Category Archives: food

Congrats Jesse and Bianca!


Yesterday I attended a wedding celebrating with the fabulous couple, friends and co-workers. Matt was unable to attend but he was there in spirit. Well he was there to drop me off and pick me up. Haha! That is another story I will save for later. The reason why I wanted to write about this occasion is because I did not give a card to the bride and groom. SO – My plan is to share this with the couple when I am done writing.
(This saved me $5.00) Enjoy!
Dear Jesse and Bianca

Congratulations! You guys are entering a new chapter in your life! WOO HOO! A couple of marriage tips from our family to yours:

  1. The $65.00 is non-refundable (regarding the marriage certificate).
  2. Pick your battles wisely. Reminder yourself, is this a deal breaker?
  3. Say “I love you” often and mean it.
  4. Video game time (for him) is yoga time (for her).
  5. You might be total opposites, but that is what will make your marriage great.
  6. Compromise and never sacrifice.

Love you both – The Nickel Ohana

Devoción Coffee Adventures 

“Many have said of alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim. But to consider only what virtue and power may lie in coffee” – Paracelsus 

Hipsters can be found at this boutique coffee shop. The coffee is imported from Columbia and brewed by the fine people in Brooklyn New York. Latte was bold and full of flavor. Nice people. Descent bathrooms. 

World Vegan Day

Today is world vegan day! In celebration, I have prepared a dish that includes delicious local produce that can be found at any farmers market (see below).

During my YTT, many of my classmates were vegan and we had a whole class on yoga diet. Some may automatically assume that yogis are all vegan because vegans practice abstaining from the use of any animal products, particularly in diet. However yogis back in the day were vegetarian.

“These are ingredients that enhance clarity and lightness, keeping the body light and nourished and the mind clear,” Gary Kraftsow, founder of the American Viniyoga Institute. In other words, a diet that offers your body a great basis for practice—or encourages the same effects as practice—makes for a great yogic diet.  

Some yogis even ate meat, but very rarely. To learn more check this article out on yogic diet. Full disclosure: I am not a vegan but I try to eat a plant-based diet. 

Zucchini Stir Fry
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 locally grown zucchini
  • 1 pack of Hamakua mushrooms
  • 4 small sweet peppers
  • 1 tsp of olive oil
  • a pinch of Hawaiian salt
  • a pinch of pepper


  • Chop up the zucchini, mushrooms, and sweet peppers
  • Heat frying pan to medium heat and add olive oil
  • Add in all ingredients and stir around for 5 minutes
  • Add in salt and pepper for seasoning
  • Cook for another 3 minutes – and BAM! Done!

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Food Diary Struggles

What I show people I eat online/social media:
Healthy always, local as much as possible


What I actually eat
crap (yes, I know I have a problem)


Breakfast Quiche 

Inspired to eat healthy (and on a budget) after a very indulgent weekend, I made a breakfast quiche for lunch this week.

8 Eggs
2.5 Spinach
12 Grape tomatoes
6 Mini Peppers

Bake at 350 set for 45 minutes in a square glass Pyrex
16 Servings
Calories per piece: 49


Hilo Shark’s Coffee 

Checking out the ginger ice cream!

chef inspired

Addicted. very addicted. Ive been watching tons of cooking shows, shows about chefs, shows about food, culture and the list goes on. All things related to food and cooking… I’m addicted. I’m inspired. I want to cook and create. Most all successful chefs are very passionate about what they do and wont compromise on quality, taste or experience. While I do have my career in marketing, I would love to learn more about the culinary arts. PBS did a great series called The Mind of a Chef. The first season featured David Chang, a talented and very entertaining chef and entrepreneur. See for yourself and get cooking.

Miso Hungry!

Every year, hundreds of people make resolutions. Most of them health related from lose weight, exercising more, etc. I plan to make those types of resolutions but on top of that, I plan to go on a cash diet. Starting today. Yes, it is almost the end of January and it is late to start a resolution like this but I want to really prove you can be healthy on a budget.

One of my favorite soups to make that is filling for your tummy and wallet is miso soup. I bought a majority of my ingredients at Marukai and it cost all under $20. The recipe below only uses a portion of the miso, one packet of dashi which means you can make more than one pot of soup. Cash money baby!

5 Cups of water
1 tablespoon ginger-root, peeled and minced
4 Table spoons for white miso
1 pack of seaweed dashi
2 cups of mushrooms (chopped and cubed)
3 cups of spinach/kale
14 oz of soft tofu (chopped and cubed)


  • Heat water till it boils
  • When the water comes to a consistent boil, add the ginger, miso and dashi
  • Add the mushrooms, spinach/kale, tofu and cook for about 7 minutes
  • Pour into a bowl to cool for 1-2 minutes, then enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Number of servings (yield): 5  Nutrition (per serving): 45 cal

Does my cereal look like cat food?

Today’s breakfast was delicious! I love coconut. I don’t just love coconut… but LOVE LOVE coconut. Below is what I had for breakfast, something simple and sweet. Estimated calories: 298

1 Cup of Silk Coconut Milk
1 Cup of Kashi® Heart to Heart® Honey Toasted Oat Cereal
1 Tbsp of shredded coconut
1/2 Cup of strawberries

1. Add all ingredients together in a bowl
2. Stir
3. Enjoy!

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PS: I couple co-workers said the cereal looked like cat food. I would like to reassure you that it does not taste like cat food at all. It is very tasty!  What do you think? 

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@s4xton was kind enough to share with me some Minnesota love with me the other week. wholeme. is a company that makes treats that are grain free. Quick note: A lot of their bars and cereals are made with nuts.

dateme: A pecan and date bar that is fabulously delicious. Enough said. To elaborate, this bar has a soft yet crunchy texture thanks to the pecans. It has a hint of sweetness that makes you wanting more. The name of this bar is quite clever as well. I posted this photo on Facebook and got a lot of interesting comments! No I am not trying to date someone – lol!

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eatme: coconut + nuts + honey = YES PLEASE! This mix was one of my favs as I love all things coconut. I could not get enough and tried to ration the bag for 3 days. This blend is very addicting and can be eaten in the morning as cereal or add coconut milk and voila, healthy dessert! (I added the blueberries in the photo below. I think you can add any fruit with this mix and it would be!)

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wakeme: The carob nib and espresso bar is perfect for a quick pick me up. I snacked on this after my morning bootcamp work out and it was the best recovery snack. It tastes delicious and at 289 calories, you cannot go wrong!

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Currently, they are sold in various health and fitness stores in Minnesota. They also sell their products online AND ship to Hawaii. These are great for gifts or even if you want to treat yourself to something yummy and healthy. Check them out: