I have been back in California for about 7 months. It’s been about the same amount of time since my last post (and boy has a lot happened!). A piece of my heart will always be in Hawaii and maybe that’s why my return post (by complete coincidence) is Hawaii related!
With a little bit of planning I could easily be a vegetarian except every now and then I love a nice, good steak. And, if you know me, you know that I also love coffee. I am not sure how I have gone my whole life without combining the two but until about a week ago this was my truth.
This bad boy was brought home for me a few weeks ago and I cannot wait to try it on everything! It’s SO good. When you open the jar you can smell the coffee and the cayenne pepper. I used it on a ribeye and when cooked it was a perfect blend of coffee, and lime with just a kick of cayenne. As I type that, I realize it sounds like an odd combination but it is delicious! If you, or someone you know is headed to Hawaii, request this souvenir. It’s worth it!
Honolulu Coffee Company, Kona Coffee BBQ Rub
Ingredients: 100% Kona Coffee, Sugar, Sea Salt, Chilies, Onion, Garlic, Lime, Chocolate, Cayenne Pepper, Smoked Paprika
For the ribeye, I just put the rub on all sides and let it sit out for about 40 minutes. I have never been all that confident in my steak making abilities so when Phil got home I had him sear it on the Breville Smart Grill. Typically I like my meat medium rare but being pregnant I had him cook it to a medium heat.
I paired it with butternut squash. Typically I buy the whole veggie because you get more bang for your buck and I typically don’t mind the prep. With butternut squash it’s hard to cut so I let someone else do it! It’s such a time saver it’s worth the extra price. I got a precut pack from Safeway. I added about 2 tbs Grapeseed Oil, Paprika, and a dash of Seasoning Salt. Baked on 375 until soft and it paired perfectly with the beef!
…to Cali Cali. Did I just date myself with those lyrics?! We are moving! We are going back to California. The last 15 months or so have been amazing. There are so many things that I am going to miss about Hawaii and a few I could do without ever dealing with again (7 inch centipedes!).
The spirit of Aloha: the word Aloha translated means “the presence of breath” or “breath of life.” In action, it’s much more of a feeling, a sense of oneness. On my second day at my current job, we had a regional meeting and our managing partner came out from Missouri. It was a big deal. I walk in and know no one, another admin from another office walks up introduces herself with a hug and a kiss on the cheek (hugs and air/cheek kisses are very common greetings). Then she introduced me to other people that were there. It was such a welcoming experience! Its such a big family, truly. Anyone we’ve met here has been very welcoming. When the cashier at the grocery store asks how your day is going, they really want to know! It’s very different from what I’ve known in California where people tend to be on auto pilot within their own bubbles. This genuine hospitality will be one of the things I miss the most!
One of our favorite pastimes is eating! There’s so much good food here! The seafood doesn’t get much more fresh and I’ve fallen in love with real Japanese ramen (not in a cup or package)! Here are a few favorite places to eat:
Ocean House: The food is great, it’s right on the water, the perfect place to take family or friends.
12th Avenue Grill: This wasn’t rated the best restaurant in Honolulu for nothing! The food is outstanding, the service is wonderful and the atmosphere is perfect for date night.
Buho: contemporary Mexican food in Waikiki. Ah-mazing! Plus, it’s a rooftop bar with a good view of the fireworks every Friday night.
Leonard’s: Malasadas. They’re Portugese donuts, can come filled with a variet of flavored custards. Delicious!
Kyoto Ramen Yotteko-Ya: ramen. The broth is so rich, simmered for over 10 hours. I could just drink the broth, it’s that good.
The Veranda at the Kahala Resort: overlooks the pools, dolphin area and beach. We do a lot of life planning and dreaming here with a Cafe Kahala. Is so relaxing.
Up until our move, I had lived in the same city all my life. I was itching to get out and only after I was gone, did I have an appreciation for Northern California. Hawaii will always hold a special place in my heart, and I look forward to visiting in the future but family is where it’s really at, and for us, family is in California.
Here are some photos from the past year!
Mahalo Nui Loa Hawaii for welcoming us with open arms!
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