to go a second time.  This has got to be one of my most favorite dining experiences to date.  Everything fused together with one story and flavor.  They use traditional french ingredients and techniques but also add small japanese flairs like adding shiso flower to the fried calamari for example.  Every bite was orgasmic.

Blue fin lemongrass chili chestnut coconut sorbet ala mode.

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Seared scallops with shaved truffle. ¬†Can’t go wrong. ¬†This had perfect contrast in texture.

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I’m not a fan of calamari but WOW! ¬†Fraiche with ¬†truffle shavings shiso flower. ¬†Simply genius.

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the manager always talked to us at the bar and explained dishes and wine and was very cool. ¬†There are only 2 or 3 tables upstairs and everyone else is dining around the bar watching the cooks prepare our dishes. ¬†I got to know each of the chefs, where they are from, where they learned to cook, what their hobbies are. ¬†It was a really close experience where everyone was socializing and meeting each other. ¬†We always leave late, so the staff all walk us out and talk to us outside of the restaurant for 10 minutes. ¬†They must love us. ¬†Haha. ¬†The manager also started hitting on me the second my date went to the bathroom. hahaha! ¬†I don’t mind. (:

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Smoked quail sous vide.

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Best fois gras EVER!

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This dish was a buttery sauce. ¬†I can’t remember what was all on it, but the dark spots are a unique mushroom. ¬†I would think it tastes like a richer more flavorful hollandaise sauce. ¬†Oh you know the french love butter.

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This was my favorite dish.  It was so simple, yet so amazing.  The chef actually showed me a device they use to cut the egg perfectly.  He then whips butter and egg together with salt and tops it with caviar.  So simple, yet amazing!  I could eat 10 of those!  I think I could make it at home myself.

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If you don’t know anything about wine then read up on these. ¬†It’s a 1st class wine and there are only 4 from Paris. ¬†It was the most intense wine I’ve ever had in my life.

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Seared A-5 Hida Beef with carrot lime emulsion and carrot top pesto. ¬†Thigh cut perfectly fatty and tender. ¬†Hands down, the best beef I’ve ever had.
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Suckling pig confit with silky rhutebega and bacon marmalade.

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Since then they’ve changed their menu already. ¬†They constantly change it. ¬†I’d like to try the hairy carb risotto with nori and yuzu. ¬†And the caramelized sea scallop with cauliflower caper raisin emulsion. ¬†The new foi gras br√Ľl√©e is seasoned now with made with¬†black mission figs and toasted brioche.

Seryna is famous for their quiet, cute and dark atmosphere. ¬†Great business spot or date night. ¬†The atmosphere is like you are in a boat and there is a forest behind a glass. Great unique atmosphere. ¬† Shabu shabu is a couple hundred bucks, it’s not a cheap place. ¬†But this spot is famous. ¬†The shabu is amazing. I also tried sharks fin for the first time. ¬†To my surprise it was pretty good. ¬†Gelatinous and delicate in texture. ¬†The weird thing was I pet a shark earlier that day at the aquarium. ¬†At Seryna, they bring out a lot of side dishes so by the time you get your main dish, you are almost full. ¬†But the portions of the food are huge and the quality of the meat and crab legs are wonderful. ¬†I like the soup they bring out at the end very much as well. ¬†The Seryna House sake is the best. ¬†It’s so delicate and smooth, it goes down so easy and before you know it, just a small glass has you buzzed. They also have a great wine collection.

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DISNEY LAND HAD SMOKED CHICKEN INSTEAD OF TURKEY. #WINNING

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There is a place called Matsurokuya that serves a lunch special of A-5 beef for 1300 yen. ¬†That’s between 11-12$. ¬†That is a deal! ¬†Esp. for the portions, as they are large. ¬†They only serve 50 sets per day for lunch, and there is always a line. ¬†I didn’t get to go. ūüė¶ I walked there several times but to my dismay they would always be sold out.

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Big bowl of Oh Toro don at Tsukiji $18

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My #1 favorite restaurant in Japan! ¬†Azabu Ramen. ¬†The broth is so thick and rich and flavorful, I don’t even dare dream about drinking it. ¬†The gyoza was perfect too. ¬†I must’ve ate here at least 5 times in a month. I would eat early in the evening, but apparently eating ramen is a drunk late night to-do thing so they get busy late night.

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SO now that you know why I’m so fat… to be continued. ¬†I came home 150 lbs and see how I cut down 20 lbs to 130 lbs to get on stage at the Paradise Cup in just 2 1/2 weeks!

