Citrus Lane #4

My next Citrus Box arrived today. I can’t believe that a month has already passed since the last box. For those of you that have not heard of Citrus Lane, its a subscription box of 3-4 baby, toddler, or preschool items delivered to your door each month. You can read more about the service in my previous posts here. Now let’s get to my box:

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The first item in the box was this Silicone Bowl from Oogaa ($10).
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This bowl is made with a high-grade silicone that is BPA, PVC, and phthalate free.  It is also dishwasher and microwave safe.  Connor is still too young to use this, but I look forward to using this soon.

The second item in my box was this Animal Shaker from Green Tones ($10).

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Earlier this month Citrus Lane sent me an email that let me choose the animal shape I wanted.  My choices were an elephant, llama, or a rhino.  Since I got an elephant toy last week, I decided to continue with the elephant theme.

The third item in the box was this Wobble-A-Round toy from the Manhattan Toy Company ($10).

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I was most excited to see this item in this month’s box.  Connor doesn’t have any toy like this so far, so I am eager to watch him play with this one.  I think that he’s going to like this one a lot.

The last item in the box was this Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer from Juice Beauty ($18).

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I’m a bit skeptical that this tiny 0.5 oz tube is worth $18, but that’s what it says on Juice Beauty’s website. I am intrigued.

Overall, I was very pleased with this month’s box. It had a nice variety of functional and playful items for Connor, as well as a bonus item for me. I estimate that the value of this box is around $48. Not bad considering that the regular price for this box is $29.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I hope you all spent it with that special someone.  Valentine’s Day 2015 was extra special because it was Connor’s first.  Valentines also fell on a Saturday this year which was really nice.  Connor, Ev and I were pretty busy all day.

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The day started with our weekly trip to the Kakaako Farmer’s Market outside of Ward Warehouse.  It wasn’t a great day for a farmer’s market because it was raining and super windy, so we didn’t end up staying very long.  Nevertheless, we ate a brick oven pizza and a few baked goods for breakfast, sat and listened to music, and bought some Yukon gold potatoes for dinner tonight and an avocado for Connor’s food this week.

After the farmer’s market, we decided to run a few errands.  Ev is planning to make bacon on Monday (I’ll definitely be posting pictures of that later) and so we went to a few places looking to buy a new smoker and went to City Mill to buy supplies wood chips, charcoal, etc).  In the end, we didn’t end up buying a smoker, but we did get to visit a new restaurant supply store called Chef Zone located in the Mapunapuna area (more on that in another post).  By the time we finished with our errands, it was midafternoon so we decided to have a late lunch at Siam Garden Café, which is Everett’s favorite Thai restaurant.

To finish off the day, Everett made a me a home cooked stead dinner.  We originally wanted to have steak and lobster.  But due to our procrastination, there were no lobsters left at Foodland.  So, we just opted for steak and potatoes with a nice bottle of wine instead.

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Hope everyone had a great Valentine’s too!

Stage Restaurant at the Hawaii Design Center

Last weekend two of our good friends offered to take us out to eat dinner at Stage Restaurant. I had previously eaten at Stage years ago when it first opened in 2009. The last time I ate there, the food was way overpriced and I didn’t think I would ever go back. But, I had heard that they had made a number of changes over the year, so I figured it was about time to give the restaurant another try. I’m glad I did because the food was actually really good.

We all decided to order the 5-course prix fixe menu. After placing our orders, we were all given an Amuse Bouche, which consisted of a half a cherry tomato with a vinaigrette served in a soup spoon. I was very amused.
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The first course was a choice of a Ho Farm’s butternut soup with crème fraiche or a Hirabara baby green salad with Ho Farm tomatoes. I decided to get the soup, which was delicious. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it. Oops.  The second course was grilled octopus, sea asparagus, Ho Farm tomato, onions, and arugula.
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The third course was pan seared ahi, with Kahuku sweet corn, Honshimeiji mushrooms, in a soy truffle butter.
DSC02324I’m usually not a big fan of seared ahi, I rather eat it raw. However, this dish was perfect. The fish was cooked just right, and the sauce was sweet and buttery.  The fourth course was a garlic and herb New York strip steak with baby vegetables and a potato puree.

DSC02327Finally, the fifth course was a scoop of honey ice cream on a bed of pistachio dust, a grilled brioche toast with banana fosters sauce.

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I thoroughly enjoyed eating at Stage. Overall, it was a great meal with great company!

Livestock Tavern

I was really excited when I heard that the owners of Lucky Belly were opening another restuarant.  Lucky Belly is one of my favorite restaurants so I had high hopes for this new restaurant.  So, when Ev needed to take a day off from work to watch Connor last week,  we decided to eat at Livestock Tavern.  It was Ev’s first time there and it was my second.

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