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September 23, 2020

Netflix Recommendations

I held out on Netflix for years, and one of the first things I ever watched (or binge-watched, rather) was You.  I've watched a few Chef's Table episodes, and some other food related shows.  Within the past week, I watched The Social Dilemma (highly recommend!), My Octopus Teacher, and I just started Kiss the Ground.

What shows / movies / documentaries would you recommend? 

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Mark's Place Cookies

Mark's Place on Kauai offers some of the best plate lunches on Kauai, and they also offer some fabulous treats that are perfect for omiyage (or for yourself!).  

They bake cookies, loaf cakes, mochi, and more, and they can ship the goodies! Simply email info@contemporaryflavorscatering.com for the product and price list, and you'll also be advised how much shipping will cost.

Mark's Place
1610 Haleukana St
Lihue, HI 96766
(808) 245-2522
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September 22, 2020

Mother Bake Shop

Thanks to Nat, I was able to try Mother Bake Shop sweets for the first time!

Pistachio Shortbread with Chocolate

Lemon Glaze Scone

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie

Strawberry and Rosemary Kouign Amann

I absolutely loved the Strawberry and Rosemary Kouign Amann.  Even though I'm not a huge pastry fan, I couldn't stop eating this!  The kouign amann was filled with a delightful strawberry cream that contrasted nicely with the flakey pastry.

The kids got to indulge in the remaining goodies, with the cookies being a popular fave.

Thank you, Nat, for the treats!

Mother Bake Shop
131 Hekili Street
(808) 379-0076

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Zia's Caffe To-Go

Chef Keith Endo is now at Zia's Caffe in Kaneohe, and he's brought with him years of experience in the kitchen, as well as a lot of influence and inspiration from his travels to Italy, where he picked up a lot of ingredient and cooking knowledge when it comes to creating delicious Italian cuisine.  


Skyscraper Pizza

Garlic Cheese Bread

Spinach & Cheese Ravioli

Chicken Piccata


The Skyscraper was demolished by the family.  Th pizza was topped with a black olive pesto, roast beef, bacon, salami, mozzarella, fresh arugula, tomato, and a red wine vinaigrette.

My favorite was the Stracciatella.  This luscious, soft cheese was so amazing, and was served with garlic bread, a tomato carpaccio, and a delicious pesto (I love pesto!).  

The Porchetta was amazing as well.  It was so flavorful and moist, and served with red potatoes, kale, and red peppers.  

The Ravioli, Chicken Piccata, and Garlic Bread were all devoured a well. 

Everything was really delicious!

Check out Zia's Caffe online for a code to get a discount off of your online order!

45-620 Kamehameha Highway
(808) 235-9427
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September 21, 2020

Queen St. Cafe and Grill

Queen St. Cafe and Grill is known for their generous plate lunches and delicious Furikake Garlic Chicken and Korean Chicken Katsu.

Furikake Garlic Chicken

Steak & Shrimp Tempura

Chicken Katsu and Garlic Fried Rice

Korean Chicken Katsu and Kim Chee Fried Rice

Furikake Garlic Chicken and Ahi Katsu

The Korean Chicken Katsu is my favorite at Queen St. Cafe and Grill.  It has a nice amount of spice to it.  I ordered it with Kim Chee Fried Rice, and I thought the fried rice was quite spicy (thankfully I love spicy).

You can substitute white rice with mashed potatoes, brown rice, or even one of several varieties of fried rice (fried rice is extra) and plate lunches come with macaroni salad, pasta salad, tossed salad, or you can request all rice.

You can even order two item combos if you can't decide! 

Queen St. Cafe and Grill
99-080 Kauhale St C1
Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 484-2708

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The `Ohana Grill Cookbook


I love cookbooks.  Not so much because I enjoy cooking (I prefer eating over cooking), but mostly because of the photos and the possibility of the food I create looking just like those depicted in the cookbooks.  In fact, most of the times the photos are what will compel me to order a cookbook. 

The `Ohana Grill Cookbook by Adrienne Robillard and Dawn Sakamoto Paiva is an example of one I would order - filled with simple, delicious, and local recipes, plus amazing photos that make me want to try every recipe!  

I was fortunate to receive a copy of the cookbook from Dawn, who also did the amazing photography for the cookbook.

Flipping through the vibrant photos of SPAM Musubi, Kalbi Short Ribs, and Macaroni Salad not only made my mouth water, but really enticed me to try each and every recipe.

However, I decided to stick with familiarity, and in doing so, I picked a dessert for the first recipe to try - Grilled Banana with Toasted Coconut.

It was a quick and easy dessert, and grilling the bananas reminded me of a dessert my grandma used to make when I was a child.  

The `Ohana Grill Cookbook is full of recipes that are sure to please the family, as well as conjure up memories of dishes eaten as a child.  

This is a great cookbook to add to your collection, or gift to those out of state!

About The `Ohana Grill Cookbook:

Experience a taste of the island life in your own backyard with 50 flavor-packed and family-friendly barbecue recipes, including Huli Huli Chicken, Grilled Garlic Shrimp, Soy Maple Salmon, and much more!

Available September 29, 2020.

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September 20, 2020

We Have an 18 Month-er

Raise your hand if, like me, you can’t believe this baby has been around for a whole 18 months.

He runs and gallops (I call them his giddy ups) more than walks. 

He knows more words than I can keep track of – his favorites currently being moon, papa, car and please.

His favorite foods change on an hourly basis but currently include: string cheese, bananas, apples, avocados, ikura, salmon, shrimp and key lime pie.

Still loves the water. 

Loves dirt. Leaves. Sticks. And picking my tomatoes before they’re ripe.
Still loves the dog (even though she is going to be bigger than him soon and loves to rip the paci out of his mouth).

Loves books and snuggling in your lap for story time. Long ones like Pout Pout Fish and Fergus the Fire Engine and lift-the-flaps are always on rotation. 

Sleeps from 7:30 till about 7-8am (fingers crossed!).

Knows the hand motions to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (good job, Grandma). 

Can watch Cocomelon for HOURS. 

We are still working on teaching him how to say, “Grandma, can I please sleep over at your house?”
And potty training. Thinking of whose house we can send him to, to learn that one.

Also I guess (#damnyouCOVID) it looks like that 18-month rager we were hoping for won’t happen. Thinking maybe an epic 3 year birthday party? That’s a thing right? 

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