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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!

city guide pt 2 :: LA

We used Airbnb in LA and found the perfect one bedroom in Silverlake with a breath taking view of the Hollywood Hills. Trust me, I did not want to leave this place! My favourite part about living in California? The fruit trees! My dream would be to have a lemon tree in my backyard… bliss! Here’s my final round up. If you missed part one, you can find it here.

Handsome Coffee Roasters :: 582 Mateo Street :: We parked in the Arts District and walked past a gangster film shoot before arriving at the coffee shop. I love this place. Coffee was fantastic, pastries are from Proof Bakery, and the staff was super nice.

Urbanic :: 1644 Abbot Kinney Boulevard :: A pretty paper boutique filled with stationery, greeting cards, and a nice selection of Le Pens (my favourite!). I’ve been following them via instagram for quite awhile, so it was great to see all of their store displays in person.

Broome Street General :: 2912 Rowena Avenue :: One part general store and one part cafe, this was a great little place tucked into a quiet neighbourhood in Silverlake. They have a large seating area outside and a curated selection of goods inside including handmade bow ties from Forage and cards from Rifle Paper Co. For a small space, they have a great mix of products for sale and beautiful displays.

Torrance Antiques Fair :: A fairly large market with friendly stall holders and some great friends for low prices. I picked up a mint condition 5 piece set of Pyrex bowls for $30 and if I had room, I would have brought home more Pyrex, a chair, and a suitcase set. Definitely a new favourite!

On the Lot :: Follow them via twitter to see when and where they will be opened. This is where we had dinner on our last night in LA and it was just perfect! They have a rotating team of approx. 6 food trucks that meet on a weekly basis. We tried Lomo Arigato for Japanese Peruvian fare and the Mandoline Grill for viet subs!

Have your own favourites? Share them below!

city guide pt 1 :: LA

My work has brought me to LA a few times in the past where we stationed ourselves more or less in the Universal area and Burbank neighbourhoods. Although, we only had a {very} short 4 days here, we came with a completely different mindset on this trip – sun + palm tress, independent shops, and coffee culture. Los Angeles, I love you!

To help you plan your next trip, here are some of the places that we visited:

Poketo :: 820 E. 3rd Street :: Pronounced poh-keh-toe, they are probably best known for their vinyl artist wallets and their recent collaboration with Target. I’ll be posting more about them soon!

La Otra Taqueria Escuela :: 7615 Beverly Blvd :: I came here for their ceiling made of wooden shoe forms and I left talking about their pork belly tacos for weeks. They were so good that we went back the next day for more. Seriously. This is a stop you don’t want to miss.

Liz’s Antique Hardware :: 453 South La Brea Avenue :: If you love vintage and reproduction hardware for your home (skeleton keys, cabinet, furniture, lighting), this is the mothership. Worth a visit whether or not you plan to purchase any of these items.

Grove + Farmers Market :: 189 The Grove Drive :: This place brings me back to my earlier visits to LA when Jess and I would come here to spot celebrities. Ha! Lots of shopping and restaurants… heard great things about the Umami Burger, but didn’t have a chance to check it out.

Reform School :: 3902 Sunset Blvd :: I first heard about Tootie and Billie from Handmade Nation and added it to my list of places to visit. Fantastic shop filled with handmade goods, stationery, clothing, and other small gift items. I’ll be posting more about them soon!

Intelligentsia Coffee: 3922 West Sunset Blvd :: Just down the street from Reform School, its one of those places that if you love coffee, you have to at least visit once. The staff were all wearing hats and looked like they could break into spoken word, but besides that, the space and iced coffee was great!

Melrose Trading Post :: 7850 Melrose Avenue :: 1 of the 3 antique markets that I hit up during our visit. Tons of vintage clothing and some housewares and furniture. Worth the $2 admission, but definitely a hit and miss depending on which stalls are open when you visit. Found one seller that divides their time between LA and Detroit with a gorgeous selection of ice cream scoops (circular, triangular, and square!) and chocolate moulds.

Guisados :: 2100 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave :: Found this place via instagram and decided to try it out. Definitely off the beaten path, but just spot the line up at the door and you know you have arrived. We ordered the sample platter each and a melon juice to share. Not exactly sure what was on the platter, but everything was tasty except for the one that burned my lips off. :|

Stay tuned for part 2!

city guide :: san francisco, ca

San Francisco (CA) in the Fall is the best. We missed the torrential downpour that SF had during the last baseball game before the World Series and enjoyed some warm sunshine which we welcomed with opened toe shoes! As you know, there are tons of places to see, eat, visit, etc in San Francisco, but here are a few of the places we visited on this trip (my 10th!). PS. 3 days is not enough!

Tartine :: 600 Guerrero Street :: A small cafe with no signage outside except for a piece of 8.5×11 piece of paper with their hours, but who cares as this place should be renamed baked goods heaven. Somehow I managed to squeeze in two trips filled with flaky croissants, coffee (hot + iced), and a lemon poppyseed cafe.

Trouble Coffee :: 4033 Judah Street and General Store :: 4035 Judah Street :: I follow puglypixel via instagram and know that Trouble Coffee is one of her regular stops. Never ones to turn away from discovering a new coffee shop, we hopped on the tram and headed (WAY) down Judah Street. Great little strip of shops hidden outside of the city and super easy to get to as well. Bring your treats and walk a few blocks down to Golden Gate Park or the beach.

Makeshift Society :: 235 Gough Street :: An amazing space for creatives to work, share, collaborate, or just hang out with each other. A clubhouse for creatives. I won’t say too much about it as you will have to stay tuned for a full post!

Four Barrel Coffee :: 375 Valencia Street :: Nice space with their coffee shop at the front, brew bar on the side, and roastery at the back. A lot of beards behind the counter, but not in a pretentious way and they had great coffee.

The Curiosity Shoppe :: 855 Valencia Street :: This area of SF has really changed over the past years and it looks like there is more to come with construction crews lining the streets. We really fell in love with the Mission District and with so many great shops and places to eat, it wasn’t hard to stay away!

Craftsman and Wolves:: 746 Valencia Street :: Thanks to Donna for the recommendation! A contemporary pâtisserie serving a selection of cakes and pastries that are all immaculately presented.

Pot + Pantry :: 593 Guerrero Street :: I had pinned a picture of their store front and didn’t realize that they were located in SF until we happened to pass by on our way to Tartine. Definitely one of my favourite finds on this trip, but you will have to stay tuned for a full post to see more.

Have some favourite SF spots of your own? Feel free to leave a comment and share them below!

on the road …

Happy belated birthday to me! Yesterday started off with a breakfast birthday celebration before heading to Seattle for the day. We are sitting at the airport catching up on email before heading to San Francisco until the end of the week and then to Los Angeles on a working holiday. Thanks so much to everybody for the birthday wishes! Will check in soon with -> hopefuly <- some photographs of sun and palm trees! x

photo was taken in London (UK) last year