Hawaii Mom Blog




January 27, 2023


Photo credit Liz Barclay

Holey Grail Donuts is announcing its first “Breaking Bread” collaboration of 2023 with American skateboarder and entrepreneur, Tony Hawk.  The special donut crafted using Laie Vanilla Company’s vanilla is a reimagined take on Tony’s favorite Holey Grail Donuts classic, “The Original Sin” modified with deeper flavors of vanilla, maple, burnt coconut caramel, and flake salt.  The $5 donut will launch on Thursday, February 2, and be available at all Holey Grail locations until February 28. Twenty percent of the sales from this flavor will be given as a charitable “dough-nation” to The Skatepark Project in Hawaii, a non-profit organization designed to develop safe and inclusive public skateparks in disadvantaged communities for at-risk youth to develop a sense of self-esteem, while teaching them to make positive changes within their own communities.

As of 2023, “Breaking Bread” will become a monthly series of donut collaborations orchestrated with celebrities, chefs, and people doing great things in the world! Former “Breaking Bread” donuts include collaborations with notables such as musician Donavon Frankenreiter, chef Mei Lin, food personality Rick Martinez, and culinary collective Ghetto Gastro.  

“Part of our ethos is to be a contributing member of the community by supporting local businesses and charitable organizations,” emphasizes Nile Dreiling, co-founder of Holey Grail Donuts. “This partnership with Tony Hawk enables us to continue to expand our ’ohana while supporting local businesses such as Laie Vanilla Company to produce a quality product that will ultimately give back to the various communities in Hawaii.”

Holey Grail Donut’s Honolulu Flagship Store is located at 1001 Queen Street, on the Makai (ocean side) entrance to Whole Foods Market Queen.  The store is open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  Ample free parking is available in the Whole Foods Market Queen parking garage, or in the Ward Entertainment Center immediately fronting the Holey Grail Donuts.

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Foodland Kara-Oke Bowls

Nat and I don't agree on much when it comes to food, but one thing we do agree upon is how good the Kara-Oke Bowls are at Foodland!  

She had mentioned to me that she liked the Kara-Oke Bowls at Foodland, so when I found myself looking for something to eat while at Foodland in Hilo, I immediately ordered two different Kara-Oke Bowls once I spied the sign.

Honey Kochujang


I really liked the Original - huge chunks of chicken were fried nicely and not dried out.  They were juicy and flavorful!

The Honey Kochujang had a little bit of heat from the kochujang and sriracha mayo.

A third variety is offered - a Roasted Sesame, that I hope to try next time.

The bowls are very reasonably-priced, and the portions are generous (a bowl will last me at least two meals).  

The Kara-Oke Bowls are a great option for lunch or dinner!

Visit https://foodland.com/kara-oke-chicken to find out more. 
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Food Workshop at The Alley Restaurant - presented by Expressions

I am a firm believer in always looking for ways to improve myself, whether it be improving my diet, workouts, parenting methods, and photography. When I saw an announcement on Instagram that there would be a free workshop on food photography, I registered right away to ensure that I got a spot.

The workshop was hosted by Expressions, which has a studio in Pearlridge Center. One of the photographers from the studio, Sean Perez, lead the workshop by showing us a lot of tips and tricks to taking great photos of food, provided by The Alley Restaurant in Aiea Bowl. Other photographers from Expression Portrait Design, including the owner Jon, also walked around the tables to help the attendees. I learned a lot about lighting, angles, and composition. At the same time, I got to sample some of Aiea Bowl's signature dishes! 

I thought I would be the only one without a DSLR camera, but it turned out a majority of the attendees were only equipped with phones. Even though Sean lead the class with his DSLR, he helped us imitate the same shots with our phones. While the quality was not 100% the same, we were still able to capture some nice shots with our phones with a few adjustments to lighting, angles, and props. 

Thank you Expressions and Aiea Bowl for putting on such an informative event. Follow @expressions808 on Instagram for updates on future workshops! 


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Visit California: Los Jarritos Restaurant

We decided to go to Los Jarritos Restaurant after seeing how it had great reviews online, and while waiting for a table, we heard people talk about the menudo.

Then we saw people leaving with huge pots of menudo.

And then once we sat down, every single table had a bowl of menudo.

Offered only on Saturdays and Sundays until they run out, menudo comes in kids, small, and large sizes, and you can also bring in your own pot!

The kids size is pretty big.  The menudo was a bit salty, but it's definitely a popular comfort food dish as was evident by all the guests indulging in the soup.


I had the Chilaquiles - tortilla chips with eggs and beans and rice.  It had a delicious green sauce that really tied all the components together.

Carnitas Burrito

My friend loved the Carnitas Burritos, which was completely stuffed with tender pork, and he too loved the green sauce.  

Service was prompt and friendly, and Los Jarritos definitely hit the spot for Mexican food.

Los Jarritos Restaurant
3191 N Garey Ave
Pomona, CA 91767-1367
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January 26, 2023


Rakumen in Mililani offers reasonably-priced, delicious food!  The menu features primarily ramen dishes, but there are all sorts of other popular Japanese dishes on the menu as well.  

Beef Curry with Rice

Beef Curry with Rice and Cheese

The Beef Curry was full of huge chunks of beef.  Add cheese (additional charge) if you wish!

Chicken Katsu Curry Rice

I had the Chicken Katsu Curry Rice, which was loaded with Chicken Katsu!  The Chicken Katsu was tasty, but I wished they put the gravy on top of the katsu versus on the rice (the curry was all soaked into the rice) - next time I'll ask for the curry on top or on the side.  

Rakumen also offers Mini Ramen Combo sets.  Ramen and gyoza comes with your choice of mini entrees, such as Chicken Katsu Curry with Rice or Gyoza Curry with Rice.  

We ended up ordering online during Gyoza Happy Hour (2-5pm daily), which meant a free 4-piece gyoza for every entree!

The gyoza was cooked perfectly - what a great happy hour deal!

The food at Rakumen did not disappoint - great food at a great price!

95-1840 Meheula Pkwy
Mililani, HI 96789
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Visit Seoul: Kkanbu

While in Seoul, I had to get my fix of Korean Fried Chicken, and it was accomplished at Kkanbu, a Korean Fried Chicken chain in Korea. 
Bbasak Curry-ne Chicken, Mega Crunch Potato, Cheese Balls

Sour Soy Sauce Chicken Tenders

Everything was delicious.  The Curry Chicken had a pleasant curry flavor, and the Sour Soy Sauce Chicken Tenders were really good (it was my fave of the two types of chicken).

The chicken in each dish was perfectly seasoned and cooked, with tender, juicy meat.

The sides were yummy too!

Kkanbu offers all sorts of chicken flavors and varieties (boneless, wings, etc.), so it'll be easy to find one that satisfies your preferences.

The location we went to was a one-man show, and he was not the friendliest, but we still enjoyed the food nonetheless. 

52-1 Supyo-ro
Euljiro 3(sam)-ga, Jung-gu
Seoul, South Korea

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January 25, 2023

Big Wave Surf Shrimp

There is an abundance of food trucks dishing out shrimp plates on the North Shore, but if you're looking for one that also offers other types of food, check out Big Wave Surf Shrimp!
Spicy Shrimp

Fried Chicken Wings

Steak Plate

They offer all types of shrimp plates (garlic butter, lemon pepper, spicy), as well as fried chicken wings, steak, fish and chips, and even spring rolls.

Each place comes with rice and salad for a complete meal.

Big Wave Surf Shrimp
66-521 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, HI 96712

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