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  • Date A Girl Who Reads by Rosemarie Urquico

    Monday, Apr 7, 2014 3:40AM / Members only

    I stumbled upon this blog post this morning and had to share.

    Date A Girl Who Reads by Rosemarie Urquico

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  • Chasing Daisy

    Monday, Mar 10, 2014 9:32AM / Members only

    My love for the so-called “chick lit” books by English authors is not a recent thing. I have fond memories of when I discovered Sophie Kinsella and Hester Browne. Although I occasionally cry my eye balls out, thank god my flatmate (notice I didn’t say roommate) is usually never around to witness this debacle, I finish almost every book feeling happy and giddy for the happily ever after endings. Recently, I developed an addiction to the works of Paige Toon. I’m not sure if it was the cute pink cover or the fact that the book kept popping up my Goodreads and Amazon recommendation lists, but I finally decided to read “Chasing Daisy” by Paige Toon. A week later, I have read all 8 of her books and both of the short e-books. Now I have to patiently wait for the next book that comes out in late May, that’s more than two months away. *sigh* This may sound a bit weird, but I really want to start using “cuppa” when offering someone tea and “cow” when insulting a particularly b**chy person. I want to try Penguin bars and I also want to let the world know that I am about to toss my trainers in the rubbish, but I don’t think anyone in America will know what I am talking about.

    Chasing Daisy

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  • Sushi Sasabune

    Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 3:31PM / Members only

    My favorite meal in Oahu was dinner at Sushi Sasbune. Casual atmosphere, friendly service and some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. Thank you for taking notes Betty.

    Canadian albacore tuna and Japanese blue fin tuna.


    California squid stuffed with Louisiana blue crab.


    Fatty toro and medium toro. I prefer the fatty toro.


    Japanese red snapper and North Carolina halibut.


    Japanese skip jack tuna




    Salmon with seaweed


    Hokkaido scallop with green chili


    Oysters three way



    Japanese snow crab


    New Zealand abalone


    Finely chopped toro. Melts in your mouth.


    Alaskan King crab, sashimi grade.



    Uni aka sea urchin


    Sushi Sasabune

    1417 S. King St.

    Honolulu, HI 96814

    (808) 947 -3800

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  • Oahu 2014

    Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 3:03PM / Members only

    Wind + rain = no skydiving. Damn you Oahu and your crappy weather. I understand this is your Winter, but couldn’t you have given us one good morning with sunshine that wasn’t on the day we were leaving? What does a girl have to do to jump out of a plane? Geez. *sigh* I suppose this means Betty and I will  have to plan another trip to Hawaii. Bad weather aside, we still had a lot of fun exploring and eating. See pictures below.

    We arrived on Sunday and checked into the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki. The hotel was beautiful, historic, almost like something out of a movie. Although it was consider low season for tourism in Oahu, the place was still bustling with people. I wish housekeeping weren’t so stingy with the hair conditioners and so overly generous with the body wash.


    Our first stop after check-in was Iyasume Musubi. Ever had a spam musubi? No? Why? Because you think spam is gross. Well I think you’re pretty gross. You’re missing out. It’s delicious.


    I ordered mine with egg, bacon and cheese.


    After our musubi stop, we ventured over to the Ala Moana Center, explored Kalakaua Ave a bit, stopped by King’s Village and finally decided to have dinner at HI Steak. The chimichurri was great, but the steak was a bit over done for our taste.

    We bumped in Doraemon at King’s Village. Insane right? I know.


    Next time I want to order the chimchichurri with just a side of rice, but I don’t think that’s an option.


    On our way to our first and only hike the next morning, we stopped at Diamond Head Market & Grill for some breakfast. We ordered the loco moco and the salmon and egg on fried rice. Of course we added the sriracha sauce. It’s never too early for sriracha.



    The Diamond Head hike was easier than we had expected. I would’ve taken a picture from the top, but I was distracted by all the mosquitoes that were congregating up there. Oh and we climbed a lot of stairs.


    Whale watching was one of the highlights on our trip. This is the view of the island from the boat. I was surprise that the whales were so close to shore.


    We saw like 10 different whales on this boat trip because it was Betty’s birthday. It was confirmed in the video below even though it only features one whale that you can barely see.

    We stopped by Shirokiya for a late lunch.

