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Mahina & Suns {Honolulu}

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Mahina & Suns is a trendy new restaurant in Waikiki, aptly located within the equally trendy and new boutique hotel Surfjack (“Hotel & Swimclub”). The restaurant is by local celebrity chef Ed Kenney, who is renowned for focusing on local, organic ingredients, and reinventing classic dishes of Hawaii (many of which tend to be cultural mashups).

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My boyfriend Kiyo and I took my mom to this restaurant per her request, for her birthday. She enjoyed a gin cocktail with her birthday card.

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I can’t remember what else was in my drink, besides cucumber, but it was light and refreshing, and I liked it a lot.

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Instead of bread (an uncommon free starter snack in Hawaii) we were served salted boiled peanuts. This is a classic Hawaii snack, and a very delicious and addictive rendition. We ate all of these, and I even ate the pickled jalapeño.

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We started by sharing “The Naked Cow,” thin crust pizza with Naked Cow Dairy fromage blanc, uncured bacon, and Maui onion (you can add more toppings; we chose green olives, parmesan and arugula. Take note because this is a stellar combination).

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We all really enjoyed the pizza. There aren’t many good pizza options in Hawaii, as I’ve mentioned on the blog before.

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Kiyo ordered chicken; an usual choice for him. He enjoyed the pan-roasted half-bird, served with hapa rice (white and brown mashup), pickled mushrooms and green coriander chutney.

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My mom ordered the avocado tacos, made with shishito, pickled red onion, and smoked yogurt. I felt that it should have said on the menu that the avocados come fried (I’m guessing my mom wouldn’t have ordered them if she’d known, but she didn’t complain).

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I ordered a starter for my main dish: the butter lettuce salad. It didn’t look like much, but it tasted more complete and interesting than it looked. radish, asparagus, sunflower seed, cured egg yolk, topped with avocado dressing.

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After dinner, we walked around the hotel. It’s very cute! I felt like I was in California, at a Hawaii-themed hotel, rather than actually in Hawaii. There aren’t many trendy places here that actually hit their mark.

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I went back recently for lunch, and very much enjoyed the Wild Salad (although it was just slightly overdressed) topped with garlicky tomato toast, and a fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.

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Mahina & Suns

412 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815

(808) 924-5810

Egg Shop {New York}

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In May, I visited New York City for a yoga teacher training (more on that to come). After the training ended, I had a day to hang out with one of my best friends, who I was crashing with.

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We started the leisurely day walking from her apartment to Egg Shop, in the Lower East Side, stopping at Mud for coffee on the way.

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Mikayla and I both LOVE eggs, so we were destined to love Egg Shop. I mean, what food isn’t improved with an egg? Mik decided to be all healthy by ordering the appropriately named “Spandex.”

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This beautiful bowl consisted of poached egg, miso quinoa, avocado, pickled carrot, farm greens and gluten-free tamari (tastes like soy sauce). IT WAS SO GOOD. I want to stock all the ingredients for this in my fridge and just make it all the time.

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I had the”Pepper Boy:” soft scramble, gruyere, bell pepper, maple cured bacon , caramelized onion aioli, all in a bell pepper. This can also come served as a panini, but Mikayla had ordered healthily, so I went for my healthier option too. This was very delicious, but I kind of wish I’d had the panini in retrospect. Mostly because the aioli was lost in this pepper-vessel version, although it did add to the overall rich creaminess, of the eggs.

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And because my friend and I are actually fatties at heart, we ordered this delectable biscuit with honey butter to share. Yes, it looks like fried chicken, and tasted like heaven. This is what you’re salty-sweet food fantasies are made of.

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Egg Shop

151 ELIZABETH ST. NEW YORK, NY 10012

(646) 666-0810

What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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Happy midweek, everyone! Here’s what my Monday looked like:

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Breakfast: a whole, freshly picked mango from the backyard (I eat one almost every day lately) and coffee with my homemade almond milk (tastes SO MUCH BETTER than the store-bought version!) and homemade ice cubes (water, cocoa powder, agave).

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Run: I ran a mile and a half round-trip from my house to the entrance to Diamond Head State Monument.

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Snack #1: I had my first snack at 9 am as I headed out to work: a handful of Kona coffee coated macadamia nuts. These are addictive!

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Lunch: Kiyo and I bought an olive baguette at the farmers’ market this weekend. I put a hunk of blue cheese in part of it and called it a sandwich; simple but delicious. I enjoyed the sandwich with a side of cherries. They might be my favorite fruit, right after mango!

