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January 23, 2020

Mililani Farmers Market


I love going to Farmers Markets.  I try to take at least one of my kids whenever I go - having them pick out fruits or veggies makes them more apt to eat them.



But we usually end up with a lot more than veggies whenever we make a trip to the Farmers Market.

At Mililani Farmers Market (Sunday mornings at Mililani High School), we usually find ourselves at:

Ono Kettle Pop

Akamai Foods

Grandma G's Ono Grindz

La Tour Bakehouse

I'm always eager to find new vendors to try, but I know the ones I frequent will never disappoint.

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Visit Rhode Island: Harry's Burger Bar

After seeing how Harry's Burger Bar in Rhode Island won numerous awards for having the best burger, we decided to check it out. 
Fifty-Fifty
The Fifty-Fifty consisted of salt and pepper fries and onion strings.

Sloppy Harry Chili Fries
Harry's burgers actually come in slider form.
Sloppy Harry Chili Burger

Pastrami Burger

Harry's Classic Cheese

M.O.A.B. (Mother of All Burgers)
The M.O.A.B. consisted of cheese, smoked bacon, portabello, and fried onion strings.  The sliders were a hit!
Buffalo Wings

The day we visited they were having a special - $.35 wings!

Sloppy Harry Chili
I had the chili - a hearty, comforting, and slightly spicy bowl of Hereford beef, pork sausage, black beans, onions, and tomatoes. 

Service was good, the food was great, and everyone loved the food!

Harry's Burger Bar
301 Atwells Ave,
Providence, RI 02903
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January 22, 2020

Skin Regimen Review

Last summer, after two weeks in the Midwest, I came home with unbelievably dry, flaky, rough skin - all over my body.

Luckily, the day after I returned, I went to a media event at Neiman Marcus where attendees were gifted with Skin Regimen.

About Skin Regimen:
/skin regimen/ is the new skincare brand for urban dwellers, who want to look and feel at their best every day. As graphically represented in the logo slashes, /skin regimen/ is for those who thrive in today's fast-paced times, yet wanting to keep their skin healthy and youthful for longer. 
/skin regimen/ was created by [ comfort zone ], the skincare division of the family-owned company Davines. Founded in Parma, Italy in 1983, the group is guided by Dr. Davide Bollati, a cosmetic chemist and visionary entrepreneur known for his sustainable approach to beauty. The Davines Group became a certified B Corporation in December 2016 with the purpose of making our business a source of positive impact for people and the planet.
The Skin Regimen formulas contain Modern Plant Chemistry - highly concentrated powerful botanicals and high-tech molecules, and Longevity Complex - an exclusive mix of organic superfood extracts.

The products are designed to be used in layers to combat all sorts of skin imperfections.

I received the Cleansing Cream, Microalgae Essence, 10.0 Tulsi Booster, Tripeptide Cream.

The first step in my twice-daily routine was to use the Cleansing Cream. The foaming cream is great for removing residue - makeup, sunscreen, dirt.

The next step was the Microalgae Essence, which helps to rehydrate the skin.

Third was the 10.0 Tulsi Booster. Tulsi is an Indian herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. The 10.0 Tulsi Booster offers antioxidants to promote radiance.

Last in the routine was the Tripeptide Cream. This final layer protects skin and keeps it hydrated.

Each of the products went on effortlessly (a little goes a long way), and provided a dose of natural aromatherapy as well, as Skin Regimen formulas contain Juniper, Copahu, Rosewood, and Cedarwood essential oils.

As for how they work - well, I've been using them for the past 6 months, and I am exceptionally pleased with how my skin looks and feels.  Even though I'm often told I have nice skin (from friends and from spa therapists), I can always tell when my skin is not looking and feeling its best (primarily when I travel - after my Midwest trip, I saw noticeable results in just two days!).  

The Skin Regimen products work for me, and I love that they contain organic ingredients, as I'm trying to be more conscious of what goes onto my skin.

I definitely plan to restock once I run out of the Skin Regimen products!
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Mad About Mad Bene


We drove 27 miles to try Mad Bene in Kapolei Commons, and we'd do it again in a heartbeat!

Mad Bene, brought to you by the owners of the popular nightspot Duck Butt in Kakaako, offers East Coast Italian fare in a spacious setting with reasonable prices.  

Since Gem was traveling in the second half of December, I thought for sure I would get down here before she did, but as it turns out, she beat me to it! Click here to read about her experience.

