2016 | A Year of Travel

Saturday, January 21, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 1

2016 was a lot of going back and forth between NYC and Honolulu. I’m still trying to figure the perfect schedule for living in both cities (spring/fall in NYC and summer/winter in Honolulu?)…but am getting closer. Maybe I’ll figure it out this year.

Below, the annual travel recap (see recaps for 2015 and 2014 here) ^-^

2016 started in Honolulu…

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Hawaii | Four Seasons Lana’i

Thursday, November 24, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

29420511150_ea4e774bff_cIt’s been a long time since our last visit to Lana’i

29600512242_d91ae74b91_c…I was at The Lodge and Manele Bay in 2012 and 2013, but this was the first (and eagerly anticipated) post-renovation visit.

29086651513_04a0a6403e_cIt’s just a 30-minute flight from Honolulu but feels like another world. Rainy from arrival to departure, but I love that sort of dark weather…perfect for reading. Bathrobe, hot tea. Lots of pillows. Room service. All you need…

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Hawaii | Happy Hearts Mochi

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 1 No tags Permalink 0

28278867615_044a703678_cHawaii mochi is very different from Japanese mochi. It’s softer, more gentle. It doesn’t have the precise, flawless look of Japanese mochi, but I find the final product more happy and enjoyable. In the end, it’s all about pleasure ^-^

I have two regular mochi spots in Honolulu. The first is Nisshodo in Kalihi (post here and here for more chichi dango). The second is Happy Hearts Mochi. Happy Hearts doesn’t have a retail storefront. You have to order via email (at least two business days in advance), schedule a pick-up time, and then go to Natsunoya Tea House in Liliha for pick-up. It’s worth it.

27663445673_f5979d8908_cI first mentioned Happy Hearts Mochi in 2009. It’s time for an update. I like Bento #4 (see them all here). It includes a taste of everything and is the right size for a snack (for two people).

28278866075_cfffb7d88a_cAt the top center of the box is Strawberry Mochi…

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