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December 8, 2021

Snowberry Mililani

I recently attended a media event at Snowberry, which opened up in the Mililani Shopping Center in September.

Snowberry specializes in Bingsu, Smoothies, and Bubble Tea Drinks, and at the event, we got to try a variety of their offerirngs.


Coffee Bingsu

Mochi Bingsu

Mango Bingsu

Halo Halo

Taro Bingsu

Strawberry Bingsu

Snow Ho Ho Ho
Caramel Latte

With 21 flavors to choose from, there is bound to be a flavor you'll love!  Bingsu is a Korean shaved ice dessert consisting of flavor-infused, super fine ice.  They use fresh fruit, juice, milk, and monk fruit to craft the various flavors, resulting in such a delightful treat!  

Of all the flavors we were able to sample at the event, my fave was the mango.  It was just so refreshing!

To your bingsu, smoothies, and drinks, you can add mochi, boba, honey, and more!

The Snow Man is the perfect size for kiddos, and if you want to try more than one flavor, try the Snow Ho Ho, which includes Mango, Melon and Strawberry.

Check out Snowberry for a delicious cool treat - rain or shine!

95-221 Kipapa Dr #C20
Mililani, HI 96789
(808) 762-0288
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December 7, 2021

“ELEVEN,” FOODLAND FARMS ALA MOANA COCKTAIL BAR TO DEBUT DECEMBER 9 In-store bar spotlighting handcrafted cocktails and inventive takes on bar snacks and small bites.


Photo Courtesy ELEVEN

HONOLULU – ELEVEN, a new cocktail bar by Foodland featuring artisanal cocktails, delectable bites and cocktail-inspired desserts, will open in Foodland Farms Ala Moana on Thursday, December 9 just in time for the holidays.


“This newest addition to Foodland Farms Ala Moana was born from the suggestions of the many customers who frequent the store’s wine bar and wanted a place to enjoy great cocktails and food with friends,” said Jenai S. Wall, Foodland Chairman and CEO. “Their idea intrigued and inspired us, and after having to delay our planned March 2020 opening due to the pandemic, we’re excited to finally share ELEVEN with them and our entire community.”


Tucked away on the Piikoi Street side of Foodland Farms Ala Moana, ELEVEN’s 1,100-square-foot space designed by The Vanguard Theory offers customers an environment that is welcoming, comfortable, stylish, and unlike anything seen in Hawaii. ELEVEN offers table seating for up to 43 guests and standing room for 18.


The name ELEVEN pays homage to Foodland’s original Ala Moana Shopping Center store, which opened in 1959, and was the local, family-owned company’s eleventh location. ELEVEN celebrates the evolution of the Ala Moana store over its many years in business and ever-evolving tastes of Foodland customers seeking new experiences and discoveries.


ELEVEN’s menu of signature and classic cocktails was crafted by Foodland Corporate Mixologist Matt Rosskopf, who created the cocktail menus for et al., Redfish Poke Bar by Foodland, and Pau Hana bar at Foodland Farms Pearl City. Festive cocktails to celebrate the season include The Woodsman, made with Clyde’s May Bourbon, Brovo Douglas Fir Liqueur, Green Chartreuse, and Carpano Dry vermouth, and the Safe Winter Port Cobbler with Fonseca Siroco Dry White Port, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Cognac Park Fin Boi, and Muddled Pineapple.


ELEVEN’s must-sip cocktails, available year-round, include:


• 400 Rabbits. ELEVEN’s signature small-batched cocktail is a compelling mash-up of Tequila Fortaleza, Yellow Chartreuse and cacao liqueurs, fresh orange and lime juices, rooibos tea and – this is for real – goat’s milk.

• The Hemingway Daiquiri. Imagine fresh lime and grapefruit juices sweetened with a hint of maraschino liqueur, and rife with its namesake’s spirit of choice, rum – in ELEVEN’s take, a white rum from Kauai’s Kōloa Rum Co.

• The Kakaako Mule. The Moscow Mule gets local with flavors of fresh pineapple! It includes cantaloupe juice, ginger beer, a touch of heat from fresh serrano chili, and Buffalo Trace Wheatly Vodka.

• The Islay to London Martini. Islay is a Scottish island best-known among whiskey enthusiasts for its peaty, smoky scotch. London gins are famously dry and juniper rich. These two British Isles locales meet in this lively Tanqueray No. 10 gin martini tempered by a Laphroaig 10-year scotch wash.


