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April 12, 2024

Choco le'a: April Specials

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Choco leʻa is one of my favorite small local businesses on Oahu. Not only do they make high quality and unique chocolate products, but every time I've visited the shop, it's been such a pleasant experience. 

The shop is located in Manoa, a block from Manoa Marketplace. 

Inside you'll find all of their chocolate offering neatly displayed.

In March 2024, they debuted soft cream....

Japanese soft cream, to be exact, made with Hokkaido milk powder! Choose between Choco leʻa Chocolate, Hokkaido Cream Vanilla, and swirl. If you want to take this up a notch, ask for their  housemade chocolate cut up (sauce).  It's so refreshing, creamy and delicious!

But the main reason for my coming here today was to pick up a bag of chocolates to share with you all. Ready for it?!

Here it is, the specials for the month of April!

April Specials 


Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookie

3 PC Truffle Box

Solid 72% Dark Chocolate Bar

Dark Chocolate Melts

Dark Chocolate Nut Mix

Oreo Cream Cheese Cake Pop

Here's a closer look at each item:

Chocolate melts - dark chocolate ganache pieces, dusted in fine cocoa powder. These are really rich!!

Oreo Cake Pop (with chocolate melts bottom right)

Shortbread Cookie - this is a collaboration with Hokulani Bakeshop, another small locally owned biz!)

3PC truffle box - Macallan 12, Orange Creamsicle, and Melina - all yummy!

72% Dark Chocolate Bar - according to their website, this is soy-free, dairy-free, and packed with health benefits! 

Dark Chocolate Nut Mix - salty pistachios, soft pecans, and crunch almonds - more health benefits! Those who like the sweet and salty combo will love this one!

You can buy the April Specials Bundle for $59.99 which includes one of each item. You can also purchase the items separately. 

With Administrative Professionals' Day coming up on April 24, 2024, purchase the bundle for the hard-working, deserving APs in your life, or buy it to thank yourself - you deserve it! :)

Current Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm

Shipping to the neighbor islands and continental U.S. is available.

Visit their website for more information. 

Choco leʻa
2909 Lowrey Avenue

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Visit Arkansas: Wright's BBQ

We found ourselves having to detour while in Arkansas, and we lucked out that Wright's BBQ was right nearby.  This acclaimed restaurant has gained popularity ever since opening in 2017.

We decided to get a Family Meal with Pork, and sides of Mac & Cheese and Smoked Beans. 

The Pork was smokey and tender, and the sides were great too.  The portion sizes were huge!  The plates are served with rolls, so the kids made sandwiches with the pork.  

We also decided to get Nachos, because Nachos are always a great idea!  The brisket was nice and tender as well, and they did not skimp on toppings!

BBQ Nachos with Brisket

Don't be deterred by a long line.  The operations are so efficient, that by the time you finish paying for your order, it's very likely that your order will be plated and ready for you to take to a table.

There are several locations in Arkansas to choose from.  Highly recommend while in the state!

Wright's BBQ
2212 Main Dr
Johnson, AR 72704 

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April 11, 2024

Shiro's Take-Out

We ordered take-out from Shiro's on the way home from an event, and it's a good thing we did, because the dine-in long was long, and so was the take-out line (always call / order ahead when possible!).

Wun Tun Min with Vegetables

I had my usual - Wun Tun Min, and opted for vegetables.  The Wun Tun filling is much less than before, but overall, the saimin hit the spot on a chilly night. 
Hula Burga

Mochiko Chicken

Pork Adobo

Bento A

Bento A consisted of Maki Sushi, Cone Sushi, Rice, Chicken, Teri Beef, Fried Noodles, and SPAM.  It was a nice variety of food and definitely shareable!

Shiro's Saimin Haven
98-020 Kamehameha Highway
Aiea, HI  96701
(808) 488-8824

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April 10, 2024

Visit Dallas: Zoli's

It was another long day of exploring Dallas, and we weren't in the mood for a huge meal for dinner, so we simply ordered pizza from Zoli's
The CBR Pizza was topped with chicken, bacon, pickled jalapenos, and ranch, and had an "everything-bagel" crust!  I liked the combination of the toppings, and I enjoyed the saltiness of the crust.

Yankee Stadium Garlic Bread

The Yankee Stadium Garlic Bread was really delicious!  It was a seeded roll with garlic butter, mozzarella, Locatelli pecorino, parmesan, and oregano.

14910 Midway Rd.
Addison, TX 75001
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April 9, 2024

Teddy's Bigger Burgers - Aiea

Although I've been to Teddy's numerous times and visited various locations around the island, it's been well over a decade since I last visited the Aiea location!
Chicken Tenders
I ordered the Chicken Tenders with a side of Tots.  The Chicken Tenders were extra crispy, to the point of being rock-hard and inedible at some parts, but at least the tots were good!

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Aiea Style Burger

The Aiea Style Burger consisted of bacon, mushrooms, and Swiss.

Teddy's also offers shakes, and they had a special Birthday Shake which even included a cupcake!

Although the Chicken Tenders were a miss this time for me, I still think Teddy's is a great spot for burgers, tots, and chicken sandwiches!  

Teddy's Bigger Burgers
Westridge Center
98-150 Kaonohi St. C-115
Aiea, HI 96701

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April 8, 2024

Babes Bakery

New bakery alert!

Babes Bakery has found a home at 3036 Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki! They offer a variety of baked goods, including guava bars, cookies, sourdough bread, focaccia, cinnamon rolls (MY FAVE!!), muffins, scones, and even mini cheesecakes!

They are still in a soft opening stage, but here's a peak at some of their offerings:

mini cheesecakes

guava bars

cookies by the bag or individual


cinnamon rolls!



today's menu

customer seating

chilled desserts and drinks

I came here to pick up cinnamon rolls for the office.  The bread was so fresh and the cream cheese spread on top was AMAZING!

triple chocolate cream cheese cookie 

You can also find them at Koko Marina's craft fair every third Saturday of each month, and at other special events. 

Follow them on Instagram @babes_bakery for updates! 


3036 Waialae Avenue

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