Wednesday, December 18, 2019

After all these years, I've finally made my way to Hawaii! There's so much to explore and so little time.  Ms. Lin Guide and I came here for my birthday celebration.  It's important that you plan on renting a car to explore the island and get around.  The drive is quite scenic and full of good eats! We spent a full day exploring North Shore.  One place that I researched and caught my eye was Kahuku Farms because they offer a wide variety of local products ranging from lotion to butters to syrups and more! They even serve drinks and home made desserts.  The grilled banana bread is a must! It caught my eye and I just had to try it.  They cover it with decadent caramel and vanilla haupia.  So delicious!

Their 'cafe' is almost just like a small street stand.  The people were very friendly and you can sample all the products they sell before you purchase.  What really caught my interest is lilikoi, which is passion fruit.  The syrup tastes just like a fresh passion fruit, of course enhances with sugar.  I've beehn trying to find a real tasting passion fruit syrup.  So many options are just chemically made and don't have the same fragrant aroma that theirs have.  If you are going to chemically make passion fruit syrup, people please taste what a real passion fruit tastes like! Lol. I bought two bottles for home.
Picture from Kahuku Farms website

They also offer lilikoi butter and varieties of jam.  At the stand they offer bulk deals if you buy 4, which was not bad.  Everything tasted very fresh and had a smooth texture.  They would go great on bread or pancakes.  Both Ms. Lin Guide and I picked up a bunch for ourselves and to give away as gifts.  If you buy $40 worth of products, you receive a free tote as well.  Before I checked out, I heard. Someone talk about a secret code for extra discount.  Hint : find one of their brand ambassadors to get the code and sign up for rewards.  We bought so much that we left with 3 rewards.  😇
Picture from Kahuku Farms website

Friday, November 29, 2019

It's getting harder and harder to find good happy hour deals.  Brio Tuscan Grille has always offered a pretty decent selection of happy hour appetizers and drinks.  What's even rare is that the prices are quite reasonable!

For about $5 you can get their Beef Carpaccio, which is quite reasonable.  They definitely don't skimp on portion size.  I always order one for myself as I don't share my meat! Lol. The carpaccio is always light and refreshing.  This appetizer contains four of the five food groups, so I'm counting it as a healthy dish.  😇

Their Chicken Pesto Flatbread is also a must that's only $5.  Be sure to ask for their fresh Parmesan cheese to give it that extra kick.  I enjoy the crispy texture of the flatbread mixed with a tasty pesto sauce and shavings of chicken on top.  Definitely eat it fresh and hot from the oven.

For the holiday season they offer a gift card special.  If you buy $100 worth then you will receive a $25 bonus gift card.  You can even use it for happy hour, which is an even better deal.  To my surprise, they brought out a small bottle of their olive oil.  Perfect for holiday cooking!

Monday, July 15, 2019

For fans of the HBO show “Silicon Valley,” one of my favorite scenes is when the character Gavin Belson, CEO of Hooli, tells his team that “the bear is sticky with honey” after making tea. Hilarity ensues as his team then spent days to decipher his comment as shome metaphor and eventually brought in an actual bear for an upcoming product launch. You have to watch that episode!

As a result, I’ve never been able to look at another bear bottle of honey without laughing!

Nonetheless, these adorable bottles of honey are constant staples in my cabinet. They are good not just for tea and other drinks, they also make a much healthier and more natural substitute for sugar/sweeteners in cooking. I use honey in everything from curing my cold (honey and lemon/ginger do wonders) to marinating chicken/ribs/pork chops to topping my dessert (especially ice cream) plus much more.

Sweet Harvest offers a good variety of honey, from your standard honey to a craft line that includes monofloral sources such as orange blossom and lychee. They also offer organic and non-GMO products as well.

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