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October 23, 2020

Fig & Ginger Honolulu Chef-Crafted Grazing Boards + 10% off at their Nordstrom Pop-Up

Disclosure: complimentary product received for review purposes.  All opinions are honest and my own. 

F&G Signature Grazing Board 

Charcuterie boards are not new, but that doesn’t stop them from being one of the latest trends at dinner parties and if you are not a do-it-yourselfer, you will appreciate the fabulous boards by Fig & Ginger Honolulu.  Fig & Ginger Honolulu specializes in chef-crafted grazing boards and offer cheese, appetizer, vegan, and seasonal inspired boards using fresh, local, and artisanal ingredients.  They make perfect gifts because who isn’t impressed by a beautiful chef-crafted grazing board?

Yim Kwok, co-founder of Fig & Ginger Honolulu, graciously delivered our signature board.  The signature board is for 4-6 people and is the perfect size to enjoy at home.  It includes 3 Types of Cheese, 2 Types of Meat, 4 Types of Accompaniments, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Dalmatia Quince Jam, and Nalo Meli Honey with assorted crackers.  Because they source fresh, local, and artisanal ingredients, the menu is subject to change upon availability.

We got our board just in time for lunch so it was a little less grazing and more ransacking.  My kids were introduced to new cheeses like brie and manchego and I enjoyed a little bit of everything.  I especially loved the figs and the prosciutto.  It was hard not to break open a bottle of wine!

Currently, in addition to their signature board, they are offering a “BOO” Board and “Trick or Cheese” keiki boxes in time for Halloween.  They also have an upcoming pop-up at Nordstrom Ala Moana on Thursday, October 29 from 11am to 3pm where you can get 10% off all orders.  At the pop-up you can get exclusive trick or treat boxes and also participate in their limited giveaways.  See their IG account for more information!

The boards are available for curbside pickup in downtown Honolulu or you can pay for delivery.  Delivery is free in Honolulu and East Oahu area.       

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Families looking for an alternative option for trick-or-treating are invited to Parker Ranch Center’s new drive-thru event. Keiki in costume are invited to the center’s Halloween Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treating, on Oct. 31. Kids and their families are welcome to dress up to celebrate the holiday. Keiki treat bags with a Halloween toy will be given out during this midday event, while supplies last. Starbucks has generously donated treats.

The drive-thru area is next to the Ikua Purdy statue, at Parker Ranch Center. Face masks must be worn during pick-up. Participants may tag #ParkerRanchCenter on their fun Halloween photos posted on Facebook or Instagram. 

With its variety of merchants and restaurants open to serve the community, parents are welcome to stop by the center to shop, pick up a meal or snacks for the family before or after trick-or-treating. Individual store policies and hours may vary, so customers are highly encouraged to check the website in advance. Visit the center’s website at www.parkerranchcenter.com

Parker Ranch Center is Waimea’s one-stop shopping destination. Visitors are required to wear face masks and asked to stay home if feeling ill. Avoid large groups and practice social distancing while at Parker Ranch Center. The center is committed to the community’s health and safety and follows federal and local guidelines, with regular cleaning and sanitizing practices. 

Parker Ranch Center is Waimea’s one-stop shopping destination. Visitors are required to wear face masks and asked to stay home if feeling ill. Avoid large groups and practice social distancing while at Parker Ranch Center. The center is committed to the community’s health and safety and follows federal and local guidelines, with regular cleaning and sanitizing practices. 
Follow and tag #ParkerRanchCenter on Facebook and Instagram @ParkerRanchCenter. For current hours and services of its merchant and restaurants, see www.parkerranchcenter.com.

About Parker Ranch Center
Parker Ranch Center is Waimea’s one-stop shopping destination. Parker Ranch Center is a 146,172 square-foot shopping center in the heart of Waimea with retailers including Foodland, Starbucks, Healthways II, Mahina, Mary Jane’s, and the always popular Parker Ranch Store.  The center is also home to some of Waimea’s most unique restaurants, including Village Burger, Noodle Club, L & L Barbecue, and a variety of dining options in the Fireside Food Court. For more information, visit www.parkerranchcenter.com.
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Get those Halloween costumes ready, as Town Center of Mililani presents Drive-Thru Halloween Treat-or-Treating, on Saturday, October 31. Keiki treat bags — with Halloween candy, stickers and temporary tattoos — will be available while supplies last during the midday event. The drive-thru area is in the parking lot between Times Supermarket and Longs Drugs. Face masks must be worn during pick-up. Participants may tag their fun Halloween photos with #TownCenterOfMililani on social media. The center is pleased to provide this new drive-thru event to help our community continue their valued traditions during this year of extraordinary challenges. 

Town Center of Mililani is also holding a Virtual Halloween Costume Contest on its Instagram. Three keiki will have a chance to win a $50 gift card to Cookie Corner. A winner will be named from each age group: 0-3 years old, 4-8 years old and 9-12 years old. Parents and guardians can enter their keiki by visiting @TownCenterofMililani on Instagram.
  • Follow Town Center of Mililani on Instagram
  • “Like” the Virtual Halloween Costume Contest post
  • Post a picture on Instagram of your keiki in his/her Halloween costume with the hashtag #HalloweenTCM and your keiki’s age
  • Pictures must be posted by October 31 at 2 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time
The three winners will be announced on the center’s Instagram on Halloween, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. Winners will be selected based on creativity and overall costume. Please remember that your Instagram account must be public to enter and only one entry per keiki. Must tag #HalloweenTCM and include keiki’s age and costume in the caption to be eligible for entry. By entering your keiki, you are allowing the Town Center of Mililani to repost your keiki’s picture on its social media accounts for the winner announcement.

