Breakfast, Happy Hour and Dinner- Where to Eat in Waikiki

When it comes to food I love pretty much everything, and the selections in Waikiki rarely disappoint.  I recently had a chance to try a few new places popping up in the 96815, from breakfast treats, to a stellar happy hour menu and a mango infused dinner cuisine.

This summer, treat yourself.

Breakfast/Quick Bite – Marion Crepes:

This place has 40 different sweet and savory flavors.  They are made to order, and have a variety of fillings you can choose from.  I tried the Strawberry & Banana Chocolate Sundae.  In my opinion, it can be breakfast or dessert.  Either way, it will satisfy your sweet tooth.  Other selections include Chicken Breast & Cheese with a homemade basil sauce, or The Waikiki special with Acai Sorbet and fruit.

Waikiki Yokocho in Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 2250 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815

Happy Hour/Dim Sum – Yauatcha Waikiki:

Located inside the International Market Place, this modern teahouse offers a combination of contemporary Cantonese dim sum, and European patisserie. Their new Flow & Prosper menu features six craft cocktails and eight dim sum.  Prices range from $8 for drinks to $6 for dim sum available Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm at the bar.

The Ginger Smash has Virginia Black Whiskey, ginger, cardamom, vanilla, lemongrass, lemon and ginger beer.  Let’s just say I’ll see you a the bar!

2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 326, Honolulu, HI 96815.  808-739-9318

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Who could use one of these in their life right now?

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Flowing and Prospering

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Dinner Date: Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

Mangoes are juicy, healthy and delicious, and they are the main star of Chef Hiro’s new seasonal dishes.  I enjoyed the Tropical Flair, a mango risotto with mascarpone cheese, seared scallops, black pepper, shrimp, kale and a hint of blue cheese. So good, I went back for seconds and thirds.  The Mango Tango salad has avocado, shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes, cucumbers and prosciutto.  I’m a sucker for dessert… don’t miss the House-made Mango mousse cheesecake with coconut syrup.

227 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815. 808.926.5050

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What’s your favorite place to eat and drink in Waikiki?  Do you have any recommendations?  I’m always up for trying something new.

With Aloha,

-Alex

 

SUP for Free at Ala Moana Beach Park 

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What’s better than getting out of work and heading to the beach?  Especially when your off midday and Ala Moana Beach Park is located one block away.

This beach is popular with swimmers, surfers and stand up paddlers and it’s a great place to learn if you’ve never been on a SUP.

The City and County of Honolulu Parks and Recreation Department offers free Stand-Up Paddleboard lessons and an Ocean Cross-Fitness Course during certain times of the year. They provide all the equipment.  Even though I already knew how to SUP, I learned techniques on how to turn the board.  Before I started taking the class, I had never been on a prone paddleboard, a board with no paddle.

SUP is a great workout for your core, but the prone paddleboard forces you to use your arms.

The staff and volunteers always greet you with a big friendly smile.  You’ll go out with a lifeguard for a 30-40 minute session, depending on which class you take. The only thing you have to do is sign up, show up, and take a swim test once.   The class sizes are small, no more than 3-4 people at a time, and you can go at your own pace.

Once you get in the water,  soak in the Honolulu skyline – and enjoy the stunning views of Diamond Head, Waikiki and Kakaako.

Occasionally you’ll also see a few honus (Hawaiian Sea turtles) in the water.  (Take note: All sea turtles are protected by federal and state laws. Don’t touch them.)

The SUP and Ocean Cross-Fitness season just ended in mid-April,  but the next one starts again in September.

Parks.Honolulu.gov  Contact: Kterukina@honolulu.gov (808) 768-3039.

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Rooftop Restaurant, Lounge and Nightclub – Sky Waikiki

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Who doesn’t love a rooftop view? Especially at sunset overlooking the Waikiki coastline and iconic Diamond Head.

Sky Waikiki is pau hana paradise.

Located on the 19th floor in the Waikiki Business Plaza on Kalaukaua Avenue, come for sunset on the Sky Deck and stay for the nightlife experience.  I recently tried the Spring surf inspired cocktails. Each drink has a story and was named after a famous surfing location on the island of Oahu, including Yokohama Old Fashioned, Kahala Back Girl and Malaekahana Mix.

Treasure at Kaena Point- by far my favorite, both the drink and this part of the island on the North Shore.   Crafted by Director of Mixology Jennifer Ackrill this drink is a combination of rum, merlot, grapefruit cinnamon, lemon, pineapple and bitters.

Enjoy happy hour on the main lounge from 5pm – 7pm, and later dance the night away in the nightclub.  Ladies, no slippahs (flip flops) for nightlife and gentleman, collared shirts and dress shoes are recommended.

How are you celebrating this weekend?

SkyWaikiki.com

A good story never starts with someone eating a salad.

Shout out to the Bartenders who made 400 mini cocktails.  CheeHoo!

After Green Lanterns- a twist on a classic.
Gin, Midori, lemon, lime, egg white and Black Hawaiian Sea Salt.