Many years ago my good friend from Kauai, Avery, worked at a new restaurant in Waikiki called Arancino di Mare. I loved visiting him there. The pasta was on point, the lasagna amazing and other dishes very authentic and also had a delicate Japanese flair. Fast forward 12 years and the now flagship location on Oahu, they also have other outlets on Waikiki Beachwalk and at the Kahala Hotel, is poised to launch a new breakfast menu on November 1st. My friend Biancha and I had the chance to sample these new menu items. I thought I would only be able to order one, maybe 2 items, but they literally brought us the entire new menu, what a dream! Here's a look at the new menu items carefully crafted by Executive Chef Daisuke Hamamoto:
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Overall, this was a wonderful experience. If you are seeking a venue with unique Italian breakfast items that appeal more to your savory side this is the spot for you. The ingredients are fresh, tasty, delicately prepared and perfectly cooked. You'll feel like you're in Italy but with the Waikiki backdrop to basque in!
Launching Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
Arancino di Mare is open for breakfast daily 7am-11am.
Located at: 2552 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu HI 96815
Parking is complimentary for 4 hours at the Marriott with validation.
For more info - www.arancino.com/arancino-di-mare
My final day in Hokkaido was an adventurous and memorable one. The first stop was at Hokkaido Prefectural Natural Park also known as Nopporo Forest Park. There are stunning walking trails, an observation center and unique animals here. The park itself is huge (2053 ha which equals close to 8 square miles) and sits between Sapporo, Ebetsu and Kita-Hiroshima. We were in Ebetsu, which is western Hokkaido and a charming little town that originated as a farm village. Honestly, not much has changed as farms and agriculture still play a big part in the region. In particular, Hokkaido is 100% sustainable with fresh produce, dairy, farms and other highlights that will make you feel comfortable knowing if something were to happen in this world Hokkaido is the place to be.
Here we got to meet and pet the baby cows (Calves). This white and black cow is a boy so he was separated from the ladies. The wonderful thing about this dairy is there was literally no smell. As a kid driving past the dairy on Kauai it always smelled so bad, but here it was beautiful, so clean and quiet and no smell at all. If anything it had a nice fresh scent. These are happy pampered dairy cows for sure!
Now here is the major highlight for me. We drove a short distance to another farm called Earth Dream and I literally lost it here. Lost it in a good way. This is where I wished I could live and work everyday, with the animals. This is a petting zoo unlike any other in the entire world. As you can see I was first greeted by mini-horses...
Mahalo again to Doko Ga TV, HTB and Hawaiian Airlines for this amazing opportunity. I also want to say a big heartfelt thank you to Pali Kaaihue and Yumi Ozaki and my good friend Melissa Chang for inviting me to attend. Melissa is a true friend who has been there for me through thick and thin and always thinking of ways to allow me to grow, learn and experience new adventures. I am very grateful!
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I love Japan. Over the past 12 years I've visited this amazing country just over half a dozen times. What's so great about it...? Well for the most part it's clean and safe, people are very polite, the food is cheap and the culture there is a broad range from extravagant to subtle and charming. I was very fortunate to be invited on a special trip to Hokkaido with Dokoga TV and my amazing friend Melissa Chang. Also in the group my former HTJ chaperone (from the Miss Hawaii days) Yumi Ozaki and Melissa's longtime friend Deb Aoki. The amazing jack of all trades and the man behind Doko Ga TV, Pali Kaaihue spends nearly 75% of his time in Japan and he along with Hawaiian Airlines, Doko Ga TV, Hokkaido Television Broadcasting and various governmental agencies in Japan hosted us on outstanding experiential tours, stops, food and more.
I was only in Japan for 3 days as I had to return home to Hawaii for the launch of the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival on Maui, but here is a look at the phenomenal experience from Sapporo to Hokkaido in just 3 days.
Once we arrived and checked in to our apartment we were starving so we walked to a nearby famous ramen shop. Onimusha is famous for it's miso ramen. The noodles are chewy and fresh, the broth is rich, full of flavor and the toppings are amazing too. It's hard to believe that these gigantic bowls of slurpy goodness are all under $9. AMAZING!
I got to choose a base color (pink) and an added color (light blue). Then you create a marble while melting the glass onto a metal rod. Burning, twisting, twisting, burning till it's orange, this takes skill and thankfully my teacher helped me so my marble looked like a perfect round ball. (Photo Credit: Melissa Chang)
Just below Mt. Yotei is the magnificent Fukidashi Park, known for its mineral water. Residents come with water bottles and containers to scoop up the fresh water from the mountain. The park itself is exquisite and very photogenic. I would highly recommend coming here to relax and enjoy. You can also drink the water right from the waterfalls. (Photo Credit: Melissa Chang)
Mention Sapporo and you'll likely hear oohs and ahhs about their fresh seafood. This is no joke. They have the best, fresh, tasty seafood I've ever had. This is the special Hairy Crab, it doesn't come with butter or any sauce. In fact it's so sweet and tender you don't even have to put lemon on it. The way they cut it and present it for you you just use a special fork to pull out the meat. So easy.
I am not a sashimi freak like some, I love poke but there's only so much sashimi I can eat, usually. But this plate of fresh, delicious sashimi was so good I couldn't stop eating it. I was addicted. They also serve a sweet type of shoyu sauce that is the perfect compliment to the succulent sashimi pieces.
This was all in Day 1 of the trip. Stay tuned for Day 2 and 3 coming up.
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I know we've been busy, in fact we are all busy people leading busy lives. Add to that the responsibilities of work, family & extra curricular activities and you really don't have time for yourself or others... Right? We all get caught up in our lives and forget that it's the little things in life that make the biggest impression. I've recently been seeking an outlet to do more of what makes me happy and to find people to do those activities with. Because lets face you have some friends you haven't seen in ages, years, months or even weeks and you do want to get together, but for some reason you just don't.
I did a little bit of research on hiking clubs and networking/social mixers but that wasn't the right fit. Then I had an idea -- I will just create something that would be the perfect outlet to let my inner adventurer soar! So, Ive decided to form my own adventure club for women!
In a nutshell Lilikoi Ladies is a free adventure group for ladies living in Hawaii.
Our motto is: "We are sweet and sometimes tart, unique, beautiful, diverse, hardy, yet delicate and passionate."
Our slogan is: An Adventure Club for Fun, Food & Friends!
I've found that we, as women, have so many common interests: hiking, beaching, swimming, snorkeling, happy hour, cooking, going to the movies, afternoon tea, painting, shopping, cocktails and wine (just to name a few)... Why don't we enjoy these experiences TOGETHER, have fun, make friends and support one another in a positive and uplifting environment.
The process is simple: follow Lilikoi Ladies on Facebook for updates join our monthly events/gatherings. It's open to anyone!
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Drive through Haleiwa town and you'll notice a brand new bright red farm stand on the left hand side. This adorable stop on your way... to the beach, hike, explore, work or if you're just driving through is a true gem. The concept is simple utilizing local produce to make and sell delicious food. They also offers fresh cut flowers, unique logo wear (shirts, hats, etc), fresh scones, grab n go box lunches and snacks.
This partnership between Holoholo General Store and Twin Bridge Farms spawned a concept that supports local farmers and artisans. Their MISSION is to: "Connect visitors and locals with the fruits of our farmers' labor and bring farmers back to the fields and families back to the dinner table."
The Red Barn Farmstand
located at 66-320 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa 96712 (makai/left side, before you reach the North Shore Marketplace)
Open: Wednesday - Sunday 10am-5pm