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Aloha Shoyu Chicken

One of the things I miss the most about living in Hawai’i is the FOOD. Here in the main land (what we call the continental US) there’s nothing that can possibly compare. I mean there are the “island” restaurants that try their best to make the foods from back home, but nothing beats home cooked meals from the family, or being able to walk to the nearest 711 for spam musubi, or the bomb ass asian sweet egg omelette and chow fun from Toshi’s¬†Delicatessen. Oh and every Tuesday was Shoyu Chicken Special day at a small hole in the wall restaurant called Richie’s that was right next door to our house. Man… can you hear my stomach rumbling?

Between me and my sister we have tried our best to recreate many of the meals we had in Hawai’i with what is available here (yay for asian markets), and we’ve been doing pretty good. In this column I’ll be sharing our recipes as well as other’s I’ve come across thanks to the awesomeness of the internet. First off…

Shoyou Chicken

5 lbs Chicken Thighs
6 C Water
2 C Aloha Shoyu
1 C Brown Sugar
1 Whole Garlic – minced
5 Tblsp Cornstarch
Green Onions – chopped

Add everything but the cornstarch and green onions to a large pot. Bring to a boil then turn down to a simmer. Let cook for an hour.

Remove chicken from pot and set aside in a serving bowl. Bring sauce back to a boil. Skim fat from top. Mix cornstarch with about 5 Tblsp of water in a separate bowl. Add cornstarch to sauce and mix well.

Remove from heat, and add chicken back to pot. Pour sauce over chicken to coat. Add chopped green onions and serve with white rice.

So ono! Enjoy ūüôā


Mermaid Status

I am a mermaid.

Ok not really, but I would totally be one if it were at all possible. I’d hunt down Ursula the sea witch and trade whatever she wanted if I could have a tail whenever my legs got wet.¬†Since I have no clue where Ursula is hiding, I’ll go for the next best thing: Mermaid Hair Shampoo and Conditioner.

All the reviews I’ve read on these products says it smells exactly like what you would think a mermaid would smell like – a light floral beachy scent made up of orange blossoms, the ocean breeze, and just a hint of coconut. Sulfate free and made of only natural ingredients this shampoo and conditioner set will give you hair just like Ariel’s from the Little Mermaid, shiny and full of volume. Seriously though, even if it didn’t smell all that great and didn’t do anything different from my regular shampoo and conditioner, I’d still buy it just to have it sitting on my bathroom counter. Seeing those cute little bottles would make me smile every time.


The MERMAID line also has a perfume in their signature orange blossom scent, body oil and candles. If you’re a mermaid too and would like to try the collection click here to head to the MERMAID website. The collection is also available at Urban Outfitters retail stores and online at

Now excuse me while I go pretend to be a mermaid. Aaa a aaa…

MERMAID Perfume – $50
MERMAID Perfume Oil – $50
MERMAID Shampoo & Conditioner – $60
MERMAID Body Oil – $70
MERMAID Candle 7oz – $50
MERMAID Candle 3oz – $25

Burn Calories the Island Way

I know working out is supposed to be WORK, but I’d much rather be having fun. That’s why I’m so excited there’s Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Studio.

Tahitian is the cultural dance style of the Society Islands, an island archipelago found in the South Pacific. This tropical paradise is home to the famous islands of Tahiti Nui, Moorea and Bora Bora.


At Ora Nui dance studio you burn calories while shaking your hips to rhythmic island beats. Dancing your way across the floor, you’re having too much fun to realize you’re working out. Ori Tahiti, the native way of saying Tahitian dance, is a cardio heavy dance style that works the core, legs and arms. It’ll whittle away your waist, tone up that middle, and burn away fat.

Learn a little about the Society Islands, sway your way to a healthier you and have fun while doing it. Basic Ori Tahiti classes are held every Thursday night from 7 Р8:30 and Saturday afternoons from 12 Р1:30. Come join the fun!

Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Studio
3312 E 4th Plain Blvd. Ste 105
Vancouver, WA 98661
P: 360-991-8548

Click here for more info on Ora Nui, classes, tuition rates and more.

Easy Rambling

This whole week has been grey and I’m more than ready for the sun that’s coming back out to play this weekend. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to high 80’s in town, so me and the family are escaping to higher elevations and cooler waters. We’re headed north and taking refuge next to Mount Saint Helen’s June Lake.


The June Lake Trail is an easy 1.3 mile hike that takes you through a young forest, over a little bridge and to a shallow subalpine lake on the southern slope of Mt. Saint Helens. The lake isn’t very big but the scenery is worth the hike. On the farthest shore is June Lake’s waterfall and on it’s southern shore is a small sandy beach for the kids to play.