Eat Healthy YEAR ROUND


The key to staying in shape isn’t starving yourself for 4 weeks before a competition or photo shoot. ¬†It’s making the healthy choices and switching to healthy habits. ¬†You think eating good is eating chicken and tilapia and brocoli everyday. ¬†You can eat those things if you prepare it right, and it doesn’t have to be miserable dieting. ¬†For example, I like to saute garlic in olive oil with lemon then toss fresh rosemary with my chicken breast and broccoli. ¬†All of a sudden my mundane and blase’ meal became a little more flavorful. ¬†You could even throw some whole wheat pasta in it to make it a full meal. ¬†A small portion of fresh parmesan tops it off. ¬†Be careful with dairy products and cheese. ¬†Some can be high in fat. ¬†But I switch to skim milk, greek yoghurts, low fat cheeses like ricotta and mozzarella, and frozen yoghurt icecreams. Also run down to Fresh and Easy or Whole Foods and look for whole wheat, oat and/or brown rice flour. ¬†Experiment cooking with these instead of regular flours. ¬†I tried making chicken with whole wheat flour instead ¬†ofr frying it, baked it.

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in this case… chicken sausage from Whole Foods

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Coconut Milk Ice Cream

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Whole Wheat Pecan Banana Pancakes with Sugar Free syrup.

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Whole Wheat Penne Caprese

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Brown Rice Fried Rice (with coconut oil) (:

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Greek Yoghurt with Berries

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Grilled Chicken Breast with Fresh Mango Salsa

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Fish Tacos with Whole Wheat Wrap

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Shabu Shabu

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TUrkey Meatloaf with Sweet Potato Mash

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Quinoa and Fetta Stuffed Peppers

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Brown Rice Sushi

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Green Tea (Cha) Soba

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I just discovered Muscle Egg egg whites!

zero fat zero sugar low in calories

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Jazz up your oatmeal!

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Life is too short to eat egg white omelets with spinach and feta.

If this is boring at some turkey sausage, salsa and add a whole wheat wrap.

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Miso Garlic Ginger Tofu

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Fresh Soup.  You can put any beans, veggies or meat that you like and season it to your liking.  I like bouillabaisse, esp. if you have a lot of leftovers you need to cook. Just throw it in before it goes bad.  Fish makes a wonderful stock.

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Egg White Casserole

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I hated lentils growing up because my mom cooked it all the freakin time, but now I see how you can take a simply bland food and spice it up with fresh peppers and spices or change the flavors up with a classic American flavor with herb and mustard with salmon.

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I’ve been spicing up eggs and turkey burgers with fresh chopped jalapenos.

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TUrkey bacon wrapped asparagus

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Okinawan sweet potato mash with coconut

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Coconut Milk Tapioca with Chia Seeds

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Tendon?

I order it at Raku in Las Vegas. ¬†It’s $1.50 for a piece of Yakitori. ¬†They cook it for 12+ hours until it becomes a gelatinous piece of “mochi like” blubber, similar to the gelatin in osso bucco. ¬†High in protein (38 grams) and virtually FAT FREE. ¬†Don’t be fast to judge it like I was, after I tried it, it was amazing with a teriyaki glaze and became my favorite menu item.

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Ceviche

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Banana Nut Protein Bread

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Italian chicken or turkey meatballs

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Vietnamese Lemon Beef Salad

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Low Carb Lobster Boats (use low fat mayo)

anytime you want to replace a bun like on a burger for example, use a lettuce leaf.

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I also love to cook with fresh herbs from my garden. ¬†It’s cheaper to buy $1.99 herb plants at home depot than it is to buy dried herbs (or fresh herbs at that matter) at the grocery store. ¬†I always cook with himalayan pink salt and I found ¬†cracked smoked black pepper I really enjoy from Whole Foods.

Experiment in the kitchen.

Did this make you hungry?

xoxo

The World Unfolds as it Should


One week turned into 3 or 4. ¬†I bought a one way ticket to Las Vegas a month ago, and I am finally leaving. ¬†The plan was to get some new distributors started, make new networks, go to the Nu Skin Kick Off Convention in Anaheim and take my daughter to DIsneyland. ¬†Life throws us curve balls. ¬†I did all of that, but not in the order or with the people whom I had expected. ¬†An old friend attempted a reconciliation, then screwed it up again. ¬†I met the typical vegas douche bag male stripper with a Pamela Anderson look alike Spearmint Rhino stripper girlfriend, who tried to take me for a ride. ¬†Except I forgot to mention I use to be a local and my friend immediately told me the gossip and his entire life story. ¬†You think Hawaii is small? ¬†Vegas is even smaller. ¬†I ate so much Raku I can’t have enough. ¬†I met up with new networks from all over the world. ¬†I still maintained to diet and work out every day. ¬†I miss my Kai bug! ¬†I can’t wait to get home. ūüė¶

Avicii @ XS

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Carb free cucumber wrap sushi @ Crazy Horse III

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Carlos Zelandiya finished my photo FINALLY after 3 years

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Cheat Meal @ Monta Ramen

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@ XS Nightclub

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Had Thai Food in Long Beach

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Went on Space Mountain

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Pissed my pants on Splash Mountain

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Popped some bottles @ XS (but was a weirdo walking around with a bottle of water and a bag of wasabi almonds)

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OMG It’s celebrity photographer… Bruno Talledo!

