There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about the French expression je ne sais quoi, don’t you think?
Found that gem on google. Did it make me sound posh and fancy?💁🏻 Unlike the cut off denim shorts I lived in while visiting Honolulu. And even though many tourists and locals alike can enjoy all the luxurious things the city has to offer, my sister and I usually like to pretend we’re kama’aina. For us, that means lots of shopping and eating.
To fuel up for our shopping pilgrimage, we stopped by Koko Head Cafe. Opened by Chef Lee Anne Wong, a finalist on Top Chef, Koko Head Cafe serves up hefty dumplings and brunch-style Asian comfort food. The cafe also captures that hometown diner feel with surf town decor and Wong’s framed personal photos. And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Wong’s book Dumplings All Day Wong! If you ask nicely, you can even leaf through it while you wait for deliciousness to be served.
After stuffing out faces, we needed to walk it all off…before heading to dinner of course.😅 So we stopped by Ward Village South Shore Market. It actually underwent a huge re-model and I was excited to finally see it. South Shore Market is comprised of 18 local merchants to showcase and cultivate Hawaii’s creative scene. Shopping small couldn’t be any easier. Walking through the stores, I also realized that many of the shop owners are probably POC. Since Hawaii’s population is almost 40% Asian, it’s also likely that many of these creatives were Asian American. So not only are you supporting small businesses, but you’re also supporting businesses owned by POC. So. Much. YES.👏
Do you see that suitcase? It’s filled with watercolor cards of creatures from Fantastic Beasts. Yeah, ah-ma-zing!
And speaking of amazing, I also picked up these sparkle heel Zara boots the day before. They were the last pair left and in my size, so you know…had to get ’em. Don’t worry, they were on sale.😉 And one of the many apples of my eye, my Disney x Coach red cross body. The perfect size for your phone and credit cards and comes with the cutest little Mickey hand charm. It just has a certain je ne sais quoi, non??😏