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February 16, 2018

Asato Family Shop

I've been following (or maybe stalking is more like it!) @AsatoFamily on Instagram for some time now. The pictures of their locally made sherbert make my mouth water. 

I recently messaged them and asked if I could get some samples of their sherbert (since they are currently only available by subscription, and I do not live or work near their shop), and they happily obliged! 


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The Strawberry calamansi was my favorite ...


and also Bradley's favorite!




Fellow HMB blogger Nadia (who also received some samples) loved the island punch mimosa, which is one of their "adult kine sherberts" (i.e. alcohol based sherberts).

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So how can you get your hands on these? You can either subscribe to the monthly Asato Family Pint Club, or you can check them out at one of their pop up shops.  The next one just happens to be tomorrow, February 17, 2018 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at their factory in Halawa (99-1112 Iwaena St!).


Mahalo to the Asato Family for the sherbert samples! See you at your next pop-up!


ASATO FAMILY SHOP
99-1122 Iwaena Street




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Visit Hilo: Maebo Noodle Factory

You've probably heard of or even tried Maebo Noodle Factory's popular One-Ton Chips, the best-selling item from the Hilo-based family business that has been in operation for over half a decade.

During our trip to Hilo, we were fortunate to have met Porsche Leopoldino and Chasity Silva, fourth generation members of the family business, who shared with us the story of how the One-Ton Chip was born, and how this local, family-run business continues to produce its core group of products (One-Ton Chips, Chow Fun, Saimin), while also creating new, innovative products at the same time.

The One-Ton Chips are delish straight out of the bag, and they pair well with dips, are great on salads, and would make a great base for nachos! 


A few years ago they launched One-Top Chip Cookies, a delightful salty/sweet cookie made with crushed One-Ton Chips!
And in collaboration with Cafe 100, a fellow family-run Hilo-based business, they created the One-Ton Milk Chocolate Chip Cookie, which you can ONLY get at Cafe 100!


Fortunately, you can get Maebo Noodle Factory's One-Ton Chips and One-Ton Chip Cookies at various stores throughout the isles or even online, but if you want to try the yummy One-Ton Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies, you must go to Cafe 100 (and while you're there, order a Loco Moco and a secret Orange Bang Slush with Ice Cream!).

To order Maebo Noodle Factory products online, click here.

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California Beach Rock 'N Sushi

I've always enjoyed going to California Beach Rock 'N Sushi in Ward, so I'm happy they are now in Aiea at Pearlridge.

Our group of 20 went to the restaurant at the last minute on a busy holiday shopping night, and they were eager to accommodate us with just a 30-minute wait.

Ahi Tataki Salad

Garlic Chicken

Chicken Katsu Donburi

Sashimi

Waikiki Platter

Miso Butterfish / Tempura Combo

I ordered the Garlic Chicken appetizer for my dinner, and even though it was the last of all of our group's meals to come out more than 30 minutes after ordering, our server was very apologetic, and really did a great job of accommodating our large group.

And thankfully, I had a yummy Shochu Lychee Martini to sip on and pass the time.

Shochu Lychee Martini
The Waikiki Platter consists of 7 pieces of assorted nigiri, sushi, and 1 California roll.  Combos come with rice, miso soup, and salad.

Despite the wait for my chicken, I thought the food was good and service was overall great.

I'm eager to return to try out more menu items.

California Beach Rock 'N Sushi
98-151 Pali Momi St
Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 597-8000
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February 15, 2018

Visit Cincinnati: Smale Riverfront Park

A fantastic place to take the family while in Cincinnati is Smale Riverfront Park.

It's a gorgeous park along the Ohio River, with scenic views of the Roebling Bridge and Downtown Cincinnati.





The park is huge (two levels), with swings, water features, exercises stations, a playground, carousel, and so much more!












We had so much fun at Smale Riverfront Park!



Smale Rivertfront Park
100 Ted Berry Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 352-6180

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Diamond Head State Monument Hike

Our last hike of 2017 took place at Diamond Head State Monument.

We arrived at the parking lot at around 6:45am, but it was completely full.  Unlike the last time we went to Diamond Head, we were not allowed to pull on the side to wait for cars to leave.  I'm guessing it's because sunrise was later than the last time we went, and the parking attendants did not expect people to start coming back down until after the sun rose.  We were told they wouldn't let people wait until 8am, and any cars that arrived had to look for parking elsewhere.

So my friend and I and our kids got dropped off and waited for our husbands to find parking and walk back up.

We finally started hiking just after 7am.  It was quite cold and windy.







There are two sets of steep stairs.  After the first set of stairs, everyone "turned left" to access the "easier" set of stairs except for my husband and I.  Both sets of stairs will take you to the same lookout at the summit, but if you're up for the challenge, don't go left.  Continue up the steep stairs, and you'll also have to walk up a tight, spiral staircase.




It was a fun hike, and definitely one I'd recommend going early for, because it sure does get crowded!



Diamond Head State Monument
Honolulu, HI  96815
(808) 587-0300
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February 14, 2018

Morimoto Asia Waikiki Grand Opening

Last night I had the privilege of attending a private event to celebrate the Grand Opening of Morimoto Asia Waikiki, which opens to the public on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the Alohilani  Resort Waikiki Beach.



We were treated to hors d'oeuvres and refreshments prior to the start of the program.








Entertainment by the Hawaii Lion Dance Association


KANPAI!


Longest sushi roll ever...




After the sushi demonstration, we headed to the actual restaurant on the second floor.  The view from the balcony was amazing ..


We were treated to more cocktails...


and a lion dance to bring prosperity and good luck!


Finally, what we were all waiting for - the food!
































 We all received a goody bag of Nian Gao at the end of the evening.





For more information on Morimoto Asia Waikiki and the Alohilani Resort, click here.



MORIMOTO ASIA WAIKIKI
2490 Kalakaua Avenue
(808) 922-0022
info@morimotoasiawaikiki.com



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