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. 😦   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 😦 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 brûlée 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. 😦 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?

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Sunday Social @ Morimoto Waikiki – August 21st


Sunday, August 21 · 11:00am – 4:00pm

Morimoto Waikiki

1775 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI
Sunday Social – A journey of opulent tastes enjoyed in a refreshingly contemporary setting. These sumptuous affairs are a radical new take on the staid concept of Sunday brunch, transforming Sunday afternoons into a paradise of chic dining, a “Mad Men” inspired cocktail-hour with a Grey Goose Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bars and, as you would expect, plenty of clever conversation – all enjoyed amid the sparkling backdrop of delicious beats by DJ’s Ramyt, Drift & our special guests this month – Badmouth and Loic Tambay!Please join us this weekend for an exquisite blend of exceptional Morimoto cuisine and swanky beats…

Sunday Social @ Morimoto Waikiki
Reservations are suggested
943-5900 | sundaysocial@morimotowaikiki.com

See you there!
xoxo
Kristie

July Munch @ Apartm3nt: Southern Italian


Food Menu:

1st Course –

Warm Octopus & sweet onion salad with fresh basil & citrus vinaigrette.  The texture of the octopus was so delicate and soft and the salad was warm and light.  Paired with “Honey and Anise Essence Negroni.” Bombay Sapphire/Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth/averna amaro/honey and anise reduction/rocks.  The fresh anise seed was pretty, and color golden, and I loved the strength of the cocktail, but the anise flavor was a bit strong for my personal taste.  However, definitely a unique cocktail to open your taste buds.

2nd Course –

Local hand cut pasta with fresh crushed local tomato, garlic, shallots, sliced green beans, red peppers, fresh basil & parsley, grated manchago cheese.  Fresh pasta. Mmmmm! No special culinary talk to describe that.  Just plain Yummy.  Pairs perfectly with “Spiced Fresh Italian Basil Martini.”  Grey Goose/Fresh Lime/White Cane Sugar Reduction/ Fresh Italian Basil/ Serrano Chiles/Seltzer.  The aftertaste of the Chiles are perfect with this dish.  I love all cocktails that involve fresh peppers.  They pair perfectly with appetizers.

3rd Course –

Pan seared 1/2 chicken over roasted cherry tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, sour dough bread, deglazed white wine vinaigrette, tossed with frise. I was so amazed to taste this.  It was probably one of the most perfect bites of chicken I have ever eaten in my life.  The texture was perfectly soft, and flavor, seasoned and salted to perfection.  A healthy portion as well. I could only finish half of it.  The sourdough bread croutons also paired perfectly with the texture.  Paired with “the Sparkling Dogs.”  Tuaca/Grey Goose/Fresh Lemon/Presseco/Chambord.

4th Course –

Panna Cotta & lemon preserve with toasted almonds.   Perfect dessert! Buttermilk Lemoncello: Stoli/Buttermilk/Fresh Lemon/White Cane Sugar Reduction/Holiday Tincture/Cassia/Averna Sambuca.  My favorite cocktail of the evening!

xoxo

Kristie

Hope to see you @ Next Munch

Southern Italian MUNCH Dinner Pairing Thursday, July 28th @ Apartm3nt.


APARTMENT3 GOES ALL THE WAY TO ITALY FOR THE NEXT MUNCH, SOUTHERN ITALY TO BE EXACT.

Thursday, July 28th at 6:30pm

Apartment3 located in the Century Center Building, is a hosting our monthly MUNCH event on Thursday, July 28th starting at 6:30pm.

Munch is every last Thursday of the month for 2011. This month Munch will feature a premiere four course dinner menu created exclusively by Apartment3. Each course will then be creatively paired with a mouth watering specialty cocktail by Better Brands Master Mixologist Joey Gottesman.

This month’s featured theme is Southern Italian. Southern Italian fare is a perfect summertime dinner that always fits in well with our Hawaiian climate & sensibilities. Influenced by the flavors of the Mediterranean, Southern Italian cuisine is known for it’s incredibly fresh & light ingredients. Come educate your senses and your palate with this exquisite delectable pairing dinner.

To reserve your spot for this exclusive dining experience call Apartment3 at 955.9300 today or emailhello@apartmentthree.com. The cost is $45 per person plus tax and 20% auto-gratuity. This exclusive dinner is limited to just 30 seats so put in your reservation soon. 48 hour cancellation notice is required, and a 50% no show fee will apply.  Credit card information is required with each reservation.  This event will sell out so plan accordingly.

Details on Munch:

What:       Apartment3 Southern Italian Munch

When:      Thursday, July 28th , 2011

Where:     3rd Floor, Century Center, 1750 Kalakaua Ave.

Time:       6:30 PM

Ages:       21 and over

Parking:  Self Parking is $1 in any yellow marked guest stalls available in Century Center, $4 valet.  Parking is limited, so come early!

Food Menu:

1st Course –

Warm Octopus & sweet onion salad with fresh basil & citrus vinaigrette.

2nd Course –

Local hand cut pasta with fresh crushed local tomato, garlic, shallots, sliced green beans, red peppers, fresh basil & parsley, grated manchago cheese.

3rd Course –

Pan seared 1/2 chicken over roasted cherry tomatoes, asparagus, garlic, sour dough bread, deglazed white wine vinaigrette, tossed with frise.

4th Course –

Panna Cotta & lemon preserve with toasted almonds.

Next month’s Munch will be the soon to be legendary TV Dinner Munch, Thursday, August 25th.

