If you think soy milk hotpot is not your thing, you must have not tried it at Masuya Suisan.
Malay-Chinese is the laksa place in Sydney CBD.
My philosophy is, if I want to indulge in something deep fried and calories loaded, for example fish’n’chips, I only want to eat from the best. If you are like me, Bottom of the Harbour (also known as balmoral beach fish’n’chips) is the answer to your cheat day.
I love BlackStar Pastry, the creator of the legendary Strawberry Watermelon Cake. In fact, I am a real fan of BlackStar Pastry because I have resisted the temptation of ordering just the Strawberry Watermelon Cakes and have actually tried most of its other cakes and tarts.
You should too. Trust me, they are all amazing.
Honolulu Ocean View Retreat was like a clipping taken straight from the Home & Garden magazine.
Like the place we stayed at on the Big Island (link), I found our Oahu accommodation through Airbnb. I turned my eyes to Airbnb because I found the rooms and facilities in most big shot hotels in Waikiki dated and unflattering. The common theme with these big old hotels seemed to be: dark patterned carpet, yellowish vanity set and an ancient TV set that is as thick as the mini fridge. Ugh.
What to eat in Oahu? Here’s my list of the glorious food we had:
- Helena’s Hawaiian Food ★★★★★ (must try!)
- Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck ★★★★★ (must try!)
- Macky’s Shrimp Truck ★★★☆
- Teddy’s Burger ★★★★☆ (for all burger lovers!)
- Dole’s Whip ★★★★★ (must try!)
- Ted’s Bakery ★★★
- Matsumoto Shave Ice ★★★
- Duke’s Steak House ★★★☆
- Cheesecake Factory ★★☆
- Ramen Nakamura ★★☆
The Dole Food Company is the world’s largest producer of fruit and vegetable. Mr James Dole opened the first pineapple plantation on the island of Oahu in 1901. Nowadays, the iconic Dole logo has become synonymous of pineapples worldwide.
When I was researching our itinerary, Dole Plantation was under my “skip if no time” column due to my fear of it being a tourist trap. Turned out, I probably should have skipped it.