First of all, make a reservation before you go. We arrived at 5:15 for our 5:30 pm reservation, and we overhead the front desk telling other people that the wait time for a table was over 1 1/2 hours.  Yikes! Although, I would say it's worth the wait, especially if you traveled across the island like how we did.  But really, just go to their website now and book your reservation.  And may I suggest gathering a group of friends to go with you so that you can order a bunch of dishes to share.  Final tip - tell your friends to be on time. They won't seat you until your ENTIRE party is present.

If you are interested in the kids menu, ask your server. They don't have print outs of the kids menu.  Our kids have simple tastes, so we ordered the spaghetti and cheese pizza for them. They gave two thumbs up for both!


kids spaghetti


kids cheese pizza

The rest of us decided to order a bunch of dishes to share, because everything on the menu sounded delicious. Here's what we tried:


spaghetti and meatballs

pappardelle bolognese

N.Y.C.


fusilli pesto 

crispy potato guy


Every dish was amazing!  If I had to choose my favorite dish for the evening, it would be the pappardelle bolognese. They executed this classic dish perfectly.  And in case you were wondering, they make their pastas in-house! 


MAD BENE
4450 Kapolei Pkwy
(808) 744-7400

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Visit Salem: Turner's Seafood

While in Salem, we visited Turner's Seafood.  We visited the location in the historic Lyceum Hall, and it turned out to be my favorite restaurant during our holiday vacay.

Caesar

Lobster Bisque
I opted for the Soup and Salad Combo.  I chose the Award-Winning Lobster Bisque for my soup, and the Caesar for my salad.  The Lobster Bisque was amazing, and the best thing I ate during the entire trip.

It was so creamy, so flavorful - I slurped up every last drop.  You could top it off with lobster meat if you wish, but I thought it was perfect the way it was.  I wish I ordered a bowl of it!
Lobster Roll
The Lobster Roll was pricey (market price was $27). 
Crunch Salad

Portuguese Fish Stew
 A kids menu is offered.
Kids Grilled Salmon

Kids Mac & Cheese
Turner's Seafood was very crowded. We were lucky our party of 7 was seated without a reservation.  I'd highly recommend a visit if you love seafood, and I'd definitely recommend making reservations.

Turner's Seafood
43 Church St
Salem, MA 01970
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January 21, 2020

Visit Boston: Bliss Restaurant & Ice Cream Shop

Our first ice cream stop in Boston was at Bliss Restaurant & Ice Cream Shop.

This busy eatery serves local comfort food eats, and some of the best ice cream ever!

Battered Onion Rings

New England Clam Chowder
I opted for Clam Chowder and Onion Rings.  The Clam Chowder was good, and the Onion Rings were too, but unfortunately something happened with my order of Onion Rings, as I didn't get them until nearly everyone was done with their meals.
Bliss Special
The Bliss Special included Vermont cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and onion.
Tuna Melt
A kids menu is offered, including a side, a drink, and a sundae!
PB + Fluff

Mac & Cheese
I also learned that in New England, milkshakes are known as frappes!
Strawberry Frappe
The ice creams were so yummy!
Campfire S'mores

Extreme Chocolate

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel
I had Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel.  It was the perfect combo of sweet and salty!

Despite how long it took for me to get the Onion Rings, I still thought Bliss was a great place to dine.


Bliss Restaurant & Ice Cream Shop
711 Park St
Attleboro, MA 02703
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Sweet Bread Ham Cups

I'm trying to cook and bake more, and really use up as much ingredients as I can from the pantry and fridge without letting them go to waste (I'm notorious for buying and forgetting about ingredients).

For a quick and easy anytime meal, I made Sweet Bread Ham Cups.

Simply take 12 slices of ham and place each into a cup in a prepared muffin tin, trying your best to form a bowl.

In a large bowl, combine 2 T melted butter with 2 cups milk (I used vanilla soy), 4 eggs, 4 T sugar, 2 t vanilla. 

I then took half a round loaf of sweet bread and tore it into 1-inch pieces.

I dumped all the bread pieces into the milk mixture, stirred everything up, and let it sit for 15 minutes. 

I then poured 1/4 cup of the bread mixture into each ham cup, and baked for 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 minutes.

They turned out quite yummy - a nice sweet and savory combo.  The kids loved them!

Next time I'm going to make an all-sweet or all-savory version!
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