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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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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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu


About a month ago, I had a very productive day off.


It began with breakfast, of course: I had Ezekial bread avocado toast. My favorite!

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I had two back-to-back Skype catch-up sessions with faraway friends, and snacked on a clementine.

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Next, I made beverages to take with me for my day: water and iced nettle leaf tea with prickly pear extract and a drop of lemon essential oil by doTERRA. I’m obsessed with their oils; check them out here.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu


Happy WIAW… here’s what I’ve been eating lately:

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BREAKFAST: avocado toast on Ezekial English muffin… I seriously ate this every morning for a week (with my coffee, of course).


LUNCH: best lunch lately was the yogi sandwich (I ordered it with bacon but it comes with sun-dried tomato hummus, carrots, cucumber, kale and sprouts) from Sprout near where I work.

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SNACKS: potato chips, unfortunately. They taste so good but then afterwards I feel so crappy! I got these for free and after they were done, I did not buy more!

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Chicken with Hummus, Saratoga Springs

You’ll have to excuse the terrible pictures from this dinner that was four years ago, but I still wanted to share because the meal was a great, gluten-free idea. Flavia (in the back, Maggie in the front) cooked us all dinner one night at our house at Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs.


It’s such a great, simple and easy idea but I never would have thought of it: roasted chicken and vegetables served over hummus. Low-calories, healthy, gluten-free and nutritious. I will have to make this sometime soon!