Dinner at Oceana, St. Thomas

Oceana St. Thomas

Last March, Kiyo and I took an amazing vacation to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. One night, our lovely hosts (Zan‘s parents) took us out to dinner at Oceana.

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They served us an amuse bouche. I can’t remember any of the details of the food, but I remember it was really good!


Between the four of us, we ordered a variety of option: here’s the chicken…

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Strange Food Saturday: Tokyo

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Here’s another strange food that my dad brought us from Tokyo, that we ate in Honolulu.


I learned (from WIkipedia) that  Matsusaka beef is wagyū, also known as Kuroge Washu or “Japanese Black.” The cattle comes from the Matsusaka region of Mie, Japan. It is one of the most famous beef types within Japan and internationally, with a high fat-to-meat ratio. Within Japan, Matsusaka beef is generally considered one of the three top brands, along with Kobe beef and Ōmi or Yonezawa beef. So even thought this stuff came in a box, which freaked me out, to be honest, it promised to be good.

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Seven Ways to Eat Green on St. Patrick’s Day


University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) nutrition expert Patti Wooten Swanson has a plan for celebrating the holiday that revelers won’t regret the next morning. Wooten Swanson is the nutrition, family and consumer sciences advisor for UC ANR Cooperative Extension in San Diego County. She manages the county’s federally funded Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, in which staff members visit schools and community sites to offer lessons on healthy eating to low-income families and children.

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Wooten Swanson offers the following seven-step plan for eating green on St. Patrick’s Day (tips from her, pictures by eyechow):

1. For breakfast, sauté chopped spinach, kale or Swiss chard in a little olive oil, then add a beaten egg to make scrambled eggs. Dark green vegetables are among the most healthful of vegetables, Wooten Swanson said. They are low in calories and high in vitamin C, folate, vitamin K, iron and dietary fiber. “If you eat vegetables at every meal, including breakfast, you can get in the recommended amount each day,” Wooten Swanson said. The USDA’s dietary guidelines recommend adults eat 9 to 13 servings of fruit and vegetables each day, with most of those being vegetables.

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2. Mid-morning snack, grab a green apple. Not all apples are red; you’ll find several green varieties in grocery stores just right for St. Patrick’s Day. Light green Golden Delicious apples are sweet, plentiful, inexpensive and easy to find. Granny Smith apples are deep green, tart and very crunchy. Granny Smith are often used for apple pie, but are also great to eat out of hand. “Put a little peanut butter on apple slices to get some protein,” Wooten Swanson said.

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3. At lunch time, prepare a crisp salad with a blend of romaine lettuce, baby kale, spinach or mixed greens. For crunch add sugar snap peas, slices of green bell pepper and pieces of celery. Artichoke hearts, avocado and healthy green goddess dressing add gourmet flair. To make the dressing, blend 2 green onions, ½ green jalapeño pepper, 2/3 cup Greek yogurt, ½ cup cilantro, juice from 1 lime, ½ cup olive oil, salt and a teaspoon of sugar or honey. (Recipe adapted from Oklahoma State Extension.) “When you put a lot of different green ingredients in your salad you get a lot of different nutrients,” Wooten Swanson said. “Many of us eat the same thing every day – like an iceberg lettuce and tomato salad. But with a variety of ingredients, you get all kinds of nutrients, it tastes better and is more fun to eat.”

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu


Happy Hump Day! Here’s what my Monday looked like this week:


First things first: coffee (with cream this time) and reading my daily “meditation from the mat.”

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Breakfast was a smoothie made with:

  • tart cherry juice
  • iced rose tea
  • lemon juice
  • acai berry powder
  • frozen mixed berries
  • frozen spinach

Not pictured: two slices of salami. I was craving something savory!

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I ate a weird lunch at work; these were items that we already had at the house, that were portable:

  • Nonfat Greek yogurt (strawberry & goji)
  • Granola
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Babybel light cheese
  • Someone brought in green tea for everyone at work, so I had one of those too

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What I Ate Wednesday: Minneapolis [With Nutritional Analysis]



Today I am sharing a day of eats and exercise at my grandma’s house in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was staying with her for just under a week in February, for my cousin’s wedding. This is a woman who once told me, totally seriously, “I don’t like vegetables.” So let’s check out a day at her house…

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Breakfast: raisin bran crunch cereal with milk and strawberries. Not too bad, actually, although I never eat cereal at home.

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Coffee too, of course, with half and half at grandma’s instead of my regular almond milk. Half & half does taste a lot better actually! I was ironically catching up on my textbook reading for the nutrition class I’m taking now. One of our assignments was to track and analyze a day of eating, so I included all that information at the end of this post. Here’s what my breakfast looked like in terms of calories:

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