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J is for Juicing

Juicing is the most effective and immediate way to inject grade A nutrition into the body.  A potent elixir that is sure to add a “pep to your step” and a sweet sounding hum in the bowels of the body’s engine.       April is the start of the A to Z challenge. Check out other blogs participating in this challenge at: http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com

G is for Gelato

One of my favorite desserts is vanilla bean ice-cream.   However, when ever I visit Lima, Peru, I always indulge in a hefty serving of flavorful gelato made with local Peruvian fruits from Cafeladeria 4D.  It was by chance that I found this place with one of my classmates back in the days when I was studying abroad in Peru.  I remember the day we walked into Cafeladeria 4D it was a very warm summer.  We decided to follow the crowd down the street to the cafe.  At first I thought why would I want to go to a cafe and drink a warm beverage?  But, when I saw what was in store for me, I was in heaven. During every visit to Cafeladeria 4D, regardless of time of the year, I have found delicious gelatos made from various local fruits as well as those made with rich decadent flavors that include chocolate.  There are so many flavors to choose from that one visit is not enough.  The portions are generous and while you ponder which …

D is for Dim Sum

I am told that you can find at least one Chinese restaurant in every country.  I am not sure if that statement is true, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a huge Chinatown in Lima, Peru.  During our outing in downtown Lima, we headed for Chinatown, also known as Barrio Chino.  I had the onos for some yummy dim sum.  Welcoming us as we walked into the Wa Lok chifa (term used for a restaurant only heard in Peru) was a clear glass case that housed a few of their tantalizing dishes.  Though my traveling companions preferred the sweet treats, I steered in the direction of these tiny appetizers. After an hour of feasting, I was completely satisfied and thankful to have found a few dishes that I recognized.  There are many Chinese restaurants on O’ahu that serve dim sum, and are usually crowded on Sundays.  The fun part about the dim sum eating experience is having the food pushed on carts brought to your table.  Usually the dishes are served in steaming bamboo baskets. …

C is for Chocolates & Churros

During a cold winter Sunday, I was strolling through the city of Madrid, Spain.  I would have thought the city would be quiet for a cold Sunday, but it was bustling with people walking every where.  After visiting la Puerta del Sol, I started to meander and follow a crowd of people up a winding walk way.  It was rather cramp quarters, and in a very old part of the city, but thought, why not go where the people go. I was delighted to have joined in on the pilgrimage as I found a really cute shop called Chocolateria San Gines.  I didn’t know what to expect, but when I walked in, the warmth of the shop, the aromas of hot chocolate and the smell of fried churros did me in.  I was so happy to have found this place. I was a bit hesitant to try the combination of hot chocolate with churros, but figured if the locals are eating it, why not try it?  Once I got my order, I stood along the side …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

On a short visit to Singapore, I lucked out and was able to partake in the celebration of their annual Diwali Festival (aka Deepavali).  My friend took me out for dinner in Little India.  The food was delicious and I really enjoyed the people watching.  The streets were bustling with people, colors, lights and flowers. At the end of dinner, as we were looking for a taxi to take us home, we noticed that no cars were permitted to pass through the middle of the festival.  So we ended up walking along the street towards where the taxis were waiting.  Along the way, I stopped to smell the ropes of jasmine hanging along the street carts.  It was tantalizing to be surrounded around all this lovely fragrance which included hints of incense floating in the air. Even though it was late at night, all the stores and even a few mom and pop vendors were open for the night.  I thought it was interesting to find a seamster working on the street with many onlookers watching him conduct his task.  I …

Weekly Writing Challenge: Golden Years

For this week’s writing challenge, we’re asking you to explore what age means to you.  Just last month we celebrated my baby’s 1st b-day, and for the next few months we begin the birthday celebration of my posse, including mine.  When time permits, we love celebrating our birthdays together.  I never thought much about this milestone until this year.  I am not hitting a major birthday year ending in a zero, but I am hoping all of my life experiences will help me guide my little one to be an engaged young lady.  I secretly have aspirations for her, but I know it will be up to her to decide what she wants to do with her life. Knowing that she has so many choices and opportunities awaiting her, I hope I will be able to give her the advice to help her navigate through her life journey. I know that the challenges she will face in her childhood will be very different from mine.  In my opinion, one of the biggest differences is that …

