Frog Hollow Farm Dried Peaches, Brentwood

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One of the perks of being my father’s daughter is that he travels all the time for work, and thoughtfully brings me back snacks and treats from other cities and countries. One of my favorite, EVER, of these omiyage (a Japanese term used often in Hawaii, meaning souvenir gift) was a bag of organic dried fruit from Frog Hollow Farm in Brentwood, California.

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When I opened the bag and took a bite, my first thought was, “Why are these SO much better than any other dried apricots I’ve ever eaten?” Well my friends, it is because they were not apricots, they were PEACHES. Have you ever tasted dried peaches? I hadn’t. Here is a lovely description from their website:

Chewy dried organic peaches remind us of summer even on the rainiest days. One-hundred percent sun-dried, our fruit goes from the tree to the drying table without any sulfur or additives. The dried peach medallions range from golden brown to deep mahogany due to the lack of sulfur additives. These dried peaches are a seasonal selection from our many varieties of peaches that we grow. 

Ok, so they didn’t actually describe the taste per se, but imagine a peach, but it’s like candy, chewy and soft but not too sweet… hm, maybe you just have to try them for yourself. Luckily, they ship!

Airport Food, Reykjavik

Reykjavik Airport Food

On my way back from Germany, where I spent a long weekend at Oktoberfest in Munich, I had a layover in Reykjavik, Iceland’s coastal capital. Lucky for me, Keflavík International Airport has some pretty solid food options, such as this green juice. I do wish it had some vegetables in it, but still, to find green juice in an airport was pretty exciting.

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I’m not sure what this sandwich was exactly, but it was pretty good.

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It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever eaten, but for airport food (and picked out randomly by a non-English speaker), it was pretty damn good. I think it was just tomato and cheese.

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Brunch at Tilia Exquisite Aloha, Honolulu

Tilia Exquisite Aloha is a cafe located directly beneath the yoga studio I teach at in Waikiki (Yogaloha). If you haven’t already surmised by the name, it is a very Japanese-targeted (and possibly/probably owned) place. When I saw it pop up on Groupon, I figured it was a good time to check it out. One weekend after my class, Kiyo and I went for brunch. It definitely felt like a tourist destination and I don’t enjoy the decor, which combines retail along the walls of the restaurant.

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We split two items: a waffle sandwich (I don’t know… but their menu seemed to feature this oddity, so we went for it) and a pitaya bowl. The sandwich sounds like it would be good (turkey, lettuce, tomato, cheese, green apple) but it just wasn’t. So far, all waffle-sandwiches I’ve tried have been terrible (remember this one?) and this was no exception. It sounds like possibly a good idea to make a sandwich on a waffle, because you’d get salty and sweet, but it just doesn’t work. The salad and small side of fruit I liked a lot, except the dressing was way too sweet and ruined it for me.

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Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, has gained a lot of popularity lately in Hawaii. It can be used to make pitaya bowls, similar to the beloved acai bowl. Our bowl was awesome; it came with yogurt, granola, honey and lots of fresh fruit. I really enjoyed it, but it would have been pricey without our Groupon.

Tilia Exquisite Aloha

Location: 403 Kaiolu St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 Phone : 808-888-2011

Lunch at Terrace Pointe Cafe, Wynn Las Vegas


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I’ve stayed at Wynn Las Vegas twice; once for my 21st birthday celebration vacation (yeah… it seemed really important at the time!) and once for a work trip when I was working in Public Relations.

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I think I had the same room both times. But the first time, there were three of us, and the second, I had it all to myself. It was a wonderful way to work, I must say.

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One day I had lunch with my boss in between events in one of the hotel’s restaurants: Terrace Pointe Cafe. It is one of their more casual spaces and serves breakfast, lunch and brunch. It features bright, cheery decor and views of the pool (but it’s inside).

I ordered the Asian Chicken Salad: Napa cabbage, carrots, daikon, bean sprouts, mandarin oranges, watercress, snap peas, toasted almonds, crispy wontons, sesame dressing. It was a stereotypical “Asian salad” in that the chef unabashedly threw ingredients that sound Asian but are familiar to Americans into one pile (do you think anyone in Asia has ever eaten this? I don’t). However, it was perfectly balanced and honestly quite delicious. I liked how it was almost like a crunchy, salty-sweet coleslaw. At $17 it was a bit pricey, but everything is in hotels and in Las Vegas when you’re on the strip. And, I didn’t mind since work was paying!

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The WIAW That Never Was: New York

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I will admit it: I am being totally lazy with this post. Today features a whole bunch of photos of food that I never got around to including in my WIAW’s when I lived in New York. Some of these photos were taken with the intention of being featured in a WIAW post, but others are just one-off food photos that I felt were good enough to share, but don’t fit with any particular post. So, with no further comment, enjoy. If you have a question about a photo, leave it in the comments!

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