Click the link below and check out my first food Vlog for Onoyum that we shot at one of my all time fav brunch spots in Hawaii… Koko Head Cafe

My ‘Docyumentary’ for Onoyum.com

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Copa Vida Cafe : Downtown San Diego, CA USA

Located atย San Diego: 905 J St., San Deigo, CA 92101
(619) 501-7529

I went to check out this place for the first time with a friend from Hawaii who’s been living in SD for a while now. It’s right in the heart of downtown. Street parking was pretty easy but there are parking structures on the side streets. It’s cafe style, clean and modern aesthetic, and the best vegetarian breakfast burrito I’ve ever had! The almond butter toast was delicious too!

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For more info check out their website:

http://www.copa-vida.com

Crepes No Ka Oi : Kailua, Oahu HI USA

Located atย 143 Hekili St, Kailua, HI 96734

This is one of my regular spots for breakfast or lunch with Gma! Kailua is my hometown so it’s nice to be able to support local business where you were born and grown ๐Ÿ˜‰ They have buckwheat options for a healthier crepes. And they now have liquor license as well so of course I always gotta have my mimosa!

My savory favorite is the Tiki Torch (without the meat) and my sweet favorite is theย Banane au Nutella (or Peanut Butter)ย 

checkout their website for more details :ย http://www.crepesnokaoi.com

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Northside Shack : San Diego, CA USA

I love smoothies and acais bowls! If you’re in San Diego, this place is a must! Located atย 1255 Rosecrans St, San Diego, CA 92106

It’s a tiny spot near the peninsula but so worth it! I got the works in the smallest size LOL! Half and Half (half pitaya and half acai) with all the toppings one can dream of and a dollop of almond butter to top it all off and get an extra boost of protein! Yummmmmm!

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Cassie’s Jamaican Irie Jerk (Kaimuki)

I love Jamaican food! I miss it so much. It’ been 7 years since I was in Jamaica and the food is what I miss most ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank God for Cassie! He makes his own version of delicious Jamaican food that is so deliciously original and yet still the nostalgia of true Jamaican classics is still present in every bite!

Appropriately on this MKL day, My husband and I decided to dine at Cassie’s for lunch. We both had the Ital Stew with Sorrel (hibiscus juice) and shared a Jerk Shrimp appetizer.

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Home cooked…

I recently made a fish salad with some fresh line-caught Marlin from Whole Foods. I did an Organic Harissa paste and seared it to medium-well and laid it over a bed of fresh Organic greens with my favorite Organic orange tomatoes. Dressing was just Balsamic Vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Yum!

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Hale Ohuna Christmas Dinner 2015

I went to Hale Ohuna in Kaimuki on Oahu the other night with a few of my girls for our annual Christmas gift exchange dinner. Menu had changed a bit from last time I was there. The Okinawan Potato Skin Dynamite is no longer on the menu ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I was pretty devs about that. But the drinks and food menu is still pretty amazing!

I tried a purple sweet potato cocktail. It was tasty, but I could barely taste the liquor. More like an app then a drink lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

Liz had the Lamb Burger…She said it was “good”. It came with some what seemed to be house made taro chips which were extra thin crispy and divine!

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Mel had the Akula fish special. She said it was super “ono”. It came with a chimichurri sauce (pesto-like cilantro based sauce) and she loooved it!

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Rach had a Shinsato pork bone based Ramen and she said it was “divine”! She’s not a big fan of noodles all the time. She feels its a bit of a space filler, but she said these noodles had such a fresh texture and were worth filling up on. Leanne is known for her noodle dishes and I see why!

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I had the Gnudi special (like a more dense wheat based gnocchi) and the Cold Noodle Special. Both were so delicious! The noodles came in this epic sauce that I could have eaten as a soup.

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Overall, Leanne hardly misses….I would try any restaurant that Leanne is a part of. Such unique cuisine with (my favorite) asian style twists!

 

Chai’s Honolulu

I finally went to Chai’s famous restaurant last night with the Manaola crew for a surprise birthday dinner for Calvin (my drummer). Service was exceptional, ambience was elegant, spacing is a little tight, but the food and champagne were delicious (mostly)!

There was only one dish that I would NOT recommend…so anytime I see ‘truffle’ on a menu I order whatever that dish is. So they have a mushroom and truffle risotto cake on their apps menu…. it was way to salty and deep fried and I could not taste any truffle and there was barely any mushroom ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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The rest of the food was delicious! They had set menu 5 course meal for $50 and it was excellent. I chose the Miso Chilean Seabass for my main! So good! They also have a happy hour 9pm to closing. Overall I definitely recommend this restaurant. Especially if you’re a fan of Roy’s, which I am. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cafe Gratitude on Larchmont

Looove this Vegan restaurant! It’s a must for me every time I’m in LA. Parking is close to impossible… but the menu and vibe is always winning. My sis recently tried delivery and said it was NOT the same quality FYI; dine in!

I almost always get the same thing, Warm-Hearted (a polenta and kale dish) and the Irresistible (Coconut cream pie)

Today we shared an app as well, the Abundant (cauliflower samosas) Sooo yummy! With chutney, a mint sauce and a spicy sauce in a shallow bed of curry garbanzo beans. And I love the tasty crust. Reminds me of Trini Roti!

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Buzz’s Kailua, Oahu HI

Lunching with family visiting in town, I decided to try something different at a lunch place I basically grew up in, Buzz’s Kailua directly across from Kailua Beach.

The Scampi Spinach Salad. Huge Prawns on this delicious salad. Capers are a bit too much salt with the already seasoned Prawns. I tried it again recently and asked for no capers, dressing on the side and easy on the seasoning on the Prawns and then it was perfect. Delicious salad, but just a bit too salty the first time.

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