Snapdragon Bakery & Cafe, Vashon

Vashon healthy restaurant

Just about a year ago now, a few friends and I accompanied Kiyo back to his hometown of Vashon, a small island in Puget Sound, right next to Seattle. We ate lunch one day at Snapdragon, a vegetarian eatery. The “about” page on their website says only, “Snapdragon opened its doors in February of 2012. Adam Cone and Megan Hastings are the creative minds behind this endeavor.”

I ordered the Lentil Fritters. Favored with mild chilis and East Indian flavors (?), it comes with a yogurt garlic sauce; a slaw of red cabbage, carrots, ginger and parsley; apple chutney; and house-made bread. For $12.50, it can also be made gluten-free or vegan (this goes for many, if not most, items on the menu). I was very happy with my meal and ate almost all of it, even though it was a lot!


Someone ordered the soup but I can’t remember what it was (offerings change daily).


Someone else ordered the salad special, and again, I can’t exactly remember what it was. But it looks delicious! I also like how almost everything comes with their hearty, house-made bread.

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The WIAW That Never Was: New York


I will admit it: I am being totally lazy with this post. Today features a whole bunch of photos of food that I never got around to including in my WIAW’s when I lived in New York. Some of these photos were taken with the intention of being featured in a WIAW post, but others are just one-off food photos that I felt were good enough to share, but don’t fit with any particular post. So, with no further comment, enjoy. If you have a question about a photo, leave it in the comments!


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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu


Happy WIAW! I have once again started to document days for WIAW, and then forgotten about it by the end of the day. But these are all things I ate within the last week:


Breakfast: avocado toast, made with Ezekial bread and Cholulah hot sauce.


Lunch: An acai bowl from Island Vintage Coffee in Waikiki in between teaching and taking yoga classes. My dad and I both love this acai bowl (with extra honey!) and we shared this along with the following sandwich:


a caprese sandwich with a side salad.

WIAW Honolulu

Dessert: On another day, I bought myself an afternoon treat: one kids’ scoop each of Thai iced tea and Nutella ice cream from a new place in Honolulu (full post about this soon). SO GOOD.

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Rice Bowl, Astoria


Since January, every week I’ve been teaching and practicing yoga, working retail, taking a nutrition class, working on eyechow, and studying for the GRE. Today I am taking the GRE (ugh, but also happy to get it over with).



The bad news is: this post is awful (I don’t even remember what was in this rice dish but I can see from the pictures it was some sort of sausage with lime and fresh herbs. Sounds yummy!). The good news is, with studying now over with, I will have more time to turn back to eyechow, yay 🙂 New posts coming up!

Club A Steakhouse, New York

Club A Steakhouse NYC Salad

One year, when Kiyo and I were still living in New York City, we went on a belated Valentine’s Day date to Club A Steakhouse (we never have gone out on actual Valentine’s Day). It was a large restaurant (we were seated upstairs) that felt very closed off from the frenzy of the city, which was nice for a date. We started with the usual breadbasket and split a salad with blue cheese, onion, radish and tomatoes.

Club A Steakhouse Dinner

Kiyo and I both had meat, and we split mac & cheese and French fries (just trying to keep it light, you know). It’s been awhile so I can’t remember details but I know we both enjoyed our first two courses.

Club A Dessert

The dessert was my least favorite part of the dinner, by far. To be fair, both tiramisu and zeppole fall very low on my list of favorite desserts. But, these zeppole were served cold, which was very unappealing. Whatever the cream was on top was ok, but the donuts being cold really made me not want to eat them at all. The tiramisu was ok, but not noteworthy. Overall it was a very nice date experience, but I’d recommend skipping dessert or finding it someplace else nearby… Magnolia Bakery, anyone?

Club A Steakhouse

Open: Monday – Tuesday 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Location: 240 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022 Phone: (212) 688-4190

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HIFF Opening Party, Honolulu

HIFF Halekulani

  1. When I was in high school we were required to volunteer for 100 hours before graduation. I spent many hours volunteering for the Honolulu International Film Festival (HIFF for short).
  2. One of the perks of being my father’s daughter is that I am allowed to tag along sometimes to fun, exclusive events.

How do these two random personal anecdotes relate? This Fall, Kiyo and I were able to attend the HIFF opening night party at Halekulani.


What was the highlight of this event? The food, of course! We got to hang out with our friend Chef Vikram (you can see his chef’s coat in the picture above) and try all of his delicious creations, such as this creamy saffron risotto.


While everyone else mingled, Kiyo and I spent most of our time moving table to table, sampling the delightful appetizer offerings, such as this amazing beef skewer (Kiyo had the shrimp).

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Brunch at Sweet-E’s Cafe, Honolulu

Sweet-E's Cafe

One weekend, before Kiyo and I solidified our work schedules (he works Monday-Friday and I work Thursday-Monday or Tuesday, which is awful, we never have a day off together!) we made it to brunch at Sweet-E’s Café in Kaimuki. He had eggs the only way he likes them: scrambled. Look how huge that plate is! We definitely could have just shared.


He didn’t love his, but then again, he doesn’t really like breakfast food. I, however, was in love. I had spinach and tomato eggs Benedict with Portuguese sausage and a side of fried rice. SWOON. Even though the wait was long, if I ever find a free weekend morning in my future, I will be back.

Sweet-E’s Cafe

Location: 1016 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816 Phone: (808) 737-7771

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Miyoshi Ramen, Kailua

Ramen Kailua

A few years ago, I ate with Kiyo and our friend Austin at Miyoshi Ramen in Kailua. I don’t remember why we chose to eat there, I think we were just hungry and it was right there. Kiyo ordered his favorite, chicken katsu ramen. I probably had my usual, a simple shoyu ramen with bok choy.


It wasn’t quite as good as my favorite ramen place, which is Goma Tei in Honolulu. But, Miyoshi didn’t disappoint. Now that I’m working literally right next store to it one day a week, I will have to go back!

Miyoshi Ramen

Location: 609 Kailua Rd, Kailua, HI 96734 Phone: (808) 230-8388 

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

Happy Hump Day! Here’s what my Monday looked like this week: First things first: coffee (with cream this time) and reading my daily “meditation from the mat.” Breakfast was a smoothie made with: tart cherry juice iced rose tea lemon juice acai berry powder frozen mixed berries frozen spinach Not pictured: two slices of salami. […]

What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu


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).


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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