Pho Up | A new spot for Vietnamese food in Hong Kong’s SoHo District

Pho Up Hong Kong Review - Pho BoWalking down the Central-Mid-Levels Escalator, it’s hard to miss the big, bright red and yellow neon star hanging from the window of Pho Up, a brand new restaurant in Hong Kong’s SoHo District that comes from the same team as the beloved bar 65 Peel. The star is appropriate given the restaurant’s prime location on Hollywood Road, but it also represents the flag of Vietnam where the majority of the menu dishes come from.

Pho Up Hong Kong Review - Exterior

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Where to Eat in Oahu | Bakeries & Dessert Shops

After a few spam musubis or a Hawaiian poke bowl, you’re bound to be craving something sweet. We had a LOT of dessert and pastries in Oahu to satisfy our sweet tooth, from donuts to cheese tarts to local shave ice. Here’s a roundup of our favorite dessert shops and bakeries in Oahu.

Leonard’s Bakery

Leonard's Bakery

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Los Sotano | Hong Kong’s latest underground den for tacos & tequila


Located underneath Cali-Mex Taqueria in Hong Kong’s bustling Lan Kwai Fong nightlife district, Los Sotano is a speakeasy style lounge serving up Mexican fare and a wide selection of mezcal and tequila. What looks like a giant tequila barrel against an alley wall is actually the entrance – just push and the door reveals itself. The swanky bar area features an Instagram-worthy neon sign that says “Tequila Makes My Clothes Come Off” (which is also the name of one of their tasty margaritas) with lounge chairs and small tables, while the other section features velvet booths surrounding larger tables with built-in Asahi taps so you can pour your own beer and pay by volume.

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Millennium Hilton New York Downtown – Epic views and the best downtown location

Millennium Hilton New York Downtown - Deluxe City VIew Room - Silhouette with View

Standing in that windowsill, I felt like I was watching the heart of downtown Manhattan beating. Looking straight ahead, the blurred reflections of passing clouds and buildings appeared on the mirrored facade of One World Trade Center. To the left and in between the skyscrapers of Brookfield Place were ferries cruising down the Hudson River, across to the waterfront plazas of New Jersey where many commuted in from. Shifting my gaze down, small silhouettes of people walked through the tree-lined paths surrounding the September 11 Memorial Pools. Down further, the white spires of the Oculus pierced though the sky like a skeleton exploding. All of this, right in front of my eyes from my hotel room inside the Millennium Hilton New York Downtown.

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Mahina & Suns | Where to Eat in Oahu

This casual yet trendy semi-outdoor restaurant inside the Surfjack Hotel in Waikiki has great vibes to go with its island influenced menu. We dined for brunch, which offered an eclectic menu of both brunch classics and unique items like our favorite dish, the pork adobo fried rice. It takes the Filipino pork dish and combines it with avocado, pickled mushrooms, kimchi, and pickled ginger topped with a perfectly cooked runny egg for a bowl you just can’t stop eating.

Where to Eat in Oahu - Mahina & Suns Brunch Pork Adobo Fried Rice - Photo by Indulgent Eats

They also offer a variety of pizzas – we loved their naked pig pizza which was quite rich, so the mountain of arugula and parmesan that’s offered as an add on balanced things out perfectly.

Eat this: pork adobo fried rice, naked pig pizza with arugula and parmesan, kale salad, kuahiwi burger, surfjack breakfast with Portuguese sausage

Where to Eat in Oahu - Mahina & Suns Naked Pig Pizza - Photo by Indulgent Eats Where to Eat in Oahu - Mahina & Suns Brunch Spread - Photo by Indulgent Eats copy

Reef Bar & Market Grill | Where to Eat in Oahu

Reef Bar Market Grill Review - Grilled Ribeye with views of Diamond Head - Photo by Indulgent Eats

Grilling a steak by the beach with Diamond Head behind me is definitely not one of the things I expected to be doing during my time in Oahu. But there I was, standing behind a hot grill with a giant spatula, flipping a ribeye steak while looking out the windows to see the sun setting on Waikiki Beach. This experience comes thanks to Reef Bar & Market Grill, located inside the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Resort (where I stayed for the 8 days on vacation with my family).

Reef Bar Market Grill - Restaurant Interior - Photo by Indulgent Eats

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Where to Eat in Oahu | Hawaiian Food & Local Favorites

ALOHA! It’s officially 2018, which means a new year for me to use as an excuse to post more on my site 🙂 I just came back from an amazing trip to Oahu, which also gave me a 12 hour flight back to NYC followed by a 16 hour flight back to Hong Kong, so I had ample time to kick start my writing. I’ll be sharing all of my favorite places from my 8 days in Oahu, starting up with local Hawaiian cuisine. Stay tuned as I’ll also be sharing my picks for poke, Japanese food, breakfast & cafes, American & International food, and dessert!

Helena’s Hawaiian Food

Where to Eat in Oahu - Helena's Hawaiian Food

A favorite with both locals and tourists alike, Helena’s Hawaiian Food serves up no-frills, local food that’s 20x better than the versions you’ll find at a paid luau. It’s served in small portions so you can try many items at once, and they also have set menus that make it easy to order a sampling of their best dishes.

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Musubi Cafe Iyasume | Where to Eat in Oahu

Where to Eat in Oahu - Musubi Cafe Iyasume Poke and Musubis

My fellow Spam lovers, Musubi Cafe Iyasume is the place for you. Spam musubi is the Hawaiian version of Japanese omusubi that takes marinated grilled spam and rice and wraps it with nori, or seaweed. The result is a super addictive item that can be eaten any time of day, as a snack, or as its own meal. Musubi Cafe Iyasume has seemingly endless varieties of spam musubi, topped with everything from egg and bacon to Japanese toppings like shiso leaf and pickled radish.

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Romy’s Kahuku Prawns and Shrimp | Where to Eat in Oahu

Where to Eat in Oahu - Romy's Kahuku Prawns and Shrimp Platters

Garlic shrimp can be found on the menus of food trucks & restaurants all over the North Shore of Oahu. It’s listed as shrimp scampi, and served with rice and sometimes macaroni salad and pineapple. While we didn’t get to try as many of the vendors as we would’ve liked, we loved the garlic shrimp at Romy’s Kahuku, which were juicy and bursting with flavor from the golden brown garlic, and also come with a spicy shoyu on the sauce for extra umami. They also have ample, covered seating and clean bathrooms.

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Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck | Where to Eat in Oahu

Where to Eat in Oahu - Giovanni's Shrimp Truck - Shrimp Scampi and Hot and Spicy ShrimpWith two outposts in the North Shore, Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck is one of the most popular places to get Hawaiian style garlic shrimp. There are numerous trucks and restaurants that serve the dish, and we actually preferred Romy’s over Giovanni’s as the shrimp just had SO much more flavor. That said, we still really enjoyed our meal and the wait was half that of Romy’s, so if you’re short on time this is a better move. The garlic butter shrimp were really tasty.

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