fanta peach and nijiya market

fanta peach
(sorry for the blurry picture, took it with my phone)
so yummy! we found this a while back at the nijiya market. me and the bf always like to try out different drinks and came across this one. i really wish they sold this at every supermarket. 😦
i love stopping by nijiya market after my classes because it’s on my way home and always stocks all my favorite things. it is just slightly more expensive than some grocery stores but i love their products. they have an awesome selection of organic vegetables, rice, and tofu!
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rainshakers



love this adorable salt and pepper shaker from here

kitkat LOVE


kitkat ginger ale
i am in love. i’d rather get a box of these than roses ANY DAY! found this new flavor of kitkat i have yet to try. you know how sometimes you buy a product and what the product was supposed to be intended to taste like doesn’t even come close or is a horribly generic version? this is nothing like that! it taste just as close as you can come to ginger ale and a kitkat combined. you can almost feel the soda bubbles bursting in your mouth along with the amazingly delicious chocolaty goodness wrapped around a waffer. why must japan have all the most amazing kitkat flavors? what’s wrong with us americans, are we not worthy of having cool flavor selections as well?

no more disposable chopsticks

when i was 19 i remember a man who came into the restaurant i worked at and told me he didn’t need chopsticks because he brought his own. i asked him why and he told me that millions of trees are cut each year for disposable chopsticks. i felt bad, but it didn’t stop me from using them whenever i ordered out.
now, years later i wished i had considered carrying my own pair. i’m a much different person now and am trying my hardest each day to change my life to help the environment one small step at a time. so yes, i’m going to start carrying my own chopsticks and i urge all of you to as well!

cravings

1. crispy turnip cake (the crunch, saltiness, and slightly mushy middle… don’t get me started)
2. sweet home cafe (anything from there, loooove this place)
3. soon du bu (best hangover remedy)
4. crispy pork belly (what is there not to like about it?)
5. grilled mochi with shoyu sugar (so simple and so good)

jook or congee

jook
what you need:
1/2 cup of rice
2-4 cups chicken/veg stock
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 garlic minced
a few (3-5) pieces of shitake mushrooms cut into bite sized pieces

2 tbsp chopped green onions
1 tbsp fried shallots
1 tsp sesame oil
black or white pepper
1. wash your rice and add all top 6 ingredients in a pot and stir
2. let boil and then turn down your heat and let simmer
3. leave simmering for about 30 minutes (check every 10 minutes or so and add more water or stock, stirring every so often)
4. top with remaining ingredients ( i love tons of pepper and chili powder as well)
i was craving this all night and finally decided to just make some at 11 pm. i’m not trying to eat so late but i just couldn’t help myself tonight. it is like chicken soup to most asians but easier to make. my mom always cooked me up a batch whenever i was sick and it always hit the spot. my craving was definitely satisfied, yum!

LOST… burgers

last night was the premiere of LOST at waikiki beach. what can i say but WTH. i am more lost than ever with that show. not to mention, it was completely packed! we couldn’t find any seats near the beach and had to watch from across the street. 😦 i’m excited for this last season but also sad. i’ve never been one of those people who gets crazy for a tv show, but you would know how we LOST fans feel if you just watch the show. it was a hectic night trying to find parking and maneuvering around the thousands of people, but well worth it. i got to see my favorite tv stars in person, get a sneak peak at the new and last season, and spend time with people i love.

i also got to finally hit up teddys bigger burger last night for the first time. i wanted to try this place because metromix just announced that they were voted the best burger joint in hawaii. i’d have to disagree along with the two other people that were with me. the counter makes a much tastier burger. i honestly thought the burger at teddys tasted like costco burgers. i’m not here to hate on teddys, because it was still a decent size burger and their fries are pretty awesome. so far, with all the burger joints me and my bf have tried on oahu our top two would be:
2. kiawe grill (kobe burger)