    Squid okonomiyaki(?) and takoyaki from Takoyaki Yama-Chan. You don’t like squid? Well I don’t like you much either. I am judging you right now.



    We also ordered a pork katsu from Kimukatsu. What’s so special about this particular katsu? Well the katsu is made from quality pork, sliced thin and stacked into 25 layers. At least that’s what I wrote in my Evernote. Fancy, but the pork was a bit dry. I think they might have a shop in Culver City.


    We had dinner at Alan Wong’s, but I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures. Our whole entire dinner was interrupted by a pair of brand name dropping brothers/doctors from Atlanta. Oh you walked into Ralph Lauren? Big deal. I walked into Louis Vuitton and Burberry!

    We had scheduled skydiving for Tuesday morning, but it was canceled due to the bad weather conditions. So we decided to visit Pearl Harbor. Neither of us wanted to take the ferry to the memorial after the short film. I was good at holding back the tears when I visited in high school, but not now. I think I would’ve freaked everyone out if I started balling uncontrollably. Betty probably would’ve smacked me. After Pearl Harbor, we spent the rest of the day walking around Kalakaua Ave. I recommend getting your caffeine boost at Gorilla In The Cafe. Just do it.

    I’ve always enjoyed a nice bowl of soup noodles on a gloomy day. Marukame Udon was delicious.



    After a relaxing day of doing absolutely nothing that requires any type of physical exertion, we woke up early the next day so that we can grab breakfast at Nico’s Pier 38 Fish Market, go ATV at Kualoa Ranch and then hopefully do some skydiving in the afternoon. Yea…that last part didn’t happen. The weather was not our friend. So instead we visited the Dole Plantation, had some shaved ice and checked out one of the beaches in the North Shore area.

    Betty and I are probably the only two people that would eat octopus and shrimp for breakfast. I didn’t get any pictures of our breakfast. A girl can only do so much while she is eating and driving. For the safety of the citizens of Oahu, I opted not to take any pictures. Yes I know that’s quite considerate of me, but well…I also only have two hands.


    The Renniemobile. I named it 2 seconds ago. She is an all terrain ATV.


    We kept our helmets on the whole time.



    That’s not just any puddle, it’s a footprint.


    There were many deadly land mines. I didn’t step on any.


    A prop left over from some movie. I wasn’t really paying attention to the guide. I was too focused on trying to avoid the deadly land mines aka cow poop.


    Kualoa was beautiful. No mosquitoes either.


    Woohoo for spontaneity. We spotted this truck, did a u-turn and found one of the best meals on our trip. The roasted shrimp and chicken combo from Mike’s Huli Chicken was delicious. We didn’t even Yelp it ahead of time.


    Best coconut banana smoothie ever. We should’ve ordered two.



    I was bug bite free until we got to the Dole plantation. My right hand still itches now.



    Dole Plantation advice #1 – skip the garden tour. Dole Plantation advice #2 – cut through the trees in the maze.



    Matsumoto Shave Ice


    I prefer Taiwanese shaved ice.


    Whoa I just noticed that I have a photo bomber in my beach picture. WTF?



    The best meal we had in Hawaii was at Sushi Sasabune. It was so insanely mind blowing that it gets its own post.

    The last meal worth mentioning was breakfast at Boots & Kimo’s in Kailua. The pancakes  with macadamia nut sauce was SO GOOD!


    So that pretty much concludes our first vacation together since Thailand 2004. I hope we don’t have to wait another 1o years to go on another trip together.

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  • Susan & Caleb’s Wedding

    Monday, Oct 28, 2013 11:17AM / Members only

    I woke up this morning feeling extremely fat and exhausted, and everything hurt. Why? I blame Susan and Caleb. Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending their wedding at Orcutt Ranch in West Hills. I think I may have been a little too excited, ate a bit too much and danced for too many hours. Why did I ask for two racks of ribs instead of one? *sigh* My eyes were obviously way bigger than my stomach. It was a deliciously beautiful wedding. See pics below.

    I thought I was going to be late, but I forgot I was supposed to operate on Asian standard time. I think I was a few mins early.

    We Made It!!!

    Non-alcoholic pre-ceremony refreshments.

    Pre Ceremony Drinks

    Such clever use of windows or were these doors?

    Glass Door

    Dalrae was the only bridesmaid I got a good picture of walking down the aisle. Sorry Melissa and Julie.