Open every Monday to Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Happy hour available nightly until 8:00 p.m. except Tuesday’s when it runs all night 6:00 p.m. til 2:00 a.m.  For reservations and corporate events, please contact Apartment3 directly at 808.955.9300  or hello@apartmentthree.com.

SEE YOU THERE!

I Want to Eat @ Morimoto.


World renowned, Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurants located in Philadelphia, Napa, New York, Tokyo, Mumbai, and Boca Raton, are now hitting Waikiki.  He has also been the head chef, of one of my favorite restaurants here in Waikiki and world wide, Nobu.    Can’t wait to eat there.  They are open for dinner, lunch and breakfast as well as having a seperate lounge menu.  Perhaps I will swing by for a light lunch one day soon.  Friends have told me that the restaurant is very bright, and that takes from the atmosphere, and that they prefer Nobu.  I love the bright lime green decor, beautiful lacquered wooden tables, vibrant violet  orchid pictures, and panoramic glass, with views of who know’s what?  Perhaps this would be a more enjoyable lunch spot, than a dark romantic dinner.

Some of the menu items

lamb carpaccio 17.
ginger-scallion sauce

yellowtail ‘pastrami’ 18.
togarashi, gin crème fraîche, candied olive 

crispy rock shrimp tempura 16.
spicy kochujan sauce, wasabi aïoli, coconut ranch 

 seafood ‘toban yaki’ 43.
kona lobster, king crab, mussel, clam,
diver scallop, spicy red miso-sake broths

Morimoto  12
Morimoto ginjo sake, square one organic cucumber vodka, and japanese cucumber slices.

 White Lily  12
Shochu, Calpico, Yuzu Juice, and Fresh Lemon
   
  

 

1775 Ala Moana Blvd.

@ the Edition

808-943-5900

http://morimotowaikiki.com/

xoxo

Kristie

Menu for “Munch” at Apartment 3, Thursday, 01/27/11


Sorry guys I must’ve posted the wrong menu.  Even the best make mistakes sometimes! 😉

1st – Korea, soju
Oxtail mandoo, with leeks and long rice, accompanied by house made Kimchee
Spiced!
TY KU Soju <> Kim Chee <> Sriracha <> Clamato <> Fresh Ginger <> Martini

 

2nd – Japan, Shochu
Steamed Seabass with enringi mushrooms, red bell peppers over brussell sprouts sauteed in a sweet sake soy sauce and rice.
Tiger’s Claw
Komasa Migaki Shochu <> Yuzu <> Palm Sugar <> Hibiscus <> Tiger’s Claw Tincture

 

Intermesso: Shitake miso soup & house made pickles
I wanted to maintain tradition. this is usually a dish served at the end of a Japanese meal but it is almost universal in asian cuisine.

 

3rd – China, Shaoju
Lai Yut – “Beautiful Moon” tarts. These will be both sweet and savory, one style contaning lychee and the other containing nuts.
Orient Express

Han Soju <> Vanilla <> Roasted Chili Peppers

Can’t wait to try it all!

xoxo

Kristie

Munch @ Apartm3nt on Thursday


Hey guys, I’m going to Munch on Thursday.  The menu sounds delish!  Who wants to join me?

What is Munch?

A monthly dining experience featuring paired cocktails with each course. Taking place the last Thursday of every month.

Menu for August 26

Course 1

Meyer lemon and rum cured Opah served with a citrus aioli and caraway crips.
Paired with White Pepper Superior Daiquiri

Course 2

Allspice and olive braised lamb served with sweet corn polenta and Ma`o farms tatsoi
Paired with Zaya Swizzle

Course 3

Sticky rice pudding with mango and pistachio nuts
Paired with appleton vx buttered rum

$45 + tax and tip

apartmentthree.com

xoxo

Kristie

Kai Market @ the Sheraton Waikiki


Last week I had dinner with my parents at the Kai Market, located ocean front at the Sheraton Hotel, Waikiki.  The Hawaiian contemporary decor of Kai opens to an open lanai, ocean front, with live bands, and hula and fire dancers.  The buffet had a variety of seafood from shrimp to clams and fresh fish.  I tried the fresh bok choy, some macadamia nut crusted lamb chops with mint jelly, and the prime rib as well.   The desert Bar was fabulous.  I had a custard with a sweet jelly like garnish that looks like Ikura (large fish eggs), and mango pudding.  They had a variety of delicious deserts from fresh chi chi dango mochi or coconut crusted daifuku (azuki bean mochi), and portuguese sweet bread pudding, key lime pie, coconut tapioca, and chocolate haupia pie and trifles.  All the seafood went well with the Sauvignon Blanc I ordered as well.  Definitely one of my favorite buffets, along side with my favorite brunch spots, Hoku’s at the Kahala Mandarin, and Orchids, at the 5 star Halekulani.

Hours: Breakfast 6:00 a.m.–11 a.m. | Dinner 5:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
**Final seating 30 mins prior to closing.
Location: Ground floor overlooking the Infinity Edge Pool & Waikiki Beach
Reservations: 808-921-4600 or email: TDRC.Hawaii@starwoodhotels.com

Price Range:
* Breakfast – $28.95 per adult, $13.00 per child*
* Dinner – $51.00 per adult and $55.00 per adult on Seafood and Paniolo nights on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
*Children 1-5 yrs old eat free anytime, children 6-12 yrs old eat free with paying adult (one child per adult & cannot be combined with any other discount), Ages 13-16 yrs old receive 50% off the Adult price ($13.50 for breakfast and $24.50 for dinner)