The creative mind behind ELEVEN’s menu of bar snacks and small bites is Foodland Chef de Cuisine Rebekah “Bekah” DeCosta, who crafted many of the food offerings. In addition to tasty and absolutely addicting bar snacks like popcorn made with bacon fat and topped with toasted parmesan and sage, or house-fried potato chips with garlic salt, vinegar, tabasco, and a Worcestershire aioli, DeCosta’s food menu for ELEVEN features mouthwatering bites, all on a variety of toasted artisan breads. Must-order dishes include:


• Butter Poached Shrimp. Think poached shrimp drizzled with warm butter and topped with fresh celery leaves, chives and tarragon crème fraiche on crisp brioche.

• Sake-cured Salmon. Pumpernickel toast topped with cured salmon and coriander cream cheese, finished with pickled cucumber and radish, and everything bagel seasoning.

• Za’atar Roasted Beets. A block rockin’ beet combo of roasted za’atar beets, pickled beet tops and beet hummus layered with feta cheese and spiced honey on seeded rye, topped with toasted pumpkin seeds.

• Lacinato Kale. A bright and briny union of large-leaf Italian kale, white anchovies and avocado, topped with a truffle lemon vinaigrette on garlic focaccia.


Foodland Corporate Pastry Chef Brian Sung and Pastry Chef Rick Chang created ELEVEN’s trio of creative cocktail-inspired Sweet Symphony desserts, ideal whether you’re finishing off an evening in the bar, or just dropping in for dessert. Don’t miss the tastebud-tempting Mocha Bon Bons, crafted with Hawaiian rum ganache and a kiss of local coffee, “Old Fashioned” Cream Puffs, and Fromage Panna Cotta.


“ELEVEN welcomes everyone looking to hit the ‘pause’ button for a little while, to decompress and enjoy our house-crafted cocktails and inventive, delicious plays on classic bar snacks and savory toasts,” said Foodland’s chief food officer, Chef Keoni Chang. “ELEVEN is a remarkable contrast – a modern, stylish, yet comfortable and simple cocktail bar and small bites getaway in, of all places, a grocery store.”


Initially set to open in March 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, ELEVEN was recently recognized by the IIDA Hawaii Pacific Chapter for its interior design. On October 21, 2021, ELEVEN garnered two 2021 Ho‘ohuli Awards, a mark of exceptional commercial design, vetted by seasoned and trusted leaders in the national interior design community: the Maker award for the design and fabrication of a locally made custom interiors element, and the new Ike Po‘okela award which was presented to one outstanding project in any category and selected by the award committee.


“We collaborated with artist Summer Kapanui to create a distinctive design feature for Foodland’s new ELEVEN, said Michelle Jaime, principal creative director for The Vanguard Theory. “The wall sculpture was created out of organic hala (dried palms), resulting in a dramatic, high-impact visual adding cultural depth to our design. “ELEVEN is a wonderful example of our commitment to storytelling through the spaces we transform.”


ELEVEN is located in Foodland Farms Ala Moana at Ala Moana Center and may be accessed through the store or the bar’s Piikoi Street entrance after the store closes. ELEVEN will be open from 4 to 11 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit elevenhnl.com or follow us on Instagram at @eleven.hnl.


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Muriel Miura’s Home Cooking Hawai`i-Style Review

 Disclosure: Complimentary product was received for review purposes.

I recently received a copy of Muriel Miura's Home Cooking, Hawai`i - Style, just in time for the holiday season.  Whether or not you plan to gather with loved ones, or even if you're looking for a special gift, this cookbook offers a nice variety of recipes perfect for any occassion.

There are local dinner staples (Teriyaki Chicken), potluck faves (Teriyaki Spam Musubi), and of course, sweets (Broken Glass Gelatin).

The recipes are fairly simple, which I love - I definitely pass on a recipe when I see that the ingredient list or process is lengthy, but this cookbook is filled with recipes that are not complex, many of which use common ingredients - perfect for those who are short on time, money, or even cooking skills.

Most people who grew up in Hawai`i have made or eaten a majority of the dishes in this cookbook, and I decided to try something I have never actually made or eaten - Dutch Baby Oven Pancake!

I didn't realize how easy this was to make - just a few staple ingredients, and it was such a treat!  We had breakfast for dinner, and the kids loved it!

Muriel Miura's Home Cooking Hawai`i-Style Cookbook includes many photos of finished dishes (I do wish there were photos of every dish), and it truly is a great cookbook to have on hand for familiar comfort food faves.  

You can order Muriel Miura's Home Cooking Hawai`i-Style cookbook here on Mutual Publishing. 

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December 6, 2021

Visit Maui: Maui Ku`ia Estate Chocolate

An impromptu stop at Maui Ku`ia Estate Chocolate resulted in one of the best desserts I've had in a very long time.  

Our group had some time to kill before an event, so we decided to visit the chocolate shop, and possibly taste some chocolates and buy some omiyage.

As luck would have it, Wednesday is Happy Hour ALL DAY, which means 50% off certain items.

One of those items is the brownie of the day! And even better - you can add ice cream!