    The bridesmaids had the prettiest hair.

    Dalrae Hair

    Now say “aww”.

    Caleb and Susan

    Absolutely love the flowers.

    Sand Flowers

    Looking good Westwood. Looking good.

    Mag Ren Ash

    More windows. Go Table 2!!!

    Seating Tables


    Center Pieces

    Ready to eat ladies???

    Mag and Tracy

    Check out this menu! OMG! BBQ and OKRA!!!


    I forgot the mac n cheese? :(


    Dessert table. I should have ate more cake pops.

    Dessert Table

    Dessert Table 2

    Cake cutting. Now say “aww” again.

    Cake Cutting

    The newly weds sat here during the reception. I was too engrossed with the food to take pictures of them when they were actually sitting here. Oops.


    Ashley was DJ for a bit.

    Ashley DJ

    I grabbed the wrong party favor, but that’s ok. It’s still cute.


    Ok now one last time say “aww”.  Congratulations Susan and Caleb!

    Susan & Caleb

    Orcutt Ranch

    23600 Roscoe Blvd

    West Hills, CA 91304

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  • posted on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 10:34PM  [Report]
    Merry Christmas RenRen. And a Happy New Year to you as well. Hope you have time to accurately record some of great traditional foods you and your family eat. I'll bet they're the best.
  • posted on Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012 8:51AM  [Report]
    Hey~~! Long time no see. Just wanted to stop by and say hi! :)
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  • posted on Friday, Jul 6, 2012 8:59AM
    You're right. Naomi Watts should have better sense.
  • posted on Thursday, Jul 5, 2012 9:53AM  [Report]
    I thought it might have. Did you see that they're doing a film on the last years of Diana's life and they have Naomi Watts playing her. Great actress but (1) she's too old, (2) she's too old!, and (3) c'mon look at her. Check it out.


    It's hard to play an icon. Michelle Williams captured parts of Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn but I never for one minute believed I was watching Marilyn.

    Naomi should've had better sense.
  • posted on Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 1:52PM  [Report]
    Napkins, haha, I swear to God that didn't even occur to me. Whoa.
  • posted on Friday, Mar 30, 2012 12:57PM  [Report]
    Hey, Rennie! I just realized I can't seem to find you on facebook anymore. Did you delete your facebook account?
  • posted on Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 11:45AM  [Report]
    Yeah, I've heard of that place but hubby doesn't wanna be trekking out too far and it's gonna be July so a hot bowl of ramen might not sound so great. We do intend going to Craft and making reservations for dinner. I know diddy rieses will be one of our stops, if not I'll kill him.;)
    posted on Saturday, Feb 4, 2012 7:01PM  [Report]
    You put your comments to be moderate. (you have to approve each one).

    Or you can ask them to stop. We don't have a way to block specific people. ..
    posted on Monday, Jan 23, 2012 3:34AM  [Report]
    Ha ha j/k. :-P
    posted on Monday, Jan 23, 2012 3:34AM  [Report]
    Tinlunlau you mean?
    posted on Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 10:26AM  [Report]
    what is your user name?
    posted on Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 11:10AM  [Report]
    ha ha, glad you have faith in me!
  • posted on Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 5:15AM  [Report]
    Love your food blogs ~ I was in SoCal the last 2 weeks and went to some of your recommended restos~!!
    posted on Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011 12:52PM  [Report]
    ha ha. by the laws of physics I assumed that she was the one getting married. :-P
    posted on Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011 10:41AM  [Report]
    Oh so more like kool aid flavored donuts than donut flavored kool aid. :-P
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  • posted on Monday, Jul 11, 2011 6:50PM  [Report]
    haha, and I'm the opposite. I love the dish "raw kibbe" or "kibbe nayeh". It's served various ways but my MIL used to make it with only a few spices and then covered in drawn butter with softened chopped onions. Delicious. And my dad ate carne cruda with lemon and olive oil. Both dishes, as we prepared them, used beef but other meats can be used. Both should use meat you grind yourself.

    Was what you ate steak tartare? I don't like my eggs raw.
  • posted on Saturday, Jul 9, 2011 3:25PM  [Report]
    you have sweet pictures,,
    would we talk next time?

    happy days:)
    posted on Saturday, Jul 9, 2011 3:07PM  [Report]
    i mean did she jump or was there like wires? :-o
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