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July 12, 2024

Visit Hong Kong: Crusta

One of the not-so-great dining experiences in Hong Kong took place at Crusta. The food was fine, but the service was lacking and they forgot to give us an item.

Crusta specializes in pizzas, crustas, and baked rice.

We stopped in to order take-out. 

All I wanted was a crusta and fries - nothing else, but the employee was very rude, asking why I didn't just get a combo. I explained I only wanted a crusta and fries and nothing else.  But again, he insisted I get a combo, and again, I said I didn't want the extras (fries + salad + drink + chicken wing).

After a few minutes of back and forth, he finally put in my order for a crusta and fries.  

After everyone in the family put in their orders, we were quoted a 15-20-minute wait.

It turned out to be 50 minutes.

And after returning to the hotel with our bags of food and even asking the employee to make sure all the fries were in the bag, they forgot my fries.  Yes, we could've checked, but at that point, after nearly an hour of waiting outside in the rain (the eatery is too tiny to wait for takeout), everyone was fussy and wanted to get out of there.  

They did give us 3 cookies to apologize for the lengthy wait.

As for the food . . . 

A crusta is basically a mashed potato-filled crust with a filling. I had the Bombay Chicken variety, which I thought was okay.

Bombay Chicken Curry

Everyone else got pizza combos.

US Premium Sausage on a Zucchini and Garlic Base

Seafood with Honey Potato


Tokyo Fired Grilled Beef

Teriyaki Chicken Wing

Each combo comes with a Teriyaki Chicken Wing, choice of Cole Slaw or Vinaigrette Salad, and choice of fries.
Vinaigrette Salad

Potato Fritters
Sweet Potato Fries

Everyone ate up their combos - it was just disappointing the service was poor.

Crusta
Shop 1, G/F, Lee Wai Commercial Building
1-3 Hart Ave, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
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July 11, 2024

Visit Japan - Universal's Kinopio's Cafe



The first time we visited Super Nintendo World was last year March and I knew nothing about how to eat at Kinopio's Cafe. This past summer we visited again and this time I knew I needed a timed ticket to enter the cafe. Luckily, we got entry into Super Nintendo World at 8am so we just stood in line waiting for the cafe to open. You can wait in line by yourself, but by 9am, you must have your entire party with you. I suggest you have everyone from the start or otherwise, they'll need to snake through the entire line to find you. 

Once we ordered, we took our drinks and our number and were guided to a table. The wait wasn't very long and we enjoyed watching the characters on the screens surrounding the dining area. The wait staff was super friendly and after dropping off the food, offered to take a picture.

Although it wasn't the norm for us to eat burgers at 9:30 in the morning, it was a fun experience and I'm glad I finally got a chance to eat at the cafe. Plus we were fueled and ready to stand in line for an hour for the Mario's Kart ride. 

Mario's Bacon Cheeseburger

Luigi's Chicken Sandwich

Lemon Soda

Cute registers where you order




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Crispy Grindz

We've passed the Crispy Grindz food truck numerous times, but it wasn't until recently that we tried it.

They offer both sweet and savory foods. 

Acai Bowl
Acai Smoothie
Pastel
Pastels are essentially deep fried won ton wraps with all sorts of fillings.  They are huge, and may be difficult to finish in one sitting (I could barely finish a 1/3 at one time, and one of my kids could only finish half - we of course saved the rest for later).

I had the Brazilian Pastel, which was filled with corn, bacon, and ground beef - very delicious!

Coxinha
I loved the Coxinha, which are deep fried balls filled with chicken. The chicken was seasoned perfectly and the surrounding dough was perfectly crisp on the outside.  They were so tasty!


Pao de Queijo

I loved the Pao de Quejio as well.  This Brazilian cheese bread was just addicting - I could've eaten the entire bowl!

Crispy Grindz is definitely now a new-to-me fave in Haleiwa!

Crispy Grindz
66-236 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, Hawaii
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July 10, 2024

Visit Hong Kong: Jenny Bakery

Jenny Bakery's crispy, buttery cookies have gained such a huge following, that extremely long lines form at the bakeries.  These long lines spurned a black market in Hong Kong.  You'll see "imitations" at pretty much every grocer, convenience store, and souvenir shop in Hong Kong, as well as Jenny Bakery's actual cookies being sold by "scalpers," but marked up really high or near their expiry date.

There was a Jenny's Bakery location near our hotel, so we decided to check it out.

It opened at 1000am, and we got there at 1015am. The line was already over 100 people long! I was astounded!


As I walked down hallways and turned corners, it seemed like the line never ended.

We stood at the back of the line, and almost immediately my kids wanted to go back to the hotel. Undeterred, I got one of my kids to stay in line with me.

Thankfully, the line moved really quickly, and it only took 15 minutes to get to the front, where the line broke up into 4 lanes to speed things up.


