Yakiniku Hiroshi

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Recently, it was my boyfriend’s birthday so I wanted to take him to a nice dinner of his choice.  Of course he picked a place known for its meat, and I must admit, it did not disappoint.  Not to overhype Yakiniku Hiroshi, but it was hands down the best meat I’ve had of my life.  We got the pre-set menu, which included beef tongue, kobe rib eye steak, garlic shrimp, kobe kalbi, kobe toro kalbi, a variety of dipping sauces, and a good selection of sides, including kimchi, nori, rice, salad, daikon, roasted garlic and more.  Words cannot express how amazing the meat was.  It was the perfect way to end a long week of work and celebrate a special day.

IMG_4904 IMG_4910 IMG_4913Can I just say, look at that garlic!  How amazing does it look, because it’s probably the best garlic I’ve ever eaten.  Roasted nicely so it’s soft and flavorful,  and doesn’t have that sharp garlic bite.  Also, I don’t know how they did it, but all the cloves had a nice golden brown color.

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Let’s talk about this Kobe beef.  Take your pick, the rib eye, kalbi or toro kalbi, all three were AMAZING.  Don’t believe me?  These meats were melt in your mouth delicious.  They were so tender, that we could cut the kalbi with our wooden chopsticks.  Toward the end of our meal, my boyfriend said, “I feel so sad after each bite because it’s one less bite I get to eat.”  Yes, it was that good.

IMG_4935Oh dessert.  How can you end such an amazing meal without a nice dessert?  This is a green tea and vanilla ice cream cake drizzled with chocolate.  It’s served with a cup of hot green tea.  A nice way to end such a wonderful meal

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Flower Nails Part 3

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I know spring is technically over, but I’m still loving all the different flower designs that I’ve been coming across. So I figured, I’d keep the flower tutorials coming.

What you’ll need:

  • red nail polish
  • pink nail polish
  • light pink nail polish
  • white nail polish
  • black nail polish
  • blackstriper
  • dotter (one bigger and one smaller)

Step 1: Paint your ring finger with white nail polish and the rest of your nails the pink nail polish.

IMG_4818Step 2: Using the red and pink nail polishes, paint blobs on your ring finger (these will be the flowers).  See my Spring Flowers French Manicure post for tutorial/example pictures.

IMG_4822Step 3. Using your black striper, draw some lines from your flowers to be the stems.  If you don’t have a striper, you can use a toothpick and your black nail polish.

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Step 4. Using your bigger dotter and your light pink nail polish, place a dot in the middle of each flower.  (Note: I didn’t have a dotting tool so I just used a bobbypin and applied different pressures to make bigger and smaller circles.)

IMG_4837Step 5. Using your smaller dotter and your black nail polish, place a dot inside your pink dot.  Add a top coat, and you’re done.

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Foodie Favorites: Cold Desserts

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As discussed, I’m happy to introduce a new monthly post highlighting some of my favorite foods.  To kick things off I decided to start with cold desserts.  Given that the hot summer weather is here, I figured it would be a good theme to start with.

1. Tasaka Guri Guri Shop: Guri Guri Ice Cream

IMG_0256This guri guri ice cream is a local favorite.  Every time I make it out to Maui, it’s a must stop.  The shop only sells two flavors, pineapple and strawberry, but don’t let the simplicity fool you because the ice cream is heavenly. The ice cream itself is more of an ice cream and shave ice hybrid.  It’s not as heavy and thick as your typical ice cream, but more like a creamier version of shave ice.  It’s so light and refreshing, and a perfect end to a hot day in the sun.

2. Dole Plantation: Dole Whip

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Oh Dole Whip, pineapple soft serve goodness.  What I love about this dole whip is that it taste so fresh and refreshing, like someone went pineapple picking in the morning to make it just for you. While you can find Dole Whipe at other locations, like Disneyland, there’s nothing better than the original at Dole Planation.  What makes Dole Plantation’s Dole Whip unique is (1) they offer it in a variety of ways (in a bowl, in a cone, with pineapples on the side, in a float, etc.); and (2) it’s made fresh with the pineapples from the plantation, or at least that’s what I like to think.  Whenever I’m taking a trip out to the north shore, this place is a must stop on the way back.

3. Serendipity: Frozen Hot Chocolate

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I’m sure by now most of you have heard of Serendipty’s frozen hot chocolate.  There’s a location in Las Vegas and NYC (the original).  Since I’ve only been to the Las Vegas one, that’s the one I’ve included above.  I know this may sound weird, but it taste just like what you would imagine frozen hot chocolate to taste like, chocolate creamy goodness.  The texture is like a milkshake, but not one of those super thick milkshakes.  Each frozen hot chocolate is topped with a generous amount of whip cream and chocolate shavings.  The portion is pretty big, so you can definitely share one with a friend or go wild and have a whole one to yourself.

4. Ono Pops: Butter Mochi

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The name says it all, ono pops (in Hawaii “ono” means taste good).  These popcicles are all homemade using local and organic ingredients, and come in a wide varaiety of flavors.  There are two types of popcicles, dairy based and water based, and they’ve got everything from guava chiffon to dark chocolate chinese five spice.  The popcicles are refreshing, and I love the innovative flavors.  My personal favorite, though, is butter mochi.  It’s creamy, dense and chewy, and taste just like butter mochi. I swear when you eat it, there are small pieces of butter mochi inside, which are like nuggets of heaven in your mouth.

5. Your Kitchen – Shave Ice

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Your Kitchen is a small mom and pop shop in Kaimuki, but don’t let it’s appearance fool you.  Their shave ice is the best on the island; it’s super fine and melts in your mouth as you eat it.  That isn’t even the best part, though.  They have a selection of homemade flavors, such as lilikoi, mango, haupia, strawberry and lychee.  When you eat these flavors, it taste like the real thing, none of that artificial stuff.  Words cannot express how amazing it is.  They offer a variety of sizes and various toppings, but my favorite is the tropical bowl.  It comes with mango and haupia flavored shave ice with haupia ice cream *drool*.  I feel like I’m eating melt in your mouth haupia with a side of mango every time.

Addition to the family

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I’d like to introduce everyone to Boots, the newest addition to our family.  My boyfriend and I have been thinking about getting a pet for awhile.  While I’m more of a dog person, he’s more of a cat person, and realistically with my job, I’m not home enough to take care of a dog.  We decided to go to the humane society last weekend just to see what our options were, and I fell in love with this cutie.  She is definitely a ball of energy that keeps us on our toes, but I love her playfulness; and I must say, it’s nice to come home to her sillyness after a long day of work.