Diaper talk

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It was a HOT summer and early fall, so naturally Kai has been hanging out in his diapers quite a bit. And inevitably, I’ve posted some pictures of him in this state, which has prompted a lot of questions about our diapering choices. So for those of you who’ve asked, here’s the scoop. Continue reading


Mango Pico de Gallo

mango pico de gallo

I used to look forward to the summers in Oregon for one thing: berry picking! Okay technically I loved a bunch of things about summer in the Northwest, but freshly picked strawberries, blueberries, raspberries? Sooooo good.

We don’t have “u pick” berry farms in Hawaii, but summer here brings in its own set of delicious crops. In the last week alone, we’ve gotten a bunch of treats from our neighbors and friends who have an overabundance of avocados, star fruit, and pitaya growing in their yard. And the mangos! We got so much mango, in fact, that I was worried about eating it all before it went bad. That might sound crazy, but you didn’t see the pile o’mangos on our kitchen counter.

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spicy tofu poke bowl

Spicy Tofu Poke Bowls

There are several food trends that hit Hawaii long before they made it to the mainland. Like Bubble Tea. Acai Bowls. And most recently, Poke Bowls. Poke – which is essentially a raw fish salad – has been a long-time[…] Continue reading

soba salad recipe

Easy Soba Salad

It’s fun to get wild in the kitchen with new ingredients and daring flavor combinations. But sometimes I find that the oldest recipes are the best ones. This easy Soba Salad recipe is one of my favorite go-to dishes that[…] Continue reading


thoughts on returning to work

The truth about being a blogger is that sometimes it’s hard to be so vulnerable. Yes, I write about cooking, eating, and drinking. But I also share personal anecdotes and happenings from my life. And the latest big event in my life happened[…] Continue reading

north shore shrimp shack

10 places to visit on Oahu’s north shore

Kai was born a few days past his due date. Waiting was torture, but we tried to keep ourselves busy. Sam planned some fun activities including a road trip – which turned out to be a perfect adventure for such a[…] Continue reading

kai's birth story

Kai’s birth story

Before Kai was born, I was 110% sure that I would NOT share his birth story on the blog. It felt incredibly personal, and I figured that not all of you lovely readers would actually be interested in all of[…] Continue reading

passion fruit strawberry margaritas

Passion Fruit Strawberry Margaritas

You know how I feel about margaritas. OBSESSED. But in a strange twist of events, I didn’t miss margaritas while I was pregnant. Like, at all. When it came to alcohol, all I wanted was a cold beer. And this craving[…] Continue reading

newborn baby essentials

20 Newborn Essentials

After a major health scare and emergency surgery, I’m soooo happy to report that Kai turns four-weeks old today – and is doing GREAT. Sam and I, on the other hand, are still recovering from such an emotional rollercoaster! Speaking of which,[…] Continue reading

dog birthday

Gifts for Dog Lovers

In addition to celebrating the birth of Kai, April is also Lola’s birthday month. In the past I’ve gone all out (I’m talking homemade dog treats and all) – but this year we’ve had our hands full. Literally. Knowing that[…] Continue reading