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January 17, 2022

Visit New Jersey: D'Angelo Italian Market

D'Angelo Italian Market is your one-stop-shop for all sorts of Italian ingredients - pastas, meats, sauces, etc., and they also offer food to go, such as baked goods, sandwiches, pizzas, and a number of entrees.

They are known for the wraps, so I decided to get the D'Angelo Signature.  It was stuffed with prosciutto, soppressata, capicollo, pepper ham, mozzarella, lettuce, roasted peppers, oregano, olive oil, and a balsamic glaze.  

All of the ingredients combined made for such a delicious wrap!  I loved the salty, acidic, and bold flavors.  Half of the wrap was enough to fill me up for a single meal.

The menu is pretty extensive, but if you can't decide, you can't go wrong with the D'Angelo Signature wrap!

D'Angelo Italian Market
35 Spring St
Princeton, NJ 08542
(609) 921-0404
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January 14, 2022

Visit Waimea: Nikki's Thai Food

While at the Kamuela Farmers Market, I picked up some Thai eats at Nikki's Thai Food.

Vegetarian Spring Rolls and Summer Rolls

Chicken Pad Thai

Everything was tasty and reasonably-priced.  The Pad Thai was very flavorful, and so were both the Spring and Summer Rolls.

I loved how easy it was to grab-and-go.

Check them out at the Kamuela Farmers Market if you're craving some Thai food!

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January 13, 2022

Gochi Grill To-Go

Gochi Grill continues to offer super delicious and affordable meals, with a weekly rotating menu and numerous specials daily M-F.

They started to offer Chicken Katsu on Mondays, but as luck would have it, they decided to offer it on a Tuesday when I was nearby!

Chicken Katsu + Curry
I think they have the best chicken katsu!  They were offering sides of curry that day as well, so of course I had to get some (I'm still waiting for the day when Chef John offers ginger sauce on the side #IYKYK).

Seared Salmon with Miso Brown Butter

Bow Tyler Pasta Salad

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Whether he makes comfort food classics or adds his own spin on popular local fare, all of his dishes are so tasty, and the portions are huge!

Gochi Grill
1111 Bishop Street Suite #112
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 585-8558

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January 12, 2022

Fête To-Go

I've been to Fête a few times, but only recently was I able to try the Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich - a menu item that Nat had highly recommended.  

I did a to-go order, and ordered a 4-pack of Korean Fried Chicken Sandwiches (which is specially priced and cheaper than if you were to buy them individually).

The Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich was enormous (I could only finish half), and so juicy and tender.  The crispy, crunchy, coating really held the kochujang sauce, and the Asian Pear Sauce balanced out the sandwich nicely.

We also ordered the Chaz Burger (Kauai Ranch grass-fed patty, caramelized onions, cheddar, tomatoes), Fries, and Corn Bread.

Online ordering was quick and easy!

2 North Hotel Street
(808) 369-1390

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January 11, 2022

Walt Disney Animation Studios' Encanto Review

Disclosure: I was given a code to watch it digitally.

Over the holidays we spent time watching Walt Disney Animation Studios' Encanto!

This wonderful family film is currently available on digital, and will release on 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on February 8.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto, with all-new songs by award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family living in a magical house in the mountains of Colombia. But when Mirabel, the only ordinary Madrigal, discovers the magic surrounding their home is in danger, she may be her family’s last hope.

This fantastical film about a magical home in a magical town where people with magical powers live was lively and fun, as well as very meaningful.

The Madrigal family was given gifts by a special candle - from being able to control the weather or heal people with food, the gifts were abundant in this Madrigal household. However, Mirabel was mysteriously not bestowed a gift, but visions of a crumbling home and the candle's flame going out made her determined to save the treasured home, even without having been given a gift.

During her pursuit, family tensions rise - so much so, that relationships and both the precious home begin to destruct.

Ultimately, despite tragedy, Mirabel makes significant discoveries, and helps all her loved ones realize that the greatest gift of all is that of family.

Our family enjoyed the numerous songs throughout the movie, and there were many humurous moments as well.

My youngest son loved when Antonio was given the gift to speak to and understand animals. We also both thought it was funny when Mirabel found Bruno, who had been in hiding for years, and he conjured up a vision for Mirabel to try and help save their home - one in which she was hugging her sister, with whom she did not get along very well with.

The animation was engaging and enchanting, and Disney never fails when it comes to family films that are both entertaining and meaningful.

Watch Encanto now on Digital, or get it on 4k Ultra HD, Blu-ray, or DVD on February 8!


