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What Grindz I’m Looking Forward To!

Hey guys! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving break! My mom came up from perfect 80 degree weather to the chilly 40 something degrees, so that was fun! I know that we should really take a break from talking about food until maybe December 5th, haha. But I’m so excited to go back home (after I die a little from finals) and I’m most excited to EAT LOCAL GRINDZ!

For those of you who are not familiar with the pidgin lingo (lol like I’m an expert), “grindz” means food. I’m not entirely sure why we say grindz. Probably because when the food is so good, your mouth turns into a grinder and you demolish that food.

Anyway, here is a list of grindz I’m most excited to eat. I’ll have a brief description below the images, because some of you might not know what these things are!

Oh wait, okay so disclaimer! Most of these pics are not mine. I’m pulling them from google. Also, Hawaiian local cuisine (not Hawaiian food (there’s a difference)) is a mix of Hawaiian and Asian food.

Poke

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So if you didn’t know already, poke is seasoned raw fish chunks. Sounds gross right, but that’s all that it is. It’s simple, healthy, and super yummy if you like seafood. It’s not sushi. It’s poke. It’s best when fresh and on top of rice! The best place for me to get my poke is at Foodland, because no one can beat their quality and $6.99 price.

I found this on google and this is how Shoyu (soy sauce) poke is supposed to look like. Although I love avocado, it’s not supposed to be in poke. That’s a straight up mainland thing. Also, poke started in the islands not California or Seattle. Like, it was a thing for us way back before it became viral, hipsters.

Ube Ice Cream

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Shout out to all the Filipinos! So, ube is just another word for purple sweet potato. Ube ice cream is sweet potato mixed with coconut milk, which is as divine as it sounds. Traditionally, it’s the topping on halo halo, a Filipino dessert. I’ve never had halo halo (I know, I’m a terrible person), but I think the ube ice cream would be my most favorite part of it.

Pho

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If you’re not a foodie and not on the West Coast, Pho is sort of like the Vietnamese version of ramen, but it’s different. The difference is in the noodles, broth, and toppings. I don’t know how to make pho from scratch, but maybe they’re made differently, too. The broth can differ depending on who makes it, but it’s a pretty light and flavorful broth. It can be pretty translucent. Although there are a bunch of toppings you can put in your pho, it’s usually very veggie based. I love putting beef and lots of veggies in my bowl. I love getting pho from Mama Pho in Aina Hina. I’ve only had pho a few times and Mama’s is da best one.

Local Fruits

Excuse the bad quality of these pics. I miss all the fruits back at home, especially the ones I can sample on my dad’s friend’s nursery. It’s super cute and oh my gah so beautiful! And his fruits are all exotic, tropical, and delicious. He’s most known for his pineapples, but he grows a bunch of other things.

The dark pink fruit above is called Pitaya or dragon fruit. It’s not super flavorful and sometimes you luck out and get one that tastes like water. But his were super sweet. Fun fact: dragon fruit grows from a cactus like plant.

The light pink fruit above is guava. It’s not as sweet as you think it is and it’s kind of hard to eat. It has a weird texture, but it makes me feel fresh after eating it.

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These are my friends, Deanna, Sarah, and Rylie. The guy in the striped shirt is my dad’s friend who grows all the fruit. Aren’t they cute?! Behind them is a breath taking view of Waiminalo.

Poi Balls

So, I only get these in the summer when I go camping, but these are bomb. They’re so good and sweet. So, poi is mashed up taro, which is a staple starch for the Hawaiians. If you’re really native, you eat that thing raw with two fingers. I’m super Asian American, so I like mine with sugar and fried. Basically, you get the poi and mix in the sugar and mochiko powder to make the batter. Then you get a wok full of oil, scoop up the poi batter, then fry until it’s crispy.

I Heart Nalo’s Tofu Poke Bowls

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Ugh, no one can do better tofu poke bowls than I Heart Nalo. This restaurant is so cute and super green. Everything is local, home grown stuff. It’s mostly vegan, I think, and it all tastes super good. I went there once and got this masterpiece above. The seasoning is so prime and the veggies were just fantastic.

Anything from Zippy’s

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Zippy’s is like our local In-and-Out or Five Guys. If you grew up in Hawaii, you know exactly what this is. I love Zippy’s. It’s getting expensive, but it’s such a throw back to elementary school days and you know the food is so good.

My favorite thing to get there is the spaghetti and the Zip Pacs. For the locals reading this, remember getting jealous at that one kid who’s mom bought them a Zip Pac for the field trip? Or all those times you went to the beach and ate this on the sand?

