Four days in to the new year…how did you welcome it?

After spending most of the evening with my family, it wasn’t till 11:40 p.m. that my BF and I ran down to our new favorite neighborhood bar to meet up with other friends. When we got there they’d already headed home, so instead we toasted 2015 with our new favorite bartender!

My best accomplishment of 2014 is quitting smoking. Well, OK, I’ll still light one up occasionally but after 20+ years, I finally feel like I’ve broken that bad habit, especially since I was buying a pack or two at least once a week. And this past year I can honestly say I probably have only bought about 5 or so packs total!!

Now that 2015 is here, I wrote down 5 goals to accomplish.


Please forgive that I overused “more” – most of these are things I’m already doing but very minimally.

In addition to more running and yoga-ing, I’m trying to be more mindful of what I eat…and how I eat so, taking each bite into consideration since I have a tendency to stuff my face unnecessarily.

For my BF’s birthday, his mom sent him Bryant Terry’s Afro-Vegan cookbook and it’s my favorite thing of 2015 (so far). We tried about 4 recipes from it and each was so delicious!


I’m excited for what the year has to offer! Happy New Year!


birthday week break

Took the week off to celebrate turning a year older. It was quite relaxing, especially the end of my vacation since Tropical Storm Ana kept me indoors – and in my PJs – all weekend.


Sang karaoke hits at 9th Ave Rock House and gulped down various birthday shots. I got tipsy and my lei is looking busted.


Was invited to a beach BBQ not realizing it was in honor of my friend’s son who turned two. Didn’t bring a gift, was too embarrassed to acknowledge it and will probably not be invited to future kid bday parties…which I’m totally OK with.


Ate breakfast with my family at the new Liliha Bakery. My sister requested her eggs over easy on top of her pancakes.


Spent Friday exploring Bishop Museum with the BF. We spent 4 hours there and didn’t get to see everything. I haven’t visited this Museum since childhood but I’m so glad we visited because I love learning about Hawaii history. The only reason we didn’t get through all the exhibits is because we didn’t realize their Cafe is closed for renovations and we needed a snack.


My parents gifted me with a Crock Pot. The BF and I used it tonight to make carnitas…amazing! I love my new cooking toy! The portion of carnitas on the plate is tiny so I ended up eating seconds. OINK!

blueberry fizz

One of my favorite places to find easy recipes is the Sunday USA Weekend food section. Everything I’ve made from that section has been simple and tasty. Last week I made blueberry syrup so I could make my own blueberry soda. Since we ended up using it on the 4th of July holiday, we had to take it next level with a Hawaii-made, sugar cane distilled, lava filtered vodka that I found at Safeway. Blueberry cocktail in hand and the grill fired up…all i needed was a firearm to round out my love of ‘merica!


tiny violin

Today was one of those 10 hour work days but when has it not been lately? Of course cooking something healthful and tasty when I finally get home at 8 p.m. is pretty much not happening. My boyfriend usually does the cooking but wasn’t going to be home till 6 p.m. so there was no way my request to have stew for dinner was going to manifest. Thankfully we had polenta, a tomato, fresh spinach, prosciutto and eggs in the fridge.

The result? Delicious! My BF found the recipe on a blog; I tried leaving a comment of praise but since I wasn’t able to, I guess the next best thing is to share the link with the world! Well, the “world” being you, my five readers.


Notice the soft-boiled egg? I’m obsessed with David Chang.

I figured out why time flies as I get older. I’m constantly counting down days till the weekend or to the next holiday that I’m rushing through the week. I really need to take the time to smell the gardenia, soak in some sun and taste the salty ocean air.

I’m still “training” for Great Aloha Run which is next Monday. I say training because I haven’t really progressed as much as I’d hoped since I began running a month or so ago. The other day, I was at Ala Moana beach – it’s my favorite workout spot because it’s so encouraging to see all types of people getting their fitness on. I saw a few couples taking their engagement and wedding photos on the beach. It was sweet. But, since the majority of couples are Japanese, I bet a number of them have the same wedding photo backgrounds. It’s kinda strange but, it’s absolutely beautiful each and every time I see the sunset there. OK, I get it.


Til next time!