With¬†so many other famous trails on Mt. Saint Helens, this little trek is often overlooked. If you’re lucky, the day you choose to go hiking only a handful of others will too. You’ll get to enjoy the beauty of the lake without much disturbance.

junelakewaterfallTo get to the trailhead: From Interstate 5 take exit 21 on to Route 503 East toward Cougar. After 35 miles, turn left on Forest Service Road 83 and drive six miles to the trailhead on the left.

Trailhead address: National Forest Road 83, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cougar, WA 98616
Trailhead coordinates: 46.137203, -122.156568

Happy Adventuring!

2014 Clark County Fair

This summer has been turning out to be one hot and amazing season. I’ve been trying to spend most of it tanning next to a body of water and have succeeded thus far. I hope you have been enjoying the outdoors as much as I have. Unless, of course,¬†you’re not into the whole “getting in touch with nature” thing – then I hope you’ve been at the cinema because this summer has seen some pretty good movies drop in the box office. I just hope, whatever you’ve been doing, you’ve been having fun.

clarkcountyribbonJuly is wrapping up quick and next month promises to be much hotter. First thing me and my family are going to – The Clark County Fair. From rodeos, to concerts, to demo derbys and monster trucks, rides, games and food for days, there’s no reason you shouldn’t head out to Clark County Event Center and Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, Washington. Starting Augusts 1st there will 10 full days of crazy. If you don’t like kids, crowds, smell of deep fried yumminess, or carnival rides, please stay away from this fair. If you are still in touch with the kid inside you, or have kids, then please come on down! There’s a whole lot of fun to be had!

Click here for more information on the fair, entertainment, prices and hours. 

Cinetopia: The perfect movie experience

Going to the movies used to be about just watching a movie but a few years ago I discovered Cinetopia.  It has changed the way I feel about the whole movie experience.

Before I would first plan where I was going to have dinner and have to take in consideration how long it would take to eat and then drive to make it to the movie on time.  Now, I have Cinetopia.


Cinetopia is a movie theatre with it’s own restaurant and bar/wine tasting room depending on which location you go to.¬† The Cinetopia at the Westfield Mall has a bar/dining area and the Cinetopia off of Mill Plain has a wine tasting room/dining area.¬†Their food is pretty decent and their drinks are delicious. One of the many¬†perks is that they have certain movie parlors that only cater to over 21, which is really nice when it’s date night.¬† The last thing you want to hear is someone’s kid fussing when you left yours at home.

Also, if you don’t finish eating when it’s time for your movie, you don’t have to shove all your food in your mouth because in certain movie parlors¬†they will¬†bring your food and drinks into the theater! You can finish your food and even enjoy a glass of beer or a glass of wine while you are watching your movie.¬† You can even order dessert to be brought to your seat.¬† Oh! and at the Cinetopia off of Mill Plain, if you are there just for the movie, you can be seated early and enjoy a variety of soloists playing¬†live music¬†from the balcony. It’s really quite fancy! There’s¬†comfortable seating, foot benches that you and a friend/honey can share and, if you are in a romantic mood, you can sit in one of their “love seats”!

So if you haven’t been to Cinetopia, I recommend you check Groupon first because they run a lot of deals.¬† You can get in for less than $25 and get a free small gourmet popcorn.¬† I have to admit that once you try Cinetopia you will not want to watch movies anywhere else.¬† It’s the complete package.¬† Go to and check it out.


BBQ’ing Weather

This week the weather was amazingly beautiful. It was an incredible preview of what summer holds for us. Being in the Pacific Northwest great weather like this doesn’t happen too frequently in the spring. It put me in the mood for out door activities like running in shorts (I went on my usual run only I ended up stopping every mile or so to take photos of new buds on trees or spring flowers) or going on a walk and BBQ’ing. Yep, you heard correct. BBQ’ing. I have a stand by recipe that I love to grill on the bbq. I use this recipe so often that my cook book automatically opens to the correct page. It is chicken kabobs. And depending what you serve them with, it is a very healthy dinner.

Chicken Kabobs
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, halved
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, plus 4 sprigs for garnish (optional)
1 lemon cut in half
8 large white mushrooms, brushed clean and thickly sliced
1 red onion, thickly sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. If using wooden skewers, soak four of them in water for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside. Prepare a fire in a charcoal grill, or preheat a gas grill. Trim any visible fat from the chicken. Cut the meat into 2 inch squares; you should have 32 in all.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, basil, and the juice of one lemon half. Reserve a 1/4 cup of the oil mixture. Add the chicken, mushrooms, and onion to the remaining oil mixture and toss to coat lightly.
  3. Alternately thread eight 12 inch skewers with the chicken pieces, mushrooms, and onion.
  4. Arrange the skewers on the grill rack or on a broiler pan about 4 to 6 inches from the heat source. Grill or broil, turning the skewers to brown all sides and basting occasionally with the reserved oil mixture, until the chicken and vegetables are tender and the chicken is opaque throughout, 10 to 12 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Squeeze the juice from the remaining lemon half over the chicken and vegetables; garnish with the fresh basil sprigs if desired. Serve immediately.
  6. I usually serve this on a bed of brown basmati rice. Serves four.

