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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 WIAW! Here’s what my Monday looked like this week.

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I had to take my breakfast to go – a homemade smoothie made with coconut water, POG (passion orange guava juice; just a splash, for sweetness), fresh mango, frozen chard, spirulina, baobab, half a lemon, chia seeds, and flax-seed oil. I’m working on a review of Kaibae Pure Organic Baobab Fruit Powder, and I like it a lot so far in my morning smoothies! I also took my coffee (with almond milk) with me to go in the car, since I was running late to work.

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About two hours later, I got peckish and had a Babybel Light cheese. This is when I noticed that the pictures were coming out blurry, so I turned my phone around to wipe off the camera, and noticed… it’s broken! 🙁 I dropped my phone this weekend and I guess the camera completely smashed. So sad! I will need to figure out what to do because I am leaving for a trip to the East Coast at the end of the month, and I will definitely need my phone camera working!

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Lunch was a big, satisfying salad: organic mixed greens, grape tomatoes, half an avocado, salami slices, Parmesan cheese, and Love [pickled] Beets. I made an easy dressing out of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Himalayan sea salt, black pepper and Penzey’s Fox Point seasoning. So simple, but so good.

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Brunch at Tilia Exquisite Aloha, Honolulu

Tilia Exquisite Aloha is a cafe located directly beneath the yoga studio I teach at in Waikiki (Yogaloha). If you haven’t already surmised by the name, it is a very Japanese-targeted (and possibly/probably owned) place. When I saw it pop up on Groupon, I figured it was a good time to check it out. One weekend after my class, Kiyo and I went for brunch. It definitely felt like a tourist destination and I don’t enjoy the decor, which combines retail along the walls of the restaurant.

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We split two items: a waffle sandwich (I don’t know… but their menu seemed to feature this oddity, so we went for it) and a pitaya bowl. The sandwich sounds like it would be good (turkey, lettuce, tomato, cheese, green apple) but it just wasn’t. So far, all waffle-sandwiches I’ve tried have been terrible (remember this one?) and this was no exception. It sounds like possibly a good idea to make a sandwich on a waffle, because you’d get salty and sweet, but it just doesn’t work. The salad and small side of fruit I liked a lot, except the dressing was way too sweet and ruined it for me.

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Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, has gained a lot of popularity lately in Hawaii. It can be used to make pitaya bowls, similar to the beloved acai bowl. Our bowl was awesome; it came with yogurt, granola, honey and lots of fresh fruit. I really enjoyed it, but it would have been pricey without our Groupon.

Tilia Exquisite Aloha

Location: 403 Kaiolu St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 Phone : 808-888-2011

What I Ate Wednesday: Skin Detox Diet

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Today is a special edition of WIAW: Day 1 of my Skin Detox Diet.

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I am working on a review of a cookbook titled, 28 Days to Younger Skin. Look for the full review soon… I will not be participating in the full 28-day plan for various reasons that I will explain in that forthcoming post, but I did decide to do the first three days, which is a detox diet. Here’s what Day 1 (Monday) looked like:

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First up: two morning beverages. The first:

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 tsp. flax-seed oil
  • bunch of fresh mint
  • slice fresh ginger

Blend, enjoy (serves two). This did not taste as bad as I expected, at all! I actually kind of liked it, even though usually flax-seed oil tastes strong and unpleasant.

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Second beverage: green juice while I read up on the diet and the philosophy and science behind it. This makes 4 servings:

  • 3 green apples
  • 1 small beet
  • 1 stalk celery (a whole celery plant like you buy in the store, not 1 rib)
  • bunch kale
  • fresh ginger
  • mint
  • sprouts of choice (we used radish)

This also tasted pretty good.

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Club A Steakhouse, New York

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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.

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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.

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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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Leftover Salads, Astoria

A super easy, delicious dinner is making a salad out of leftovers, especially restaurant leftovers. If you order dressing on the side

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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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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Here is what I ate last week Thursday:

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9 AM: Breakfast

Toasted half of a whole-wheat Ezekial English muffin, topped with a quarter of an avocado, fresh lemon juice, garlic powder, pink Himalayan sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. SO. GOOD. Not pictured: coffee with almond milk. This is such a good option for a vegan breakfast, by the way.

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10:30 AM: Taught a Vinyasa Yoga Class at Yogaloha

Check out my new page on the site where my class schedule is listed. I’d love to see you in class sometime 🙂

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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We’ve had friends visiting since December 27, which is awesome although also exhausting because we’ve also been working our regular schedules. Here are a few things we’ve eaten this past week. Of course, I’ve been drinking my morning coffee with almond milk (here in my adorable new hand-painted mug I got from work for Christmas).

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We’ve joked that we’ve only been eating either really healthy or really unhealthy meals. Here’s a healthy breakfast: acai bowl! With granola, berries, banana and honey.

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Here’s one of our unhealthy (but so satisfying) breakfasts: loco moco with fried rice!

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An unhealthy lunch: plate lunch at Keneke’s. I had the mini teriyaki chicken plate with rice and mac salad.

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