SNOW FACTORY MCCULLY

Yesterday I took my two middle kiddies to Snow Factory.  I didn’t realize that my kids have never had this!  I felt so guilty because I’ve had it a few times.  So, we all know what shave ice is right?  You may also know them as snow cones?  Well here in Hawaii shave ice is super popular, you can find it in just about every town, mall, and they even serve them in candy stores.  The toppings are endless but one of the most popular toppings is condensed milk.  At the snow factory they basically shave a block of flavored condensed milk which gives you this amazing texture and sweetness!  OMG  i can’t even put into words the party that goes on in your mouth.

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Kuha’o had the Pineapple Li Hing Mui!  Yesterday it was so hot and he honestly chose the perfect flavor.  Of course Tea and I sampled it and agreed that we should’ve gotten the same.

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Tea went with the Nutella.  Another yummy one.  I mean you can’t go wrong with anything nutella.

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I had the Halo Halo.  I love how the mochi balls get so chewy because of the coldness of the the ice.

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They also serve this Pipe Ice Cream that we were really excited about but they ran out 😦  I told the kids that it just means that we need to visit again.

Kulu Kulu Japanese Style Cakes in Waikiki

There’s another yummy bakery across the street from where I work!  I don’t even know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.  Everything that they create is a die-licious and gorgeous work of art.  Their newest location is in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, so for all of you planning a visit to Waikiki be sure to check them out.

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In addition to there cakes they serve boba drinks and soft serve.

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It was so hard to choose just one, so….. I chose two!

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This is the Mango Short Cake.  You can taste the real mango flavor in this moist fluffy cake.

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I just had to get this one because of the fresh strawberries.  There is so much strawberry creme filling which I love!  I can’t wait to try some of there other treats…. maybe for lunch today?!

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.

I’m Back….

From my San Francisco trip.  It was a roller coaster of fun, drama, and relaxation.  Of course the high light of our trip was the BEYONCE concert!  What a performer- she gives her audience the ultimate concert experience.  She dances and sings her ass off.  But I’m saving that post for a little later because there are a lot of video that I took that I want to share with you all.

Let’s just start from day 1.  We got our plane tickets from a friend who works for the airlines and she accidentally booked us on a flight to LAX when we’re supposed to go to San Jose (where our hotel was), instead of paying a fee to change the flight we decided to take a little road trip.  Don’t ever do a road trip from LA to San Jose because there is NOTHING to see but rolling hills and…. Yeah that’s pretty much it.  We did do a little drive through Hollywood though and that was fun.

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LACMA Urban Lights

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We had dinner reservations at The Stinking Rose (one of my favorite restaurants!!!) at 5:30 and got there with plenty of time to spare.  So we were able to walk around China Town and Little Italy before feasting, and feasting we did!

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All you lovers of garlic have to try this restaurant!  There’s one located in LA as well.

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After dinner it was still light out so we decided to knock another “must see” off of our list.  Off to the Palace of Fine Arts.

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This place is so peaceful and pretty, I could stay there for hours and read a book, picnic and maybe even take a little nap in a cozy spot.  On this particular night there was a prom going on!  How lucky are these students that they get to have a prom in such a beautiful place. They had some really nice pictures with this amazing backdrop for sure.

We finally made our way to our hotel to get some rest before a busy day 2.

BUBBA GUMP’S AND A DAY OF SHOPPING

On Monday my sister had to take her car in and needed me to pick her up.  We decided to make a day out of it and do some shopping, so we headed over to Ala Moana.  After shopping and building up an appetite we ate at Bubba Gump.  I’ve always liked this place; the open air, the decor, the food and I love how they have Forest Gump playing on the television.

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The dessert menu was tempting but we knew that what we really wanted was dessert from Magnolia.  My sister was so excited because they now have CHOCOLATE banana pudding!  I had a little taste and I must say that it is better than the original.  I’m such a cupcake lover that I couldn’t pass it up for even some delicious pudding.

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