Coconut Milk Bubble Tea

coconut milk bubble tea

Often times, Hawaii is slow to catch up on trends. But one thing they’ve totally got the rest of y’all beat on is bubble tea.

It seems like there are a million bubble tea shops in Hawaii, and they serve all kinds of flavor combinations and all types of “bubbles,” or boba. Boba is essentially a tasteless, chewy tapioca-style jelly. They are pretty unappealing on their own, but paired with a sweet, refreshing beverage – and a large straw – and it becomes a super tasty treat. Plus, let’s be honest. Chewing AND drinking at the same time? So fun. Continue reading


Headed to Portland? Eat here.

Now that the news is out, there’s one question I’m getting left and right: DO YOU HAVE ANY CRAVINGS?

Things to eat in Portland

Honestly, this cracks me up, folks. I’m not sure what everyone’s expecting… pickles and ice cream? Sorry to disappoint, but there’s none of that going on. But – there are a few dishes I would practically kill for. Unfortunately for my cravings (although perhaps fortunately for my waistline?), are all dishes from restaurants in Portland. Continue reading

Lemonade Hawaii

No margaritas for 9 months.

  Actually, I guess it’s more like 6 months. Because, I’m already 3 months pregnant. With a small pooch to prove it. Eeeeek.

haupia french toast

Haupia French Toast (for a crowd!)

Remember when we talked about haupia? I’m a huge fan of this delicious Hawaiian treat. But then again, what’s NOT to love about coconut pudding? It gets better, folks. Because I learned how to stuff haupia into something that’s equally as fabulous: french[...] Continue reading

Mango Banana Bread

Fresh Mango Banana Bread

It took a few weeks for all of my blog supplies to arrive in Hawaii, but my set-up is finally here – and I couldn’t be more excited to share my first recipe from my new home. One of my[...] Continue reading

dog park

Two is cuter than one.

Sam tried to throw me a surprise going away party in Portland last month. The planning was all going really well until he realized that he was actually going to be gone, at a conference in New Mexico. So after weeks[...] Continue reading

kids cowboy belt

Baby’s First Birthday, Cowboy-style

My family is split between Oahu and the Big Island. Although my new job brought me back to Oahu, I got to spend my first full weekend in Hawaii on the Big Island for my nephew’s first birthday party. In Hawaii,[...] Continue reading

aloha friday

aloha friday

Friday mornings on my way to work, the local radio station here on Oahu literally plays a song called “Aloha Friday.” Every Friday. And honestly, there’s no better pick-me-up. “It’s aloha Friday, no work ’til Monday…” Except in this case, I[...] Continue reading

aloha surfboard

Aloha, Honolulu!

Well, it’s been radio silent on my end. I hope you can forgive me. I thought for sure that there’d be no interruption in blogging during the move to Hawaii. Clearly I had no idea what I was in for. Despite[...] Continue reading

portland waterfront

Peace out, Portland.

I’m a day behind schedule thanks to not 1 but 2 tropical storms hitting Hawaii this week. My first flight was postponed, and now I’m rescheduled to fly out smack dab between the two storms. That might sound simple, but[...] Continue reading