My Point of Heu
Water usually tastes like water to me. I mean if it's purified or comes straight out of an unfiltered tap I can usually taste the difference. But all bottled water is the same right? Well that's not the case.I typically don't ever drink anything but water, except for the occasional glass of wine or mixed cocktail. I maintain my hydration by consuming clear fluids on the daily.
Anyway, I recently got to try Kona Deep water. I figured it would taste the same as most bottled waters and was happy to hear that because of the fact that the liquid is sourced from 3000 feet below the ocean's surface it is also rich with electrolytes and natural minerals. I prefer the taste when compared to those sugary drinks that are full of other ingredients and because of the natural salinity in the ocean water it's like drinking Gatorade without the food coloring, artificial flavors and sweeteners.
For those who don't often drink water you should make it a goal to drink more water and less soda or fewer things like iced tea, iced coffee or water substitutes. Get a water filter for your home or opt for water at a restaurant instead of ordering a soft drink. The benefits of drinking water are endless and your body, skin, organs and muscles will thank you for it. I recently started cross training and after the working out, hiking, swimming, kick boxing and etc the only thing I crave is water. Consider trying Kona Deep http://konadeep.com which is a great alternative to sports drinks, but with the same benefits, and sourced locally from 3,000 feet DEEP!
Nestled in the heart of Chinatown are a few of my favorite eateries. I must say that if you took me to lunch or dinner at Kan Zaman, Little Village, JJ Dolans, Lucky Belly, Livestock Tavern or Pig & The Lady I would be a very happy camper. Add this gem of a brunch spot called Scratch and I kinda wished I lived walking distance away. Scratch Kitchen & Bakeshop is a southern-inspired restaurant that recently started serving dinner. I haven't been for dinner yet because I love the breakfast items too much. But I am sure I will make my way there eventually.
The food is really good, but don't go in thinking that you'll have a light bite to eat. The flavors are all very complex, the food is rich and often you can take home leftovers for a late lunch or even dinner later. Some of my favorites include the french toast, milk & cereal pancakes and the benedict. The menu changes seasonally but you can always find something tasty, sweet or savory and delicious here. And if you love bacon get a side of bacon too. Here's a look at some of the winter menu offerings.
If you've heard the buzz that Kenny G is coming to town, you heard right. One of the world's finest jazz clubs has opened in Hawaii and they have been hosting some of the most talented musicians on-stage in Waikiki. Only open for 2 weeks Blue Note Hawaii is gearing up for its Grand Opening this week and Kenny G, yes the one who plays the sax, is going to perform live in town for 4 nights.
What is Blue Note Hawaii you might ask... Well this popular jazz club has already established locations in New York, Milan, Japan and China, it makes sense to bring the blues to Hawaii. As a lover of the performing arts I was thrilled to hear of this new musical venture in the heart of Waikiki, where the Society of Seven showroom once was, for many decades.
You enter after checking in at the front desk, second floor of the Outrigger (main) on the Beach adjacent to the Hula Grill hostess stand. The hallway is a colorful wall of images showcasing some of the world's most noted and respected performers. Once you enter you are enticed by a subtle blue glow and cushy leather booths, attentive waitstaff dressed in black slacks, blue long-sleeved shirts and black suspenders. The first impression is "wow" mixed with "this place is so cool"!
Tickets to the shows include one 1-1.5 hour set by the featured performer. Ticket price can range from $15-45 dollars depending on the table and the artist. They also offer a full menu including popular items like shrimp cocktail, caesar salad, chef's special pizza, short rib and cheese plate. We ate prior but saved room for dessert, the main dishes looked great and we admired the tables around us as they received their food. We had the creme brûlée, it was a nice size, cool in the center and crisp and creamy. Perfect consistency and flavor. It came with a coffee macnut cookie. I also ordered a dessert martini which showcased chocolate liqeur and macnut as well, it was really sweet and chocolatey.
Now that you can see the ambience is set and the mood is ready, the only pressing question for me was the sound. How does the band sound, how does the artist sound. Honestly, the sound in the venue can make or break the experience. I was very happy to hear the acoustics were solid, the levels were on point and the artist was showcased as she should be with the support of her band. Overall, it wasn't too loud and the energy was wonderful. I could hear a tiny adjustment in the beginning to give the vocalist a little bump on the mic and that was perfect. The featured artist was Maya Azucena (a mix of India Irie, meets Alicia Keys, meets rock essence from Pink). It was a delightful evening which made me feel for a moment like I was in Seattle, or SF or even New York. Welcome Blue Note Hawaii, you're off on a good note!
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