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Organic tofu with green tea salt, fresh ginger and katsuo @ Raku… nom nom nom!

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Tried white Tuna @ Shuseki

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Kept to my diet and loyal to the r90 My Victory weight management program!Image

$$$ does grow on trees!  @ the Bellagio

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Sat in an ice box @ Imperial Spa (that’s Marilynn)

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Went to Lady Gaga @ the MGM Grand

Cheat Meal Pasta Ala Vodka @ Brio’s Tuscan Grill

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Because 1 desert is not enough

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Ate 50 Wings!

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Ordered the entire menu @ Kabuki

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Modeled Bruno’s new umbrella in my gym clothes¬†Image

because ONE flavor is not enough

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All you can eat shabu shabu under $20

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Lady Gaga @ MGM Grand

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@ Diplo @ XS

Lady Gaga sings good live.. She started off weak but the momentum builded and I was impressed.

 

I ate all that food and I am still losing weight and gaining muscle!

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xoxo

Press “Like” If This Makes You Hungry



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Dieting doesn’t have to be chicken and broccoli nonstop. ¬†Experiment with different flavors by mixing the right ingredients. ¬† Like when I make broccoli for instance, I like to saute it in olive oil with a squeeze of fresh lemon and browned garlic whole cloves. ¬†And to make egg whites more interesting put some bell peppers and cholula sauce in there. ¬†Add fresh rosemary to chicken. ¬†Cook fish in coconut oil. ¬†Add cinnamon to your oatmeal. ¬†Add curry powder to your fresh chicken soup. ¬† Get creative! ¬†Dieting doesn’t have to be painful. It can be gourmet but the key is simply portion control. ¬†If you get hungry try AC Complex to curb your appetite.

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Carbs

Whole wheat wraps
Cha Soba (Green tea buck wheat noodles)
Okinawa Sweet Potato
Oatmeal
Shirataki Miracle Noodles (no carb noodles and rice)
Jasmine Brown Rice (with furikaki)

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Snacks

Coconut
Brown Rice and Bean Chips (wasabi flavor)
Wasabi Nori
Wasabi Peas
Wasabi Almonds (Can you tell I like wasabi)
Unsalted Roasted Peanuts
Brown Rice Tamari Crackers (by San J)

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Protein

Chicken Breast
Ground Turkey
Egg Whites
Turkey Bacon
Smoked Salmon
Tuna
Sashimi (hirami, ahi, kajiki etc)
Lean Beef cuts.

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Dairy (sparingly)
Greek Yoghurt
Ricotta
Low Fat Mozzarella

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Supps
Chia
Bee Pollen

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Flavors
Fresh Herbs: Mint, Basil, Lemon Thyme, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Lemon, Paprika, Togarashi.  Low sodium tamari.
Fresh Garlic Cloves
Ginger
Cholula Sauce
Ume Paste/Powder
Takana (pickled mustard cabbage)
Curry Powder
Furikaki
Tea

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Vegetables
asparagus
spinach
tomatoes
mushrooms
onions
bell peppers
cucumbers
Bok Choy

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Fruit
Bananas
Apples
Persimmons
Mangoes
Strawberries
Raspberries
Blueberries (I love berries)

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Sweetener Alternatives

Organic low glycemic index unsweetened dark chocolate when I have a little chocolate craving.
Raw Agave Syrup.  Agave still has a bit of sugar in it, but it is low glycemic in the raw form, and also is a lot sweeter than maple syrup or honey, so you can get away with using less than a recommended serving.
Sugar Free Maple Syrup.  Not all sugar free items are created equal.  Read labels.  Some may be sugar free but high in carbs and fat.  BE A LABEL READER.
PLUS artificial sweeteners aren’t necessary good for you, but when you’re craving something a little sweet, that will do the trick for me.
Honey is better than sugar, but I stay away from it for show time.

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Cooking Alternatives

Olive Oil
Coconut Oil
Sesame Oil

Eating healthy can be expensive, but you stay full longer.  Once I made the switch to stop eating junk food the cravings got less.  I had some high sodium meals this week and after eating sugar (cheat meal) I got a headache immediately.  We are more aware of what our bodies are telling us.  No more processed food for me.  I love cooking with fresh food.  I love shabu shabus, grilled meat and veggies, esp. mushrooms.  Egg white omelets.  Whole wheat wraps with different flavors.  Love fried rice and noodles like me?  Try fried rice with some sesame oil and brown rice.  Takana ( a japanese pickled mustard cabbage) makes a nice fried rice with some sesame seeds on top.   I also buy wheat ramen noodles from Down to Earth and add some egg and bok choy to it.

