Just a “Pinch of Salt” and savor the broth

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Last night’s Honolulu Night Market at Kaka’ako event was pretty chill this time around. They must switch up the vendors each month to keep things fresh. Although there were less interesting food and pop-ups, the entertainment was awesome! There was some sort of drag show and The Deadbeats did their thang.

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Inside the Pinch of Salt pop-up marketplace, there was an eye-catching mural of Marilyn. “All great things are preceded with chaos.” Yes, I completely agree!

Then you had your usual glances of hipster heaven, like this typewriter, for example. It was part of Hound & Quail‘s display of vintage, mid-century items. They had some typewriters, polaroid cameras and pretty jars for sale. In the photo on the right, there was a little green shop Paiko, which had some plants, paintings and eco-friendly gift-wrapping paper for sale.

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Just outside the entrance of the night market, it looked like live artists were battling it out on the streets. The alcoholics and foodies took to the cocktail specials and the whole place was decked with ornaments and little Santas.

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Afterwards, my best friends and I decided the bacon wrapped hot dogs at the night market didn’t sound too appetizing so we scoured the town for a late night hot pot haven. My good friend Sue had told me about Sweet Home Cafe a while ago and I’ve been wanting to go ever since. Hot soup and veggies sounded perfect for a chilly night. So we ordered two tasty broths, cooked some enoki mushrooms, choy sum, tofu and meat. The service was entertaining and excellent.

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The grand finale was a complimentary dessert (another reason why I’ve fallen completely in love with this place). I have no idea what it’s called but it was some sort of shaved ice with coffee jello, watermelon jello, green stuff, white jello and tapioca.

It was a good night boys and girls.

 

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Honolulu Night + Market /// Rogue Christmas

So let’s see…

The mastermind behind Darqlabs just informed me that the parking for the Honolulu Night Market has been remedied (you may park at the Eat the Street lot). Damn this overpopulated city! It took me three swear words and a near beat down by a tita in her brown Buick to find parking last time. She was scary and I was ready to leave. (I really didn’t mean to steal her stall. I’ve just grown to be an aggressive driver.)

Now that the parking is taken care of…that means I’m stoked for this event! I’m saving up for some turbands, hipster lens and maybe some macarons. My girls and I are heading down their next Saturday to treat ourselves to some girl time and gawk at the latest products by some local artists. Hopefully attend some improv shows as well?

Confirmed vendors are B.E.A.D.S. HI, Hound & Quail, LMS Boutique, HRDLCK & Maiden Hell, ONEONE Jewelry, LoveBurd Denim, Bamboo Sky and TiffHeartFashion’s Preloved Clothes.

Entrance fee is usually $5. Come out and support your local artists, chefs, designers and performers. It’s the cool thing to do.

Let’s get it on…in New Zealand!

I’m completely in love with Louis Baker’s voice, his exaggerated, sharp inflections and the soul in his voice. I’m inspired to book my flight down to New Zealand and explore the music and art scene in Wellington. I’ve checked out flights and they’re just as expensive as the flights from HNL to GUM/SPN.

Jason Mraz at the Waikiki Shell

“This ain’t hair, these are nerve endings,” joked Jason Mraz, in between songs. He performed at the Waikiki Shell on Sunday night and gave a fun, relaxing and interactive performance. This is probably the best photo I could get from that night. I was sitting out in the lawn section with friends so it was a bit too far to get some nice close-ups. It was my second time seeing him live and he’s just as great as he was a few years ago. The most entertaining moment of the night was when he sang Bella Luna and commanded the audience to howl at the nearly full moon right above Diamond Head.

Jason really knows how to give island hippies and music aficionados a good show full of improvisation and silly commentary. By the end of the night, you’ll feel as if you’re a chill chum in his goofy circle of friends.

My <3 for acoustic music & island artists

A few years ago, I would have never downloaded or bought the local music that was playing on the radio stations. I never really cared for the “jawaiian” kind of music in Hawaii. I didn’t really connect with it, maybe it was because I grew up listening to Kapena, Hawaiian falsetto and Carlos Santana. I felt those artists were so desperately clinging to Bob Marley and the Caribbean that they haven’t come up with a sound of their own, something that was truly created and inspired by the Pacific island lifestyle. Lately, island music has been evolving and recent artists incorporated r&b/pop elements into their melodies and lyrics. Current island artists and bands that have made it onto my playlist are Kimie, Common Kings and The Green. Even artists across the Pacific Ocean that haven’t yet released an album have made their way onto YouTube through covering popular mainstream songs. Although these are not their original songs, these are my favorite performances by up and coming artists in Hawaii and Austrailia.

This Australian-based sexy foursome FOURTUNATE is heating up the island YouTube community with their swoon-worthy harmonies and their humble personalities.

Here we have the handsome duo, FONOTI, from Australia. This is one of my favorite videos because they created an ingenius mash-up of the oldies.

Last but not least, here’s Hawaii’s very own KIMIE and her friend Kaipo Kapua. Don’t let the poor lighting in the video fool you. She has better videos but this is one of my favorite versions of Turn Your Lights Down Low. Kimie has an album and a few singles out on iTunes – I highly suggest you download “Good Vibes” if you like sultry r&b.

I’m pretty happy with all the good music that has been popping up on local radio stations. We’ve got some young and amazing talent here in the Pacific Ocean.