Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Patisserie - Pastries!

I love to "buy local" and the Patisserie is a long time staple in Honolulu.  Everything is made here daily.  I bought a glazed donut, a plain croissant, apple turnover, apple fritter, blueberry scone, butterhorn, buttermilk donut (and not seen here, a chocolate muffin... I wonder where it went...) and it cost about $10.50.  A nice, affordable treat for the office and very nice with a hot cup of coffee.

OMG this was funny - don't read if you are easily offended....

Being Asian in Hawaii is a piece of cake, but being Asian on the mainland presents challenges, especially when I never saw myself as a "minority" and then realizing on top of that, that I'm not truly Asian.  Not thinking of myself as "Japanese" is probably a big reason why I never learned Japanese in school and instead opted for Spanish (okay, okay, so I had a crush on Ricky Martin when he was in Menudo).  Coupled with the fact that I was raised to think of myself as American, not "Asian-American," by my grandfather (I am one of the few yonsei (4th generation) who does not have a Japanese middle name).

This blog post is old, but absolutely hilarious.... I think I fall between a YAP and a Fobabee... seriously, one day I will learn Japanese and speak it with a totally American accent.  Do not say I'm a TAB..... Grrr.  My favorite phrase is sumimasen, nihongo wakarimasen, which, of course, is "I'm sorry, I don't speak Japanese."  And please don't ever ask me for directions in a foreign language, I will point you the wrong way with the most adorable smile.

Monday, January 25, 2010

It's Not Delivery...It's DiGiorno!

I like pizza, I wouldn't say "love" it, but it's a good thing.  I think I don't love it because when I have one, it takes me days to finish it, and when it's done, I'm well over it!  I bought this lovely gem from WalMart for $5 and change - DiGiorno Garlic Bread Pepperoni Pizza.  Yes, it was as good as it looks!  I baked it according to the crispy crust instructions, and it came out great crispy-crunchy-ooeey-goodness, but now I will have to clean my oven rack of the burnt on cheese (that's what Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are for!).  It really was a good pizza and for the price, it can't be beat.  Maybe next time, I'll get the single sized portion, unless someone wants to share it with me.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Perugina - Baci Chocolate

Have I mentioned I absolutely LOVE hazelnut chocolate? Pretty much any hazelnut chocolate....Geisha by Fazer, Ferrero Roche, Drom-a-Dairy from Dan's Chocolates, anything with "gianduja" and this... Baci by Perugina. This is an Italian chocolatier and "baci" means "kisses" in Italian. It's a dark chocolate with a whole hazelnut nipple on the top (HEY, that's what it looks like, doesn't it?) and a crunchy hazelnut filling. I usually prefer milk chocolate with hazelnuts, but this is SO yummy. I make an exception (four actually...) For this dark. I love that this "kiss" also comes with a little waxed parchment with a quote about love. And yes, I save these as well as my fortunes from fortune cookies.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Diem Cafe - 1/13/10

Aaahhh my favorite (or second favorite?? it is the closest to my office....) vietnamese place is participating in Ward Centre's $5 Meal Deals. This was $5.20 (with tax) for the Rolls Combo - summer rolls (transparent wrapper - rice noodles, lettuce, bean sprouts), spring rolls (fried wrapper on the bottom - rice noodles, carrots, mushrooms) and chicken crepes (yellow rolls - tastes like a curry crepe, a little sweet with chicken and bean sprouts). In the portion cups, the left one is a peanut sauce and the right one is a spicy sweet chili sauce. It comes with more rice noodles, carrots and cucumbers as a garnish. I recommend not wasting valuable stomach real estate eating the garnish first (like I did). It's nice and light with a little bit of spicy bite - and a lot of food for $5!!!

Kyoto Matcha Cake

This is a typical Japanese cake called "castella". It's not a too sweet, yellow cake that pairs well with coffee or genmaicha (brown rice tea). This cake is extra special because my friend Tal brought it all the way from Japan for me, as an "omiyage" (little gift) for letting him crash with me. Oh yes, and it's matcha (fine powdered green tea) flavored and it has miniature chocolate chips!!! It was delicious. I'm restraining myself from eating any more, I am trying to be nice and share with my office. But wow, it's really, really good.... Maybe just a little piece.....

I wanted to show how nicely Japanese omiyage always comes (you buy it in the store this way). It's neatly tied up in a furoshiki (wrapping cloth) and ready to carry.  This is a great way to carry your bento (lunch box) or any gifts, and the furoshiki can be reused.  Even tiny Japanese candies and chocolates will come individually wrapped in the prettiest ways, it's mind-boggling that there are people who do this for a living!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Tootsie Roll

Poha can mix as well as cook! Kahlua (yes, the coffee liquor) and orange juice make a seriously tasty liquid Tootsie Roll (an American chocolatey taffy type candy). I promise! Have I steered you wrong? C'mon.... 1 ounce Kahlua over ice, top with OJ, stir. Or shake. My cup is a little too big for a shaker :D a straw is a nice garnish for this lovely beverage.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Starbucks Mini Donuts - 1/8/10

Yes, I actually went to the evil empire (there's a story behind this, but you will have to be a close friend to know the story :) ). I got a gift card for Christmas and since I had to get up at 4.15AM to work at the hotel, I decided to treat myself to a nonfat latte. These little treats were in the case screaming "eat me!!!" so the nice person that I am, I gave in. They look like they would be too sweet with the glaze and the rock sugar, but the donut itself is a cake-style so it's not very sweet and well, cake like (a bit drier and not greasy like the fried ones) and it matched quite nicely. I think it was close to $3.00 for these 3, but it was a treat and prices are about 10% higher in Waikiki. I did give one away to a colleague so I wasn't a complete pig!