Travel Snap Shots: Honolulu & San Francisco

I was not feeling well the past two days.  I rarely have it, but once in a while, I suffer from hyperacidity.  Those who’ve experienced it know how draining and uncomfortable it can be.  The upper part of my abdomen stung and I could not hold down my food.  I had a mild fever and just felt really tired, but the worst part was not being able to stand the smell of the soaps I made last weekend. It made me realize that when we’re sick, we cannot enjoy the things we normally take pleasure in.  I feel a bit better today, and I also feel grateful for my health that I sometimes just take for granted.

It has been a week and a half since I came back from my trip, but have been lazy about blogging.  I have already been soaping though because I have orders from my in-laws and from my own family for their Christmas give-aways.  Before going back to blogging about soap, I thought I’d share snap shots of my recent trip.

Honolulu was an all-expense paid trip care of the state of Hawaii, or rather, their sponsors.  A friend of mine, Chef Marco Anzani, was invited to take part in the annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival – a week long food bonanza featuring Hawaii’s bounty prepared by dozens of chefs from different parts of the world.  Chef Marco invited me and another friend, chef/restaurateur Raki Urbina, to be part of his team.  You can imagine no the arm-twisting for this opportunity? 🙂

Waikiki Beach, just a few minutes walk from our hotel, The Modern Honolulu

Waikiki Beach, just a few minutes walk from our hotel, The Modern Honolulu

Having a light moment in the kitchen of The Modern Honolulu with students from the Kapi'olani Community College. That's me on the far left. Marco Anzani is the really tall Italian.

Having a light moment in the kitchen of The Modern Honolulu with students from the Kapi’olani Community College. That’s me on the far left. The really tall Italian is Marco Anzani.

Our lobster roulade with asparagus, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and goat cheese, ready to be plated.

Our lobster roulade with asparagus, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and goat cheese, ready to be plated.

Fresh Hawaiian fish.

Fresh Hawaiian fish.

Posing with more fish. The trio from Cebu, Philippines (L-R): Marco Anzani, Me, Raki Urbina

Posing with more fish. The trio from Cebu, Philippines   (L-R): Marco Anzani, Me, Raki Urbina

Star struck me with Hubert Keller, Ming Tsai and Allan Wong.

Star struck me with Hubert Keller, Ming Tsai and Allan Wong.

It is approximately a 10 hour flight from Manila to Honolulu, so I thought, why not just add 5 more hours to go to San Francisco to visit my sister?

What's San Francisco without its iconic cable car?

San Francisco’s iconic cable car.

Soaps sold at the Ferry Building. I made sure to take photos of soap!

Soaps sold at the Ferry Building. I made sure to take photos of soap!

Thick, fluffy pancakes with fresh peaches from the Alexis Baking Company in Napa.

Thick, fluffy pancakes with fresh peaches from the Alexis Baking Company in Napa.

Heirloom tomatoes at the Napa farmer's market.

Heirloom tomatoes at the Napa farmer’s market.

Carmel beach on a balmy day.

Carmel beach on a balmy day.

So cute.

So cute.

The 250-year old Lone Cypress Tree at Pebble Beach.

The 250-year old Lone Cypress Tree at Pebble Beach.

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18 thoughts on “Travel Snap Shots: Honolulu & San Francisco

  1. mijnzeep1

    Nice to ‘see’ you, Silvia!
    I am sorry to hear about your health problems, but nice to hear you are better! Your holiday place looks like a paradise for me, never been there! Of course you enjoyed it and so sweet of you to have visited your sister!

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Thank you, Natalia! It is nice to be back! I hope to go back to Hawaii again. It is really paradise. I was there for only a few days and mostly in the kitchen! I hope you get to visit Hawaii and California one day. So much beauty there!

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  2. Jenny

    Seeing the photo of the Diamondhead takes me back! My husband picked up a brief military assignment near Honolulu in 2003/2004, and we lived there for about four months. Oahu is beautiful, and the food is fantastic! I would love to visit San Francisco, too. I’m glad to hear that you had a fun trip! Your photos are great – thanks for sharing them. I’m sorry that you’re not feeling well, though. Get well soon!

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    1. soapjam Post author

      Hi Jenny! How wonderful you had the chance to live in Hawaii for 4 months! I can’t agree with you more on how beautiful the place is and how good their food is! I lived in San Francisco as a culinary student from 1993-95. It is such a charming and diverse city, it’s hard not to fall in love with the place. I hope you get to visit it one day, and if you have the chance, go to nearby Napa Valley, Carmel, Monterey, Pebble Beach, Sausalito and Mendocino. 🙂

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  3. Gordana

    It seems that you had grate time during your vacation! You are completely right that we sometimes take our health for granted… I am glad that you are better now so that you can enjoy your beautiful soaps !:)

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  4. DivaSoap

    Oooh, if you could only take me with you! I’m longing for all those places…..oh,ok, one day….
    Glad to hear you’re fine now, we’re waiting to see in in action soon…

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  5. Monica

    Hope you feel better soon! It really sucks to be ill, and like you say we don’t realize how fortunate we are to be healthy until we get sick.

    Thanks for sharing your pictures, although now I’m wildly jealous! 😉 Are you a chef as well as being a talented soapmaker? The food looks so amazing. That’s wonderful that you got time to visit your sister as well and you had lovely weather for it.

    Glad you’re back blogging and hope you’ll feel well enough to soap again soon.

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      1. Monica

        I see you blending your two loves; after all CP soapers use a lot of food ingredients in their soaps and MP soapers make a lot of soap that look like food.

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  6. Vicki

    Welcome back! I’ve missed your posts 🙂 Looks like you had a fabulous time! I didn’t realise that you’re a chef either – though I can absolutely see the creative connection between beautiful food and beautiful soap! Hope you’re back to full health soon.
    Vicki

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