All posts tagged: Food

Places to Eat on Oahu

Aloha foodies!  Hawaii definitely made it to one of my top places to get my grub on.  I definitely gained some LBS on this trip but it was so worth it.  Here are my recommended list of places to eat when visiting Oahu.  Stay tuned for another post on a list of activities to do on Oahu (and Maui, if you plan on going there too). Koa Cafe (2700 S. King St.) Porky Pork – This is definitely a must order item off their menu.  It comes with a generous amount of tender pork that is so flavorful.  The medley potatoes come from different regions.  I always use ketchup on my potatoes, but I didn’t need to for this dish!  Just enough salt and crunch on the potatoes mixed with the delicious pork and the soft but set egg from the Benedict. Guava Lava Mochi Waffle – I do not have a sweet tooth but I enjoyed this breakfast dessert.  This waffle isn’t your typical waffle, it has a different grainy texture from the infused …

Simple Spaghetti Squash Recipe

A healthy alternative to pasta noodles! In addition – easy, inexpensive, and takes less than an hour to make. I went to the local market and spent only $14 and it’s great for two people plus leftovers. Sounds like a win-win situation. Ingredients Squash Fresh parsley Garlic Meat sauce Ground beef Olive oil Salt Pepper Dried oregano Like my previous recipe posts – eyeball it to your liking (no measuring cups). BAM!!! *think Emeril* Steps Pre-heat oven 375F Cut the squash in half lengthwise Discard the seeds Drizzle olive oil, salt, and pepper Flip them face down and in the oven it goes for 40 minutes Cook the ground beef with garlic Drain the excess oil from the cooked beef Add salt, pepper, oregano, minced parsley, and meat sauce (I used the pre-made Ragu can to make it faster) Once the squash is done – flip it back over and let it cool for a few minutes Using two forks, pull the squash. It should simply fall off. You can definitely tweak this recipe to your …

Easy Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe

Is it spring rolls or is it summer rolls?  Here is my quick thought on that – I call it “spring” rolls because I think of spring as a fresh season with greens.  Hence, the fresh greens in the rolls.  “Summer” rolls reminds me of the hot weather – so I think of the egg rolls being fried in hot heat.  For the purpose of this recipe – my fresh rolls will be called spring rolls! Ingredients: Spring roll wrapper (bánh tráng) Vermicelli noodles (bún) Lettuce Cilantro Shrimp Hoisin sauce Peanut butter Milk Water Olive oil Peanuts (optional) *Note – I do not have specific measurements because I cook my food from eyeballing and tasting it to my own liking! Using measurement tools just takes too long in my opinion with extra things to wash. The wrappers, vermicelli noodles, and hoisin sauce can be found at local Asian and Latino markets. Steps: Boil the vermicelli noodles for 4-5 minutes.  Then drain the noodles and run cold water over it. Peel and cook the shrimp halves …

Valentine’s Day at Home

For our fifth Valentine’s Day – we decided to celebrate it at home for a change. Don’t get me wrong, I love to dress up and go wine and dine at fancy restaurants. However, due to our hectic work schedules lately, I’ve never wanted to be such a homebody until now. My fiancé made steak for dinner and we enjoyed a nice bottle of wine to pair with it. Pros on celebrating Valentine’s Day at home: Way less expensive (food and wine) No rush because we didn’t have dinner reservations Completely comfortable in pajamas No interruptions during dinner (complete privacy) The food was made with LOVE! You can make this simple and inexpensive dinner yourself, in less than an hour and for less than $25 total! Ingredients: New York Strip (10-12oz.) Broccoli Mashed Potatoes (packet/pre-made) Household staples: salt, pepper, butter, olive oil Marinate the steak with salt and pepper in separate zip lock bags the night before. If you don’t have a sous vide, I recommend it because it makes cooking so easy! Fill up …

The Big Apple

I have been to New York City several times but never on a spontaneous trip. My friend, Thanh texted me just two days prior, asking if I wanted to go. Without any hesitation, I booked my bus ticket. I’ve driven into NYC, taken the MegaBus, and flew into JFK airport. But this time – I used Eastern Shuttle. Eastern Shuttle is a bus service from DC to NYC offered daily and it’s inexpensive. To my surprise, it was a clean, new, and quite spacious. The bus schedule was on time without any delay. The round-trip cost was only $39 with their current promotional code. MegaBus tickets are within the same price range but often delayed and a double decker is way too cramped. My trips tend to always follow an itinerary because I am a very detail-oriented individual and I like crossing tasks off my list. But we had nothing planned for this spur-of-the-moment trip. We went with the flow for 12 hours in the city and I enjoyed every moment of it. What and …

Las Vegas Deliciousness

In-N-Out (1960 Rock Springs Dr.) This burger joint is only available on the Pacific coast, so it’s a big deal for east coast people like me. I gave it a try with the double-double animal style! The burger and the fries came in generous portions, good for those with a big appetite. Overall, it’s a decent burger joint and less expensive compared to a few others. However, I am more of your ShakeShack type of girl. Sake Rok (3786 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) A huge menu (literally) with a variety of sushi to choose from. They also have a good selection of drinks and punchbowls for big groups to share. Aside from their tasty sushi, they also have entertainers. The staff surprised us with an awesome mini dance show. Bacchanal Buffet (Caesars Palace) Make sure you have an empty stomach before coming here to eat your money’s worth! It’s about $60 per person but the food is delicious. I’m not really into buffets because I get full easily and the food quality is normally not …