It's cash only, and I ended up getting a couple of tins of butter cookies (I would see other customers leave with 10 tins at a time).

I thought they were good - really buttery and not too sweet.

I don't know if I would stand in a line longer than 15 minutes for them, but it's worth trying to see what all the fuss is about.



Jenny Bakery
Mirador Mansion
號舖, 彌敦道62號,
美麗都大廈1樓42, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong




 

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July 9, 2024

Rise to the Challenge for Special Olympics Hawaii’s 15th Annual Over the Edge Fundraiser

Calling all thrill seekers! Don’t miss your chance to be one of less than 100 individuals participating in the 15th Annual Over the Edge fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Hawaii. This year’s event will take place Saturday, October 19, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, where participants have the unique opportunity to rappel more than 400 feet down the side of the hotel and experience truly breathtaking views of Waikiki and Diamond Head. Participants are strongly encouraged to sign up today at give.classy.org/overtheedge2024 as an individual or create a team with your co-workers, friends, or family.
Early bird registration is currently available through August 1, with a reduced fee of $50. For those registering after August 1, the registration fee is $100 per participant. The team member registration fee is $25 and registration for returning participants is free. For the safety of those participating, individuals under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian attend the event and sign a consent waiver. Participants must weigh between 100 and 300 pounds. All participants are asked to raise a minimum of $1,000 in donations.

“This year we’re excited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Over the Edge,” said Special Olympics Hawaii’s Director of Development, Tracey Bender. “Over the Edge is a one-of-a-kind event and one that our team and supporters look forward to each year and we are thrilled to bring our community another exceptional experience unlike anything they’ve done before, all while supporting our amazing athletes.”

All participants will receive a commemorative 15th anniversary Over the Edge t-shirt. Additional prizes will be available to those who raise more than the $1,000 minimum. Monies raised through Over the Edge remain in Hawaii and support local athletes across the state. Since 2009, Over the Edge has raised more than $1,864,516 for Special Olympics Hawaii athletes and programs.

A special mahalo to Love’s Brand and the Hawaii Food Alliance for supporting this year’s event as Gold Medal Sponsors and to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa for being the host of this event for the 10th year. Those who wish to support Special Olympics Hawaii but do not want to participate in Over the Edge can also make a donation by visiting give.classy.org/overtheedge2024 and make a donation to any one of our brave participants. This year’s Over the Edge event hopes to raise $200,000 for Special Olympics Hawaii.

For more information on Special Olympics Hawaii, please visit www.sohawaii.org. You can also follow Special Olympics Hawaii on Twitter, www.twitter.com/sohawaii, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsHawaii, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/sohawaii.
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Visit Las Vegas: Saint Honoré



Saint Honoré is home to couture doughnuts that are wholly made from scratch daily, hand cut and decorated. The doughnut shop features brioche dough and seasonal flavors using the highest quality ingredients. They also offer beignets that are made from scratch daily using an in house secret recipe. We were so obsessed with the doughnuts that we did not try the very delicious looking pizza they also serve from Pizza Anonymous.

The doughnut menu is divided between the classics (Cocoa Nib, Strawberry Sprinkle, Maple with Pearls, and Apple Sugar) and the couture (Banana Milk, The Cannoli, Creme Brulee, and Boston Creme) with additional seasonal beauties. We chose a box of six mix and match. I tried the Creme Brulee, Cocoa Nib, and Boston Creme. While I didn't like the hard sugar topping of the creme brulee, I loved how soft and delicious the dough of the doughnut was. The chocolate used in the Cocoa Nib and Boston Creme was especially tasty so for me, the classic Cocoa Nib was the winner.

From top: Creme Brulee, Birthday Cake, Nutella Hazel, 
Boston Creme, Cocoa Nib, and Strawberry Sprinkle.


We arrived a little after opening and there was already a line, but it moved quickly. You can also order online and pick it up at a designated time. There is a small area for seating, but most people take their doughnuts to-go. If you are in the mood for some fancy doughnuts, be sure to check them out. 


Saint Honore
9460 W Flamingo Road, 115  
Las Vegas, Nevada 89147
(702) 840-3361
Open Everyday 10AM - 9PM



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Waialua Fresh

Waialua Fresh is a convenience store that offers an impressive selection of snacks and drinks.


We stopped in for the first time ever and I was surprised with the variety of treats they offered, including imported international drinks and snacks, local fruits and meats, and even refrigerated foods.  

We picked up some Uncle's Ice Cream Sandwiches since my kids wanted a cool treat, as well as a "Marble Soda."




If you're headed to the beach or a picnic on the North Share, or just want a snack for the drive, be sure to check out Waialua Fresh!

Waialua Fresh
67-071 Nauahi St
Waialua, HI 96791
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