Bonus Features*

  • Sing Along with the Movie – Sing along with your favorite songs with on-screen lyrics as you watch the movie.
  • Familia Lo Es Todo – Members of the Disney Animation “Familia” cultural trust share real-life experiences in this exploration of the lovable Madrigal family members. We learn what inspired each character, and about how the artists’ designs bring realism to their personalities.
  • Discover Colombia – The filmmaking team discusses how the multiple cultures, biodiversity and vibrant colors of Colombia are expressed in Encanto. They describe how satisfying it was to fully celebrate this beautiful country and support the theme of magical realism.
  • A Journey Through Music – The filmmakers invite us to discover how each character came to be represented musically. We follow the creation of Encanto’s Colombian-inspired music, featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda’s songs and Germaine Franco’s score, from concept to final recording.
  • Let’s Talk About Bruno – Learn how the song “We Don't Talk About Bruno,” with its intriguing undertones, was created. Discover the extensive collaboration between Lin-Manuel Miranda, choreographer Jamal Sims, the voice cast and animators in bringing it to the screen.
  • Our Casita – La Casa Madrigal is alive with magic, and its emotional state is affected by other family members. From its colorful doors to its fine stonework, the magical house was designed using principles of Colombian tradition.
  • Outtakes – From the thrill of “nailing” a take in the presence of an entertainment industry icon to the hilarity of losing a wrestling match with tongue-twisting dialogue, join the cast for some good-natured fun from behind the microphone.
  • Journey to Colombia – With the help of the Colombian Cultural Trust, a dedicated team of consultants, the filmmakers of Encanto embark on a journey of discovery to learn more about Colombia and how best to reflect the country’s cultures and environments on the big screen.
  • An Introduction to Far From the Tree – Writer and director Natalie Nourigat introduces the Walt Disney Animation Studios short film Far From the Tree.
  • Far From the Tree – Parenting is hard, especially when curiosity tugs at a young raccoon whose parent tries to keep them both safe. In the Walt Disney Animation Studios short Far From the Tree, this youngster learns to live with an open heart… even as danger lurks.
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Introduction – Heads of Story Jason Hand and Nancy Kruse present four scenes not seen in the film’s release, but were part of the journey toward the final version of the story.
    • Chores! – Abuela has sent most of the family to town on various assignments that bring them acclaim, while Mirabel, her father and uncle are asked to clean the house.
    • Another Way In – Mirabel attempts to understand a clue found in her uncle’s vision. To make this happen, she must go through Antonio’s room, where adventures unfold.
    • Isabela Goes Into the Woods – When Mirabel sees her sister head for apparent danger in the woods, she races to save her, and encounters the surprise of a lifetime!
    • Back to the Mural – Feeling rejected, Mirabel goes back to town. Abuela seeks her out and reveals a part of her personality that her granddaughter has never seen.
  • Song Selection – Jump to your favorite musical moments, with on-screen lyrics.

o   The Family Madrigal

o   Colombia, Mi Encanto

o   Waiting on a Miracle

o   Surface Pressure

o   We Don’t Talk About Bruno

o   What Else Can I Do

o   Dos Oruguitas

o   All of You


*bonus features vary by product and retailer


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January 10, 2022

Craft Pizzas at Appetito Craft Pizza and Wine Bar

Italian Salami

Did you know it's National Pizza Week? What better way to celebrate all week long than with a craft pizza or two from Appetito Craft Pizza and Wine Bar in Waikiki. Located in the OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger hotel, Appetito makes their pizzas with homemade sauces and Caputo flour, an import from Naples, Italy.  You can watch from your table while the hand-stretched pizzas are made to order in the Kiawe wood oven.   

The pizza craving hit my husband hard this past weekend and he really wanted to try the Neapolitan style pizzas at Appetito.  For our family of four, we ordered the Italian Salami (Italian Salami and Mozzarella and crimini mushroom, basil), the Funghi (Porcini Cream with Mix mushrooms, Truffle oil and fresh Thyme), and the Margherita (San Marzano tomato sauce, Mozzarella and Grana Padano, with fresh basil).  The pizzas came out quick and were delicious. I loved the flavors and the chewy crust. My husband says they are on point with the pizzas we enjoyed on our first trip to Naples a couple of years back. 



Appetito offers salads and entree items like ribeye, skillet chicken, grilled salmon, and pastas to accompany your pizzas.  Currently they are offering a Kama’aina Discount of 15% off food items for Take out/Dine in service (5-9PM) and also Free 3 hour parking at the OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger hotel

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Double Three - Kailua

On our way to see the lights on Christmas Lane, we decided to get dessert at Double Three.  They had an X'mas Special Set that was just too cute to resist!

It was so festive!

You can also customize your own creation.  You choose your flavor of bubble waffle, ice cream, toppings, and syrup.  

Here is a chocolate bubble waffle, chocolate ice cream, mini marshmallows, Reese's, and chocolate syrup.  Yum!

Double Three
322 Kuulei Rd
Kailua, HI 96734
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