Parents are welcome to shop at Town Center of Mililani’s variety of stores and restaurants and pick up more treats for the family to enjoy before or after trick-or-treating. Face masks are required while at the center. See towncenterofmililani.com for up-to-date information on shopping and dining options, including current hours and services. Individual store policies and hours may vary, so customers are highly encouraged to check the website in advance.

When visiting Town Center of Mililani, guests must avoid large groups and practice social distancing. Those who have been recently sick or at higher risk of getting sick should stay home, to help keep everyone safe. The center follows federal and local health guidelines. The safety of its guests and the Mililani community is the center’s top goal, with increased sanitation methods and cleaning protocols using CDC approved cleaning agents.

Visit the center’s website at towncenterofmililani.com for up to date information. Individual store policies and hours may vary, so customers are highly encouraged to check the website in advance.

Located in the heart of Central Oahu and Mililani Town, the center has a long history of connecting its community together. Follow and tag photos of #TownCenterOfMililani on Facebook @TownCtrMililani and Instagram @TownCenterofMililani. See towncenterofmililani.com.

Town Center of Mililani is a 449,000 square-foot shopping center with over 90 stores including Longs Drugs, Times Supermarket, PetSmart, local specialty shops, restaurants like CPK, Five Guys Burgers & Fries and Zippy’s, a newly-renovated Consolidated Theatres, and medical, financial and professional services offices. It is the largest shopping center in Central Oahu and one of the largest in the state. For more information, please visit www.towncenterofmililani.com #TownCenterOfMililani
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We Were "Boo'd"

I had a fun surprise the other day from Nat and her kiddos, as we were "Boo'd!"

I first heard of this festive trend on social media a few years ago.  

Basically, getting "Boo'd" means someone leaves a treat at your door, usually anonymously or unknowingly.

The boys got a fun- and treat-filled basket full of candy, snacks, and other Halloween toys.  

Such a fun idea, especially during this crazy time when Halloween will look so different this year.

Thank you, Nat!

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Oh My Grill - Pearl City

A friend of mine told me about Oh My Grill in Pearl City, which has one of the best Chicken Katsu deals in town, and I finally got to try it out.

For just $6.99, you get a regular plate heaping with Chicken Katsu (plus rice and mac salad), and a medium drink.

The Oh My Pac is a deal as well - just $9.50 for Mochiko Chicken, Teriyaki Beef, and Fried Shrimp.

Although I've had better katsu elsewhere, it was still tasty, and can't beat the value.

The mochiko was really good as well.

Such a great deal on food!

Oh My Grill
850 Kamehameha Hwy
Pearl City, HI 96782
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Ice Cream Pies by HB Baking


My current obsession: HB Baking's ice cream slices. They're $7 each and available for pick up at Keiki 2 Keiki every Saturday from 12 pm - 5 pm (must DM @hbbaking75 to pre-order).

The first time I placed an order, I tried the Strawberry Shortcake, which consisted of strawberry and birthday cake ice cream on a sugar cookie crust, topped with fruity pebbles (all of my favorites!!). I was instantly hooked after my first bite!

The second time around, I ordered another slice of the Strawberry Shortcake (since I liked it so much the first time around), and a slice of the Matcha Cookies and Cream, since my neighbor recommended it.  This one was amazing too! It came with cookies & cream and green tea ice cream on a chocolate cookie crust, topped with white chocolate corn flakes. 

You can also buy an entire pie of one flavor, or a pie consisting of 2, 4, or all 6 flavors. Each pie comes with 6 slices.

What's great about these ice cream pies and slices is that you can store it in your freezer and enjoy it any time you want, and you can enjoy as much of it as you want. I have been trying to eat half a slice at a time to keep my calorie intake in check, but I have to tell you, it's really hard to just eat half a slice in one sitting!

Follow @hbbaking75 to see what's on the menu for the upcoming Saturday pick-up and send a DM to place your order! 

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October 22, 2020

Off the Wall's New Executive Chef and Menu Items

Off the Wall has re-opened with a new Executive Chef, along with new menu items!

Although Off the Wall may be most notable for their beer wall, where you can purchase a variety of beers by the ounce, they offer an impressive menu that showcases Executive Chef Lane Yasuda's culinary background.

Seasonal House Salad

Quinoa Salad

Beef Empanadas

Smoked Guava Pork Bowl

Local Ahi Ceviche with Okinawan Sweet Potato Chips

Patagonia Short Ribs

Off the Wall Burger

Off the Wall NY Strip Steak
I loved the food!  The salads were a hit amongst those at the tasting.  The Seasonal House Salad, consisted of local papaya, blue cheese, candied walnuts, avocado, and a lilikoi dressing.

The Quinoa Salad included avocado, candied walnuts goat cheese, and a cilantro lime dressing.

I personally loved the Patagonian Short Ribs (sous vide short ribs were melt-in-your-mouth good!), the Smoked Guava Pork  Bowl (loved the chipotle guava glaze and all the cilantro and pickled red onions!), and the Beef Empanadas (the Spanish-spiced Big Island beef was perfectly seasoned).

Chef Lane's bistro-style fare is delish, and his desserts are heavenly as well, so make sure not to skip dessert!



The Pave was amazing.  Chef Lane's twist on a Brazilian-style tiramisu was a refreshing, fruity take on the familiar classic.   The Brigadeiros were decadent balls of fudge rolled in nuts.

Off the Wall is taking lots of safety precautions to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable dining experience. 

Visit https://www.offthewallhawaii.com/qr-menu#menu-items for the full menu.

Off the Wall
Ward Village
1170 Auahi St. Ste. 140

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