July 22, 2014

One of My Favorite Happy Hours on Oahu - Monkeypod Kitchen

Monkeypod Kitchen is one of my favorite restaurants, and also one of my favorite places to go to for Happy Hour (3-5:30pm and 9:30-11pm daily, excluding holidays).  During Happy Hour, all pizzas (excluding the Bourgeois) are just $9, and appetizers are 50% off (with the exception of the raw bar mixed plate and poke tacos)!

House Cut Fries

Proletariat Pizza
Woodfire Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Pumpkin Patch Ravioli


Smoked Taro Hummus

Wood-Roasted Free Range Chicken Wings

Hamakua Wild Mushroom Pizza

Complimentary Noodles & Cheese for Kids 3 and Under

Garlic Truffle Oil Fries
Handcrafted Jalapeno Poppers

Lilikoi Raspberry Pie
Maui Pineapple Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

I thought the Jalapeno Poppers and Taro Hummus were just "okay."  The Hamakua Wild Mushroom Pizza is my favorite of the pizzas. With truffle oil, parmesan, organic local thyme, monkeypod white sauce - it's just so indulgent!  The chicken wings had a nice spicy kick, and the ravioli is my favorite appetizer.  Both types of fries were addicting (we ordered two types since we weren't sure if our kids would eat the Garlic Truffle Oil Fries).

I'm not really a pie person, but the pies at Monkeypod are AMAZING!  Of the pies I've tried, the Maui Pineapple Pie is my favorite so far.  

Can't wait to go back again for Happy Hour!

Monkeypod Kitchen
Ko Olina Station
92-1046 Olani Street
Kapolei Hi, 96707
(808) 380-4086

July 21, 2014

A Must-Visit in Vancouver - Stanley Park

Stanley Park, Vancouver's largest park, is a must-visit when traveling to Vancouver.

Spanning 400 hectares, Stanley Park is home to gardens, totem poles, the Vancouver Aquarium, playgrounds, trails, restaurants, and so much more.  

While we were in Vancouver we took in some of the views, visited the aquarium, took a closer look at the totem poles, and rode on a mini train.

Hollow Tree

Miniature Train


Totem Poles

View of Downtown Vancouver

Even though we spent almost an entire day at Stanley Park, there was still so much we wanted to do.

I'll guess we'll have to visit again soon!

Stanley Park

Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada

July 20, 2014

"ReaLicious" Desserts at Henry's Place

In an inconspicuous little shop in Waikiki, you can find some of the most delicious, or shall I say "ReaLicious," homemade ice creams and sorbets.

It was so hard to decide what to get, but after finding out from the woman behind the counter that Mango is the most popular ice cream flavor, I couldn't wait to dig in.

So many choices!



Passion Orange Guava

I normally don't eat mango, but the Mango ice cream was very delicious. It was light, fruity, and very refreshing!  The other flavors my kids got were delicious as well.  The ice creams are made with real fruit (I could taste tiny bits of mango in the ice cream), egg beater, milk, cream, sugar, and coloring (sorbets are made with fruit, sugar, and coloring). 

If you're in the area, Henry's Place is a great spot to grab a cool treat!

Henry's Place
234 Beach Walk
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 926-0213    

July 19, 2014

One of the Top Breakfast Spots in Vancouver - Cafe Medina

When searching for a breakfast spot in Vancouver, Cafe Medina would often be mentioned, so of course we had to make a visit.
Three Cheese Frittata

Paella - Baked Egg, Orzo, Chorizo, Zucchini, Red Pepper, Corn, Grano Padano, Watercress, Avocado, Tomato Salad

Belgian Waffles with toppings (from top left clockwise: Raspberry Caramel, Salted Caramel, Milk Chocolate Lavender, Dark Chocolate
I thought the Belgian Waffles, which they are known for, were pricey for the size, but were really yummy. The toppings are $1 each, and they were all really good, but my my fave was the Milk Chocolate with Lavender.

The Frittata was very delicious, and my husband really liked the Paella, which is one of the most popular dishes at Cafe Medina.

Cafe Medina was packed when we arrived, and we did have a bit of a wait for a table, but it was totally worth it.

Cafe Medina will be moving into a larger spot on Richards Street in August, and they'll be offering dinner too!

Cafe Medina
780 Richards St
Vancouver, BC V6B, Canada

July 18, 2014

Hawaiian Frost from Samurai Snacks

While in Aiea, we decided to take the kids to Samurai Snacks Aiea to try the popular Hawaiian Frost (aka Samurai Shave Ice).
Strawberry Soft Serve

Chocolate/Haupia Swirl
Hawaiian Frost is served soft-serve style in cups or cones, as well as pre-packed.

Although there was only one flavor available on soft-serve the day we went (often times they have two different flavors, and getting them both makes for a very fun-looking treat!), fortunately the flavor was Strawberry, which my kids loved (kid sizes are available, and it's a generous serving).

Of course my oldest, who loves chocolate, opted for the Chocolate/Haupia, which was really delicious!

We can't wait to go back and try more flavors!

Samurai Snacks Aiea
# 106, 99-115 Aiea Heights Dr
Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 484-2200

July 17, 2014

Kid Fun at Central Park Playground

Just 20 minutes outside of Vancouver is the city of Burnaby, which is home to Central Park.

It is a HUGE park (90 hectares) with tennis courts, lawn bowling, trails, a pitch & putt golf course, and so much more, including a fantastic playground.

The playground had slides, swing, a splash pad, sandbox, and so many other interactive stations where kids could climb, spin, and even make music.

It was such a cool playground and my kids had a blast there!

Central Park Playground
3883 Imperial St
Burnaby, BC V5J 1A3, Canada

July 16, 2014

A Local Favorite - Dave's Ice Cream

In search of a cool treat one day, we decided to take the boys to Dave's Ice Cream.

Salted Caramel


Made locally, Dave's offers many unique flavors, but as usual, my kids picked chocolate and strawberry.

My husband got the Salted Caramel (I ended up sharing with everyone).

The ice cream was really good.

I just wished they served kiddie sizes!

Dave's Ice Cream
94-1040 Waipio Uka Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
(808) 677-0028

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