Guava Brownie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream

I ordered Guava Brownies with Salted Caramel Ice Cream for everyone.  The brownies were so amazing!  They were warmed, soft, and luscious, and with just a hint of guava flavor.  The Salted Caramel Ice Cream gave it that extra dose of indulgence.

Also on Happy Hour special is the Tasting Chocolates.  Cat hosted all of us with a tasting, which included nine chocolates that you try at your pace.

We were all way too stuffed from lunch and the brownie, so we took most of the samples home with us to try later (one of us couldn't leave without tasting a chocolate while there.

There is a nice upstairs dining area where you can savor your chocolates (or brownies), and don't forget to pick up some omiyage on the way out!

Maui Ku`ia Estate Chocolate
78 Ulupono St Suite 1 Suite 1
Lahaina, HI 96761
(844) 844-5842
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December 3, 2021

Milky Cereal Bar Opens in Ka Makana Alii

Milky Cereal Bar just opened up shop in November in Ka Makana Alii and their popular concept combines cereal with ice cream. Customers can create their own creations or they can opt for one of Milky's favorite set combinations.

When creating your own creation, the first step is to choose whether you want the Milky Swirl ($7.50) or the Milky Cup ($8.50). They both include vanilla ice cream, 1 cereal, 1 topping, and 1 drizzle.

My kids chose to make the exact same Milky swirl with S'mores cereal and topped with reese's pieces and marshmallow drizzle. I was set on getting a swirl with fruity pebbles, until I saw the Beggin' for s'more with chocolate ice cream and s'mores and topped with teddy grahams and fire roasted marshmallows. It was delicious and I definitely made the right choice.

Also on the menu are acai blends, matcha, root beer and coke floats. Definitely worth checking out to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Order here. Love the simple set up.

Beggin' for s'mores

Custom milky swirl creation

Milky Cereal Bar is open daily from 11am to 7pm. They are located in the Macy's wing between Zales and SoHa Living.
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Hiking The Narrows in Zion National Park

Zion National Park offers many hikes, but there are two bucket list worthy ones: The Narrows and Angels Landing. My friends and I were lucky enough to get to do both. 

We hiked the Narrows Bottom Up trail which is a 8.9 heavily trafficked out and back trail through a river. We decided to hike a little past "Wall Street" which is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon. It took us about 3 hours to hike a little over 3 miles, but we did stop A LOT to take pictures, snack, and rest.  Plus you go pretty slow against the current.   

We hiked in November and the water was predicted to be about 40 degrees.  We rented dry pants the day before from Zion Outfitters, conveniently located just right outside of the park.  The package includes neoprene socks with canyoneering boots and a hiking stick. It's true, the dry pants keep you dry from the ankle and the neoprene socks keep your wet feet amazingly warm. The stick was a lifesaver for balance and kept us from falling.

It was very cold when we started the hike in the morning, but it warmed up as we finished.  It's about 10 degrees cooler in the canyon. I wore fleece lined leggings under the dry pants and three layers on top. I stayed warm with a beanie, gloves, and hand warmers. At one point, I did have to shed my jacket and beanie, but then at another point, I was cold enough to put it all back on. The waterproof backpack I rented from Zion Outfitters wasn't necessary as the water reached only about thigh high for us, but it was really nice to have. The only junk thing is that you can't use it with a water reservoir.

The hike was amazing and it's hard to describe its beauty. The hike definitely gets more crowded as the day goes, but you'll see less people the farther you continue on the trail. Just be sure to save enough energy to make it back in time for the last shuttle to the Visitor Center or you'll have another 8 miles ahead of you.    

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Broken Rice

Broken Rice is a small, Vietnamese restaurant in Kaimuki, specializing in .. you guessed it - broken rice. What is broken rice? It's fragmented pieces of rice, broken during the milling process. If cooked properly, broken rice is tastier than plain white rice, as it does a great job of soaking up the liquid and flavors of things like marinated beef, pork, chicken, etc. 

So of course, I'll always order a dish here that has broken rice in it. One of my favorites is their shaking beef with broken rice.  The shaking beef is prepared with loads of garlic. And there is a reason why they serve the beef on top of the broken rice - so that the rice can soak up all of the flavor from the sauce.  

Another dish we enjoyed was the chicken bun, which included lemongrass chicken, lettuce, bean sprouts, and vietnamese rice vermicilli noodles. 

And while summer rolls are not on their menu, the owner accommodated our request for them since my friend couldn't eat the spring rolls for dietary reasons. These were outstanding, and we appreciated that they gave us two containers of peanut sauce.

Broken Rice is open for dine-in or take-out (call ahead or order online!).

shrimp summer rolls

Shaking Beef with broken rice

Chicken Bun


(808) 739-0230

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