Grindz (part II)

2 Feb

Ohhh yum. I just made a batch of chicken curry udon for the first time and was reminded again of my enduring love for Japanese curry. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures to show for this delicious meal, but my stomach can testify that it was indeed nom nom nom : )

To make up for the absence of curry photos, I’m posting some drool-worthy images that I’ve been meaning to upload for awhile; these were from my trip home during Christmas.

The first few are from my family’s new year’s day lunch. Hamachi (yellowtail) and Maguro (tuna) sashimi:

Onaga (red snapper):

Garlic shrimp:

Okay this one is a tribute to fans of natto, the stinky, sticky fermented beans that you either love or hate (I side with the latter). My friends love this stuff, and this is just one iteration of these beans in curry:

Spam and egg sushi (now this I find appetizing, mmm mmm):

And last but not least, my favorite shave ice from Ice Garden (#16 with oatmeal – tapioca + mochi balls + chocolate syrup)! Sounds gross but it’s soooo good; you just need to try it:


hONOlulu grindz

31 Dec

Being home means eating well, and this break is no exception. I was lazy and hadn’t taken the camera out for food photos lately (thus the lack of posts), but after eating out almost every day for the past week, I’ve captured plenty of drool-worthy material. My stomach has never been fuller (not to mention in pain from being filled to its limit!), but I’m not complaining too much 😛 Here’s a sampling of some of my recent eats:

Camellia Buffet (all-you-can-eat korean BBQ):

Pepper’s Place (mushroom + pepper philly cheesesteak):

Curry House Coco Ichibanya (mabo tofu curry):

Ichiriki (dinner nabe and ujintoki [green tea shave ice]):

Genki Sushi (ahi poke nigiri – would’ve posted the spicy ahi but ate it too quickly to get a pic):

Goma Tei (tan tan chicken ramen):

Alan Wong’s (crab cakes):

I have more to post, but for now will let your eyes take a break…

Happy First Anniversary, Foodista!

17 Dec

Here’s to year number one, and more to come : )

4 Dec


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5 Nov

I received some tomato seedlings back in July and had been diligently watering them daily for the first month or so. I was told that the plants might not even fruit due to their belated planting, but I continued to take care of them. Then things got busy and I watered only every few days or when I’d remember.

This morning I looked out onto the balcony for the first time in a while, and was surprised to find…


…my first tomato!! Though the Autumn chill has set in, this little guy managed to grow (though not as big as the smile that’s currently on my face :))

Ghost Lollies

1 Nov



I had ambitious plans to make festive cake pops for All Hallow’s Eve but majorly failed, so instead I put together some ghost lollies. I first made these little guys back in elementary school, and they are a cinch to assemble. All you need are lollipops (I used Tootsie Pops for these), tissue (one per ghost), some ribbon or tape, and a marker to make the face. Center and wrap a tissue over the top of the lollipop, then tape or tie a ribbon just below the head. Using a marker, draw eyes and a mouth. And that’s it – something cute, yet simple and festive!

Lastly, here are some cupcakes I helped frost and decorate the other night; had fun with these : )


The Mystery Fruit

20 Oct


“Try these and guess what they are,” my co-worker said.

I chewed on one of the tiny, olive-shaped fruits and was pleasantly surprised by a sweet and familiar taste. Before I could respond with an answer, my co-worker exclaimed, “They’re kiwis!”

Instantly, it all made sense; yes, that was the exact flavor I was tasting. Kiwis! But they didn’t look anything like kiwis – where was the fuzzy, brown skin? And why were they so tiny? My co-worker went on to explain that these were another smaller kiwi variety, called Hardy kiwis. She had found them at her local farmer’s market and had a similar reaction when she discovered them.

To my delight, when I went to a nearby farmer’s market last week, I happened upon a fruit stand selling Hardy kiwis. Instantly I recognized them and eagerly exclaimed to the seller that I knew what they were and had just tried them for the first time a couple days before. I bought a container of the yummy fruits and nearly ate half within the first day : P I love the fact that there is no peeling involved; simply pop the baby kiwis into your mouth as if snacking on grapes – convenient and delicious!