Recipe compliments of Williams-Sonoma Meats and Poultry.

Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Polka Dotted Season

This weekend was sunny, and warm, and a real tease! It had me thinking it was summer already. I even pulled out my swim suit. Almost put it on too until I looked down and realized… I’m so not ready to be wearing this! Thank you for the wake up call crazy Northwest weather!

Yes bikini season is fast approaching.¬†Most of us have been looking at that squat and ab challenge on Pinterest, or have been thinking of starting that new detox diet everyone’s been Facebooking about. There always seems to be a whole process to looking fabulous next to our chosen body of water, and most of it is painful.

Well here’s something not so painful. Swimsuit shopping! Here’s the newest trends this swimsuit season. Find your favorite looks and cross one thing off your swimsuit ready list without having to torture yourself before hand. Browse and enjoy!

Get Cheeky

Fringe Please

Crochet Away

Ruffle Me Up

A Good Sport

Let’s Go Retro

Crop Topped

Sexy Mono

Spring Break Polynesian Style

What better way to kick off Spring Break than with a Polynesian dinner show?!

Add a little color and heat to this grey weather with a whole lot of hip shaking and deep rhythmic beats. This Sunday, at Main Event Sports Grill located in East Vancouver, Ora Nui Tahitian Dance Troupe will be putting on a sneak peek performance of their summer show “Hina & The Eel: Tahiti’s Beauty & The Beast.”

Images from last year’s summer showcase

This small group is the only authentic Tahitian dance group in Vancouver so don’t miss out on enjoying a little bit of Tahiti right here in the Northwest. Come for the show, stay for the food, and get a chance at winning some sweet Ora Nui Tahitian swag. The group is fundraising for their show in June so bring a friend, or a whole group of friends, and help out these ladies and little ladies keep doing what they love.

Let’s kick off Spring Break Polynesian style this Sunday at Main Event!

Spring Break in Tahiti
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 5 Р8p
Main Event Sports Grill – East
3200 SE 164th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98683

All I want to do is get NAKED!!

Did I catch¬†your attention or at least your curiosity? I hope that you won’t be disappointed to know that¬†I’m talking about wine.¬† ¬†First let me start off by saying that I am far from a wine connoisseur¬† but I sure know what tastes good and drinking wines with names like Foreplay, Cougar, Tease, Fling and many¬†more catchy names makes it even more intriguing.

The Naked Winery located in Hood River Oregon¬†has an assortment of red and white wines that you can try in their assorted flights if you want to stop in for a taste.¬† Their wine tasting room is small¬†but very comfortable. You can either stand by the bar or relax at one of the comfortable¬†sitting areas¬†around the room.¬† If you are like me and you can’t sit still, you can walk around and check out their risque’¬†merchandise. It’s sure to put a smile on your face and they have a lot of great gift ideas for all your open minded friends and family.

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Hood River Tasting Room Winter Happy Hour
Monday РFriday during the winter, 4pm РClose $5 Whites & $6 Reds  Mt Hood Meadows Passholders: $3 Microbrew Specials $5 Artisan Cheese Plates  102 2nd Ave., Hood River ONLY 541 386-3700

Now it’s not the most upscale place but it’s full of fun and nice people.¬† I’ve been there a few times and have always enjoyed myself .¬†How could I not when Naked Winery’s mission is “We aim to Tease”!


At Naked Winery we are on a mission to produce premium class Oregon and Washington wines, with exotic brands and provocative back labels that are just a bit risqu√©. ¬†We strive to change the conversation and encourage you to set the mood of fun and romance.¬† Try opening a bottle of Foreplay with your Lover and see where the night takes you or give your friend a bottle of Bombshell Sweet Red to start off a fun¬†girls night! There are so many wines to choose from for many different occasions.¬† If visiting wasn’t enough time for you to try all the wines you wanted to taste then you can always join Club Naked and get wines shipped to you every¬†few¬†months.¬†¬†So ladies and gentlemen “Get Naked” and ¬†grab a bottle of Sure Thing or Booty Call and let the adventure begin. Cheers!