Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Check-in: Italy! Italy! Italy!

Let me apologize for my ridiculously long absence.  After my semester ended I took a mental break and embraced the sun and sea.  Living in Hawaii, it is such a crime to not go out and enjoy the beaches so I had to make up for definite lost beach time.  Can you blame me?  I kid, I kid.  But let me make it up to you all by sharing my extremely exciting news!  Can I get a drum roll please?  For my upcoming fall semester, I will be studying abroad in Florence, Italy! Yeeeeessssssss!  I've already set a countdown on my phone and as of today it is T-75 days till Florence baby.  

I know I want to blog about my adventures as a way to personally document my time there but I'm just not sure on the route to take.  Would you all like me to do it here or would you prefer a separate blog dedicated just to my time in Florence?  I'll definitely be blogging about the food since I will be in a culinary capitol of amazingness but there will also be posts on everyday lifestyle/life-event type things.  Let me know what you think and what you would prefer.


Photos courtesy of

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Check-in: Spring Breakers and JAPAN!

It's almost here! The elusive Spring Break can finally be seen just around the corner.  

Alyssa is off to Japan today so prepare yourselves for some amazing pictures of everything and anything you can imagine.  She'll be eating great up there!  My good friend Matt is also heading to Japan for spring break today for two weeks.  SUPER Jealousssss.   I'm thinking I probably missed the memo that Japan is the place to be this break.  Whatevs aha.  I'll be cruising back home in Hawaii.  My plans include parking myself at a primo spot at a beautiful beach down (or is it up) at the North Shore and not leaving until I lose this sad, pale color.  As long as I don't have to think about school or studying I'm sure it'll be a relaxing break.  So I raise a can of Izze Sparkling Apple juice from The Curb to you all who have busted butt this past mid-term/finals week.  May your spring break be joyous, even though we totally got jipped two holidays off.  Yeah I'm salty about that, can you tell?   

Have a good spring break!


P.S. Do you folks like the new banner? Big shout out to our friend Tracy for making this for us. Lord knows we would NOT have been able to do it ourselves.  

Photos taken with a Canon PowerShot G11 by Alyssa

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Morsels: Brunch at Yogur Story

This place had been on my "to do" list for at least six months, after seeing a features article about it in the local paper, along with a description of the most decadent-sounding waffles I had ever heard of--and let me state right here, right now, if there's a waffle on the menu that sounds even remotely delicious I order it. Crisp Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream are my weakness, and I am unashamed! Yogur Story did not disappoint me, and between the fluffy waffle and the beautiful presentation, I found myself immediately vowing my return in hopes of trying another. The other items on the menu were just as pleasing, and it was the little touches that made me smile like the yoga-posed frog by the stairs, the option of having my morning cup of caffeine iced, and the addition of chicharron topping on the Fat Pig Fried Rice.


Shout out to Samantha for introducing us to the place! 


Fat Pig Fried Rice
bacon, ham, pork adobo, rice, oyster sauce, green onion, julienne egg crepe

Breakfast Croissant
fresh baked croissant, egg, cheddar cheese, choice of ham or smoked bacon, side of herbed potatoes
(bacon chosen, extra crispy)

Chantilly Waffle
macadamia nut waffle, chantilly sauce, chocolate mousse, cream puffs, chocolate sauce

Iced Coffee

Pomegranate Tea Cooler
essentially an Arnold Palmer (half tea + half lemonade) good!

Yogur Story hours:
8:00am - 5:00pm

Dinner & Pupus
Sunday - Wednesday 5:00pm - 12:00am
Thursday - Saturday 5:00pm - 2:00am

815 Keeaumoku St. #J105
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 942-0505

Photos taken with Cannon PowerShot G11 by Alyssa

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Check-in:11:30pm, cure to insomnia, and pasta-basta baby

Like usual, I'm up and unproductive.  I'd say it's the standard college student problem.  We spend so much of the day with a "go go go!" mentality that when we finally want to settle down and chill we don't really know how to turn our brains off.  I think insomnia is also a big problem for us college folk as well.  I recently read this good article that my friend Lindsey passed on from her friend (author of said article) with tips and tricks to beat insomnia and take back our sleep.  I say read it, try it, and report back.  I'll personally make a conscious effort to try out the tip and not use my phone in bed.  I'll let you folks know how that works out.  

In other news I've FINALLY figured out how to link up the blog's Pinterest as well as our BlogLovin'.    I know websites practically do the work for you by pre-coding the buttons and blah blah but damn.  No judging, aha.  Pin away my friends, pin away!  Links should be to your right but if they don't work, please let me know and I'll (attempt to) figure out how to fix them.

I'm feeling my eyes go in and out of focus as I type this out so I'll bit you goodnight and leave you with a picture of Alyssa and my lunch at Auntie Pasto's this week.  We left having to unbutton our jeans but so worth it.  Have a great rest of the week!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Morsels: Fresh Café

My younger sister Kayla and I decided to have a full-blown study session today, trying to get a handle on assignments that are being piled on by professors and prepare for upcoming midterms.  I don't know about you but I have a really hard time getting in solid studying done at home.  There are too many distractions, namely my bed, that keep me from really getting s**t done.  

