Thursday Throwback

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Maui & Tea on our 2012 trip to Vegas.  I can’t believe how young they both are.  It’s just a reminder to love them and have as much fun with them as I can before they’re adults themselves.

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Wednesday Wows- A $12 course lunch in Waikiki!

Gyu-Kaku is the restaurant I go to if I want to get more for my $.  It’s one of my kids favorite places to eat and their happy hour allows us to fill up for a great price.  In Waikiki I spend close to $15 even at fast food restaurants.  But here they actually give a 15% Kama’aina discount, so I spend $10!  What a steal! They have so many specials on the menu but I always get the non-grill lunch set.  My favorite is the Garlic Shrimp Bibimbap and 2 sides of cheese won tons and 1 side of cold tofu. But there are other options (shown below).  Definitely check out this place if you’re staying in Waikiki.

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I don’t know what kind of sauce they use on their tofu but it is so good that I have them add it on my cheese won tons as well.  Soooo yummy!

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307 Lewers St.
Honolulu, HI 96815

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

9781101911860

Synopsis via Amazon:

Twenty-two, and knowing no one, Tess leaves home to begin her adult life in New York City. Thus begins a year that is both enchanting and punishing, in a low-level job at “the best restaurant in New York City.” Grueling hours and a steep culinary learning curve awaken her to the beauty of oysters, the finest Champagnes, the appellations of Burgundy. At the same time, she opens herself to friendships—and love—set against the backdrop of dive bars and late nights.  As her appetites sharpen—for food and wine, but also for knowledge, experience, and belonging—Tess is drawn into a darkly alluring love triangle that will prove to be her most exhilarating and painful lesson of all. 

My thoughts:

I’m really torn on whether or not to recommend this book.  First off the book reads like poetry, the author is a true poet, it’s really beautiful to read.  Secondly, it is absolute food porn if I’ve ever read one!  However, the story-line, or lack thereof could have been so much better.  This could have been a great book all around but, it didn’t deliver a great story and the ending was… blah!  Maybe it’s just something I can’t relate to that made it a bit unappealing to me.  You have this girl who arrives in New York City that can be anything she wants to be.  She gets hired at one of the top restaurants and really wants to climb that latter to become a server.  She stays out late, snorts coke, drinks til she’s belligerent all while trying to get the attention of Jake, the grungy bartender.  Then there’s Simone, an older woman that I assumed was (maybe sort of is) a mentor to Tess.  Jake and Simone have this weird relationship, weird meaning I don’t know if they’re romantically involved or mother/son type.  Just a little gross.  Anywho… you’ll have to read the book to find out the rest.  It’s not a very long book so maybe it actually would be worth the time even if you agree that it was just… meh.

“I had never thought of a tomato as a fruit—the ones I had known were mostly white in the center and rock hard. But this was so luscious, so tart I thought it victorious. So—some tomatoes tasted like water, and some tasted like summer lightning.”

“I flipped the shell back. I was prepared for the brininess. For the softness of it. For the rigidity and strangeness of the ritual. Adrenalized, fiercely private. I panted slightly and opened my eyes. Jake was looking at me and said, ‘They’re perfect.’ He handed me the beer. It was nearly black, persuasive as chocolate, weighty. The finish was cream, it matched the oyster’s creaminess. The sensory conspiracy made the blood rush to my head, made my skin break out in goose bumps. Ignore him. Look away. I looked at him. ‘Can I have another?’”

How to display Pinterest boards in your sidebar. For wordpress.com

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For those of us who don’t have a self-hosted WordPress, we often miss out on all of the little perks of “beautifying” our blogs.  I know for myself, I’ve been waiting for a feature that will allow me to create my own custom Pin It hover, but its been a long time waiting and still nothing for feature.  I am obsessed with Pinterest and have been trying to figure out how to display my latest Pins in my sidebar.  I’ve found posts on how to do it only to find out that it’s for “self-hosted” wordpress blogs 😦  Well I have finally found a way to do it thanks to Gretchen Louise!  She’s given a little trick as to how to get those pretty pins displayed in your sidebar.  Look how much prettier it makes my sidebar look. Please visit her blog by clicking here.  Let me know how it works out for you guys.

The Exhaustion Is Real

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I need a vacation so bad!  It doesn’t even have to involve hopping on a plane or spending money.  I would love to just have a day off… of everything!  My brain hurts, my body aches and my anxiety is out of control.  When I’m not at work I’m at home working- doing dishes, doing laundry, cooking dinner, constantly cleaning up and running after my 1 year old.  I NEED A BREAK!  So…. Tomorrow I have a day off and I plan to ask my mom to watch Aria so that I can go and get a massage and a pedicure.  I cannot wait!!!! I know it’s not the full day off but I know that just those couple of hours will give me what I need.  Hopefully in the next couple of months I’ll be able to plan a short trip to visit my sister in Vegas.  **fingers crossed**  It’s hard to plan anything with the kids in sports, work all week, Kahele coaching and a 1 year old at home.

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I love when it’s the weekend and all the kids finally go to sleep and I’m able to pop open a bottle of bubbly.  Me and Kahele literally sit there sipping our drinks in total exhaustion, sprawled out on the couch.  The funny thing is all we talk about are… our kids!  But at the end of the night its nice to just have some quiet time to catch up and get a little buzz on.  Maybe even get a midnight snack.

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So cheers to the upcoming weekend (mine starts in just a little under 2 hours) and here’s to getting some R&R after the grocery shopping, laundry, getting dinner on the table, helping the kids with homework, getting them to and from baseball practice and sending them off to school in the morning. LOL

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Donut King Hawaii

I donut care what you think, I love donuts!!!!  This bakery is located down the road from Kuha’os school so when I was a little early to pick him up on Friday I decided to kill some time and get us both a snack.  I’d never been here before and went in planning to buy myself a plain glazed donut- that was until I saw that they carried Maple Bacon Donuts!!!! My absolute fave!  It was soooo yummy and fresh.  I ended up getting Kuha’o a chocolate covered donut with chocolate shavings.  I had a little sample of his and even that was good.

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Donut King

2919 Kapiolani Blvd

Honolulu, HI 96826

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Synopsis:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

My Thoughts:

Wow!  Reading this book was like watching a full season of The Real Housewives!  I’m so glad that I chose this book as my first of the year.  The characters were so relatable, I kept comparing each of them to actual people that I know.  I was so engrossed that I finished this book way too quick and was disappointed because I wanted it to go on.  Luckily, HBO will be premiering this series on February 19th!  I can’t wait.  They have the most amazing cast including Nicole Kidman, Reece Witherspoon &  Shailene Woodley just to name a few.  A definite must read… if you haven’t already.

Thursday Throwback

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This was such a fun night! This was about 4 years ago at my cousin Pili’s (red shirt back row) bridal shower.  At this point we had all had a lot to drink and were all pretty buzzed.  I remember getting to the point where I was was so emotional and filled with love for all of my cousins lol.  Kahele picked me up and I remember sticking my body out of the car and yelling “I love all of you!!!”  It was pretty epic.  Really fun group right here, and that’s not even the half of my girl cousins.