There’s so many ways to eat healthy and it doesn’t have to be a dreadful process! ¬†When dieting… EAT! ¬†

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xoxo

Kristie

Headed to 702


I’m headed to Vegas tomorrow and I think this trip will be interesting. ¬†I’m going for some Nu Skin business… a little bit of gambling… and a lot of networking. ¬†This will be a little different from all my trips and the years that I lived there. ¬†I’m dieting and not drinking alcohol, also I will not be at Spearmint Rhino or Sapphires gentleman’s clubs this time. ¬†Vegas looks a little different.

I have to figure out where are a few good places to dine without screwing up my diet.

Raku is on my list of places to go. ¬†I’m sure I can find some grilled veggies and chicken that is healthy or some fresh fish picks.

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I could go for some meat and veggies @ Texas De Brazil

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Havana Grill has some bomb Cuban food! ¬†Just can’t eat the rice ūüė¶

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Cheat Meal Worthy! ¬†The Pasta Ala Vodka @ Brio’s

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Bar Masa @ Aria!

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Nora’s Wine Bar… Another cheat meal worthy spot. ¬†Mmmmm… bacon wrapped dates!

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XS Nightclub

Publicity photo of nightclub in new resort "Encore" in Las Vegas

I haven’t been to Surrender yet. ¬†They opened just when I left Vegas.

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I’m looking forward to going to the NEW Body English as well. ¬†Body English use to be my favorite place to go before it closed down. ¬†Glad to see it restored. ¬†I didn’t care too much for Vanity. ¬†It was kind of small.

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Most people shun Lavo… but I like it’s small intimate NY style. ¬†The water fountains in the entry are graceful and give a unique ambiance compared to other clubs in Vegas. ¬†I’ve always liked this club since day one.

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Neiman Marcus Outlets in Primm. ¬†Definitely driving to Primm even if it’s an hour outside of South Las Vegas. ¬†Neiman Marcus designer apparel at a fraction of the cost. ¬†Hmmmm… I should’ve done my Christmas shopping.

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Charleston Premium Outlets have my favorite stores.  D&G.  Catherine Malendrino.  Burberry. 7. American Apparel.  DKNY.  Ellie Tahari.  Diesel. Etro. Theory. Tory Burch.

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I’ve never been married.. Maybe this time I will @ the Little White Chapel.

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Get Nailed 24/7. ¬†It’s right behind Hard Rock on Paradise. ¬†Great little 24 hour nail shop and they do great nail art. ¬†I need to get a set NOW!

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Reliquary Spa @ the Hard Rock Cafe.  One of my favorite places to relax, have some drinks and sit around and gossip while I spend my hard earned cash receiving an afternoon of pampering with the ladies.

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CES (Consumer Electronic Show)  Great place to network.

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Adult Entertainment Expo (30,000 attendees)

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WOrld of Concrete. I know.. I have no business there, but the guys there are big cuddly burly men who like to work with their hands but know how to love a woman. hahaha! I always meet great guys there.

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My favorite show and biggest show all year round. ¬†Magic… the fashion expo.

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Myra! I’m coming to see you @ Drai’s Afterhours!

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xoxo

Bogarts Cafe: Healthy breakfast spot on Monsarrat Ave.


Coffee & tea, bagels, breakfast and brunch. ¬†You can get a variety of ¬†contemporary food at Bogarts from strawberry haupia waffles, to my favorite breakfast bagel, to a breakfast burrito, or a variety of omelets, my favorite being the swiss crab omelet with avocado with potatos or rice, fried rice, strawberry spinach salads and homemade style sandwiches. ¬†They have a large menu and everything pretty much under $10, this is a favorite breakfast spot, located off Kapahulu and Kapiolani park, ¬†on the East end of Waikiki, just past the Honolulu Zoo. ¬†They have teas, coffees, specialty smoothies, and all of the above. ¬†The menu is huge and always changing. ¬†It’s a small little restaurant and often doesn’t have seating, so you may have to wait for a seat if you don’t want to get your food to go. There’s almost always a line, and bring cash, because it’s cash only!

Healthy breakfast burrito

Acai bowl with bananas, blueberries, strawberries and granola

Fruit haupia waffles

my favorite breakfast bagel (I like it with turkey bacon)

grilled chicken salad with blue cheese and pine nuts

3045 Monsarrat Ave
Ste 3
Honolulu, HI 96815

(808) 739-0999

Mon-Fri 6 am – 6:30 pm

Sat-Sun 6 am – 6 pm

xoxo
Enjoy

Kristie Manning