Anything from Miki’s

So, there are pictures of this wonderful place and their food, but I’m too lazy to look it up and add onto this post. Miki’s is all the way out in Pearl City (shout out to the West Side) and they are a super late night hole-in-the-wall. They open at 10 pm and close at 3 am.

Another friend of my dad found this place on Yelp and he passed on this local secret onto me. They’re known for their comfort food that come in good portions for a decent price. They have roast beef (which is like tasting Jesus), meatballs, BBQ chicken, and so on. They have a set menu every year, but have different daily specials. It’s the BEST. I highly recommend you trying this place.

Hope you enjoyed this and got super hungry, because I am! HAH! Hope you like or share this post. Please try these places and things if you ever come around the islands. It’s super different from what you’d eat on the mainland, but all of it is super good. Go out of your comfort zone and try everything.

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Packing for Thanksgiving Weekend

It’s almost Thanksgiving break!!! YAY! I’m so love this holiday of super good food, stuffing yourself full, hanging out with fam, and sharing what you’re thankful for! I’m especially stoked for Thanksgiving, because my mom is coming to town and we get to meet my cousin’s first child! Lots of things to be thankful for for this upcoming weekend!

Just like last year, I’m hopping on a train to Baltimore, Maryland to spend the weekend with my mom’s oldest sister, my Aunty Gwenn. I don’t mind taking the train, but it’s a kind of a long ride and the WiFi kind of sucks (I’m planning on bringing a book to read). I also hate bringing luggage. Luckily, you’re allowed to bring 2 carry-ons and a personal item, but they have the worst storing facilities if you have a big carry-on.

So, here’s my guide to packing light, so you can keep your carry-on close.

Packing Guide

Always pack versatile outfits. Depending on the duration of the trip, I have a number code. Since, this will be a 4 day and three nights trip, I’m using the 3-2-1 rule. I always pack extra undergarments just in case.

  • 3 tops and bras
  • 2 pants, jackets, and shoes
  • 1 scarf, hat, gloves, and PJ set

Here’s what I’m packing for my make up bag:

  • Shampoo, conditioner, and body soap
  • Tooth brush, tooth paste
  • Stila black eye liner
    • I won’t be buying anymore from this brand
    • Kat von Dee’s eyeliner was a high recommendation
  • Anastasia eyebrow gel in ash brown
    • My everything!
  • Revlon’s Provacalips
    • Long wear and vibrant colors!
  • Face Shop’s rice moisturizer trio set
    • Perfect for winter
    • Toner, emulsion, and cream!
  • Aveno lotion
    • For elbows, arms, and heels!

 

 

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Paige & Rae Part 3

Hey, sorry this series is taking so long! I’m busy with Hillsong’s analytics, school projects, and midterms just finished.

If you’re new to my blog, please read Part One and Part Two to read about my other adventures around NYC with my girls!

So, it’s Sunday and we accomplished a lot of things on Paige’s and Rae’s list. But we also struck out a lot, since we forgot that everything is closed on Sundays. Well, not everything, but a lot of places aren’t open (for obvious reasons).

We woke up really early to meet up with some of Rae’s and Paige’s classmates. We were supposed to have breakfast at the famous The Bagel Store, home of the rainbow bagel. The classmates stood us up, but that didn’t stop us from having awesome bagels! Rae got a pumpkin bagel. Paige got a yummy apple cinnamon bagel. I, the only one who got a colored bagel, got the Walking Dead bagel with nutella. It was okay, but I can see why this one girl complained about it tasting like chemicals.

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(TMI, but if you get weird poop colors the day after, it’s the dye from the bagels)

Then, we took the train to Chelsea Market. Located in the Meat Packing District (my fav spot to be), it’s a mix of hipster, artisan restaurants, and grocery and retail stores. It’s expensive, vegan (for the most part), organic, and healthy. We got coffee and browsed the tiny “flea market” they have in the back. Cute stuff, but kind of pricey. However, the Brooklyn Charms booth is my favorite.

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Next, we walked the High Line, which is a block away from Chelsea Market. The High Line is an abandoned subway track turned into a cool park. It’s a favorite place of mine, because it’s refreshing to be around so much vegetation. You’re around cement so much and you need to take a break and be next to nature. It’s also a great way to cut through Chelsea and go more East of the island.

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Then, we made our way up to the Plaza. Paige and Rae wanted to do the Home Alone pose in front of the Plaza. I took them inside the Plaza Food Court. It’s a cute place to splurge lunch on. They have the best mushroom panini.

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We got tired. And when you’re tired on 5th Ave, there’s only one place to recoop! Central Park, of course! Tip, if you’re going to sleep in the Park in the beginning of fall, bring a blanket or extra layers.

