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Top 35 Sushi Restaurants in America

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The Daily Meal just put out their list of the top 35 sushi restaurants in America and I have been to 2 of them! #18 Matsuhisa in LA is where I discovered my love for sashimi. My friend Mary and I had the Yellowtail Jalapeño and the Tuna Tataki with cilantro dressing and both were melt-in-your-mouth delicious! We also loved the Lobster Ceviche, King Crab Tempura, and the Fish N Chips Matsihisa Style. #34 Sansei has several locations in Hawaii and I just had the pleasure of eating at one last month. The Fresh Hawaiian Ahi Carpacciov Garnished with cilantro & chopped peanuts in a Thai chili vinaigrette blew my mind along with the Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth with cilantro, Thai basil and mild jalapeños. Several Nobu’s made the list but not the Malibu location which is the only one I have been to. Wade and I went there for our 7 year wedding anniversary and did the Chef’s Tasting Menu and shared a bottle of Champagne. It was an amazing meal in a beautiful location right on the water. My local, go-to sushi spot in Long Beach is Sushi Kinoya. I could just eat the cilantro hand rolls all night long! Have you been to any of these spots and what do you love?

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Fashion Business Inc’s Runway Show

Fashion Business Inc is a non-profit organization that provides the fashion industry with entrepreneurial development, resources and training, to support its growth and profitability. My friend Mary and I had the pleasure of attending their annual fashion show last week at Union Station in DTLA and it was fabulous! So. Much. Talent.

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It was my first time at Union Station and it was absolutely gorgeous. The bubbles were flowing at the opening reception and Gary Allegretto kicked things off with an amazing harmonica performance.

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FBI’s Emerging Designer of the Year 2015, EIS Los Angeles

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I wanted everything from the MK Collab collection!

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Hot bods at Odina — Earth friendly swimwear made from recycled plastics.

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VENE AI dazzled the runway with their unique gowns.

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Soverra by Minnie Tu introduced her first collection and it was beautiful!

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Mayayadance did a magical performance.
Chyangra Pashmina came straight from Nepal with something for the whole family.
AS by DF was the Moss Adams MAFI Winner 2015.
Plush Cashmere — Mixing it up West Coast style. I love that sweater cape!

 

Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa

Last month I had a long time client/friend get married on Waikiki Beach in Oahu and we had the pleasure of spending a week on this beautiful island at The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa and it was absolutely fabulous! The lobby was gorgeous, the customer service was top notch, and we were within walking distance of everything. Our room was absolutely amazing with an ocean facing window and ocean view balcony. We spent a lot of time out there. It was paradise!

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The stunning view from our balcony. It doesn’t get much better then this! We actually ordered food to go from Arancino di Mare  on our first night and had a romantic dinner under the stars.

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I loved waking up to a view of the ocean every morning. It felt like a dream!

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The bathroom was spacious and modern with plenty of room for me and the hubs to get ready at the same time. We need this set up at home!

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A “Welcome Mai Tai” and shrimp cocktail at the poolside lounge The Moana Terrace was the perfect way to start our trip!

IMG_3250DK’S Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth with cilantro, Thai basil and mild jalapeños at Sansei was my favorite meal of the trip! How decadent can you get?!

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The Fresh Hawaiian Ahi Carpacciov Garnished with cilantro & chopped peanuts in a Thai chili vinaigrette at Sansei was so fresh and delicious I could of eaten the whole plate myself!

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Beach wedding ready! I am wearing my favorite summer dress by Geisha Designs.

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We rented a jeep for a day for around $100 at the Enterprise that is located in the hotel and gave ourselves a tour of the island. Our first stop was The Dole Plantation. I was obsessed with getting pineapple ice cream and doing the garden maze. It was a complete zoo of tourists but the ice cream was well worth it! Our next stop was the famous Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Haleiwa and it did not disappoint. If you like shrimp, garlic and getting messy you are in for a treat. By the time I was done my hands were covered in sauce and I was thrilled to see a giant outdoor sink. With our bellies full of shrimp deliciousness we headed down the road to Waimea Valley where we took a beautiful 1/2 mile walk through the Botanical Gardens to the majestic Waimea Falls where you can swim. It was magical. On the way in/out there is a cafe that serves snacks, beer and wine as well as a gift shop. There is nothing like a cold beer and a little shopping on a hot afternoon!

All in all I found this island to be magical. It dazzled me with its beauty and its wonderful people. I will definitely be back one day. There is still more to eat and see like Pearl Harbor and the Doris Duke house. In the meantime I will just close my eyes and go to my “happy place” on the balcony at The Waikiki Beach Marriott over looking the ocean and try to keep the Aloha spirit alive!

Need help finding the best deals and booking your next trip? My brother and travel agent extraordinaire Derek Albinson can hook it up!

 

Sugar Lips With Sara Happ X Sugarfina

I am completely obsessed with Sara Happ lip products! Something so simple as a lip scrub almost seems unnecessary until you try it. Yes, it is one more thing to add to your nightly routine but it is so worth it! I use the Sara Happ Lip Scrub in Brown Sugar and if it happens to get in my mouth it tastes like a chocolate Peep! I slather it on dry lips then wipe it off with a tissue and rinse my lips off with water. Then I apply the Sara Happ Lip Balm and wake up with the softest, most kissable lips! Her One Luxe Lip Gloss is amazing too. She makes the perfect nudes. Checkout her fun event at Sugarfina in Beverly Hills!

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Blogger babe Rossana, Sara Happ and me at Sugarfina in Beverly Hills.

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White Light White Night 2015

Saturday night was perfect for the White Light White Night party in El Segundo benefitting Walk With Sally, a non-profit that provides mentoring support programs to children of parents or siblings with cancer. There were delicious tastings of beer, wine, food and sweets from over 40 of the best restaurants in the South Bay along with a ton of awesome things up for auction and a performance by the Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond! What a night for a great cause!

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1) Me and Mary dressed in our best white! No red wine for me…ha! 2) The rum milk and oreos from Cake Bakeshop were one of our favorites of the night 3) I loved the KISS wine bottle display at the Rock’n Fish booth. 4) The beer at Camp Brew co. was deelish. 5) How cool is this bike that was up for auction? Perfect for cruising The Strand.

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These awesome shoes on the feet of one of the guys from Super Diamond, of course!

See how you can get involved with Walk With Sally, and get tickets for their next upcoming event at the new Nordstrom before it opens in the South Bay!

 

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