My Christmas List: Presents Under $100 For the Connoisseur

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


Dean and Tyler Leash and Collar $19.76


Coldbroo Coffee Maker (my roommate exploded mine when he turned the temperature down and everything froze over) 😦  My favorite! ❤ $40


Water Lilies by Monet $69


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


Asian Flavors of Jean Georges $28


Ball Mugs $10


Alo Womens Luna Sweat Pants $78


Alo Yoga Mesh Goddess Ribbed Leggings $79


High Frequency Skin Care Machine $40


Ultrasonic Skin Care Machine $55


PS4 Charging Station $16


Riedel Stemless Cabernet Glasses Set of 8 $56


World Atlas of Wine $3


White Nike Free RN Fly Knits $88


Teal Cotton Oversized Knit Throw $45


Neocutis Bio Gel Hyrdrogel $73


December Special 3 personal training sessions for $99 (regularly $85/hour)

Gift Cards FROM

Victoria’s Secret

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


Kristie Manning

16 Course Dinner @ Joel Robuchon

England imported Carved butter w/ fleur de sel and Spanish extra virgin olive oil.

Amazing bread selection!

the courses.

Le Citron:
Lemon and basil infusion with anise fennel foam

La Cerise:
Cherry gazpacho with sheep ricotta and pistachios

Le Caviar (3 ways):
Asparagus with lemon balm, gelee with smooth cauliflower cream, and maki with daikon and cous cous

La Noix de Saint Jacques:
Seared scallop with heart of palm and coriander scented coconut milk

Les Petits Pois:
Light green pea veloute with peppermint on sweet onion cloud

Les Crustaces:
Lobster in Sake broth
Truffled langoustine ravioli
Sea urchin in mashed potatoes with a hint of blue mountain coffee

What is langoustine?  It’s a Norway lobster, or Dublin Prawn aka known as a “scampi.”

Le Black Cod:
Miso marinated black cod in daikon bouillon with yuzu

Le Chou:
Crispy fried cabbage with spring vegetables

La Volaille:
Farm chicken with foie gras and fricassee of young leeks

Les Pousses de Soja:
Risotto of soybean sprouts

Vanilla panna cotta with Tahitian vanilla and pineapple

La Framboise:
Fresh raspberries with ginger infused sorbet

Escortes de mignardises:

The take home gift, raspberries and pistachio pound cake.

Dinner is $250-$395 depending on pairings.  Next time I would LOVE to try the pairings.  Too bad I am not drinking! ;(  This dinner was over $1,000.  I was hungry because I ate every last bite!  This course isn’t for someone without an appetite or love for food.  Every bite was delicate and orgasmic, as fine french should be.



the Curious Palate.

I had an amazing breakfast today on Venice Beach Blvd at the Curious Palate.  The entire menu was impressive and I wanted to try everything.  My daughter had a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich.  My sister had a florentine sandwich.  And I had to choose between a cheese steak sandwich or a creamy wasabi shrimp wrap.  I picked the wrap which had daikon (radish) and japanese pickles.  It was soooo delicious!  And it hit the spot. Oh yeah, and don’t forget they serve their sandwiches with a delicious dill pickle, and a small side of sweet cous cous with raisins. I can’t wait to eat there again tomorrow for breakfast hopefully.  Check out the menu, where you can also order, online.  The fresh items like the walnut brownie’s that were sitting on the counter were begging me to eat them.  But I was good and stood my ground.   They have a variety of quiche’s, omelets, sandwiches, salads, fresh pastries, tea, hot cocoa, and coffee, and pure dark chocolate items.

Some of the items on the menu that were appealing to me.

Juicy Jidori $9.95
tender, organic Jidori chicken breast, topped with Grand Cru Gruyère cheese from Roth Käse, roasted red peppers, cilantro, scallions and a chipotle mayo in a flour tortilla.

Meatloaf Burger $9.95
our signature meatloaf, w/lettuce & a caper mayo on a brioche roll

Cheese Steak Sandwhich $11.95
flat iron steak with a touch of hot sauce, Gruyère & cheddar cheese, grilled onions and roasted red peppers in a ciabatta roll

Wasabi Shrimp Wrap $12.95
wild white shrimp, lettuce, wasabi mayo, grated daikon, scallions, & Japanese pickles in a flour tortilla

Smoked Salmon Salad $12.95
locally cold-smoked salmon from Michel Cordon Bleu, w/cucumbers, avocado, baby greens & sorrel, w/a Dijon dill dressing

Marc’s Famous Mac & Cheese $5.94 (small) $9.95 (large)
Roth Käse Gruyère Surchoix, goat cheese from Sierra Nevada, Blue Paradise & Québec 4-year vintage sharp cheddar, topped w/homemade bread crumbs

Caprese Omelet $9.95
Fresh motzerella, farm fresh tomatoes and basil.


Shrimp Wasabi Wrap

Grilled Cheese Royale (with bacon)

310-437-0144 main
310-437-0142 fax
Mon-Sat 7:30 am to 8 pm
Sundays 7:30 am to 3 pm

Cafe Bolivar: Santa Monica

I had breakfast at a cute little latino inspired, contemporary corner cafe on Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica.  Yesterday, my sister was in a rush to get to work so we grabbed sandwiches.  I had a chicken pesto with avo, and my sister grabbed a vegetarian sandwich, the Vegan Torta, which had a black bean spread.  They have fresh fruit smoothies, so Kai had the Papaya, Mango, Strawberry.  I had a ginger, mango, yoghurt drink, called Lassi’s.  They were different, but I love the flavor of ginger even if the strands would get stuck in my teeth sometimes.  Way to start the day with a healthy breakfast!  The side salad was a simple spring mix with a light vinegarette, walnuts, and bleu cheese crumbles.

Today is Saturday so we had more time to wait 25 minutes for $3 arepas, Venezuelan inspired mini sandwiches, made with fresh baked arepa bread.  Don’t have big eyes.  One is tiny, but can prove to be quite filling.  I tried the chicken and a vegetarian one that had avo, mango, cheese, and rosemary.  It came with a pesto-ish sauce on the side.  It was my 5 minutes of Heaven today.  And they have tables set up front so you can bring your dog.  We brought the cute Bonjook. ;D

The adorable Bonjook

Oh yeah, don’t forget the tea and coffees.  They looked good.  I don’t drink tea or coffee often though.


Kristie Manning