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Before going down to Times Square for Hillsong, we chilled at Starbucks. I love Starbucks for two reasons. One, free wifi. Two, charger stations.

After church, we were excited to take the train back home and order in. We are so thankful that the Air BnB has Netflix! It honestly better than booking a hotel and I was sad that that was my last night there!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t follow Rae and Paige around the next day, because I had school. I’ll fill you in, though. They rode the Staten Island Ferry and went to the African Burial Memorial. If you’re here during summer and early fall, you MUST take the ferry. You get really great views and the ride if FREE!!!!

 

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Last week, I got my hair cut. It’s been getting so long and I really wanted to start getting rid of my ombre. So, I made a last minute appointment at Nelly’s Hair and Nail Salon in South Ferry.

It took a while to ride the 1 there, but the hair salon was just up the street from the ferry dock. I would like to go the ferry one day, maybe when my friends who are coming from Chicago will enjoy a trip to Staten Island. The ferry is free, so I will definitely be trying that soon.

You have to walk up one set of stairs to get to the salon. It’s open, clean, and very simple. It’s not high end, lots of wood, and it’s small. There are not that many people working and not that many chairs. It reminded me of home and I liked the atmosphere. The ladies were super nice and focused on your hair, so it wasn’t just all gabbing.

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They had a GroupOn thing going on. You get your hair washed, cut, and a blow out for $29.00. It’s such a great deal and you don’t have to buy the coupon. You could just call up and they’ll honor it.

The hair wash was an experience. It was nice, but they wrapped my head in plastic and left me under the hair dryer for a while. The lady who washed my hair, just left. They were a little short staff, so I wasn’t mad, but that lady literally just left me. I didn’t see her until my hair was done.

It was a very fast hair cut. Like, the fastest I’ve ever had. I asked to get a angled lob (long bob) with a side part. I didn’t bring a picture and I don’t know why I asked for an angled bob, but I think my hairdresser picked up on my hesitation. The angle was just a slight angle. Not even worth calling an angle, but I’m not complaining. I really wanted a simple straight cut.

I’m so sure that if I wanted an angled bob, she would have given my angles for days!!!. The blow out was nice. My hair was really shiny, soft, and I felt like a goddess!

My hair smelled super good, too. MY SELFIE LOOKED SO BOMB. I never take selfies, because I don’t have that awesome talent, so this was super awesome.

I love my new hair cut and Nelly’s was a great place!

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5 Things to Do in Italy

I’ve only been to Italy once, but since a dear friend of mine is doing a year abroad there, I wanted to list the things I did when I was there.

If you ever get a chance to go to Italy, you better do it. It’s such a beautiful city. If you want to see art, go to Italy. If you want to go shopping, go to Italy. If you want to eat good food, go to Italy. If you like getting lost, go to Italy. If you like history, go to Italy.

1. Go to art museums and chapels

If you have been living under a rock, Italy is chock full of art. Paintings, sculptures, textile, jewelry, and so on. But, you want to see all the classical, ancient Roman, and medieval art. I mean, to be in the presence of all these masterworks that you’ve read about in textbooks is crazy! Even if you’re not religious, chapels are covered in art. Lots of gold leaf paintings  can be found in churches and chapels. This is because the light from the candles will reflect off the gold to illuminate the chapel at night.

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2. Eat like an Italian

Italians are all about fun, life, and FOOD! Forget about that one “authentic” Italian restaurant back at home. You need to sit down in a real Italian restaurant and order a full course. The tour group I was with took us to all these great restaurants. I remember eating a 5 course dinner at some vineyard that was prepared by monks!

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I highly suggest getting a thin crust pizza. I found this hole in a wall back in Sienna. I don’t remember the name or how to get there :(, but it was the best mushroom pizza I’ve ever had.

3. Visit the Vatican

This is a tourist trap, but going inside the Vatican is really cool. Warning, the wait time will take kind of forever, depending on what day it is. The price isn’t too bad, but you can’t really take pictures of anything. You do get to see the famous Michelangelo’s painted ceiling of the Life of Christ, the Sistine Chapel, and see some Popes’ tombs.

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4. Shop for Leather and Jewelry in Florence!

Florence is known for it’s leather and gold jewelry. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes. Will it make great gifts? OF COURSE!

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Florence is just a great place to go to, below are my pics of famous buildings and some statues.

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5. Sip wine at the vineyards!

Okay, I didn’t do this, because my dad wouldn’t allow me. But why not go wine tasting? It’s like the most Italian thing you could do!!!

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