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January 18, 2015

This Soup Obsession is Real!

A new year always is refreshing. It’s literally 365 blank pages where you can continue to write your own story. I consider myself an outgoing optimist, so when I was hit with laryngitis and a Darth Vader-like voice on the second day of 2015, my promising year seemed to be in shambles. Imagine a self-proclaimed…

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January 11, 2015

Let’s Hear it for the Ducks!

The aloha spirit will surge across the nation tomorrow, as we cheer on University of Oregon Ducks as they go head-to-head against Ohio State Buckeyes in the college football national championship game in Arlington, Texas. This hotly-contended nail-biter is expected to spike TV ratings, and all hopefully will witness Hawaii’s own Marcus Mariota, star quarterback…

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January 4, 2015

Sweet Potato Promises Something Good

Happy New Year! Let’s begin 2015 with something sweet and a little bit savory. I bet you’re thinking, oh no, more sugary desserts and sinful holiday fare? Nope, that’s not it. I’ve definitely had my fill of cookies, cakes, pies and party mix, that, when added up, probably could feed an entire village. Let’s give…

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December 28, 2014

Luck of the Ahi

The monthlong holiday festivities have come and gone. (Yes, like every year, I’m suffering from Christmas withdrawals and saying goodbye to my favorite time of year is never easy.) Yet, in place of merry holiday cheer are those good ‘ole New Year’s resolutions that we all make with full optimism and determination. But alas, while…

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December 21, 2014

Brunchin’ It

Mornings and I don’t mix. It’s hard enough waking up to my alarm during the week, so when the weekend rolls around, I take full advantage to soak up every last minute of precious sleep. My body clock usually wants to go off at around 10:30 or 11 a.m. Now the dilemma is, do I…

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December 14, 2014

Udon, the New Noodle in Town

Wintertime is the best season to cozy up with a bowl of steamy udon, especially after completing a hectic day of Christmas shopping. While everyone is gushing about ramen this, ramen that, udon is where my true love lies. Sanuki udon, the long, thick, white noodle that is a specialty of the Kagawa region in…

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December 7, 2014

Christmas Stollen is Here to Stay

Ah, my most favorite time of year is finally here! The chill in the air warms my heart, as it calls for a wonderful holiday full of hot toddies and snuggles, along with a mug of hot cocoa and Christmas stollen. Yes, stollen. Highly regarded as the “Christmas Cake of Germany,” stollen has staying power….

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November 30, 2014

Sausage is the Missing Link

Thanksgiving really snuck up on us this year. Now, it’s day three of leftovers — turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberries, yams, pumpkin pie — you name it, it’s probably in the fridge. Stuffing is my main dish. No joke. Why? Because of the chunks of Italian and Portuguese sausage, which stand…

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November 23, 2014

I’m Talkin’ Tiramisu

I’m going to keep this short and sweet, because to be honest, I’m pretty sure you couldn’t care less about this intro. Why read when you could be stuffing your face with tiramisu? Legit tiramisu, at that! It’s all or nothing, right? And being that Italy is an absolute favorite travel destination of mine, I…

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November 16, 2014

Know That Ginger is All I Need

Since I’m open and honest with you, my OYK readers, I’ll fill you in on a little-known secret. I’m a “wannabe” pop star, who sings and dances around the house to my favorite jams at full blast. Embarrassingly enough, I don’t hold back. I’m a total diva (in my head, definitely not in reality). Recently,…

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