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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Happy WIAW… here’s what I’ve been eating lately:

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BREAKFAST: avocado toast on Ezekial English muffin… I seriously ate this every morning for a week (with my coffee, of course).

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LUNCH: best lunch lately was the yogi sandwich (I ordered it with bacon but it comes with sun-dried tomato hummus, carrots, cucumber, kale and sprouts) from Sprout near where I work.

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SNACKS: potato chips, unfortunately. They taste so good but then afterwards I feel so crappy! I got these for free and after they were done, I did not buy more!

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Dinner at Red 36, Mystic

This summer, when I was living in Connecticut with Maggie for yoga teacher training, we were so tired every night that we would plop into bed right after dinner at home each night. Finally, about a week or two into …

What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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Happy Hump Day!

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Breakfast: coffee with iced chai I picked up at the health food store. I didn’t really like it because it’s SO gingery, so I mixed it with my coffee to tone it down. But it was still so gingery! I also ate half a peanut butter Clif bar.

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Lunch: finished the CLIF bar, and ordered a smoothie from Jewel or Juice: beet juice, strawberries, local pineapple, orange juice and honey. Very good, although I don’t think the honey was necessary with all the sugar from the fruit (and even beets are sweet!).

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Stubbs Gospel BBQ Brunch, Austin

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When we went to Austin, Texas, on vacation, Kiyo surprised me by booking us a table for Stubb’s BBQ brunch! I was really impressed that he found it and the food was awesome!

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The brunch featured live gospel music, and they were really good. They had lots of energy and passion. It was just uplifting and fun!

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The brunch was buffet-style, and the menu was all Southern comfort foods, which are so hearty and heavy but absolutely delicious! Think grits, biscuits, brisket, fried green tomatoes, pancakes, mac & cheese, etc. If you’re visiting Austin, I would definitely recommend this experience!

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Stubbs’ Bar-B-Q

Location: 801 Red River Austin, TX 78701 Phone: (512) 480-8341

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

Happy WIAW… birthday edition!

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Here’s what I ate on Monday, my birthday.

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Breakfast: leftover kim chee fried rice, topped with a fried egg. And coffee with almond milk, of course.

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Lunch: I worked all day, so for lunch, I walked over to Jewel or Juice for a creamy kale smoothie (almond milk, banana, pineapple, kale, whey protein). I also brought a chocolate chocolate chip cookie from home, because it’s totally acceptable to eat a cookie for lunch on your birthday, right? It was from Momofuku Milk Bar (I brought it back with me from New York).

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Snack: (not pictured) a handful of grapes after work. I walked over to HotYoga8, where they gave me 25% off the store for my birthday! So I treated myself to a funny yoga tee and fun Teeki pants. Can’t wait to wear these soon! Then I took a 90-minute Bikram class. It’s my fifth class this month (I signed up for a month of unlimited classes) and each time feels very different, even though the temperature and the postures are the same. I have mixed feelings on Bikram, which I plan to share soon in another post. My yoga style of choice is power yoga, but I wanted to mix it up this month, which is why I’ve taken Bikram classes lately. More on all this soon.

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Dinner: After yoga, Kiyo picked me up and we went to Brew’d, a “craftpub,” for dinner. We were so hungry, we ordered poutine before we even got our water or drinks. They were pretty good, with cheddar cheese, beef, gravy and a fried egg. Not quite as good as poutine in Canada, but still we gobbled up the whole plate.

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Voodoo Donuts, Portland

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One of my New Years resolutions is to write eyechow posts more regularly, and to catch up with myself. I’m still posting about places and food from over a year ago! I almost never make resolutions because I know I just won’t keep them, but I’m serious about this one!

So, here’s a post from Portland, Oregon, last December (yes, 2013). I felt like my first trip to this awesome city wouldn’t be complete without a stop at famous Voodoo Donut.

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My mom and I walked to the original location one cold evening. The brick walls have gold glitter on them! I was already won over.

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The line was crazy! It looped around a couple of times and luckily it moved pretty fast, but we were still there for quite a while. It’s open 24/7; I wonder what the busiest and least busy times are.

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The interior is super funky and fun. The owners apparently learned the art of making donuts in California, but their website says the flew in “Voodoo Oil” from down south, and the interior reminds me of New Orleans.

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It’s awesome that they have their products in a rotating display case so you can see all your options (and your mouth can start watering). They’re all so fun looking! I wanted to get the Voodoo Doll Donut since it just looks awesome, but it was filled with jelly which I don’t like in my donut.

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