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city (eating) guide :: oahu, hi

Oahu1oahu2oahu3oahu4oahu5oahu6My very first plane trip was back in 1984 when we went on a family trip to Hawaii with my aunt, uncle, mother, and grandmother. I have to admit, I can’t remember much as I was only a few years old except for the fact that I refused to swim in the ocean and my grandma bought me a coconut purse!

Robert and I started coming to Hawaii in 2010 and fell in love. Our holidays here are pretty low-key and most of our time is divided between lounging, swimming, and eating shave ice. Seriously, this could be a new food group – YUM! We always start our trip in Oahu and normally island hop between the Big Island and Maui with the latter being my favourite (more on that later). Here’s some favourite places to eat in Oahu, HI that you won’t want to miss out:

Ted’s Bakery || Serving everything from breakfast to desserts, it is a popular spot for local surfers. Make a stop here for the Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie which you can purchase by the slice in the ‘help yourself’ section of the refrigerator.

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck || The garlic shrimp scampi was my favourite compared to the lemon butter and you can smell the garlic as soon as you get out of the car. Shrimp was clean and flavourful and if you head to the location in the North Shore, you may even spot a black and white cat waiting hanging out underneath the truck.

matsumoto shave icematsumoto shave ice catsMatsumoto Shave Ice || I can’t believe we waited this long to try shave ice! I heart this place so much that we almost made the drive from Waikiki (1 hour) to Haleiwa each day for shave ice. For $2.50 (small size – cheapest that we found) you can pick up to 3 flavours. An additional $0.50 will get you condensed cream, azuki beans, and ice cream each. My favourites included the rainbow (lemon, strawberry, pineapple) and cherry / lycee with condensed milk on top. Take a peek for feral cats that the owners feed behind the shop (see the two above).

Kua’aina || A fast food restaurant serving sandwiches and 1/3lb burgers (medium rare and huge). The original location in Haleiwa is normally pretty busy, so you can also check out their new place at Ward Center. Skip the french fries unless you like them shoestring style.

marukame udonMarukame Udon || Another new-to-me favourite thanks to Alexis from Wave the Stick. With 400+ locations in Japan, Marukame Udon is a cafeteria style restaurant serving hot / cold udon noodles for $3.75-$5.75. Once you order your noodles, you can help yourself to add-ons such as tempura, inari, and musibi ($1.25-$1.75 each). This place is delicious and can get pretty crowded in the evenings (30minute queue), but it moves pretty quickly.

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Happy travels and don’t forget the elastic trousers!

discover South London (UK)

When I first moved to London, friends told me that people who live in South London stay in the South and people who live in North London stay in the North. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t true!

To prepare for the first ever Got Craft? London on Sunday, November 27th, we decided to help our visitors make it a day out by rounding up a few of our favourite places South of the Thames. So grab a cuppa, visit our stall holder page to see all of the talented handmade designers that will be at Got Craft? and start planning your weekend!

There are numerous markets to choose from in London and new-to-me Venn Street Market in Clapham is one of my favourite finds. Make sure to pick up a vegan cupcake from Ms. Cupcake and a fancy coffee drink over at Esca Coffee Shop just around the corner. If you wake up late and miss most of the goods, walk down the street to Breads Etcetera on the Clapham High Street for some freshly baked treats!

To escape the hustle and bustle of London, pack up a picnik and take a stroll through Clapham Common. Stretching across 108 acres, you will often find people jogging and playing Rugby. There’s even a skateboard park and cafe.

Heading into Tooting, a local added that the halal mixed grill from Pandoos and the hazelnut dessert from Mirch Masala is a must. Of course, we must not forget our lovely hosts, the Tooting Tram and Social! With their eclectic mix of vintage furniture, the coverted tram shed has a vast selection of beer and wine for you to enjoy. Just across from the Tooting Tram and Social is the Gala Bingo building that was formerly the Granada Tooting Cinema. Built in 1931, it is considered to be one of the most spectacular cinemas in Britain and is open to the public for a peek.

Hungry in Brixton? Make sure to check out all the shops and places to eat at Brixton Village or take a seat at the Dogstar Pub, sister to the Tooting Tram and Social and home of Crafty Fox Pop Up Market. Brixton Whole Foods is also a great stop for those looking for specialty health food and bulk herbs (lavender for crafting!).

Have any South London tips of your own? We would love to hear from you! We are super excited to be hosting our first craft fair in London and look forward to meeting all of you real soon! Cheerio!

photo via flickr: CubaGallery