#EatingOut I love to eat out. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, too. Join me on my visits to eateries in Honolulu, and a few in Seattle, where the food is fresh, creative, and delicious.

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” - Julia Child


Service is fast and efficient at this no frills eatery. My favorite is the enchilada plate that comes with rice and beans, and is topped with generous dallops of guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream.


We sit near a window that provides some lighting as the sun is setting. These are complementary appetizers, a bisque made from local tomatoes.

IREH Keeaumoku

A Korean family style restaurant, known for its comfort food with a healthy twist. This stew, topokki, is made from rice cakes, fish cakes, veggies, and topped with green onions, sesame seeds and a hardboiled egg.


A casual spot with island flair offers creative pizzas. The crust of our pie is brushed with garlic and olive oil, and topped with fresh spinach and sliced tomatoes.


The first Ike’s opens in Hawaii recently. I display the hero on its side to show all the goodies inside. My sandwich, the Stephen Curry, is full of turkey, fresh veggies and dirty sauce on a Dutch bun.


Best deal in town! Familiar Mexician fare like the tamales and chile relleno shown, are served here.

SEOUL MIX 2 Ala Moana Center

This is a Korean dish called bibimbop. It is layered with a bed of rice, chicken and veggies, and topped with an egg, green onions, and sesame seeds.

IREH Honolulu

This small, clean Korean restaurant is filled with healthy options. The mandoo is a dumpling stuffed with lots of veggies.


Aunty Vivian retires and passes on her recipes to a culinary school. We were fortunate to attend a pop up Hawaiian luau. The menu includes beef stew and rice, poi, lomi lomi salmon, squid luau, pipikala, laulau, chicken long rice, kalua pig and haupia.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own


Denver omelet, fried rice, and toast is what’s for breakfast. The best part of the meal is the butter roll and homemade strawberry jelly. We sit in the kitchen, behind the pastry case.

BRUG BAKERY Pearlridge Center

Took this outside, facing the bakery’s front glass entrance. I sip my chocolate tea with boba while waiting for the monorail to pass. The pastry is called Turtle Melon Pan and is topped with a white chocolate shell.


A no frill, economical breakfast place. Our favorite on a Sunday morning is the fried rice and Denver omelette.

SEOUL MIX 2 Ala Moana Center

I've used many different backdrops in my food photography this month. But sometimes, close-ups are effective, too. This Asian fusion eatery specializes in Korean street food. The fries are covered with kimchi, lettuce, cabbage, spicy aioli, queso fresco, black sesame seeds, onion, and cilantro.

BRUG BAKERY Pearlridge Center

Brug is a well known German influenced Japanese Bakery from Sapporo, Japan. It opened 37 years ago and is known to be additive free, low calorie, and uses all natural products. Hmmm, don’t know about the low calorie part. Today I had the blueberry cream cheese danish and a Brug tree.

“If it's not chocolate, it's not breakfast.”

― Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

TOLUSSE PETIT St. Anne, Seattle Washington

These pillows of fried, sugary goodness made from buttermilk are voted the best in Seattle. The beignets are served with a side of chicory anglaise for dipping. Yum!

DOWN TO EARTH Pearlridge Center

The vegan cornbread muffin topped with “birdseed” is a simple and delicious breakfast. I took this from the second floor eating area overlooking the store.

DUNKIN Pearlridge Center

Did you know that Dunkin Donuts changed it’s name to Dunkin? Anything with sprinkles are my fav!

“Donut worry. Be happy.”


DAHLIA BAKERY Seattle, Washington

Did I mention I love sprinkles? Got this "birthday cake" macaron while in Seattle last summer. The background is the gum wall at Pike Place Market.

TUTTI FRUTTI Waimalu Shopping Center

Last night, instead of birthday cake for hubbie's birthday, we had frozen yogurt. In case you're not familiar with a froyo shop, you choose your favorite flavor yogurt, and then your toppings. Of course, I picked the frosted animal crackers with sprinkles!

BRUG BAKERY Pearlridge Center

The Brug Tree is a sweet treat covered with dark chocolate and filled with custard cream. Who can resist sprinkles?

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.”

- Charles M. Schulz


The first bite of jin dui, a fried Chinese pastry, is the best! The outside is coated with sesame seeds and the inside is crisp and chewy. Inside the pastry is a large hallow, caused by the expansion of the dough, and is filled with sweet black bean paste.


A local Japanese style bakery that focuses on fresh breads and pastries. They create adorable animal shaped pastries. This is the Zosan, an elephant filled with barbarian cream. I purchase the treat, then take a pic of it in front of the display case and was pleased that the glare didn’t show up.

AUNTIE ANNIE’S Pearlridge Center

This shop serves a variety of pretzel related products. The cute blue and yellow packing caught my eye at the Food Court. The mini hotdogs called out to me, "Cinder, take my picture."

SHUG’S SODA FOUNTAIN Pikes Place Market Seattle, Washington

It's a S'more sundae with marshmallows made from scratch, vanilla ice cream, graham crackers and hot fudge. A server torches the marshmallow to perfection tableside.


This high end eatery offers a farm-to-table concept with fresh local produce meats, and seafood. The bread pudding is made from Maui gold pineapple, toasted macadamia nuts and rum butter and is served with vanilla ice cream.

BRUG BAKERY Pearlridge Center

Today I had the blueberry cream cheese danish with banana and strawberry toppings.

FOODLAND Ala Moana Center

I love the breakfast bar at a grocery store. Today I got the steel cut oatmeal and topped it with fruit and nuts. Perfect way to start the day!

SUSHI MAN Moanalua 99

Sushi is a Japanese dish consisting of vinegar-flavored cold cooked rice served with a garnish of raw fish, vegetables, or egg. The vegetarian hand roll is made of creamy avocado, crunchy cucumber, daikon, and carrots. I snap a photo in front of the display case.

FETE Chinatown

This best part about this urban restaurant is that it features lots of natural light, perfect for photography. We start our meal with the Fete salad made of field greens, cherry tomatoes, shaved radishes, carrots, fennel and mixed with an Italian vinaigrette.


Green papaya salad is a dish I can eat every day. It is one of the most popular dishes in Thailand. The salad is made from shredded green papaya, fresh tomatoes, long beans and house tamarind sauce, and topped with crunchy peanuts.

ARVO CAFE Salt at Kakaako

The expression “eat with your eyes” holds true with this visually appealing avocado toast. It is made with avocados, tomatoes, feta and rocket on rye…yum!

“Food brings people together on many different levels. It's nourishment of the soul and body; it's truly love.”

Giada De Laurentiis


Photographer: Cinder Fukunaga All images were shot with an IPH7 and edited in Snapseed and IColorama as part of a month long photo-a-day project for my IPh Masters Community class. All photos were taken in Honolulu, Hawaii except where noted.

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  • Gingerpics

    Superb collection Cinder

  • PetraIpa

    Best Guideline for having a wonderful meal in the surrounding of Seattle ever seen.

  • SansSouciBlogs

    Fabulous! Fabulous! Thanks for taking me with you on your food travels. Divine! Great food fotos beautifully edited and super writing! Kudos! Bravo!!-Sue

  • vgr

    Fantastic combination of words and images with your signature way of capturing the tastes and shapes of food. Great idea for a food blog!!

  • Daystarr

    This is a fabulous collection. Love the Flow. 😍

  • KenQ

    This book makes me hungry. Great pics Cinder. If we lived close by, we would be classmates in these establishments!


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