Kan Zaman, Honolulu

Kan Zaman Honolulu

As you might expect, there aren’t myriad Moroccan restaurants in Honolulu. One of the few is Kan Zaman (which means “Once Upon a Time” in Arabic), located in the heart of downtown. My dad took Kiyo and I out there for dinner right after we moved back to Hawaii about a year ago, and I recently met Kiyo there for lunch. You can sit outside, in the back, and throughout the small restaurant the decor is simple yet perfect. It’s very simple and charming, and you can tell it’s Moroccan, but it isn’t excessive in any way.

The first meal we began with the mezza sampler, which was fabulous. It included (left to right): baba ganoush, warak inab (Lebanese stuffed grape leaves), hummus and taktouka (a Moroccan cooked tomato and green pepper salad). Served with pita bread, this was the perfect starter to share and whet the appetite.


My second-favorite item was another that we all shared (we shared everything we ordered, which isn’t necessarily what’s intended at the restaurant, but it’s possible and quite easy). Not only does the house-pulled mozzarella with za’atar look beautiful, but it’s fun to eat! Also served with pita, as well as “vine-ripened” tomatoes, which were a little lackluster. I’ve never seen mozzarella like this, and I am a fan (but to be fair, I am a fan of pretty much any and all cheeses).


We shared two entrees. The first was merguez sausage served over (not much) couscous and steamed carrots, cabbage, pumpkin, potato, chickpeas, onion, tomato and zucchini (I felt like they skimped a bit in serving our portion. Do you see all those vegetables there? I certainly don’t remember tasting pumpkin). The sausage was plentiful and was good, but not the best I’ve had.


This looks like a plate of just french fries, but actually, it was our second entrée: chicken tajine. Braised with coriander, smoked paprika, cumin, lemon, saffron and olives, it was indeed topped with fries. These were extra tasty since they soaked up the juices from the chicken. It wasn’t the prettiest dish (I especially am wary of all-brownish plates) but it was good. The flavors didn’t pop as much as you might expect, but they were married nicely.

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Review: Kaibae Baobab Fruit Powder

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I heard that the Whole Foods near me was about to carry Kaibae Pure Organic Baobab Fruit Powder, and then I was lucky enough to try it out. As you know, I am a regular smoothie maker / drinker.


Here’s why I almost never use protein powder in my smoothies: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that the average American male consumes 102 grams of protein per day, while the average female eats about 70 grams. That’s almost twice the daily recommended intake established by the Food and Nutrition Board.* We already eat way too much protein! Unless you are a body builder or professional athlete, or a vegan, you probably do not need to worry about getting enough protein in your diet. In fact, too much protein is not a good thing, so I say, skip the protein powder.

So what are some great powdered alternatives? (In case you’re wondering, powders are great for nutrients but mostly because they give smoothies that perfect, creamy texture.) I like spirulina, wheatgrass, acai berry powder, and now added to my list of favorites is Baobab. It doesn’t have a prominent taste, which I like because I can add it to any and all smoothies (although, beware: the one ingredient it didn’t mix well with was Greek yogurt).

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu


Happy WIAW! Here’s what my Monday looked like this week.



I had to take my breakfast to go – a homemade smoothie made with coconut water, POG (passion orange guava juice; just a splash, for sweetness), fresh mango, frozen chard, spirulina, baobab, half a lemon, chia seeds, and flax-seed oil. I’m working on a review of Kaibae Pure Organic Baobab Fruit Powder, and I like it a lot so far in my morning smoothies! I also took my coffee (with almond milk) with me to go in the car, since I was running late to work.

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About two hours later, I got peckish and had a Babybel Light cheese. This is when I noticed that the pictures were coming out blurry, so I turned my phone around to wipe off the camera, and noticed… it’s broken! :( I dropped my phone this weekend and I guess the camera completely smashed. So sad! I will need to figure out what to do because I am leaving for a trip to the East Coast at the end of the month, and I will definitely need my phone camera working!

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Lunch was a big, satisfying salad: organic mixed greens, grape tomatoes, half an avocado, salami slices, Parmesan cheese, and Love [pickled] Beets. I made an easy dressing out of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Himalayan sea salt, black pepper and Penzey’s Fox Point seasoning. So simple, but so good.

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August Lifestyle Challenge

Do you want to join a lifestyle challenge? My friend and fellow yoga instructor Laura Mary is currently hosting a social media challenge! It began on August 1st but it’s not too late to join. It is “31 days into a journey of self-love.”

Here’s how it works: Each day she posts to her Instagram page (@lauramaryyoga) the subject of the daily challenge. All you have to do is:

  • Participate in the daily “challenge” and post a photo of the activity (in some creative form)
  • Tag Laura Mary and all the supporters
  • Include #AugustLifestyleChallenge in the post

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Guys, the prizes are really good for this challenge! And you do not have to be in Hawaii to take part.

Prizes are being provided by these supporters:

  1. Lily Lotus Clothing
  2. Lululemon
  3. Jugo Life Juice
  4. Salty Air Hawaii (jewelry)
  5. Kahala Crossfit
  6. Core Power Yoga

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I’ve posted every day so far, and it’s fun! This is a good challenge for everyone because most “yoga challenges” are asana (physical postures) based. This, however, is a lifestyle challenge. Some of the challenges so far have been things like “meditate,” “go outside,” “cook something vegetarian,” etc. These are also related to our yoga practices, just outside the realm of asana.

Join now and/or follow along with me @ValerieBrett

Interview Series Part 1 – Zan Schmidt

Welcome to the exciting second installment of Part 1 of the Interview Series! Here you get a glimpse into the lives of the friends and fellow foodies / travelers who get mentioned most often here on eyechow.

Today I’m thrilled to share these answers from my best friend Zan, who is probably mentioned more than anyone here on eyechow; since we haven’t lived in the same place since 2003, we have to always travel to see each other, or meet up in cool places!

Zan Schmidt Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina on our 2011 USA Roadtrip!

Zan Schmidt


Zan & Val adventure in Sydney, April 2015

Relationship to eyechow: longtime bestie of val pal!

Study/studied: Comparative Religion, Art History

Current job: Marketing and External Relations at Australian Catholic University in Sydney, Australia

Zan & Val in Gothenbrug, Sweden, September 2013

Zan & Val in Gothenbrug, Sweden, September 2013

Top three hobbies: traveling, outdoor adventures/running, seeing art/cultural events

Links to your blog / website / social: @zanimal_ (instagram)

What is your…

Favorite eyechow post? Anything about Grandma Tally

Diet like (any allergies, restrictions, etc.)? Discovered recently that dairy gives me really bad skin, so I now stick to non-dairy. Thankfully there are so many milk options these days! Soy, almond, rice, coconut, oat…

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