Fresh Café is definitely a cool place to go to when you want good food and a place to study.  They found that great balance of vintage, home-y interior decoration with clean industrial accents.  Free wifi and friendly staff make it a good place to crack down on the week's studying.  They have a wide menu featuring gourmet soups, salads, and sandwiches, and all of your standard café beverages.  Massive acai bowls and smoothies are also on the menu if you want something sweet.  

Fresh Café also hosts community events in their Loft in Space space in the back of the café like Art and Flea the last Thursday every month where local venders, live music, and artists come together for a night of festivities.  Other events are Pow Wow Hawaii, a contemporary art movement, First Thursdays where HawaiiSlam, the largest poetry slam in the world, and many other events like weekly Zumba classes and yoga.  

I'm super stoked for this month's Art and Flea, 90's Grunge! It's our childhood people! My good friend Amy is working a booth run by some fashion students from UH so be sure to stop by and check it out. Anything she has a part of is definitely going to be cool.  Hopefully I'll get to go and chill.

Warm Spinach Bacon & Garlic Salad
house blend soy vinaigrette dressing, bacon, mushrooms, sautéed garlic over spinach 

Bacon Eggs & Cheese Omelet Sandwich
bacon, eggs, and american cheese omelet in a honey whole wheat bagel

Half Chicken Caesar Salad
homemade caesar dressing, chicken breast, cherry tomatoes, croutons, parmesan cheese

Lemon Bar

Fresh Café hours:
Monday - Saturday 8am - 11pm
Sunday 9am - 6pm

831 Queen Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 688-8055

Photos taken with iPhone 5 and Droid Razr by Kiyana and Kayla

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Check-in: Mid-terms Week and Technology-savvy person wanted

Before you read any further, please take a moment to stare at the wonder and beauty that exists in the photograph.

Done? Good.

I've been drowning in recipes all night long, browsing through food blogs and watching videos on YouTube, only to find things that gnaw at my weakness: bread and cheese.  This was by far the money shot, a combination of grilled cheese and macaroni and cheese, not to mention garnishing it with my favorite fruit.  I immediately had the desire to make myself a grilled cheese only to find that I lack all necessary ingredients for it.  So I am left here, blogging about it.  

I hope this post finds you all as rested as you can be during mid-terms week and nourished with something other than caffeine and take-out.  If you have the chance go out and make yourself a damn good grilled cheese sandwich, you deserve it.  

Alyssa got to house sit for a co-worker this past week and was stoked to be able to use a full kitchen.  Not to mention said c-worker is a professional chef and has a cat.  How lucky right?  In our Latin class she equated it to a free stay-cation complete with temporary pet.  I could definitely use a stay-cation myself.    

Also, if anyone is technologically savvy and can make a banner/header/whatever it's called, I would like to ask to borrow your services.  I can't pay because hello, I'm a broke college student, but I can definitely buy you a meal.  Fair trade?  I think so.  Nothing too fancy and complicated, just something better than what I threw together on Pages.  I would love to make my own but let's face it, technology isn't my strongest point.  Contact info is to your right somewhere ---------->

That's it for now friends, eat well and I'll see you in the next post.  


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Morsels: Himalayan Kitchen

Probably one of my favorite restaurants here in Hawaii, Himalayan Kitchen does not disappoint on any level.  You know that feeling you get when you find something amazing and never want to share for the fear that it won't be your amazing secret anymore?  That's how I felt about Himalayan Kitchen.  But eating is always better with friends so the secret is out! (Although on a night out this place can get pretty packed for such a small place.) 

Everything I have ever had here has been amazing.  And trust me when I say I've been here my fair share of times.  I am very much a ambiance eater and the decor and setting definitely adds to the over-all experience.  Himalayan Kitchen's decor and ambiance makes me wish I lived there.   You have the option of eating inside where the colors are rich and photos of the Himalayas are everywhere or you can eat outside either on iron tables surrounded by twinkling lights or on the balcony overlooking the community of Kaimuki.  I've eaten at all three places and I have to say, eating outside at night under the stars has to be one of the best eating experiences I've ever had.  I love to get dressed up and go to swanky places as much as the next person but I love being laid back and having an atmosphere perfect for good eats and good conversation.    

Mango Lassi
Yogurt drink

Himalayan Saag Dip
fresh spinach and cream cheese dip mixed with spices and served with bhatura bread

Blackened Ahi
tandoori carmelized ahi served on a sizzling platter with vegetables served with a lime, cilantro, chili dipping sauce

Chicken Tikka Madras
boneless tandoori chicken tikka cooked in spices and coconut milk

Jasmine Rice
(not shown) served with the chicken tikka madras and blackened ahi

Himalayan Kitchen hours:
5:30 - 10:00


1137 11th Avenue #205
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 735-1122

All photos taken with Droid Razr by Kiyana