Colorful clutter

Just like a bowl of bright-colored Jelly Belly candy, I seem to look cheerful on the outside.  But lately, I have been a combustion of different moods probably because I have so much clutter in my head.  It’s times like these that I love grabbing a handful of jelly beans.  You just never know what flavor you will sweetly savor in your mouth.  I hope to soon sort and organize all my thoughts so I won’t feel like a bowl of jelly beans. Check out the other blogs participating in Bastet’s Pixelventures prompt –  MOODS.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Threes

Last month, we celebrated my daughter’s first birthday.  I was hemming and hawing about planning this event.  I didn’t want a big shindig, as I had been rather tired, but I was getting pressure from my ‘ohana (family). “How can you not celebrate your baby’s 1st year!” “You will not get this opportunity again.  She only turns one once.” “This is a party for everyone who has supported you this past year.” “She is your only baby, why don’t you put in some effort.” Hearing all this was troubling.  I don’t know why I was frozen with fear and feeling a bit anxious.  I had planned many large events in the past, but this time around, I was in serious exhaust mode.  I am fortunate to have some very creative, caring and loyal friends.  They all pitched in to help me.  We decided to scale back and invite an intimate group.  Since it was a children’s party, I was a bit outside of my element.  I didn’t know what a children’s party was supposed to look …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

We walked along the shoreline of the Yongmeori Coast on Jeju-do, South Korea, and stopped at a make-shift station operated by two women selling fresh seafood. Large plastic basins were filled with cool water to keep loads of brown conch and bright orange sea squirts alive. Bottles of beer were also strategically and suggestively placed in the basins to entice visitors. We decided to indulge in the experience and as we waited, the women cracked open the conches and cut into the sea squirts, slicing them up for us to enjoy al fresco. It was the first time we tried these two foods and were all pleasantly surprised at how yummy they actually were. If we had been free of responsibilities after our little excursion, we might’ve indulged in ice cold beers as well. Oh well… There’s always a next time. Weekly Photo Challenge: Three

Lunch, what?!

Whew, it’s been long day. One event done, and another one scheduled later today.  I have 20 minutes of a break for lunch.  I am hemming and hawing if I should grab lunch down at Island Naturals or pick up a spam musubi from the lunch kiosk.  Do I have time to drive down to the store?  Will I be able to make it back and enjoy my meal? As I contemplate what to eat for lunch, I watch a flurry of people walking past me.  A see a group of folks chatting and laughing near a picnic bench.  I glance in another direction and there is a group huddled in a corner peering intently at a laptop screen.  Geez, why cannot I decide what to eat.  Then, I get a whiff of coffee being prepared at the coffee cart a few yards away.  My stomach is growling with anger.   I know lunch has come and gone, but I need to refuel.  Hmm, maybe I’ll just grab a chai latte and a muffin at …

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: Cook

The prompt from Across the Bored’s TCTC is: “How do you cook?” My dad is a Chinese cook who enjoys preparing a feast for every meal  Growing up, it was the norm to have a minimum of nine dishes on the table.  I thought everyone ate like this for every meal.  But, it wasn’t until I started to sleep over at a friend’s house that I saw that others didn’t eat the same way as I did at home.  My dad some how creates magic with his stainless steel wok.  Occasionally, when we have parties, even now in his late 80’s, he can still whip up 10 – 15 dishes in a couple of hours.  The time it takes to prepare all the ingredients is very time-consuming.  Once, I asked my dad why he does it, and he told me that he loves to feed others.  Every time I see my dad, even if it is for a quick visit, he always asks, “Have you eaten?”  When I was younger I thought it was so annoying …

Share Your World – 2014 Week 2

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? Since I still have family in Peru, I would opt to live there. I love the people and the food. I do not like Lima for all the congestion, so I would want to live outside of Lima. The northern coast of Peru is lovely and the weather is great. I would not be able to swim in the cool water, but will be able to eat lots of seafood. Music or silence while working? I love music, especially when having to work out. It keeps me pushing it and finishing a workout. But when I have to sit behind the computer and work silence is better. Otherwise I may start daydreaming to the lyrics of the song. What is your favorite color? I love hues of orange and red. Best color to describe it would be coral. Do you have a bucket list? What are your three items? A bucket list are things …