Santa Cruz Boardwalk

I really wanted to check out the Santa Cruz boardwalk while on vacation, we were so busy that if I wanted to see it we had to go right when it opened.  So we got there around 15 minutes before the vendors and rides opened which was perfect for a peaceful walk.  We didn’t end up going on any rides because we didn’t want to take the risk of getting sick before the Beyonce concert, but it was still a nice place to see.  We need one of these in Hawaii.

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We waited for Hot Dog on a Stick to open because my sister just neeeeded one!  We have a one right in the mall in Kaneohe btw.

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We ran into this and I thought it was such a cool idea to flavor your potatoes the way you want!  Sour cream and onion please!

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Psycho Donuts San Jose

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When researching some “must-try” sweets near our hotel we came across Psycho Donuts.  Being a donut lover I knew that we had to fit this in.  Turns out it was about a 5 minute drive from our hotel.  This place is so cool, not only is it a bakery but it’s also a fricken theater!

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I loved the decor!  A lot of movie memorabilia.  I thought this wheel was perfect for those who are indecisive.  I almost used it myself.48 8 7 6

I suggested that they cut up a few donuts as samples because we had such a hard time choosing.  There are soooo many to choose from and they’re crazy with the names and overboard toppings which makes you want to try them all.46 24 49

In the end my sister had the Dirty Turtle (left) I had the Cereal Killer (center) and my BFF Hina had the Nutty Buddy. I have no idea what theirs tasted like but mine was awesome- it’s glazed with marshmallow and topped with crunch berries.  Talk about ooey gooey.


Eagle Cafe Pier 39

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On the morning of our Alcatraz tour we had to get to the pier as early as we could because there was the Bay to Breakers 12k  going on that  and there were a lot of road closures.  So we headed out early and planned to have breakfast there.  The only thing that we found open was Eagle Cafe which was awesome because it made our decision on where to eat that much easier.  This place has so many yummy choices that it took my sister and I a really long time to come to a final decision.

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I ended up going with the Corned Beef Hash with eggs and potatoes

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I mean come on… look at the presentation!  And the taste was die-licious!

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My sister went with the Crab cakes Eggs Benedict.  Of course I had a taste and it was really good!  I actually recommend getting this.

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We shared a short stack of banana pancakes.  This was probably one of the best pancakes I’ve ever had.  They were super fluffy and packed with flavor.  I loved the brown sugar and walnut crumble on top.

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It was a little too early for oysters but this had me craving them as the day went on.

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Its such a cute and cozy little cafe.  I will be going back one day for their chowder bread bowls that I’ve been reading some good reviews on.

Georgia Peach Cocktail

I’m so excited about finding this recipe.  On Sunday we at at the Cheesecake factory and I had the most die-licious cocktail called the Georgia Peach and I’ve been craving it ever since.  Well I found a copy-cat recipe that tastes exactly like it, well at least close enough that I can’t tell the difference.  So I have to say ‘Thank you’ and give credit to BecR for posting this recipe on food.com

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Recipe: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vodka (Skyy recommended)
  • 1 ounce peach liqueur
  • 12 cup peach slices (fresh or frozen)
  • 12 cup crushed ice
  • 14 cup red raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • of fresh mint, to garnish

Directions

  1. Combine the vodka, peach liqueur, peaches, and ice in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add the raspberries and blend briefly, until berries are broken but not completely blended in to the drink.
  4. Pour into two balloon glasses and garnish with fresh mint.

Sikdorak in Kaneohe

On Friday Kuha’o had his May Day  performance and I was able to take him home right after.  I had to get my oil changed at Firestone in Kaneohe and told Kuha’o that we should try this new restaurant in the same shopping center while we waited.  Sikdorak is located in right around the corner on Kamehameha Hwy.  We both love Korean food so we were really excited to experience a new restaurant so close to our house.  We ended up ordering the lunch special because it was lunch and we were not hungry enough do the “all-you-can-eat”- but we did sit next to a couple that ordered it and the amount of meat that I saw come out on their plates was ridiculous.  I told Kuha’o that we’ll do the all-you-can-eat one night when daddy and Maui come with us.  The restaurant was nice and clean and the staff really friendly.  The food was really good, you can tell that everything was made fresh.

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This is the perfect place to go with a group of people, plus it’s open 24 hours! WTH?!

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When you order the all day special, you cook your own food on the table grills.

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We started off with some veggies, fried mandu and the seafood korean pancake.

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Kuha’o ordered the meat-jun and I had the bulgogi. YUM!  We’ll be going back soon 🙂

The Best Veggie Burger I’ve Ever Had

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Today I went to Island Vintage Coffee in Waikiki.  I was looking at the menu and could not decide what I wanted to eat because honestly everything looked good.  They have so many yummy things on the menu.  After much deliberation I decided on the Grilled Mushroom Burger.

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Best decision- this burger was die-licious!  They take Portobello mushrooms, tomato and red peppers and sauté them in a mild balsamic vinaigrette. Then they layer the mushroom mix with goat cheese bits, micro greens and red onions and top it with a garlic aioli.  They put all of this on the freshest taro bun- it’s a work of art!  The burger comes with a simple salad made up of mixed greens in light vinaigrette and garnished with roasted pistachio.  I ate EVERYTHING!  It was so good that I can’t wait to go back and have another.

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If you’re planning a trip to Waikiki, definitely visit this coffee shop.  It’s located in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center 2nd floor.  It gets very crowded so if you have a tour that you’re gonna go on you may want to allow yourself an extra hour to get your order in and eat.  They do take out too of course but the line to even put in your order can be pretty long. It’s well worth the wait though.  They also have an organic store (right next to the café) and a shave ice stand on the ground level.

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Magnolia Bakery Ala Moana

I remember lying in my hospital bed watching the news after giving birth to my daughter and seeing that Magnolia Bakery was having its grand opening at Ala Moana.  I told my cousin who was with me at the time “OMG that’s the famous bakery in NYC that was on Sex and the City” and she replied “Hello and The Devil Wears Prada!”.   It’s taken me a whole 4 months to finally get my Magnolia cupcake experience.  Yesterday my sister and I headed over to Ala Moana for a day of shopping (and cupcakes). On the way my sister told me that their banana pudding is what they’re really known for, so of course I tasted both.

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The cafe is the cutest place ever.  I’m totally remodeling our kitchen to look like this.  It’s so fresh looking.

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We had other plans for lunch, so we ended up getting our treats from the little kiosk they have set up just outside.

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The selection of sweet treats they have all look so yummy, I really have to go back and try them all.  We were so full after lunch that I ended up getting a classic vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting & of course their famous banana pudding. 5 stars for both.  I love their frosting, you can taste the little sugar granules as you chew.  As for their banana pudding?  Yup, probably the best I’ve ever had, and guess what?  I read their little cookbook and they have the recipe for it in there and it’s so simple!  I’ll definitely making some of this pudding at home.

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Uncle Tetsu Waikiki

Have you ever had a Japanese style cheesecake?  Well lemme tell you it is one of the most die-licious things I’ve ever had.  The taste and texture is like heaven in your mouth.

Imagine if a cheesecake and a spongecake were to have a baby. lol… but seriously that’s the best way I can explain it.  Not too sweet, super light and it just melts in your mouth.

If you ever come across a Japanese cheesecake be sure to try it.  It’s a yummy experience.

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You can find Uncle Tetsu in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center food court.

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$8.50 is totally worth it!  I could eat the whole thing by myself.

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They also carry some other sweet treats which I didn’t get to try this time around but plan on doing so in the near future.

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I tried to capture how spongy and soft it is.